Quick Takes: Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Queen, Todd Rundgren, Dennis DeYoung & Neil Peart

  • Bruce Springsteen will auction off an autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle, along with one of his Fender Telecasters in a fundraising effort for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The auction is set for Friday (January 17th) at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation’s “Take Me To Tokyo” gala at Deeridge Farm in Wellington, Florida. Springsteen and Patti Scialfa‘s daughter, 28-year-old Jessica Springsteen is a world class equestrian ” who competes successfully at the top level in the sport all over the world and has represented the US on several Nations Cups teams.” It’s still unknown whether Jessica will be competing at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
  • Springsteen was quoted as saying, “Patti and I have been involved with the horse world for more than 20 years since Jess started riding when she was five years old. Our lives have been deeply enriched by our involvement in the riding world. I’ve gotten to watch my daughter grow up into a young woman of character and excellence. I’ve gotten to watch the best in the world compete year after year, and I know what that takes.” (HorseAndHound.co.uk)
    • In other Springsteen news, “The Boss'” youngest son, 23-year-old Sam Springsteen, was sworn in as a Jersey City, New Jersey firefighter. Bruce said of his hero son: “It was a long road, and he was very dedicated. We’re very proud. We’re just excited for him today.” The younger Springsteen had previously been a member of his hometown Colts Neck Fire Department, the Long Branch Fire Department, and the North Wildwood Fire Department. (The New York Daily News)
       
  • Aerosmith will be joined by Run DMC at the January 26th Grammy Awards on January 26th. Variety reported “a source close to the situation” revealed the team-up would take place with Run DMC joining in during the band’s medley of hits for a rendition of “Walk This Way.” The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS starting at at 8 p.m. ET. (Variety)
     
  • Queen + Adam Lambert have signed on to play the “Fire Fight Australia” concert on February 16th in Sydney. The benefit concert will be held at ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park to raise funds for the National Bushfire Relief. The nearly 10-hour show will also feature Alice Cooper, k.d. lang, and Olivia Newton-John, among many others. (QueenOnline.com)
     
  • Todd Rundgren has announced a string of spring tour dates. Ultimate Classic Rock posted: “(Rundgren) will play a full side of (1973’s) A Wizard, a True Star, plus another set of career-spanning hits as part of the “Individualist, a True Star” tour. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: Todd Rundgren tour dates (subject to change):
      May 1, 2, 3 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
      May 6, 7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
      May 10, 11 – Chicago, IL – Athenaeum Theatre
      May 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
      May 14, 15 – Cleveland, OH – MGM Center Stage
      May 18, 19 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live
      May 21, 22, 23 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
      May 26, 27 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
      May 28 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
      May 30, 31 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
      June 2, 3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
      June 5 – Charlotte, NC – Knight Center
      June 7, 8 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
      June 10, 11 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
      June 12 – Miami, FL – Fillmore
  • Former-Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung took to Facebook yesterday (January 14th) to salute late-Rush drummer Neil Peart.

DeYoung’s Facebook post read:

Hey kids

It’s a sad day indeed what with the passing of Neil Peart. Early on Styx played some shows with Rush and he was one helluva drummer. In those days my two favorite drummers we played with (other than John of course) were Neil and Tommy Aldrich, who at that time played for Black Oak Arkansas. . . hey “Jim Dandy.”

When Rush retired in deference to Neil’s diminishing skills I thought it showed loyalty to a sick brother. I never realized just how ill he was. My sister in law Dawn who as you may know sang with me for many years also succumbed to brain cancer as well. It’s an awful disease. Here’s hoping technology will interconnect all the planets great minds and find a cure. They’re making progress.

So long Neil you are still today’s Tom Sawyer.

Cheers Dennis