• Neil Diamond, who has retired from performing after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, made a special stop on Saturday (July 28th) to thank local firefighters. The songwriting legend and wife Katie McNeill visited the Incident Command post in Basalt, Colorado and performed his classic "Sweet Caroline" in appreciation for their efforts to stop the Lake Christine Fire, which started back on July 3rd "and has already scorched 12,000 acres of land." According to Rolling Stone, the fire is now 45 percent contained.
  • Diamond told the firefighters: "I want to take you all home, I want to give you a kiss, I want to make dinner for you, and I just want to say thank you from the people of this area for coming down and this town has not been this happy since. . . I don’t know. I’ve been here for 20 years and you’ve made everybody happier. The heaviness on our hearts is gone and we know the cavalry is here and we say thank you to each of you for making this trip." (Rolling Stone)

  • A Bob Seger-themed restaurant has been opened by a fan in Unionville, Michigan. Dennis Collon's restaurant, named Cat Man Do, is centered around the Michigan hero, whom Collon -- a retired teacher -- actually hung out with back in 1967 after a Bob Seger & The Last Heard concert. MLive.com posted, "The menu features entrees such as the 'Silver Bullet' burger, 'Katmandu' burger and 'Bob Seger' grilled ham and cheese. Each menu item bears a Seger reference. Beer and Club Keno are also offered at the restaurant. Collon said he checked with his lawyer to make sure he wasn't breaking any laws in terms of licensing by using Seger's song titles and naming the bar after his song."
  • Collon -- who shares a few mutual friends with Bob Seger-- says Seger passed along a message to him, stating: "I guarantee we'll be up there in some point in time. I won't tell you when and I won't tell you how long. But we will make a stop in there." (MLive.com)

  • Led Zeppelin has just posted the official trailer for its legendary 1976 soundtrack to its classic concert film The Song Remains The Same, with the reissue featuring newly remastered sound supervised by Jimmy Page. The set, due out on September 7th, rounds out the deluxe reissue series of their classic albums that began in 2014, building to the band's 50th anniversary celebration starting this year. The Song Remains The Same was recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden on July 27th, 28th, and 29th, 1973, when the band was on tour behind their chart-topping Houses Of The Holy album. The double live album was released on October 22nd, 1976 and went on to peak at Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
  • According to the press release, the new edition "will be released in multiple formats, including the full album's debut in hi-res 5.1 surround sound on Blu-ray. The 'Super Deluxe Boxed Set' will be the most exquisite and elaborate release in the reissue series, recreating the intricate embossing of the set's original issue and will also mark the first time the full length film and soundtrack have been available in the same package.
    • On the four-LP set, Page made a change to the track sequence, allowing the epic, 29-minute version of "Dazed And Confused" to be featuring in its entirety on one side of vinyl for the first time."