BIG Music News: Queen, Eddie Money

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT:  2017-2018 tour underway

Queen + Adam Lambert started their North American tour Friday in Glendale, Arizona. As Lambert had told us earlier this year, the band's 1977 album News of the World is prominently featured. The robot from the album is a prop, and the set includes five of the album's 11 tracks, including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions."

The set also includes five Queen songs that weren't done on the last tour: "Bicycle Race," "I'm in Love With My Car," "Get Down, Make Love," "It's Late" and "Spread Your Wings." They also did a new Lambert song with a title we can't repeat and the instrumental "Last Horizon" from Brian May's 1992 solo album, Back to the Light.

The stage was shaped like May's guitar, the Red Special, which he built with his father. A ramp in the shape of the neck extended out into the audience and led to a second stage.

Adam Lambert and Brian May on the stage production of the 2017-18 tour:

Adam: "Anybody that came to the show the first tour that we did of North America, this is gonna be an entirely new experience."

Brian: "It's a digital age, of course you know, and digital is moving so fast, both in sound and lights. We're very excited about that, but we have in our history different stuff. So we're able to bring different approaches within that technology. And we also have a great catalog of songs with the ideas and the concepts that go with them, so to work those into this new environment is really interesting."

EDDIE MONEY:  Nearly 4 decades since his breakthrough hit

Eddie Money knew his calling from the time he was a little kid.

The onetime trainee policeman tells Pittsburgh's Tribune Review, "I grew up with Broadway show music in the house. My parents had all this great music on. I soaked all that up. Everybody said I have a great voice. I just always wanted to be a rock and roll singer."

He got his big break when legendary manager-promoter Bill Graham discovered him in a Battle of the Bands in San Francisco.

2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Money Man's breakthrough with "Baby Hold On." His second single -- later the basis of a widely seen comic ad for Geico Insurance -- has become his motto: "I've got two tickets to paradise... But I'm taking everybody."

We had a chance to catch Eddie back in May at The Backyard in Waco.  The rock 'n roll legend put on a great show.  His daughter joined him onstage.  Good times!  ~ Dewayne


50 years after he would have graduated from Hicksville High School on Long Island -- had he not dropped out -- Billy Joel will speak to the class of 2017 at tomorrow’s (Saturday) commencement ceremony. 

Kenny Rogers received an award for his contribution to American music at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Wednesday. He sang “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Lucille,” “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream” at the opening of The Nation We Build Together exhibition.

Bryan Adams, who’s touring Europe, has posted a video of a Spanish TV performance of “Go Down Rockin’” on YouTube. His next U.S. show is September 8th at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater. 

Though Neil Sedaka said about a year ago that he planned to retire from live shows in the spring of 2017, he has a full schedule planned for the remainder of the year, including a British tour in September. 

Petula Clark is among those who will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. 

Sheryl Crow recently sold her New York apartment for $2.27 million.

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