Nuggets: Jon Anderson, J.J. Cale, Beatles and more

Jon Anderson has put together a very simple and joyful video for “Makes Me Happy” off his new album,1,000 Hands, which is out this Sunday. It was produced on the spur of the moment at his California home by his daughter, Deborah, and wife, Janee. Anderson says it “shows things that make me happy and you can see how much fun we were having by the look on my face. It was hilarious!” He starts his tour in support of the album on Friday night.

 

Michael Stopher, a 51-year old British landscaper, bought a wrecked 1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and painted it to look his John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls. He is now allowing Liverpool Beatles tour guide Ian Doyle to give tours in it.

The late Beatles producer George Martin and Ahmet Ertegun, the late founder of Atlantic Records, will be inducted into the Music Business Hall of Fame during the 61st annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) conference on May 7th in Nashville.

Ringo Starr’s brother-in-law,Joe Walsh, is traveling with him as his he tours China and Japan with his All-Starr Band.Julian Lennon, the oldest of John Lennon’s two sons, paid a visit backstage in Shanghai.

Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr and the drummer in The Who, has started a reggae label, Trojan Jamaica.

Bryan Adams’ latest photo book is titled Homeless. He says, “It’s a portrait study of people living homeless on the streets of London. It’s taken a few years to finish and locate willing subjects…”

John Fogerty will warm-up for his performance at Woodstock 50 on August 16th in Watkins Glen, New York by doing a show the night before, August 15th, at Radio City Music Hall, in New York City. It is titled My 50 Year Trip.

Journey drummer Steve Smith and his jazz band,Vital Information, will tour the Northeast for the first two weeks of April starting on April 3rd in Washington, D.C. and wrapping up on April 14th in Newington, Connecticut.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon will soon introduce a line of clothing.

Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band will perform two entire Grateful Dead albums --Shakedown Street and Terrapin Station-- on April 12th at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room in San Rafael, California.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros were joined by Phish keyboardist Page McConnell on the Grateful Dead’s “Hell in a Bucket” and “Scarlet Begonias” in Miami on Tuesday.

A posthumous J.J. Cale album called Stay Around will be released on April 26th. Cale wrote the Eric Clapton classics “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Call Me the Breeze.”

 

Three seven-inch singles Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready recorded during his collaborative art project Infinite Color and Sound with Kate Neckel are on sale for a limited time through Pearl Jam's website.

Todd Rundgren has announced a second leg of his Individualist memoir tour. It starts on May 27th in Portland, Oregon and runs through June 26th in Phoenix. The first leg starts on April 10th in Atlanta.

David Gilmour has posted a video on hi swebsitethat gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the guitars he is auctioning off on June 20th in New York.

Yes drummer Alan White will do a Q&A this Sunday night at the Iridium in New York. Hosted by Ken Dashow of Q104 in New York, it will be streamed on the Iridium’s Facebook page at 8:30 ET.

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