BIG Music News: Prince, Jefferson Starship

PRINCE:  Purple Rain re-issue is headed for release this summer

Prince's iconic Purple Rain album will be re-issued on June 23rd with several previously-unreleased tracks.

NPG Records and Warner Bros. announced plans to release Purple Rain Deluxe and Purple Rain Deluxe -- Expanded Edition. The collections feature previously unreleased songs and the expanded edition also includes the 1985 concert film Prince and the Revolution Live! from Syracuse, New York. The two-disc deluxe set includes the 2015 Paisley Park Remaster which was overseen by Prince himself, and the second disc includes 11 previously-unreleased tracks from 1983-1984.

The expanded edition includes a third disc of singles and B-sides as well as the Syracuse concert film. Both releases are available for pre-order today. (Billboard)

JEFFERSON STARSHIP:  Time to retire the iconic name?

Craig Chaquico has an issue with the current touring version of Jefferson Starship.

According to TMZ, the lead guitarist on such classic tunes as "Miracles," "Count on Me" and "We Built This City" believes the name should have been retired with the death last year of Paul Kantner.

He claims the founders of the band -- which grew from the remnants of '60s progressive rockers Jefferson Airplane -- agreed to do just that when they broke up in 1985. But David Freiburg, who joined the Airplane in 1972, and Donny Baldwin, a member since the early '80s, now lead a tour outfit that performs the classics of the Kantner-Grace Slick-Marty Balin era.


Mick Jagger remembered his late girlfriend L’wren Scott on Friday, posting a photo of her on Instagram with the caption, “Thinking of you on your birthday.” Scott committed suicide three years ago at age 49.

B.J. Thomas has joined the star-studded cast that already includes Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel and Johnny Rivers at Wednesday night’s Jimmy Webb tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dan Fogelberg's 1979 concert at New York's Carnegie Hall will be released for the first time on May 12th via Nether Land Records, the label owned by his widow Jean.

The two Original Release Series box sets from Neil Young have been pushed from May 12th to June 16th. They include his fifth through 12th albums.

Cuba Gooding Jr. wasn't on hand for his namesake father's funeral a week ago  Saturday. It was held in New York's historic Apollo Theater, where the Harlem native once won its famous Amateur Night talent show. The frontman of the pop-soul group The Main Ingredient, Gooding Sr. died April 20th; police continue to investigate the cause.

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