BIG Music News: Lionel Richie, Journey

LIONEL RICHIE:  His tour with Mariah Carey is postponed until this summer

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey have postponed their All the Hits Tour.

In a statement to E!News, Richie blamed it on his slow recovery from recent knee surgery. "When you have been performing as long as I have, it takes a toll on your body... I don't want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again."

Lionel's rep says the tour will likely be rescheduled for this summer.

JOURNEY:  Arnel Pineda is thankful for fan acceptance

Journey's show in Manila earlier this month was not just the band's first show in the Philippines in four years. It was a homecoming for current lead singer Arnel Pineda.

In an interview with the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the vocalist discussed his admiration for the band's fans and the legacy the band built since breaking through in the late 1970s.

Arnel Pineda is grateful for the way Journey fans have accepted him:  "Me being the newbie in the band, you know it's such a big task and I'm just too grateful to find out that you know, that they have embraced... me... my inception with the band, so. So kind and very generous and I'm thankful."

[courtesy - US Embassy in Manila]

Arnel Pineda tips his hat to how his Journey band mates created and recorded the music they made famous: OC: "The reason why this music was able to stand the test of time is because they were just... they were just beautiful. These guys are you know, one of the geniuses in the music industry."

[courtesy - US Embassy in Manila]

Journey perform in Hawaii  Tuesday. They'll spend March on the West Coast and in the Midwest before heading to New York for their April 7th induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Manila Bulletin)


With March 9th being the 30th anniversary of the release of The Joshua Tree, U2 have asked fans to share their thoughts about the album on their website.

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather has commented on recording with Ringo Starr. He says, “I just got my mind blown. Ringo played me the two songs we wrote together with Paul McCartney on bass. I don’t have the words. Thank you Ringo.” The new album will be out in June.

David Crosby says he has finished his next album, Sky Trails. “[I’m] getting ready to tour again, [but] going diving first. I think I have made three of the best records of my life in the last two years.”

John Mellencamp has released another song from Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. “Grandview” features country singer Martina McBride. The album will be out on April 28th.

Foreigner performed "Feels Like the First Time" on The Rachael Ray Show today (Friday) but without founding member Mick Jones. He’s rumored to be having health issues again.

Ilene Burns, the widow of famed '60s producer-songwriter Bert Berns, died Monday in Florida at age 73. She ran her late husband's label and copyrights for many years after his death in 1969. Last year, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was the subject of a documentary, BANG! The Bert Berns Story.

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