A whole bunch of artists took part in the Music For The Marsden charity concert on Tuesday in London, raising funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in the UK. Participants included Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul Carrack (reuniting with Mike + The Mechanics bandmate Mike Rutherford), Bonnie Tyler, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, and more. Watch a lot of the performances HERE.
Ross Valory and Steve Smith, the longtime bassist and drummer for Journey, have been fired by guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain. Schon & Cain allege that Valory & Smith tried to take control of the name “Journey” and prevent Schon & Cain from having any control. The latter say they’ll soon name replacements; the band will be on tour with The Pretenders this year, including a June 7th date at the Xcel Energy Center.
That’s the name of the new tour by Genesis. The band announced they’re re-activating for a UK tour in November & December, with more tour dates very possible coming down the road (if you’re hoping to see them in the United States, the time a few weeks ago that they were spotted at Madison Square Garden that boosted rumors of such a reunion are a good omen). Longtime touring guitarist (and Milwaukee native) Daryl Stuermer will be along, and drumming will be Phil Collins’s son Nic, who drummed on Phil’s recent solo tour. Here’s the band performing “Invisible Touch” from their last tour, in 2007:
A new album is coming from Kansas this year. It’s called “The Absence Of Presence” and is due June 26th. A first single will be announced in early April, and the band will be touring later this year with Foreigner and Europe on the “Juke Box Heroes 2020” tour. Meanwhile, here’s the video for a song from their last album in 2016 (“The Prelude Implicit”): “Rhythm In The Spirit”
On “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, David Byrne was the musical guest, and one of the two songs her performed was the Talking Heads classic “Once In A Lifetime.” Watch the SNL version first:
And then the original music video here:
A couple new albums are out that you oughta check out. James Taylor’s new set of tunes from the Great American Songbook — “American Standard” is now released. It’s his first new studio album since 2015, and has songs Taylor heard while growing up. Meanwhile, Sérgio Mendes has “In The Key Of Joy” out today. We’ll be featuring one of the songs from that album on The Latest From The Greatest this Wednesday, March 4th.
…having a documentary released soon about his life. It’s called “Herb Alpert Is…”, and it will come to theaters on May 5th. It’s directed by John Scheinfeld, who directed docs about John Lennon and John Coltrane. Watch the trailer here:
Just announced is a new tour by Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire. It’s called the “Miraculous Supernatural 2020 Tour,” and it’ll make a stop on July 12th at the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. As an idea of what you may see on the tour, here’s a clip from last year of Santana performing Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”:
Bon Jovi unveiled the release date, cover art, and first single from their new album, “Bon Jovi 2020.” The album will arrive on May 15th. Listen here to that first single, “Limitless”: