Bob Seger, Axl Takes a Spill, Don Felder and More Rock Nuggets

Dead and Company did their first show last week following the death of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. At New York’s Madison Square Garden, they paid tribute to him by opening with “Ripple” – which they normally do later in the show -- while images of Hunter and Jerry Garcia(the song's co-writer) flashed on the screen behind them. The entire set consisted of songs co-written by Hunter, except the encore,Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London."

Bob Seger brought his farewell tour to a close Friday night in Philadelphia, telling the audience at the Wells Fargo Center, “This is kind of strange. I didn’t want to think about this. I love my band. I love my crew. I’m the luckiest man in the world.” Like Elton John, Seger will still perform, but just not on extended tours.

Don Felder, Nancy Wilson o fHeart and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica will be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on November 21st to open the Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll exhibit, which recently closed in New York.

Chicago will perform songs from their new Christmas album on a float during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on NBC.

Ian Anderson and his Jethro Tull tribute band will draw heavily on the band’s more “prog” albums on their U.K. tour next September and October. Anderson says it will focus on “the early ‘heavy hitters’ of the Tull catalog, classic albums including Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Passion Play and even a touch of Thick as a Brick 2 from 2012.” 

Rob Halford ofJudas Priest has titled his memoir Confess. It's due out in October 2020.

It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art From the Kirk Hammett Collection will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina from February 15th through May 17th.

David Crosby saw the musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous in San Diego and says it’s “the best I’ve ever seen... The music is just wonderful...the story… the cast... everything is excellent... I loved it.” Crowe produced the new Croz documentary, Remember My Name.

A Red Hot Chili Peppers set featuring mostly deep cuts and an acoustic set by Eddie Vedder highlighted the annual benefit concert for Flea’s Silverlake Conservatory in L.A. on Saturday. Vedder pulled out a number of covers, including Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” (Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Petty solo album that shares its title.) Backed by the Chili Peppers, he also did “Purple Rain” by Prince and The Jimi Hendrix Experience version of “All Along the Watchtower."

Axl Rose took a spill on stage while Guns n’ Roses did Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” Friday in Las Vegas. Lying down, he said, “How was that?" before getting back up and continuing the song.

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