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Rod Stewart, Moody Blues, Aerosmith and more.
Rod Stewart provided the entertainment at a wedding in Yorkshire, England on Saturday, playing for 200 guests.
Asia canceled their show this Wednesday in York, Pennsylvania “for reasons beyond the band’s control.”
Cheap Trick performed at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Saturday. On Friday, singer Robin Zander played a solo show in Temecula, California that only featured four songs from the Cheap Trick catalog. The rest of the set was from his solo work and covers of songs by The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Badfinger and Cream. Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer guested on one song.
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton says he “can’t believe the [band’s] tour’s over. I’m ready for a break, but it was still painful stopping. It won’t be long before I wish we were back out there.”
Robbie Robertson has paid tribute to New Orleans studio owner Cosimo Matassa, who died last week at the age of 88. He says, “Boy, did he get it right. As early as 1947 he was making records that would come to be called Rock and Roll… Everybody in New Orleans went to the master for his magic. Over the years Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville‘s have all raved to me about Cosimo’s extraordinary little studios, his record engineering and producing abilities…” Robertson inducted Cosimo into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Moody Blues will tour England next June.
Roger Waters will narrate his opera, Ca Ira, when it has its U.S. premiere at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on January 29th and 30th.
Tom Skeeter, the owner and co-founder of Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, died last week at 82. The story of the studio — where such groundbreaking albums as Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fleetwood Mac’s Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush were recorded — was told by Dave Grohl in his 2013 film documentary, Sound City. Skeeter also managed Rick Springfield during the 1980s.