Bad Company will play a warm-up show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California as they get set for their 40th anniversary tour.
Singer Paul Rodgers tells us, "It's 40 years since guitarist Mick Ralphs and I got together and talked about putting a band together and started to write some songs... I'm really looking forward to it. We all are."
The tour officially gets under way next Thursday in suburban Seattle with the first of three shows this month with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by another 11 with Skynyrd next month. The trek runs through late September.
Although Ozzy Osbourne recently admitted that he'd fallen off the wagon, he insists he was sober whenever he was working on the new Black Sabbath album, 13.
Ozzy was drinking heavily for 18 months starting in 2011, and the recording sessions spanned most of 2012. But he says, "I was straight every day I was in the studio." He adds that he would drink at home after the sessions. He has now been clean and sober for "about three or four months."
Sabbath released 13 this past Tuesday.
DEF LEPPARD: Viv Is Fighting the Good FightDef Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has commented further on being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He writes on his Facebook page, "Thank you to all who have offered support; I'm very, very touched by that... I have no intention of letting cancer slow me down. I look forward to seeing you all then."
Campbell will be with Def Lep when they start a run of European dates on June 21st in France.
AC/DC: Take Back This Highway (to Hell)Some people in Utah are using AC/DC as protest music.
A group opposing a new highway at a public hearing Tuesday in Farmington, Utah played "Highway to Hell" over and over outside the meeting as supporters and opponents testified. And there are two more public hearings on the project, so there's a chance for the song to get played a lot more.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
PINK FLOYD: Man Jailed for Cranking ThemAn English man will be spending a month in jail for playing Pink Floyd too loud.
Paul Foster of Chesterton was locked up for 28 days after breaching an injunction preventing him from playing loud music -- for the fifth time. Neighbors said Foster would often crank songs from albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here.
Foster has already spent time behind bars for violating the injunction, which was put into place last year. He played music in the middle of the night so much that one family even moved out of the area because they couldn’t put up with it.
Source: Daily Mail
NELSON, YOUNG, MATTHEWS: Farm Aid Heads to Upstate New YorkThe 2013 edition of Farm Aid will head to an area of New York with many family farmers.
The annual concert will take place September 21st at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are are set to perform, with the rest of the lineup to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale June 28th.
TOM PETTY: Residencies Could Change Arena ShowsTom Petty says the reception The Heartbreakers have gotten for deeper cuts at their residencies in New York and Los Angeles could open up their set lists in the future.
Petty tells Rolling Stone, "I think that this could influence things quite a lot. It's just kind of a verification that the audience not only goes along with it, they like it... When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know... You're obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don't think that's all you have to do. I think there's a way to fill everyone's needs. So who knows? This may have a tremendous effect on us from here out."
Headlines for Thursday, June 13, 2013
AEROSMITH & FOREIGNER: Big Honor in New York Thursday Night
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm will be honored tonight (Thursday) in New York City when they are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
They will all be on hand to accept their awards as well as performing. For Jones and Gramm, this will be their first performance together in 10 years. Gramm tells us, "I think that night is gonna be very special and I don't see any need to mend any fences. I think our relationship is a careful friendly."
Also being honored are Elton John and Bernie Taupin with the Johnny Mercer Award. Both are expected to attend.
Presenters include Billy Joel and Sting.
The ceremony takes place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. However, there is no physical hall of fame. It currently only exists online.
GUNS N' ROSES, THE REPLACEMENTS: 'Mats Reuniting for Festival DatesThe Replacements -- the band Tommy Stinson grew up in, long before joining Guns N' Roses -- are reuniting for a series of festival dates.
The seminal punk band, fronted by singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg, will play the Riot Fest in Chicago (September 13th through 15th), Toronto (August 24th and 25th) and Denver (September 21st and 22nd).
The only date Guns N' Roses has on the books is July 12th at the Festival D'ete De Quebec in Quebec City, Canada.
The Chicago date is particularly noteworthy to 'Mats fans, since that was the site of the band's last gig on July 4th, 1991, although Westerberg and Stinson did play a special show together in L.A. to promote the soundtrack to the animated film Open Season back in 2006.
