700 lucky fans were treated to the concert experience of a lifetime on Saturday. With just an hour to go before tickets went on sale, it was announced that the Rolling Stones would play a warm-up gig for their upcoming U.S. tour at Echoplex, in Los Angeles' Echo Park area. The tickets, which were priced at $20, were sold through a lottery to the more than 2000 people that showed up.
Mick and the boys played a 14 song set, starting with "You Got Me Rocking" from the Voodoo Lounge album, and ending with "Start Me Up," before a crowd-pleasing encore of "Brown Sugar," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The show also included a guest appearance from former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who joined the band for "Love in Vain," and "Midnight Rambler."
British band New Build, who were originally scheduled to appear that night at Echoplex, jokingly tweeted about being bumped by the Stones: "Right, that's it. The Rolling Stones have nicked our gig tonight at the Echo. This time it's personal. Going down to have a word with Mick."
The Rolling Stones officially start their tour on Friday May 3, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was originally supposed to kick off on May 2, but the concert was pushed back one day due to the NBA playoffs.
Progressive legends Yes are considering recording a new album in 2014 with new vocalist Jon Davison, according to keyboard player Geoff Downes.
Downes tells Bravewords.com's Martin Popoff that there has been talk of tackling another album after the band's current run of touring is through. "You know, we've discussed it, and certainly I think Jon would be a very useful contributor to that," Downes says. "And it would be nice to do an album with him. Because we did an album with Benoit [former vocalist Benoît David, who recorded Fly From Here with the band in 2011], but we would also like to do an album with Jon."
Davison joined Yes in February 2012 after Benoît David suffered respiratory failure. Davison, formerly of Seattle band Sky Cries Mary, was recommended to Yes bassist Chris Squire by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
If you're on Instagram you should follow James Hetfield. The mighty riffmeister often posts pictures of his hot rod car collection; banners made by fans from all over the world and hung up in Metallica headquarters, and of course plenty of guitars (including his '59 Les Paul a few months ago).
Hetfield isn't on Facebook or Twitter, and when he first joined Instagram the few fans who had found his account were initially skeptical. Of course, that was back when he had around 40 followers - now he has 29,800 and counting. Follow him at http://instagram.com/papa_het
Aerosmith bass player Tom Hamilton has dropped out of the band's current tour as he battles a chest infection.
Aerosmith are currently on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, including a co-headlining slot at the recent Stone Music Festival with Van Halen and Billy Joel.
Hamilton has returned home to the USA to recover, and he plans to rejoin the band and continue their Global Warming tour when he feels well enough.
Filling in for now is film and TV composer David Hull, a founding member of Dirty Angels and a collaborator with Joe Perry in The Joe Perry Project. Hull was flown in from the USA at short notice to fill in for Hamilton. Hull also filled in for Hamilton in 2006 during the Route of All Evil tour, when the bassist was recovering from throat cancer, and again during the band's 2009 co-headlining tour with ZZ Top.
Black Sabbath have expanded their four 2013 tour dates into a full, 20-date North American tour. It starts July 25 in Houston, Texas.
The heavy metal legends are currently performing in Australia and New Zealand, with a Tokyo show set for May 12 at the first-ever Ozzfest in Japan. When Sabbath return to the U.S. they’ll play cities including Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco along with their already-announced dates in Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto and Holmdel, New Jersey.
Sabbath release their new album, 13, on June 11. It is the original band’s first album with frontman Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die.
Black Sabbath’s newly announced tour dates are:
7/25 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/27 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
7/29 Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheatre
7/31 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/2 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/4 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/6 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/8 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/10 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/12 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
8/14 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/16 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/18 Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
8/22 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
8/24 Seattle, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre 8/26 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
8/28 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/30 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
9/1 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/3 Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Sports Arena
The first track from 13 - “God is Dead?” – has already hit 1 million views on Sabbath’s official YouTube channel. Listen below.
Metallica’s new 3D film is set to become the first movie to debut on IMAX’s chain of giant-sized screens. As reported by Billboard.com, Metallica Through the Never will be shown on every IMAX screen in North America for one week, starting September 27. The film, which mixes concert footage with dramatic narrative, will see full release a week later, on October 4. “To be at the forefront in this situation where IMAX has never done this is very exciting," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said. "It's also a bit of a confidence booster. Being in the movie-making business is not necessarily our forte and it's been a very interesting three years. We've learned a lot about a lot of different things. The recognition from IMAX and to be able to have our fans and people that are interested in this film to see it and experience it in the IMAX format is super cool."
The Skynyrd tune, called “Winning Isn’t Everything,” will be played during the opening of the show at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, in conjunction with the show’s new season, according to EW. The Southern rock legends put together the custom-made tune, called “Winning Isn’t Everything,” just for the show.
Skynyrd is also taking part is some promotions for the show’s new season. The gents will play a free show at a “Party Like the Pawn Stars” event that will take place this Friday (April 26) at Pawn Stars’ Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. The group is scheduled to play for over an hour, and, yes, expect to hear the new tune as well as the classics.
“Winning Isn’t Everything” will also be available for download via iTunes beginning on April 30.
Metallica are currently hard at work on their upcoming 3D movie, Metallica Through The Never. While this is exciting news for the band’s fans, it does mean that the next studio album from Metallica is quite far off. Kirk Hammett tells GulfNews that the band tentatively intend to finish the new material during next year: “That’s what we’re hoping would happen. Whether that’s a reality, we’ll see. We’re recording stuff here and there but it’s a pretty slow process.”
Hammett continued by saying “Metallica Through The Never is taking precedence over anything else at the moment. We want to make sure the movie gets our full attention and it turns out the way we want it to turn out.”
