McCartney, Stu Hamm, Sting and more…
By Gary Graff
January 5, 2018
* Paul McCartney was the No. 2 top touring act for 2017 according to PollStar, grossing $132 million during his global One On One Tour dates. McCartney was second only to U2, which grossed $316 million.
* McCartney also said during a new Q&A on his web site that he’s putting the “finishing touches” on a new album, his first since 2013’s New, that he hopes to release this year.
* Stu Hamm has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund his new solo bass album The Diary Of Patrick Xavier, with a variety of perks available for different bidding levels. Hamm is planning a solo bass tour from February through April across the U.S.
* Sting has collaborated with Jamaican singer Shaggy on a new song, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” which will be released Feb. 2. The duo will perform the song live on Saturday (Jan. 6) in Kingston, Jamaica, and film a video for it the following day.
* Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz is about to become a father for the third time. Wentz announced that his girlfriend Meagan Camper is pregnant with their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old son Saint. His oldest son, Bronx, is nine years old from his marriage to Ashlee Simpson.
* Gene Simmons’ son Nick is supporting his father against claims of sexual misconduct, telling TMZ that his father is “an abrasive kind of a–hole” and “a philanderer,” but is not guilty of the charges in the Jane Doe lawsuit filed against him.
* Big Big Train’s Andy Poole is leaving the band he helped form as bassist in 1990 (later switching to guitar and keyboards), posting a message to fans saying: “it has been a long old trip aboard this train and now the time is right for me to disembark; I am ready for new and exciting adventures.”
* Rosalie Cunningham of Purson has revealed she has “a couple albums worth of material” ready to record and is seeking musicians to help her with the job after initially planning to work “McCartney-style” and play all the instruments herself.
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