Friday, March 7th
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On March 7th, 1970, Simon and Garfunkel’s album Bridge Over Troubled Water started a ten week run at number one on the U-S chart. The duo had split up by the time of its release and they had been together for some time.
Decades later, in 2010, Bret Michaels found himself explaining his new song, “Nothin’ to Lose,” which features Miley Cyrus singing about slowly getting undressed.
Then, in 2012, sales of Monkees albums soared after the death of singer Davy Jones. The 2003 set Best of The Monkees even re-entered the Billboard album chart at number 20.
QUEEN ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH ADAM LAMBERT ON VOCALS
Queen has announced plans to tour the U-S with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert on vocals. The group, which includes original guitarist Brian May and original drummer Roger Taylor, kick off their tour in Chicago on June 19th and will play 19 shows in total before wrapping on July 20th in Washington DC. Tickets go on sale on March 14th
OZZY WANTS TO DO ANOTHER SOLO ALBUM
Things are going pretty well for Black Sabbath right now, but that’s not all that singer Ozzy Osbourne is thinking about. It turns out the Prince of Darkness has his eyes on another solo effort. His guitarist, Gus G, revealed the news to Noisefull.com, saying, “Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that’s for sure. As far as I know he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don’t know when he will finish them, if he’ll do them and if I’m going to be a part in it, but I certainly know that he wants to do one more solo album.” Gus went on to say he doesn’t know when a solo album will happen.
SABBATH BOX SET COMING OUT
Need a gift for that Black Sabbath fan in your life? Well you’re in luck! The band will release an eight-disc box set featuring all the albums they recorded for Warner Bros. Records in the ‘70s. It’s aptly called Black Sabbath: Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978) and includes their self-titled debut, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die. It hits shelves on April 15th.
BOWIE OFFERS TO HELP BACK-UP SINGER
This year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary was 20 Feet from Stardom, which tells the story of some of music’s most prolific back-up singers. Now, one star of the film says David Bowie reached out to her to write new music with her. Claudia Lennear, who was romantically linked to the singer in the ‘70s, told the New York Post that the Thin White Duke called her “out of the blue” to offer his services. She explained, “He told me he wanted to write my next project,” adding that she will “definitely hold David to his promise.”
STONES DO SOMETHING THEY HAVEN’T DONE IN 40 YEARS
The Rolling Stones are currently touring in Asia and at their Tokyo show this week they did something they haven’t done in over 40 years. At the gig, the band performed the rarely heard song “Silver Train” off their 1973 album Goats Head Soup. The track was picked by fans who used social media to nominate a song for the band to play. Because the vote was so close, the group also played the runner-up, “You Got Me Rocking” off 1994’s Voodoo Lounge. Fan-filmed footage of the performance is available online.
SCHOOL SENDS KIDS HOME FOR DRESSING AS KISS
Four rock-loving high school students decided to dress up as the members of their favorite band, Kiss, as part of their school’s Senior Celebrity Day, but they were sent home for coming in full regalia, including make-up. The kids were told their costumes were not appropriate since they posed a security risk because their faces were unrecognizable. While the students offered to wear name tags or their school IDs, administrators weren’t having any of it. Instead, the students went to their local IHOP where they were mistaken for the real band and asked to sign autographs. One of the student’s moms, who supports her son, tweeted the story to bassist Gene Simmons, who took note and retweeted her so the world can learn about the kids.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS’ SET LIST
The Allman Brothers Band kick off their annual residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Friday night (3/7). The band is performing 10 shows at the iconic venue this year, each of them different than the last. Singer Gregg Allman explained that they do that by creating a unique set list. He spoke to us about when they devise it.
“We do it like a day ahead of time because it’s… I tell ya, a set list, it might sound like something real trite but it will make or break ya. It decides the flow of the whole night. Like the difference between our first night this year at the Beacon and the second night is quite a bit of difference and I think it’s all, you can contribute it all to the set list.”
Get all the band’s dates at AllmanBrothersBand.com.
FLEA VOICING CHARACTER ON DISNEY JUNIOR SHOW
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are working on new music, and it just might feature bassist Flea singing back-up, but that’s not all the rocker is lending his voice to. Flea will voice a character on the Disney Junior channelcartoon Sheriff Callie’s Wild West. On the Western-themed show for pre-schoolers, Flea will play a lactose-stealing cat aptly named “Milk Bandit.” It airs on Friday (3/7) at 9 AM Eastern on Disney Junior.
Thursday, March 6th
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On March 6th, 1976, Fleetwood Mac released the Stevie Nicks-penned single “Rhiannon.”
Then, in 1989, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler became a father for the third time when his daughter, Chelsea Anne Tyler was born.
And in 2004, David Crosby was arrested for leaving a bag of marijuana, a knife and a loaded gun in a hotel room in New York.
EXCLUSIVE: LITTLE CHANCE FOR NEW MUSIC FROM MOTLEY CRUE
Last month, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx said that the band wouldn’t be releasing another album, but that they had new music and planned to find another way to get it to their fans. However, when we asked guitarist Mick Mars if the music was still coming out, here’s what he told us.
“I don’t know. I would say it’s not impossible but the possibility is pretty remote. That’s the best I can do with it.”
