• Elton John is mourning the loss of his mother-in-law, Gladys Furnish, mother of Elton's husband, David Furnish. On Thursday (October 24th), during his Toronto concert, Elton dedicated "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" to her. He posted a message to fans on Saturday (October 26th) postponing that evening's show, writing on social media, "To my dear fans in Indianapolis: It is with the heaviest heart that I'm forced to deliver the news that I am extremely unwell and therefore unable to perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight. I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible. The date will be rearranged for March 2020, and I promise I will deliver the show you deserve. Thank you so much for your support and understanding… Elton x"
    • Elton John performs tonight (October 28th) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

  • Little Feat guitarist and vocalist Paul Barrere died on October 26th at age 71 following a battle with liver cancer. Barrere officially joined Little Feat during the sessions for 1973's Dixie Chicken. Over the years, Barrere co-wrote such classics as "Feats Don't Fail Me Now," "Skin It Back," and "Time Loves A Hero," among others.
  • Jambands.com reported Barrere was an early member of Phil Lesh & Friends, and "also performed as a duo with Little Feat bandmate Fred Tackett, and also maintained a band called Better Daze with musician Roger Cole." (JamBands.com)

  • Pete Townshend appeared on Saturday night (October 26th) at UCLA's Royce Hall in a live performance of his wife Rachel Fuller's Animal Requiem. Townshend, sans guitar, backed by a string ensemble, and holding a lyric sheet, performed his first-ever rendition of Paul McCartney's 1968 Beatles classic, "Blackbird."
    • Animal Requiem was created in part in the memory of Fuller and Townshend's deceased dogs.

  • Gene Simmons revealed that Kiss' "farewell tour" will run another two years. During a chat with Dennis Miller, who was subbing for Larry King on Ora TV's Larry King Now, Simmons revealed, "It's a long one. We've got another two years of staying out there. We've already done 93 cities around the world, (and we are) coming back again. But the reality is that I'm 70. By the time I'm 72, it's time to get off the stage. We've both seen bands that stayed too long on that stage. You wanna get off the stage before they're tired of you. Leave them wanting more. Don't stay on there too long." (Blabbermouth)

  • Jeff Lynne's ELO has just released "Time Of Our Life," the second video from his new album, From Out Of Nowhere. The new set was written, arranged, performed, and produced by Lynne. Musically, "Time Of Our Life" hearkens back to ELO's '70s heyday -- and even name-checks the band's 1976 classic "Telephone Line." The tune was written about, and features footage from, ELO's June 24th, 2017 sold-out concert at London's Wembley Stadium.
  • Dhani Harrison, Willie Nelson, Jakob Dylan, Willie's sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, and Amos Lee have joined forces to cover Tom Petty's long-unreleased, and posthumously issued song, "For Real." A video for what looks like a teaser for a tribute album was posted across all of Petty's official social media platforms, with the cryptic instruction -- "stay tuned."