Quick Takes On John Fogerty, Sting, Jefferson Airplane, Lou Reed, And Johnny Cash
John Fogerty has got a hit album on his hands. His just released "duets" collection, Wrote A Song For Everyone, entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number Three, selling an impressive 51,319 copies in its first week. The album, which features team-ups with Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, and others, is Fogerty's highest charting album since 1985's Centerfield and his highest ever career debut -- even including his legendary albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Sting has enlisted the help of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for vocals on his upcoming studio set. The album, called The Last Ship, will be released on September 24th, and features songs included in Sting's upcoming musical of the same name. The album marks the Police leader's first new material since 2003's Sacred Love collection. There's been no word as to whether Johnson is featured as a solo vocalist or on how many tracks he appears. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna drummer Joey Covington died in car crash on June 4th in Palm Springs, California at the age of 67. In 1969, Covington helped form Hot Tuna with the Airplane's Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, and Paul Kantner while lead singer Grace Slick recovered from surgery. He added percussion to the Airplane's 1969 Volunteers album and in 1970 replaced longtime member Spencer Dryden on drums. Covington quit the band in 1972 but co-wrote Jefferson Starship's 1976 Top 20 hit, "With Your Love." (Rolling Stone)
Lou Reed spoke to the press for the first time since his liver transplant last month, telling Reuters: "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regime has served me well all of these years. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."
Reed's wife, musician Laurie Anderson, posted a message on Facebook regarding Reed's condition, which read: "When I was speaking recently with a journalist from the London Times I said, 'I don't think Lou will ever fully recover.' We were not talking about his physical condition. Lou is in the best physical shape in years -- strong and energetic. He has a wonderful new life now and can do anything he wants. We were talking about how a traumatic event -- a surgery or a calamity -- can change your life. These things make you reevaluate everything in your life. And while they mark you forever, these traumas can be extremely positive. And I think for Lou this is especially true. He gets a chance to see things with enormous perspective. We couldn't be happier at the way this turned out."
Out now is the official Johnny Cash U.S. postage stamp. The commemorative stamp is a "forever" stamp, which means you can use the stamp in the future regardless of if and when the price of postage goes up. The image selected for the stamp is the promotional photo for the 1963 compilation, Ring Of Fire: The Best Of Johnny Cash. (Vintage Vinyl News)