• Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen revealed that the band is nearly done with its first new album in four years. During a chat with PlanetRock.com, Collen said, "We started recording it last year on tour. . . we’d be in room like this (a portacabin) doing guitars. We’ve got the odd track on the go and that’s it really, it’s just how far you go."
  • Collen reflected on the band's last studio set, 2015's Def Leppard album, Collen said, "The last album we actually went in to do one or two songs and within a week we had 12 songs and it was like, it shocked us 'this is an album already' and it ended up more than that. Yeah, that came together really quickly and we didn’t even plan that. So, I think (this album) is going to be a different thing, there’s a bunch of songs already on the go." (PlanetRock)

  • Steve Perry spoke about how pleased he's been with the release of 2018's Traces, his first new solo album in 24 years. The former-Journey frontman appeared on The Jim Brickman Show Podcast and explained, "It's been such an interesting experience to release music into the new landscape of what it all means. We're streaming, we're still selling some on iTunes. Nobody sells records anymore; everybody's streaming. But I didn't do this to sell records. If people wanna own it and take it with them, then that's beautiful. But if you wanna listen to it, that's also beautiful, 'cause all I wanted to do -- and I said this to many of my friends; The reason I make music again was, number one, to keep a promise that I wouldn't go back into isolation. And number two, I wanted to just see if I was viable as a songwriter, singer, arranger, mixer, producer. . . And in the beginning, it was challenging, because of the new technologies. But now I've embraced the living crap out of all of it. I have a great studio." (Blabbermouth)

  • Estranged Guess Who co-founders Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings will reunite next month in their native Canada. The pair will team-up on July 18th in Toronto for a charity fundraiser benefiting Canada’s Walk of Fame at Casa Loma/ The performance will mark Bachman and Cummings' first joint performance in a decade. (FYI Music News)

  • Jon Bon Jovi's eldest son, Jesse Bongiovi shared some of his favorite words of wisdom from his rocker dad. Bongiovi revealed to Closer Weekly, "One of the best pieces of advice he’s ever given me was when we were creating (our wine) Hampton Water. He told me to take my time, to be patient and launch Hampton Water properly because once something is out in public, there’s no taking it back."
  • Bongiovi, who played football for the "fighting Irish" at Notre Dame added: "I apply that to all aspects of my life now especially when there’s an important decision to be made. Once it’s out, it’s out. It’s best to take your time to make sure it’s done exactly the way you want it because there’s no turning back." (CloserWeekly)

  • Barry Manilow has announced a 17-date Broadway run starting next month. Manilow Broadway will play at Manhattan's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from July 26th through August 27th.
  • Following runs in Atlanta and Los Angeles over that past six years, Barry Manilow's musical, titled Harmony, is set to hit New York -- and presumably Broadway -- sometime in 2020. (BroadwayWorld)

  • The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward has rolled out the make-up dates for his postponed winter run. As it stands now, Hayward will kick things off on August 6th in Burnsville, Minnesota and wind things down on August 28th in Monterey, California.
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: Justin Hayward North American tour dates (subject to change):
    August 6 - Burnsville, MN - Ames Center
    August 7 - Eau Claire, WI - Jamf Theatre at Pablo Center
    August 8 - Wausau, WI - Grand Theater
    August 9 - Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theater
    August 11 - St. Louis, MO - River City Casino and Hotel
    August 14 - Arvada, CO - Arvada Center
    August 15 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up (Aspen)
    August 17 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Resort
    August 18 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Tucson Theatre
    August 20 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
    August 21 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
    August 23 - Big Bear Lake, CA - The Cave Big Bear
    August 24 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
    August 25 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
    August 27 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center for the Arts
    August 28 - Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre

  • At least 10 artists whose master recordings may have been destroyed in a 2008 fire at a storage facility at Universal Studios Hollywood plan to sue Universal Music Group. Attorney Howard King told the Los Angeles Times that his firm plans to file lawsuits on behalf of individual clients, saying, "Claims of the people who have lost their futures in some respects are far more significant than would be dealt with in a class action."
  • As many as 500,000 recordings were destroyed in the fire, possibly including master recordings from Nirvana, Soundgarden, Guns N' Roses, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Chuck Berry, Tom Petty, Janet Jackson, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, the Eagles, Miles Davis and many more. (Spin)