*Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to give the Rutgers University commencement address in New Jersey yesterday, but just a regular old speech wouldn’t do for the rocker. Instead the Jersey native premiered a new song, “Reunion,” written specifically for the grads gathered at the Susquehanna Bank Center, a venue his band has played in the past. “This isn't how the story ends, my friends, it's just a fork along the road,” the song began, which made it pretty appropriate for the occasion.
Jon received an honorary doctorate of letters, not only for his career in showbiz, but for his philanthropy, which is focused on homelessness and poverty. Jon said he decided to take on the issue of homelessness back in 2006 after he saw a man on the street in Philadelphia. "I didn't need a scientist to find the cure," he told the graduates. "I needed someone to help me help those in need."
*The Rolling Stones have officially kicked off their tour. The band announced on Wednesday morning they would play a "club show" on that night at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeless and as you might imagine, fans were willing to pay up.
According to the "New York Daily News," one fan was outside of the sold out 1,300 seat venue was offering $4,000 for one ticket, and it seems like it might have been worth it.
The hour-and-a-half long set included the entire "Sticky Fingers" album.
*Roger Waters is getting folksy. The Pink Floyd bassist is headling the Newport Folk Festival this year. According to "Rolling Stone," will craft a "very special" set list for his first appearance at the fest.
Waters joins Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, the Decemberists, J Mascis, Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell and others at the Rhode Island festival. This year's event takes place at Newport's Fort Adams State Park from July 24th to 26th.
According to Newsday, the band was playing a show at New York’s Nassau Coliseum yesterday when an abundant amount of weed smoke started to make itself to the stage. Apparently, the singer is allergic to marijuana smoke and it causes his voice to stop working.
You can see Daltrey scold the audience member with the wicked bud in YouTube video. He asks him to stop puffing or he would walk offstage. Then Pete Townshend gets a few words in too, before the fan apparently put away his stash and let the band continue on with its 50th-anniversary tour show.
*Sebastian Bach is firing back at former bandmates who say they composed everything on Skid Row‘s early recordings without him. The singer says that the group’s albums since his departure are proof that something is missing creatively.
“The biggest lie that those guys always tell is, ‘We wrote all the songs on all the records,’” Bach told Dee Snider on his Snider Comments podcast. “If you listen to the Skid Row albums, and then you listen to the Skid Row albums without me, and then listen to my solo albums, that’ll give you all that you need to know about who wrote what.”
Bach joined Skid Row after their debut album had already been demoed by original singer Matt Fallon. Ultimately, those songs were re-recorded with Bach for Skid Row’s five million-selling eponymous 1989 debut. He only received one co-writing credit, for “Makin’ a Mess.” Skid Row became the band’s biggest-selling album.
*Rod Stewart has announced a fall release for his 30th solo studio album, titled Another Country.
The new LP arrives roughly two and a half years after Stewart’s most recent effort, Time — and like that outing, the new tracks find him actively contributing on the songwriting front. Although one early report suggested that these recordings would fit into the country genre, that appears to have been a misunderstanding triggered by the album title.
According to comments made by Stewart at a recent upfront hosted by his label, Capitol Records, Another Country could end up being one of his most topical sets.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.