Quick Takes 9/19/19

  • U2 will wrap its 2019 international tour behind The Joshua Tree on December 17th at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, marking the band’s first ever concert in India. Bassist Adam Clayton said in the announcement of the historic gig, “We’re much looking forward to bringing a dash of Dublin to Mumbai, India — a country famous for its rich culture of art, music, movies, theater, literature, food and so much more. There is a lot of excitement in the U2 camp.”
    • The Edge went on to say: “We have been around the world with The Joshua Tree, and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate the end of this tour. Mumbai, India, we’re coming for you — I hope you’re ready.” (Variety)
  • David Lee Roth says he didn’t ask Eddie and Alex Van Halen for permission before deciding to take his act to Las Vegas. Roth, kicks off the first run of his “Sin City” stand at Mandalay Bay’s House Of Blues on January 8th with his new side band Horses Of God. He revealed to St. Louis’ KSHE 95, via Blabbermouth, that he didn’t consult with the Van Halen brothers before making the Vegas deal: “No. I wrote the songs. I wrote every word you heard, every syllable, every melody. I structured out even the guitar solos on that first album. Why do you think the solos (later) changed so radically? I sang the solos for ‘Jamie’s Cryin” and ‘Runnin’ With The Devil’. . . I structured those songs. I designed the backgrounds on the stage. I came up with the album covers. I thought of the stripes on the guitar. I’m the one who said, ‘Call it VAN HALEN.'” (Blabbermouth)
  • Elton John‘s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour shows absolutely no sign of slowing down, with the “Rocketman” having just announced seven 2020 New York City area shows. The new dates on the books are April 6th and 7th New York’s Madison Square Garden; April 10th and 11th – Brooklyn’s Barclays Center; April 15th Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center; and April 17th and 18th in Uniondale, New York at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. Elton kicks off a three-night run on Saturday night (September 21st) at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. (Press release)
  • Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr have teamed up with musicians spread across 10 countries to create a new, global video rendition of Robertson’s 1969 Band classic “The Weight.” Among the high profile Western musicians who were filmed recording the parts to the song are Marcus KingLucas Nelson, and Larkin PoeRolling Stone posted, “The project comes from Playing For Change, a group that dedicated to ‘break down the boundaries and overcome distances between people.’ That includes schools 15 music schools across 11 countries, documentaries and viral videos bringing artists from different cultures together.” (Rolling Stone)
  • The Who‘s Roger Daltrey made a special visit on Tuesday (September 17th) to Greenville, North Carolina’s Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to help dedicate its Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center. Daltrey was representing the Who and its patron charity Teen Cancer America. While at the hospital, “Daltrey met with patients and celebrated their victories over cancer, all while taking dozens of selfies with them, sharing jokes and shaking hands all around.” (Greenville News)
  • David Crosby has wrapped a busy summer with a string of North American tour dates along with the critically acclaimed documentary, Remember My Name. During a chat with Arizona Central, “Croz” was asked if he’s able to remain hopeful in light of the troubles the world faces today. Crosby answered: “Mostly. I have to limit the amount that I watch the orange-headed idiot, y’know? I don’t pay a lot of attention to him. But I’m aware of what’s going on in the world. And if you are intelligent, you can see that we have a problem and we have to deal with it or we’re not going to be able to live on this planet. And since we can’t live anywhere else, that means the end of the human race. Oops. That would not be good.”
    • Crosby explained why he remains socially active at his age: “I do it for the same reason everybody does it, man. If you’re an activist, you do it because you have children. We can’t roll over and put our paws in the air and not fight. We have children. . . (you) get your (rear) in gear and fight. Because that’s really what we have to do.” (Arizona Central)
  • Van Morrison has just released the first single from his upcoming album, Three Chords And The Truth, due out on October 25th. “Dark Night Of The Soul” is one of 14 new original on the set, which marks Morrison’s sixth album in four years. Among the highlights is a duet with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley on “Fame Will Eat the Soul.” (Press release)
  • Police guitarist Andy Summers had just unveiled a new signature Fender Stratocaster, which is a collaborative project between him, the Fender Custom Shop, and Leica Cameras. The official Fender Andy Summers Monochrome Strat is “custom-wrapped with a collage of monochrome photos taken by Summers with his Leica M cameras.” The axe runs a cool $12,500. For instrument specs and ordering info, log on to fendercustomshop.com. (Guitar World)
  • Coming on November 15th will be reissues of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s 1969 albums, Green River and Willy And the Poor Boys. The vinyl LP’s were mastered at half-speed by award-winning engineer Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Both albums — which were previously available only as part of the seven-LP “Studio Albums Collection” box set — come housed in handsome tip-on jackets, replicating the packaging of the original pressings. (Press release)
    • Highlights on Green River are the title track, “Commotion,” “Tombstone Shadow,” “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and “Lodi.”
    • Willy And The Poor Boys features “Down On The Corner,” “Cotton Fields,” “Fortunate Son,” “Don’t Look Now (It Ain’t You or Me),” and “The Midnight Special.”

CHECK IT OUT: “The Weight” featuring Robbie Robertson & Ringo Starr: