Former Dr. Feelgood Guitarist Wilko Johnson Says He's Cancer-Free


Lawrence WatsonAfter undergoing a procedure to have a tumor removed earlier this year, former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is now cancer-free.Commenting on the procedure to the BBC, the 67-year-old musician says the tumor weighed more than six pounds and that "they got it all. They cured me."Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. He says that at the time he was convinced he would die from the disease. Now, he says, "I'm spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on."Johnson -- who released a collaborative album with The Who's Roger Daltrey earlier this year, Going Back Home -- spoke with the BBC Wednesday in London at the Q Awards, where he accepted the Icon Award.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

High-Quality Vinyl Versions of Cream's Classic Albums Collected in New Box Set


Universal Music EnterprisesA new vinyl box set featuring all of Cream's studio and live albums released during the 1960s and early '70s will hit stores on November 24. Cream: 1966–1972 includes six albums in all: the British power trio's 1966 debut, Fresh Cream; 1967's Disraeli Gears; the 1968 chart-topping double LP, Wheels of Fire; the band's 1969 swan song, Goodbye; and two archival live discs issued after the group's breakup, 1970's Live Cream and 1972's Live Cream Volume II.Featuring the impressive lineup of singer/guitarist Eric Clapton, singer/bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, Cream created a vastly influential body of work during its short life by combining elements of the blues, jazz and rock with experimental psychedelic sounds.  Among the virtuosic supergroup's many well-known songs are "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," "White Room" and "Badge," as well as memorable covers of the classic blues tunes "I'm So Glad," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Crossroads."All of the discs featured in the box set are pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and come housed in sleeves exactly replicating the albums' original artwork.Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and took part in two series of 2005 reunion concerts, at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City's Madison Square Garden.Here is the track list for the Cream: 1966–1972 box set:LP 1: Fresh Cream"N.S.U.""Sleepy Time Time""Dreaming""Sweet Wine""Spoonful""Cat's Squirrel""Four Until Late""Rollin' and Tumblin'""I'm So Glad""Toad"LP 2: Disraeli Gears"Strange Brew""Sunshine of Your Love""World of Pain""Dance the Night Away""Blue Condition""Tales of Brave Ulysses""SWLABR""We're Going Wrong""Outside Woman Blues""Take It Back""Mother's Lament"LP 3: Wheels of FireDisc 1"White Room""Sitting on Top of the World""Passing the Time""As You Said""Pressed Rat and Warthog""Politician""Those Were the Days""Born Under a Bad Sign""Deserted Cities of the Heart"Disc 2"Crossroads" (Live at the Fillmore)"Spoonful" (Live at the Fillmore)"Traintime" (Live at the Fillmore)"Toad" (Live at the Fillmore)LP 4: Goodbye"I'm So Glad""Politician""Sitting on Top of the World""Badge""Doing That Scrapyard Thing""What a Bringdown"LP 5: Live Cream"N.S.U.""Sleepy Time Time""Lawdy Mama""Sweet Wine""Rollin' and Tumblin'"LP 6: Live Cream Volume II"Deserted Cities of the Heart""White Room""Politician""Tales of Brave Ulysses""Sunshine of Your Love"Steppin' Out"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ides of March/Ex-Survivor Member Jim Peterik Shares Cool Stories from His New Me


