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Judge Cancels Rod Stewart’s Trial, Schedules Hearing To Discuss Plea Deal

A Florida judge has canceled the trial for rock legend Rod Stewart and his son. The judge has scheduled a hearing next month to discuss a plea deal, which could settle charges related to an alleged fight with a hotel security guard on New Year’s Eve nearly two years ago.

Stewart and his son Sean, 41, were facing trial after security guard Jessie Dixon claimed that Rod punched him in the ribs during a row over access to a private party in a children’s area in 2019.

A trial date had been set for Tuesday, September 14. However court records show Rod’s lawyers have reached a settlement agreement and a final hearing has been scheduled for October 22.

If convicted, the Stewarts were facing a year in jail, or probation and a $1,000 fine. The terms of the agreement are not yet clear.

Source: RTT Music News

Brian May Shares ‘Back To The Light’ Short Film

Queen guitarist Brian May has shared a short film in celebration of the 30th anniversary reissue of his debut solo album, Back to the Light.

“I’ve polished up the three original videos from 1992, but the ‘Back to the Light’ video is brand new – a short film with a story to tell,” May said.

In the short film, May assumes the role of a time traveler, and he tries to pulls off a meeting in time that hasn’t previously been attempted.

May reissued his 1992 debut solo album Back to the Light in remastered digital and physical formats last month. The reissue’s audio supervision was done by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson. Grammy-winner Bob Ludwig worked from the original restored flat mixes.

“I feel kind of affectionate looking back. Looking back at me 30 years ago, a young man with no idea of the incredible journey that was still to come,” said May.

Source: RTT Music News

Phil Collins Reveals He Won’t Be Drumming On Upcoming Genesis Tour

Phil Collins has made it clear that he will not be playing drums when Genesis hit the road again in October for a tour of the U.K. and North America.

“I can barely hold a stick with this hand. So there are certain physical things which get in the way,” the 70-year old Collins said in a BBC Breakfast interview.

“I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating ’cause, you know, I’d love to be playing up there with my son,” added Collins, who has a nerve problem in his left hand, hearing issues and suffered a spinal injury in 2007 and a head injury a decade later.

The legendary Genesis singer and drummer confirmed that his son Nic Collins will replace him as the drummer for “The Last Domino Tour.”

The Genesis reunion tour will kick off this winter, marking the British progressive rock band’s first tour in 14 years.

Collins’ bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford also took part in the BBC Breakfast show.

(Photo: Patrick Balls and Martin Griffin)

Source: RTT Music News

Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks Spar Over His Firing From Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are sparring over the former’s firing from Fleetwood Mac.

Buckingham, who was fired from the band in 2018, claimed a few months later that he didn’t receive the news from his bandmates, but, instead, manager Irving Azoff told him, “Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again.”

Buckingham stated that Nicks “wanted to shape the band in her own image” and claimed that his emails and calls to the rest of the band were never answered following his dismissal.

Buckingham had said in earlier interviews that the strain with the band related to a few specific issues, including his desire to briefly delay the band’s tour in order to promote his self-titled solo album and his complaint about playing the Nicks-written “Rhiannon” when the group walked onstage to receive the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year award.

“Ironically, nothing went down that night that was [as contentious] as the stuff we’d been through for 43 years,” Buckingham told the Los Angeles Times.

Nicks has made her first public statement about the issue, writing to Rolling Stone, “It’s unfortunate that Lindsey has chosen to tell a revisionist history of what transpired in 2018 with Fleetwood Mac. His version of events is factually inaccurate.”

She added, “Following an exceedingly difficult time with Lindsey at MusiCares in New York, in 2018, I decided for myself that I was no longer willing to work with him.”

“While I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, certainly it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth,” Nicks told the Los Angeles Times through her publicist. “To be exceedingly clear, I did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, I did not demand he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself. I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my well-being. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it.”

Source: RTT Music News

Iggy Pop Teams Up With Dr. Lonnie Smith On ‘Move Your Hand’

Blue Note Records has announced that the vinyl release of Breathe, the acclaimed new album by NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith, is scheduled for December 3.

The 2-LP vinyl edition will contain the additional bonus track “Move Your Hand,” a third collaboration between the legendary Hammond B-3 organist and rock icon Iggy Pop, which was released as a single on Wednesday.

Pop is also featured on two other tracks on Breathe — covers of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” and Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together.”

The album will be released on standard black vinyl and an exclusive color vinyl version is also available for pre-order on the Blue Note Store.

Pop names “Move Your Hand” as his favorite song of Smith’s. It originally appeared on the organist’s smoldering 1969 live album Move Your Hand, which Pop calls “funkier than James Brown.”

Six tracks from Breathe were recorded during Smith’s 75th birthday celebration at the Jazz Standard in New York City in 2017.

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1950 – Aerosmith’s Joe Perry

Born on this day in 1950 – Joe Perry, guitarist with Aerosmith who scored the 1989 single ‘Love In An Elevator’, and their 1989 album Pump spent 53 weeks on the US charts They had the 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album Get A Grip and the 1998 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

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