For only the fourth time in the group's history, Kiss will perform as a trio. Despite scrapping their tour of Down Under due to Paul Stanley suffering complications from a flu attack, one show at least will still go on. Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer will play today (November 18th) at a special benefit show on a glass-bottomed boat off the Southern Coast of Australia.
The band sets sail from Port Lincoln, Australia on board The Shark Warrior, a boat "that will allow passengers to see the sharks, who are reportedly drawn to low frequencies." All proceeds will benefit the Australian Marine Conservation Society. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Eddie Van Halen has once again been photographed in public — this time popping up on the social media site of spinal neurosurgeon Dr. Todd Lanman. Lanman posted a shot of him and Van Halen in his office, arms around each other, flashing a pair of thumbs up, with Lanman writing: "Great seeing Eddie Van Halen in my office yesterday." (Blabbermouth)
The shot is the latest photo of Van Halen to hit social media in the recent weeks, with his son Wolfgang posting shots of Eddie at a Tool concert, chilling out with him and ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, and visiting a Beverly Hills car dealership.
Bryan Adams surprised fans on Friday (November 15th) with the out-of-the blue release of his five-track EP, titled Christmas. Rolling Stone reported the new, original track "Joe And Mary," "Reimagines the story of Mary and Joseph as a classic rock n' roll love story, with Jesus’ parents fleeing their small town and finding a safe haven for themselves and their unborn child."
In addition to the new track, the EP is rounded out by three previously-released Adams holiday favorites — "Christmas Time," "Reggae Christmas," and “Merry Christmas," along with Adams' cover of Mitch Miller's 1960 favorite "Must Be Santa," which sprang back into the public's consciousness in 2009 by Bob Dylan on his Christmas In The Heart collection. (Rolling Stone)
Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit has just issued "The Good Fight" — a new duet and lyric video featuring Sheryl Crow. It's unclear whether the track will be issued on a new Schmit solo set, or just a stand alone single. Schmit's last solo album was 2016's critically acclaimed, Leap Of Faith. (Rock Cellar)
Terry O'Neill, one of Britain's most important celebrity photographers died on November 17th, at age 81 after battling prostate cancer. A mainstay of both the rock and Hollywood worlds, O'Neill's work capturing the most intriguing and important people of the past 50-plus years resulted in instantly iconic shots of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John — not to mention the Who, who used one of O'Neill's band portraits for the cover of 1978's Who Are You — the band's final album with Keith Moon. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Elton John took to social media, posting one of O'Neill's most memorable shots of him performing at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium and writing: "Terry O’Neill took the most iconic photographs of me throughout the years, completely capturing my moods. He was brilliant, funny and I absolutely loved his company. A real character who has now passed on. RIP you wonderful man. Love, Elton xx"
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