BIG Music News: ZZ Top, Janet Jackson

ZZ TOP:  Helping in a big way in Houston

ZZ Top is getting the ball rolling in helping their hometown of Houston following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Starting today (Friday) proceeds from the iTunes sales of the band's song "La Grange" off of Live! Greatest Hits From Around the World will go to the Salvation Army to help area residents rebuild their lives.

Singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons says, "'La Grange' is a very special song and place to us. The narrative chronicles a ‘coming of age’ circumstance for many Texans and was our breakthrough hit back during the early days of the band. We actually got to perform ‘La Grange’ in La Grange, Texas for the first time in their fair city quite recently. ‘La Grange’ emerged as ZZ’s fort top 10 chart buster and holds a special place in the band’s history. We’re hoping 'La Grange’ will once again provide some comfort to those who need it so desperately."

ZZ will perform in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land on Sunday.

JANET JACKSON:  Big surprise for Houston

Janet Jackson is promising something special for her fans in Houston this weekend when her State of the World Tour rolls into town.

The new mom is playing the city on Saturday but says she's planning to arrive early on Friday to visit people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. In a video message tweeted this week she says, "We’re going to roll in early because we wanted to visit some of the shelters. And not just visit some of the shelters, we also want to do something special. So, we’ll see you Friday!" (People)


Journey guitarist Neal Schon on hurricanes Harvey and Irma: “Dear Jesus, Please give ALL some relief that have been hit by the brutal storms. My God, it's devastating. We pray for you ALL.”

Rod Stewart will perform at the Mardi Gras Endymion Extravaganza in New Orleans on February 10th.

Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers has paid tribute to Walter Becker, saying, “With both of us living on Maui, I used to bump into him occasionally. Since I've known him, on and off, for almost 50 years, we'd usually reminisce a little, have a few laughs, and share a little Aloha. His kids went to school with mine, sometimes we'd talk about that. It might be years between our encounters, but there was always that connection, and I looked forward to seeing him. When we played recently with Steely Dan [at Classic West and East] he wasn't there and I missed him. Donald [Fagen] and the band were great as always, but I was hoping to see and hear Walter again too, just for old time's sake. He was one of a kind. Play on Brother, we'll see you on the upside!”

The Rolling Stones start their European tour on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. They’ll play 14 shows in 12 cities, ending October 25th in Nanterre, France.

Randy Newman tells Britain's Guardian he doesn't plan to retire. Now 73, the acclaimed tunesmith says, "I’ve wondered all my working life why people don’t retire in show business, and it’s fairly simple. There’s nobody applauding at home, so we keep going."

Meat Loaf will receive a birthday salute September 30th on AXS-TV. The network will rerun Dan Rather’s interview with Bat Out of Hell rocker and air the documentaries Rock Legends: Meat Loaf and Classic Albums: Bat Out of Hell.

Nelson's debut album, After the Rain, which spun off the number-one single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," plus three other hits, will be reissued on vinyl on September 29th.

Graceland has purchased the white Knabe [pr: nob] piano that was long a fixture of its music room. Elvis Presley bought the instrument in 1957 but sold it in '76, after keeping it storage for nearly a decade. It has since changed hands several times.

Sinead O’Connor says she called Dr. Phil McGraw while going through a recent bout of emotional distress. The TV talker confirmed the story during Wednesday's night's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.

Pete Townshend will be on Fallon Friday night on NBC. His Classic Quadrophenia featuring Billy Idol is at the Met in New York on Saturday and Sunday.

U2, in New York City to appear on The Tonight Show tonight (Thursday), stopped into Famous Ray’s Pizza on Seventh Avenue for a a few slices. Native note to U2: If you like pizza, you don’t go to Ray’s.

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