BIG Music News: Journey, Eagles

JOURNEY:  Jonathan Cane says the band's induction in to the Rock Hall "worth the wait"

The keyboardist-songwriter tells the Las Vegas Sun he appreciates the way fans took part in the election process. "It makes you realize, again, that it’s the fans that got you there."

Cain calls Steve Perry's appearance at the Brooklyn, New York ceremony "sweet. It was good to see him just being himself. He seemed very at ease, comfortable in his skin." But he didn't touch on their former frontman's refusal to perform.

What other acts does Cain think have waited long enough? "Joe Cocker and BadCompany and Boston... I mean, The Moody Blues? Come on! That was exceptionally cool music in its day, it was just a long time ago... They are one of the reasons I wanted to play rock and roll. 'Nights in White Satin'? I wanted to play like that."

Journey starts an eight-show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Vegas this Wednesday. The first show, along with the ones on May 10th and the 17th, will feature the band performing its seventh and eighth albums in their entirety -- 1981’s Escape and 1983’s Frontiers.

EAGLES:  Suing owners of the Hotel California in Baja

The Eagles are once again keeping their lawyers busy.

They've filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Mexican hotel who they claim are trying to make their guests believe the band is associated with the property, which is known as Hotel California.

The complaint states that the owners of the Baja California Sur hotel "actively encourage" guests to believe the band is associated with it by selling Eagles merchandise, and piping "Hotel California" and other Eagles songs throughout the hotel sound system. The owners have also applied with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the Hotel California name. It adds that the owners even try to suggest that the hotel "served as the inspiration for the lyrics in 'Hotel California,' which is false."

When the hotel opened in 1950, it was named Hotel California. It has since undergone numerous name changes, but when a Canadian couple bought it in 2001, they started using the original name in its marketing campaign.


Robby Krieger will display a painting he made inspired by "Light My Fire" at a May 11th charity event at the Mister Musichead Gallery in L.A.. The Doors guitarist will also sell limited-edition hand-signed prints of the work and other paintings of his. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Harmony Project charity.

Steven Van Zandt tweeted a reaction to President Trump’s idea of meeting with ‏North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un. “Finally! Finally! Finally! Finally! The totally shocking evidence of common sense!”

Foreigner performs on Good Morning America today (Wednesday).

Paul McCartney has announced four October dates in Brazil.

Eric Burdon and the Animals will return to Monterey, California 50 years to the day to play the 50th anniversary Monterey Pop Festival celebration on June 16th.

Bette Midler tells she’s "delighted and proud to be nominated for a Tony Award [for Hello, Dolly!], and I hope to hell I win! And if I don't, I will still have had the most extraordinary experience of my career playing that damned exasperating woman, Dolly Gallagher Levi."

Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie will serve as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune in the annual Mermaid Parade at New York's Coney Island. The rock icons will ride in an antique wicker Boardwalk Rolling Chair that dates back to 1923 in the June 17th event.

Carole King will headline An Evening With Women at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on May 13th. Inspired by January's Women’s March events, King released the song "One Small Voice." She tells Variety, "I’ve never stopped believing that one small voice plus millions of other small voices is exactly how we change the world."

Rickie Lee Jones will publish her memoir, Rickie Lee, on November 14th

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