* The Romantics launch this year's Rockin' on the Riverfront free concert series tonight (July 12) behind the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Read The Insider's interview at http://bit.ly/186EdtQ
* The Rolling Stones wrap up their 50 & Counting tour on Saturday with a second concert at Hyde Park in London.
* Bon Jovi kicks off the second U.S. leg of its Because We Can Tour tonight (July 12) at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The group next plays on July 18 at Detroit's Ford Field.
* Elton John's canceled summer tour dates -- 14 shows across Europe -- will mean a $15 million payout for the company that insured the trek.
* The DVD edition of the "Sound City: Real to Reel" recording studio documentary has been certified gold after selling more than 100,000 copies in the U.S.
* Rush has issued a statement apologizing for its having to cut its Festival D'ete De Quebec concert short on Wednesday (July 10) due to bad weather.
* Some rare and unreleased music by the late Deep Purple and James Gang guitarist Tommy Bolin will be released in August as "Whirlwind." The two-disc set includes material Bolin was preparing for his third solo album. The annual Tommy Bolin Music Festival takes place August 3 in Sioux City, Iowa, his home town.
* Former Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie turns 70 today (July 12).
* Forty-eight years ago today (July 12) the Beach Boys began recording their landmark "Pet Sounds" album with the track "Sloop John B." -- by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider