Canadian rock royalty reunited on Friday (August 16th) night when Guess Who co-founders Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman joined forces for a three-song set during Cummings' Toronto concert. Cummings welcomed his former partner on stage at the CNE Bandshell for "American Woman," Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care Of Business" — with Bachman taking the lead and Cummings moving over to keyboards — before wrapping things up with a take on the Guess Who's 1969 classic "No Time." (Best Classic Bands)
An adult animated series starring a fictional Elvis Presley will portray "The King" as "a secret government agent, moonlighting as a spy while still touring the country as a musician." The synopsis for the show reads in part, "Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King of Rock and Roll."
Priscilla Presley, who's one of the project's producers said, "From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that. My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before." No premiere date has been rolled out yet. (Rolling Stone)
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott will release his third album with side band Down 'n' Outz on October 11th. Although the group's first two albums were salutes to Elliott's personal heroes, Mott The Hoople, the new set, titled This Is How We Roll, features nearly all new Elliott original — save for a new cover of the Tubes' "White Punks On Dope." (Loudersound.com)
Coming on October 4th is Chicago's fourth holiday collection, titled, Chicago Holiday. The set features eight original songs, two yuletide favorites, and "one timeless classic that embraces the spirit of hope." Recorded on the road and produced by founding member Lee Loughnane, Chicago Christmas is the 37th album of the band’s career and features such highlights as "What The World Needs Now Is Love" and "Sleigh Ride." (Press release)
Roger McGuinn's wife Camilla posted about the death of Roger's dear friend, actor Peter Fonda, who died on August 16th of cancer at age 79. The pair were to reunite on September 20th at New York's Radio City Music Hall at the 50th anniversary screening of Easy Rider, where McGuinn and others will recreate the soundtrack live in front of the movie goers in real time.
Camilla posted on McGuinn's official blog: "'OH NO!'I didn’t think Roger would be that upset over the increase in the Spectrum Cable bill. When I turned my head, I saw the anguish on his face. He had just read that Peter had died. Peter wasn’t with us anymore. Roger immediately said he didn’t want to go to NYC because he was just doing it for Peter. I pointed out to him that Peter had called and asked him to do it. Roger had to go perform 'The Ballad Of Easy Rider' and 'It's Alright, Ma' for Peter at the celebration of Peter's movie Easy Rider. Roger will be singing for the celebration of Easy Rider but more importantly; Roger will be singing for the celebration of a dear friend’s life; Peter Fonda." (RogerMcGuinnBlogspot.com)