*He may be spending every month at New York’s Madison Square Garden, but Billy Joel hasn’t forgotten where he’s from. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will help bid farewell to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island with a final show at the arena on August 4th.
The Coliseum is scheduled to undergo a massive renovation, and reopen in December 2016. The last time Billy played there was back in 1998, when he performed nine shows at the arena. Overall he’s played 31 concerts at the Long Island venue.
*Paul McCartney is set to play a bunch of festivals this summer, but he has just confirmed his first arena date of the year. Sir Paul is confirmed to play Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on June 21st, his first show in Philly in five years.
McCartney has already confirmed two North American dates this year, although none are on his own. He’s set to play the Firefly Festival in Dover, Maryland on June 19th and Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 31st.
McCartney is currently on a tour of Japan and South Korea. He plays his third night at the Tokyo Dome tonight.
*Eric Clapton’s upcoming birthday concerts at Madison Square Garden may not be happening as planned.
The shows, in honor of Clapton’s recent 70th birthday, are scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday at the famed New York venue, but it’s possible the New York Rangers will be playing a second-round playoff game against the Islanders or the Capitals on one of those two days, which means one show will have to be rescheduled to Sunday.
MSG’s website currently says, “Dates subject to change to May 3, 2015 if conflict with playoff game."
*ELO’s Jeff Lynne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, and some of his famous friends were even on hand to present him with the honor.
Eagles’guitarist Joe Walsh called Lynne “a true musical genius,” while Tom Petty called him “the best overall musicians I’ve ever met.” He also said Lynne was “the single greatest record producer I’ve ever encountered,” adding, “Let’s put it this way, it says a lot when The Beatles get back together and George Martin can’t make it, they get Jeff Lynne.”
*The Grateful Dead fans may have more to look forward to than the upcoming run of summer shows in Santa Clara, California and Chicago. Billboard.com reports that there are plans for the “Core Four” – Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kruetzmann - to hit the road this fall with, of all people, John Mayer.
Insiders say Mayer has already been rehearsing with members of the group for the tour, which will reportedly kick off in October. Of course this may all just be rumors. A rep for The Dead says talk of an actual tour is “premature.”
*Heavy metal fans at this past weekend’s Monsters of Rock festival in Brazil were left a bit disappointed after Motorhead cancelled their appearance at the last minute.
The rockers were supposed to play the fest in Sao Paulo Saturday night, but were forced to pull out after frontman Lemmy Kilmister became ill with symptoms of gastric distress and dehydration and had to be taken to a hospital for tests. According to their Twitter account, it was a "food related tummy problem." Yes, they wrote 'tummy.'
And it wasn’t all bad for music fans - Judas Priest filled in the band’s time on stage.
*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.