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Music News: Bob Weir, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen

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Grateful Dead guitarist and founder Bob Weir recently cancelled tour dates planned through January. According to a message posted on his website for his band RatDog, Weir had stated that scheduled tour dates were cancelled due to “necessitated circumstances”. More details were not available, and Weir also did not respond to emails seeking comments.

Also cancelled is a September performance at the Lockn’ Festival with the band Furthur, which Weir formed with Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh. Though details of the cancellations were not announced, it was said that Weir had falled onstage during a concert last year, and has been suffering from a strained shoulder. Refunds are available where tickets were purchased.

In other music news, twenty years after their divorce, Billy Joel serenaded his 1983 hit “Uptown Girl” to ex-wife model Christine Brinkley during a concert at Madison Square Garden on August 7th. A YouTube video was posted by a fan, where Joel could be seen pointing to someone in the front row, and with the signaling of the camera, that someone turned out to be Brinkley. Needless to say, the audience went wild when the supermodel’s face appeared on the big screens. The two later appeared backstage together with Brinkley’s children from another marriage.

Billy Joel and Christine Brinkley were married from 1985 to 1994. They are the parents of singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel. Brinkley appeared in the video for “Uptown Girl”.

Meanwhile, in commemorating his 80th birthday next month, Leonard Cohen is releasing a new album titled Popular Problems. While the news were not completely confirmed, news of the released dropped last week during an event in Dublin. There is also a September 22nd release date listed on Amazon France. Cohen’s last album was 2012’s Old Ideas, which became the Canadian-born music legend’s first album to crack the top ten in the US.