• Foreigner's co-founding frontman Lou Gramm announced that he has played his final solo gig. Ultimate Classic Rock reported during Gramm's Saturday night (December 29th) show at Proctor’s in Schenectady, New York, Gramm said, "he’d enjoyed 'quite a few years of a lot of fun' but that he’d been 'talking a little bit with my wife and some people in the business.' He added, 'You get real excited when you start out in this business, but you’ve got to be smart enough to know when to walk away from it too. I just feel it’s that time for me.'"
  • Although Gramm will retire from solo shows, he still has a few dates on the books as part of the Rock Pack -- which also features former Asia frontman John Payne -- and Gramm will presumably still guest with the other original members of Foreigner at special event shows. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Pink Floyd's co-founding drummer Nick Mason has made Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honors List, for "services to music." Mason has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), which is one level below the knighthood. Back in 2003, David Gilmour also received the prestigious CBE award. The Queen's Honors are handed out twice a year, in June and at the New Year, and are awarded to people for all types of service, including the performing arts. (LouderSound.com)

  • Ace Frehley admits that Eddie Money makes him cry. When asked what song brings him to tears, the former-Kiss guitarist revealed, "On my new record (Spaceman), I did a remake of this old song, 'I Wanna Go Back,' that Eddie Money had a hit with in the '80s.That song makes me cry. The words take me back to my youth and my high school says. I identified so much with the song, so I knew I could do a good job with it." (Classic Rock Magazine)

  • It looks as though Jon Anderson's long-in-the works solo album, 1000 Hands, will finally see release in 2019. Best Classic Bands reported that the album, which the Yes frontman began back in 1990, features Anderson's past and present Yes bandmates -- including late-co-founding bassist Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Rabin. Other high-profile guest on the set are Anderson's longtime collaborator Jean Luc Ponty, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, jazz greats Chick Corea and Billy Cobham, along with Pat Travers and Rick Derringer. 1000 Hands will mark Anderson's first solo set since 2011’s Survival & Other Stories. No hard release date has been announced. (Best Classic Bands)

  • Washington state's Renton Highlands Post Office has officially been renamed the James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix Post Office. The Seattle Times reported the building in the Seattle suburb of Renton, is less than a mile from where Jimi Hendrix is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park cemetery. The bill was passed unanimously with the sponsorship of Rep. Adam Smith, and supported by both of Washington’s U.S. senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
    • Congressman Smith said in a statement: "I am honored to join in paying tribute to rock and roll icon and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix with the renaming of the Renton Highlands Post Office as the James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix Post Office Building. This designation will further celebrate Hendrix’s deep connection to the Puget Sound region and help ensure that his creative legacy will be remembered by our community and inspire future generations." (The Seattle Times)