Bon Jovi Reunion Door Opened By Ice Bucket Challenge?
(Gibson) The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days. Aside from providing amusement from seeing one of your friends or perhaps a celebrity being doused in ice water, the purpose of the stunt is to promote awareness and raise money for ALS research. Now the challenge might actually produce a welcome side effect - helping to restore the working relationship between two of rock's biggest icons - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge. The participant in the challenge is called to nominate three new participants, and Jon decided to challenge Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres, David Bryan, and also estranged guitarist Sambora. The challenge might be the crucial first step towards repairing Jon and Richie's working relationship, and bring the guitarist back to the band. Sambora left the group abruptly early last year at the start of the band's latest world tour in support of the album What About Now. On Tuesday, Sambora accepted the challenged and posted a video on YouTube. "He got word of the challenge while in Japan so after a show day, a travel day and once back at home in his own time zone, he let the water hit him," says the caption accompanying the video. He in turn issued his own challenge. Watch the video and find out who he challenged here. more on this story
Ace Frehley Reacts To Gene Simmons Controversy
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has offered his thoughts on the controversy created by former bandmate Gene Simmons' comments about people suffering from depression (he has since apologized). "I don't think he makes any sense," Ace tells Artisan News Service. "He prides himself on being such an intellectual, he brags about being able to speak 7 languages, but when it comes to being knowledgeable about the human condition…y'know, depression is a very serious disease - I've suffered from it in my lifetime, I know my daughter suffers from it. "Alcoholism is a disease; so is drug addiction - it's the disease of addiction. Many people are born that way and Gene just seems ignorant of that whole fact. I think it's time for Gene to go back to school and get educated in the health field." more on this story
Roger Waters: The Wall Live Tour Film Coming
"Roger Waters: The Wall", a documentary shot during the former Pink Floyd member's three-year solo tour, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The Wall Live tour brought the famed 1979 Pink Floyd album to arenas and stadiums around the world between 2010 and 2013. Waters played 219 dates that brought in a total of approximately $458 million dollars in box office revenue. "Roger Waters: The Wall" was shot in three cities across two continents by co-directors Waters and Sean Evans. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th. more on this story
Gregg Allman Biopic Producer Pleads Not Guilty To Manslaughter Charges
Jay Sedrish, the executive producer/unit production manager of the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider", waived his right for an arraignment on Monday and entered a not guilty plea to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old assistant camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other crew members were injured in the incident, which took place on the first day of filming in February, and is reported to have taken place while filming a dream sequence that involved a bed being placed on railway tracks. Production on the film was shut down following the tragic incident, and has yet to resume. Last month, Sedrish, co-producer Jody Savin and director Randall Miller were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges in the February incident. more on this story
U2 2014 Album Release Speculation Intensifies
Will they or won't they release an album this year? That's the question U2's fans have been asking for months. As previously reported, earlier this year the rumor mill had the band's new album being delayed until 2015, but a representative for the band told British tabloid The Sun that "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it." U2 fan blog @U2 recently posted an email exchange with an anonymous source from Universal (his or her name was blurred out of the screen shot of the exchange) who said that the new album would come out "this year." But there's been no verification that that exchange is legitimate (nor is there likely to be any such verification). But there has been some verified recent U2 activity. Last week, French newspaper Nice Martin reported that the group were shooting a video under high security at Rivera Studios in Nice. The article notes that cell phones were strictly prohibited and one local commented that the security was akin to when President Obama was in France for the G20 summit in 2011. However, an August video shoot doesn't necessarily point to a 2014 release; the band could be working months ahead of time on a video for a 2015 release. Still, other signs seem to indicate that a U2 album is getting closer and closer to release. In a recent article, The Irish Times reported that Bono has been playing songs from the new, as-yet-untitled album, loudly, from his beachfront home in the south of France; fans often record the songs and post them online, before getting cease-and-desist orders from lawyers from Universal Music, the band's record label. The Irish Times also cites a music industry source who predicts that there'll be a "single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year," and that "the album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays… There was one last, frantic scramble earlier this year to get a big single, so they got Adele's writer-producer, Paul Epworth, into the studio." In fact, Epworth is just one of the producers the band has reportedly worked on this album with; others, according to Rolling Stone, include Danger Mouse, Will.i.am, David Guetta, RedOne and Ryan Tedder. A lot more.
Johnny Winter's Collaboration With Ben Harper Released
(The Blues Megaforce Records have released the late Johnny Winter's collaboration with Ben Harper on Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby). It's taken from the icon's posthumous album Step Back, due in September - and the first taster seems to support Winter's assertion that he'd made a record of "aggressive vintage blues." Speaking months before his death on tour in July, Winter said: "Step Back is to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music. It's better than anything they'll hear today. If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it. I just love it." Harper says: "I play the way I play because I couldn't play like Johnny Winter. He was one of the ordained architects who went on to define the blues - not only for generations, but for an entire genre. Johnny was the gospel truth." Check out the song here.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry Launching Book Signing Tour
(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has announced the first dates of a fall book signing tour to promote the October 7th release of his memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith." Four dates have been revealed so far for the signing tour, including a stop at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location in New York City on the day the book is published. Perry describes the books as "the loner's story, the band's story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, the post-destructive rebirth story." The guitarist worked on the project with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette. More details here. More on Aerosmith - Aerosmith Music - Aerosmith Tour Dates/Tickets - Aerosmith CDs, vinyl and rarities
Motley Crue Frontman Amazed They Are Still Alive
(TeamRock Radio) Vince Neil says it is "amazing" that the members of Motley Crue are still alive after years of drug and alcohol abuse. The frontman has been reflecting on the outfit's wild past as they continue the US leg of their Final Tour, after which they've vowed never to hit the road again. Neil, 53, tells the Tampa Tribune: "We certainly lived the life, and it was all there on the albums. This is a brotherhood that has had its up and downs. There's no doubt about that. But I think there were many more good times than bad. "You look at the drugs and drinking and it's amazing we're still here. We survived some dark days. We could have died many times from many different things - but we made it through it." more on this story More on Motley Crue - Motley Crue Music - Motley Crue Tour Dates/Tickets - Motley Crue CDs, vinyl and rarities
KISS Release Video Invite For Las Vegas Residency
KISS have posted a video message inviting fans to their first Las Vegas residency this fall. "KISS Rocks Vegas" will see the band perform 9 shows at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino between November 5th and 23rd. KISS are following in the footsteps of several other rockers who paved the way with successful extended Vegas runs, including Carlos Santana, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf, among others. KISS and Def Leppard are currently playing shows across North America on a summer tour that will wrap up in Houston, Texas at the end of the month. Check out the video here.
Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford Reveal Bob Dylan Cover
What happens when a handful of big names in the music industry decide to take on one of the most important songwriters in history in Bob Dylan? The result is Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, featuring an all-star cast recording songs written by Dylan in the '60s, and the first taste of such a project arrived yesterday (Aug. 19) with "Nothing to It." Jim James of My Morning Jacket takes the lead on the song, and even though he and the others on the track are very much modern, he manages to make the song very much retro-sounding, particularly in the chorus. "I knew I was young enough," he sings. "And I knew there was nothing to it / For I'd already seen it done enough." There's fuzzed-out guitar as well, perhaps either a contribution from James or Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, from the sound of it. James and Goldsmith are joined on the song - and the entire album - by Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello and Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens, plus producer T Bone Burnett. A lyric video released today to accompany the song features Dylan's lyrics strewn throughout an animation of a walking man.