AEROSMITH: Steven Tyler is denying health rumors
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler denies reports the band cancelled the last four dates of its South American tour because he'd suffered a seizure or heart attack.
In response to a Boston Globe report of a seizure and other rumors, Tyler tweeted that he gives everyone "an A-plus for speculation," but insisted he "certainly" did not have either of those things.
Regarding the cancellation, he said, "It breaks my heart to have left this tour early. The band has never played better." Then, referring to a photo he posted, "Just watch the 100,000 people at Rock in Rio... Sorry to have cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform."
BRIAN WILSON: What comes next?
When Brian Wilson finishes his Pet Sounds tour a couple of weeks from now, he expects to begin work on his next album. The surf rock icon isn't sharing specifics, but he says it'll likely be a mix of classic covers and some originals.
"Yeah, I would love to do covers and original songs, too. A little of each. You know, I can't tell [which], 'cause I haven't decided yet."
Of course, covers are nothing new for Brian. The Beach Boys' versions of Bobby Freeman's "Do You Wanna Dance," Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music" and The Regents' "Barbara Ann" have all become enduring hits.
JOHN FOGERTY: Giving back to our veterans
John Fogerty, a onetime member of the Army National Guard and a supporter of veterans, gave a little back Thursday when he helped break ground for a new Crisis Intervention Center and Public Memorial at Veterans Village Number-Two in downtown Las Vegas.
Fogerty said, “I was a young rock ’n’ roller and I would see people protesting the soldiers, and I’d always raise the question, ‘Don’t you think it’s a little odd? You’re 23 years old and the guy you’re yelling at is 23 years old, and he probably feels the same way as you do about this stinking war.’ Think of it. Humanly, how can anyone be against veterans? It’s inconceivable. These are the people that defend our country and defend our rights in ways most of us probably couldn’t come up with or even understand. There’s bravery and heroism there.”
Fogerty also donated money to the center and performed a few songs at Thursday's ceremony, including “Fortunate Son,” which has become an anti-war tune.
DAN FOGELBERG: Tribute album coming soon
Dan Fogelberg inspired plenty of people in his too-short career, and many of them turn up on an all-star tribute album that's set for release on November 17th.
A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg features covers of some of the singer-songwriter's best-loved tunes, some previously released and some created specifically for the set. The track list includes the Eagles' version of "Part of the Plan," Michael McDonald's take on "Better Change," Jimmy Buffett's "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" and Donna Summer's surprising version of "Nether Lands."