Grateful Dead co-founders Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann will team up for a special New Year's Eve gig dubbed “Rising Up To Paradise” on December 31st in Kauai, Hawaii at the still-to-be-announced location “The Crazy Rooster Ranch.” The musician's ensemble for the night has been named the Big Swell and includes such notables and Dead sidemen as Jeff Chimenti, Robin Sylvester, Steve Kimock, Wally Ingram, and George Porter Jr. Also on the bill is Taj Mahal and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell fronting his solo band the Dirty Knobs. Proceeds will go “toward local non-profit environmental organizations The Hanalei Initiative and Earthjustice.” For more info, log on to (JamBase) Jon Bon Jovi clearly is not a fan of reality television. During an appearance on Australia's The Sunday Project, he revealed, “I think it’s horrific that we live in that world and I can tell you I’ve never given 60 seconds of my life, EVER, to one of those Housewives of Blah Blah and Kardashians.” The New Jersey rocker went on to slam Kim Karadshian, asking the rhetoric question: “What’s gonna be in your autobiography? 'I made a porno and guess what I got famous.' F***, sorry, I’ll pass!” Bon Jovi, who entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, went on to explain that his celebrity is a byproduct of having actually created something: “Go and write a book, paint a painting, act, study, sing, play write. Fame is a byproduct of writing a good song.” ( Tonight (Tuesday, October 30th), Stephen Stills will appear in Irving, Texas in support of democratic El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke at the last of his historic “Get Out The Vote” concerts featuring Texas artists. According to the press release, “other artists on the bill feature performances by fellow Texans, Ryan Bingham, the Flatlanders, and Hayes Carll, with special guest appearances by Cake. It is open to the press and O’Rourke will speak in between musical sets.” (Press release) On Sunday (October 28th) Steely Dan's late-co-founder Walter Becker, who died of cancer last September at age 67, had a corner named after him in his native Queens. The corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive in the Forest Hills section of the borough where he grew up is now co-named “Walter Becker Way.” Becker's widow Delia said in the press release announcing the event: “Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding 'Danfests' throughout the country and they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!” Best Classic Bands reported: “The event’s keynote speaker was screenwriter Howard A. Rodman, who met Becker in the neighborhood when they were both ten and remained his lifelong friend.” (Best Classic Bands) Unreleased George Michael music will be featured in the 2019 holiday comedy directed by Paul Feig, titled after the 1984 Wham! classic, “Last Christmas.” According to Variety, “The film will also premiere brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist, who sold more than 115 million albums and recorded 10 Number One singles over the course of his career. He died on Christmas day in 2016 at the age of 53.” (Variety) Roger Waters has posted the trailer to his new adaptation to Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Ultimate Classic Rock reported: “The Pink Floyd icon narrates the 46-track composition, which was first performed in France in 1918 and originally titled L'Histoire du Soldat.” Waters said in a statement: “I’m hugely proud of it and I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to be part of a production of what I consider to be not just a great piece of work from Stravinsky, but, I think, an amazingly beautiful piece of recording.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)

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