Rock News Randoms – 2-9-18

Rock News Randoms – 2-9-18

RICHIE SAMBORA and his girlfriend (slash) musical partner ORIANTHI released a new version of “I Got You Babe” . . . which is either a week early for Valentine’s Day, or a week LATE for Groundhog Day.

JOHN MELLENCAMPALAN JACKSON, and KOOL & THE GANG are among the 2018 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

OZZY OSBOURNE  has announced his “No More Tours 2” tour, although he says he’s not really retiring, he’ll still do the occasional one-off show. Closest stop to us is September 14 in Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live.

Former STYX singer DENNIS DEYOUNG is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the “Grand Illusion” album by playing it in its entirety on tour.

JIMMY BUFFETT rarely drinks margaritas anymore because of his new diet.  Quote, “I don’t do sugar anymore.  No sugar and no carbs.  Except on Sunday.”  He doesn’t smoke pot anymore, either.

POISON and CHEAP TRICK will tour together this summer. There are no NC dates, so you’ll have to road trip to Bristow, VA on June 17 at Jiffy Lube Live.

Coming April 6, a new album of songs based on the poems and writings of JOHNNY CASH called Johnny Cash: Forever Words. The set includes a ton of special guests, including the late CHRIS CORNELL, who sings You Never Knew My Mind”.

THE CARS will remaster and re-release Shake It Up and Heartbeat City on March 30. They’ll both include many extras, like demos, remixes and outtakes.

Later this year DOKKEN fans can expect Return to the East 2016. The set was recorded during the band’s 2016 tour, which featured the classic line-up.