Big 95 Music News: U2, Chicago

U2:  Bono opens up about the band's new album

U2's upcoming album is called Songs of Experience -- and the list of experiences inside includes a life-threatening health scare for the group's singer.

Bono tells Britain's Q magazine that his woes were bad enough that some of the album's songs were written from the perspective of someone who's already dead. He says, "I don’t want to get too into the details of it, for fear of the melodramatic reality-TV kerfuffle. A lot of people have these moments. I’ve had a few. Not quite at this level." He adds that it wasn't all to do with that bike accident in New York a few years ago, either.

Edge backs up that account, saying, "It was serious enough that he genuinely had a major fright. But where that brought him to as a writer was an amazing place."

Songs of Experience, which was originally supposed to be released shortly after 2014's Songs of Innocence, is now scheduled to arrive on December 1st.

CHICAGO:  Chicago founding member mystery solved

Fans have noticed in the last few years that Chicago founding member Walt Parazaider has sharply cut back his appearances without explanation. Fellow original James Pankow has finally let everyone know what's up -- the woodwind player has heart problems.

Pankow tells Florida Weekly, "Walt’s got heart issues. And it got to a point where the intensity of these shows became a health risk, just pumping the air through those horns for two-and-a-half or three hours. It just became a dangerous thing for him because of his condition."

Now 72, Walt is still a member of the band and will appear on TV and other select occasions, but his full-time days on the road are over. Chicago will again perform more than 100 shows this year.

Parazaider's frequent understudy Ray Herrmann has taken his place full time.


Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick Instagrammed a photo of a gold single given to Fats Domino for “Ain’t That a Shame” with the caption, “This gold record from 1955 was given to Cheap Trick in 1979 in Salt Lake City by his manager Andy Chudd, because Fats loved our version from Live at Budokan so much. I've had it since that night after we drew straws and I won.”

The 2016 documentary American Masters: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll is streaming now on the PBS website. It will also air Sunday evening on New York’s WNET and select PBS member stations.

Kenny Rogers tells Fox News why he's chosen to stop performing: "Every day is not a holiday. You get out there [and] it's hard, hard work. I can't do it like I used to do it... And I swore that I'd do this until I started embarrassing myself." Rogers' final live show tonight (Wednesday) will feature Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Elle King, Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss.

The Band and Gordon Lightfoot are among the 2017 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize winners. They represent the 1960-1975 period in this honor for Canadian artists.

Robert Plant’s Carry Fire debuted at number-14 on this week’s Billboard Hot 200.

Engelbert Humperdinck covers songs by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Willie Nelson, Richard Marx and others on The Man I Want to Be. Celebrating his 50th anniversary in show biz, the pop crooner known for "After the Lovin'" and "Release Me," will release the album on November 24th.

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