Big 95 Music News: Journey, David Bowie

JOURNEY:  Neal Schon is doing his part to help California fire victims

Neal Schon of Journey will play an intimate benefit concert for North Bay Fire Relief on Friday, February 9th at The Independent in San Francisco.

The guitarist will be backed at the show, dubbed Neal Schon's Journey Through Time, by original Journey and Santana singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie, bassist Marco Mendoza and former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo. Tickets go on sale Friday.

DAVID BOWIE:  New documentary coming to HBO

The BBC documentary on David Bowie's final years is heading to HBO. David Bowie: The Last Five Years will premiere on January 8th, which would have been the icon's 71st birthday.

The film looks back on a remarkably productive period for Bowie, as he created two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, and oversaw a stage musical, Lazarus.

The trailer now online shows Bowie explaining how his creative spark was fueled by "being on the outside of things." It was where he felt "more comfortable as a writer." (Billboard)

 

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  December 13th

Jackson Browne will play a benefit at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, California on February 9th to raise funds for the Grand Vision Foundation and its youth music education program, Meet the Music. Tickets go on sale Friday.

In a tour of the exes, The Pretenders and Simple Minds will do a U.K. tour together next August with KT Tunstall opening. Head Pretender Chrissie Hynde and Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr were married from 1984 until 1990.

Stax Singles, Volume 4: Rarities & The Best of the Rest arrives February 9th. The six-disc box set reaches into the famed Memphis label's archives for B-sides and rarities. While the songs may not be familiar, many of the artists are Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and Booker T and the MGs.

Chris Rea is back home after collapsing on stage in London last Saturday. The singer known for "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" has been in tenuous health for most of this century. He survived pancreatic cancer surgery and suffered a stroke in 2016.

Pat DiNizio, the frontman of veteran New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, has died. He was 62. The news was announced via the band's Facebook account on Tuesday night.

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