BIG Music News: Aretha Franklin, Meat Loaf

ARETHA FRANKLIN-DIONNE WARWICK SPAT:  Gladys Knight weighs in on her thoughts

Gladys Knight has weighed in on the recent resurfacing of a feud between Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick that goes back to things that were said regarding Franklin not attending Whitney Houston's funeral five years ago.

Speaking to on the red carpet at the recent Daytime Emmy Awards, she said she knows both women well and seemed to side just a shade more with Warwick. She told them, "I know my sister, Dionne. It ain’t nothing to her. Now Ree [Aretha], is a little bit different. It’s just one of those things, everybody got their little knick-knacks going on...Dionne’s gonna tell it like it is and Ree’s gonna be sensitive and cause a whole lot of riff raff.”

MEAT LOAF:  Set to star in a new TV series

If you see Meat Loaf in and around Vancouver, it's not in preparation for a concert. The Bat Out of Hell icon has turned to his other passion -- acting.

He's landed a role in the upcoming SyFy channel series Ghost Wars, which is being shot in Canada's third-largest city. The 13-episode series on the paranormal is expected to debut this year. (

CARLY SIMON:  Never heard before lyric to "You're So Vain"

If you thought you knew the whole story behind Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," think again -- she just performed a never-before-heard verse for the first time ever.

Carly visited the BBC studio in London to play a few songs, and when it came time to touch on her signature song, she pulled a fast one -- revealing a "lost" fourth verse that she'd written but never recorded.

The words to the verse?

A friend of yours revealed to me/ That you'd loved me all the time[You] kept it secret from your wives/ You believed it was no crimeYou called me once to ask me things/ I couldn't quite defineMaybe that is why I have tried to dismiss you/ Tried to dismiss you


Paul McCartney has added four more dates in the New York area in September. He will now do two shows each at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; Madison Square Garden in New York City; the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York; and the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

Gloria Gaynor will be interviewed by Good Morning America host Robin Roberts Saturday, during the Library of Congress' Bibliodiscotheque symposium at Coolidge Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” was added to the Library of Congress’ Song Registry in 2016.

Eddie Brigati of The Rascals will end his well-received mini-residency at the Cutting Room in New York Monday. The shows, which mix pop, standards and show tunes, were produced by Steve Van Zandt, who organized the Rascals’ 2013 Once Upon a Dream reunion tour.

Jimmy Buffett joined Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds to sing his “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” and Stevie Wonder brought up Corinne Bailey Rae to help him out on “Sir Duke” at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday.

Phil Collins has posted a video of his 15-year old drummer son Nicholas rehearsing with his dad’s band for his upcoming tour. The kid can play. The tour starts on June 2nd in Liverpool. (

Graham Nash joined legendary English singer Terry Reid onstage Thursday night at the Cutting Room in New York and sang “Brave New Awakening” together. Afterwards, Nash said, “It was so nice catching up with the great Super Lungs himself…” Reid wrote “Without Expression," which The Hollies  recorded as “A Man With No Expression” and CSNY did as “Horses Through a Rainstorm."

Paul Stanley pays tribute to Dr. Frederic Rueckert, who died on May 4th at the age of 95. Stanley says, “He truly changed my life when he constructed my right ear from my rib. God Bless You.”

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