Tommy James says he's eager to incorporate aspects of his book Me, The Mob and the Music into his live shows in 2013. There'll be voices and photos showing some of the shady characters who were involved with his record label where he recorded his memorable 60s and 70s hits. Tommy joked, "It's pretty bad when the only photos of the record company executives were their mugshots!"
Yoko Ono is set to mark her 80th birthday next month on stage. Yoko Ono Plastic Band, also featuring John Lennon's son Sean Lennon, will perform on February 17th in Berlin. Yoko will turn 80 on February 18th.
Queen will reissue a classic concert film on March 12th. Live at Wembley Stadium was originally released in 1988. The upcoming 25th anniversary edition adds all the footage shot July 11th and 12th, 1986 and is re-mixed in surround sound. The 2-DVD set also includes a short documentary called The Magic Tour, including interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Prince will be honored at the Billboard Music Awards. The May 19th event will be held in Las Vegas and televised on ABC. Prince was the #1 selling male vocalist of the 80s.
Peter Asher's next big production will feature new versions of songs from Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road done by contemporary stars. Asher says the new recordings are just one phase of a major marketing and reissue to coincide with the album's 40th anniversary.
Randy Bachman has indicated that he's open to the idea of working again with his former Guess Who bandmate Burton Cummings, adding that perhaps Cummings could join Bachman and Fred Turner and call it TCB (Turner, Cummings and Bachman.). He also added the possibility of inviting Neil Young, calling it TCBY.
Showtime will air History of The Eagles, a 3-hour documentary about the band next month. The cable channel will show the documentary in two parts, on February 15th and 16th. The film incorporates new interviews with current and former members of the legendary rock 'n roll band, along with Jackson Browne (who co-wrote their debut hit Take It Easy) and Linda Ronstadt (The Eagles were here backup band initially).
Speaking of Linda Ronstadt, the music legend recently e-mailed good friend Peter Asher, asking if he might have anything she might be able to use in writing her autobiography. Asher said he "finds it fascinating" that Ronstadt, who hated giving interviews and kept her distance from the media, would write a book. He expects it to be "very musical. It's not going to be the kind of juicy memoir that people get scandalized by."