FLEETWOOD MAC: A lot of thought went on deciding to continue without Lindsey
Mick Fleetwood says Fleetwood Mac had to have a heart-to-heart before deciding to continue as a band without Lindsey Buckingham, who refused to tour this year.
Speaking to Yahoo, Fleetwood says, "It was a team huddle of the existing band members to really not panic into anything, other than really following our hearts as to what this meant — which was huge, any which way you look at it. And once we had galvanized that approach amongst the four remaining folks, we took the bull by the horns. It was really as simple as that. But it certainly took a real, meaningful breath. All of us, probably in our various ways, came to that decision that we want to, we need to, we feel good about it."
Buckingham was replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell. The band will include a Crowded House and a Tom Petty song in the show. Fleetwood believes this line-up will make new music.
The tour starts October 3rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a warm-up show a few weeks earlier at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The tour will also make a stop at America Airlines Center in Dallas on February 7th.
FOREIGNER: Original lineup will perform at select shows this year
Foreigner will be joined by original members Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Dennis Elliott at select shows on their Juke Box Heroes Tour with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening.
Mick Jones on the relationship between original Foreigner singer Lou Gramm and current singer Kelly Hansen, as well as playing with the original line-up last year and on select dates this summer:
"It's amazing, he and Kelly hit it off like a house on fire. It was really great. It's just great seeing them. It's been great reminiscing with them. Everybody's in a good place and we have a lot of fun on stage, so it's kind of a treat for the fans."
Gramm is scheduled to join the band in Syracuse, New York, not far from his hometown of Rochester, New York, tomorrow (Tuesday). He and other original members are also scheduled for the final show of the tour -- August 4th in Sturgis, South Dakota.
JOHN FOGERTY: New album slowly coming together
John Fogerty is not only on tour this summer and overseeing the reissue of his solo catalog, he also has a new album in the works.
He says, "I would say that I'm about in the first quarter, the first part of that effort. I mean 'Holy Grail' is a wonderful example of how I'm feeling and thinking these days. And, the rest of the album will certainly be similar to that vibe."
His new song, "Holy Grail," features ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons. Fogerty wrote it for his tour with ZZ, which makes a stop in Youngstown, Ohio tomorrow (Tuesday).