Big 95 Music News: Bob Seger, Queen

BOB SEGER:  New album released today

Bob Seger releases a new album today. I Knew You When is his 18th studio effort, the first since 2014's Ride Out. Seger has been on Capitol Records for 49 years now, which is a record for solo artists in the storied label’s history.  

Bob Seger on songwriting:  "I’ll tell you honestly I’ve always tried to write something that had some germ of universality – I felt that way, I’ve been there, I know that person, whatever. And that’s what I strive to do. I think that’s what every artist strives to do is strike a familiar chord, you know, with people. If I’ve been able to do that, great.”

The album is dedicated to his late friend Glenn Frey. A deluxe edition, which has three bonus tracks, includes one titled "Glenn Song." Seger also pays tribute to Leonard Cohen with a cover of Cohen's "Democracy." The first single is a cover of Lou Reed's "Busload of Faith."

Seger’s new album and 13 others from his catalog are now available for the first time on the streaming services Tidal and Pandora.

QUEEN:  40th anniversary of their News of the World  album

Queen + Adam Lambert have been highlighting the band's 1977 album, News of the World, on their tour this year, and today (Friday), 40 years later, that album is being re-released.

This 40th anniversary edition is available in multiple configurations, including a three-CD plus DVD and vinyl LP box set with alternate takes, demos, rough mixes, live recordings and other previously unheard iterations of the original album, called the Raw Sessions.

The band describes the collection as, "Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes," and boasts that it "brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks" with "every lead vocal different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details."

Among the songs that helped propel the album to number-three on the Billboard album chart were "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions."

THE BEACH BOYS:  2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The Beach Boys will perform at the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting. Set for November 30th on the Ellipse at President's Park, home to the White House, they're the latest addition to an all star cast that also includes country stars Wynonna and Craig Campbell, along with Mannheim Steamroller and The U.S. Navy Band.

It's the 95th year for this traditional event co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation -- the official charity of America's national parks. Hallmark Channel will broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4th.

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  November 17th

Bad Company will warm up for a performance aboard Rock Legends Cruise 6 with a show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on February 13th, two days before the cruise sets sail from nearby Fort Lauderdale.

Fans of the late Asia bassist and singer John Wetton are pushing for him to be honored with a plaque on the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Derby, England.

Peter Frampton is Dan Rather’s guest on The Big Interview on AXS-TV this coming Tuesday.

Ringo Starr wraps up his All-Starr Band tour tonight (Thursday) in Newark, New Jersey. One of the All-Starrs, Todd Rundgren, starts a tour in Salisbury, Maryland on Friday.

U2 took the Top Boxscore honor at the Billboard Touring Awards this week.

Although it’s online now, the Neil Young Archives website won’t actually be operative until December 1st, the same day his new album, The Visitor, is released.

The Village People, Donny and Marie Osmond and classic pop tribute group Human Nature are among the musical acts in the 86th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade November 26th. It will air on the CW December 15th.

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