Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Grandmothers Of Invention's US Tour To Begin April

Three former members of the Mothers of Invention are playing a series of selected concerts as The Grandmothers of Invention starting in April. The group recently performed to wildly enthusiastic audiences in Europe and now plan to bring their show to the US shores.

“This is going to be the most exciting tour of my entire career!” Don Preston says.

The Grandmothers of Invention, showcasing the talents of Mothers of Invention/Zappa alumni, features Napoleon Murphy Brock (MOI member 1974-1984) on lead vocals, tenor sax, woodwinds and dancing; Don Preston (MOI member 1966-1974) on vocals, keyboards and transformations; and Tom Fowler (MOI member 1973-1978) on bass and chair dancing.

The band also includes Chris Garcia on drums, percussion, marimba and vocals; Miroslav Tadic on electric guitar (from April 24 thru May 2); and Robbie Seahag Mangano on electric guitar (from May 3 thru May 15).

The Grandmothers of Invention indulge audiences with virtuosic playing, bizarre humor and many Zappa/Mothers compositions. Get ready to hear such Zappa penned classics as “I Am The Slime,” “Muffin Man,” “Florentine Pogen,” “Andy,” “Trouble Everyday,” “Village Of The Sun” and many, many more.

“Once again, after all of these years, be able to witness this music preformed as it was intended,” says Napoleon Murphy Brock.

The Grandmothers of Invention tour dates:

Apr-24 – Stubbs – Austin, TX
Apr-26 – Tipitinas @ at French Qrtr – New Orleans, LA
Apr-27 – Smith's – Atlanta, GA
Apr-28 – Cat's Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Apr-30 – Ramshead – Annapolis, MD
May-01 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
May-02 – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
May-03 – Iridium – New York, NY (2 shows)
May-04 – Iridium – New York, NY (2 shows)
May-05 – World Cafe Live – Wilmington, DE
May-06 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
May-08 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
May-09 – Magic Bag – Detroit, MI
May-10 – Martyrs – Chicago, IL
May-11 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
May-12 – Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
May-13 – Denver CO or Boulder CO
May-15 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT

For more information, go to www.grandmothersofinvention.com

Friday, March 30, 2012

Roger Hodgson Says Door 'Closed' On Supertramp Reunion

Former Supertramp co-frontman Roger Hodgson has taken the long way to his first full-scale U.S. tour, the occupational hazard of being in a "faceless" band better known for its songs than its individual members.

"The name Roger Hodgson is not particularly well-known," Hodgson, in the midst of a massive world tour that stretches into November, told Billboard.com. "When I left the band (in 1983) I hadn't done anything to kind of get an identity for myself; it was really only die-hard fans who knew my name."

Hodgson credits his agent with the tour title, which he says "is working. It connects the dots for people that I was the guy who sang those songs -- 'The Logical Song,' 'Breakfast in America,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' 'Dreamer.' People everywhere know my voice, know the songs, the songs are still played all over the radio, yet you say Roger Hodgson and they say 'Roger who?' That's been the hardest job, to tell the truth."

Hodgson has done some of that work already in Europe and Canada, where he's been touring regularly. The latter also spawned the DVD Take The Long Way Home: Live in Montreal, which Hodgson has also released as a digital album called Classics Live.

"I feel like now people, or at least more people, know the name and associate my songs with the name, which is great. But it's still got a ways to go in America," Hodgson notes. "I'm very fortunate to have a wealth of material now that people that people have a deep relationship with. And the greatest thing for me as an artist is I never get tired of singing these songs. They really do have an evergreen quality. I would never have known they'd stand the best of time so well."

The Breakfast In America tour title, however, should not indicate that Hodgson will be playing that album in its entirety. When Hodgson left Supertramp he and co-founder Rick Davies agreed that they'd not perform each other's material in subsequent performances -- and Hodgson has been openly critical of Davies for violating the understanding.

There were overtures about reuniting in 2010 for the 40th anniversary of Supertramp's first album, but Hodgson says that "unfortunately the door was closed there. Nothing came of it." He adds that "all's quiet on the Western front right now. That was probably the last opportunity for us to do anything together again. And to tell you the truth, I've been very, very happy doing what I do. I feel like I'm able to give what I want to give in my shows, but I know there's certain magic and mystique and a lot of memories connected to the name. I gave it my best shot."

