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Quick Takes On Neil Young, Queen’s Brian May, and Cheap Trick

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Neil Young made his annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts a bit more of an interactive affair by appearing with most of the acts during Saturday’s (October 22nd) show. Young performed his Time Fades Away classic “Don’t Be Denied” with Norah Jones; closed out Metallica’s set with a reading of his Buffalo Springfield staple, “Mr. Soul”; played CSNY’s “Helpless” with My Morning Jacket; and tackled a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” with Roger Waters. Young also appeared during Nils Lofgren’s set to perform the Grin favorite, “Believe” — with Lofgren returning the favor by joining Young during his set for “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” and “Piece Of Crap,” before the pair was joined by Willie Nelson for “Are There Any More Real Cowboys?,” and “On The Road Again.” The entire night wrapped with a full show version of “Rockin’ On The Free World.” (Vintage Vinyl News)

Queen guitarist Brian May has cancelled all his upcoming performances due to an unspecified “persistent illness.” May, who was due to play a string of dates with vocalist Kerry Ellis posted a message on his official website, BrianMay.com stating: “We’re very sad today to announce the indefinite postponement of our ‘candlelight’ concert dates this coming December. This is a decision I’ve agonized over, but in the end it has become inevitable. I managed to complete the recent Queen and Adam Lambert dates in Asia but I have been increasingly battling with a persistent illness, which is destroying my energy and my will. I am now at the point where I don’t feel confident to perform the scheduled shows to the standard we all expect. I’ve been strongly advised to rest and heal, rather than go out and risk ‘falling down on the job’ out there, which would be a real tragedy. I’m convinced it’s much better taking the step to cancel the dates now, refunding the fans for the ticket sales, and giving all our team a chance to re-plan their time in December. Sincere apologies to all. Bri”

Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, Foreigner’s Lou Gramm, and former Santana and Journey’s Gregg Rolie lead the new supergroup the Rock Pack. The band has just announced its first show for December 16th at Phoenix, Arizona’s Comerica Theatre. The outfit is rounded out by Tubes frontman Fee Waybill, ex-Journey vocalist Steve Augeri, and Asia’s John Payne. The group’s website promises “an extraordinary unprecedented concert in a two hour hit-laden classic rock extravaganza.” (TheRockPack.com)

Photo Courtesy of Reprise/Greg Allen

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