Big 95 Music News: Bob Seger, Jackson Browne

BOB SEGER:  Doing much better after October surgery

Bob Seger is making progress following surgery on October 20th at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor to repair a ruptured a disc in his neck, which was severely pinching his spinal cord:

"I have a little bit of a stiff neck but I've made a vast improvement. I'd say on a scale of one to 10 the pain's maybe down to a one. You know, it's always kind of there unless I'm sleeping. But that's pretty good."

This was the first time Seger underwent major surgery. The recovery period takes three months, which includes no singing. As a result, he had to postpone 19 dates on his Runaway Train Tour, which he plans to reschedule in the spring.

Seger just released his 18th studio album, I Knew You When.

JACKSON BROWNE:  New tour on the way and a big anniversary

Jackson Browne will play 14 U.S. dates next spring. 

He'll kick things off on April 6th in Honolulu and wind down on May 20th in Westbury, New York.

This week also marks a big anniversary for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. His most successful album, Running on Empty, went on sale December 6th, 1977 -- 40 years ago tomorrow. A combination of recordings made on stage, in hotel rooms, on the tour bus and backstage, Running on Empty spun off a pair of hit singles: the title track and the medley of "The Load-Out" and "Stay."

The U.S. dates come on the heels of his two-week tour of Australia that begins March 19th.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME:  Bon Jovi wins fan vote

Fan voting to determine the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 ended last (Tuesday) night at and Bon Jovi topped the list of 19 nominees with close to 1.2-million votes.

The order pretty much remained the same since voting started the first week of October with the New Jersey band leading the way and The Meters bringing up the rear.

The Moody Blues finished a strong second with just under a million votes, followed by Dire Straits, The Cars and Judas Priest.

  1. Bon Jovi - approximately 1,200,000 votes
  2. Moody Blues - 955,000
  3. Dire Straits - 613,000
  4. The Cars - 552,000
  5. Judas Priest - 537,000
  6. The Zombies - 528,000
  7. Eurythmics - 451,000
  8. J. Geils Band - 349,000
  9. Depeche Mode - 302,000
  10. Nina Simone - 185,000
  11. Kate Bush - 179,000
  12. Radiohead - 176,000
  13. Rage Against the Machine - 168,000
  14. The MC5 - 127,000
  15. LL Cool J - 118,000
  16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 111,000
  17. Link Wray - 99,000
  18. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - 85,000
  19. The Meters - 59,000

The Top 5 artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. The inductees will be announced next Wednesday, with the 33rd annual induction ceremony set for April 14th at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. HBO will air highlights of the ceremony later in the spring.


A re-recording of Supertramp’s “Give a Little Bit” is featured in a new Amazon commercial.

Diana Ross pitched her new Diamond Diana fragrance in an appearance on HSN this week.

Randy Bachman has his lost cellphone -- and a new friend. According to Canada's Global News, the rocker left his Blackberry behind when he visited Neil Young backstage in Omemee, Ontario Friday. Barry Killen, who was there to shoot documentary footage of Young, found the phone and called Bachman's manager, whose number was on the back of the phone. Killen met Bachman at the theater and returned his phone.

Bob Gaudio brought Neil Diamond to a New York performance of Jersey Boys last week. BroadwayWorld.comhas posted several photos of them with the cast. Several of Diamond’s albums, including the one with “You Don't Bring Me Flowers,” were produced by The Four Seasons co-founder.

While CBS would prefer to keep a lid on details until The Kennedy Center Honors airs later this month, reports that Stevie Wonder performed a tribute to Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan did the same for Gloria Estefan.

Jeffrey Osborne, the voice of LTD’s “Back in Love Again” and the ‘80s soul ballad “On the Wings of Love,” is a guest vocalist on Dave Koz’s 20th Anniversary Christmas album. Osborne sings a medley of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Celebrate Me Home.”

Mike Love will perform a free show at Amoeba Music in L.A. tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. to celebrate the release of his Unleash the Love solo album. Special guests are promised.

Vanilla Fudge will mark their 50th anniversary by releasing the DVD/CD combo Live at Sweden Rocks on Friday.

In honor of Little Richard’s 85th birthday this week, Steve Van Zandt tweeted, “One of the high holy days of my religion! Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Little Richard! My namesake! My Mentor! My Hero! The Creator! The Originator! The Innovator! Love, Love, Love you baby! Without you we’re all Sopranos for real! Rock on for 85 more!” Richard, an ordained minister, officiated at Van Zandt’s wedding 35 years ago. Bruce Springsteen was the best man.

An Evening With Mel Brooks will return to the Wynn Las Vegas resort April 27th and 28th. Brooks, who is 91, presents TV and film clips, including his 1,000-Year-Old Man routine with lifelong pal Carl Reiner, The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. He did the show there last July.

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