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Heart Putting Together New Album, Memoir
Heart has a new album and a book on the way.  Ann and Nancy Wilson are tapping into their life experiences for the material on the upcoming disc "Fanatic."  The song "Dear Old America" was inspired by memories of dad, who was an officer in the Marines.  "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" honors the Canadian city where the sisters recorded their debut album, "Dreamboat Annie."  "Walkin' Good" is about finding new love.  Nancy just tied the knot with her new husband this spring.  Meanwhile, Ann and Nancy are each telling their life story in the upcoming memoir "Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll."  The book is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 18th.  Heart's "Fanatic" will be released on October 2nd.

 

Rolling Stones Meeting To Discuss New Album, Tour Next Month
The Rolling Stones are finally discussing how they want to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  Guitarist Keith Richards tells "Rolling Stone" band members plan to meet up in London next month to discuss the possibilities of a tour and new album.  Richards adds that he's in favor of doing both.  Regarding a tour the rock legend says he'd "like to get a couple of shows down and see how it goes."  He also says he'd "love" to return to the studio to "get some tracks down and see what songs we've got."

The Stones previously met up in April for a series of rehearsals, which were filmed for the band's upcoming 50th anniversary documentary.  The movie is expected to be released in September.  It was the first extended gathering for the group since they finished up their "A Bigger Bang" tour back in August 2007.  If The Stones put together a new disc it will be their first studio effort since the album "A Bigger Bang," which came out in 2005.
 

Rush Album Debuts At Number Two In U.S.
Rush is once again falling short of the top spot on the Billboard 200.  Billboard.com says "Clockwork Angels" is giving the Canadian band their best first-week sales in a decade with 103-thousand copies sold, but the album is entering the chart at number two behind Usher's latest, "Looking 4 Myself."  The only Rush album to surpass "Clockwork Angels" in sales over the past ten years is "Vapor Trails," which sold 110-thousand copies following its arrival in 2002.  However, that album peaked at number six on the chart.  Rush has had eleven top ten albums in the U.S. over the course of their career, but have failed to reach number one on this side of the border.  "Clockwork Angels" is Rush's eighth chart-topping album in Canada.
 
Joe Walsh's All-Star Edition Of "CMT Crossroads" Debuts Saturday
Joe Walsh's episode of "CMT Crossroads" has its premiere this weekend.  The rocker is performing his hits with a variety of country stars for the CMT show.  He teamed up with Brad Paisley on the classic "Rocky Mountain Way."
       
"CMT Crossroads" typically pairs a country artist with a performer from another genre to play each other's songs and discuss their influences to see where their musical roads cross.  But Joe shares the stage with Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan and Hunter Hayes as well as Paisley for "CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends."  ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is also featured.  Other songs in their set include Walsh's solo classic "Life's Been Good" and the Eagles hit "Life in the Fast Lane."  "CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends" will debut on CMT on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.
 
Lita Ford Reconnects With Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Reunion Possible
A Runaways reunion could be in the works.  Lita Ford tells Rollingstone.com that she's made peace with both Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, and they've talked about working together again.  The guitarist explains that she and Jett recently had dinner together, marking the first time they'd spoken with one another since The Runaways broke up in 1980.  She says it went well, and Joan even helped her get in touch again with Cherie.  Ford adds that she's discussed the possibility of reviving The Runaways with both women, but admits she "couldn't really get a solid answer" from Jett.  However, Lita says she's on board "100-percent" if Joan and Cherie are interested.  Ford just released her latest solo album, "Living Like a Runaway."
 
Jack Osbourne Opens Up About Learning He Has MS
Jack Osbourne says that while he has multiple sclerosis, right now he's fine.  On Wednesday, in his first TV appearance since going public with his condition, the son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne told CBS' "The Talk" he underwent several tests to confirm his condition.  Jack joked with the hosts as he described how one procedure in particular was very unpleasant.
   
Osbourne explained that MS is challenging because the symptoms are so diverse, inconsistent, and random, and those who have the disease are affected in a variety of different ways.  But Jack said he's learning that MS can be very manageable, and he's determined to not let it interfere with his life.  He added that the timing of his diagnosis -- just weeks after becoming a father -- has actually helped.  Jack said he has no time to mope around feeling sorry for himself, because he's too busy these days changing diapers.

In addition to caring for his infant daughter, Jack is also busy with his latest TV project.  He's among the investigators exploring the paranormal activity along the backroads of America on the new Syfy series "Haunted Highway."  The show's premiere is coming up on July 3rd.
Ozzy Osbourne Suggests Jack Get Second Opinion On MS
Ozzy Osbourne is urging his son Jack to get a second opinion regarding his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis.  The rocker tells Britain's "Hello" magazine he has reason to be skeptical, explaining that he was mistakenly diagnosed with MS a few years ago.  Ozzy says it took doctors six months before they realized he has a rare hereditary tremor known as Parkin Syndrome.  But Jack recently said on an episode of CBS' "The Talk" that he's already undergone several tests to confirm his condition.  He announced that he has the autoimmune disease earlier this week after he got the news from doctors last month.  Jack says he consulted medics shortly after the birth of his daughter because he began experiencing blurred eyesight and headaches.