Metallica have been known to take their time when recording new material, and Hammett says he quite enjoys the breaks between recording sessions, when he gets to play live on stage with the band: “I really enjoy playing live shows. It’s enormously satisfying writing songs. It’s not so fun for me in the studio because I am a bit ADD.”
In an interview with CBS, transcribed by Rolling Stone magazine, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood share some insight in to how the Rolling Stones prepare for their upcoming “50 & Counting” tour. Jagger said: “Personally, I start preparing about two months before the tour starts. So I have to up my fitness level and I have to start singing everyday, doing practices and a bit of dancing.” Jagger practices his classic dance moves in front of a mirror in a studio, so that everything will look just right come opening night. “I kept hedging when people asked me, but I knew, the year before,” said Jagger about the upcoming tour that was veiled in secrecy up until the last minute, with tickets going on sale barely a month before the first show on May 2 in Los Angeles.
Keith Richards spoke of how the band communicate and stay in synch during shows: “Charlie gives me a little signal, a certain little rap that he's ready to go,” said Richards. “Then Ronnie and I, we just passed looks at each other all the time.” By the look of it, all four members of the Rolling Stones seem ready to go once the tour kicks off in little over a week.
It took power trio Rush 14 years to be elected in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after becoming eligible in 1999. However, in their native Canada, they have been bestowed with no less than nine Juno Awards, which is the Canadian version of The Grammys. Their first came in 1975, and the band just won their latest Juno Award for Rock Album Of The Year with their 2012 album Clockwork Angels.
Upon being inducted in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Rush drummer Neil Peart told the crowd “We’ve been saying for a long time that this wasn’t a big deal. Turns out… it kinda is!” Rush fans have been lobbying for the band to be included in the Hall Of Fame for years, and finally their work has paid off. Geddy Lee and Co. are currently on tour in support of Clockwork Angels, a tour that will take them all over the United States, Canada, and Europe throughout the summer.
Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens passed away on April 22 from a heart attack. Havens was know for his rhythmic guitar style in open tunings. One of his specialties was re-arranging other famous songs in his own style, like for example the Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” and Bob Dylan's “Just Like a Woman.” Aside from playing covers, Havens wrote his own music as well, like for example “Handsome Johnny” which he co-wrote with actor Lou Gossett Jr..
Many will remember Havens as the first artist to play at the Woodstock Festival back in 1969, replacing the band Sweetwater who were supposed to open the event. Havens announced last year that he would stop touring, citing health issues as the reason.
The performance was the band's first ever show with David Lee Roth on Australian soil: they never toured Oz with either Dave or Sammy Hagar back in the day. Their only Australian run was with Gary Cherone on vocals at the start of the Van Halen III tour.
And the Stone appearance was their only Australian date. Noise 11's Paul Cashmere reports, "Considering this was the first and maybe even the last time Roth and Van Halen will ever perform in Australia attendance was poor. Maybe 5000 punters witnessed the rare Van Halen show in Sydney. A cold and rainy night at an outdoor gig did nothing to entice people out of their homes for this show either. Not even the late addition of Aerosmith to the bill took Stone Fest off life support. Those who did see it witnessed something special."
Rush drummer Neal Peart said the honor was especially important to fans of the Canadian rockers. “It reflected back on them," he said. "We've always said it's not something that meant a lot to us, but we knew our fans cared so much to be validated like that — that their favorite band, like their favorite sports team, should be celebrated as champions."
Heart’s Nancy Wilson said she “felt like [she] got into the cool ball team,” adding that many artists already in the Hall were some of Heart’s biggest influences. Heart was also acknowledged by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, who compared the Wilson sisters’ breaking of barriers to that of his own band. “Heart persevered and just broke through a mould and it's the same thing with us in our genre," he said. Other inductees included Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and blues great Albert King. “Albert King is why guitar-face was invented,” said John Mayer.
Storm Thorgerson, the graphic artist who designed the iconic cover for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, died yesterday (April 18) from cancer. He was 69. A childhood friend of the band, Thorgerson designed many albums for Pink Floyd, including Animals and Wish You Were Here. He also created artwork for albums by Black Sabbath, Genesis and Led Zeppelin, including Houses of the Holy. In a statement issued via BBC News, guitarist Dave Gilmour said Thorgerson’s role with Pink Floyd was integral to the band’s identity. “The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work," he said.
Gilmour went on to remember Thorgerson in more personal terms. "We first met in our early teens,” he said. “We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge, and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."
Stevie Nicks has spent much of the past two years promoting her solo album, In Your Dreams. Surprisingly, Nicks is now admitting that all the hard work didn’t really result in much success sales-wise.
“I didn't sell a lot of records, you guys. For me, for a big act like moi, I didn’t,” Nicks said via CTV News. “Worldwide I probably sold 300,000 records. It’s awesome if you’re an unknown artist and you have a hit single, but it’s not really that awesome if you’re Stevie Nicks.”
So, what’s the reason for the slow sales? Nicks says it’s simply because the music business has changed. “It’s such a different age now,” she said.
As for the present, Nicks will be on tour with Fleetwood Mac through this fall. So far, she loves the change. “Fleetwood Mac’s much more sophisticated and grown up,” she said. “And my show is just like a big slumber party in an auditorium.”
Are you planning to catch Fleetwood Mac on this 2013 tour? Let us know in the comments area below.
The ceremony will mark the honoring of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his commitment to helping addicts in their recovery process, as well as the longstanding support he has given for the MusiCares MAP Fund in general.
The foundation is dedicated to providing all the members of the music community with an addiction recovery treatment, regardless of their financial status. Bennington gave MusiCares MAP Fund nothing but praises, saying, “MusiCares MAP Fund is an amazing program that takes care of their own, and actually saves lives. It's been so rewarding to support them and see first-hand what they've accomplished for so many artists.”
Slash himself has, of course, battled with addiction illnesses, but has recently been in fine form. He recently played in the U.K. and has started work on yet another album with his band The Conspirators, with Myles Kennedy on vocals.
In March, Slash tweeted: “Started the demo process for the next S/M & the Conspirators record last night; lots of material to work up. It's going 2 be good.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Graham Nash said, “It’s going to (expletive deleted) stun people. We only multi-tracked eight or nine shows from the tour, and we’ve chosen the best from those gigs. We’ve had to do a little tuning, but not that much… But the spirit of the band! If I take myself out the band and look at it, it was a great band.”
David Crosby is equally enthusiastic. “I am one of the most egotistical people on this planet,” he laughed. “When I hear this s***, I think, for a moment we were probably the best band. It’s startlingly good.”
CSNY’s reunion tour has become widely known as the “Doom Tour” due to fractious personal relationships and too many drugs. Neil Young has previously said that he was upset by the lack of new material offered by his then-bandmates.
No title for the album is yet confirmed, but Crosby says, “I want to call it What Could Possibly Go Wrong? I’m going to dig my heels and seriously fight for that. You can’t hear that without laughing your head off. It’s important to look at yourselves with a sense of humor in retrospect and realize what gigantic egos we had and what idiots we were. But I think it’s a great title. If I don’t get it, I’ll threaten to quit the band – at which point I’ll be reminded that there’s no band to quit!”
Crosby, Stills & Nash (without Young) are currently preparing to tour the U.S. and Europe in May-June 2013.
Black Sabbath begin a world tour next Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. Guitarist Tony Iommi has spoken of his battle with cancer, as he prepares to go on tour with Sabbath.
The Birmingham Mail reports Iommi has been receiving regular treatments at the Parkway Hospital in Birmingham, England.
“I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check,” Iommi says. “It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world. The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It’s the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I’d love to play more shows than we’re doing but my health has to be sorted out first.”
“The infusions I have are part of the chemotherapy regime,” Iommi continues. “It’s relatively new treatment and they don’t know what all the side-effects might be yet, but I wanted to try it. After each session I feel sick and tired, and that lasts for a week or so. I’m finding that it takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that’s what it takes, I have to accept it.”
“In myself I’m feeling OK now,” sums up the riff legend. “When I first found that I had the illness, it was a dark time and I was a bit spaced out. Since we’ve been in rehearsals and recording sessions, I’ve felt pretty good – great even. I think that the album and tour have given me something immediate to get my teeth into, something to accomplish.”
Gibson.com wishes Tony well, of course. Black Sabbath release their new album 13 on June 11.
Van Halen singer David Lee Roth recently talked to Rolling Stone about wanting bassist Michael Anthony back in the band, praising his backing vocals: “Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo [...] And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. That voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind and Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys.”
Now Anthony has responded to the flattering comments on the Howard Stern Show, as reported via Blabbermouth: “It was flattering to hear Dave talk like that. He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together! “ Anthony was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang on bass for the reunion tour with Diamond Dave.
However, Anthony is not particularly looking for a reunion as much as rekindling old friendships: “At this point in your life and career and whatever, it’s more about the friendship, and just people. And if the music side of it happens, if that comes about, all the better – but that’s not what it’s really about at this point.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler talks about one of his goals that he has yet to reach in his career - a tour with AC/DC. Says Tyler: “I would take a pay cut to play with AC/DC. It's one of my last things to do, go on tour with them. I don't really care about the money, and I don't care about some great review. It's more about the fans – it's always been about them.”
Aerosmith are about to co-headline with another great rock band - Van Halen. The two bands will appear at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. Aerosmith even moved their own concert which was scheduled a week later at the same venue so that they could co-headline with Eddie and the boys. Joe Perry explained the setup for the show: “There’s been talk about us co-headlining for years. But they’re one of those bands that do a cycle then split, so it’s been really hard.”
Aerosmith released their latest album Music From Another Dimension last year, which did not sell very well. It seems as if the band may have come to terms with simply going on tour and playing all their classic songs, like so many other bands of that era, as Tyler reflects: “We’ve been strung out and sober. We’ve sold in and we’ve sold out. Some days we didn’t even sell at all. What matters is we’re still together as a band.”
Keith Richards joined Eric Clapton at the fourth installment of Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. The festival, which took place over the past weekend at New York City’s Madison Square Garden featured a wide range of blues artists, ranging from old timers like Buddy Guy to the younger generation, like Gary Clark Jr., and John Mayer.
Richards joined Clapton on stage during the Saturday night (April 13) performance for the songs “Key to the Highway,” and “Sweet Little Rock & Roller.” According to Billboard, Richards addressed the audience before the latter song, saying “Now we're gonna rock it up.” One can imagine that Richards wanted to get a little stage time before the Rolling Stones kick of their “50 & Counting” tour in a few weeks. If you missed the Crossroads festival this time around, it will be back, as Clapton announced before leaving the stage Saturday: “See you in three years.”
Now when spring is approaching nobody really wants to think about the fall, but it’s nice to know that there is something to look forward to. Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails have both been confirmed for Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in November. This year marks the festival’s 15th anniversary.
