Big 95 Music News: Eagles, War

EAGLES:  Joe Walsh opens up about their audiences

The Eagles, with the help of Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, the son of the band's late co-founder Glenn Frey, kicked  off a five-date, four-city run Tuesday in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

These shows follow up their performances at Classic West, Classic East and Classic Northwest. And guitarist Joe Walsh says this go-round for the band, despite the loss of Glenn, has been energizing.

"There's a new group of people who weren't around when the records were made and they're checking us all out 'cause they grew up hearing our music. And some of them are coming to see us for the first time and that's a wonderful energy."

Following Greensboro, the Eagles are off to Atlanta for two shows. They'll then hit Louisville, Kentucky, and the finale -- for now -- is set for October 27th in Detroit.

WAR:  Lonnie Jordan is working on a book

Lonnie Jordan turned down a chance to contribute to Michael Ruggiero's new book Slippin' Out of Darkness: The Story of War -- because he's writing his own memoir.

The band's remaining founding member tells us he declined after being shown a copy of Ruggiero's manuscript. The problem stems from longtime friction with War's other founders. Jordan says he "didn't like what some of the other guys had said. I know they don't like me. I love them, but they don't love me."

Lonnie Jordan recently talked about why he is writing his own book on the band.  "I'm doing my own book. I'm doing it directly from the horse's mouth -- me! What he did was he interviewed some of the guys that was with us like, a long time ago, under a different name, The Creators, and everything. I don't think that a lot of it is accurate. I didn't want to be a part of the same interview with the other guys.

Having been there from the beginning, Lonnie feels he's the right guy to set the record straight.

The lead voice and co-writer of such classic songs as "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Low Rider" and the Eric Burdon collaboration "Spill the Wine," Jordan says there is much we still don't know about the band.

"Where the music came from: how we were inspired to make the songs. Not only that, but our journey. I would say, during the '70s when we did a lot of concerts with a lot of people that are no longer with us today -- like Jimi Hendrix and [Jim] Morrison and a lot of people that we had the great pleasure of playing with -- and so on.

Lonnie wants to set the record straight on several topics -- including his current marriage. Lonnie's wife of 27 years, Teresa, was once married to War bass player B.B. Dickerson. But their story is not of a guy stealing his friend's woman.

Jordan expects his book to be published in 2018.

THE DOORS:  The Doors highlight a series of reissues for Black Friday

The folks behind Record Store Day have announced their releases for Black Friday, November 24th. Here's a list of highlights:

The London Chuck Berry Sessions, from 1972, is being reissued on vinyl. It contains the full live rendition of "My Ding-a-ling," which was edited down to become his only number-one single.

Blue Oyster Cult’s Rarities Vol. 1 (1969-1976) contains 17 tracks never released on vinyl.

The Byrds’ “You Movin'” and “Boston” 7-inch single contains the first versions of the songs written by Gene Clark.

The Doors’ 1970 double album Absolutely Live has been remastered for this blue vinyl edition.

Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is a 7-inch single that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the song with new backing by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’ 1998 live album Side Trips, Volume One gets its first vinyl pressing.

The Grateful Dead Records Collection is a five-LP box set containing Wake of the Flood, From the Mars Hotel, Blues for Allah and Steal Your Face.

Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits is back on vinyl after being out of print for many years.

Greg Lake’s "I Believe In Father Christmas" 10-inch single has the original 1975 version on one side and a 2002 re-recording on the other.

Paul McCartney and The Roots’ version of "Wonderful Christmastime" will be out on red and green 7-inch singles, with B-sides from Norah Jones and The Decemberists from the Holidays Rule, Volume 2 album.

Iggy Pop’s 1979 album New Values gets a new vinyl pressing.

Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” get a new 12-inch single pressing to mark the 40th anniversary of News of the World.

The RaspberriesPop Art Live gets a three-LP reissue with two bonus tracks not available on CD and digital versions.

Otis Redding’s Live in Europe (50th Anniversary Edition) gets reissued in mono on red vinyl.

Rush’s “Closer to the Heart” gets reissued as a 7-inch single ahead of the 40th anniversary box set of A Farewell to Kings.

Yusuf/Cat StevensThe Laughing Apple gets a limited-edition vinyl picture disc.

Roger Taylor’s solo song “Journey's End” gets a 10-inch single release with two previously unreleased tracks.

Toto’s 10-inch picture disc has the classic “Hold the Line” and “Alone,” a  new track from the band's upcoming greatest hits album, 40 Trips Around the Sun.

The Turtles '66 features mono mixes of tracks originally released in 1966.

Twisted Sister's 2006 album A Twisted Christmas gets its first vinyl pressing.

Neil Young’s Harvest Moon gets its first North American release on vinyl.

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