Big 95 Music News: Foreigner, Rolling Stones

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FOREIGNER:  Is this it for the original lineup?

Foreigner will put the wraps on its 40th anniversary tour this weekend with shows at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Friday and Saturday.

Joining the current line-up will be original members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald, along with Rick Wills who came on board in 1979. (Original bassist Ed Gagliardi died in 2014.) Both shows are being captured for a TV special, DVD and album release.

Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald joined the band's current line-up in July at New York's Jones Beach, and Elliott and McDonald also joined in for a few shows. 

Mick Jones talks about Lou Gramm joining Foreigner on stage in July at Jones Beach in New York:

"We had a lot of fun with that and he did too. I think he really, really enjoyed it because the scale of touring we're doing, on this tour particularly, is elevated. It's a bigger production than we've had for a while."

Commenting at this week's rehearsals, Jones adds, "Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories and we decided it would be the ultimate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary.”

Over the summer Mick told us he was hopeful that this anniversary tour would culminate with the band being nominated for and inducted next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but once again they were not nominated, despite being eligible since 2002. 

After these two shows, Foreigner heads to Canada for dates through October 22nd with a few more Canadian and U.S. dates in November.

THE ROLLING STONES:  Early live recordings about to be released

The Rolling Stones have a new live album on the way. On Air will be out on December 1st in conjunction with the just published book of the same name, which documents their rise in the '60s through TV and radio.

This new album features rarely heard radio recordings from such BBC shows as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965. 

Available in numerous configurations, including colored vinyl, this 32-track collection features songs they never released, as well as seven more that they first did on the radio before they were released.

Among the songs is their debut single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," which is also this album's first single, along with "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," "The Last Time" and "I Wanna Be Your Man," written for them by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

THE MOODY BLUES:  Comment on their Rock Hall nomination

The Moody Blues -- Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge -- have issued a statement about their nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It says: "We are very honored to be considered for an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We know that the fans have been diligently supporting us along the way on this, and that it means a lot to them, as well as to us. Being a British band, we are grateful for our American recognition, and especially to fans who have been with us throughout our musical journey.”

Hayward talked about the fact the band's British and the Hall is an American institution on the band's last cruise:

"It's difficult for us because to people in Europe it has absolutely no meaning at all - it's an American rock and roll hall of fame. Music is so subjective, isn't it? I know we're a good band, but there's nothing we can do about it [not being nominated]."

Despite being eligible for induction since 1989, this is the first time the Moody Blues have been nominated. 

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  Who got left overlooked this year?

With this week's announcement of the 19 acts nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, here is a list of acts who continue to be overlooked:

  • Pat Benatar
  • Jethro Tull
  • Joe Cocker
  • Kansas
  • New York Dolls
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Boston
  • Little Feat
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Mott the Hoople
  • John Mayall
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Meat Loaf
  • BTO/The Guess Who  
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Foreigner
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • Roxy Music
  • Bad Company/Free
  • Peter Frampton/Humble Pie
  • Procol Harum
  • Badfinger
  • ELP
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Todd Rundgren
  • The Cure
  • The Smiths
  • Soundgarden
  • Nine Inch Nails

The most glaring omission from this year's list could be Foreigner, who made a big push to get nominated as a way to cap off their 40th anniversary. 

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  October 6th

Keith Richards has dropped the price of his New York City apartment -- in Greenwich Village -- from $12.23 million to $11.99 million. He paid $10.5 million for it in 2014.

Bananarama's reunion will be a quick but busy one. After 29 years away, Siobhan Fahey joins Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin for 23 British shows over 30 days. The first will be November 9th in Belfast, Northern Ireland. So far, there's no word if the trio remembered for "Cruel Summer" and the dance reboot of "Venus" have any North American plans.

Lionel Richie will be the first-ever recipient of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Recording Artists Inspiration Award. He will be honored at a November 9th Beverly Hills gala along with actress Kate Winslet, director-producer Judd Apatow, director Kathryn Bigelow and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

The 60th anniversary of the release of the album Here's Little Richard is a great reason for a re-issue. Due November 3rd as a expanded two-CD set, it packs classic songs such as "Long Tall Sally," "Ready Teddy" and "Tutti Frutti," along with demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased material.

Colin Blunstone just posted on Facebook, "Really excited that The Zombies have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will be third time lucky! Don't forget to vote for us!"

REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin has commented on the massacre in Las Vegas, which happened while they were in town. He writes, “I will never stop believing in the goodness of human nature. One man's depravity pales in comparison to the acts of bravery and sacrifice of so many who acted heroically, protecting others beneath the horrific rain of bullets… I met a man at the Las Vegas airport who shared his story of having traded his two tickets for the Route 91 Festival for two tickets to our Sunday night show just down the street. In his mind, REO saved his life.”

Jerry Ross, who produced such '60s classics as "Sunny" (by Bobby Hebb) and "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" (Spanky and Our Gang), and co-wrote "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," which The Supremes and Temptations took to number-two in 1969, died Wednesday from prostate cancer. He was 84.

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