RICK ASTLEY: Comeback continues with another album release
Rick Astley's 50-something comeback continues this month with the release of a new album, Beautiful Life.
The 12-track collection was written and recorded at his home studio in suburban London. He tells Ireland's Independent that part of his motivation for writing and playing everything is to prove that he is not just a nostalgic frontman for other people's songs.
He still performs his '80s chartbusters, including "Together Forever" and "Never Gonna Give You Up," the song that spurred the Internet "rickrolling" phenomenon. Last year, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters rickrolled an audience in Tokyo after spotting Astley watching his set from the side of the stage.
Rick Astley will tour Europe this fall. Despite a warm reception to his 2016 shows, he has no firm U.S. plans.
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ELTON JOHN: Against legalization of marijuana
Elton John has been clean and sober for 28 years. Looking back, he says it was not a "wise decision" to start using drugs in 1974, during work on his eighth album, Caribou. Having gone through that, he actually opposes the legalization of marijuana.
Elton John talked about his past drug use and his thoughts on legalizing marijuana:
"I don't really need as a person to take drugs. I like 'up' drugs. I like to make me feel more energetic, and I certainly have more energy than most people. So, it was not a wise decision. Nor, it is it a wise decision to legalize marijuana, I don't think, 'cause I know what it can lead to. They say, 'Oh, it's got great medical benefits.' So that's great. But to actually buy it over the counter? I'm not so sure."
Elton will launch his Farewell Yellow Brick tour on September 8th in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
ROD STEWART: Schedules tours when young sons are out of school
Rod Stewart says he still loves touring, but has to check with his kids before deciding when to hit the road.
Rod Stewart says:
"I tend to tour around the kid's holidays so that they can be with me, especially the two younger ones. When the other kids were growing up -- they're all in their 30s now -- I was doing too much touring, and I didn't get to see them very much. But I made a big change in my life now. Touring goes around the school holidays."
His two youngest children, with third wife Penny Lancaster, are 12-year old Alastair and seven-year old Aiden.
Like Mick Jagger, who is a few years older, Stewart has eight children from five different women. And he's going to stop there.
Rod Stewart says he is done having kids:
"I have certainly put my cue back in the rack, so there's no more for me."
Stewart is on the road for the second straight summer with Cyndi Lauper. Their next show is Wednesday in Nashville.
THOMPSON TWINS: Tom Bailey releases first pop album in 25 years
Tom Bailey says "it's been a great pleasure to re-encounter the pop world -- and the specific discliplines and skills involved in making those songs."
The lead singer of such Thompson Twins '80s hits as "Hold Me Now" released Science Fiction earlier this summer.
Tom Bailey talked about his new solo album, Science Fiction :
"Been doing lots of other kinds of music. But I decided to get into playing some of The Thompson Twins hits live on stage. And that made me think, 'You know what? I should actually contemporize this by writing some new material as well.' So it's not just about nostalgia, it's about now."
Bailey will include several of those new tunes when he plays solo tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday nights at the Iridium in New York. He's also doing selected dates this summer with Culture Club, including Friday at Asbury Park, New Jersey's Stone Pony Summerstage and Sunday at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.