Quick Takes: CSN, The Beatles, America, Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Winwood, Billy Idol
Crosby, Stills, & Nash have joined forces to show solidarity to Neil Young and urge their labels to pull their collective music from the Spotify streaming service. A rare joint statement from the estranged trio reads: “We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast. While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the same platform.” (Press release)
The Beatles‘ social media posted a message to fans understandably upset at their DVD and Blu-ray orders being postponed only days away from delivery. The message read: “Hello All – We had a technical and supply chain issue with our The Beatles: Get Back Blu-ray & DVD. We’re sorry for the delay. We look forward to sharing a new release date soon.” The package was set for release this Friday (February 8th) but has now been delayed indefinitely.
America‘s Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are mourning the loss of their drummer for over four decades, Willie Leacox. The band posted a message on social media, which reads: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our brother and beloved drummer of 41 years, Willie Leacox. Willie was an integral part of the America family and we cherish the time that we shared with him through this crazy journey. We send our love to the Leacox family through this difficult time, and to all that knew Wil. Rest In Peace, Wil. We love you. Contributions in honor of Wil can be made to the Leacox Family Music Education Scholarship through the link provided: https://bit.ly/3saYtKG
Lindsey Buckingham has just tagged on five new U.S. dates to his upcoming spring tour.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Lindsey Buckingham tour dates (subject to change): April 12 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa April 13 – Monterey, CA – Golden State Theatre April 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theatre April 19 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre April 27 – Charlottesville, VA – The Paramount Theater
Steve Winwood will not be opening for Steely Dan this spring. The band posted a message online, which reads: “Steely Dan has announced Snarky Puppy and Aimee Mann have joined as special guests on their “2022 Earth After Hours Tour.” The 23-city outing will feature Snarky Puppy starting May 20th in Portland and opening on all dates through June 19th. Aimee Mann will join beginning June 21st in New York and perform on all dates through the end of the tour on July 3rd. Steve Winwood is no longer able to appear due to unforeseen circumstances.”
There’s been no reason given to why Winwood backed out of the tour.
Toto will replace Billy Idol as the opening act on Journey‘s upcoming tour. Idol, who is suffering from a chronic sinus infection which will require surgery in the coming days, said in a statement: “I am absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to perform the upcoming dates with Journey as planned.”
Journey and Toto kick off the 40-city tour on February 22nd at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.