Some Quick Takes On Fleetwood Mac, Springsteen, Clapton, Chicago and Jerry Lee Lewis' Band
Looks like 2013 will finally be the year for Fleetwood Mac. The band, which has been off the road for three years, is gearing up early in the New Year, with Stevie Nicks revealing, "We go into rehearsals somewhere around the end of February. So . . . if everything goes to plan, we should probably be out (on the road) by end of April (or) May, I would think."
She went on to say that for the first time since 2003, some new music might be on the horizon for the band: "Well, actually, maybe like two songs, maybe four, who knows? We don't really know yet 'cause we're not in the world of Fleetwood Mac yet." (ABC News)
Bruce Springsteen has added one final stop to his current Wrecking Ball tour. Backstreets.com posted that "The Boss" will wrap up his performances this year with a December 10th concert in Mexico City, Mexico's Palacio De Los Deportes. The show is being billed as: "the final stop of the Wrecking Ball Tour 2012." Springsteen wraps up his U.S. dates on December 6th in Glendale, Arizona.
Insider reports have told us that Eric Clapton's upcoming Crossroads Guitar Festival will be held on April 12th and 13th, 2013 at New York's Madison Square Garden. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the rehab center Clapton founded in 1997. Clapton launched the festival in 2004 with it running again in 2007 and 2010. So far, nothing has been confirmed and no acts have been announced.
The last festival took place on June 26th, 2012 at Chicago's Toyota Park in Chicago. Among the headliners that performed were the Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, B.B. King, and Sheryl Crow.
Chicago has updated its schedule with a total of seven shows for their final run of the year. After returning from their upcoming tour of Southeast Asia, Chicago kicks things off on November 10th at Fairfax, Virginia's Patriot Center before winding things down nine days later in the heart of New York City's Times Square at B.B. King Blues Club.
Chicago North American tour dates (subject to change):
November 10 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
November 12 - Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium
November 13 - Champaign, IL - Assembly Hall
November 15 - Tiffin, OH - The Ritz Theatre
November 16 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
November 17 - Troy, OH - Hobart Arena
November 19 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
Musician B.B. Cunningham Jr., a 15-year-veteran member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, was murdered on Sunday morning (October 14th) following a shootout in Memphis, which also left a 16-year-old boy dead. Cunningham, who was working as on duty as a security guard in an apartment complex, was 70-years-old. A 22-year-old suspect is in police custody. Cunningham got his break as part of the touring version of Ronnie & The Daytonas, who were best known for their 1964 Top Five smash, "G.T.O." He was on board when the band became the Hombres and scored a Number 12 hit with 1967's "Let It All Hang Out," which Cunningham co-wrote. (Pollstar)