Birthday wishes this week to Bob Seger. Seger was born and raised in Detroit and beginning in the late 60s and especially the 70s, he made his name with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Seger hit it big with Nights Moves, Against The Wind and many other rock 'n roll classics. He's been touring almost yearly since the 70s.
Fleetwood Mac had some special guests in the house Friday night when they performed in Little Rock, Arkansas -- former Arkansas Governor and President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was Bill Clinton who laid the foundation for Fleetwood Mac reuniting in the ’90s. He used “Don’t Stop” as their campaign theme in 1992 and the Mac performed at his inauguration in 1993.
Fleetwood Mac now has a week off before starting the Canadian leg of their tour on Sunday in Winnipeg.
Paul McCartney’s Out There tour is underway as he kicked it off Saturday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. And, as reported here exclusively, he did indeed change up the set list, tossing in seven songs that he did not do on last year’s On the Run outing. From The Beatles he added in “Eight Days a Week,” “Your Mother Should Know,” “All Together Now,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Lovely Rita.” And from Wings it was "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Hi Hi Hi."
The Rolling Stones are set to release more of those cheaper priced seats at each show on their 50 and Counting Tour. The Stones kick off the tour this Friday in Los Angeles, and they've apparently been feeling the heat over high ticket prices.
The group has announced that fans will have a second opportunity to buy $85, which sold out immediately when they first went on sale. Tickets will be available at that price once production at each venue is loaded in and availablility can be determined.
Some of the "best seats in the house" will be in the Tongue Pit, with others spread out though the arena.
Rock 'n roll birthdays this week include the legendary Godfather of Soul James Brown. He was born on May 3, 1928. Beginning in the early 60s, James Brown became the definitive soul voice on American rock 'n roll radio. Brown reached the pinnacle of his career in 1965 with his smash it I Got You (I Feel Good). James Brown died on Christmas day in 2006. Click below and watch the video for Brown's hit It's a Man's Man's World from iHeartRadio:
Happy birthday to Lou Gramm. The former lead singer of Foreigner turns 63 today. Foreigner made a name for themselves in the 70s and 80s with hits like Cold As Ice, Urgent and I've Been Waiting For A Girl Like You. Lou went solo in the mid-late 80s and hit the top 10 with Midnight Blue. Click below and watch the video for Foreigner's hit Hot Blooded from iHeartRadio:
Also sending out happy birthday wishes to Lesley Gore who turns 67 this week. Leslie hit it big in the early-mid 60s with It's My Party and Judy's Turn To Cry. Leslie also dabbled in acting at the height of her popularity. She appeared on two episodes of ABC's Batman with Adam West in the 60s.
Rock 'n roll calendar: It was this week in 1979 that Elton John made history by becoming the first western rock singer to ever perform in Israel. He gave the first of three shows in three nights at the Philharmonic Hall in Jerusalem on May 1, 1979. That same year, he also performed in the Soviet Union. Rumor has it that sometime this year, Sir Elton may team up with longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin to work on new music. Click below and watch the video for Elton's 1976 hit Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word from iHeartRadio:
John Oates has decided instead of releasing an entire album, he'll instead release a single a month. His latest solo project, Good Road to Follow, features collaborations with pop act Hot Chelle Rae and country music legend Vince Gill. Fans who subscribe to his series from Elektra Records will receive a new download and exclusive content every four weeks. Click below and watch the video for the Hall & Oates smash I Can't Go For That (No Can Do):
Gloria Estefan is set to make a return in 2013. She's offering a preview of her upcoming Standards collection, which she calls an album that "brings everything full circle for me." This collection due out on September 10th and will bring "fresh ideas" to familiar material. It includes such pop standards as They Can't Take That Away From Me. Gloria hit it big in the mid 80s with The Miami Sound Machine. Click below and catch the video for Gloria's 1988 smach Can't Stay Away From You from iHeartRadio:
Fleetwood Mac's new songs are out this week on iTunes. Extended Play includes Sad Angel, Miss Fantasy and Without You--which actually dates back to the early 70s from Buckingham-Nicks (the Stevie Lindsey duo prior to Fleetwood Mac). Mick Fleetwood has indicated that he and John McVie also recorded "eight or nine" other tracks that he hopes will "become the beginnings of another Fleetwood Mac album." Fleetwood Mac's tour rolls into Dallas on June 4th at the American Airlines Center.
Click here and listen to the new Fleetwood Mac EP from iHeartRadio.