• Paul Simon will celebrate his 77th birthday with an appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The October 13th performance marks the singer-songwriter's first live date since closing out his farewell tour last month in his hometown of Queens, New York. For those confused by what seems to be a sudden about-face about live work -- remember, upon announcing his retirement from the road, Simon stressed that he would continue to write, record, and perform as he saw fit -- but his touring days were coming to an end. (Jambase.com)

  • John Fogerty is planning on a major 50th anniversary tour in 2019. 1969 marked a major milestone in Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival's career, when they released their groundbreaking second, third, and fourth albums -- Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy And the Poor Boys. Fogerty told Best Classic Bands, "I can’t believe 50 years. It has been quite a ride. . . I bought a notebook in 1967 and wrote down some song titles. The first entry in my notebook is 'Proud Mary.' To think that she is 50 years old and how my song has had such an impact is hard to put into words. I know when I wrote those songs it was my dream to become the best musician I could be. Not to let anything get in my way, not even the Vietnam war. I am thrilled to celebrate this time and my songs including the iconic Woodstock festival." No official announcement for the 2019 anniversary dates has been posted. (Best Classic Bands)

  • Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe campaign for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexually assault victim, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her family. Rolling Stone posted, "A representative for Lesh confirmed to Rolling Stone that the bassist did make the donation, though Lesh declined to provide further comment. Lesh ostensibly made his donation last Sunday, September 23rd." (Rolling Stone)

  • On December 15th, Stephen Stills will receive an honorary doctorate of music during the Universality of Florida's University-wide commencement. Gainesville.com posted, "Stills' six-decade music career traces its origins to Gainesville, where he attended J.J. Finley Elementary School and Gainesville High School in the early-1960's. At Gainesville High School, Stills was in both the marching band and chorus, and played guitar in a musical group called the Accidental Trio." (Gainesville.com)

  • The Eagles have announced the first dates of its 2019 world tour. No North American shows have been listed yet, but a 14-date European spring run has already been rolled out. As it stands now, the band will hit arenas in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, and five British dates -- including a massive gig at Wembley Stadium with Sheryl Crow opening for the group.
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: The Eagles 2019 European tour dates (subject to change):
      May 26 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
      May 28 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
      May 30 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
      June 3 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
      June 5 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
      June 8 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tele2 Arena
      June 10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
      June 23 - London, England - Wembley Stadium (with Sheryl Crow)
      June 26 - Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
      June 28 - Birmingham, England - Arena Birmingham
      June 30 - Liverpool, England - Echo Arena
      July 2 - Leeds, England - First Direct Arena
      July 4 - Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
      July 6 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena


  • Legendary Chicago blues guitarist, Otis Rush, died on Saturday (September 29th) at age 84 due to complications from a 2003 stroke. Rush, whose song "Double Trouble" gave Stevie Ray Vaughan the inspiration for his trio, was an idol of Eric Clapton, among others. Otis Rush is probably best known for his 1956 recording of the Willie Dixon song "I Can't Quit You Baby" -- as featured on Led Zeppelin's 1969 self-titled debut. (Rolling Stone)