With their recent tour announcement, fans can rest assured that Dead & Company will be returning triumphantly in 2017. The vivacious ensemble sees Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart team with Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and most surprisingly, John Mayer.Now set to embark on their third major tour (fall 2015 and summer 2016 being the other two), Mayer has had some time to reflect on the impact those shows have had on his career. In a new interview with CBS New York’s Fresh 102.7, Mayer talks about the different experiences as a solo artist versus a member of a band, and how that has helped him personally grow as a musician and as a person.You can watch this new interview in the video player below.
Ringo Starr is back in the studio, according to a new report from Billboard which was confirmed by the drummer’s publicist over the weekend. The unnamed project will follow Starr’s fall 2017 release of his Give More Love solo album.Related: Watch The Beatles’ Surprise Rooftop Performance, Played On This Day In 1969Starr triggered the excitement about the possibility of more new music when he shared a photo of himself in the studio alongside Toto/All Starr Band guitarist Steve Lukather to his Twitter late last week. Starr’s publicity reps have since confirmed that he is indeed already hard at work on the next batch of solo tunes.Ringo won’t have too much time to write and record this year (unless the project is already secretly complete), as he and his All Starr Band are scheduled to begin their 2019 world tour later this week with an opening performance at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Funner, CA on Thursday, March 21st. The tour is scheduled to continue until fall, with performances in Japan throughout the spring before returning to the U.S. for notable shows at New York City’s Pier 17 Rooftop, and the Woodstock 50th Anniversary weekend festivities in upstate New York.More recently, Ringo was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, and even appeared on a new single from Jenny Lewis for her own forthcoming album.Fans can head to Starr’s website for tickets and info to his 2019 world tour.[H/T Billboard]