• Jon Bon Jovi has announced two special fan cruise experiences titled “Runaway To Paradise,” offering 2,200 of his most passionate fans the vacation of a lifetime in two idyllic settings. The Caribbean trip will set sail April 12-16, 2019 from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, on Norwegian Jade while the Mediterranean excursion follows August 26-30, 2019, from Barcelona to Palma, Majorca, on Norwegian Pearl. According to the press release, “The action on Runaway To Paradise goes far beyond the music. Guests will get up close with historic memorabilia in the Jon Bon Jovi Gallery, shop for new looks in the Hart N Dagger pop up shop, and even enjoy a meal while giving back to those in need at The JBJ Soul Kitchen that will be brought to life on board. All guests will take home an autographed event lithograph, and fans who book in the first 400 staterooms on each cruise will get an opportunity to take a picture with Jon Bon Jovi.”
  • Bon Jovi said in the cruise announcement: “Ever since we started Runaway Tours, it’s given me such joy to entertain and tell stories of where my songs came from. What I’ve realized after all these years is that my fans have found that these are not only my stories, but their own. Hundreds of people have gotten together every time we take off for a destination, and long lasting friendships are born. We want to continue that tradition in Runaway’s fully-immersive vacation trips. Get ready, we’ll see you out there!” For more info, log onto: http://www.runawaytoparadise.com (Press release)
  • The surviving members of the original Kinks lineup — brothers Ray and Dave Davies along with drummer Mick Avory — reunited on Wednesday night (October 3rd). The trio was on hand at London's Proud Galleries for a photo exhibition saluting the 50th anniversary of the band's 1968 classic, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, which is set for a deluxe reissue on October 26th. Dave Davies told Best Classic Bands: “There were a lot of good emotions. I see Ray when I’m here (in England) but it’s been some years since I’ve seen Mick.” (Best Classic Bands)
  • The latest teaser from the long-awaited Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has hit the Internet, featuring behind the scenes interviews with Rami Malek, who portrays Freddie Mercury. The film, which opens on November 2nd, also stars Gwilym Lee from The Tourist portraying guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy — recently seen as Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse — as drummer Roger Taylor and G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Joe Mazello appearing as bassist John Deacon.
  • Airing tonight (October 5th) on PBS is the Grammy Salute To Music Legends, which was produced in collaboration with PBS' Great Performances series. Honorees include Queen, Neil Diamond, drummer Hal Blaine of the “Wrecking Crew,” the Meters, John Williams, Bill Graham, Seymour Stein, Emmylou Harris, and Tina Turner, among others — who all snagged the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy back on September 12th.
  • Among he performers saluting the 2018 inductees are Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony, Micky Dolenz, Yolanda Adams, Trisha Yearwood — along with the inductees, Neil Diamond, the Meters, Emmylou Harris, and Herb Alpert. (PBS.org)
  • In commemoration of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 50th anniversary, all seven of the band's classic albums are being reissued in a deluxe box set. The albums — Creedence Clearwater Revival; Bayou Country; Green River; Willy And The Poor Boys; Cosmo's Factory; Pendulum, and Mardi Gras — have been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios.
  • According to the official announcement: “The 180-gram LP's come housed in handsome tip-on jackets replicating the packaging of the original pressings. Along with the complete studio album collection comes an 80-page book featuring new liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival photos and reproductions of band ephemera — offering something for both new and the most diehard of Creedence fans.” (Press release)