Other big names in rock confirmed so far are The Gaslight Anthem and Paramore. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will actually appear twice at the festival, since he will also be performing with How To Destroy Angels, his side project featuring his wife Mariqueen Maandig. It still remains to bee seen if Pearl Jam will have any new music to tour behind by the time the festival rolls around. Their latest album Backspacer was released in 2009. Voodoo Music and Arts Experience is set to take place on November 1, 2, and 3.
The strange world of rock memorabilia has just got stranger. The front door from Paul McCartney's childhood home has sold for £5000 ($7680).
The door from 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool went for the top estimate at auction in Gloucestershire, England.
The young Beatle lived in the property from 1955-1964 and learned to play guitar, piano, drums and the trumpet whilst living there. McCartney’s house was bought by the U.K’s National Trust in 1995 but the windows, tiles and fittings were refurbished in the late 1970s, after which the original door was bought by singer Glen South, who then kept the item behind his sofa.
Auctioneer Chris Albury said of the sale: “It came down to three people bidding against each other and the winner was a phone bidder from Lancashire. We're very happy with the result.”
He added, unsurprisingly: “It is an odd thing to offer and a curious thing to put a value on – £5,000 is a serious price.”
When McCartney wrote his Wings hit “Let ‘Em In” (“someone’s knocking at the door/somebody’s ringing the bell”) we assume he didn’t have this auction in mind.
Bernie Leadon will rejoin the Eagles for their upcoming tour. Singer Don Henley revealed that a former member was coming back to the group in a February radio interview. But he said it would not be Don Felder.
Now, Joe Walsh has told Billboard that it will be Bernie Leadon. “Bernie’s brilliant,” Walsh said. “I never really got a chance to play with him, but we’ve been in contact. We see him from time to time, and I’m really glad he’s coming because it’s going to take the show up a notch, and I’m really looking forward to playing with him, finally.”
Leadon was a member of Dillard and Clark and the Flying Burrito Brothers before becoming a founding member of the Eagles. He was with the group only until 1975 when he reportedly became disillusioned with the AOR direction the band was taking, away from their country-rock roots.
Even so, the Eagles’ Greatest Hits (1971-1975), one of the biggest selling albums of all-time, covers the years that Leadon was guitarist with the band.
Joe Walsh is at work on a follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 solo album, Analog Man. Speaking to Billboard.com, the Eagles guitarist said the album will mix original material with “real obscure R&B and blues songs.” Pitching in on the project are some high-profile guests, including Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Keb' Mo', Jim Keltner and Jeff Beck bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. “I’ll say, loosely, I’ve started a blues album,” Walsh said. “Half of it is original, and half of it is old Howlin' Wolf or John Lee Hooker. I told everybody to bring a song in and everybody did, be it an old blues song or some idea. We went through some old Stax records from, like, the Otis Redding days, Sam & Dave stuff that were just albums tracks, and did our version of a whole bunch of stuff." Walsh added that he doesn’t yet have a timeframe in mind for the album’s release.
In the same interview, the veteran rocker mentioned that Eagle co-founder Bernie Leadon will be a special guest on the forthcoming “History of the Eagles” tour. "I never really got a chance to play with him,” Walsh revealed, “but we've been in contact. We see him from time to time, and I'm really glad he's coming because it's going to take the show up a notch, and I'm really looking forward to playing with him, finally."
Neil Young is dedicated to helping the environment, so much so that he is taking a new, fuel-efficient hybrid car, Lincvolt, for spin.
Young kicked off the Lincvolt idea several years ago, with the hopes of utilizing modern technology to give an inefficient 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible a makeover and make it fuel-efficient. Now, Young is out on the road with his clean ride, and he’s started a special blog to document his travels, called “Under the Hood.” Thus far, Young has driven through Southern California, making stops in Joshua Tree National Park and the Imperial Sand Dunes. The blog entries are being penned from the viewpoint of the car, which makes for a witty read. The blog also offers some colorful photos.
Good news for Sir Paul fans: Paul McCartney & Wings’ popular 1976 concert album Wings over America is set to be reissued in an assortment of different formats on May 27, according to McCartney’s official website. The original, three-LP set featured performances from the only Wings concert to pass through North America.
Among the many versions of the collection that will be available is a Wings over America “super-deluxe” box set, packing four CDs and four books. That set will offer a remastered, two-CD edition of the original album, a bonus disc offering a Wings show at San Francisco’s Cow Palace and a DVD of the 75-minute Wings over the World TV special. For details on all of the versions, visit McCartney’s website.
In other Wings news, the band’s 1976 concert firm featuring performances from the 1975-76 McCartney & Wings tour, Rockshow, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on June 10. The film will also play as a one-night-only screening on May 15 in over 500 theaters around the globe. To find a theater near you, head to www.RockshowOnScreen.com.
What’s your favorite McCartney jam, whether it’s with the Beatles, Wings or his solo work? Let us know your Sir Paul picks in the comments section below!
U2 frontman Bono and pop luminary Elton John have signed on to take part in the 25th anniversary gala for the Robin Hood Foundation, which has a long history of raising funds for New York City-based organizations fighting poverty.
According to Bloomberg, Mary J. Blige is also slated to perform at the May 13 gala. Justin Timberlake and his wife, Jessica Biel, will co-chair the festivities.
Want to go? A limited number of tickets are currently available for $3,000 each, while a table costs between $30,000 and $250,000.
Robin Hood’s annual gala started in 1988, and since then, it’s become the largest single-night annual fundraising event for a New York-based nonprofit, according to Bloomberg. Since its initiation, the organization has raised over $1.25 billion dollars. The Robin Hood Foundation recently provided over $70 million in funding for Hurricane Sandy relief with their 12-12-12 concert. For more on the organization, visit www.robinhood.org.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have purchased the rights to Allman’s best-selling memoir, My Cross to Bear. Miller and Savin will write the screenplay together, and Miller will direct.
