• Neil Young has just rolled out the first five stops on his 2019 acoustic tour. As it stands now, the trek kicks off with a double shot of Wisconsin gigs, hitting Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on January 23rd and Madison’s Overture Center For The Arts on January 24th. Young has also added three Minneapolis dates, performing at three different local venues. Young has announced a January 26th show at the Pantages Theatre; a January 28th gig at the Orpheum Theatre; and a final show on January 29th at Minneapolis' State Theatre. Also, in addition to his July 12th joint concert at London' s Hyde Park with Bob Dylan, the pair will play a second double bill on July 14th at Kilkenny, Ireland's Nowlan Park. (Live For Live Music)

  • John Mellencamp is the latest rocker to bring his music to the "Great White Way." During a chat on NBC's The Today show, Mellencamp revealed that the musical would not be the standard jukebox musical -- meaning an artist's biggest hits are strung together by a loose new storyline: "We're getting ready to mount 'Jack And Diane' as a Broadway musical. Every problem that this country's going through today is in that musical. This is not a jukebox musical My ambitions are set very high. As close to (John) Steinbeck as we can get it -- in today's world, with these two kids." No opening date has been set for the musical. (Billboard)
    • "Jack And Diane" remains John Mellencamp's only Number One hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 as "John Cougar" for a solid month starting on October 2nd, 1982.

  • Ace Frehley feels that no matter what, presumably regardless of scandal and/or alleged crimes, Americans need to get behind Donald Trump. The former-Kiss guitarist, who'll release his latest solo set, Spaceman, on October 19th, appeared on the Juliet: Unexpected podcast and said, "Let me say this about Trump. Whether you love him or hate him, if you're an American and you're a patriot, you should get behind your president. He was elected. We live under the Constitution of the United States, and you're supposed to support your president. Love him or hate him, you're supposed to support him, or go move to another country. . . Being American, we have the right to free speech, and I'm all for everybody putting their two cents in on everything. But when musicians or actors get really verbal and jump on a bandwagon against our government, I don't agree with that." (Blabbermouth)

  • Believed to be long lost, Elton John's 1973 performance of his holiday favorite "Step Into Christmas" from England's The Gilbert O'Sullivan Show has been discovered and digitally restored. Featuring Elton alongside his classic band line up of guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson -- along with a rare cameo from songwriting partner Bernie Taupin on percussion -- the clip it has not been seen since it was first aired 45 years ago. "Step Into Christmas" has been re-issued as a three-track digital EP featuring the original single audio, B-side of "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)" and the audio version from The Gilbert O'Sullivan Show. (Press release)

  • Legendary "Wrecking Crew" L.A. session bassist Joe Osborn died on December 14th at age 81 of undisclosed causes, although he had battled cancer over the last decade. As Best Classic Bands reported: "Osborn’s work can be heard on hundreds of recordings beginning in the early 1960's, including hits by Ricky Nelson ('Travelin’ Man,' 'Hello Mary Lou"'), Johnny Rivers ('Seventh Son,' 'Memphis'), the Fifth Dimension ('Up, Up And Away,' 'Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In'), Simon & Garfunkel ('Bridge Over Troubled Water'), the Mamas & The Papas ('California Dreamin',' 'I Saw Her Again'), the Association ('Windy'), Richard Harris ('MacArthur Park'), the Carpenters ('Close To You,' 'For All We Know'), the Grass Roots ('Midnight Confessions'), Neil Diamond ('Holly Holy'), Scott McKenzie ('San Francisco'), Gary Lewis & The Playboys ('This Diamond Ring,' 'Count Me In'), the Monkees ('Valleri'), Nancy Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Helen Reddy, Barbra Streisand, Tommy Roe, America, Bobby Sherman, the Partridge Family, Spanky & Our Gang, the Turtles, and others." Osborn relocated to Nashville in 1974 and went on to perform on a reported 53 chart-topping country hits, before moving home to his native Louisiana. (Best Classic Bands)