Hodgson -- whose last studio album, Open The Door, came out in 2000 -- continues to write new music as well and says "I always have a backlog of material, 60 or 70 songs." What will happen with them, however, is up in the air. "Unfortunately, I don't have time to make an album nowadays," he says. "I try to get music out by playing it live and create ways for fans to get ahold of it and pass it around. So I'm contemplating what to do with (the songs). There are some really good ones, I think. At some point I'll put them out."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Aerosmith's New Album Brings "A Little Of 1975 Back"

Aerosmith say they are bringing "a little of 1975 back" on a long-delayed album of new material to be released this summer to coincide with a U.S. tour.

The band said they were working on finishing up the album - the first of new material since 2001's Just Push Play - ahead of the tour, but kept the title under wraps.

"The camaraderie's there, there's some songs that are new rock, and old rock and middle-of-the-road rock, and blues, piano. Joe Perry singing a couple of songs, I'm playing the drums, Joey sings, just all kinds of stuff," frontman Steven Tyler told Reuters.

Aerosmith, whose previous attempts to make a new album were dogged by a litany of health problems and internal strife, say they have been working with their long-time producer Jack Douglas.

The band will kick off their North American Global Warming Tour on June 16 in Minneapolis, playing 18 cities from Toronto to Oakland, California and Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets go on sale from Friday.

"You're going to get some new songs from the new album and some old songs from the old albums and you're going to get new us and old us, and we're just going to go out and rock your world," Tyler, 64, told Reuters.

The volatile singer and "American Idol" judge was greeted by dozens of fans as the band swept into a Los Angeles news conference in flamboyant fashion - Tyler on a motorbike, drummer Joey Kramer in a white Lamborghini, guitarist Joe Perry in a taxi and bassist Tom Hamilton in a rickshaw. Guitarist Brad Whitford is currently on tour with another band.

"We've been known to set the world on fire with our type of music...so we decided to call this The Global Warming Tour," Tyler told journalists.

But they said playing at home was the biggest thrill.

"Coming back to American fans, that's my favorite part, because being on stage and getting the response that we're going to get hopefully from these new songs from American fans is something I really look forward to and something that has always held us together," said Kramer.

Aerosmith's last North American tour, in 2009, had to be scrapped midway through after Tyler, who had a history of drug addiction, fell off the stage and broke his shoulder. He later entered rehab for addiction to prescription painkillers.

Last year, he fell in the shower during Aerosmith's South American tour after passing out with stomach flu, but was back performing two days later.

"I'm going to be in a sling all night to hold me up!" Tyler joked on Wednesday of the upcoming gigs.

"It's all ludicrous, we've played...almost 5000 times now. I've fallen of the stage four times, so it's alright, it gets a lot of press...I'm just an overactive kid that gets into a lot of trouble. Let's wait to see what happens next," he said.

Tyler's decision in 2010 to join American Idol as a judge ruffled some feathers among his bandmates. But Tyler said his role on the TV singing contest had brought Aerosmith a whole new audience.

"The music that we write, fortunately it's been seductive to all genres of people. There's going to be kids who are going to get introduced to Aerosmith all over again, and there's a bunch of new music that we're taking a risk and putting out. It's kind of futuristic rock, all the way across the board, we're just good for that," said the rocker.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

KISS Needs A Roadie -- And Wants To Hire A Veteran

KISS, who will tour with Motley Crue this summer, has pledged to hire a veteran to work as a roadie.

The band have been long-time supporters of the U.S. military, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project. Watch their troop salute here.

They're participating in Hiring our Heroes to give a job to a touring set carpenter who will travel with the band from July 14 through Sept. 25.

The lucky veteran who gets the gig will be part of the team that assembles the KISS stage set, helps run effects during the show and takes down the set afterwards. Applicants do not need to be a trained carpenter, but will work long hours.

To apply for this job, send an email to hiringourheroes@uschamber.com with your resume and contact details

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

U.S. singer-songwriter Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to a message posted by his longtime friend Bootsy Collins on Facebook.

Funk bassist Collins said he had spoken to the soul musician over the weekend.

"He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers," Collins wrote. "Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up."

Representatives for Womack could not immediately be reached for comment.

Womack, 68, was rushed to hospital in Houston, Texas earlier this month due to severe shortness of breath, and was scheduled to undergo "a minor heart procedure".

His best-known songs as a vocalist include "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "If You Think You're Lonely Now", and he also wrote hits for many other acts.

Womack's "It's All Over Now," which the Rolling Stones covered in 1964, gave the rock band its first British number one.

