• The long-awaited new album from former-Journey frontman Steve Perry will be called Traces and is set for release on October 5th. The album popped up on a now taken down Amazon site, but Ultimate Classic Rock posted both the cover artwork and tracklisting. The 10-track album features the new songs: "No Erasin'," "We're Still Here," "Most Of All," "No More Cryin'," "In The Rain," "Sun Shines Gray," "You Belong To Me," "Easy To Love," "I Need You," and "We Fly." The album marks Perry's first new solo set since 1994's For The Love Of Strange Medicine. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • The New York Times reported that the ailing Aretha Franklin received a visit from old friends Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and her ex-husband Glynn Turman on Tuesday (August 14th). The "Queen Of Soul's" nephew Tim Franklin gave an update on his aunt's health, telling People, "She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people. Family is there with her. She’s home. I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking. She’s watching TV, so God forbid she sees all of this 'Aretha’s dead' (news), so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that. . . (She) is sick . . . (we're) trying to keep her spirits up and go from there. We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing." (People)

  • John Mellencamp's latest art exhibition will take place in Youngstown, Ohio at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. The show, titled John Mellencamp: Expressionist, opens on September 20th and runs through November 18th. Billboard reported: "The show is Mellencamp’s second show with the Butler after his 2013-14 exhibition at the museum’s Trumbull Branch in suburban Howland." (Billboard)