PLANT PUTS ODDS OF LED ZEPPELIN PERFORMING AGAIN AT “ZERO”
Hopes of Robert Plant ever fronting Led Zeppelin again – even for a one-off gig similar to the 2007 show that resulted in the Celebration Day live album and film – have been dealt a serious blow. During an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Jimmy Page was once again asked if he and Plant would ever get together again to perform live. Page replied, “I’m sure people would love to hear it. I’m not the one to be asking, I don’t sing.” When Plant was asked about the chances of him and Page performing as Led Zeppelin in the future, he replied with a resounding “zero.”
ALLMAN BIOPIC HURT BY HURT’S DEPARTURE
“Trouble No More” is not an apt Allman Brothers Band song title to describe the state of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider after actor William Hurt announced he’s found “One Way Out” of his commitment to play the latter day Allman. Hurt’s departure comes two months after camera assistant Sarah Jones died after being struck by an oncoming train during the filming of a train track scene in February. Production on the film is still stalled while authorities continue to investigate the incident.
THE DOORS “WORLD SERIES OF TRIVIA” TO BE PLAYED OUT ONLINE
Fans of The Doors have an open invitation to take part in the first-ever group-hosted interactive game show at the Google Hangouts on Air platform. The Doors “World Series of Trivia” will take place April 30 at 12p Pacific at youtube.com/thedoors and will feature six fans competing to win a host of Doors-centric prizes, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s entire catalog. Jac Holzman, the Elektra Records president who signed The Doors, will host the groundbreaking event.
DELUXE EDITIONS OF DEEP PURPLE’S MADE IN JAPAN DUE MAY 27
Rhino Records is readying the release of deluxe editions of Deep Purple’s multi-platinum selling concert set Made in Japan, available May 27 in multiple formats. The 2014 remastered editions of one of the greatest live albums in the history of rock will be available in the following formats: a single CD; two-CD deluxe edition featuring a bonus disc holding previously unreleased encores from the three shows from which the original album tracks were culled; a Digital Download of the remastered original album and Deluxe Edition; and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set featuring remastered audio of all three complete shows across four CDs, a DVD documentary featuring rare interviews and additional footage, a 7” promo single and a 60-page hard bound book.
STYX, FOREIGNER TO ISSUE THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER TOUR ALBUM
Heavyweight hitmakers Styx and Foreigner, along with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, will kick off their highly anticipated The Soundtrack of Summer U.S. tour May 14 in Wichita, KS. On May 6, The Soundtrack of Summer Tour companion album will be available exclusively at Walmart, and will feature eight Styx standards, eight Foreigner fan favorites, plus a brand new reworked rendition of “Hotel California” featuring all three acts. The triple threat trek runs through July 27 in Santa Barbara.
TATE TOUTS HIMSELF AS “THE VOICE OF QUEENSRYCHE”
Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate has placed a new banner bearing the words “The Voice of Queensryche” on his website Queensryche.com, despite the lack of an official announcement signaling the end of the legal battle between him and the band still billing itself as Queensryche. Last week, Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton noted an official announcement on the end of the legal battle was “coming up” and added, “What I can say is that both sides have reached an amicable settlement and it’s now just a matter of time.”