In 2010, Womack collaborated with British band Gorillaz on their album Plastic Beach; a new studio album, The Bravest Man in the Universe is scheduled for release in June.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Aerosmith Announce Global Warming Tour

Aerosmith is coming home. After a brief but explosive trek through South America and Japan last year, the veteran rock band will play arenas throughout America in the Global Warming Tour this summer, promoter LiveNation announced.

Beginning June 16 in Minneapolis, the "Walk This Way" rockers will make their way through large markets including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. They play their hometown of Boston on July 17 and wrap the tour in Tacoma, Wash. on August 8.

"The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers," Steven Tyler says. Joe Perry adds, "Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long."

Tickets go on sale March 30 and 31 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Cheap Trick, no stranger to playing arenas in their nearly 40-year history, will open the shows.

Aerosmith, who are in their 42nd year, toured Latin America and Japan late last year on the Back on the Road Tour. A show in Paraguay had to be postponed in October after Tyler suffered injuries after falling in a hotel bathroom, cutting his face and losing two teeth. The lead singer is currently busy with American Idol, where he is a judge.

"After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans," bassist Tom Hamilton says. "We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio. Can't wait to get to Minneapolis!"

Global Warming Tour Dates:

June
16 -- Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
19 -- Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
22 -- Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
27 -- Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)

July
1 -- Uniondale, NY (Nassau Coliseum)
3 -- Bristow, Va. (Jiffy Lube Live)
5 -- Detroit, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
7 -- Milwaukee, Wis. (Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest)
17 -- Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
21 -- Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Center)
24 -- East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)
26 -- Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
28 -- Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
30 -- Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)

August
1 -- Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Center)
4 -- Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
6 -- Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Bowl)
8 -- Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rolling Stones Documentary To Trace Band's Evolution From 1963

Inn celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing a groundbreaking and eye-opening documentary, featuring remarkable revelations from the world’s most legendary band.

This is the first film to ever trace the evolution of the Rolling Stones’ from 1963, making it the ultimate Stones experience. The film, still untitled at press time, will be showcased in September as part of the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary celebrations.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Rolling Stones and help to bring this extraordinary documentary film to millions of fans,” said Terry Shand, Eagle Rock chairman and CEO.

The film is a cinematic journey through the incredible eye of director Brett Morgen, capturing hours of never-before-seen footage in a rare, uncensored format that reveals the band’s vivid stories told through their eyes and their voices. With paramount access to the band and their materials retrieved from vaults and personal archives, Morgen captures astonishing new interviews and footage.

“For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones,” said Morgen, an Academy Award nominee who is known for esteemed work on The Kid Stays in the Picture among many other projects. “The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band.”

Fans go on the road, in the studio, behind the scenes, and witness each band member’s personal, unfiltered perspective on the legendary life of the Rolling Stones – embarking on a journey through 50 years of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

The film is executive produced by the Rolling Stones, produced by Victoria Pearman, co-produced by Morgan Neville and directed by Brett Morgen.

It has previously been announced that Thames & Hudson will release the only official and authorized book The Rolling Stones: 50 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary on July 12.

The book has been possible by privileged access to superb reportage photography from the Daily Mirror’s archive, the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography, most of it hitherto unseen. This photographic autobiography features images selected by the band accompanied by their own words.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Joe Walsh In Studio With James Gang

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Joe Walsh is currently holed up in a Cleveland-area recording studio working with his James Gang band mates on new recordings of their well-known classics.

Regular reports are being posted on the Facebook page for Lava Room Recording, which is ground zero for the recording sessions featuring Walsh, bassist Dale Peters and drummer Jimmy Fox.

Longtime Walsh associate, drummer Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Walsh, The Eagles) is set to add percussion to the recordings.

Another Walsh compadre, Cleveland favorite Michael Stanley, will be in studio to add background vocals to “a couple other songs.” Stanley recently wrapped up his latest solo album with Szymczyk at the helm.

The sessions sound like they’re already memorable as the report says “the studio is jammed with talent and a fountain of incredible stories pass back and forth through the halls as the guys walk in and out of the rooms.”

While they’re currently dusting off old favorites (most likely for licensing purposes), it would seem possible (we’re speculating and daydreaming here) that the sessions could help to provide a spark for possible new material from the group.

Walsh expressed his desire last year to collaborate with his old mates, saying, “We [The James Gang] should record at least four things playing the way that we used to.”

Reunion shows would be welcomed from the group, who have played only a handful of reunion shows together in recent years since Walsh originally parted ways with them in the 1970s.

Meanwhile, Analog Man, Walsh's first solo album in 20 years, has been confirmed for a June 5 release. The title track for the album is out now and can be heard at Joe Walsh's web site.

