Whitford Out of First Leg of Aerosmith Tour, Bee Gees Honored by Home Town, more

Brad Whitford will not be playing with Aerosmith for the first leg of their tour which opens Wendesday night. The bassist was forced to undergo surgery, although the reason was not given. In his place will be Bobby Schneck.

That's the third member of the band who has had surgery in the last couple years after Joe Perry (knee) and Steven Tyler (throat, foot).

The Bee Gees will become freemen of their home town, Douglas, Isle of Man. Barry and Robin Gibb will be on-hand to accept the honor, which also goes to their late brother Maurice, on July 10 at the Douglas Town Hall.

Council leader David Christian said that he had proposed the resolution in recognition of their success in music and because of their pride in their place of birth.

Todd Rundgren will be playing a full week of shows in September that will include the full performance of the album A Wizard, A True Star. Other than the previously announced September 6 date in Akron, there have been no further confirmed venues, but it is known that this will be a one week tryout for the concept because keyboard player Roger Powell could only get that long from his new job with Electronic Arts.

The late Bo Diddley was honored by the city of Gainesville, Florida on Friday when they renamed their downtown plaza the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The icon's lived in Archer, just outside of Gainesville.

His grandson, Gary Mitchell, accepted, saying "Gainesville's been really good to my granddad. Thank you for your encouragement and your prayers. Long live Rock and Roll!"

Jeff Lynne has produced four songs on the new Regina Spektor album, Far. Jacknife Lee, who has worked with U2 and Mike Elizondo were responsible for other tracks on the LP.

George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack (in for an ailing Julianne Hough) opened the $1 billion, 3-million square foot Cowboy's Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday Night.

To show the power of King George, he (with a little help from the crowd) got Jerry Jones to retract the stadium's roof during his set. Strait said, "This is pretty damn incredible. I can say I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but this is right up there with anything I’ve done."

McEntire noted that she and Strait had not been on the same bill since the two of them opened for Conway Twitty "many, many moons ago." Pretty amazing for two of the most enduring artists in country music.

Bette Midler performed her 100th show at Caesar's Palace Colosseum on Sunday, leaving just 100 more on her long-term contract.

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