Nickelback Wanted By Police For ‘Crimes Against Music’
(Radio.com) Nickelback has just rubbed one more group of people the wrong way: the Australian police. The Queensland, Australia, police have charged the rockers with “crimes against music.”
Ahead of the band’s show at he Brisbane Entertainment Center in Boondall, local police posted a wanted poster for the band to Facebook, writing, “BOLO. Be on the Lookout. Wanted. For Crimes Against Music.
Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians around Boondall this evening. Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred.”
Just in case that wasn’t enough of a warning, the police also took to Twitter to issue an “urgent police warning”: “Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight.”
Bill Ward Makes Surprise Appearance With Black Sabbath Bandmates
(hennemusic) Black Sabbath were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday. Ozzy Osbourne missed the event while drummer Bill Ward reunited with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler to accept the prize, according to The Birmingham Mail.
Now in its 60th year, the annual UK music industry event organized by the British Academy Of Songwriters And Authors honors the work of songwriters and composers.
Backstage, Iommi confirmed Black Sabbath would launch their farewell world tour in 2016, something Osbourne recently revealed. Ward said it was great to see Iommi and Butler again and admitted he felt “very uncomfortable” knowing they had been on tour without him. I hope that can change,” he added.
Ward’s appearance was a surprise given the recent exchange of lengthy public notes with Osbourne over a disagreement about the drummer’s fitness level for Black Sabbath’s world tour in support of their last album, “13.”
Scott Weiland Addresses Member Exit Rumor
Scott Weiland took to his Facebook account this week to clear up speculation that drummer Joey Castillo has quit the former Stone Temple Pilots new solo band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.
The online rumors started after fans noticed that the former Queens of the Stone Age drummer did not perform with the band at a show in Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday night.
Weiland posted a message to fans to explain that Castillo has only stepped away from the band temporarily and Mike Avenaim, who played on several tracks and co-wrote one song on the band’s debut “Blaster”, would be filling in.
Weiland wrote, “Just to clear up the confusion – Joey has NOT left the band. He is recording for a week with BL’AST and will meet back up with us on the 27th. I’ve known about this for months, hence lining up our friend Mike Avaneim [sic] to fill in.”
Alex Lifeson’s Arthritis One Reason For Rush’s Final Tour
(Classic Rock) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has opened up about the severity of his arthritis – and bandmate Geddy Lee fears it’s the single biggest factor that’ll end their touring career.
The Canadian giants are on the road in the US just now, on a trip they’ve stopped short of calling their farewell. It’s been thought that drummer Neil Peart’s desire to be with his family could be the deciding issue – although he’s also suffering from tendonitis.
But Lee tells Classic Rock’s Paul Elliott: “For Alex the arthritis is not a small thing. If anything is going to mean we can’t tour any more like we used to, it’s more than likely going to be the arthritis – because that’s something that will directly affect his ability to play.
“If I was going out on stage and I couldn’t play the way I want to, or the way I’ve played in the past, there’s no way I’d want to do it. I wouldn’t want to go out there and be a shadow of my former self.”
He adds: “it kind of hurts me to see him when he’s having a bad day, physically. He’s one of my oldest and dearest friends. And when he’s been at rehearsal and he’s not playing his best, it’s not nice to see your friend suffer like that. This thing is in the back of his mind, and he’s afraid of it.”
Lifeson reveals: “I’ve had it for ten years – and this is the first time I’m really feeling it in my hands and my feet. That’s the way it goes.”
Rare Grateful Dead Memorabilia Stolen From Auction House
(Classic Rock) Grateful Dead memorabilia worth $75,000 (£48,000) has been stolen from an auction house. The items were sold as part of April’s Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction, but were stolen before they could be delivered to the winning bidders.
The theft took place on the weekend of April 25 to 26 at Donley’s Auction Services in Union, USA.Auction bosses now fear the goods will be destroyed by the thieves to avoid getting caught.
Randy Donley tells My Suburban Life: “Please help us solve this crime. I am offering a reward for its safe return. Please do not destroy it for fear of getting caught. We just want it returned.”
Police say the items were being processed for shipping, with some awaiting collection by armored car.
Roger Daltrey Threatens To End The Who Show Due To Pot Smoke
(hennemusic) Roger Daltrey threatened to end The Who’s concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island on Wednesday due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage, which Daltrey is reportedly allergic to.
According to Newsday, “the smoke’s impact was almost immediate on his voice, which went from crystal clear and potent for the opening ‘I Can’t Explain’ to something rougher and more limited during ‘I Can See for Miles.'”
After the show’s fourth song, “The Kids Are Alright”, Daltrey repeated the urgency of the issue, saying “Either stop it or the show will be over. So, it’s your choice. I can’t do anything about it, I’m doing my best.”
