BIG Music News: Rolling Stones, Prince

THE ROLLING STONES:  Tour and album news

The Rolling Stones are back together with rehearsals starting this week for their European tour, which starts on September 9th in Hamburg, Germany.

Ronnie Wood, during an interview on BBC Radio 2, says rehearsals are like "family reunions," adding that it's "like a meal that goes on for a month."

Asked about the album the band is working on, Ronnie says that will be one of the topics of discussion as they get ready for the tour:

"That's ongoing. We have some [songs] in the bag and I think, now that we're getting together again, we'll see what direction things are gonna take."

The last time the Stones started working on an album of original material, it morphed into 2016's album of blues covers, Blue & Lonesome.  The European tour runs through October 22nd in Nanterre, France.

PRINCE:  Showtime is set to air concert film

Prince's concert film Sign o' the Times will soon be seen on TV. Showtime will air the documentary beginning on September 16th.

The film, which features Sheena Easton -- who joined Prince for "U Got the Look" -- and drummer Sheila E., was shot at Paisley Park Studios, as well as at concerts in the Netherlands and Belgium.

THE GO-GO's:  Jane Wiedlin has a new band

Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin has formed a new band. Elettrodomestico is the partnership of Jane and Italian singer-songwriter Pietro Straccia.

The single "Aloha," from the upcoming album If You’re a Boy or a Girl, has been posted online.

Elettrodomestico came about after Jane and Pietro teamed up to write "Rabbit Stew," a song inspired by the January 2016 death of David Bowie. The two continued writing, which led to plans for a full album. Elettrodomestico -- which means "appliance" in Italian -- seemed fitting, since they use multiple electronic and robotic sounds on their recordings.


Rick Springfield tweets: "Help me celebrate my birthday by supporting the the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation dog rescue!" Rick and Linda dated many years ago and remain friends.

It's not quite a "Total Eclipse of the Charts," but the boomlet continues for Bonnie Tyler's '80s classic. After spending Tuesday as the best-selling single on iTunes, the song was still number-six as of Wednesday this week.

The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show comes to Decades TV starting September 4th. Edited versions of two episodes will air as an hour-long block weekdays at 11am, 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Over its 23-year run, the variety series showcased everyone from Elvis Presley and The Beatles to Sly and The Family Stone and The Doors.

Troggs bassist Pete Staples will publish a memoir, Wild Thing: A Rocky Road, on September 1st.

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