The guitarist will also be joining the Eagles for shows this year as the band celebrates their 40th anniversary.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

KISS And Mötley Crüe Announce Summer Tour

KISS and Mötley Crüe are uniting to launch The Tour of 2012, covering 40+ cities nationwide starting July 20th. The Live Nation promoted tour will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23rd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Both bands will have fan club pre-sales beginning Wednesday, March 21st at 10:00 AM.

With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and Mötley Crüe each plan to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with impressive lighting, sound production and over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and Mötley Crüe will share a stage since 1982.

For tickets & VIP packages, including opportunities to meet KISS and Mötley Crüe, visit www.KISSonline.com or www.Motley.com.

The Tour dates:

7/20 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
7/21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/22 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
7/24 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/25 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/27 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
7/28 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
7/31 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/3 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavillion
8/7 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
8/8 - Englewood, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
8/10 - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
8/11 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Arts Center
8/12 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/14 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/16 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
8/18 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
8/19 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
8/24 - Grand Junction, CO - Rock Jam
8/26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)
8/27 - Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 - Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)
8/31 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
9/1 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
9/2 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
9/4 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
9/5 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/7 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
9/8 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
9/11 - Allegan, MI - Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)
9/12 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
9/13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9/15 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9/16 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
9/18 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
9/19 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
9/21 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
9/22 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
9/23 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Neil Young And Crazy Horse To Release New Album 'Americana' June 5th

According to a report in Rolling Stone, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their new LP Americana on June 5th, their first album together since Greendale in 2003, and their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro since Broken Arrow in 1996. The songs on Americana are all classic American folk songs, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Gallows Pole," "Tom Dooley" and "Clementine."

At the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, Young talked about the album. "A very young choir of children plays with Crazy Horse [on the album,]" he said. "They're songs we all know from kindergarden, but Crazy Horse has rearranged them, and they now belong to us."

"What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist," says a press release announcing the new album. "The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written."

The disc was recorded at Audio Casa Blanca and was produced by Neil Young and John Hanlon with Mark Humphreys.

Here is the complete track-listing for Americana:

"Oh Susannah"
"Clementine
"
"Tom Dooley"
"
Gallows Pole
"
"Get A Job
"
"Travel On
"
"High Flyin’ Bird
"
"She’ll Be Comin ’Round The Mountain"
"This Land Is Your Land
"
"Wayfarin’ Stranger
"
"God Save The Queen"

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jimmy Page Releasing Soundtrack Recordings

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is releasing recordings he made for Kenneth Anger's movie Lucifer Rising.

Page posted on his Facebook that on March 20, the music for Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks will have its premiere and release.

He added that the music was recorded in his home studio in the early 70s, and that those recordings have been "revisited, remixed and released for the first time."

The collection will be available exclusively on JimmyPage.com.

Lucifer Rising, a short film by director Kenneth Anger, was completed in 1972 but not widely distributed until 1980.

Page composed a portion of the soundtrack for the movie, but Anger reportedly fired Page after waiting three years for the music to be completed.

Anger changed his plans and hired Bobby Beausoleil, a musician and actor who was originally set to appear in the film.

Beausoleil, a member of Charles Manson’s infamous “Family,” wrote and recorded the eventual soundtrack music after going to jail for life based on his role in a 1969 murder.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Paul Simon Doc Wins SXSW's Audience Award

Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of Graceland won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. Under African Skies is the only music film to win an Audience Award.

Simon will return to London July 15 to perform with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other musicians from the Graceland sessions as part of the Hard Rock Calling festival, the Guardian reported this weekend. Jimmy Cliff, whose "Vietnam" Simon covered on his tour last year, will also perform with Simon.

Under African Skies chronicles Simon's return to South Africa two and a half decades after visiting the country to work with local musicians. At the time, a cultural boycott was in place, which stirred up resentment among forces opposed to the Apartheid regime. Simon visited in 1985 and released Graceland in 1986. A year later, Simon was being praised far and wide for bringing South African musicians into the public eye.

The final SXSW award, in the Headliners category, will be handed out Monday. Among the music films in the category are Marley and Big Easy Express.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Keith Richards Apologizes To Mick Jagger For Comments Made In Memoir

In a new interview conducted for an upcoming documentary chronicling the Rolling Stones' 50-year career, Keith Richards addresses the derogatory comments he made about Mick Jagger in his 2010 memoir Life. Here is the exchange:

Rolling Stone: How have you both found surveying a journey that has already lasted 50 years? It must have been difficult at times, bearing in mind the nature of your relationship and especially the stories we have all heard about the tensions that resulted from the publication of Life.

