Big 95 Music News: Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond

THE ROLLING STONES:  Looks like a 2018 tour is going to happen

It looks like The Rolling Stones will tour in 2018.  Next thing is to find out when, where and how long the tour will last.  

New Year's tweets from the official Rolling Stones feed and Mick Jagger's personal one indicate that they're getting ready to hit the road -- without making any kind of formal announcement. The Stones posted, "Wishing everyone a rockin' New Year and we'll see you in 2018!” Jagger's was similar: "Thanks for an amazing 2017, I look forward to seeing you all next year!"

British tabloid The Sun reported last week that it's a done deal, at least in the U.K., next summer. The paper claims that Jagger is in meetings with promoters about 2018 dates, including "a number of huge stadium shows." The paper quoted the singer saying the band was "disappointed not to perform in the U.K. on our recent jaunt and we’re looking forward to getting plans in place to do so next year.'"

Where that leaves fans in the U.S. is anyone's guess, but some activity is always better than none when it comes to the Stones.

NEIL DIAMOND:  Rocked New Year's Eve with "Sweet Caroline"

New York's Times Square served up rival classic pop artists to ring in 2018. Just blocks from where Mariah Carey sang "Vision of Love" on ABC, Neil Diamond was on FOX holding a sing-along of his evergreen "Sweet Caroline."

The FOX broadcast also featured a New Year's Eve first -- host Steve Harvey officiating as entertainment reporter Maria Menounos married her longtime boyfriend, producer Keven Undergaro. (People)

I caught the Neil Diamond performance on Fox on New Year's Eve.  It was great to see Neil on TV sounding better than ever!  ~ Dewayne

MARIAH CAREY:  Meanwhile on ABC, it was another classic performance

Mariah Carey made the most of her do-over Sunday night. Returning to the New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast a year after a disastrous appearance marred by apparent tech glitches, the pop diva was in top form. She took the Times Square New York stage in single-digit cold to sing "Vision of Love" and "Hero," then retreated backstage for a cup of hot tea. Carey wore a fuzzy white coat over a bejeweled see-through gown.

Reports say she was on hand for the pre-show soundcheck with the show's production crew to guard against another epic fail. (People)

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