The movie-making duo say they will focus on two aspects of the musician’s life: tracking his journey to success through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band and their explosion onto the music scene, and the portrait of an older Allman who recognizes and conquers his demons. “We knew it was a great story, but didn’t know how great it was until we read the book,” said Miller, who added that the memoir’s arc of “uplift” is what attracted them. “That journey and coming out the other side is not the normal falling-into-hell story that rock and roll often is.” Allman and his manager, Michael Lehman, will serve as executive producers. Savin and Miller said they will work closely with both men to make the story as authentic as possible.
Metallica have unveiled their own pinball machine. As reported by Metal Hammer, the games machine was designed by Stern Pinball Inc., the same company that developed a pinball machine for AC/DC a year and a half ago. Metallica tracks included on the new machine include “Creeping Death,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Fuel,” “Battery,” “Sad But True” and “Enter Sandman,” among others. It’s expected the machine will make an appearance at the band’s second annual Orion Music + More Festival, to be held in Detroit on June 8 and 9.
Meanwhile, the veteran rockers are working on a new album, and a new book – Metallic: The Complete Illustrated History – is slated for publication in November. The band’s James Hetfield presents a sneak preview of the forthcoming pinball machine below.
Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has said that he is not interested in rejoining his former band. Wyman played with the Stones for the first time in 20 years in London in November last year. The Express asked Wyman what he would say if Mick Jagger asked him to rejoin the band: “I'd say 'no'…Thirty years was great but I've got better things to be doing now. That time has gone.”
Wyman seems to be upset that he only got to play on two songs with the band: “I thought I was going to get quite heavily involved because I was led to believe that throughout the year by them,” adding “Keith [Richards] in particular made me think that I would be a large part of it but when it came to it they told me they only wanted me to do two songs. It was fun but I regretted not playing more. I was a bass guitarist, a rhythm guitarist; I have to be on the button from the moment Charlie [Watts] does that first drum roll… I came off just as I was warming up and getting into it.”
When he was asked if he wanted to join the Stones for the US leg of the anniversary tour, Wyman turned down the offer: “When they asked me to go to America for two weeks to do three shows there, I said 'For two songs? No thank you'.” It remains to be seen if Wyman will be invited to play with the Rolling Stones at any of their upcoming UK gigs this summer.
Tensions have been running high between Eddie Van Halen and former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar ever since their reunion tour in 2004. But now it seems as if Hagar is ready to bury the hatchet with his former bandmate. When asked by Vegas Rocks what he would say to Eddie if they met today, Hagar responded: “I’d say: ‘Wow – great! You look like you’re healthy. I’m really proud of you and I’d like to see you continuing doing that. Here’s my phone number. Call me up if you want to hang, and just have some fun and goof off.”
But that’s not to say that Sammy is hoping for a Van Halen reunion: “I wouldn’t say, ‘Hey, let’s get together and do it again,’ because you would have to do that slow. I’d never do it again under the last circumstances. But I would do it again under different circumstances. Then I would also say, ‘Here’s Mikey’s phone number with mine!’” Hagar, who formed the band Chickenfoot with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has said that he felt it was unfair when Anthony was fired from Van Halen in favor of Eddie’s son Wolfgang.
The interplay between Hagar and Anthony’s backing vocals was a major part of the trademark sound of Hagar’s years in Van Halen. Original Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth recently talked to Rolling Stone about Anthony’s great backing vocals, saying “And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. That voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind and Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys.”
The ticket demand for the Rolling Stones upcoming 50 and Counting tour is quite high, as can be expected, with shows already being sold out. But when you take a look at the tour schedule it appears that the band have left room for extra shows on purpose, since there are several days between each performance.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Mick Jagger confirmed that the relaxed tour schedule does mean more shows will probably be added: "Normally when you announce a tour like this, you announce part of it, you leave it to be, you see what happens, you might do a date here and another date there. You don't want to be completely hand fast, so you do leave some dates in between," said Jagger.
The Stones have already added extra shows in both Chicago and Toronto, where the band will be playing the United Center, and the Air Canada Center respectively. From a fan perspective, the fact that it is an arena tour is both good news and bad news. The shows will be much more intimate that a stadium concert, but tickets will be harder to come by.
In a separate AP interview Keith Richards confirmed what Jagger said, but also added that the relaxed tour schedule will let the aging rockers get some rest between shows: "I think it's a little bit of both," Richards said. "The band wants to pace themselves, but at the same time ... I guess what's been announced is the bare-bones and we will play it by ear from there."
When the Stones did their five-date mini tour last year they brought along many special guests, like Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, and The Black Keys. According to Richards there is a strong possibility for some surprise appearances this time around as well: "I have a feeling there's more openness about playing it the same way," Richards said. "I can't name names or make promises, but that area of the show is open."
The tour is set to kick off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at a date still to be determined, with the second show taking place in Oakland, CA on May 5. For complete tour details, visit the Rolling Stones official website.
The Black Sabbath tour will take in dates in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic before wrapping up with a run of dates in the UK, including a final tour date in the band's hometown of Birmingham.
Before then though, the band is touring New Zealand, Australia and Japan later this month, then hitting North America in July and August.
Guitarist Tony Iommi underwent cancer treatment last year, with recording sessions being work in around Iommi's schedule. The album features original members Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne as well as drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave). The band has not yet revealed who will occupy the drum stool during this month's dates, but Ozzy's touring drummer Tommy Clufetos manned the drum kit during the three shows the band played last year.