Mick: Well, I’m glad you said 50 years as that sounds so much less than half a century (laughs).Looking back at any career you are bound to recall both the highs and the lows. In the 1980s, for instance, Keith and I were not communicating very well. I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested, but it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on.

Keith: Mick’s right. He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time and that has been incredibly important to me. As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mick Fleetwood Doesn't See Fleetwood Mac Touring Again

Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood has said he doesn't believe the band will ever tour together again.

In an interview with Playboy, the drummer and band's founding member said that it was unlikely that the group would ever reunite to record new material or hit the road for an extended period of time because of singer Stevie Nicks' obsession with her solo career.

Fleetwood, who played on Nicks' 2011 LP In Your Dreams, claimed that she had already scuppered plans for one reunion tour last year because she wanted to focus on her individual work, and also hinted that he didn't expect her attitude to change in the future.

"I don't believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again, but I really hope we do," he said. "We have rehearsed it and prepared for it since 2010. We were supposed to tour in 2011, but we delayed it for a year to allow Stevie Nicks to support her solo record and for Lindsey Buckingham to do the same with his."

He added, "I've always been supportive of my bandmates doing solo albums, so long as we kept our band together… I played drums on most of Stevie's album, the one she is still out there supporting and the one that is the reason that, for now, she refuses to do a Fleetwood Mac tour. It comes down to her."

Fleetwood went on to say of Nicks' current situation: "I understand what she likes about her situation. Touring in support of her album, she is able to be her, without any degree of compromise. She doesn't have to worry about the other three of us asking her to do anything. She has become obsessed with her album in a very nice but inconvenient way."

In October 2011, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham also seemingly ruled out the possibility of the band reforming to play together in 2012. Although both he and Nicks had previously suggested that they would reunite to tour and record new material, he later said was it unlikely they would work together in the immediate future.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary Tour Delayed Until 2013

According to Rolling Stone, the Rolling Stones will not tour to mark their 50th anniversary, as revealed in two separate interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

"Basically, we're just not ready," says Richards. Instead, 2013 is the new goal. "I have a feeling that's more realistic," he adds.

But Stones insiders say that one reason for the delay is Richards' health, which has raised questions about his ability to make it through a worldwide tour. The quality of the guitarist's performances declined after he suffered a head injury on vacation in Fiji in April 2006, midway through the Bigger Bang tour.

Many fans observed that his playing in Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light documentary later that year was weak – and often inaudible. After the tour, Richards put the guitar down completely.

"You are looking at a very rusty Keith Richards right now," he told Jimmy Fallon in 2010. "If you've been on the road for two years and suddenly you stop, you put it down for a little bit. And then a little bit longer and you say, 'I really got to catch up, man.'"

A top concert-business source confirms the reservations over Richards' condition. "They don't want to do a full tour," he says. "They don't want to travel, and there are concerns about Keith's health." A more likely scenario would see the band camping out for multi­-night runs in arenas, similar to Prince's recent stands in New York and Los Angeles. "For example, they'd do 10 nights at MSG, 10 nights at Staples, 10 nights at London's O2 arena," the source adds.

The Stones are already considering offers: The band asked for proposals from promoters AEG, Live Nation and longtime Stones promoter Michael Cohl. "We're drilling down on this new proposal," says the source.

The news comes after the band gathered in a London studio in December and played together for the first time since the final night of the marathon two-year Bigger Bang tour in August 2007. Making the occasion even more special, former bassist Bill Wyman sat in for the first time since he left in 1992.

"We played a lot of blues and outtakes of Some Girls and things like that," says Jagger. "It went very well."

Adds Richards, "It was a very back-to-basics sort of session. There was a lot of jamming. On the third day, Mick turned up, which was a real joy. Because I set it up really as a magnet, you know."

After one of the longest periods of Stones inactivity ever, the group is revving up again for a slew of projects, including the 2013 dates, new studio sessions and a major documentary.

"I saw Mick on Saturday," Richards says. "He's going to be living in New York too for a while, so we're planning to get things going with the Stones again." Richards adds that the Stones will begin rehearsing for a studio session as early as next month. "We'll just get the boys back together again then and maybe cut a side," he says. "I've got plenty in the locker here, but it's not on tape."

Richards appeared healthy and jovial at his first major performance in years, playing alongside Eric Clapton at the February 24th memorial concert for blues legend Hubert Sumlin at New York's Apollo Theater. The guitarist has also been hard at work on a solo LP with producer Steve Jordan.

