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Doobie Brothers Country Tribute Album to Be Titled “Southbound,” Due Out in November

Image Courtesy of Scott PoiznerDoobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston has revealed some new details about the upcoming collaborative album featuring reinterpretations of many of the band’s classic songs by various country artists. In a recent interview with LagniappeMobile.com, the veteran rocker reported that the record will be titled Southbound, and that it’s scheduled for a November 4 release.

Among the many country stars featured on the album are Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Sara Evans and Love & Theft. Johnston also revealed that Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and veteran Nashville session musician and producer Dann Huff lent their guitar talents to the project. As previously reported, ex-Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald also participated in the album, and Tom explained that his former band mate played keyboards on new versions of the songs on which he originally appeared.

With regard to the many respected musicians who took part in the recording, Johnston said, “It’s quite the lineup. We were kinda blown away that these folks would be interested in jumping on board with us, but they were eager to do it.”

As for how he thinks the album turned out, Tom said, “It’s been an interesting project and having heard the results, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised.”

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers currently are in the middle of a busy North American tour that includes a few co-headlining shows with Boston that are scheduled for early August. The band’s 2014 itinerary is mapped out through an October 31 concert in Rama, Canada.

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Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Announces that He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Image Courtesy of William HamesMr. Big has announced some unfortunate news about one of its founding members. Pat Torpey, the pop-metal band’s longtime drummer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will not be able to continue his normal duties with the group when the rockers head out on their tour in support of their upcoming album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

“I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened,” reveals Torpey in a statement. “I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability.”

Mr. Big intends to announce a new touring drummer soon, although the band expects that Pat will get behind the kit for select songs during its upcoming shows, as well as taking part in the group’s regular acoustic set.

The band’s next confirmed concert is scheduled for October 14 in Manila, Philippines. Mr. Big is best known for the chart-topping 1991 single, “To Be with You,” and also scored hits with 1992′s “Just Take Heart” and a 1993 cover of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World.” …The Stories We Could Tell is due out in September.

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Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Announces that He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Image Courtesy of William HamesMr. Big has announced some unfortunate news about one of its founding members. Pat Torpey, the pop-metal band’s longtime drummer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will not be able to continue his normal duties with the group when the rockers head out on their tour in support of their upcoming album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

“I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened,” reveals Torpey in a statement. “I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability.”

Mr. Big intends to announce a new touring drummer soon, although the band expects that Pat will get behind the kit for select songs during its upcoming shows, as well as taking part in the group’s regular acoustic set.

The band’s next confirmed concert is scheduled for October 14 in Manila, Philippines. Mr. Big is best known for the chart-topping 1991 single, “To Be with You,” and also scored hits with 1992′s “Just Take Heart” and a 1993 cover of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World.” …The Stories We Could Tell is due out in September.

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Courtney Love Sheds Light on Forthcoming Kurt Cobain Biopic

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love would rather not be the one to decide who gets to portray her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in a forthcoming biopic she says will begin filming “within the next year or so.”

“Let’s leave that to the agents,” she recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I have great agents now. But I will have a say in it.”

Love says others who were close to Cobain also will have a say in the how the biopic turns out. There’s his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as well as former band mates Kurt Novoselic and Dave Grohl, “if [the film] touches on Nirvana — and it will,” Love adds.

According to Love, she’s received performance reels from Creative Artists Agency that feature lots of “blond, gorgeous” men in their mid-20s.

“I won’t name names because I don’t want to jinx it for anyone,” she adds. “Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces.”

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Courtney Love Sheds Light on Forthcoming Kurt Cobain Biopic

Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love would rather not be the one to decide who gets to portray her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in a forthcoming biopic she says will begin filming “within the next year or so.”

“Let’s leave that to the agents,” she recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I have great agents now. But I will have a say in it.”

Love says others who were close to Cobain also will have a say in the how the biopic turns out. There’s his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as well as former band mates Kurt Novoselic and Dave Grohl, “if [the film] touches on Nirvana — and it will,” Love adds.

According to Love, she’s received performance reels from Creative Artists Agency that feature lots of “blond, gorgeous” men in their mid-20s.

“I won’t name names because I don’t want to jinx it for anyone,” she adds. “Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces.”

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Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia

AEG LivePhiladelphia isn’t far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love. Now, he’ll be getting an award for it.

This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera. The award is presented annually to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause.” Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Jon’s charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country.

In a statement, Jon said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia…and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the ‘power of WE,’ we can end homelessness and hunger.”

Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, “This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia….We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better.”

Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.

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