BIG Music News: George Michael, Journey

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GEORGE MICHAEL:  Singer's grave site won't be public

George Michael's gravesite will not be open to the public.

The late singer's place of rest in London's Highgate Cemetery will not be accessible to fans. Though the cemetery gives guided tours past the graves of its many famous internees, George's won't be one of them. Highgate's website has already posted notice that "George Michael's grave is not visited on the tour."

George's family and friends didn't want his grave to become London's counterpart to where Elvis Presley is buried at Graceland or Jim Morrison in Paris. (London Daily Mirror)

JOURNEY:  Steve Perry will attend Rock Hall ceremony

According to Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry will be on hand next Friday when the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cain tells the Dayton Daily News, "The ceremony is the first time we're going to get to see Steve Perry in a long time, so that'll be fun." But, he adds, "He's just going to accept the award and then skedaddle. That's all I know, unless something changes. [Our current singer] Arnel [Pineda] is going to represent very well, like he always does."

Apparently, Journey guitarist Neal Schon was not in the loop about this. He said, "Steve Perry will reportedly attend Journey's Rock Hall induction: Funny, this is the first I'm hearing about it."

The last time Perry appeared in public with Journey was in 2005, when the band's star was unveiled in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

FLEETWOOD MAC:  "McBuckingham" set to tour

Lindsey Buckingham and his Fleetwood Mac partner Christine McVie will hit the road in support of their first album together, which is expected in May.

After performing with the Mac on July 16th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the first weekend of The Classic festival, they will head north for a show three days later on the 19th at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington.

No word yet on if they're working on other dates before or after their second and final show with the Mac this year, at Classic East in Queens, New York on July 30th.

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