Quick Takes On Journey, Gene Simmons, Eric Clapton and The Ramones
Journey co-founder Neal Schon will marry fiancee Michaele Salahi on December 15th at San Francisco's Palace Of Fine Arts. Schon said in a prepared statement, "San Francisco has been my home, the city I love, and I am marrying Michaele, the woman of my dreams and the love of my lifetime." Back on October 14th, 2012, Schon proposed to Salahi during Journey's concert in Baltimore, Maryland.
Prior to hooking up with the Journey guitarist, Salahi was best known for crashing a White House party with former husband Tareq Salahi, and a stint on Bravo's short-lived The Real Housewives Of D.C.
A used piece of gum chewed by Gene Simmons sold for $247,202.74 on eBay. Kissopolis.com reported that the gum was chewed by Simmons on the set of the British TV show, Soccer AM, when Simmons traveled to the UK to sing the National Anthem at the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 29th. All proceeds from the sale -- which beat out 99 other bidders -- will go to "the Street League organization, a charity that uses sports programs to try and help combat youth unemployment in the UK." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Set for release on November 19th over two CD's and two DVD's are selections from Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. Among the performers that appear on the set are Clapton, Keith Richards, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, John Mayer, Booker T. Jones, Vince Gill, Steve Cropper, the Robert Cray Band, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, and many more. The two shows held on April 12th and 13th, 2013 at New York's Madison Square Garden, benefited the Crossroads Centre drug rehab center located in Antigua, which was founded by Clapton. (Vintage Vinyl News)
The Ramones' catalogue is getting a revamp later this month with the new box set, Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981). The collection, which sells for about $40, will feature the band's 1976 self-titled debut, their two 1977 sets Leave Home and Rocket To Russia, 1978's Road To Ruin, 1980's Phil Spector-produced End Of The Century, and 1981's Pleasant Dreams.
A digital set featuring the rest of the band's '80s catalogue will be released alongside the earlier works and will include Subterranean Jungle (1983), Too Tough To Die (1984), Animal Boy (1986), Halfway To Sanity (1987) and Brain Drain (1989). (Rolling Stone)
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