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Quick Takes On Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Steven Tyler, Fleetwood Mac, & Cheap Trick

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Bob Dylan paid tribute to his dear friend and Traveling Wilbury bandmate Tom Petty during Saturday night’s (October 21st) concert at Bloomfield, Colorado’s 1stBank Center. The show, which took place the day after what would have been Petty’s 67th birthday, featured Dylan closing the concert with the Heartbreakers’ 1991 classic “Learning To Fly.” In addition to their work with the Wilburys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers joined forces with Dylan for the legendary 60-date 1986 “True Confessions” tour. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Billy Joel has just announced his first 2018 Madison Square Garden date, with a new January 11th show now on the books. Billy definitely has had Bruce Springsteen on the mind, after catching “The Boss'” “Springsteen On Broadway” show last week, he appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and named Springsteen’s Born To Run sleeper “Meeting Across The River” as his favorite Springsteen song, and even sang a bit of it along with guest Paul Shaffer’s shaky accompaniment. During Billy’s Friday night (October 20th) Garden show, he tackled a bit of Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” alongside partial covers throughout the night of Little Anthony & The Imperials’ “Tears On My Pillow,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.”

Steven Tyler‘s still-undisclosed health problems seems to be a thing of the past following his return to the stage on Saturday night (October 21st). Late last month, Tyler fell ill during Aerosmith’s South American jaunt and was forced the scrap the band’s remaining dates on the continent. Tyler popped up this weekend at David Foster Foundation‘s 30th annual concert at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena to raise money for “financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.” Tyler performed three songs; “Dream On,” “Cryin’,” and “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.” (Blabbermouth)

A wide range of non-rock artists have been announced to salute Fleetwood Mac at their 2018 MusiCares Person of The Year tribute, set for January 26th. Already on board to perform at the gala are John Legend, Lorde, Keith Urban, Haim, One Republic, and Harry Styles. Fleetwood Mac will be on hand to close the show. Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala, to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during Grammy Week — and two nights prior to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards — will “provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.” (Best Classic Bands)

Just released is Cheap Trick’s latest album, Christmas Christmas, the band’s first holiday set. In addition to three-new original tunes, the album features the band’s take on the standard, “Silent Night,” along with such yuletide classics as the Kinks’ “Father Christmas,” Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run,” the Eagles’ “Please Come Home For Christmas,” Harry Nilsson’s “Remember (Christmas)” and the Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight),” among others. Christmas Christmas comes only four months after the release of Cheap Trick’s last album, We’re All Alright! Cheap Trick will next perform on October 27th at Mahnomen, Minnesota’s Shooting Star Casino.

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