Thursday, April 24th
PETER FRAMPTON ANNOUNCES US TOUR AND NEW ALBUM
Peter Frampton just announced that he will be releasing his 15th studio album on June 24th. The effort will be called Hummingbird In A Box. Frampton drew his inspiration for this album from his recent experience with the Cincinnati Ballet, where his music was featured in one of their productions. On top of releasing new music, Frampton will be heading out on tour this summer along with the Doobie Brothers for certain dates. The tour kicks off on June 22nd in Cincinnati, Ohio and will go through August.
ROBERT PLANT SAYS WE’LL NEVER SEE LED ZEPPELIN PERFORM AGAIN
Robert Plant just crushed all of our hopes and dreams by saying that there is “zero” chance of Led Zeppelin performing another reunion show. This news came to light during an interview highlighting the band’s three reissues, which will be released on June 2nd.
‘QUADROPHENIA’ CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
In honor of The Who’s upcoming 50th anniversary as well as the 50th anniversary of the Brighton Beach battle which inspired Quadrophenia , England’s University of Sussex, will be holding a conference in July to examine both the album and the film. The weekend-long symposium will take place July 10th through 12th and will tackle topics such as “the Post-1960s Mod Diaspora,” and, “the sea and the scooter in Quadrophenia.” Director Franc Roddam is scheduled to make an appearance. According to Rolling Stone, Pete Townshend has been invited and voiced his support of the event but is unlikely to attend.
JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO TALK LOVE IN NEW ANIMATED CLIP
PBS’ Blank on Blank series brought animated life to a set of interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted between 1969 and 1972 with Howard Smith. In the episode entitled, “John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Love,” Lennon and Ono open up about their relationship, talking about their decision to get married, their love for TV and much more. Blank on Blank has also animated interviews with Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and many more musicians.
Wednesday, April 23rd
MORE CLEARLY CLASSIC STONES TITLES TO BE RELEASED FROM ABKCO
It has just been announced that ABKCO will be rolling out three significant additions to their Rolling Stones“Clearly Classic” vinyl series. The Stones’ Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert, 12 X 5 and Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), will be reissued on clear 180-gram vinyl on May 6th. ABKCO launched this effort last year by reissuing Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed and Hot Rocks: 1964-1971.
PHIL COLLEN TEACHES MASTER CLASS AT A PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
The students at Orange County High School for the Arts in Santa Ana, California got a real treat when Def Leppard’s Phil Collen paid a special visit to teach a master class for the aspiring artists. Collen participated in an interview as well as a discussion highlighting his guitar work. The students then surprised the guitarist with their own renditions of four Def Leppard classics, “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” “Hysteria,” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Collen then stayed on stage an hour after the master class’ end to sign autographs and take pictures with the students.
GREGG ALLMAN CANCELS TOUR DATES DUE TO BROKEN WRIST
History repeats itself for Gregg Allman as another health issue has forced the musician to cancel tour dates for the second time in a month. Jambase is reporting that Allman broke his wrist prior to embarking on the current tour and tried to play through the pain, which only made his condition worse and left him with no other option, but to cancel his Australian dates and return to the US for treatment. Last month during the Allman Brothers Band’s residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre the final four shows had to be postponed due to Allman’s bronchitis diagnosis. Those dates have yet to be rescheduled.
MOTLEY CRUE’S VINCE NEIL IS NOW A PART OWNER OF AN AFL TEAM
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that Vince Neil of Motley Crue has taken on a new venture and has become part owner of the Jacksonville Sharks in the Arena Football League. The Crue singer has been quoted saying, “It’s a great action sport growing in popularity with every game. There are some incredible players. I love the game.”
· TIDBIT: Vince Neil isn’t the first rocker to do business with the AFL, KISS own an arena football team called the LA KISS.