FLEETWOOD MAC & THE EAGLES: McVie talk about playing with the Eagles
Though Fleetwood Mac has nothing special for the closing night of Classic West this Sunday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, at least two members of the band are curious about the Eaglesreunion that will close out Saturday's schedule.
Christine McVie tells Billboard, "I was quite surprised, actually, but I'm proud of them for doing it. I think they've got a good replacement for [the late] Glenn [Frey]" -- his son Deacon and Vince Gill.
Lindsey Buckingham says, "It was just a sad thing, Glenn's passing, so I don't know what you do in that kind of situation. I don't really have any preconceptions. They're smart guys; I'm sure it all works on some level, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it works out. But, you know, it's just such a loss in the sense of Don [Henley] and Glenn for all those years."
Joining Fleetwood Mac on Sunday are Earth, Wind and Fire and Journey. The Doobie Brothers and Steely Danwill take the stage before the Eagles on Saturday.
All six acts will do it again at Classic East on July 29th and 30th at Citi Field in New York City.
It will be a reunion weekend for Stevie Nicks as four of her former boyfriends are on the bill -- Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley and Joe Walsh.
SANTANA: Carlos says a new Santana album is in the can
Carlos Santana, who will turn 70 next week (July 20th), once hinted that he might hang up his guitar at about this age. Now he tells Rolling Stone he's "retired from retiring."
In fact, Carlos has already completed the follow-up to Power of Peace, an album with The Isley Brothers, which comes out July 28th.
Produced by Rick Rubin, the new one is titled Global Revelation. Santana describes it as "mostly African rhythms."
Santana's already thinking about another milestone -- one that will take place two summers from now -- the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. He plans to do something with his current band and hopes to also involve members of his original band and [onetime Sly and the Family Stone bassist] Larry Graham.
Santana says, "50 years went fast, but now I feel even younger and more clear, and I have more energy and more conviction than back then."
MORE BIG MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES: July 15th
A Flock of Seagulls will release a joint album with poet Jimmy D. Robinson this summer. A press release touts that Living in Time will be out “prior to the August 24th Grammy Award entry deadline.” You can listen to three tracks from it on the Poet Jimmy D. Robinson Soundcloud page.
Peter Rivera, Rare Earth’s lead singer during the band’s hit-making days of the ‘70s, plays B.B. King’s in New York’s Times Square on July 21st.
Guns n' Roses are second and Bruce Springsteen is third on Billboard's list of music's Top 50 Money Makers of 2016. Beyonce tops the list. Other familiar names include Billy Joel (11), Paul McCartney (16), Elton John(32), The Rolling Stones (36), Journey (44), Jimmy Buffett (45), James Taylor (48) and Stevie Nicks (49). David Bowie, who died at the beginning of the year, came in number-34 thanks to posthumous sales of 1.3 million albums and 387 million streams.