Rock News Randoms 11-21-17

Rock News Randoms 11-21-17

JETHRO TULL will launch a 50th anniversary tour in the spring.  Although at this point, the only original member is IAN ANDERSON.

TOTO released a new song called “Alone”, and it’s pretty hot . . . in that yacht rock sorta way.  (Full Story)

JOE PERRY has a solo album coming on January 19, with guest stars including Johnny DeppDavid Johansen, and Robin Zander from Cheap Trick. The album is titled Sweetzerland Manifesto. Read more here.

On December 1st, NEIL YOUNG is putting his entire catalog online in a high-quality audio format . . . and initially, it’ll be FREE.

YES has a new live album coming November 24. Topographic Drama — Live Across America features tunes recorded during the band’s 2017 tour.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC has trademarked his name.  He Tweeted, quote, “If you really feel compelled to insult Franken, Sharpton, Gore, Roker, or Pacino . . . PLEASE CHOOSE A DIFFERENT NICKNAME.”

Former BLACK SABBATH drummer BILL WARD was hospitalized with heart problems.  (Full Story)

The EAGLES are prepping for a 2018 tour. They’ve announced a handful of dates from March to July, none in in NC, but some of which include JAMES TAYLOR, JIMMY BUFFET and CHRIS STAPLETON.

DEF LEPPARD are writing and recording songs from a new album. No word on a release date.

GENE SIMMONS of KISS was banned for life from appearing on Fox TV after an appearance on November 15. During the appearance, SIMMONS apparently crossed the line with his lewd antics, and now he’s issued a statement apologizing for “unintentionally” offending female staff members.