BIG Music News: Eric Clapton, Olivia Newton-John

ERIC CLAPTON: 'Slowhand' forced to cancel shows

Either the bronchitis that forced Eric Clapton to cancel his shows last weekend in Los Angeles really knocked him for a loop, or there's more to the story.

The guitarist, who turned 72 Wednesday, was photographed on Wednesday being pushed through Los Angeles International Airport in a wheelchair while his wife Melia walked alongside him. As we've reported, Clapton also suffers from peripheral neuropathy, which gives him the feeling of electric shocks going down his leg.

His spokeswoman was unavailable for comment.

Clapton is scheduled to make up the two L.A. shows in September, along with the other two there that he previously announced.

Clapton is not the only music legend being wheeled around lately. R&B legend Sam Moore was photographed in a wheelchair alongside former Styx singer Dennis DeYoung when the two recently ran into each other at the airport in Phoenix.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN:  Certain about a 'Grease @ 40' project

Olivia Newton-John says she and John Travolta will collaborate on a project to mark next year's 40th anniversary of the movie Grease.

She hasn't gone public with any specifics, but did tell London's Daily Mirror "we are thinking up ways" to revive their Sandy and Danny characters.

If plans go Livvy's way, whatever project they agree on will benefit the cancer clinic and wellness center she sponsors in Australia. (Fox News)


Mick Fleetwood’s Blues Band will headline the Malibu Guitar Festival on May 20th at the Malibu Village in Malibu, California.

The Who did Tommy in its entirety for the first time since 1989 Thursday night at London’s Royal Albert Hall during the 100th show that Roger Daltrey has organized there for his charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust. The show was filmed for possible release.

Motown: The Musical has left Broadway, but it’s doing fine in London. The show just celebrated its first anniversary in the U.K. and has already been extended there through February 2018.

Barry Manilow will perform songs from his new album, This Is My Town, April 12th on QVC. Fans who'll be in the Philadelphia area can request tickets to the taping by contacting the network. In related news, Barry will be named a BMI Icon on May 9th at the performance rights organization's 65th annual BMI Pop Awards in L.A.

Paramount Pictures will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever with a two-nights-only screening of a new director’s cut, May 7th and 10th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) at more than 700 theaters around the country.

Art Garfunkel’s snowed-out March 14th show at New York’s City Winery has been rescheduled for April 22nd.

Nick Lowe has added a third show at New York’s City Winery. Having already sold out on June 9th and 10th, the “Cruel to Be Kind” star will now also perform on June 11th.

An expanded two-CD reissue of The Supremes a Go-Go is out April 28th. Featuring "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart," the studio set also includes covers of “Satisfaction," "These Boots Are Made for Walking" and "Hang on Sloopy," and a collaboration with The Four Tops on "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)."

Roger Waters is Dan Rather’s guest on The Big Interview Tuesday night on AXS-TV.

Brian Wilson, Tom Jones and The Pet Shop Boys will be among the headliners at the 51st annual Montreux Jazz Festival, one of Europe's leading music events.

Joan Baez has invited longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls to perform with her when she is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th. In June, Baez, Carpenter and Indigo Girls will tour as Four Voices. Eleven shows have been announced, the first two in Nashville.

The Zombies have added a special L.A. evening to their Odessey and Oracle reunion tour. Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grandy will hold a discussion and performance at the Grammy Museum on April 27th.

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