• Neal Schon took to social media once again to protect his wife Michaele, who films his nightly guitar solos during Journey's concerts. Last month he posted a call to fans to look out for her after she had been hassled by security. Now, Schon -- who was told he could not hire his own personal security detail -- has posted again: "Hello dear fans. Like to thank you for your continued support. God bless my wife, Michaele. It seems that after being out here continually for 9 years with me that’s she’s now been harassed for the 2nd time by Live Nation hired Security for shooting my solos. . . So after this short break when we come back out to continue the 3rd leg of our tour with Def Leppard plz if you see her shooting video for me, if you see any strange activity, film it and send it to us. . . If anyone seeing anything disturbing with security on my side of the stage -- your right plz -- take out cell and video it. Unfortunately some still do not know she’s my wife. . . thank u all." (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Tom Petty's hometown of Gainesville, Florida has announced it will hold a two-day "birthday bash" for its late favorite son on October 19th and 20th at the city’s Depot Park. The event, sponsored by the Strategic Initiatives and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Departments, will be held at the local spot immortalized by his pre-fame band Mudcrutch, and will serve as "a musical festival celebrating the life and legacy of Tom Petty through diverse musical performances, art and community engagement." (Best Classic Bands)
    • Petty, who died at age 66 last October 2nd, suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema. Prior to his death, Petty, who was suffering from a broken hip, had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic (sleep aid) Restoril, and generic Celexa, which treats depression.

  • Eric Clapton has repaid the favor to frequent touring and studio guitarist Doyle Bramhall II by appearing on a track on his upcoming set. "Slowhand" plays on the track "Everything You Need" on Bramhall's album Shades, which will be released on October 5th. Among the other high profile guests featured on the set are Nora Jones and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. (LiveForLiveMusic.com)

  • ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has announced a 20-date fall tour in support of his second album, The Big Bad Blues, which drops on September 21st. Gibbons, who'll feature former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum on the tour, said of the new album, "There’s something very primordial within the art form, nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks! I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the lineup of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy (Waters), all three Kings (B.B., Albert, and Freddie.) The lengthy list of champions is forever carved in stone." (Press release)
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: Billy Gibbons tour dates (subject to change):
      October 13 - Riverside, IA - Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
      October 14 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
      October 16 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
      October 17 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone
      October 18 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
      October 20 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
      October 21 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
      October 23 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
      October 25 - Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
      October 26 - Beverly, MA - The Cabot Theater
      October 28 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
      October 30, 31 - New York, NY - Iridium Jazz Club
      November 1 - Washington, DC - Pearl Street Warehouse
      November 3 - Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
      November 5 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
      November 6 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues Orlando
      November 9 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
      November 10 - Fort Worth, TX - Billy Bob’s Texas
      November 11 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater
      November 15 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
      November 16 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
      November 18 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour