Eric Clapton announced a tribute concert for early next year in celebration of the life and work of his late-Cream bandmate Ginger Baker. Baker died on October 6th at the age of 80 after years of failing health.
According to the official Where'sEric.com website: "Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker will take place Monday, February 17th, at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. The set list for the concert will look to honor Baker’s lifetime in music and will, of course, include Clapton and Baker’s work together in Cream and Blind Faith. Forthcoming announcements will detail the artist line-up. The event will be held in aid of Leonard Cheshire, a charity close to the Baker family."
Paul McCartney has expanded his 2020 "Freshen Up" European tour dates. In addition to his previous announced Italian gigs and his appearance at England's Glastonbury festival, the former-Beatle has just announced four show in France and a single date in Belgium.
UPDATED: Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
May 23 – Lille, France -Pierre Mauroy Stadium
May 26 – Paris, France – La Defense Arena
May 31 – Bordeaux, France – Stadium Matmut
June 7 – Lyon, France – Groupama Stadium
June 2 – Werchter, Belgium – TW Classic Festival
June 10 – Naples, Italy – Piazza Plebiscito
June 13 – Lucca, Italy – Mura Storiche
June 27 – Somerset, England – Glastonbury Festival
Bryan Adams has just unveiled his video for the new, original track "Joe And Mary," from his five-track EP, titled Christmas. The clip features Adams "reimagining the classic Christmas story of Joseph and Mary, cruising around Vancouver in a vintage Buick car with his very own pregnant 'Mary' looking for shelter." (Press release)
Doors studio bassist Doug Lubahn died on November 20th at age 71. Prior to recording with the Doors, Lubahn was a a member of the L.A. psychedelic band Clear Light, and eventually played bass on three of the Doors classics — 1967's Strange Days, 1968's Waiting For The Sun, and 1969's The Soft Parade. Although asked to join the band as a permanent member, Lubahn, declined. Lubahn, who went on to play with Billy Squier and Ted Nugent, saw his song "Treat Me Right" hit Number 18 through Pat Benatar. (Loudwire)
Nancy Wilson is hopeful that new Heart music will be in the offinbg for 2020, expalining, "I’ve got a lot of song ideas in my head and in my notes on my phone, and (I’ve been) singing into my phone. So I think that new Heart material would be really great, because the last album we did was Beautiful Broken, (where) we kind of redid some of our favorite (songs from Heart's catalogue)." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Rod Stewart revealed that he and Elton John are currently on the outs. The longtime buddies, have nearly made a career of tongue-in-cheek one-upsmanship — as is well documented in Elton's new memoir, Me. During a chat with Scottish Radio, Rod explained: "I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat because I criticized his tour as being money grabbing." (The Telegraph)
Last year, Rod slammed Elton's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, claiming it "stinks of selling tickets” and is “not rock n' roll."
Robbie Robertson has released a new holiday single as a digital download. Robertson said of the song in a statement, "We love Christmas and the holidays. (They) bring good cheer, and also stress and depression, so I wanted to do a song that celebrates both sides and have a little fun." Proceeds from the single will be donated to the American Indian College Fund. (Rolling Stone)