Townshend then joined in the crowd’s chant of “Eat it!” before adding, “Shove it up your ******* ass. It’s the quickest way. I think it’s quicker than eating it.”
“..and by far the most pleasurable,” joked Daltrey in an attempt to lighten the moment.
Two songs later and the singer had had enough. “My voice is shutting down,” said Daltrey. “I can do nothing about this. I’m close to walking because whoever is doing it…it’s coming my way.
“**** OFF!,” demanded the singer.
“It’s medicinal,” joked Townshend as the band launched into “My Generation.”
A few songs later, though, Daltrey had seemingly recovered. He hit the towering notes of “Love Reign O’er Me” with no problem and his voice got stronger from there.
KISS Can Move Forward Without New Music Says Stanley
(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says it’s not necessary for the band to record another album. He believes they had good reasons to make 2009’s Sonic Boom and 2012’s Monster – but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.
Stanley tells Classic Rock’s Paul Brannigan: “There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it’s justified. Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, ‘Well, we did Sonic Boom – let’s see where we go from here.'”
He adds: “Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn’t feel utterly necessary to make a new album.”
Rolling Stones Release Video Footage From Rare Club Show
(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are sharing video and photos from their Los Angeles club show on Wednesday. The Rolling Stones used the Fonda Thatre event as a warm-up to their upcoming Zip Code Tour of North America, which opens in San Diego on May 24.
Footage from the last-minute concert at the city’s Fonda Theatre includes snippets of “Brown Sugar” and “Moonlight Mile”, a track from the band’s 1971 album classic, “Sticky Fingers”, which was performed in its entirety ahead of its reissue on June 8 (June 9 in North America).
The remastered project will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions feature previously unreleased material and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks, including an alternative version of “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of “Bitch”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers”; an acoustic take on “Wild Horses”, and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including “Honky Tonk Women” and “Midnight Rambler.”
The Super Deluxe edition will also present “Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!”, a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK ‘exile’ period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band’s Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971.
Kentucky Headhunters 2003 Album To Finally Be Released
(The Blues Southern blues-rockers the Kentucky Headhunters next month will finally release Meet Me In Bluesland, the album they recorded with late piano legend Johnnie Johnson in 2003.
Johnson, sideman with Chuck Berry and many others, joined founding brothers Fred and Richard Young plus Greg Martin, Anthony Kenney and Doug Phelps to race through the writing and recording of 11 tracks in just three days.
Richard Young says of the sessions: “The minute Johnnie sat down with us, the music was a kind of ecstasy.” Martin recalls: “He made us play like real men. The groove got bigger and much more grown up.”
Rush Book Crowdfunding Deadline This Weekend
(Classic Rock) A Rush fan book’s crowdfunding deadline will be reached in this week – although the campaign has already secured nearly seven times its original target.
Fantoon creator David Calcano has put together a 150-page collection of fan cartoons, including comic strips, parodies, art and illustrations. He originally aimed to raise $3000, but the current figure is just short of $20,000.
Calcano explains: “Many of the jokes just are for Rush fans, so if you don’t know about the band you won’t get many of them. However, if you like art, comic strips, and appreciate illustration, you’ll love this book, because the artistry is unbelievable!”
Gene Simmons Insists KISS Will Make New Album
(Classic Rock) KISS will record their 21st album next year, says Gene Simmons – despite Paul Stanley’s suggestion that it might not happen. Stanley recently told Classic Rock that he wasn’t certain a follow-up to 2012’s Monster would be made, and insisting: “We can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn’t feel utterly necessary to make a new album.”
But Simmons tells NU.nl: “It will happen when we have time. I have music in me that needs to come out. I recently wrote a song called Your Wish Is My Command. It feels like a Kiss song and it just needs to be released on a Kiss album.”
He states that all four band members are behind the plan, and adds that Stanley will once again play the role of producer. “I’m glad about that – I no longer have the energy to come to the studio every day,” says the bassist. “Paul doesn’t have so many other things in his life that demand attention, so he can concentrate fully on the project.”
Roger Waters To Headline Newport Folk Festival
(hennemusic) Roger Waters will headline the opening night of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 24. Waters says he plans to deliver “an intimate appearance specifically crafted” for the event, set for July 24-26 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.
The former Pink Floyd bassist will top a bill that includes Tallest Man On Earth, Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell, the Watkins Family Hour and others, while The Decemberists will perform on Saturday and First Aid Kit will play on Sunday.
Founded in 1959, the festival features a variety of musical genres each year, and has notably introduced Joan Baez and Bob Dylan to a wider audience. Dylan’s famous July 25, 1965 appearance caused an uproar when fans booed as the acoustic folk singer went electric with Mike Bloomfield on guitar alongside players from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.