*Ringo Starr will release his 18th studio album, “Postcards From Paradise,” on March 31st, just a few weeks before he receives his Award for Musical Excellence at the Rock and Roll of Fame Induction Ceremonies.
The album will feature 11 original tunes, including the first-ever track written and recorded with his All Starr Band, made up of Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham andGregg Bissonette. The album will also feature appearances from famous friends like Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx, Peter Frampton andGlen Ballard.
Ringo and his All Starr Band are getting ready to hit the road next month. They play Bossier City, Louisiana February 13th.
*It seems everyone else is making a way bigger deal of the Sam Smith/Tom Petty situation. We told you about the settlement that gave Petty a writing credit on Smith's "Stay With Me" because of how much it sounded like "Won't Back Down." Petty, for one, says the whole interaction with the singer and his people was painless.
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," Petty wrote on his website. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement."
As for going to court, it was more of an agreement, less of a suit. "The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself," Petty added.
*Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson has a new album coming out. “No Pier Pressure,” Wilson’s 11th solo effort, will be released April 7th, and feature guest appearances by his Beach Boys bandmates, Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as contemporary artists like Kacey Musgraves, fun.'s Nate Ruess and She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.
Two versions of “No Pier Pressure” will be released both digitally and on CD. There will be a 13-track standard edition, as well as a 16-track deluxe edition, which will also be released as a two-LP vinyl.
*E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt is being sued by a writer who claims he’s owed money for a book he wrote about the 1960s rock group the Rascals, the band that gave Little Steven his start in music.
Joseph Russoclaims that in 2012 he made a deal with Little Steven and his firm Renegade Management to write a book about the band, best known for its hit “Groovin’.”
The book was released in connection with the Broadway show “Once Upon A Dream,” also about the Rascals, and sold for $75 each, or $125 for autographed copies. Russo claims he was promised 25 percent of the sales, but was never compensated while an Zandt and his firm “collected large sums of money.”
*Weezer and ZZ Top are heading to the small screen. The two bands are teaming up to kick off "Mash Up Monday" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
The two bands, which Kimmel is calling Wee-Z Top, will perform on February 2nd. Other mash ups booked include Haim andMorris Day and the Time on February 9th, followed by Aloe Blacc andBlackstreet on the 16th.
The final collaboration has yet to be announced.
*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.