80s singer Paul Young has built a second career as a "foodie." The British singer who took Daryl Hall's song Every Time You Go Away to #1 in 1985, has become a chef and cookbook author. His new cookbook Recipes on My Travels includes recipes he picked up during his time on the road around the world. He says it's about the "food I tasted around the world that ignited my taste buds and that I wanted to make for my friends back home."
The word on the street has it The Rolling Stones will announce their tour at the end of the month and that it will be promoted by AEG. There's been a lot of talk of a 2013 tour since the legendary band celebrated its "50th anniversary" on the road last year.
There's more coming out about the upcoming Carole King musical Beautiful. Playbill.com says the show will follow Carole's life from ages 16 to 29. That's when she established herself as a legendary songwriter with hits like Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles, The Locomotion by Little Eva and Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees. It will cover the period up to the release of Carole's legendary Tapestry album. Rehearsals begin in August for the show's intital production before it moves to Broadway in early 2014.
Harry Casey (KC of KC & The Sunshine Band) is set to appear on the April 6th episode of Paula Deen's Food Network program. KC's website says he will put a healthy spin on some roadside favorites, including a grilled portabello mushroom burger and more sensible food choices.
A remarkable archive of Beach Boys related memorabilia from the 60s and 70s will be auctioned off next month by Fame Bureau in London. The Independent in Great Britain reports that the items, which were recovered from a Florida storage facility, range from manuscripts on which songs were written, to photos, letters and contracts. The highlights include the songwriting agreement signed by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the hit Do It Again. The collection, which is valued at $10 million, will be previewed in New York on April 15th.
Bob Seger and Kid Rock combined their shows last Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota and Saturday in Fargo, North Dakota. Kid opened the show and then came out at the end of the night to join Seger on several encores, including Night Moves and All Summer Long.
Stephen Stills has a new album on the way, one that pays tribute to a disc he contributed to in 1968. Stills has teamed up with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Can't Get Enough, a 10-song collection. The album contains a cover of Neil Young's Rockin' in the Free World and will be released on May 28th.
Sad news to report. Spinners co-founder Bobbie Smith has passed away. He died Saturday from complications of lung cancer. He was 76. The Detroit group spent much of the 60s with Motown, but lost behind The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Miracles and then up-and-coming Jackson Five. The quit the label in 1971, after their first major hit It's A Shame. They signed with Atlantic Records and recorded a series of hits including I'll Be Around and Could It Be I'm Falling In Love.