The first new track from The Rolling Stones' latest "best-of," Grrr!, will be released on Thursday. Doom and Gloom will get its worldwide debut Thursday morning on BBC Radio 2 and then available on iTunes right after it's played. Various editions of the new album will be out in full on November 13th.
The Doobie Brothers will mark their 40th anniversary with a DVD that combines performances and interviews with the band's key members. Let The Music Play--The Story of the Doobie Brothers covers four decades in which the group sold more than 40 million albums. The DVD features members Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston along with Michael McDonald, John McFee, Tiran Porter, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and more.
Elton John has lost his lawsuit against The Times of London. A High Court judge in England has ruled that the paper was not libelous when it published two articles earlier this year on the secrets of tax avoidance, which mention Elton. Hey said they implied he had been advised to engage in "immoral" schemes. Elton John has begun another residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with dates through October 28th.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the Class of 2013. Artists up for possible induction include Jimmy Buffett, B.B. King, The Kinks' Ray Davies, Elvis Costello and Jeff Lynne of ELO. Other artists include Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, along with Steven Tyer and Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Lou Gramm and Mick Jones of Foreigner. Balloting continues through December 17th.
Rick Springfield will try something a little different to promote his new album Songs For The End Of The World, he'll perform aboard a New York City subway train. The singer-actor will have his hat in hand as he entertains this week aboard the #1 line beginning at 34th Street--with proceeds going to his various children's and animal charities.
CBS has scheduled a one hour tribute to the late Whitney Houston. She will be honored by celebrities like Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Usher, Celine Dion, CeCe Winans and Jennifer Hudson. The show is scheduled to air on November 13th.
Happy 64th birthday to Jackson Browne. Jackson made himself well known in the early 70s when he began writing and performing some with The Eagles (Linda Ronstadt's backup band at the time). Browne co-wrote The Eagles' first hit Take It Easy in 1972. Later in the 70s, he recorded big hits on his own including Doctor My Eyes and Running On Empty. Jackson Browne is still recording and touring some.
Neil Sedaka revisits his songbook on his new release. The Real Neil is now available in Britain and on-line. It offers piano and vocal interpretations of his classics like Laughter In The Rain, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and more. There's also a bonus track, a version of his Manhattan Intermezzo, featuring The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fundraising is underway for a documentary on iconic 60s singer-songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. The 60s duo wrote the debut hit Last Train to Clarksville for The Monkees. They also had acting roles on The Flying Nun, Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeannie.
Mike Love says he wants to "set the record straight" about the seemingly endless acrimonious end of The Beach Boys' reunion tour. Love told the The Los Angeles Times he "did not fire Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys...I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson...He's my cousin by birth and my brother in music." Mike went on to say that the bigger 15-piece lineup they've been touring with are not economically feasible for smaller cities--which he feels will remain important to sustain their fan base.
Rod Stewart's The Autobiography goes on sale next week. Stewart told London's Daily Mail, "Women literally threw themselves at The Faces because we were cute and we were British." And though he's done his share of drugs, Rod says he didn't want to become a "Keith Richards, or worse."
Pete Townshend's much anticipated autobiography, Who I Am, hits store shelves this week. More than a decade in the making, Townshend says he is nervous that some of what he wrote will upset those who are closest to him. He went to add that some of those he is hardest on are no longer alive, including legendary Who drummer Keith Moon.