BenBella BooksJim Peterik has found success as a member of two popular rock bands, The Ides of March and Survivor, and also is responsible for co-writing memorable songs for a number of other well-known music acts.  The 64-year-old musician shares a variety of fascinating, amusing and touching stories from throughout his life and his nearly half-century music career in his recently published autobiography, Through the Eye of the Tiger.Peterik recently chatted with ABC News Radio and singled out a few of the many highlights he included in the book.The memoir begins with the singer/songwriter recalling receiving "the phone call that changed my life," when Sylvester Stallone rang him up to see if he wanted to write a theme song for his then-upcoming Rocky sequel, 1982's Rocky III.  Stallone initially left a message on Peterik's answering, and Jim admitted that he thought someone was pranking him at first.  When he did get in touch with the Hollywood star, he told Peterik he liked Survivor and was hoping the band could come up with tune that would appeal to "the kids, something with a pulse."Peterik teamed up with his Survivor band mate Frankie Sullivan and the song they came up with was, of course, "Eye of the Tiger."Jim told ABC News Radio that the song's title and theme came directly from the movie.  Stallone had allowed Peterik and Sullivan to view a rough cut of the film, and while watching it, he noted, "that's when we got the thread of the underdog rising up…and Burgess Meredith's character saying, 'Rocky, you gotta get back the eye of the tiger.  You're losing it.'""Eye of the Tiger" became a #1 hit and went on to sell millions of copies.Peterik also recounted the story behind "Vehicle," the first and biggest hit he had with The Ides of March, a band he and some high school buddies formed when they were just teenagers.He got the idea for the song's title from an ex-girlfriend who, after they broke up, would ask him to drive her around to various places."I figured, well, at least I could be close to her, right?  Even if I didn't, you know, score, as they say," he explained to ABC News Radio.  "So, I kept driving her places and pretty soon I realized that she was kind of using me as her vehicle, you know?"The song wound up becoming a #2 hit in 1970, which must have impressed the ex-girlfriend, who Peterik ended up marrying.  They've now been together for more than 40 years.One of the more outlandish anecdotes Peterik shares is the time The Ides of March opened for Led Zeppelin and was invited to a party in Robert Plant's hotel suite afterward."Robert Plant opens the door in his little bikini briefs and his little silk robe…and] past him we see an orgy," Jim recalled.  "And there was every kind of drug in the world being ingested, groupies doing a pillow fight, things I can't even talk about happening in the bathtub with [drummer John Bonham]."As it turned out, the wild party didn't appeal to Peterik and his band mates.  As he explained, they politely excused themselves and "went 'cross the street to Dunkin' Donuts and we ordered milk and doughnuts, and we were back in our comfort zone and very happy guys."Peter has been promoting Through the Eye of the Tiger with a series of book-store appearances and storytellers-style solo performances.  He has a few of the latter gigs scheduled in the coming month, and he also has a number of concerts with The Ides of March. You can check out his full itinerary at JimPeterik.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Are a Couple Again


Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagicJust two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again.  A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, "They are back together and it's brand new…They're really happy about it."The latest news follows reports that the couple was spotted contentedly walking around New York City's Soho district together last week.In addition, Mellencamp hinted in an interview last month on NBC's Today show that he hadn't given up on the relationship."She's an angel sent to me, and I'm very happy," he said during his appearance.  "And, you know, nothing's over 'til it's over."Another source close to Mellencamp suggested to People that conflicts over the long distance between the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Indiana home and New York, where the actress is based, were partly responsible for the tensions between the couple."There were disagreements over style of life and logistical problems which clouded their relationship," the source maintains.  "But there is no doubt that he cares for her a great deal."The insider adds, "They are a great couple.  All their friends were hoping it would work out."People magazine first reported that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating in January of 2011.John recently released his 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, and he'll launch a major North American tour in support of the record that begins on January 21, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bob Seger Scores Highest-Ever Albums Chart Debut with "Ride Out"; U2 Bows at #9


Capitol RecordsBob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies.  This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006's Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock.  The Michigan rocker's best chart showing ever was with Against the Wind, which topped the tally for six weeks in 1980.Farther down on the Billboard 200, U2's latest, Songs of Innocence, landed at #9 after sales of 28,000 during its first week of commercial availability. This is U2's first album since the release of 1987's The Joshua Tree not to debut in at least the top three. Songs of Innocence's relatively poor chart showing, of course, was expected, because U2 made the album available as an automatic free download to iTunes customers last month.  Apple estimates that about 81 million users listened to the album worldwide, while 26 million downloaded the collection.  To make the commercial edition of album more appealing, it included bonus tracks that aren't featured on the free version.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Deluxe Reissue of KISS' 1977 "Love Gun" Album Arriving Next Tuesday


Universal Music EnterprisesA deluxe remastered edition of KISS' sixth studio album, 1977's Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band's 40th anniversary celebrations.  The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.Released in June of '77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single "Christine Sixteen," which reached #25 on the  Hot 100 chart.  The record also features the Ace Frehley showcase "Shock Me" and "Then She Kissed Me," a gender-switching rendition of the 1963 Crystals hit "Then He Kissed Me."  The album has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.The bonus CD includes a variety of demos from the Love Gun sessions, as well as live versions of the title track, "Christine Sixteen" and "Shock Me" from a December '77 concert in Landover, Maryland.  The deluxe package includes new liner notes penned by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.KISS will wind down its 40th anniversary tour next month with its first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-show engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  The KISS Rocks Vegas dates are scheduled for November 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22 and 23.Here is the complete track list for the deluxe reissue of Love Gun:CD One: Original Album"I Stole Your Love""Christine Sixteen""Got Love for Sale""Shock Me""Tomorrow and Tonight""Love Gun""Hooligan""Almost Human""Plaster Caster""Then She Kissed Me"CD Two: Demos, Interview & Live"Much Too Soon" (Demo)*"Plaster Caster" (Demo)*"Reputation" (Demo)"Love Gun" (Teaching Demo)*"Love Gun" (Demo)*Gene Simmons Interview (1977)*"Tomorrow and Tonight" (Demo)*"I Know Who You Are" (Demo)*"Love Gun" (Live 1977)*"Christine Sixteen" (Live 1977)*"Shock Me" (Live 1977)** = Previously Unreleased.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Listen to Yusuf/Cat Stevens' New Album Online Now, Vinyl Version of Record to Be