"We're not rushing it, 'cause there's no need to," Richards says. "But I'm quite surprised how much stuff is coming out of it."

Three days earlier, Jagger proved he was in tour-ready form when he performed for President Obama at a White House blues celebration alongside B.B. King and Buddy Guy – his performance ranging from high-voltage R&B to the sleek soul of "Miss You."

"It was so much fun," he says. "I've been playing guitar and singing and getting myself back together. You can't just walk up there and do it. If you're playing a football tournament, you've got to practice. I feel very confident. I don't want to sound cocky, but it's just part of what you do. If you prepare, then you can be cocky."

In the meantime, fans will get their Stones fix from the upcoming documentary, out in the fall, which will trace the band's entire 50-year journey and is packed with unseen footage and unreleased music.

"Nobody has put the story together as a narrative," says the movie's director, Brett Morgen, who made 2002's The Kid Stays in the Picture. "We've been looking under every rock going through their archives. It will be music never heard before, and I've conducted 50-plus hours of interviews so far. By the time we're done, they will be the most extensive group interviews they've ever done."

Says Richards, "He told me 80 percent of the footage has never been seen before, which amazes me. I didn't know there was that much around."

Despite holding off on touring this year, the band is still buzzing from reuniting with Wyman.

"We're back in touch, which is great, because I hadn't really spoken to him for years," says Richards. Will Wyman rejoin the group on the road in 2013? "I think he's up for it," Richards says. "We talked about it. I'll let you know when I can."

And Richards points out that next year works just as well for an anniversary trek.

"The Stones always really considered '63 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn't actually join until January," Richards says. "We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Doobie Brothers' Drummer Mike Hossack Passes At Age 65

Mike Hossack, a longtime member of rock band The Doobie Brothers, has died of cancer at the age of 65, the band's manager said.

Hossack, who helped give the band its distinctive sound with two drummers in the early 1970s, died peacefully on Monday at his home in Dubois, Wyoming, manager Bruce Cohn said.

"Mike was a one-of-a kind guy and a longtime member of the Doobie Brothers," Cohn said in a statement. "He was a fighter and fought the big battle with cancer and I speak for Mike's family and the entire band when I say he will be greatly missed."

New Jersey-born Hossack began playing drums at the age of 12. After serving in the Navy in Vietnam in the late 1960s he was planning a career in law enforcement before getting his first gig with a California band called Mourning Reign.

That led to an invitation to join the northern California band The Doobie Brothers in 1971, where he became the second drummer and was heard on early hit songs like "Blackwater," "Listen to the Music" and "China Grove."

Hossack left the Doobie Brothers in 1973 and formed Bonaroo, worked with other bands, and became a partner in a Hollywood recording studio.

He rejoined the Doobie Brothers in 1987 for a series of benefit concerts for Vietnam war veterans, and remained with them when the band reformed to make albums like Cycles, Brotherhood and 2010's World Gone Crazy.

Founding member and guitarist Tom Johnston said Hossack was "an incredible musician, a studio quality drummer."

"The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that," Johnston said on Tuesday.

Doobie Brothers' singer and songwriter Pat Simmons said he and Hossack were friends for 43 years.

"We shared some wonderful adventures together, times I will never forget. Thanks for all those wonderful memories Mike, and all the great music. We love you," Simmons said.

Monday, March 12, 2012

KISS Opening Minature Golf Course In Las Vegas

KISS, who are currently recording their 20th studio album, Monster, due for release this summer, is opening KISS By Monster Mini Golf this Thursday (March 15) in Las Vegas.

According to a press release, the course will feature an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade, the largest KISS gift shop in the world, a KISS gallery, the "Hotter Than Hell" Wedding Chapel, a private VIP room, KISS themed event rooms and the "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" Cafe.

"This venue is perfect for Las Vegas," said KISS bassist Gene Simmons. "Where else can you go play a round of KISS By Monster Mini Golf, and then renew your wedding vows in an official "Hotter Than Hell" Wedding Chapel? Only in Vegas."

To find out more information about the course, visit http://www.monsterminigolf.com/kiss/index.php.

Friday, March 9, 2012

David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Immortalized

When Ziggy Stardust touched down on earth he could scarcely imagine humanity lasting another five years, let alone the 40 years which have transformed the heart of central London.

British singer David Bowie's unique alien visitor persona, known for his glam makeup, fiery orange hair, and skintight jumpsuits, is being commemorated on Heddon Street in London's trendiest shopping district to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The Crown Estate, who own Regent Street and the surrounding area, are placing a plaque to commemorate the street corner location used to shoot the cover of Bowie's famous 1972 album in a spot that has become a pilgrimage for his fans.

