Rock News Randoms 1-7-21

Rock News Randoms 1-7-21
WHITESNAKE celebrates the blues sound that helped inspire its multi-platinum career on a new collection that features remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best blues-rock songs. THE BLUES ALBUM is the third and final release in the band’s Red, White and Blues Trilogy, a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began this year with Love Songs (red) and The Rock Album (white). THE BLUES ALBUM will be available February 19 on CD ($14.98), as a double-LP set pressed on 180-gram blue vinyl ($31.98), and digitally. The collection is available for pre-order now. Like The Rock Album and Love Songs, all the tracks on THE BLUES ALBUM have been revisited, remixed, and remastered.

JOHN FOGERTY has never been afraid to react to things happening around him in song. He’s just released a new tune that centers around current events. Check out “Weeping in the Promised Land”.

MICHAEL MCDONALD of the DOOBIE BROTHERS will perform a livestream show to celebrate his 69th birthday. “Home Alone 2 – Birthday Bash: A Party of One” will stream on Mandolin on February 12 at 9pm. Details here.

MILEY CYRUS’ album of METALLICA covers will include a guest appearance by ELTON JOHN on “Nothing Else Matters”. 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN says he has a “big surprise” for fans this year . . . but it won’t be a tour.  He’s looking ahead to 2022 for that 

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM has sold off his music catalog. And NEIL YOUNG has sold a 50% stake in his music catalog. 

The Grammys have been rescheduled from January 31st to March 14th. 

A list of essential albums that turn 40 this year includes Foreigner’s “4”“Face Value” by Phil CollinsVan Halen’s “Fair Warning”, and the Stevie Nicks classic “Bella Donna”.