Grapevine: News about U2, Eric Clapton, Elvis, Aretha, Janis Joplin, Van Halen and more!

Former Blind Faith band mates Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton will share the stage again for concerts on  Feb. 25, 26 and 28, 2008, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden…

After a career playing to sold-out stadiums, U2 did what their fans have done for years — stood in line to see U2 perform in “U2 3D,’’ a film of the band’s 2005-06 Vertigo tour, shot at several shows in South America with new 3-D technology. The Edge, joined by singer Bono, drummer Larry Mullen and bassist Adam Clayton, joked about the absurdity of seeing themselves perform after playing together for more than 30 years…

The Van Halen tour is at the top of the heap with concert goers, according to the newest rankings from Pollstar. Rounding out positions 2-20, in order, are: Dane Cook; Hannah Montana-Miley Cyrus; Neil Young; Stevie Wonder; Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Keith Urban; Ozzy Osbourne; Tool; Brad Paisley; “So You Think You Can Dance;” Andre Rieu; Blue Man Group; Fall Out Boy; John Fogerty; Casting Crowns; Ben Harper; Evanescence; Kelly Clarkson; and The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Brain surgeons have cured a rare condition known as musicogenic epilepsy in Stacey Gayle, 25, who went into epileptic fits whenever she heard music by her favorite performer, hip-hop and reggae star Sean Paul

Janis Joplin’s childhood home in Port Arthur, Texas, got a historic marker on Jan. 19, 2008, on what would have been her 65th birthday. Joplin died on Oct. 4, 1970, from a drug overdose…

Ralph Stanley
and Doc Watson will headline the 2008 Bristol, Tenn., Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September…

Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige is returning to the soap opera “One Life to Live” to perform songs from her Growing Pains album. She last was on the show in July 2006. The episodes will air Feb. 15 and 18, 2008…

Two horses once destined for the slaughterhouse have a new home at Graceland, where they’re being adopted by Priscilla Presley

Gibson Guitar Corp.
is merging with TC Group, a Danish company that makes amplifiers, speakers, guitar pedals and other equipment for professionals and musicians…

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker sued the Rockstar energy drink company, accusing it of wrongfully using his picture…

The church that Elvis Presley attended as a child will become part of the Elvis Presley Birthplace attraction in Tupelo, Miss. Officials plan to restore the building to what it looked like in the 1940s and open it to the public in August. A Mississippi Blues Trail marker recently was placed at Presley’s Tupelo birthplace…

Faith Hill is recovering following knee surgery. She is slated to perform at the Feb. 8, 2008, tribute to Aretha Franklin at the MusiCares Person of the Year event…

Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam will appear in the romantic comedy “Four Christmases.’’…

Ike Turner’s death on Dec. 12, 2007, was caused by a cocaine overdose, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office said. Hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema also were listed as “significant and contributing factors” in his death..

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