- Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has released a deluxe, expanded 15-track version of his 2018 album Traces online. Blabbermouth reported, “Fans can purchase the album digitally, on CD and in two 180-gram 2-LP vinyl versions, one that features a collectible, limited-edition 3D lenticular cover. In addition, brand-new, special edition merchandise is now available exclusively on Steve's online store.” The new bonus tracks are “October In New York,” “Angel Eyes,” “Call On Me,” “Could We Be Somethin' Again,” and “Blue Jays Fly.” (Blabbermouth)
- Steve Perry's Traces was released on October 15th, 2018. The album, which marked Perry's first new music in 24 years, debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number Six and the magazine's Current Rock albums chart at Number Two.
- Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson says he's come to terms with the band calling it a day. In a new interview with Planet Rock magazine, Lifeson revealed, “It wasn’t until a year later (after the final gig) that I started to feel better about it all. I realized we’d gone out on a high note. . . I remember looking around the whole arena and trying to take it all in. The lighting. The crowd. The people around me. It was very emotional for us. . . I loved the way we presented those shows, starting with 'Clockwork Angels' and then working our way back to the very beginning. But had we done a typical-length tour of about 80 dates, I think I would have been more satisfied with it.”
- When pressed about if he's fully accepted that Rush will never perform again, Lifeson said: “Yes, I think so. I don’t want to be in a band and tour any more. I don’t feel the need to carry on with what I did for almost half-a-century. I’m fine with it now. And I’m as busy as I would ever want to be.” (Planet Rock)
- Legendary surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale has died at age 81. Dale, who was best remembered for songs such as “Miserlou” and “Let's Go Trippin',” was a grassroots Southern California hero in the late-1950's drawing record breaking crowds at such early stomping grounds such as Newport Beach's Rendezvous Ballroom. Dale, who was born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston in 1937, had battled multiple health issues over the years — including cancer, renal failure, diabetes, among other maladies. He is survived by his wife Lana and his son James, who often drummed for his father. (SFGate)
- Aerosmith has uploaded a promo video for the band's upcoming “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency. The black and white clip is just short of a minute-and-a-half and features recent rehearsal footage of the band against the 1993 studio track of “Deuces Are Wild” from 1993's Get A Grip.
- Aerosmith “Deuces Are Wild” residency dates (subject to change):
April 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
June 19, 22, 24, 27, 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
July 2, 4, 7, 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
August 8, 10, 14 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
August 16, 18 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
August 21, 24, 26, 29 – Springfield, MA – MGM Springfield
September 21, 23, 26, 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
October 1, 3, 6, 8 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
November 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
December 1, 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
- Keith Richards has released the lyric video for “Big Town Playboy” — one of the six bonus tracks on the upcoming deluxe reissue of his 1988 solo debut, Talk Is Cheap. The track features former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and Chuck Berry's famed pianist Johnny Johnson.
- The “Big Town Playboy” clip is a teaser to the six-disc 30th anniversary super deluxe edition of Talk Is Cheap, which is due out on March 29th.
- Talk Is Cheap was originally released on October 3rd, 1988 and peaked at Number 24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.