1/13/22 Rock News

— Tributes are pouring in for the late Ronnie Spector. The girl-group icon passed away Wednesday at age 78. Fellow Sixties pop legend Darlene Love says she’s in total shock by the news, and that Spector deserves a “proper tribute.” Beach Boy Brian Wilson, who has called “Be My Baby” the greatest pop recording ever produced, wrote, “this just breaks my heart,” and said her music will live on forever. Joan Jett tweeted that Ronnie Spector’s “mark on rock and roll is indelible.”

— Rod Stewart is canceling his Australia tour due to the rise of COVID-19 in the country. The rock legend was scheduled to do nine shows at arenas and outdoor wineries through March and April. A statement from concert producer Live Nation says “due to the ongoing surge of COVID in Australia,” and “the reimposition of entertainment venue capacity limits,” the tour has been canceled. Stewart says, “once again I feel we’ve all been cheated by this evil disease,” and “I look forward to returning to Australia as soon as the health situation permits.”

— The Eagles are adding 12 more dates to their Hotel California tour. The classic rockers will hit the road starting in February, and will perform their landmark 1976 album Hotel California album in its entirety, complete with an orchestra and choir, along with some of their greatest hits. The Hotel California Tour begins February 19th in Georgia, and has been extended through May.

— Nearly half-an-hour of lost footage from the Rolling Stones’ Altamont Festival has been unearthed. About 300-thousand people attended the star-studded 1969 California rock festival, which was chronicled in the documentary “Gimme Shelter” and became infamous for its violence. Now, about half-an-hour of never-before-seen footage of the concert has been recovered by the Library of Congress. The silent eight-millimeter film shows close-up shots of the Rolling Stones, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and other Sixties icons in performance. The raw home video footage can be viewed on the Library of Congress website.