• Elvis Presley will posthumously be awarded the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by Donald Trump at a ceremony on November 16th. In addition to "The King," Trump will also award Senator Orrin Hatch, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, football player-turned-judge Alan Page, and Republican part campaign donor Miriam Adelson. Posthumous honors will also be given to baseball legend Babe Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Rolling Stone reported: "Presley is only the third musician to receive the honor posthumously, following bandleader Meredith Willson and jazz great Count Basie during the Reagan administration." (Rolling Stone)
  • According to the White House official announcement: "Elvis Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis fused gospel, country and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records. Elvis also served nearly two years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame. He later starred in 31 films, drew record-breaking audiences to his shows, sent television ratings soaring and earned 14 Grammy Award nominations. He ultimately won three Grammy Awards for his gospel music. Elvis Presley remains an enduring American icon four decades after his death."

  • U2 performed its 1993 Zooropa track, "Dirty Day," for the first time since the band's "Zoo TV" tour 25 years ago. On Friday night (November 9th) at Dublin, Ireland's 3Arena, photos of the band's respective fathers flashed on the screen as Bono shared the backstory to the song, explaining, "Sons taking on fathers. So much to prove. U2 was our way of getting out from their shadow. To be different to them. Our way of telling our fathers, 'I’m not like you.' My father Bob, he didn’t take me too seriously. He could see I was doing a great job of that myself. He did give me a lot of advice. Y'know, I can still hear his voice when I sing." (Stereogum)
    • U2 wraps its eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour tomorrow night (November 13th) in Berlin, Germany.

  • Friday night (November 9) saw Foreigner rolled out the first of its four "Double Vision: Then And Now" concerts at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater. Blabbermouth reported: "The show featured all current bandmembers plus the original musicians who helped to put the iconic group on the map more than forty years ago. Singer Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, guitarist/saxophonist Ian McDonald, and bassist Rick Wills, joined Mick Jones to rock through some of the best-selling songs from the band's albums."
  • On both Friday and Saturday night (November 10th) at Rancho Mirage, California's Agua Caliente Casino, the band's opening set featured the current version of Foreigner -- minus founding member Mick Jones -- followed by a second set featuring the classic lineup with Jones, and then a final set with all the members onstage. (Blabbermouth)
    • The next "Double Vision: Then And Now" concerts are set for November 30th at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and on December 1st at Uncasville, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena.

  • Paul Stanley revealed why he gave up on being a lead guitarist -- and explained that he was all too happy to keep company with rock's greatest rhythm guitarists. Ultimate Classic Rock posted an excerpt from the ongoing Kiss Kruise, which featured a fan Q&A in which Stanley revealed, "It seemed so difficult. I understood the rhythm and that’s what really connected with me. I thought, 'I can be the guy who holds the foundation down, and it’s just a matter of finding somebody else to do the solos.' Pete Townshend is a phenomenal all-round guitar player, but he’s a phenomenal rhythm player. Steve Marriott in Humble Pie, who was one of my inspirations, was a phenomenal rhythm player. Jimmy Page, for all his great leads, is a tremendous rhythm player. I just decided to focus on that. So far it’s going pretty well -- I think I’m going to get a deal!" (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Newly released is the Chris Squire tribute album, titled, A Life In Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute. The all-star collection was compiled and produced by the late-Yes bassist's longtime collaborator and chosen replacement in the band, Billy Sherwood. In the album announcement, Sherwood said: "This record is near and dear to my heart. Chris and I were friends for decades and his loss was epic. I wanted to honor his spirit, his writing, his bass work. And so I set forth to create this record. Everyone who participated lifted the project and did it out of the deepest respect and love for Chris."
  • A-listers contributing to the new set are Todd Rundgren, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Toto's Steve Porcaro, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, E Street Band co-founder David Sancious, Yes vocalist Jon Davison, former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz, and Dweezil Zappa, among others. (Best Classic Bands)
    • Chris Squire died on June 27th, 2015 at age 67 from acute erythroid leukemia.