Motley Crue will likely be too busy focusing on their farewell tour, which runs through 2015, after which the band will never tour again. They even put that in writing, signing a legally-binding Cessation of Touring agreement. It turns out, that document is no joke. Mick told us what happens if they were to break it.
“Definitely some big time lawsuits and suing and litigations and all sorts of stuff would be going on, but it won’t happen with me because I’m done.”
The band’s farewell trek begins on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Get all their dates at Motley.com.
BOSTON ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR
Boston have announced their first tour since 2012. The trek, which supports the group’s latest album, Life, Love & Hope, kicks off on June 5th in Hollywood, Florida and runs through mid-August. It’s called the Heaven on Earth Tour and you can learn more about it at BostonBand.com.
MORE DETAILS ON CALIFORNIA BREED’S DEBUT
Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham recently announced their new joint project, California Breed, and they’ve now revealed the details of their self-titled debut album. The set, which also features 23-year-old singer Andrew Watt, boasts a dozen songs with titles like “The Way,” “Sweet Tea,” “Chemical Rain,” “Spit You Out,” “Scars” and “Breathe.” It hits shelves on May 19th and you can stay up to date at CaliforniaBreed.com.
MEGADETH HEADING OUT ON WORLD TOUR
Megadeth have announced a massive world tour. The trek, which begins on April 17th in Las Vegas, will see the band hit 25 countries across four continents. It runs through August and you can find out when the group will be playing near you at Megadeth.com.
BUY THE PIANO “IMAGINE” AND “HELP” WERE WRITTEN ON
If John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney play on an instrument, that instrument’s value increases. Well now going up for bids is not just a piano the two previously used, it’s the one that Paul composed “Yesterday” on. The 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand was also what the Beatles used to compose “Help.” The director of Help! the film is selling the instrument, which has been valued at about 84-thousand dollars. It goes up for bids on March 20th in Liverpool.
DAVID GILMOUR IS NOT SATISFIED
On Thursday (3/6), Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour turns 68 years old. During his lifetime, he’s made some amazing music, but Gilmour doesn’t think it was amazing enough. He explained his feelings to us.
“One’s never satisfied. I think if you live some sort of artistic life then I don’t think you ever sort of achieve what you wanted to or maybe should have done, but overall, one couldn’t be to discontent. You always think there’s better. There’s more, better stuff you could do, and that you should do. I always think I should work a lot harder and that I’m a lazy scumbag.”
None of his fans think David is a lazy scumbag and you can hear why by picking up the Immersion Editionsof Pink Floyd’s albums that came out a couple years ago. Learn more at WhyPinkFloyd.com and stay up to date with David at DavidGilmour.com.
SEE AND HEAR SOME VINTAGE METALLICA FOOTAGE
Metallica fans have at least a couple years to wait before getting new music, but the band is sharing some archival footage to help with that wait. The group went into their vault and released vintage concert recordings from a 1986 gig in London, which is now available as a free MP3 download at LiveMetallica.com. The show supported Master of Puppets so it includes hits from that effort as well as some classic songs. In addition, the band posted video clips from 2008 surrounding the release of their last album, Death Magnetic. Stay up to date at Metallica.com.
COBAIN ROOMMATE’S CRAIGSLIST AD A HOAX
In some not-so-surprising news, that Craigslist ad purporting to be from a former roommate of Kurt Cobain selling the Nirvana frontman’s old stuff is actually a hoax. The man behind it is Derek Erdman, the receptionist at Sub Pop Records, who explained he put the ad up while procrastinating then later did an interview with Canada’s CBC radio about it and things snowballed from there. Derek admitted to Revolt.tv that he doesn’t own any of the items he listed in ad, which is probably heartbreaking news to the many collectors who emailed him.
IAN ANDERSON TALKS MORE ABOUT UPCOMING ALBUM, TOUR
In 2012, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick 2, the sequel to the band’s hit 1972 concept album, Thick as a Brick, and in April, the prog rocker will be using characters from the story for his next album, Homo Erraticus. It should be noted that the upcoming record is not a third part in the series, as Ian explained to us (AUDIO). After releasing Thick as a Brick 2, Ian toured the world, playing both TaaB albums in their entirety, and he’s planning to perform the new effort live as well. However, there won’t ever be a time where he does all three at once, and there probably won’t be another time he plays a full album live either. For now, pick up Homo Erraticus next month and head to JethroTull.com to see all of Ian’s live dates.
PAUL STANLEY: ACE “THREW AWAY” INCREDIBLE TALENT
Next month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is probably going to be a little awkward for the past and current members of Kiss. The band, which is being inducted this year, has decided not to perform with any members, current or former, which has upset original members like guitarist Ace Frehley, who departed the band in 2002. Now, singer Paul Stanley is talking about Ace, telling Guitar World magazine, “What we had at the beginning was magical… Ace and I played great together, but in my mind it’s a crime what Ace did: He threw away incredible potential and talent.” Paul added that Ace was amazing when the band first started, but Frehley “stopped practicing. He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft.”
NEIL YOUNG FINALLY RE-RELEASING TIME FADES AWAY
Back in 1973, Neil Young released his first live album, Time Fades Away, but it’s been out of print for years after the singer called it “a total joke” and “the worst record I ever made” in 1987. However, next month, it will finally be re-released, but only on vinyl and only as part of a box set that also includes On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night and Zuma. It’s part of Record Store Day so it will be available on that special day – April 19th.