Big Music News: Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty

STEVIE NICKS:  Biography covers her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham

If a new biography of Stevie Nicks is to be believed, her longtime Fleetwood Mac bandmate and ex-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham has often mistreated her.

In Gold Dust Woman, author Stephen Davis cites a number of examples of Buckingham's bad behavior toward Nicks, going back to their high school  band, Fritz.  He also relates a number of incidents while they were in Fleetwood Mac.  

Davis is best known for writing the sensational 1985 unauthorized Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods-- which the band members hated. No comment yet from Buckingham or Nicks regarding his new book, which hits store November 21st. (New York Post)

JOHN FOGERTY:  New album?

John Fogerty says he is "in the process" of gathering ideas for a new album that he hopes to put out next year:  "What that means is I write down everything that I hear or that occurs to me or that I see that might make a good song. You know, I train myself to always have some paper and a pen with me in case something, you know, randomly goes by."

Fogerty's last studio album was 2013's Wrote a Song for Everyone. A 20th anniversary edition of his 1997 album, Blue Moon Swamp, will be out Friday.  

THE WHO:  Headed to Vegas?

The Who's summer residency in Las Vegas may have been a test run as it has been rumored that the band is being pursued to take over for Elton John when he wraps up his Million Dollar Piano residency at Caesars Palace in May.

The Mirror quotes a source who says, "Elton is leaving, so the promoters and resort wanted to bring in an act of equal stature.” As for playing Vegas this summer, the source says, "Their shows were a critical success and a sell out, with Roger Daltrey’s voice sounding better than ever. They enjoyed the gigs and unique opportunity of a residency and were open to repeating it for a longer run. The talks have been going well and there is a genuine hope that a deal will be done."

The British tabloid says the band could rake in upwards of $50-million depending on how many shows they agree to do.

Other artists doing periodic extended Vegas residencies include Rod Stewart and Santana.

REO SPEEDWAGON:  Big 2017 so far

2017 has been a great year for REO Speedwagon. Along with the reissue of their Christmas album, Not So Silent Night, their classic High Fidelity recently passed the 10 million mark in sales. 

Though the weather's colder and their shows have moved indoors, the "Keep on Loving You" legends have seven remaining 2017 shows in the Midwest and Plains states -- and more than a dozen during January and February.

REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin says their live shows bring sanity amidst tense and hectic times:

"In this day and age, everyone needs to go see an REO Speedwagon concert just for some sanity. To hear a message of peace and a message of inclusion and a message of you know, having fun and rockin' out and getting together, man. That's what it's about."

Hi Infidelity, which spun off the classic songs "Keep on Loving You" and "Take It on the Run," contains songs their fans have taken to heart.  Kevin Cronin recently talked about the enduring popularity of the album:  "You know, we're really humbled by the fact that so many people just took that record and made it part of their lives."

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