BIG Music News: Huey Lewis, Pete Townshend

HUEY LEWIS:  Used a drum machine on a classic 80's album

Huey Lewis admits that Sports was recorded with a drum machine. He recently told Montgomery, Alabama's Advertiser that after mixing the album several times, he and his band The News still weren't happy with the results.

He says they went back into a New York studio, where they "set the drum machine up, sequenced the bass and put it on 114 and it was unbelievable. It came to life."

The lesson was "You just can’t fake it. Merging machines with humans, you have to be very, very [cautious] and you have to assemble it very carefully. And the Sports record was assembled very, very carefully. Since that time, we’ve concentrated on playing better to where we can now capture the songs as just to recreating them. It’s been an interesting journey."

Huey Lewis and the News continue their summer tour this week with shows in the Northeast.  

PETE TOWNSHEND:  Rock legend discusses Justin Bieber phenomenon

Who better than Pete Townshend to put the Justin Bieber phenomenon into perspective?

With typical hard-to-follow reasoning, The Who guitarist explains the Canadian superstar's impact on pop culture in Variety, saying he thinks "we hand ourselves to Justin Bieber; and he’s a good guy, he does his best to entertain us. What’s important is not Justin Bieber, and I think he probably would agree with me, it’s that we are 'Beliebers.' It sounds a bit preachy, but that we stand together in his presence."

Townshend also has what he calls "a new piece" in the works. He says he's been working on it for "a long time" and doesn't want to say too much about it, but that "all the doors are open" as far as how he'll eventually present it, whether it's with "a hillbilly band, dance band, rock band or orchestra."


The Beach Boys will be rockin' out Fourth of July Weekend on AXS-TV.

The cable channel will air several concerts by and documentaries about the surf rock legends, as well as a Dan Rather Big Interview with Mike Love on July 4th.

The 1985 documentary The Beach Boys: An American Band will make its AXS-TV debut on July 3rd. The channel will also air Beach Boys 50: Live in Concert -- taken from the 2012 reunion of all surviving 1960s members -- plus Brian Wilson and Friends: Live From the Venetian on both the 2nd and 4th, and the 2000 mini-series The Beach Boys: An American Family in its entirety on both July 3rd and 4th.


IWant to go to Vegas in September (when it cools off a little)?  Here are the dates for Joe Walsh's next Las Vegas shows. He'll perform at the House of Blues on September 27th, 29th and 30th.

Paul McCartney will play shows in New Zealand at the end of the year and tour Australia for the first time in 24 years. The globe-trotter, who just turned 75, played Japan earlier this year and has shows scheduled in South America during October.

Tony Bennett is the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Previous winners include Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Carole King.

Deana Martin tells the Las Vegas Review Journal that a documentary film about her late father Dean Martin is currently in production.

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