And here's some suitably Sabbath-related news: Italian horror classic Black Sabbath, which of course inspired the band's name, is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray later this month.
Black Sabbath European Tour Dates
Nov. 20 - Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Nov. 22 - Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 24 - Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 26 - Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 28 - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Holland
Nov. 30 - Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
Dec. 02 - Bercy, Paris, France
Dec. 05 - Fiera Arena, Milan, Italy
Dec. 07 - 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Dec. 10 - 02 Arena, London, UK
Dec. 12 - Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
Dec. 14 - Arena, Sheffield, UK
Dec. 16 - Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Dec. 18 - Arena, Manchester, UK
Dec. 20 - LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
Veteran producer/engineer Andy Johns has passed away aged 61.
Johns' passing was confirmed by guitarist Stacy Blades (ex-LA Guns), who was working with Johns until he was hospitalized last week. The cause of death was not immediately confirmed, but Blades told Billboard.biz that Johns was hospitalized with liver trouble.
Johns, the brother of producer/engineer Glyn Johns, engineered several albums for the Rolling Stones, including Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers, as well as Led Zeppelin's II, III, IV, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti and Coda.
As a producer he worked on dozens of albums including Free's Highway and Free Live!, Television's Marquee Moon, Hughes/Thrall's self-titled album, Cinderella's Night Songs and Long Cold Winter, Chickenfoot's self-titled debut, Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Joe Satriani's The Extremist.
With Foo Fighters recently on hiatus, drummer Taylor Hawkins has had time on his hands. He used the break in FF’s schedule to shoot a film role as Iggy Pop for an upcoming movie about the historic New York punk club CBGB.
The film will take a look at many key figures in the club’s history, from the musicians who played there like the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith and others, to the club’s owner, Hilly Kristal, who is portrayed by actor Alan Rickman in the movie.
The first look of Hawkins as Pop, which was released by Rolling Stone, can be seen here. Hawkins poses with Malin Åkerman, who will portray Blondie’s Debbie Harry in the movie. No release date has been set for the movie as of yet, but the CBGB film is expected to arrive sometime in 2013.
Hawkins’ respite from Foo Fighters was a short: he’s recently played with Dave Grohl‘s Sound City band, and Foo Fighters are already writing the band’s next album.
Ozzy Osbourne reckons forthcoming Black Sabbath album 13 is “mindblowing” and “the album we should have made after Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.”
Speaking to Australia's Triple M radio station, Ozzy stated about Sabbath’s June-released CD: “The album is mindblowing... I'm so over the moon about the way the album turned out. We wrote 16 songs, and I put it on my CD player, expecting me to be unhappy with the end result, but this big grin came on my face and my hair on the back on my neck [stood up]… It's better than my wildest dreams; it's so good."
Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler are joined by RATM drummer Brad Wilk on the album. Songs include “End of the Beginning,” “God is Dead” and “Epic.” Osbourne was full of praise for producer Rick Rubin. “I'd run into him from time to time over the years, and he goes, 'Any chance of Sabbath reforming? If you do, I would love to produce the album,'" Ozzy said. "And he did such a great job on the album. I know if you're a Sabbath fan, you will not be disappointed. It's so Sabbath-y, it's scary. It's the album we should have made after [1973's] Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
Say you’re a Led Zeppelin fan? Then get out your iPads, because a new digital book that features all kinds of rare Led Zeppelin photos is on the way. The read, titled Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury, will arrive at Apple’s iBookstore on April 15. Famed photographer Neal Preston wrote the book, and he’s a good pick, as Preston had exclusive access to the group during the mid-to-late 1970s.
The book will offer hundreds of pictures, as well as over 100 never-before-published photos. Expect to find photos of the guys performing live onstage, backstage, at press conferences, at private parties and beyond. In addition to photos, the book features special memorabilia, interviews with Led Zeppelin friends, set lists and more. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks penned the introduction.
Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury will run fans $9.99.
What’s your favorite Led Zeppelin riff? Give us your picks on the comments section, rockers!
Tributes have been pouring in to one of the most successful record produces of all time, Phil Ramone, who died on March 30, at the age of 79. According to the BBC, Ramone had been in hospital for some time, suffering from an aortic aneurysm.
The multiple Grammy-winning record producer Phil Ramone worked with some of the biggest names in pop and rock history, including Bono, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.
Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said: “Phil was a great person and a good friend. He was an exceptional music man from his earliest years when he was a child prodigy. In an industry filled with intensity and ego, Phil stood out as a warm, compassionate, centered and unassuming human being. He loved people and loved the industry. While mostly gentlemanly and low key, you could see his passion and love of music, and his perfectionism in producing and creating it. We have lost a giant.”
Paul McCartney said in a statement on his website: "Phil was a great friend of mine for many years. We first worked together when I recorded 'Another Day' in New York at A & R Studios. He was a very sweet man who combined this with expert knowledge of both engineering and production. I'll always remember him as a great friend that I knew, loved and admired over the many years that we worked and played together."
Tony Bennett used Facebook to say: "Phil Ramone was a lovely person and a very gifted musician and producer... it was a joy to have him work with me."
Gloria Estefan tweeted: "Sending prayers & good thoughts 2 the loved ones of our dear friend & colleague, the unequalled Phil Ramone. RIP friend, we will miss u always!"
Julian Lennon tweeted Twitter, saying he was "deeply saddened to hear the news of my dear friend & first-ever producer, Phil Ramone's passing."
Rob Thomas also used Twitter to say: “R.I.P. #PHILRAMONE we have lost one of music’s greatest producers. a true pioneer and a great man.”
