• Foo Fighters were joined onstage during their Saturday night (July 14th) show in Wantagh, New York by actor John Travolta, who sang along and did a few dance moves as the band performed a little of "You're The One That I Want" from Travolta's hit 1978 movie Grease. The band was also joined during their set by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who got behind the kit for a cover of the Faces' "Stay With Me" while Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins handled lead vocals. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Paul McCartney has just added a December 5th date for Vienna, Austria at Vienna Stadhalle. McCartney said in a press release, "I can’t believe it’s been five years since our last concert in Austria. We are really excited to be returning for what should be an extra special night. We’ve got so many great memories of Austria and we know we’ll make some more this year. The audience have always been so welcoming and up for rocking out with us. Get ready for another big night of partying."
  • So far, McCartney's upcoming "Freshen Up" tour will take in spots in Canada, the U.S., England, Scotland, and Poland. McCartney's new album Egypt Station drops on September 7th.

  • Ray Davies has given yet another update regarding the long awaited Kinks reunion between himself, younger brother Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory. During a chat with SiriusXM, Davies said, "If I can get Dave and Mick in the same room -- I’ve spoken with them independently and they’re both on board spiritually, but whether they can handle it, I don’t know. I’ve got all these great songs -- I think they’re great -- that need to be aired. There’s something about the chemistry of the Kinks. If I can get them on the right day, we can produce it. It will be down to the music -- if we can make four or five tracks that we really feel are energized and in keeping with what we can do, I’ll consider it."
  • Last month Davies released his latest solo album, Our Country: Americana Act II. (Best Classic Bands)

  • Bruce Springsteen's teenage bandmate George Theiss, the frontman for the Castiles, died of lung cancer at age at 68. Theiss had recently relocated from his native New Jersey to Salisbury, North Carolina with his wife Diana of the last 48 years. It was through Theiss -- who was dating Springsteen's younger sister, Ginny -- that he got the nod to join his first semi-pro band. Theiss was one of Springsteen's guests during his 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Springsteen's 2016 album Chapter And Verse featured two Castiles recordings -- the 1966 Springsteen/Theiss co-write "Baby, I" and a live 1967 take on "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover."
  • According to NJarts.com, "After the Castiles broke up, Theiss worked as a carpenter, in addition to playing in bands. In 1986, he contributed -- along with Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Max Weinberg, Bobby Bandiera and many others -- to a charity single, 'We’ve Got The Love,' by the all-star charity group, Jersey Artists For Mankind. In 2008, he was selected for inclusion on a plaque on the Asbury Park boardwalk, honoring some of the city’s legendary’s musicians."

  • Jason Bonham revealed that Sammy Hagar & The Circle's new album will be a "concept album." In May 2015, the band released its debut live album, titled, At Your Service, featuring Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and solo Hagar favorites. Bonham, who drums in the band with bassist Michael Anthony, and guitarist Robert Westerholt, told Sonic Perspectives: "What (Hagar) wanted to do was do something very different than he's ever done, which is send you on a journey, like the old days where the placement of each (song) is vital for it to make sense. On Father's Day, I was on tour and I went into the studio. Because (Hagar) sent me a new song that he wanted to add to the album. I had a day off and did that. And literally I got the mix back from (him) yesterday."(Blabbermouth)

  • Brian Wilson is back on the road for a string on North American dates with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Wilson, who'll be heading overseas after the current U.S. run, was forced to postpone a handful of spring shows in order to undergo back surgery. The upcoming concerts will alternate between straight ahead Beach Boys and solo hits-based shows along with a few "final" performances of the Pet Sounds album performed in its entirety.
    • Brian Wilson North American summer tour dates (subject to change):
      July 19 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center ('Pet Sounds': The Final Performances)
      July 20 - Lincoln, RI - Twin River Event Center (Greatest Hits Live!)
      July 21 - Mt. Pocono, PA - Mt. Airy Casino (Greatest Hits Live!)
      July 22 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center (Pet Sounds': The Final Performances)
      July 24 - Wilmington, NC - The Wilson Center ('Pet Sounds': The Final Performances)
      July 25 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center ('Pet Sounds': The Final Performances)

  • Alter Bridge will release Live At The Royal Albert Hall on September 7th, a 21-song concert set recorded and filmed during the band's October 2017 performances at London, England's famous Royal Albert Hall with the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra. The set is available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Future Song Foundation -- an organization that singer Myles Kennedy is closely involved with. (Blabbermouth)