DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES: Giving back to help the community
As they wrap up their summer tour with five show run across the Gulf Coast states, Hall and Oates have joined with the American Red Cross to give back to some of the communities where they'll be playing.
The duo have two shows in Texas and dates in Alabama, Florida and South Carolina -- states that were all hit hard by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. So they'll be donating a portion of their ticket sales at select dates to the Red Cross.
Daryl Hall says, "Everyone has been experiencing hard times, bad luck and a lot of sadness." He says they plan to "try and do our share to help and also give some soulful cheer at the shows." John Oates adds, "Hopefully our music will bring a small respite from the damages suffered during the hurricane, and more importantly, I'm hopeful that our contribution to the American Red Cross can help those in need."
BOB SEGER: New song on the way today (Friday)
Bob Seger's new single is here. It's a cover of Lou Reed's "Busload of Faith," and it's from his new album, I Knew You When, which will be out on November 17th.
The song originally appeared on Reed's 1989 album New York. Seger changed some lyrics in the second and third verses, and one especially stands out -- "You can't depend on any churches / Unless there's real estate you want to buy" is now "You can't depend on the President / Unless there's real estate you want to buy."
Seger is on his Runaway Train tour, which stops at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco on October 21st and the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on October 24th.
TONY ORLANDO: Accident caused part of a finger to be cut off
Tony Orlando had to tie a yellow ribbon -- or something -- around his left hand last week after cutting off part of his middle finger in an accident.
According to TMZ, the singer got caught in a garage door. Tony's son John says that his dad stayed calm and drove himself to the hospital, where he was successfully sewn up.
There's no indication that the injury will keep Tony from carrying on with his regular show in Branson, Missouri.
GEORGE MICHAEL: 'Father figure'
George Michael will be a "Father Figure" to the newborn son of a woman he never even met.
The late singer, who was known for anonymous charitable gifts, donated thousands of dollars to a woman who'd appeared on the game show Deal or No Deal in an effort to get cash for fertility treatments. Lynette Gillard didn't do all that well on the show, but her story moved George enough to send a check for nearly $20,000.
Lynette tells Britain's Sun, “I found out I was pregnant on the day he died. The first time I held my little boy I said thank you to George. His hit 'Jesus to a Child' was playing and it felt surreal. I hope he’s looking down smiling, knowing I have what I’ve always longed for.”
The little guy's name is Seth Logan George Hart.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Helping Houston after Hurricane Harvey
Bruce Springsteen is doing his part to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by rush-releasing a new live album from his archives.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund is a show from December 8th, 1978 at the Summit in Houston, captured during the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour.
Originally part of the Darkness on the Edge of Town box set, it features the extended intro version of “Prove It All Night,” the rarely performed “Streets of Fire,” and Darkness outtakes “Fire” and “Because the Night.” Also included are “Independence Day,” “Point Blank,” “The Ties That Bind” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”
Proceeds will benefit the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which will aid those affected by the recent devastation in Texas and Florida.
For more details go to BruceSpringsteen.net.
In other Bruce news, he recorded a version of the song "Freedom," also known as "Some Say Freedom Is Free," for the film Thank You for Your Service, starring Miles Teller. It's about a group of soldiers returning from Iraq and facing a host of troubles, and the song can be heard at the end of it.