Big 95 Music News: Eagles, John Fogerty

EAGLES:  Came really close to calling it quits after Glenn Frey's death

Don Henley says if Glenn Frey's son Deacon hadn't wanted to help fill the void left by his late father, the Eagles most likely wouldn't have flown again.

Speaking to the Seattle Times ahead of Classic Northwest on September 30th, Henley says he first approached Frey's widow, Cindy, before asking Deacon. "I don’t think he was expecting it, but once it sank in, he was in."

Henley says the two shows they did this summer -- Classic West and Classic East -- were a "strange mixture of grief and celebration,” adding that they will "never get over the loss of Glenn. But over time, you learn how to live with it.”

Not only is Glenn's spirit still with the band, Deacon resembles his dad. Henley says, "It’s uncanny... I look out from the drums to where Deacon is standing and his hair is exactly the same as his father’s was in 1976. He’s taller, but looking at him from the back there, it’s freaky.”

And Deacon, who never played to such large audiences, was very composed. "He decided that rather than living in his father’s shadow, he would pick up the torch and carry it forward. We are extremely proud of him, and we know his father would be.”

Also helping to fill in was Vince Gill, who will be with them at Classic Northwest and on their short tour in October.


JOHN FOGERTY:  Big plans for the next chapter of his music career

John Fogerty has a new record deal, this time with BMG, and the first release is a 20th anniversary edition of 1997's Blue Moon Swamp on November 17th, complete with a new cover.

Fogerty says, "I’m excited to partner with BMG for the next chapter of my music career. Their enthusiasm and confidence, affording me the creative freedom to make the music I want to make, has been absolutely refreshing. We have so many new and intriguing ideas that I look forward to sharing with everyone soon."

Also set for re-release are Centerfield, Eye of the Zombie, Deju Vu (All Over Again) and Premonition, along with a new solo hits collection.

Fogerty is also working on a new album, his fist since 2013’s Wrote a Song for Everyone. It should be out next year.

Up next is another residency at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, which starts this Wednesday and runs through October 7th.

U2: Bono's "brush with mortality"

The Edge says one of the factors behind U2 delaying their new album, Songs of Experience -- which was first promised in 2014 -- is that Bono had a "brush with mortality" last year. "He definitely had a serious moment, which caused him to reflect on a lot of things."

Edge tells Rolling Stone, "We were well into the process of making the album and it kind of influenced the lyric direction and where he ended up. It was sort of taken from a Brendan Kennelly quote. He's an Irish poet and he once said to us as a piece of advice that he always found it useful to write as if you were dead... Bono held onto that quote, that idea, and he wrote a lot of these lyrics as letters to certain people that are very important people in his life... I think it clearly brought him to a place where he wanted to write about the essential things. Of course, by the time we finished the record the political aspect started to be brought back into it more, so it became a synthesis of very personal lyrics with political references about what's going on."

While still not confirming the reported release date of December 1st, The Edge does say it will be released in the traditional sense, and not free, as was the case with 2014's Songs of Innocence. 

U2 are on the second North American leg of their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour, but plans are under way for an arena tour next year in support of Songs of Experience.

CHICAGO:  Longtime percussionist has died

Laudir de Oliveira, a standout percussionist best known for a nine-year run with Chicago, died Sunday in his native Brazil. He was 77. According to the newspaper Globo, he suffered a heart attack while performing in a suburb of Rio de Janiero.

Over his 60-year career, de Oliveira also worked with such standouts as Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson and Sergio Mendes. He joined Chicago for the band's sixth album, which featured "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" and "Just You 'n' Me." De Oliveira left after recording Chicago 14 and in the late '80s returned to Brazil. He reunited with the band during Chicago's 2010 show in Rio.

Despite nearly a decade with the band, he was not among the members inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 -- that was reserved exclusively for its seven founders.


Aerosmith rolled out a birthday cake for Joe Perry the other night at the start of their Latin America tour in Ecuador. He turned 67 on September 10th.

Stevie Wonder and Magic Johnson have gone to bat for Hurricane Harvey victims. They organized a donation drive with the help of West Angeles Church in L.A., and secured transportation via UPS trucks to Houston.

Artists are beginning to announce their New Year's Eve plans. Tony Orlando will ring in 2018 at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

John Mellencamp’s website has his complete Farm Aid set from Saturday.

Roger Waters will take his Us and Them tour to Europe in May and June.

REO Speedwagon received the key to Washington, Illinois Friday for helping to raise money following the destruction of the area by a tornado in 2013. Kevin Cronin says, “We feel happy that we could help our Midwest brothers and sisters in their time of need, and humbled by the depth of their gratitude.”

Dave Mason had to reschedule a few shows over the weekend due to the flu.

The Rolling Stones’ website has a video of “Brown Sugar” from Sticky Fingers: Live at the Fonda Theater, a DVD that will be out on September 29th. 

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