Sheryl Crow's 2019 album could be her last

SHERYL CROW:  Next album could be her last

Sheryl Crow has named five artists she expects to be on the album of collaborations she’s saying may be her final full-length release. Speaking with KFPK Louisville, Crow revealed that Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Keith Richards, Don Henley and the late Johnny Cash will be heard on the album, which is expected next year. 

Crow says the new album was inspired by current events and touches on dishonesty in the media as well as politics and corruption. (Billboard)

LED ZEPPELIN:  Latest on Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

While we wait for the day when Jimmy Page straps on a guitar and performs again, he does occasionally get out to see others play.

Last Friday in London, he caught a show by his onetime Yardbirds bandmate Jeff Beck. He watched from the side of the stage with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of the Hollywood Vampires.

Robert Plant, who is on tour, was in Toronto Friday. Sheryl Crow, who has been opening dates on his tour with the Sensational Space Shifters, sang Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll” with him.


BAY CITY ROLLERS:  Co-founder Alan Longmuir has died

Bass player Alan Longmuir, who co-founded The Bay City Rollers and rode the tartan-clad boy band's brief burst of global fame, died Monday morning in Edinburgh. He was 70. He fell ill three weeks ago while vacationing in Mexico with his wife.

Lead singer Les McKeown remembered his friend as "the original Bay City Roller." And bandmate Stuart Wood told the BBC he would "remember the good times we had for over 40 years." 

While their fame lasted barely a couple of years in the North America, there was renewed interest in the Rollers in the middle of this decade. Longmuir, McKeown and Wood played several reunion shows in Britain. Longmuir's biographical musical, And I Ran With the Gang, was staged during a 2016 Toronto fanfest.

After a series of smash singles in the U.K. -- including a number-one remake of The Four Seasons' "Bye, Bye Baby," Clive Davis and Arista Records brought them to the U.S. in the fall of 1975. Hoping their teen appeal could make them "the next Beatles," they landed them a guest appearance on Howard Cosell's Saturday night variety show on ABC.

"Saturday Night," with its football-cheer opening, hit number-one in the U.S. But only one of their next seven releases made the Top 10. And facing competition from the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt,James Taylor and Elton John, the Rollers seemed more a throwback to the days when Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine --  as opposed to Rolling Stone -- were the "rock and roll press."

NEIL YOUNG:  Rocks rare Buffalo Springfield era song

Neil Young reached deep into the vaults and pulled out a very old rarity he's never played live before during his Sunday solo show in Chicago.

"One More Sign," which only exists as a 50-year-old demo, was first released on the 2001 Buffalo Springfield box set and then included on Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 1963 – 1972. Although Young played acoustic guitar on the mid-'60s demo, he performed it on piano last night.

Young will live-stream his next show -- tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Fox Theater in Detroit -- for free on his NeilYoungArchives website. (JamBase)

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