FRAMPTON’S 7-SONG HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX SET DUE JUNE 24
Guitar genius Peter Frampton has circled June 24 for the release of his next musical masterpiece, Hummingbird in a Box, a seven-song soundscape inspired by his work with the Cincinnati Ballet. The collection features seven original guitar pieces composed by Frampton and Gordon Kennedy, who had his fingerprints all over Frampton’s Grammy-winning (Best Pop Instrumental Album) Fingerprints. Finally, Frampton’s jam-packed summer tour schedule gets underway June 22 in his hometown of Cincinnati and runs through August 31 in Tucson, AZ.
THE WHO’S QUADROPHENIA TO BE SUBJECT OF SYMPOSIUM
England’s University of Sussex will hold a weekend-long symposium on The Who’s 1973 masterwork Quadrophenia album and its subsequent feature film, marking the 50th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band as well as the 50th anniversary of the Brighton Beach riots between mods and rockers captured in the movie. “Here by the Sea and Sand: A Symposium on Quadrophenia” will take place July 10-12. Pam Thurschwell, co-director of the university’s Centre for Modernist Studies, told Rolling Stone, “The album is a classic work about adolescent alienation – the desire to be safely ensconced in a crowd, cut through by the fear of having one’s shaky identity sucked away. It’s comparable to [author J.D.] Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye or Colin MacInness’ Absolute Beginners as a story of adolescent development and what thwarts it.”
NEIL INVESTS IN ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE FRANCHISE
Perhaps eyeing how he’s going to spent part of his post-Motley Crue life, retiring frontman Vince Neil has joined an investment group that has purchased the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. The longtime Las Vegas resident plans to move the club to Sin City in two years, telling the Las Vegas Sun, “I sense the city would love it. I know that I will because it’s on my home turf. I love the game. It will be perfect to have an AFL team in Las Vegas.” Neil’s new team is likely to go head-to-head with Kiss’ new AFL club the LA Kiss, partly owned by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
BLONDIE TO MARK MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW TWO-DISC ALBUM
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Blondie will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with the May 13 release of Blondie 4(0) Ever, a two-CD set featuring brand new songs as well as a healthy helping of greatest hits. Disc one will hold the group’s 10th studio album, the 13-track Ghosts of Download, while disc two will contain Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, featuring all-new studio recordings of band standards such as “Rapture,” “Heart of Glass” and “One Way or Another.”
BON JOVI BANKROLLS LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROJECT IN PHILLY
Congratulations go out to Jon Bon Jovi who Tuesday helped open a 55-unit low-income housing development in Philadelphia he helped fund. The Bon Jovi frontman’s Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership teamed to provide lead funding for the $16.6 million JBJ Soul Homes complex located in the Francisville neighborhood of the City of Brotherly Love.
MEGADETH’S MUSTAINE INVITES FORMER DEAF FAN TO FIRST CONCERT
Kudos to Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine who did a good deed by arranging for a deaf woman who recently regained her hearing to experience her first ever rock concert. Sarah Churman, whose video of her regaining her hearing went viral, was flown to Las Vegas by Mustaine to see (and hear) Megadeth and Motorhead in concert last week. Mustaine told a local Sin City TV station, “When we found out that she was a fan, it was, like, this is a no-brainer.”
URIAH HEEP READIES RETURN WITH JUNE 10 RELEASE OF OUTSIDER
British rock royalty Uriah Heep will deliver its long-awaited 24th studio album, Outsider, on June 10. The 11-track collection, the group’s first all-new album since 2011’s The Wild, features heavy Heep current classics such as “Speed of Sound,” “One Minute,” “The Law,” “Rock the Foundation,” Is Anybody Gonna Help Me?” “Can’t Take That Away” and “The Outsider.”