Big 95 Music News: Rolling Stones, George Michael

THE ROLLING STONES:  2018 tour?

We can share some more news on The Rolling Stones' tour plans.

A member of the band's staff says that they'll head out in the U.K. and Europe in May and June. There was talk of a handful of U.S. dates around then, but for now that idea has been scrapped.

The Stones last played Europe in the fall and the U.S. in the fall of 2016.

GEORGE MICHAEL:  Neighbors are saying 'no more'

A year after George Michael died, neighbors are asking that fans stop dropping off flowers and mementos in front of his London mansion.

The shrine, which also includes photos. messages and paintings, has become "a terrible mess," according to a committee in the Highgate neighborhood.

Its chair Susan Rose, says, "The ball really is in the court of George’s family who own the site and are really the only people who can take any action without complicated legal shenanigans." She says the shrine runs counter to how neatly George kept his property before his death on Christmas Day 2016. George isn't getting much love from the town where he owned a country home, either. Plans for a $135,000 statue in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire are on hold, after local officials said there was "insufficient information" for its approval. They're also not OK with a proposed two-day music festival this June honoring the voice of "Faith" and "Careless Whisper" on what would have been his 55th birthday. (Daily Mail)

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  January 9th

ABBA The Album, which spun off the hits "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Name of the Game" 40 years ago, will be reissued on vinyl on January 26th.

Gloria Gaynor’s classic “I Will Survive” is being used in a quit-smoking commercial by the New York State Department of Health.

Brian May paid tribute to the American astronaut who died on Friday. May, an astrophysicist, writes, “Sad to hear of the passing of John W. Young, the longest-serving astronaut, and ninth human being to walk on the Moon. You guys inspired us all.”

Colin Blunstone of The Zombies sat in with the Alan Parsons Project aboard this year’s Moody Blues Cruise, which docked in Miami on Sunday. Blunstone guested on a few of the Project’s albums. Inclement weather forced The Zombies to cancel one of their outdoor performances aboard the ship.

David Bowie’s son, film director Duncan Jones, tweets. “I’m actually pretty cheery today! Dad lived 10 lives in the years he had! There are many lessons he taught me, but today's most important one is this; don't beat yourself up. Ever. Learn, pick yourself up, & go do something new & brave!”

Dave Davies writes on Twitter: “When you start out in rock and roll everybody in the band and entourage [has sex] -- even your ugly friends.”

Genesis Publications will bring out a limited-edition book on Jeff Lynne’s ELO later this year. The collection of photographs, tour ephemera, memorabilia and text will be numbered and signed by Lynne.

Jimmy Buffett is in Hawaii for another guest shot as helicopter pilot Frank Bama on the CBS show Hawaii Five-O.

A five-hour fan-made documentary about Clarence Clemons is on the Backstreets website.

President Obama’s year-end playlist includes a song that has not been released. He names the bluesy version of “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen is doing on Broadway. Having attended the show, Obama writes the song is “not out yet, but the blues version is the best!”

James Taylor performed at the Sean Penn and Friends Haiti Rising Gala in Hollywood on Saturday. Brad Pitt, Jeff Bezos, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tobey Maguire, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, Lena Dunham and Leonardo DiCaprio were in the audience. DiCaprio was honored for his leadership in fighting climate change.

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