*Carlos Santana has been tapped to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” for Game Four, of the World Series on Saturday. The rock legend will support his hometown team, joining his son, Salvador, on an instrumental version of the anthem to help launch the game.
Country queenTrisha Yearwood is the lead-off singer for the Series. According to Kansas City's “41 Action News” Yearwood will step up to sing the anthem before Game One of the best-of-seven series, which begins with the Kansas City Royals hosting the San Francisco Giants tonight.
Former "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform the anthem at the start of Game Two, taking place in Kansas City tomorrow. Hotter-than-hot country group Little Big Town will do the honors Friday at Game Three, when the series moves to San Francisco.
*The nice guy Foo Fighters are being accused of some dirty business: ripping off a Dio song with their new track, “Something From Nothing.” Apparently, a number of Dio fans have taken to the Internet over the weekend to point out the similarities that center around the classic “Diver” riff.
For reference, Dio’s “Holy Diver” was the title track from Dio’s debut album in 1983. Ronnie James Dio had just departed Black Sabbath and formed his own band with Sabbath’s Vinny Appice the previous year.
The following May, the band released the “Holy Diver” album. It featured two hit singles, "Rainbow in the Dark" and "Holy Diver.”
*The "Songwriters Hall of Fame" has announced its 2015 nominee list – and no surprise – Elvis Costello and Tom Petty are among the nominees.
Other folks up for consideration includeVince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (as nominated writers) with Linda Perry, Gloria Estefan,Steve Miller and Steve Winwood tapped in the non-performer category.
Voting members have until December 15th to turn in their ballots with their choices of three nominees from the non-performing category and two from the performing category. The newly-minted members will be feted at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 18th, 2015.
*How many times did you stress and sweat over making the perfect mixtape back in the day? Whether making it for yourself – or someone you had the warmies for – the concept was simple: the perfect songs, the perfect title and it was all on cassette. Well, all that’s old is about to be new again as the already supercool “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack (dubbed “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1”) is about to be released…on cassette.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” soundtrack will be released on cassette November 17th, just in time for Black Friday (November 28th). Of course, it was already released digitally, on CD and on vinyl LP. Disney has not announced how many copies of the Guardians cassette will be released – and it’ll be the first music cassette released by Disney since 2003.
*After nearly two decades away from Styx, Dennis DeYoung says he’s finally at peace — both with the legacy of the band itself, and with his own. “At 67, I don’t feel that cool,” he tells UltimateClassicRock.com, who hooked up with him to discuss his new DVD, “Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles.” It arrives in stores today.
Along the way, Dennis talks about the biggest misconception about his craft and the prospect of a new solo studio album. His goals? As Dennis puts it, “To dispel any sort of mythology that’s developed about whether or not I was dedicated to rock and roll.” The time he took worked it. He likes the result. A lot. “[When I heard it] I exhaled, because I said, ‘Hey man, that doesn’t suck!’ I like the sound,” says Dennis. “So many live DVDs, they just don’t look and sound live and I can’t watch them. I was bound and determined to have this thing feel immediate, and just have the feeling that you’re seeing some sort of documentation of a performance. That’s really what I was shooting for.”
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.