Time magazine is famous for publishing its annual Time 100 issue, which pays homage to a variety of luminaries from different industries that the magazine names “the most influential people in the world.” Now, the magazine is letting readers vote on who they think should make this year’s top 100, and when it comes to musicians, David Bowie is among the candidates.
Bowie is really the only rocker in the running, as the rest of the nominees from the music industry include Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, PSY and Sharon Jones.
Celebrities outside of the music world up for the honors include Pope Francis, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ben Affleck, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino, Jon Hamm and Paula Deen, among others. Voting runs through April 12, and the top 100 will be announced on April 18.
What musician do you think should make Time’s list someday? Let us know your picks in the comments section!
Toto, the legendary band made up of legendary session players like the legendary Steve Lukather, will celebrate their 35th anniversary of being legends with a series of European and US dates beginning in May.
Get this: over the course of their career, the members of Toto have appeared on over 5,000 albums. They got together as a band in 1976 and hit the big time in 1978 with Hold The Line, following that up with a nearly decade-long run of hit singles including Rosanna, Africa, 99, I Won't Hold You Back and I'll Be Over You.
Toto has had a few line-up changes over the years but the current touring incarnation includes original members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro, as well as on-again/off-again vocalist Joseph Williams, vocalists Jenny Douglas-McRae and Mabvuto Carpenter, and bassist Nathan East.
Ah but there's a catch: if you're in the U.K. you'd better plan a trip across the Channel in order to catch this tour. As the band says: "We want to inform everyone that we will unfortunately not be performing in the U.K. on our upcoming European Tour. It was simply not logistically feasible as the proper venue in London was unavailable at the necessary time. We adore all of our fans in the U.K., and will miss seeing you this summer. Rest assured, we will be back in the UK in 2014 and look forward to seeing our loving fans at additional shows on the upcoming summer tour!"
Richie Sambora won’t be present for the current leg of Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can” tour. The band posted the news on their website late yesterday (April 2), saying the guitarist’s absence was “due to personal issues” and that all shows will go on as scheduled.
Fan comments on BonJovi.com were mostly supportive. Typical was the reaction from “Stevie Kendrick,” who wrote, “I understand some of you are upset about Richie not being there and wanting refunds and all that jazz. However, shouldn't you be supporting the band in a time of need? As fans shouldn't we come together and support the band we love? Sending good thoughts and prayers to Richie and the Sambora family.” Hours before the announcement, Sambora tweeted that he was watching cover videos of a song from his recent solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown. Bon Jovi performs in Edmonton, Canada tonight (April 3). The current leg of the tour wraps up April 25 in San Jose, California.
Dave Grohl has revealed that his favorite David Bowie album is … drum roll, please: Let’s Dance. As reported by NME.com, the Foo Fighters frontman told BBC6 Music the 1983 Bowie album is especially conducive to “air drumming.” “People will think I'm crazy for this, as there are a lot of Bowie eras and they're all great, but I really like the Let's Dance period,” Grohl said. “Because, as a drummer, that's one of the best air drumming albums of all time.” Grohl later added: "I can appreciate technical drumming, sure. But to me there's nothing better than being in a bar full of people dancing and air drumming when none of them know how to play the drums. [Let’s Dance] and Back In Black — anyone will air drum to those albums." Let’s Dance remains Bowie’ most commercially successful album. The LP is notable for helping launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played guitar on several tracks.
The Rolling Stones have announced specific dates and locales for their “50 and Counting” North American tour. The trek will begin in early May in California, and includes stops at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Oakland and the United Center in Chicago. As reported by Billboard.com, tour promoter AEG Live says 18 Stones shows are in the works, with just nine announced thus far. Notably absent from the current schedule are New York, Texas and the southeastern U.S., although that could change as more dates are added. Following the North American tour, the Stones will take their live show overseas. The veteran rockers will headline the Glastonbury Festival on June 29, followed by two dates at London’s Hyde Park on July 6 and 13.
The Beatles’ stripped-down version of their Let It Be album – shorn of Phil Spector’s lavish orchestration – is now available for purchase on iTunes. First released in 2003, Let It Be… Naked features the same songs as the 1970 album, minus Spector’s controversial overdubs. The iTunes version includes all the original booklet art and linter notes, plus 20 minutes of studio banter from the 1969 sessions. Music videos for the “Naked” versions of “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” are included as bonuses as well. In the wake of Let It Be… Naked’s original 2003 release, Paul McCartney commented that the new edition was a more accurate representation of The Beatles than the 1970 version. “If we’d had today’s technology back then, it would sound like this because this is the noise we made in the studio,” said McCartney. “It’s all exactly as it was in the room.”
Producer Phil Ramone has passed away at the age of 79. Ramone had been hospitalized in New York since late February with an aortic aneurysm, according to Billboard . With 50 years in the business, Ramone worked with Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles, to mention just a few. Nicknamed “Pope of Pop, “ Ramone won a total of 14 Grammy Awards.
One of Phil Ramone's pioneering achievements was using a fiber optics system which allowed artists to record a song from different studios. Ramone employed this technique when recording Frank Sinatra's Duets and Duets II albums.
Many artists have shared their condolences upon hearing of Phil Ramone's passing. Rolling Stone quote Elton John describing Ramone as: “a friend, a musical genius and the most lovable person. It was a thrill for me to have worked with Phil, and I have so many wonderful memories.”
Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins have been selected to induct Rush in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The event is set to take place in Los Angeles on April 18. The induction of Rush is way overdue, since the Canadian power trio have been eligible since 1999.
