- Coming on March 19th will be the six-disc 30th anniversary super deluxe edition of Keith Richards' solo debut, Talk Is Cheap. Richards' co-producer, drummer, and songwriter collaborator Steve Jordan remastered the 1988 set, which includes six unreleased bonus tracks featuring Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, bassist Bootsy Collins, and legendary Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. The super deluxe edition features the unreleased songs on CD and vinyl, also with vinyl singles of “Take It So Hard”/”I Could Have Stood You Up” and “No Mistake”/”It Means A Lot.”
- SuperDeluxeEdition.com posted: “In addition to that audio, 80-page hardcover book with an Anthony DeCurtis essay featuring a new Keith interview, as well as the usual ‘rare and unseen’ photos from personal archives. This set also throws in 'stuff' like tour laminates, lyric sheets, a reproduction Talk Is Cheap playback invite, guitar pick and two posters. A two-CD deluxe is also available with album and bonus tracks, and a standard remastered vinyl edition is also available. An 'indies-only' red vinyl exclusive edition is also being marketed.” The box set will run about $175. (Super Deluxe Edition)
- Guitarist Neal Schon has announced two upcoming dates from his side band Journey Through Time. The shows, which will span the entirety of Journey's catalogue, features Schon, Santana and Journey co-founder Gregg Rolie, former-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo — who also handles lead vocals, Marco Mendoza — best known for his work with Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake — on bass and vocals, along with multi-instrumentalist Marti Frederiksen and Chris Collins on guitar and keyboards. So far, the only two dates on the books are February 22nd at Jackson, California's Jackson Rancheria Casino and February 23rd at Oakland, California's Fox Theater.
- Schon said in a statement: “We're really going to play anything that's in our repertoire — anything that Journey has recorded. I plan on mixing it up a lot and not playing the same set. Stuff from our first three records — we're going to update that a little bit – and have some fun jamming!” (AntiMusic)
- Van Morrison performed a special tribute on Monday (January 14th) at Northern Ireland's Conlig Presbyterian Church during the funeral of his longtime friend, the historian and politician Ian Adamson. According to the report, “Adamson was a former Lord Mayor of Belfast and the author of a series of books exploring the roots of Northern Ireland’s identity. He died (on January 9th) at 74.” Also attending the funeral was Irish President Michael Higgins and ex-Formula One racing star Eddie Irvine. (Billboard)
Toto's chart-topping 1982 classic “Africa” is the basis of a new art installation that aims to play the song “on loop in a Namibian desert — for eternity.” CNN reported “German-Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has set up the sound installation, called 'Toto Forever,' in an undisclosed location in the 1,200 mile-long Namib Desert. . . Siedentopf is using solar batteries to power the entire installation, which consists of plinths supporting six speakers attached to a single MP3 player that contains one track: Toto's 'Africa.'” (CNN)