Classic Rock Nuggets (Updated 04-20-18)

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender Broadcaster electric guitar sold at auction this week in Dallas for $250,000. It was a gift from his brother, Jimmie Vaughan, and Stevie had “Jimbo” carved in the back of it.

John Mellencamp is up next on The Big Interview With Dan Rather, Tuesday, 4/24, on AXS-TV.

Ted Nugent has taken aim at former FBI director James Comey, tweeting, “Comey and the FBI have lost their souls. Perfect J. Edgar Hooverites. Shame on them… Comey epitomizes the criminal corruption and abuse of power running amok in our punkass government -- drain the gangsta punkswamp.”

Dave Mason and Steve Cropper have announced most of the dates on their Rock & Soul Revue tour. It starts on May 12th in Jefferson, North Carolina and runs through October 6th in Helena, Arkansas, the hometown of the late Levon Helm. All the dates can be found at

Paul Rodgers’s next album and DVD/Blu-ray, Free Spirit – Celebrating the Music of Free, will be out on June 22nd.

Due to popular demand, 5000 copies of the Rush album 2112 on blue vinyl will be available exclusively via Rush Backstage.

Roger Waters says the cameras and digital recorders will be rolling when his Us+Themtour pulls into the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam for four nights from June 18th to the 23rd. If all goes well, it will be released on DVD and CD.

Join Together, a new photo book on The Who by William Snyder, will be published in August.

K. Jones memoir

Small Faces, Faces and Who drummer Kenney Jones has announced the name of his memoir. Let the Good Times Roll will be out on May 31st.

Shannon Tweed, wife of Gene Simmons, tweets, “I hope my relationship can last as long as the Bushes. Rest in Peace Barbara Bush. 70 some years of support, love and marriage for George Bush Sr.”

Deep Purple will return to Montreux, Switzerland -- the subject of “Smoke on the Water” -- to play in Montreux Jazz Festival on July 4th. Deep Purple were in Montreux in December 1971 when they witnessed the fire that destroyed the theater where they were going to record an album.

Rick Wakeman is working on an untitled album that he says “will be piano pieces of variations on some classically inspired music, some contemporary music and some original music but sprinkled with a string orchestra and choir to add more color. Not all the pieces will have this treatment as some will simply be piano, whilst others will have just choir or strings and a few will have both.”

The next Monsters of Rock Cruise will set sail from Miami on February 24th, 2019. Tesla, Tommy Keifer of Cinderella, Extreme, Queensryche, Skid Row and Saxon are among the performers.

Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge will host another Roots Rock Revival summer jam band camp, August 6th to the 10th, at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. He’ll be joined by Jaimoe and the sons of two of their late bandmates, among others.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will start a summer tour July 9th in Tustin, California and wrap it up August 10th in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Country act Little Big Town covered Elton John’s “Rocket Man” during Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lenny Kravitz's Greatest Hits will be out on vinyl May 18th. The compilation includes his cover of The Guess Who’s “American Woman.”

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister will release a new solo album called For the Love of Metal in July.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared Saturday Bon Jovi Day and flew into Cleveland for a dinner with the band on Friday night ahead of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday. In his proclamation, Murphy wrote, “Five musicians from New Jersey communities believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time.”

Steve Van Zandt will host the 39th annual Blues Music Awards on May 10th at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Steve Miller will be one of the presenters. On May 9th, Van Zandt and his Disciples of Soul will launch Blues Music Week with a performance.

David Byrne's set at Coachella will be stream on the festival's YouTube page starting at 10:20 p.m. PT Saturday.

Halloween masks of Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie are available for pre-order at The masks will ship in early September.

Another Black Sabbath box set will hit stores on June 8th. Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set has 10 seven-inch vinyl singles with rare edits of tracks like "Iron Man," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," "Am I Going Insane (Radio)," "Hard Road" and "Symptom of the Universe." Each single comes with a picture sleeve issued in various parts of the world during that decade, as well as extensive liner notes.

"Shut Up & Kiss Me” will be the first single and video from Whitesnake’s forthcoming Flesh and Blood album. It will be out before the band’s U.S. tour begins in June. The album is due this summer.

Three DVD collections spotlighting Elvis Presley’s legacy go on sale May 25th, including the Three Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring Elvis Presley. The same day, three previously released DVD collections spotlighting Ed Sullivan Show appearances by The Beatles, The Supremes and The Temptations will be released in newly upgraded high-definition editions.

Dave Mason, a one-time replacement for Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac, says, “I'm honored to have had a part in one of Fleetwood Mac's incarnations and wishing my good friend Mick Fleetwood all the best on this upcoming tour.” Buckingham has been replaced again -- this time by Mike Campbell from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakersand Neil Finn of Crowded House.

U2 have been rehearsing for their upcoming tour at Place Bell in the Montreal suburb of Laval. The tour starts in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 2nd.

Yvonne Staples of The Staple Singers (of “I’ll Take You There” fame) has died. She was 80.

Ringo Starr has a new music publishing deal with BMG. His catalog of more than 150 songs includes such Beatles numbers as "Don't Pass Me By," "Octopus's Garden" and "What Goes On," as well as his solo career classics "Photograph" and "It Don't Come Easy."

After a bit of a layoff, Keith Richards has resumed his Ask Keith video feature. His new installment asks, “What is your secret to your partnership with Mick Jagger?”

Robbie Robertson recently caught up with his old Woodstock friend and neighbor Van Morrison, and posted a photo on Instagram. Morrison performed at The Band’s Last Waltz concert in November 1976.

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