BIG Music News: Eagles, Van Morrison

EAGLES:  Don Felder doesn't think the Eagles should continue

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder won't be attending this Saturday's Classic West reunion of his one-time band at Dodger Stadium in L.A.  Here's Felder in a recent interview:

“I don’t have any plans to attend. I haven’t heard from anyone in the management or anyone in the band about my participation, which is fine. I’m not sure I would if I were invited at this point.”

Felder was fired from the band in 2001. He then sued them and they sued him, before an out-of-court settlement was reached in 2007. When Glenn Frey passed away in January, 2016, Felder issued a statement expressing his admiration for Frey, which he says he still stands by.

Here's Don talking about the good things in relationship with Glenn:

“You look back at the beauty of all the stuff that you did together and the good times and there was just a huge abundance of great laughter and fun and creative spirit and great records we made together, so I feel really good about it. I was struck with very deep sorrow, unexpectedly, when I heard about that, but, you know, just tried to address it the best I could with the highest amount of respect and admiration for him.”

Felder explains that he actually isn't a fan of the Eagles getting back together with Vince Gill and Frey's son Deacon performing in Glenn's place:  

“The one statement I remember most is that when Joe was out touring in the ‘80s and was on Howard Stern playing ‘Desperado’ and was playing ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ in his show, I remember Don saying, ‘Accept no substitutes,’ meaning he should be the only one that can sing ‘Desperado’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ – Joe shouldn’t be doing that. Yet, the hypocrisy of what’s happening right now is substitutes for Glenn. And honestly, I don’t think there is a substitute for Glenn in the Eagles.”

VAN MORRISON:  New album and tour on the way

Van Morrison will release his 37th studio album on September 22nd.

Roll With the Punches is a 15-song set that mixes originals with covers of rhythm and blues classics by Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke, Lightnin' Hopkins and others.

Morrison says, "From a very early age, I connected with the blues. The thing about the blues is you don't dissect it -- you just do it. I've never over-analyzed what I do; I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it and that's the way the blues works -- it's an attitude..."

Among the musicians playing on the album are his longtime sidekick Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck and former Manfred Mann singer and harmonica player Paul Jones.

Morrison will plug the disc with a handful of dates in September and October.

Roll With the Punches Track List:

  1. Roll With the Punches (Van Morrison & Don Black)
  2. Transformation (Van Morrison)
  3. I Can Tell (Bo Diddley & Samuel Bernard Smith)
  4. Stormy Monday/Lonely Avenue (Stormy Monday -- T-Bone Walker/ Lonely Avenue -- Doc Pomus)
  5. Goin' to Chicago (Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing)
  6. Fame (Van Morrison)
  7. Too Much Trouble (Van Morrison)
  8. Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
  9. Ordinary People (Van Morrison)
  10. How Far From God (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
  11. Teardrops From My Eyes (Rudy Toombs)
  12. Automobile Blues (Lightnin' Hopkins)
  13. Benediction (Mose Allison)
  14. Mean Old World (Little Walter)
  15. Ride on Josephine (Bo Diddley)


Tom Jones tells Ireland's Independent he will "definitely" work with Van Morrison. In fact, he’s hoping the Belfast legend will write a song for his next album.

A day after selling out the Hollywood Bowl, Blondie celebrated with celebrity friends at NeueHouse Hollywood on Monday night. Named for the band's latest album, the Pollinator Party featured a signature beverage of honey, lemon and plums (all of which rely on pollinators for survival) and such bee-friendly plants as lavender, sage and mint.

Ace Frehley will reissue his 2009 solo album Anomaly with four bonus tracks on September 8th.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor wants his fans to know he is not on Instagram. He says, “The recently opened account claiming to be official is fake.”

Bryan Adams recently took time out from his U.K. tour to, he says, “ [to] record a rocking new track in an old house somewhere deep in the beautiful countryside of Cork, Ireland.” Adams played Cork this week.

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