IN OTHER NEWS
Queen, Billy Joel, Steve Miller and others.
Steve Miller will perform at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Not only will Billy Joel break the Elton John‘s record for the most shows by a solo performer at Madison Square Garden next year when he plays his 65th show there on July 1st — he’ll also break The Rolling Stones‘ record for the most shows at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York when he does his seventh show there on March 20th.
Dave Davies is leading a campaign to save the The Alex pub in the Fortis Green section of London from being demolished. He grew up nearby and had his first pint at the pub. He says, “The Alex has been an important part of the community for a long time, and is part of local heritage. My family used to have gatherings here where we’d sing songs around the piano. It was an influence on The Kinks as me and [my brother] Ray listened to a lot of different music here. It would be tragic to lose this London asset. It should be kept as a flourishing pub for future generations.”
Gene Simmons will be part of the first-ever Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp north of the border starting January 8th in Calgary. Joe Perry and Lou Gramm will be at the one in Connecticut from January 15th to the 18th; Sammy Hagar does the one in Las Vegas from February 12th to the 15th; and Cheap Trick and members of Blue Oyster Cult will do Vegas from March 5th to the 8th.
Fleetwood Mac have announced that they’ll headline the final night of Britain’s Isle of Wight Festival on June 14th, 2015 and that it will absolutely be their only U.K. festival appearance next year.
The Eagles are involved in yet another intellectual property lawsuit. This time, Don Henley and Glenn Frey are suing concert archivist William Shelley for charging admission to a showing of a bootlegged concert of theirs.
Peter Gabriel is lending his support to the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, which are now entering their third month. He’s taking part by being photographed holding an umbrella, a symbolic sign of solidarity with protestors. He says, “Water gets everywhere — like the will of the people.”
Queen and Adam Lambert will help ring in the New Year with a performance in London on New Year’s Eve that will be televised on the BBC. The two acts came together Sunday night in London for a performance on the British version of The X Factor. Queen is no stranger to talent competitions as they backed and met Lambert when he was a contestant on American Idol.