Ann Wilson talks about her upcoming album of cover songs

ANN WILSON:  New solo album of cover songs coming soon

Ann Wilson comments on how Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington "seemed to resemble each other" in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Promoting her upcoming album of covers, Immortal, which features the Heart singer's interpretation of her friend Cornell's Audioslave song "I Am the Highway," she admits she wasn't that surprised to hear about his suicide. "He always had gallows humor about being lonely in hotel rooms. ‘The only thing missing is a noose,’ he’d say. And it was like ‘oh, Chris.’ And he’s like ‘[I’m] too tired, the road is too hard, too impersonal.’ He was darkly joking.”

Wilson says she didn't actually meet Bennington until after Cornell's death, when she and Linkin Park appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on the same night. He sent someone to her dressing room to ask her to come and speak to him. 

She recalls that she went in and "he was really a mess -- anxious and sad and had to go onstage in a minute." She thinks that "Chris’s departure hit [Chester] hard because he recognized the impulse." She felt "a lot of fear there" and said to him, "Let’s just breathe here and look in each other’s eyes and go, 'We’re still here right now. Let’s just do this.’ A couple of weeks later, he was gone.”

You can find Wilson's version of "I Am the Highway" on Soundcloud. Immortal comes out September 14th.


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MICHAEL McDONALD:  New Christmas music on the way this year

Michael McDonald has some new Christmas music on the way.

While much of the country roasts in the hottest weather of the year, the sometimes Doobie Brother and more recent Motown interpreter talked holiday music. It's his policy to add new tracks when he reissues a past album. That's what he's done for the expanded re-releases of Christmas albums, due this fall.

Michael McDonald recently talked about how a Hawaiian vacation led to recording with Ray Benson and Jake Shimabukuro:   "Well, I was over there for a little 'R&R.' And Jake Shimabukuro and Ray Benson are doing a record together. Ray is producing Jake's next album. I'm friends with both those guys. They invited me to participate on Jake's record and Jake was kind enough during the sessions, the couple of days of sessions we did, to join me on a track for my upcoming Christmas compilation album."

Benson, from the band Asleep at the Wheel, owns a recording studio on Maui. He was working with Jake Shimabukuro, a noted Hawaiian ukulele player, when they became involved with McDonald's project. 

Michael McDonald talked about his new take of a Christmastime classic:

"Jake, myself and Ray Benson, we just jammed on ukuleles and guitar, another version of 'Winter Wonderland.' I think there's two versions on the record coming out, they';re both totally, entirely different. This one is just kinda what you would expect if we were at your house at a Christmas party and we pulled out the ukuleles. I think the ghost of Arthur Godfrey was in there somewhere, in the room."

EDDIE MONEY:  Money is not his actual legal name

Despite years of misinformation on the subject, Edward Mahoney never legally changed his name to Eddie Money.

The singer known for "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight" kept his stage name unofficial out of respect for his father -- who, like him, was a New York City police officer.

Eddie says, "My name is actually still Mahoney. Eddie Money is just kind of a stage name I guess. Well, you know, I tell ya, when a check says 'Eddie Money,' I can cash the check if it says 'Eddie Money.' You know, my dad was a cop. And being a proud Irishman, he never really wanted me to change my name to Eddie Money."

Whether it's Money or Mahoney, Eddie wants you to think of another m-word: music. 40 years after his debut album made him a star, he's still recording:

"I've got a brand new record coming out, I just signed with BMG, which is a great label for me. And the new record should be coming out within the next three or four months."

THE ROLLING STONES:  Headed back to Havana via London

As The Rolling Stones wrap up the latest leg of their No Filter, a special event in London has been announced.

On September 7th, the Troxy club in East London will be digitally transformed into a re-creation of Havana in order to recreate the "atmosphere, buzz and incredible performances" of the band's historic 2016 concert there. The show has already been documented in multiple formats as Havana Moon, but this is an altogether different thing.

We're not sure what it will be like, judging from a promotional description that says, "Using the latest cinematic technology, lighting equipment and concert production sound, the audience will re-live the 2016 concert, which was attended by half a million people, through large-scale set design, immersive method actors, dancers, Cuban-themed food, cocktails and more."

The Stones and Eagle Rock Entertainment, which released Havana Moon, have officially sanctioned this event

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