It is not yet known if Grohl and Hawkins will get up on stage and jam with Rush, but it is certainly not out of the question. Joel Peresman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO, said of the possibility of a jam session: “I’m hopeful. More than a few times in the past, people have got caught in the moment and decide to perform. That’s what happened last year with Green Day — they were just there to present an award to Guns N’Roses, and after hanging around rehearsals, they decided to play.”
Performances that are already set include John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., who will perform in honor of Albert King. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains will perform with inductees Heart.
Kurt Cobain, the legendary frontman of ‘90s grunge band Nirvana, took his own life in his Seattle-area home 19 years ago this Friday (April 5). He was just 27.
On this anniversary week, we recall the impact he had on popular music via some choice quotes:
On being a “Sub Pop” band before signing to DGC for Nevermind, as told to Dirt in 1990.
Well, when someone walks up to me and says, “You’re my favorite Sub Pop band,” I think -- geez, we're you're favorite out of five bands? What about the rest of the country? I don't know. It just scares me. I wonder whether they like us because we’re a Sub Pop band or because we're ourselves.
What's alternative? What's counterculture? What's cool? Who knows? Who cares? If chasing cool is important to you, you're an idiot! What can you say about people who wait to be told what to like, what to do and how to do it? It's like apathy in action… Look at the mediocrity and blatantly unacceptable stuff we do to each other and the planet. Look at what we accept in our lives by just saying it's out of our control, we can't do anything about it, and it's not our fault. I'm not into ambition or salesmanship, we're not some new trend. We never meant or tried to be cool, or be a “buzz” band. It never even entered our minds.
I think we’ve been focusing on dynamics a lot more on this record [Nevermind]. With the Bleach album, everything was just straight ahead and simple, and it becomes boring to play that kind of music all the time so we decided to break things down without songs. I mean, we showed signs of doing that on Bleach, but I think we’re way more focused now with both of the elements of soft and pretty and hard and aggressive.
On MTV thinking Nirvana is a metal band, as told to Guitar World in 1992:
That’s fine; let them be fooled! I don’t have anything against “Headbanger’s Ball,” but it’s strange to see our faces on MTV.
There’s nothing better than having a baby. I’ve always loved children. I used to work summers at the YMCA and be in charge of like 30 preschool kids. I knew that when I had a child, I’d be overwhelmed and it’s true . . . I can't tell you how much my attitude has changed since we've got Frances. Holding my baby is the best drug in the world.
On not wanting to be in the limelight, as told to Rolling Stone in 1994:
I never wanted to sing. I just wanted to play rhythm guitar – hide in the back and just play. But during those high-school years when I was playing guitar in my bedroom, I at least had the intuition that I had to write my own songs.
I don't understand anything technical about music at all. I don't understand any of it, why you can’t put these sounds together with those sounds. I only know what sounds good to us. I, or we as a band, never really copied anybody or spent time learning other people's songs. We were never good enough or had the patience to do it! So we put that energy into putting our own stuff together. We’re from the learn-as-you-play school. We’re still in it… I don't want to mention favorite poets, what few I have, because I think that world should be discovered by you alone. Besides, few contemporary poets do much for me.
On how much it cost to record Nevermind, as told to Guitar World in 1992:
[Laughs] I don’t remember, I’ve got Alzheimer’s. Please, don’t ask how much our video cost; that’s a hell of an embarrassment. We definitely could have used some film student, who would’ve done just as good of a job.
I guess I must have quit the band about 10 different times in the last year. I’d tell my manager or the band, but most of the time I would just stand up and say to Courtney, “OK, this is it.” But it would blow over in a day or two. . . . The music is usually what brings me back. The biggest thing that affected me was all the insane rumors, the heroin rumors . . . all this speculation going on. I felt totally violated. I never realized that my private life would be such an issue.
On digging “Drain You” more than “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as told to Rolling Stone in 1994:
Everyone has focused on that song [“Smells Like Teen Spirit”] so much. The reason it gets a big reaction is people have seen it on MTV a million times. It's been pounded into their brains. But I think there are so many other songs that I've written that are as good, if not better, than that song, like “Drain You.” That's definitely as good as “Teen Spirit.” I love the lyrics, and I never get tired of playing it. Maybe if it was as big as “Teen Spirit,” I wouldn't like it as much.
But I can barely, especially on a bad night like tonight, get through “Teen Spirit.” I literally want to throw my guitar down and walk away. I can't pretend to have a good time playing it.
As reported by OK Magazine, the hook-up occurred at the city’s Ambassador Theatre in London during a concert staged by McCartney’s son, James.
Wood accompanied the younger McCartney on guitar throughout the set, while at one point James’ famous Dad surprised everyone by leaping onstage to play piano during one song. After wrapping up his performance cameo, Sir Paul rejoined the audience, which included his daughters, Stella and Mary, and his wife, Nancy.
In other McCartney news, the former Beatle recently announced that a live version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” – originally circulated as a radio promo single in 1976 – will be released on 12-inch vinyl for Record Store Day on April 20.
Bon Jovi fans who tune into the Discovery Channel’s upcoming seven-part “North America” series are in for a sweet surprise, as the rocker’s track “Army of One” has been selected to be the theme music for the show.
“Bon Jovi’s ‘Army of One’ captures the daring, wild spirit of Discovery’s upcoming landmark television event that presents our homeland as an extreme world all within one continent," said Eileen O'Neill, group president of Discovery Channel and TLC, in an official statement.
“Army of One” appears on Bon Jovi’s latest full-length, What About Now. The series, which actor Tom Selleck will narrate, premieres on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. ET/PT on May 19.