Westerberg and Stinson reunited earlier this year to record tracks for the Songs for Slim EP, to benefit former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year. Drummer Chris Mars also contributed a solo track and did the cover art for the EP, but didn't record with his former bandmates.
It's yet to be announced who'll be backing Westerberg and Stinson at the live dates. Guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson backed them on the Songs for Slim tracks. Original guitarist and Tommy's older brother Bob Stinson died in 1995.
BONNAROO: Welcomes Macca, Petty, Mumford to TennesseePaul McCartney, Mumford and Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline this weekend's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
Fans that can't make it to the sold-out fest will be able to watch various sets at Bonnaroo.com, including headline performances by McCartney and Mumford and Sons
The fest kicks off Thursday night with small shows in the on-site tents by Alt-J, Walk the Moon, Twenty-One Pilots and Capital Cities.
On Friday all the stages are open for business with a headline set by Paul McCartney and performances by ZZ Top, Wilco, Jim James, Passion Pit and Of Monsters and Men.
Saturday sees Mumford and Sons headline with sets by The Lumineers, Billy Idol, Gov't Mule and Portugal. The Man.
Sunday Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers close out the festival with Divine Fits, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Mowgli's.
BLACK SABBATH: Catch Underwhelming Town Hall AgainIf you missed that Black Sabbath "town hall" Tuesday night, you didn't miss much.
But if you're really intrigued by what went on during the 90 minute event in New York, you can watch a replay of it on YouTube now through the end of the week.
In other Sabbath news, music industry insiders project that the band's new album, 13, will sell between 120- and 130-thousand this week. That would likely give the group their first ever number-one album.
See video HERE!
DIO: Limited Edition Guitar Marks Band DebutA new limited-edition guitar will mark the 30th anniversary of Dio's debut album, Holy Diver. Only 30 copies of the Dio ASG will be issued, with pre-orders July 10th at ArtistSeriesGuitar.com/Dio.
Check out a video of Ronnie James Dio's widow, Wendy Dio, talking about the guitar on YouTube.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Score First #1Queens of the Stone Age have the first number-one album of their career.
...Like Clockwork will debut on top of the Billboard 200 album chart with 91,000 copies sold last week, according to the latest SoundScan figures. The band's only other Top 10 album came in 2005 with Lullabies to Paralyze, which debuted at number-five with 97,000 copies sold.
ZZ TOP: Catalog on ITunes, Videos on YouTubeZZ Top have upgraded their digital profile this week.
To go along with the release of their first 10 albums in a box set -- The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990) -- the band's catalog has been remasted for iTunes. It's the first time the original mixes for ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas are available for digital download.
And even though fans have been posting the clips for years, ZZ have uploaded official versions of all of their videos from the 1980s and 1990s on YouTube.
MOTLEY CRUE: Sixx Says ThanksMotley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has thanked fans for their support after the death of his mother last weekend.
Sixx also gave his fans some advice in a note on his Facebook page. It says, "Her and my grandfather Tom's recent passing is a gentle reminder of how fragile time is and a not-so-gentle sledgehammer to the heart that none of us get out of this life alive. If you're wasting time procrastinating on anything, trust me when I say, 'You'll be sorry.' I waited too long after a rocky road with my mother to try and rebuild the broken fences. You can never get time back. We all make mistakes, and that was mine."
TOM PETTY: Offers Refunds for Show Cut ShortTom Petty has offered a full refund to fans who attended a gig that was cut short at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The fire marshal shut the show down after 90 minutes, saying there were too many people crowding the main floor of the venue. So at Sunday night's show, Petty said, "We had to quit a little early last night. I don't like to assign blame, but it wasn't me. I'm absolutely sure we're going to work this out. If I have to pay it myself, everyone will be reimbursed." Petty made good on the promise, with refunds available at point of purchase for all tickets, along with a refunding of Ticketmaster fees.
The band's statement about the refund said, "The satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and the band shares the frustration of the fans in attendance that evening who deserved to experience the entire performance."
Headlines for Wednesday, June 12, 2013