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Aerosmith is back on the road, but without Joey Kramer.  Band members are admitting that the drummer is dealing with a health problem, which kept him from taking part in their show Saturday in George, Washington.  Kramer made his own announcement about the show via Twitter, saying his son Jesse would be filling in for him.  Guitarist Joe Perry also tweeted that he would "miss Joey" at the concert, but the band was in good hands with Jesse.  He added that Joey is "doing great and will be back very soon."  However, Aerosmith doesn't say when Kramer is expected to make his return.  The band's next show is set for Denver on Tuesday.

Joey's wife Linda has also tried to clarify the situation, which she claims the media is "blowing out of proportion."  Last week, after the band canceled a show in California, she tweeted that while Joey underwent a procedure "related to his heart," he's had no prior heart problems and did not have "emergency open heart surgery."

 
Stevie Nicks wants a new shawl.  And she's appealing to her followers for the design.  The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman says her fascination with wraps dates back decades.  She recalls in 1968 she received a South American poncho that she knew "was magic," and she wanted to "copy it in chiffon or leather or beaded material."  Stevie says she later realized how useful a poncho or long shawl could be as a performer.  She explains that it gave her "something to work with up on the stage," and enabled her to make "big movements" that could be "seen from far away."  Nicks adds that shawls became a big part of her stage wardrobe, and eventually were "totally intertwined in" her fashion style.

Stevie is now tapping into her fans' vision for her latest wrap.  The singer is asking those interested to submit shawl designs inspired by her music and image.  Nicks is teaming up with Talenthouse on the project.  Details are available at Talenthouse.com.

Smokey Robinson is revisiting some of his vintage songs, with a little help from his friends.  His new disc, "Smokey & Friends," features the Motown legend teaming up with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler on "You Really Got Hold On Me," and remaking "Ain't That Peculiar" with James Taylor.  He tapped Elton John for "The Tracks of My Tears."  Smokey tells "USA Today" he loved working with all his collaborators, which also include John Mayer, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, and others.  He adds that he's "so happy with the way it came out," and is hoping the project will be a success.  "Smokey & Friends" will be in stores on Tuesday.  Robinson will support the album with an appearance Monday on NBC's "Today."

New music is on the way from John Mellencamp.  The singer-songwriter will offer up his next album, "Plain Spoken," on September 23rd.  The ten-track collection will be available on CD and vinyl as well as digitally.  The lead-off release from the set is a song called "Troubled Man," which will arrive at iTunes on Tuesday.  "Plain Spoken" is Mellencamp's first studio project in four years, and is his follow up to 2010's "No Better Than This."  It's his first release under his "lifetime" recording contract with Republic Records.

Mellencamp will also tour behind his record.  Details on the trek haven't been announced yet, but it's expected to start in January and include 80 stops throughout North America.


Pictures of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Janis Joplin are among the never-before published images in the new rock photography book "The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolution."  The photos were snapped by the famed photographer Jim Marshall, who had outlined the book before he died in 2010.  His longtime assistant recently discovered the notebook where Jim detailed his plans, and is now bringing the project to fruition.  The book also features photos of the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Eric Clapton, and many others.  "The Haight" will be available in hardcover on October 14th. Fans who attended Paul McCartney's recent Candlestick Park concert got a little preview of the book.  "The Haight" includes pictures Marshall took at The Beatles' final concert, which took place at the San Francisco ballpark back in 1966.  And Thursday, when McCartney played the last-ever concert at Candlestick, he was allowed to show some of Jim's pictures when he performed a cover of "Long Tall Sally" -- the last song The Beatles played at their Candlestick show.


The Beatles all-star concert special is an Emmy winner.   CBS' TV event in February commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" captured one prize at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" got the nod for Outstanding Music Direction.  However, the TV event honoring the Fab Four fell short in several other categories including Outstanding Variety Special, which went to "AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks."  The Creative Arts Emmys were presented in an untelevised ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.  The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC from Los Angeles on August 25th.


Enlvis Presley might be gone, but he's far from forgotten.  Memphis' Fox13 News says more than 50-thousand fans from all over the world were expected to take part in the anual Elvis Week Candlelight Vigil, which took place at Graceland Friday night.  The solemn ceremony includes a walk up the mansion's driveway to Presley's gravesite in the Meditation Garden for a moment of reflection and remembrance, which participants say is a powerful and moving experience.  The procession typically lasts well past midnight, and this year was no exception.  Some fans also honored Elvis further by setting up shrines along Elvis Presley Boulevard. The formal Candlelight Vigil dates back to 1978, when Elvis fans came to Graceland to remember the singer on the first anniversary of his death.  Presley suffered a heart attack at Graceland, and passed away on August 16th, 1977, at the age of 42.  Saturday was the 27th anniversary of his death.