Randi’s Rock Report: Queen~McCartney~Sting…

Randi’s Rock Report: Queen~McCartney~Sting…

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke will tape an episode of the PBS show Speakeasy next Tuesday, August 14th, at New York City’s Triad Theater. The band’s documentary, If I Leave Here Tomorrow, premieres on Showtime on August 18th.

Pat Benatar performed in fire-ravaged Redding, California Monday night, helping to raise money for the firefighters and victims of the nearby Carr Fire. Afterward she posted, “We hope it provided, in some small way, respite from the fires. Thanks to all who participated in donating to the firefighters, first responders and fire victims… P.S. California is still burning… Please volunteer or donate if you can. Stay informed and stay safe!”

Brian May went in front of the TV cameras this week for Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs, two one-hour programs that will air on Channel 5 in the U.K. in April.

Paul McCartney has announced three dates in Japan — October 31st and November 1st at the Tokyo Dome, and November 8th at the Nagoya Dome, his first-ever show in Nagoya.

Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, met today (Wednesday) with Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience at the Vatican.

Tedeschi Trucks Band has partnered with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to donate $48,000 worth of musical instruments to Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit and Doobie Brothers guitarist John McFee are featured on Firefall‘s version of Spirit’s 1970s single “Nature’s Way.” This new version also features founding bassist and onetime Spirit member Mark Andes.

Bill Ward of Black Sabbath will do a poetry reading and show off his new artwork at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles on August 25th.

Brian Wilson tweets, “Great and energetic show in Tel Aviv last night (Tuesday) to kick off the tour!” He quotes the Jerusalem Post’s review: “The show was a blast. Wilson’s songbook of classics is astounding, and his 10-piece band did it justice with authenticity and enthusiasm.”