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Red Zeppelin’s Rock Report-Pink Floyd book on the way/38 Special coming to Daytona Beach in May 2018/Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens passes

Red Zeppelin’s Rock Report-Pink Floyd book on the way/38 Special coming to Daytona Beach in May 2018/Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens passes

Another Pink Floyd book is on the way. Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon by Bill Kopp chronicles the band’s development following founding guitarist Syd Barrett’s departure in 1968. It will be published on February 15th.

Baseball great Alex Rodriguez‏ visited Bruce Springsteen backstage on Broadway and tweeted, “Wow! What an incredible journey conveyed through music and storytelling. He is one of the all-time greats and he and [his wife] Patti [Scialfa] are American treasures.”

38 Special will join a slew of country acts at the Country 500 Music Fest at Daytona International Speedway from May 25th to the 27th.

Aerosmith now has two-million followers on Twitter.

Frank Sinatra‘s old Lake Tahoe casino, the Cal Neva, could be in for a revival. The resort, which has been closed since 2013, is being taken over by Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison. And in other Sinatra news, A.J. Lambert, his granddaughter, will perform some of his songs, with the classic Nelson Riddle arrangements, at The Space, a Las Vegas club, on 11 Friday nights next year.

An estimated million people lined the streets of Paris last Saturday for the funeral procession of Johnny HallydayMick Jones, who played with him long before Foreigner, tells us he got the funeral details too late to attend.

Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers paid tribute to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens on Instagram. He wrote, “Pat DiNizio was a kind man who wrote really good songs and led an excellent band. The Smithereens opened for the Heartbreakers, and they were both really good and a really good vibe, both high on my list of important things to aim for. Sorry you’re gone, Pat. I didn’t know you well, but you made an impression.”

Queen + Adam Lambert will put the wraps on their 2017 tour Friday in London and Saturday in Birmingham. Up next is Australia and New Zealand in February and March. Paul McCartney finishes his 2017 run of shows Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ian Stewart, who was in the first lineup of The Rolling Stones and died in 1985, received the Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award from the music business charity Nordoff Robbins (Scotland) earlier this month. The surviving Stones sent along a video tribute.