Quick Takes: Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck, Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Dylan, The B-52s

  • Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck will reunite on September 27th at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl for a one-off concert -- billed as the pair's, "Most in-depth concert in 35 years: Two legends. One night. The hits + early rock classics." The Bowl gig marks their first performance together since 2009. Rod Stewart was the frontman for the original lineup of the Jeff Beck Group -- also featuring Ron Wood on bass -- from 1967 to 1968. Stewart was the lead vocalist on Beck's first two albums -- 1968's Truth (billed solely to Jeff Beck) and 1969's Beck-Ola by the Jeff Beck Group. (NME)

  • Neil Young posted that the first new Crazy Horse album since 2012 is currently in the works. On April 9th, Young posted in part on his NeilYoungArchives.com website, "At least 11 new songs, all written recently, are going to be recorded starting this week. Nils (Lofgren) will be with Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and I, making our new CRAZY HORSE music high in the Rockies."
  • Young went on to write, "Previously, Nils had replaced Danny (Whitten) during most of the recording of 1970's After The Goldrush, singing, playing both piano and acoustic guitar. Poncho Sampedro joined the band in 1975 and stayed with Crazy Horse until 2018, making tons of great music with us. The band is excited to make this new album and continue our story. We sincerely hope you enjoy our new music when it is released this year because we know we will enjoy making it. We are very excited to get started in just a few days!"
    • So far there's been no title or release date announced for the new set.

  • Melissa Etheridge has released "Wild And Lonely," the first video from her new album, The Medicine Show, which will be issued on Friday (April 12th). The Medicine Show was produced by Bon Jovi producer and touring guitarist John Shanks. Etheridge kicks off her 42-date tour behind the album tonight (April 10th) at New York City's Town Hall.

  • In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's classic Nashville Skyline album this week (April 9th, 1969), the company behind the songwriters' signature whiskey, Heaven's Door Spirits, has announced a multi-dimensional Nashville home for the booze. According to the press release: "The Heaven's Door Distillery and Center for the Arts in downtown Nashville is slated to open in Fall 2020. The new center will feature a craft distillery, complete with guided tours, a whiskey library, restaurant and a 360-seat live performance venue, all part of a renovation project to the 160-year-old Elm Street Church that will also display pieces of Dylan's paintings and unique metalwork sculptures." (Press release)

  • The B-52s have rolled out the full itinerary for the group's farewell world tour -- with 32 North American dates now on the books. Rolling Stone reported: "In addition to their newly unveiled tour, the B-52s have announced Da Capo Press/Hachette Books will publish the first-ever official history of the band, which is due in 2020. The band has also teamed with executive producer Fred Armisen and director Craig Johnson to develop an authorized documentary film on the group." (RollingStone)

JUST ANNOUNCED: The B-52s North American tour dates (subject to change):

May 4 - West Palm Beach, FL - Sunfest
May 12 - Arlington, TX - KAABOO Texas
May 26 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender
August 1 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
August 3 - San Diego, CA - Bayside Summer Nights at Embarcadero Marina Park
August 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
August 6 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
August 7 - Seattle, WA - BECU ZooTunes Concert Series
August 8 - Missoula, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater
August 10 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
August 11 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
August 12 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
August 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
August 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

August 17- Dillon, CO - Dillon Amphitheater
August 18 - Greenwood Village, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
August 21 - San Antonio, TX - The Majestic Theater
August 22 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
August 24 - Sugarland, TX - Smart Financial Centre
August 26 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
August 28 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 6 - Greensboro, NC - White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
September 7 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
September 8 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at the Heights
September 11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens
September 13 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
September 14 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
September 17 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
September 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
September 20 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater

September 22 - Asbury Park, NJ - See.Hear.Now Festival
September 24 - New York, NY - Summerstage at Central Park