BIG Music News: Aerosmith, Olivia Newton-John

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AEROSMITH:  A couple of the guys don't want to say "farewell" just yet

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton would prefer the band call its next tour Aero-Vederci Maybe rather than Aero-Vederci Baby.

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton on the prospects of the band not touring in the future. “We got this idea that we should probably do something called a farewell tour, because, you never know, it could be. But in my heart I can't fathom not responding to the call if my manager or somebody calls and says, 'Hey, they're dying for you to go to Southeast Asia and do 20 shows.' There's no way I'm gonna say no, unless I physically can't do it. There's so many exciting things that are opening up, even for a band that's been together as long as us."

Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford agrees, telling NME, "I think it was a general business decision, between the promoters to the management to the band. I don't actually feel like we're gonna be shutting the whole thing down at the end of it, but I think there's a lot more life in the band. But, I guess you've got to start somewhere. So, we're just starting to put the farewell label on things."

Whatever the tour is called, it will get going on May 17th in Tel Aviv, Israel with U.S. dates in the fall.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN:  "Something Special" for Grease's 40th

Olivia Newton-John hopes to do "something special" with a charitable tie-in to mark next year's 40th anniversary of Grease.

Appearing on a British morning talk show, the singer-actress was asked about the 2018 milestone for the beloved musical comedy. She replied, "I can't believe it's that long. I would like to do something special to help the hospital I work with, but I don't know if we could get the rest of the cast together."

Olivia is in the U.K. for several Live On concerts with album collaborators Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky.

She said that surviving breast cancer in 1994 led her to create music to overcome grief and to fund an Australian cancer and wellness center. "I try to look for positives. Of course I was frightened and scared and I know some people haven't been as lucky as me."

So far, no comment from co-star John Travolta or Paramount Pictures regarding any Grease 40 plans. 

(Daily Mail)

GEORGE MICHAEL: Still no funeral

George Michael's funeral plans remain on hold.

The issue is whether drugs were a factor in the pop star's death on Christmas Day -- 33 days ago. Police in Thames Valley, England still haven't received toxicology reports on Michael's body. That's holding up the coroner's investigation, and the body cannot be released until the autopsy has been completed. 

There have been rumors that the singer may have used narcotics in his final days -- but nothing has been confirmed. 

(Daily Mirror)

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