12/17/21 Rock News

— A star-studded lineup will be paying tribute to Joni Mitchell next month. Mitchell has been named the 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year, and a gala event in her honor will be held two nights before the Grammy Awards. Among those performing at the event will be James Taylor, Graham Nash, Herbie Hancock and this year’s top Grammy nominee Jon Batiste. Mitchell herself is up for a Grammy for best historical album. Earlier this month, Joni Mitchell was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors. That ceremony will air on December 22nd.

— Bonnie Raitt will be hitting the road next year. The blues singer is coming out with a new album called “Just Like That,” and will be touring North America to support the album. The Bonnie Raitt Just Like That Tour will run March through November, starting March 28th in Modesto, California. Lucinda Williams will be the opening act for the May and June shows. Dates and ticket information can be found at bonnieraitt.com.

— Classic R&B star Joe Simon has passed away. Simon had a string of hits in the 1960s and ’70s, and won a Grammy Award for his million-selling 1969 hit “The Chokin’ Kind.” In the mid ’80s, Simon walked away from pop music to become an ordained minister. Billboard says Joe Simon passed away Monday in his hometown near Chicago at age 85.

— Eric Clapton is suing a German woman who tried to sell a bootleg Clapton CD on eBay. German news reports say a 55-year-old woman near Dusseldorf was asking about eleven dollars for the CD, which was recorded in the 1980s, and had no idea she was infringing on Clapton’s copyright. On Wednesday, a German court sided with the rock star, and ordered the woman to pay legal fees for both parties totaling about four-thousand dollars.