MCCARTNEY TO PERFORM FINAL CANDLESTICK PARK CONCERT
Almost 48 years after the Beatles performed their final full concert on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Paul McCartney will return to the historic venue to perform the final show before the stadium is demolished. Sir Paul has confirmed he’ll hold his “Farewell to Candlestick Park: The Final Concert” on August 14. A very happy San Francisco mayor Ed Lee said, “Believe me, it wasn’t something I, or anyone else, was expecting.” Tickets go on sale for the general public May 5.
LED ZEPPELIN SUPER DELUXE EDITION UNBOXING VIDEO TRAILER ARRIVES
A new video sneak peek into the forthcoming Led Zeppelin self-titled debut album super deluxe edition reissue gives fans a taste of what they’ll have an opportunity to get their hands on when it lands June 3. The must-have addition to your Led Zep catalog includes a remastered edition of the original 1969 Led Zeppelin album, a bonus CD of the band’s 1969concert in Paris, three remastered LPs holding the original and the Paris gig, a 72-page hardback book, and an HD download card.
DELUXE BOX SET OF YOUNG’S A LETTER HOME ALBUM AVAILABLE MAY 27
Known for never letting much musical grass grow under his feet, Neil Young has announced a May 27 release date for a CD, digital album and limited edition deluxe box set of his recently released vinyl A Letter Home. The expanded box set will contain the standard audio LP, an audiophile LP, a standard audio CD, a DVD with exclusive footage of the recording sessions, a 32-page full color booklet, and seven 6” clear vinyl discs.
CLIP FROM COOPER DOC TELLS TALE OF MEETING ROCK ROYALTY
A new (NOTE CONTENT) clip from the new documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper captures a snapshot of the shock rocker’s early days in Los Angeles following his band’s move from Phoenix. Cooper explains how his nascent manger Shep Gordon invited him and his band to a marijuana-filled Hollywood hotel room where he met a group of future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers that included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and the Jefferson Airplane. Super Duper Alice Cooper opens in selected theatres April 30.
BOWIE “DIAMOND DOGS” 7” LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC DUE JUNE 17
In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of its original release, a special limited edition 7” picture disc of David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” will be unleashed June 17. Originally released in June 1974, this new anniversary edition will be a double A side with the David Live – 2005 mix by Bowie producer Tony Visconti available on vinyl for the first time.
GNR GUITARIST GUESSES FANS COULD GET NEW MUSIC IN “NEXT YEAR”
In an interview with a BBC reporter at the recent Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus forecasted the group could have new music out “in the next year.” The six-string specialist speculated that the Axl Rose-led lineup could “hopefully very soon…have new stuff out,” adding, “We’re going to be in Vegas all together, so hopefully during that time we’re going to be able to get into the room and start laying down some more stuff.”
ROTH SHARES HIS BACKSTAGE RENDITION OF NO. 1 POP HIT “HAPPY”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for at least the last nine weeks, chances are, somewhere, somehow you’ve heard the irresistibly infectious Pharrell Williams hit single “Happy,” which has been No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart for nine weeks running. Van Halen singer David Lee Roth has obviously heard the tune, and he’s shared a YouTube video of his impromptu cover of the song, recorded with New York a cappella group Naturally 7 backstage after their show in Tokyo, Japan.
NEIL PREMATURE ABOUT MOVING ARENA FOOTBALL TEAM TO LAS VEGAS
Longtime Motley Crue singer Vince Neil made headlines recently when he stated his intensions to become part owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League and relocate the club to his hometown of Las Vegas. Neil may have spoken too soon because Jeff Bouchy, the franchise’s managing partner, has issued a statement in which he says, “Simply stated, the Jacksonville Sharks are neither relocating to the Las Vegas market nore planning to ever leave our great city of Jacksonville. We are currently in talks with Vince Neil about becoming a minority owner of the Jacksonville team, but those discussions do not include moving the team to another market, and as of now, neither Vince Neil nor Rockstar Investment Group, Inc. own any part of the Jacksonville Sharks.
RATT SINGER PEARCY SCURRIES AWAY FROM GROUP
Shocking news from the Ratt camp, as longtime frontman Stephen Pearcy has decided to quit the group he’s been the face and voice of for three decades. In a statement, the singer said: “After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, [late guitarist] Robbin [Crosby], it’s time that I personally part ways with the band. I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum, and most of all, the disrespect to the fans. I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows. See you out there.”
BYRNE’S HERE LIES LOVE CAST RECORDING 2-CD DUE MAY 6
The cast recording of Talking Heads principal David Byrne’s Public Theater production Here Lies Love will be released on Nonesuch Records May 6. The double-disc set features music by Byrne and British DJ/musician/rapper/producer Fatboy Slim, plus seven new tunes written by Byrne specifically for the musical. Of the new compositions, Byrne said, “I was thrilled with the result – I’d been gently nudged by my collaborators to write something that I’d never tried before.”