Quick Takes On Freddie Mercury, Blondie, Styx, Rod Stewart And Carly Simon
Although its release has been announced as "imminent" several times since 2011, the long awaited 1983 Freddie Mercury - Michael Jackson demos are said to be set for release this year. Two of the three songs have already made their way onto the Internet in their original form -- "There Must Be More To Life Than This," and the original version of the Jacksons' 1984 comeback single, which featured Jackson duetting with Mick Jagger, who replaced Mercury on the final master. A third track, called "Victory," is also being prepped by Queen's Brian May, Roger Taylor, and noted producer William Orbit -- best known for his work over the years with Madonna, Blur, among many others. Brian May announced that the tracks will be released sometime this fall.
Blondie's Debbie Harry took to the Internet to deny any retirement plans. Blondie drummer and co-founder Clem Burke recently told Britain's Daily Mail that the 68-year-old Harry -- who is 11 years older than the rest of the band -- is considering packing it in. Harry posted a response on the band's Twitter account saying: "No plans to stop working, don't believe everything you read."
Blondie kicks off its 18-date North American tour on September 5th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.
Styx has just announced six new tour dates, adding new stops in Sparta, Wisconsin; Littleton, Colorado; Richmond, BC; Youngstown, Ohio; and Lincoln City, Oregon.
UPDATED: Styx tour dates (subject to change):
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August 14 - Sparta, WI - Fort McCoy Army Base
August 18 - Littleton, CO -Hudson Gardens
September 20 - Richmond, BC - River Rock Casino Resort
October 17 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
October 25, 26 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Rod Stewart has added two years to his ongoing run at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace. Rod sang the venue's praises in a press release announcing the extension, saying, "I'm thrilled to add another two years. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is literally one of the best venues in the entire world; there's not a bad seat in the house and it sounds great -- I love it there."
He performs on Wednesday night (July 31st) as part of his "Rod Stewart: The Hits" show at Caesar's Palace.
Carly Simon joined Taylor Swift on stage on July 27th during Swift's show at Foxborough, Massachusetts' Gillette Stadium. Simon joined Swift to perform her 1973 chart-topper "You're So Vain." (Vintage Vinyl News)
Carly Simon recalled recording the backing vocals to "You're So Vain" with Mick Jagger and Harry Nilsson during the 1972 sessions for her No Secrets album: "Y'know Harry and I were in there, we were doing it, it didn't quite have the right character, because it wasn't tough. I didn't ask Mick to come over because I needed a tough voice. Mick just showed up, and so we invited him to join us. And so the three of us were singing it together. And it sounded too sweet. The three-part harmony didn't work, but Harry was the first to notice it, and Harry said, 'Well, why don't the two of you try it together?' Y'know that's how it happened -- but more than anything Harry wanted to go out and have a drink (laughs)." )