Real Rock Today: September 19, 2015

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Don Henley foresees Eagles’ end

Don Henley predicts the Eagles will end “in the next couple of years” in an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

“I don’t want be the one to call if off,” Henley tells Anthony Mason.

Henley says it will be Glenn Frey’s choice.

“I think Glenn will probably be the one to call off the Eagles thing,” Henley says. “I think it will be his decision when it’s time to stop. And I’m going to leave it to him.”

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Van Halen brings substance, not much flash to Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

As my cousin John and I were driving away from the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre last night, he shed some casual wisdom, as he often does.

“You know, I think that at any given moment, in any given genre, there’s one band or one artist that’s the unquestionable number one in the game,” he said. “Nirvana. Metallica. And at one point, that was Van Halen.”

Cousin John saw Van Halen twice on the “1984” tour, so he makes a good case.

Trouble is, that was 30 years ago.

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Keith Richards: ‘Mick and I Don’t Really Know Where We Stand With Each Other’

The tension between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards has threatened to tear the Rolling Stones asunder a few times, but it’s also driven the band to produce much of their best music — and Richards says he and his longtime partner are still throwing sparks after all these years.

“I think the relationship is actually still in flux, or still growing — it isn’t fixed. Sometimes he can get up my end, and I have no doubt that I can certainly piss him off sometimes,” Richards tells NPR. “At the same time, there’s a chemistry between us that we both recognize and that we know works. In a way, we’re both trying to come to terms with each other. Most guys, you know where you stand with. Mick and I don’t quite know how we stand with each other, and we never have.”

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David Gilmour talks new solo album: ‘I’m distinctive, for better or worse’

Guitarist. Singer. Songwriter. Producer. David Gilmour has worn a lot of hats in his lengthy musical career, both as a member of Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. But he has never really donned the chapeau of a jazz crooner — until now. “The Girl in the Yellow Dress,” one of the standout tracks from Gilmour’s new solo album Rattle That Lock (out Friday), finds the 69-year-old rock legend very much in smooth jazz-vocalizing mode as he sings lyrics written his novelist-wife Polly Samson, accompanied by brush-drumming and a louche, track-ending sax solo. It is actually easy to imagine Gilmour and his band sporting tuxes to perform the number on his upcoming tour.

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Why Jon Bon Jovi’s Mandarin song choice may have backfired

Bon Jovi is among the many pop rock bands that focus heavily on branding and marketing. Steered by lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, the group’s hit numbers mostly feature the theme of love.

Formed in 1983, the band has performed in various locations around the world, except for one big market — Mainland China.

The band had hoped to set that right with a couple of concerts in the country this month.

But the plans have come crashing down at the last minute as China’s culture ministry has cancelled the scheduled performances in Shanghai and Beijing.

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