Reports are that Britain's Spice Girls, a worldwide pop sensation in the 1990's, will reunite for a lengthy residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

The residency is said to take place next year.

The Spice Girls' debut album, 1996's “Spice,” has sold close to 30 million copies worldwide. The group went on “hiatus” in 2000, save for a reunion world tour in 2007-2008, and a one-off hits medley performance at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

 

David Lee Roth says in a new installment of “The Roth Show” on his YouTube channel that his band, Van Halen, is working on a surprise project, but he “can't announce anything or I'd have to come find you and swear you to secrecy.” Speculation is that it may actually be Van Halen's first actual new music in 30 years, since their “1984” LP. The band's smash 2012 reunion album, “A Different Kind of Truth,” consisted of pre-”1984” unreleased songs and outtakes.

 

Aussie rockers AC/DC, one of the best selling bands in music history, is not calling it quits.

The band posted a statement on its website: “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health.”

Various sources say that Young, 61-year-old brother of the band's guitar king, 59-year-old Angus Young, suffered a stroke sometime before last Christmas but had apparently kept it quiet.

“We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas,” Johnson continued. ”If anything happens, we'll record it.”

 

The band is also quite keen to undertake a worldwide 40th anniversary tour this year.

Former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies voice support to Young as someone knows what it's like to recover from a catastrophic stroke. Davies 2004 brain hemorrhage required years of therapy. He returned to the stage last year for the first time.

On his Facebook page, Davies wrote directly to Young: “Never give up.” He then added physical therapy tips for him. Davies made a second post chastising the media and fans about their negative comments.

 

“It really does not help by people taking a negative view that his career is over,” Davies wrote. “Part of the healing process is convincing the brain and mind that it is capable of anything.”

Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and deluxe box sets are an import, “These are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings,” 29 tracks, including eight previously unreleased, from Donna Loren, star of Frankie and Annette beach epics and “Shindig” semi-regular, including “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” from AIP's 1965 film “Beach Blanket Bingo” as she's backed by session icons the Wrecking Crew, Leon Russell, Jules Wechter and jazzmen Tommy Tedesco, Larry Knechtel, Don Randi, and Plas Johnson; and “Live in Holland 1976” from Little Feat led by Lowell George, features an extended jam on their best-known hit, “Dixie Chicken.”

 

Neil Young's covers album, “A Letter Home,” sees the former Buffalo Springfield legend record ten tunes penned by others, including Bruce Springsteen's “My Hometown,” Tim Harden's Reason to Believe,” fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot's “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Early Morning Rain,” and Bob Dylan's “Girl From The North Country”; the 11-track, “Better Days Coming (CD/DVD Deluxe Edition”) is the first album in five years from American hard rockers Winger, whose self-titled debut CD was released 26 years ago; and “Give ‘Em Hell” from former Skid Row frontman and TV personality Sebastian Bach includes a cover of April Wine's “Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game.”

 

A 15-CD set, “The Complete Studio Recordings” from guitar wizard Joe Satriani, who, as an instructor includes Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, and Counting Crows' David Bryson among his students; a rerelease of veteran jazz saxman Sonny Rollins' 1957 “Live at the Village Vanguard”: and another re-issue from another great jazz saxophonist, Cannonball Adderley, his 1958 “Something Else,” featuring Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey; and a 4-CD box set, “6 Classic Albums Plus” from golden-voiced country singer Marty Robbins.

 

Steve Smith writes a new Classic Pop, Rock and Country Music News column every week. Contact him by email at Classicpopmusicnews@gmail.com.