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Tom Petty Died Of Accidental Overdose

I don't have much to add here: Tom Petty's family released his cause of death yesterday. He died due to an accidental overdose from prescribed pain medication. He'd been touring with a bad hip that ended up being completely broken. Tom was in excruciating pain.

Another death due to drugs. He was taking Fentanyl, oxycodone, Xanax, Restoril, and Celexa. We're in the middle of an opioid crisis in the country. Most days it feels like no one in power even cares.


Def Leppard, Journey Tour Dates

It's really happening! Def Leppard and Journey will tour together this summer. It's a co-headline run for 58 dates. I'll probably go to the Cincinnati date - except it's in an arena, not a shed, which I hate during the summer. 

May 21 - Hartford, CT - XL Center**
May 23 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
May 25 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Stadium
May 26 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center**
May 28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
May 30 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
Jun. 01 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
Jun. 02 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
Jun. 05 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
Jun. 06 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
Jun. 08 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jun. 09 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
Jun. 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center**
Jun. 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Jun. 15 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jun. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
Jul. 01 - Atlanta, GA - SunTrust Park
Jul. 03 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Pavilion
Jul. 04 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul. 06 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
Jul. 07 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Jul. 09 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Jul. 11 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
Jul. 13 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
Jul. 14 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field**
Jul. 16 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
Jul. 18 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Jul. 19 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul. 21 - Denver, CO - Coors Field
Jul. 23 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena**
Jul. 25 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center**
Jul. 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
Jul. 28 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome**
Aug. 11 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park**
Aug. 13 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Aug. 15 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
Aug. 17 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
Aug. 18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Aug. 20 - Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena @ The BJCC
Aug. 22 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug. 24 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium
Aug. 25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
Aug. 29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Aug. 31 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Sep. 01 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center**
Sep. 05 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep. 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sep. 08 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena**
Sep. 21 - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park
Sep. 23 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park
Sep. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep. 26 - Nampa, ID - Idaho Center Arena
Sep. 28 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
Oct. 01 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Oct. 04 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Oct. 06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum


Videos Of Joe Perry's CD Release Party

This would have been a fun night! Joe Perry held a CD release party at the Roxy in Hollywood on Tuesday. Sweetzerland Manifesto comes out tomorrow. The album features a ton of collaborations with folks like Slash, Robin Zander, Johnny Depp, Gary Cherone and more. The album is on Joe's own label and he wrote most of the tracks by himself.


'Dream On' Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame

The Recording Academy has a Hall of Fame for songs and albums 25 years or older that illustrate historical significance. This year, Aerosmith's "Dream On" is among the tracks included in the 2018 class. The song is from the band's 1973 self-titled debut. It's also one of their most famous songs and a live show staple.

Other inductees in the class of 2018 include Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You"; Dr. Dre's 1992 debut The Chronic, Public Enemy's 1989 track "Fight The Power," Nirvana's Nevermind and David Bowie's "Space Oddity."

The official release from the Recording Academy continues:

Queen's fourth studio album, A Night At The Opera (1972), the Rolling Stones' chart-topping "Paint It Black" (1966), Johnny Cash's seminal Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968), Linda Ronstadt's fifth studio album, Heart Like A Wheel (1974), Motown group the Four Tops' single "I Can't Help Myself" (1965), and Gladys Knight & The Pips' classic "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (1967) each made the list.

Also earning a spot in the 2018 class is Jimi Hendrix's album
Band Of Gypsys (1970), Sam Cooke's classic single "Bring It On Home To Me" (1962), Parliament's infectious track "Flash Light" (1978), Andy Williams' smooth interpretation of "Moon River" (1962), Billy Paul's ballad "Me And Mrs. Jones" (1972), and Leon Russell's iconic "A Song For You" (1970).

Representing jazz, the King Cole Trio's 1946 song "
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," Billie Holiday's 1937 version of "My Man" and Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five's 1927 track "Savoy Blues" have been inducted.

The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS at 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.

All in all, I'd say this is an incredibly song class of inductees.


New Janet Gardner Music Is Here

Janet Gardner is best known as the vocalist for Vixen. Now she's back with her debut solo album called Janet Gardner. Janet just released a video for the song "Candle" - which is about the loss of both her parents. This video was obviously in the can for awhile. Janet was just rushed to the hospital on January 12 with blood clots in her brain. She had surgery and is recovering.


Oni Logan Leaves Lynch Mob

Oni Logan has left Lynch Mob. This news comes by way of a cryptic message he posted on his own page a few days ago. Oni is apparently off to work on another project this year, so we'll see where that goes. Lynch Mob is on the bill for the Monsters of Rock Cruise next month... Facebook comments mention Robert Mason is filling in. What do you think of this news?


'I'm Still Alive' -- Loudness, New Song

Loudness is a band we don't discuss here often. Later this month, the band will release The Sun Will Rise Again. One of the songs from that album is "I'm Still Alive" which you can stream below. Loudness set out to create an album to "cheer you up," which isn't something most metal bands say everyday. Check it out.