* Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band kick off their Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour tonight (February 27) in Toledo, marking the debut of new guitarist Rob McNelley. The Insider will be tweeting song-by-song at @GraffonMusic.
* The "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction" multi-media exhibit will open May 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and run until March of 2004.
* Bob Dylan will put out a pair of unreleased recordings, a demo for the "Self Portrait" track "Wigman" and a cover of Eric Andersen's "Thirsty Boots," on a 7-inch vinyl single for Record Store Day, April 20.
* Deep Purple has revealed that the title of its new album will be "Now What?! It comes out April 30 with a double A-side single, "Hell To Pay" and "All the Time in the World," due out March 29.
* Foreigner co-founders Mick Jones and Lou Gramm will reunite for the first time in a decade for their June 13 induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Jones says the two plan to play "Juke Box Hero" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" that night.
* The Who will dig deeper into its catalog for its Teen Cancer America benefit concert Thursday (February 28) in New York, according to guitarist Simon Townshend. Townshend posts at www.TheWho.com that the group plans to pull out rarely performed material such as "I Can See For Miles," "the Kids Are Alright" and "You Better You Bet."
* Live Nation Entertainment has reported a $163 million loss for 2012, mostly related to its artist management division, legal issues and the departure of chairman Irving Azoff.
* Thirty-six years ago today, in 1977, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was arrested for heroin possession in Toronto, facing a seven-year prison term. He was given a suspended sentence and had to perform a benefit concert for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, which he did two years later with the Stones and his side project, the New Barbarians.
-- by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider