BIG Music News: U2, Aretha Franklin

U2:  The Joshua Tree is still growing 30 years later

Prior to Adam Clayton's being honored Monday night in New York with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, he spoke about U2's 30th anniversary tour in celebration of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree:

"It's amazing. I mean, who would have thought that at this stage we could come back with a record that we put out 30 years ago and it could seem as fresh and as relevant as 30 years ago."

This tour has meant that their next album, Songs of Experience, has been pushed back.  "We're pretty much done on it. We just want to get this tour out of the way and then we'll figure out what we're gonna do."

There is speculation that the new album may be out in the fall. But they have more Joshua Tree dates scheduled through the end of October in Brazil, and there is talk of taking the tour to Europe after that.

ARETHA FRANKLIN:  Health concerns cause another cancellation

Aretha Franklin's health is again in question after she canceled another show. The Queen of Soul dropped out of Friday's scheduled appearance at the Toronto Jazz Festival "per doctor's orders.'

While her statement offered no additional details, she says she does plan to perform at the Toronto fest a year from now. (The Hollywood Reporter)


Queen’s two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this week, which are the only outdoor shows on this leg of the band’s tour, can not accommodate the full stage set. Brian May says, “Much redesign needed just for this one gig -- but it's worth it!” 

Claiming they were misled regarding its terms, Universal Music has asked a court to nullify its $31 million deal for the rights to Prince’s catalog.

We've learned of another veteran artist whose life has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Engelbert Humperdinck tells London's Express that his wife Patricia has lived with the condition for the past decade. They have been married for 53 years.

Sheryl Crow will perform during the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from New York on NBC.

Jimmy Buffett isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he is going to Cleveland. The musician-entrepreneur will open a Margaritaville restaurant in the city’s Flats district on July 3rd. On July 12th, Buffett will break ground for a new Landshark Bar and Grill in Daytona Beach, Florida. It will be located close to the Margaritaville-themed retirement community he’s building there.

Hootie and the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan will release his third solo album, Songs of the Fortnight, on August 11th.

Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman will release his first studio album in a decade in September. Bidin' My Time features guest appearances by David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Tom Petty, who produced the project.

Gary Numan has announced 22 North American shows in November and December. The "Cars" synth-rocker kicks off his tour November 15th at San Diego's Observatory North Park.

Dionne Warwick has been added to the lineup for the Grammy Salute to Music Legends special that tapes July 11th in New York. Honoree Thom Bell produced “Then Came You,” Warwick’s number-one collaboration with The Spinners.

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