• Eric Clapton will release his first holiday set, titled Happy Xmas, on October 12th. The album, which marks "Slowhand's" first new studio collection since 2016's I Still Do, was co-produced by Clapton and longtime collaborator Simon Climie. The album features 13 holiday evergreens, alongside one new track called "For Love On Christmas Day." Clapton told Billboard, "I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals. I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'" (Billboard)
    • The tracklisting to Eric Clapton's Happy Xmas is: "White Christmas," "Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)," "For Love On Christmas Day," "Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday," "Christmas Tears," "Home For The Holidays," "Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)," "Christmas In My Hometown," "It’s Christmas," "Sentimental Moments," "Lonesome Christmas," "Silent Night," "Merry Christmas Baby," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."

  • The Allman Brothers Band burial site, which as of now includes brothers Duane and Gregg Allman along with bassist Berry Oakley, is in the process of being expanded. The Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia is also the final resting place of Elizabeth Reed, the inspiration for the Allmans' Dickey Betts classic "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed." According to the report, Macon-Bibb County Parks and Beautification Director Sam Kitchens said, "A new wall is being built, and stairs will be added along the edge of Gregg Allman’s expanded plot. It is the family’s design in a private plot, and it is all funded by them." Macon.com added: "If desired, there is ample room to inter the remains of band co-founder Butch Trucks, who died in January of 2017, and the Allmans’ mother, Geraldine, who died in 2015." (Macon.com)

  • Marty Balin, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted lead singer of Jefferson Airplane has filed suit against New York's Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan's Federal Court. According to the suit, Balin claimed that because of the hospital's alleged negligence following his open heart surgery back in 2016, he's been left, "unable to play guitar or sing." The New York Daily News reported that the suit claims in part, "The personnel in charge knew that the hospital was inadequately staffed, particularly in the recovery unit where Mr. Balin was sent after undergoing open heart surgery." Following the surgery Balin had to undergo "a tracheotomy that resulted in his tongue and vocal cords being damaged. . . Tissue on his left thumb died, requiring it be amputated."
    • The suit goes on to say: "Mr. Balin walked into the hospital able to speak and with fully functional left hand. By the time Mr. Balin was finally released from the hospital, he had lost half his tongue so that he cannot speak or eat properly; he also has a paralyzed vocal cord; he has a necrotic left hand and has lost his left thumb; he had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly." Balin and his wife Susan are seeking unspecified damages. (The New York Daily News)