"It was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor," Bowie recollected. "We did the photographs outside on a rainy night and then upstairs in the studio we did the Clockwork Orange look-a-likes that became the inner album sleeve."

The cover depicts Ziggy outside on a cold wet January night with his foot resting on a step outside 23 Heddon Street.

The late Brian Ward had rented a space upstairs in the building as a makeshift photographic studio, and had already shot 17 pictures when he persuaded Bowie to step outside onto Heddon Street.

The other band members thought it too cold and declined to join him for the picture. Wearing the green jumpsuit that he later wore on the BBC 2 TV show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test', Bowie posed for the photograph.

Bowie's androgynous Ziggy Stardust was at the forefront of a vibrant 1970s glam rock scene, and his extreme aesthetics went on to influence glam metal bands of the 1980s as well as visual rock in 1990s Japan.

Whereas in 1972, Heddon Street was just a narrow alley, it has become a plaza full of restaurants in 2009 as part of Regent Street's 750 million pound ($1.19 billion) regeneration by the Crown Estate.

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in London.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Paul Simon & Others Come Together For 'A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Dream'

On April 2, 2012, at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, musical artists and stars will come together to show their support for a very special evening billed as “A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Dream,” to benefit Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

The event will feature performances by world-renowned performing artists, the campers themselves and a very special announcement about the Association’s global network of camps.

Performances will include Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated musicians: Paul Simon, Josh Groban and Trisha Yearwood, as well as additional surprise musical performances throughout the evening and appearances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon, with more to be announced.

Ticket sales from the evening – which is generously supported by Newman’s Own Foundation and hosted by Joanne Woodward, produced by Kevin Duncan and directed by Josh Rhodes – will benefit Paul Newman’s family of camps and programs supporting children facing serious illnesses from around the world.

“This is the legacy of my husband, Paul, and he considered it to be his most important one,” said Woodward. “It is for that very reason that I find this delicate way, in my best manners, to ask friends and supporters to come together to help raise money – it’s about helping the children who need it.”

The 2010 Celebration of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps raised more than $3 million in support of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps thanks to the generous participation and performances from Renee Zellweger, Bette Midler, Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and many more.

The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps is a growing global community of innovative camps and programs for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Today, there are 14 member camps worldwide, including eight in the United States, five in Europe and one in Israel, as well as 10 programs in Africa, Asia and South America.

Since 1988, over 350,000 children and families have been served from 50 countries. The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps is an independent not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children free of charge.

The major supporter of the event, Newman’s Own Foundation, carries on Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy and commitment to helping make the world a better place by turning all net royalties and profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $340 million to thousands of charities around the world.

Show-only tickets begin at $35 and are on sale through the Lincoln Center Box Office. Benefit tickets including a post-performance supper begin at $1,500 and are on sale through the benefit office at 212-245-6570 or rachelg@eventassociatesinc.com.

For more information about the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, please visit http://www.holeinthewallcamps.org.

For more information about Newman’s Own Foundation, please visit http://www.newmansownfoundation.org.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Davy Jones' Funeral Set; Singer Will Be Cremated

A funeral for Monkees singer Davy Jones is set for Wednesday, March 7, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news follows a TMZ report that Jones' body will be cremated.

The singer died of a massive heart attack in Florida on Feb. 29. He was 66. According to a statement, Jones was spending "a happy family weekend with his wife, Jessica Pacheco, and her family riding horses. There was no sign of illness or of anything being wrong."

Five days after Jones' death, band mate Micky Dolenz said that he and his fellow Monkees were not likely to attend the funeral.

"My understanding is they want to avoid a media circus and … the family wants to keep it very, very low-key and very, very private," Dolenz said. "And you can imagine as soon as one or two or any of us were to show up, it would very quickly be degraded into something that I don't think his immediate family would want to deal with."

Public memorials are also being planned for New York City and the U.K., added Dolenz, who said he hoped it would bring the surviving Monkees, which include Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, together again.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Study Suggests Listening To Music By Certain Artists Could Make You Racist

A new study undertaken by the University of Minnesota has suggested that listening to mainstream rock music can make people "racist."

Researchers played a host of different music genres to 138 students for seven minutes. The students were then told they were part of a study to work out how funds should be distributed within their college. Then they were offered a range of different ethnic groups to divide the money between.

