THE BEACH BOYS: Top of the Billboard chart again
The Beach Boys have themselves a number-one album, 54 years after Beach Boys Concert topped the charts in 1964, and 44 years after their last number-one, Endless Summer.
The Beach Boys With the Royal Philharmonic tops Billboard's Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albumscharts, with 5,000 copies sold its first week out.
The album adds new orchestral accompaniment to such classic Beach Boys records as "God Only Knows," "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations."
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CROSBY, STILLS NASH & YOUNG: It'll take more than politics for them to reunite
Although David Crosby and Graham Nash have said they could envision Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young touring as a way to protest President Trump, Nash says it would take a lot more than politics to bring them back together.
"With CSNY we have to like each other before we can make great music. The sad part is the loss of the music. That's what drives me crazy. But once again, we can't fake it. And we think that people would know listening to whatever it is we recorded whether we were really into it or not. And we can't do that. We've got to love what we're doing and get on and burst into flames and rock. But no one's talking to David. It's very sad, but that's the way it is. People choose their own path and they have to walk down it."
The four continue to work on their own. Nash is on his way to Europe for dates later this month, with U.S dates in the fall and next year. Crosby winds up a U.S. tour this week before heading to Europe in August. Neil Young has solo dates this week and into July, and Stephen Stills is on the road with Judy Collins.
FLEETWOOD MAC: Just topped the 2-million mark in sales
Fleetwood Mac have hit another milestone -- their Very Best of compilation, initially released in 2002, just passed two-million in sales.
With a tour set to kick off in the fall, a few fans may have needed a refresher course in the band's music, so 2,000 copies of the album were sold during the week ending June 14th.
The album, which contains 36 songs (none from the band's early incarnations), reached number-12 in Billboard when it first came out.
Lindsey Buckingham talked about the impact of Mac:
"You can't feel that you might be having an effect on an audience or the world in general when you're working through a number of years, a process that might take 20 years. You know you're really just kind of working off of fear and off of just the anxiety of trying to get onto the next thing and trying to get it right. And then at some point you can sit back and relax and look at that and say, 'Yeah, we did alright there.''
DEF LEPPARD: Busy on the road
Def Leppard are doing double duty on tour this summer with Journey -- they're working on new songs.
Guitarist Phil Collen tells Detroit's WRIF, "We've got three songs on the go already. [Singer] Joe's [Elliott] got one, [bassist Rick Savage]'s got one and I've got another one. We've actually started recording them. You can do this stuff all the time. You can do it on your laptop now – you don't have to be in a studio. You can actually get it moving and started already... and I love the direction of it. When you do it over a period of time, you can actually get a bit more in it. When you cram it all in, it sometimes gets a little limited.”
Def Leppard's last studio release was a self-titled album in 2015. The tour with Journey resumes on July 1st in Atlanta.
TOTO: Returning the favor to Weezer
Toto's "Africa" got another boost recently when a Twitter campaign led Weezer to cover the song. And now Toto is going to return the favor.
Guitarist Steve Lukather told Variety that Toto has started working on a Weezer song. He said it will be out in "the next couple of months. I dig [Weezer]. I was never really aware of them outside their hits, but my kids hipped me to them. They are really good, inventive and quirky, hooks for days."
Lukather added that Toto was "flattered" by Weezer's version of "Africa," saying, "They made it a bit more their own, but we were surprised to see they kept to the original arrangement with just some harder-edged guitars in the chorus. Our music is harder to play than it sounds. It’s the small details you don’t realize are there until you try and re-do it."
All of The Beatles’ studio albums are now on the band’s YouTube channel.
Bryan Adams will be on Watch What Happens: Live on Bravo Monday at 10 p.m. CT.
A street is being named after Lynyrd Skynyrd in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed, paid a visit last week to Wags & Walks, a Los Angeles dog rescue facility, to deliver hundreds of toys and treats to loving dogs in need of homes. Gene and Shannon rescued and live with four dogs.
The Bangles reunited with two of their old bass players at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival in Pasadena, California on Sunday, but neither was their best known one, Michael Steele. Her predecessor, Annette Zalinskas, played the entire set except for one song, for which they were joined by an even earlier member, Amanda Pagano.
Commenting on the death of D.J. Fontana, the drummer in Elvis Presley’s early band, Max Weinberg says, “As a five-year-old, D.J.'s drum roll in ‘Hound Dog’ was an explosion for me. That drum roll, that triple roll, was shocking… that's what got me started playing the drums. D.J. Fontana was my hero.”