Big Music News: David Cassidy, The Beatles

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DAVID CASSIDY:  The 70's teen idol says he has dementia

David Cassidy says he has dementia. The onetime teen idol told People magazine Monday afternoon that he has the condition, which causes memory loss. He admits that he's been in denial until now -- even in light of his grandfather's struggle with it, and after seeing his mother "disappear" from its ravages.

But at Saturday night's show in Agoura Hills, California, he appeared well off his game and struggled to get through his set -- and that led him to reveal his health issue. David says that he's come to terms with the condition, and his rep tells us he'll stop performing after his early March dates in Greenwich, Rhode Island and New York City.

Now 66, Cassidy tells People he wants to "focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions... I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

BEATLES:  Paul recorded with Ringo over the weekend

Here's news to make any Beatles fan smile: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recorded together over the weekend.

Paul stopped by Ringo's home studio in Los Angeles and recorded bass parts for the drummer's upcoming album. While there, he posed for a photo that Starr tweeted along with the caption: "Thanks for coming over and playing great bass. I love you man, peace and love."

Sir Paul wasn't the only luminary to stop by Ringo's home studio. The next image Ringo tweeted included Paul, Ringo and Joe Walsh. That one carried the message: "Joe W came out to play -- what a day I'm having. Peace and love." Walsh is Ringo's brother-in-law.

This was the first time in seven years the two surviving Beatles recorded together. Their previous effort was for Ringo's Y Not album in 2010, where McCartney played bass on the song “Peace Dream” and sang on “Walk With You.”

The still-untitled album, expected in June, will be a star-studded affair, with contributions from Peter Frampton, Nathan East, Richard Marx, Benmont Tench, Timothy B. Schmit and Richard Page.


OTHER BIG MUSIC NEWS...

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made an appearance at his Rockin' & Roastin' Cafe in North Attleboro, Massachusetts Sunday.

Elton John went to see Diana Ross over the weekend in Las Vegas and calls her “simply sensational. Her voice is better than ever -- an amazing set list, a kickass band and not a dancer in sight.”

Jimmy Buffett and Roger Daltrey performed together over the weekend in Palm Beach, Florida at a fundraiser for the Everglades.

Bon Jovi set a concert attendance record for Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. His sold-out This House Is Not for Sale show drew 18,514 to the building that's also home to the NHL's Nashville Predators. (The venue holds 18,500 for end-stage concerts and 20,000 for center-stage concerts.)

Clyde Stubblefield, who was James Brown’s drummer for many years, died Saturday at age 73. His playing on 1970’s "Funky Drummer" became one of the most widely sampled clips ever, on tracks by the likes of  LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Sinead O'Connor and George Michael, who used it on "Freedom 90."   

Rick Wakeman says he lost 42 friends, including David Bowie and Greg Lake, during 2016. He adds that this year has already taken one of his former drinking buddies, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. Wakeman has been sober since 1985.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary Monday.

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