Apparently, after listening to mainstream rock music like Bruce Springsteen and The White Stripes, the white students favored other white students in regards to sharing college funds, over black and Latino students. Meanwhile, the white students who had listened to more ethnically diverse pop were fairer towards other ethnic groups.

Heather LaMarre, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota said of the study: "Rock music is generally associated with white Americans, so we believe it cues white listeners to think about their positive association with their own in-group."

Associate professor Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick added: "Music has a lot of power to influence our thoughts and actions, more than we often recognize. It has the power to reinforce our positive biases toward our own group, and sometimes negative biases toward others."

After listening to the background music, with no phones or reading material as a distraction, the participants were asked how their tuition money should be distributed amongst the Centers of African American Studies, Latino American Studies, Arab American Studies, and Rural and Agricultural Studies.

The participants who listened to the mainstream rock gave 35% of the money to the white American group and equal amounts to the others, while those who listened to chart pop split the money equally.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Peter Gabriel Pulls Music From Rush Limbaugh Show

According to Rolling Stone, Peter Gabriel has demanded that his music be pulled from Rush Limbaugh's radio show after learning that his 1986 hit "Sledgehammer" was played while the host launched into a tirade against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.

"Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh's extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke," says a statement on Gabriel's Facebook page. "It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter's work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments."

Limbaugh has come under fire for calling Fluke, who testified at a Congressional hearing on contraception, a "slut" and a "prostitute." The program has lost eight sponsors in the wake of Limbaugh's attack.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Passes At Age 64

conic rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 64 years old. Born in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 29, 1947, Montrose passed away on March 3. He was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007.

A note on Montrose’s official website announced the news: “A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted.

“He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared with him while we could.”

Rock and metal musicians are responding to the news of Montrose’s passing. Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy paid his respects via Twitter early Sunday morning (March 4): “Sad to hear Ronnie Montrose passed away. Rock Candy was one of the first songs I ever learned.” Slash Tweeted his thoughts, after Kennedy told him the news: “Myles just told me Ronnie Montrose passed. fn’ shame. “Montrose” is one of the all time great R&R albums. Major influence. RIP man. IiiI; )’”

Nonpoint also shared their sentiments via Twitter: “Another legend gone Rest In Peace Ronnie Montrose.” Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. Tweeted, “R.I.P. Ronnie Montrose.” Eddie Trunk sent out his thoughts via Twitter, “Woke 2 very sad news Ronnie Montrose has passed away from cancer at 64. He created one of the all time landmark hard rock albums w/ debut LP… Also liked Gamma, but nothing touches the debut album, a masterpiece that influenced SO many rock & metal bands! RIP Ronnie Montrose.”

Montrose started out professionally as a session player with Van Morrison, appearing on the 1971 album “Tupelo Honey.” He went on to join the Edgar Winter Band for the classic “They Only Come out at Night” album, which brought “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” He formed Montrose in 1973, and after trying out a young Eddie Money to serve as lead singer, he tapped an unknown talent named Sammy Hagar to front the band. Hagar recorded two albums with Montrose for two records before going solo and eventually becoming a member of Van Halen.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Rolling Stones To Issue 50th Anniversary Photo Book

Fifty years to the day after the Rolling Stones first took to the stage, the veteran rockers will publish a photographic record of their rise to fame and lasting success.

The Rolling Stones: 50 will hit the shelves on July 12, the date in 1962 when the band debuted at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street.

The book, published by Thames & Hudson in Britain, is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for one of rock and roll's biggest acts, but what fans are calling for most is another world tour.

While some members of the group have said a tour was likely, no announcement has been made and questions remain about the relationship between lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

Ties were strained, according to accounts in the music press, after Richards portrayed Jagger in an unflattering light in his 2010 memoir Life.

The new book will feature 700 illustrations, 300 of them in color and many taken from the archive of the Daily Mirror tabloid, which contains the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography.

"This is our story of 50 fantastic years," Jagger, Richards, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts said in a joint statement.

"We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we've filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago.

"Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives."

The photographic autobiography, which will also feature words from the band, includes images taken by Philip Townsend, the photographer for the band's first ever shoot.

The 352-page hardback edition will retail at 29.95 pounds ($48) in Britain.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

2007 Led Zeppelin Reunion Raised $41 Million

The effects of the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion are still being felt, almost five years after one of rock's biggest events took place.

The Daily Mail reports funds raised by Zeppelin's 02 Arena show in December 2007 have been donated to Oxford University.

The $41.6 million donation, made by Mica Ertegun, widow of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, is understood to be one of the largest in Oxford's 900-year history.

It will be used to set up the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities.