Music cheat sheet
Jon Bon Jovi as Bon Jovi perform live on stage at the London Palladium, in the West End of London. (WENN.com)
If you're fan of musical superstar Cher, you're in luck: she's back on stage thanks to a new partnership between AEG Live and MGM Resorts International. The Oscar and Grammy winner will perform new Las Vegas and Maryland residencies next year. She said, "I plan to make this my best show ever." Tickets go on sale on Oct. 23.
Bon Jovi calls me out!
This week I encountered two firsts on the concert-reviewing beat for me in 21 years. On Monday night, I was put in the front row at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre for an intimate Bon Jovi concert - and New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi singled me out from the stage as the group performed their new album, This House Is Not For Sale, from start to finish for contest winners before its Nov. 4 release. It was only one of four theatre shows Bon Jovi is doing of this kind as part of a TIDAL series - the others being in New Jersey, London - and the fourth happening Thursday in New York City at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre and being streamed live.
Seems my note-taking, photography and tweeting might have been a distraction.
"Didn't you finish your homework?" JBJ asked as the band was wrapping up their hour-and-50-minute show, which included encores of classic hits Who Says You Can't Go Home and Bad Medicine. "You're my homework!" I shouted back.
"Did you have to do the review in the front row?"
"I thought YOU put me here!" I responded given my ticket came from his label. (I never get to choose where I sit, aside from requesting an aisle so I can go file afterwards.) "Well, I hope you had a good time," JBJ said, flashing that killer smile.
I sure did.
Rock Roll Hall of Fame Predix
The 2017 nominees for the Rock Roll Hall of Fame have been announced before the five final inductees are unveiled in December with a ceremony next April at Brooklyn's Barclay Center with an eventual HBO broadcast.
Of the new group put forward, I'd nominate British synth-pop-dance act Depeche Mode, classical rockers Electric Light Orchestra, Seattle grunge group Pearl Jam, Detroit garage rock act MC5 and German Kraut-rock pioneers Kraftwerk.
Next in line should be late rapper Tupac Shakur, British invasion stars The Zombies, disco pioneers Chic, and '70s rockers The Cars.
Of the rest - hardcore punk act Bad Brains, RB-funky star Chaka Khan, '70s rockers J. Geils Band, alt-rock act Jane's Addiction, pop-RB star Janet Jackson, folkie Joan Baez, prog-rockers Journey and Yes, '60 rockers Steppenwolf, and '60s southern soul star Joe Tex - they can all wait if you ask me.
Ballots are sent to more than 800 music industry peeps to decide the final five and fans
can also weigh in until 11:59 p.m. EST Dec. 5, via rockhall.com to cast votes.
Calgarian singer-songwriter Jann Arden is the 2017 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Arden will be honoured at the annual kudofest on April 20.
Stefani back on The Voice
Gwen Stefani is returning to The Voice next February. The No Doubt singer will join current coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (her beau) for the 12th season of the NBC music competition series with Carson
Daly returning as host. Current coach Miley Cyrus will return for the 13th season next fall, with additional coaches TBA.
Among those with new music out this week: Gord Downie, Secret Path; David Crosby, Lighthouse; Jimmy Eat World, Integrity Blues; John K. Samson, Winter Wheat; Korn, The Serenity Of Suffering; Lady Gaga, Joanne; Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker; Ronnie Dunn, Tattooed Heart; Tanya Tagaq, Retribution; Pretenders, Alone; Various Artists Lazarus: Original Cast Recording (With 3 unreleased David Bowie songs).
Kings Of Leon will play Toronto's Air Canada Centre Jan. 16 as their only Canadian date so far.
Roger Waters' Us and Them tour hits Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Oct. 2-3 and Vancouver's Rogers Arena on Oct. 28.
Kanye West has added a second leg to his critically-acclaimed Saint Pablo Tour. Promoted by Live Nation, West will perform at the Air Canada Centre on December 18.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw bring their Soul2Soul Tour to Vancouver's Rogers Arena on May 30 and Toronto's Air Canada Centre on June 23.