With his beloved Detroit Tigers in the World Series, Bob Seger has decided he won't sing the National Anthem when the Series moves to Detroit in a few days. Seger told WCSX radio he was simply too superstitious to do the Anthem. He doesn't want to jinx the Tigers. They need all the help they can get being down 2 games to none against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
Lindsey Buckingham will release a live acoustic album on November 13th. Titled Lindsey Buckingham: One Man Show, the recording will be available only through iTunes. Lindsey has spent much of 2012 playing solo acoustic concerts. He and Stevie Nicks have both indicated 2013 will be devoted to Fleetwood Mac.
Meat Loaf is tossing his weight behind Mitt Romney in the presidential election. At a rally this week in Ohio, Meat said, "I want you to know that there is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be--Governor Mitt Romney!" He added that this was his first ever endorsement of a presidential candidate.
Burton Cummings (formerly of The Guess Who) is solo again. His off-and-on partnership with Randy Bachman (also formerly of The Guess Who) is off again. Cummings told Canadian Press, "That's doubtful now, because he's gone back with Fred Tuner and they're trying to do the whole BTO thing again. We had a great four years of Bachman-Cummings, and then we were kind of gearing up to go to Vegas and he decided he's go with Fred."
A story involving John Lennon has inspired Al Pacino's upcoming movie. Deadline.com says Imagine will star Al Pacino as a down-and-out rock and roller who finds an undelivered letter written to his 19-year old self from his hero John Lennon. The discovery leads to the character cleaning up his life and reconnecting with his son. Filming will begin in the spring of 2013.
Rod Stewart has just about finished recording his first studio album of new material in more than a decade. After dishing out his personal life on the Katie Couric talk show, Stewart revealed his current musical plans to Billboard magazine this week. He's totally finished everything on the new album except the title track, Love The Life You Live. The album will be released next spring.
Mick Jagger will be a part of the production team for an upcoming James Brown bio-pic. Deadline.com says Jagger will join Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer in the production. Grazer has been trying to make this movie for years. The Godfather of Soul's widow, Tommie Rae Brown, is also part of the production team and she told Deadline, "I am deeply honored that Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, two of my husband's favorite people, have entered into a partnership to bring his inspirational story to the big screen."
Olivia Newton-John has announced on Facebook that she'll stage her first British tour in nearly 30 years. It will begin on March 10, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
The Who's performance from the closing ceremony of this summer's London Olympic Games is being released as a limited-edition colored 12-inch single in the U.K. on November 19th, the same day the group is releasing a vinyl box set of all their studio albums. Hard to beat the real rock 'n roll sound of The Who on vinyl!
John Taylor of Duran Duran hopes his bandmates won't read his newly published book. In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran includes revelations of his addictions to both alcohol and cocaine during the band's 80s heyday, as well as how he finally gained sobriety. Taylor went on to say he had hoped the band's entire lineup would've gotten together for one one book.
Aerosmith is set to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 1st ahead of the November 6th release of their first studio album of original material in 11 years, Music From Another Dimension.
Motown founder Berry Gordy and his production team will hold open auditions in Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York for the upcoming Motown musical. They're looking to fill the roles of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye for the show.
Cher has indicated on Twitter that she's co-writing a pilot for the cable channel Logo. She writes, "It's about a major star who takes us through the beauty and underbelly of the entertainment industry in 1964." Her collaborator is apparently ex-boyfriend Ron Zimmerman, a writer for Marvel Comics.
The Rascals' reunion has doubled its initial engagement. Already booked for three shows, December 13th through the 15th at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, they've added three more shows at that venue. Tickets are now on sale for December 20th, 21st and 22nd. The shows will be Felix Cavaliere's first with members Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli in more than 40 years.
The Rolling Stones, joined by ex-members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, attended the London premiere of the band's Crossfire Hurricane documentary last Thursday in London. In their only U.S. radio interview, Keith Richards indicated Wyman and Taylor might be a part of the band's upcoming 50th anniversary shows. He said, "We're gonna try and put the boys to work. It's time to celebrate."
Frankie Valli is another rock and roll legend celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. It's the 50th anniversary of The Four Seasons' first hit, Sherry, which spent 5 weeks at #1 in 1962. To celebrate, Frankie and his current Four Seasons and a backup band began an 8-night engagement at the Broadway Theater in New York last week.