GUNS N’ ROSES CLASSIC FEATURED IN NEW GATORADE AD
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is the star of a new Gatorade commercial, but the soundtrack to the visually-stimulating ad features the Guns N’ Roses tour de force “Welcome to the Jungle.” In the ad for latest flavor of the popular sports drink, Gatorade Fierce, Harper steps up to the plate and blasts a massive home run, while “Welcome to the Jungle” blasts in the background.
DYLAN HATE CRIME CHARGES DROPPED BY FRENCH MAGISTRATE
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan will no longer have a pesky hate crime charge hanging over his head the next time he visits France. A French magistrate has dismissed the charge filed as part of a lawsuit alleging comments made by Dylan during a Rolling Stone interview amounted to “an incitement to hatred.” The comments in question include the singer/songwriter saying France “is just too f*cked up about color. Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery – that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that… If you got a slave master of Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that.”
YOUNG YELLS AT RUDE FANS DURING DALLAS SOLO SET
A rude fan at a Neil Young concert in Dallas last week got an earful from the multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee after Young was interrupted while trying to tell a story about one of his favorite guitars. During Young’s story about his prized acoustic guitar, an audience member interrupted, telling the musician to play it. Young shot back, “I don’t think I’m going to play it.” Other fans then joined in, and an obviously agitated Young snapped, “How about you talk, and I’ll listen? I’m trying to remember the last time I did what somebody told me to do.”
CARRACK SQUEEZES IN TIME TO TOUR WITH CLAPTON
The guy many has dubbed “the man with the golden voice” has been anointed worthy enough to join the man they call “God” onstage in the U.S. Paul Carrack, whose resume includes stints in Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike + the Mechanics, will be a member of Eric Clapton’s band when Slowhand kicks off a short four-show U.S. tour this Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Additional performances are scheduled for Memphis on April 30, Birmingham, AL on May 2 and Atlanta the following night. Carrack’s latest solo album, Rain or Shine, was released in March.
CHICAGO SHARES BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT MAKING OF NEW ALBUM
One of America’s most enduring bands, the perennially popular live act Chicago is gearing up to release its appropriately titled 36th album, Now: Chicago XXXVI, available July 4. The Windy City-bred group has posted a YouTube video featuring snippets of some of the 11 songs found on the album, plus some fun behind-the-scenes footage of the band members recording the record, sometimes in unconventional settings such as hotel rooms.
SIMMONS SAYS KING OF POP NEVER SANG ON DOOBIE BROTHERS HIT
There has been a long-standing rumor that Michael Jackson secretly sang background vocals on the Doobie Brothers smash single “Minute by Minute,” but according to guitarist Patrick Simmons, the King of Pop never spent a minute in the studio with the Brothers. When asked in a recent interview whether Jackson’s voice is on the tune, Simmons said, “No, it’s not. He was kidding around while someone had a video camera going. I don’t know if he ever told her the truth.”
THE GO-GO’S, SCANDAL, MOTELS BOOKED ON REPLAY AMERICA TOUR
Fans of Eighties era modern rock will be awash in acid wash jean memories at every stop on this summer’s Replay America Tour featuring MTV superstars The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth & Scandal, Martha Davis & the Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes. So far, only two dates have been made public; July 8 at Wold Trap in Vienna, VA and July 19 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA, just outside Sacramento, but according to The Go-Go’s official website, “More dates to be announced soon!”