The Eagles lead guitarist Joe Walsh tells Billboard that the band he joined in late 1975 has new music "in the can." However, he didn't say when the songs were recorded or if the songs would even be released.
The 66-year-old Walsh has been a busy guy the last couple years. The Eagles European tour stops in Amsterdam this week at the 17,000-seat Ziggo Dome. The tour also includes three nights at the 14,500-seat O2 Dublin during the first week in June, followed by a four-night stand at the 20,000-seat O2 Arena in London. The band has a 10-show North American jaunt beginning on Aug. 25 at the 23,000-seat Tacoma Dome.
Walsh's most recent solo album, "Analog Man" hit No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 pop album chart. He's currently finishing a blues album for release, and he recently played on new songs by The Goo Fighters and also War.
TINA TURNER RECORDS NEW MUSIC
After releasing her 1999 album, "Twenty Four Seven," and the subsequent major tour in support of the record, Tina Turner retired from music to her Swiss chalet.
After 15 years, the 74-year-old self-described Buddhist-Baptist has reemerged to lend her voice to three songs on an album of Hindu prayers, traditional Indian music and Christian hymns, according to Noise11.
Turner sings "Amazing Grace," "The Lord's Prayer" and the old spiritual, "Motherless Child" on the album, "Beyond: Love Within," which will be released in August. Of the album, Turner said: "Personally, it's something I'm very proud of. Hopefully, this project will teach people how to use what they're born with to help themselves and help the world - and therefore there will be more world peace."
DYLAN REPROTEDLY RECORDING ALBUM OF SINGLE COVERS
Bob Dylan is reportedly recording an entire album of songs popularized by Frank Sinatra. The website bobdylan.com is currently showcasing a new Dylan take on the 1944 Buddy Kaye-Ted Mossman tune, "Full Moon and Empty Arms" with which the Chairman of the Board scored a hit in 1945. The Dylan website also show him holding a photo of an album cover titled, "Shadows in the Night," a takeoff of sorts on Sinatra's 1967 smash, "Strangers in the Night." Wikipedia shows the new Dylan of Sinatra covers with an Aug. 26 release date.
OBIT: JERRY VALE
Jerry Vale, popular velvet-voiced Italian-American crooner during the 1950s and '60s, died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert at age 83, CBS News reports. The Bronx-born Vale began singing in supper clubs mostly in the New York City vicinity when he was 15. His forte was love songs. He recorded more than 50 albums.
In 1963, he recorded a version of "The Star Spangled Banner" that was certified as a gold record. His recording was used at sporting events for decades. Vale donated that gold record plaque to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. His chart debut took place in 1953 with the Percy Faith-arranged, "You Can Never Give Me Back My Heart," backed by Faith's orchestra. His other hits included Eddie Arnold's "You Don't Know Me" and "Arrivederci, Roma."
He published his autobiography (written with Richard Grudens) in 2000. Director Martin Scorsese was a fan, giving him cameos as himself in "Goodfellas" in 1990 and 1995's "Casino."
Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and deluxe box sets are "Something Else For Everybody," from Devo is an 11-song compilation of songs written between 2006-2009 but not released (except for "Monsterman" that served as the theme song for the SyFy Channel's "Monster Man" TV series); "The Joker Live (Amazon Exclusive)" and from The Steve Miller Band that the Gangster of Love perform his entire eighth studio LP from 1973, "The Joker."
A 3-CD import set, "Live 2013" from the reunited Mott the Hoople, led by still-masterful 74-year-old Ian Hunter with Martin Chambers of The Pretenders sitting in on drums for the ailing Dale "Buffin" Griffin, who is battling Alzheimer's and only played during the encores; an import, "Live at the Boarding House: The Historic Radio Broadcast" from former Byrds McGuinn, Clark & Hillman with special guest David Crosby; and a 6-CD import box set, "Just Between You and Me: The Complete Recordings of Porter Waggoner and Dolly Parton 1967-1976."
"The Best of John Doe" This Far" a career retrospective from the X singer-bassist; "7 Skies H3" from experimental Oklahoma City psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips; the 17-track "Unplugged 1991/2001" from the retired R.E.M. includes acoustic takes on their hits "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and "Losing My Religion"; "So U," the eighth solo album from Journey guitar wizard Neal Schon with many of the songs co-written with Damn Yankees and Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades; and the 24-song "The Garden Spot Programs, 1950" from Hank Williams includes a couple takes on "Lovesick Blues"; a 27-track 2-CD, "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia: The Music" is Billy Joel live in Moscow and Leningrad in 1987.
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