Quick Takes: The Eagles, Heart & Nirvana, Bono, Journey, Debbie Harry & Cyndi Lauper, REO Speedwagon, Carole King
The Eagles have just tagged six new cities onto the band’s ongoing “Hotel California 2023 Tour.” The first half of each concert spotlights the band’s 1976 Hotel California album performed in its entirety from start to finish, accompanied by an orchestra and choir. The second part of the night features the Eagles tackling a set of the band’s greatest hits and select solo favorites.
UPDATED: The Eagles tour dates (subject to change): February 17 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino February 19 – Portland, OR – Moda Center February 21 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center February 24, 25 – Palm Springs, CA – Acrisure Arena March 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center March 3 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena March 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena March 28 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena March 30 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena April 1 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena April 4 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum April 7 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Heart‘s Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, Nirvana, the Supremes, Nile Rodgers, Slick Rick, Ma Rainey, and Bobby McFerrin will be honored as the Grammy’s 2023 Special Merit Award honorees. The Recording Academy will host a Special Merit Award ceremony in February prior to the live telecast event. (Rolling Stone)
Bono has added three new dates to his ongoing “Stories Of Surrender” book tour. The newly announced stops are set for May 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre.
As expected, tensions between Journey‘s Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain continue to roll on into 2023. Schon has taken to Twitter to confirm that original keyboardist Gregg Rolie will participate in some fashion during the band’s upcoming 50th anniversary tour. He also took a swipe against Cain, posting, “No one is going to dictate to me at this point what I can and cannot do in regards (sic) to Journey. I haven’t been here and not here to take orders — never have and never will. It’s my band and I’ll own it as I should and make the right changes as needed.” When pressed as to whom Schon was referring to, he wrote: “Have a guess.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Debbie Harry, Dolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper announced the upcoming group collaboration on the new single, “Gonna Be You” from the new film 80 For Brady. The song, which will be released on January 20th, was written by Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren as the theme to the upcoming comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field. (Press release)
REO Speedwagon‘s sole remaining co-founding member, keyboardist Neal Doughty, is retiring after 55 years. Doughty said in statement, “I want everyone to know that it was all that traveling that finally got to me. I always enjoyed playing the shows and looking out to see all the loyal fans who allowed me to do this for so long.” The band hopes that he’ll continue to pop up onstage with them from time to time.
Frontman Kevin Cronin admitted: “It will be a big change to look around and not see Neal behind the keyboards and we will miss his quick wit and interesting conversation on those long bus rides. But this is what Neal needs, and we support him.”
The new feature-length concert documentary Home Again: Carole King Live In Central Park filmed on May 26th, 1973 in front of an estimated audience of 100,000, will premiere January 19th at New York’s IFC Film Center via Abramorama. The film will then be released wide on King’s 81st birthday — February 9th — and stream exclusively on The Coda Collection. (Press release)