Legacy RecordingsYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new studio in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on Tuesday, October 27.  However, fans who head over to Amazon.com through this coming Monday can hear the record streaming in its entirety.Meanwhile, a special 180-gram vinyl edition of Tell 'Em I'm Gone will be released on November 24.  The disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve and will feature a download card allowing access to an MP3 version of the album.  In addition, first pressings of the LP will feature alternate cover art -- a hand-drawn cartoonish depiction of Yusuf created by acclaimed illustrator William Stout.Tell 'Em I'm Gone features 10 songs: five Yusuf originals and five cover tunes.  Among the latter are versions of Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live," Procol Harum's "The Devil Came from Kansas" and the popular standard "You Are My Sunshine."  A number of guest artists contributed to the project, including veteran folk-rocker Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, alt-country singer-songwriter Bonnie "Prince" Billy and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney.  Yusuf co-produced the album with Rick Rubin.Yusuf will support Tell 'Em I'm Gone with a brief European tour in November followed by a similarly short North American trek running from a December 1 show in Toronto through a December 14 concert in Los Angeles.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Clapton to Celebrate 70th Birthday with Series of Concerts at Royal Albert


Universal MusicEric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday in a big way next year.  The guitar legend, who will reach the big 7-0 on March 30, 2015, has scheduled a four-concert engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall that will be held on May 14, 15, 17 and 18.The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964, while he was a member of The Yardbirds.  The band was part of the lineup of the BBC television program Top Beat Show.Clapton will be accompanied at his birthday concerts by his current touring group, which includes keyboardists Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and backing singers Sharon White and Michelle John.  The shows are the first Slowhand has scheduled since his 2014 itinerary wound down with a June 28 gig in Poland.Eric has said in multiple interviews that he's is considering retiring from touring once he turns 70, but he's yet to announce any official plans with regard to quitting the road.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Who Postpones First Two European Dates on 50th Anniversary Tour


Image Courtesy of The WhoThe Who originally had been scheduled to launch their 50th anniversary tour with a November 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland, but the band has postponed that show and a gig that was to have been held two days later in Belfast, Northern Ireland.The reason given for rescheduling both events is "unforeseen logistical changes."  The Dublin concert, which will take place at the 3Arena -- formerly called the O2 -- now is scheduled for June 23, 2015, while the Belfast show at the Odyssey Arena will happen June 21.Meanwhile, last month The Who added a November 23 performance in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi to its itinerary, and that concert now apparently will serve as the kickoff to the band's "Who Hits 50!" trek.  Following that show, the British rock legends will launch a series of U.K. dates running from a November 30 concert in Glasgow through a December 17-18 stand in London.The Dublin and Belfast dates will take place in between the two 2015 North American tour legs The Who announced recently.  You can check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Baker Street" Sax Player Raphael Ravenscroft Passes Away


Rob Verhorst/RedfernsRaphael Ravenscroft, the man responsible for the recognizable saxophone solo in the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit "Baker Street," died on Sunday at the age of 60.  Western Morning News reports that the musician is believed to have suffered a heart attack and passed away at a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K. According to BBC News, Ravenscroft is said to have been paid for his work on "Baker Street" with a 27-pound check, which bounced, while the late Rafferty is said to have made 80,000 pounds a year in royalties from the tune.  The tune peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ravenscroft went on to contribute his sax talents to a wide variety of artists, including Marvin Gaye, Robert Plant, Pink Floyd, Bonnie Tyler and America.In a BBC interview in 2011, Raphael said he got irritated when he heard "Baker Street" because he thought that the song was "out of tune."  After Rafferty died in January of that year, Ravenscroft teamed up with the Grammy-winning vocal group Tenebrae to record a tribute to the musician called "Forgiveness."Ravenscroft's daughter, Scarlett Raven, said of her dad, "He touched your soul and made you want to better yourself.  I think he was very proud of 'Baker Street' and that it made people feel good."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio