Jimmy Page Slams Robert Plant Over Led Zeppelin Reunion Comments
(hennemusic) In an interview with the New York Times, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page takes a shot at singer Robert Plant over the role he's been playing in distracting both himself and fans with veiled commitments to reunite the legendary band for a tour.
"I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?," explains Page as he promotes the upcoming expanded reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums next month. "Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?"
Plant raised the hopes of Led Zeppelin fans about a possible reunion trek when made the comments in February of 2013 during an interview with Australia's 60 Minutes.
"You know, the two other guys (Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones) are both Capricorns and they keep schtum (quiet); they don't say a word," Plant told reporter Tara Brown. "But they are quite contained in their own worlds and they just leave it to me to do this (interviews)."
"…to be the bad guy?", asked Brown. "I'm not the bad guy," replied the singer. "Well you are for all those Led Zeppelin fans who'd love you to say 'yes, we're reforming'," she challenged. "Well, then you need to speak to the Capricorns ... 'cause I've got nothing to do in 2014," answered Plant.
Slash Discusses Velvet Revolver's Plans
(hennemusic) Slash shared an update on the status of Velvet Revolver during press interviews on the red carpet at the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles recently.
"I think we're gonna audition a singer coming up," said Slash. "So there's that. But I'm gonna be out on the road for the next year and a half [with my solo band] anyway, so…"
Velvet Revolver released two albums, including 2004's "Contraband" and 2007's "Libertad", but have remained inactive since the 2008 departure of singer Scott Weiland, who returned to Stone Temple Pilots ... and was later fired by that group in 2013.
In late 2010/early 2011, Velvet Revolver recorded demos with Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, but reports indicated that Slash was unable to commit to adding him to the lineup, and the project was put back on hold as the guitarist continued touring in support of his debut solo album.
Paul McCartney Postpones Shows Due To Illness
Paul McCartney was forced to postpone his two shows at the Tokyo National Stadium after he was diagnosed with a virus on Friday and doctors ordered him to have complete rest.
There was not word at press time when the rescheduled dates will take place. McCartney is expected to play the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Wednesday and has an additional Japanese show in Osaka on Saturday (May 24) before closing the Asian tour out on May 28th in Seoul.
McCartney's camp released the following statement early Sunday morning: "Doctors have ordered Paul complete rest and he has been doing all he can to get better. Paul has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career and is so upset about this situation, he hates to let people down.
"This morning he told his staff he was going to try and perform tonight against doctors orders, but his team, along with the doctors, wouldn't allow it. He has been very moved by the fan's reactions and messages of love and support he has received in Japan. Paul has instructed his team to look at rescheduling options."
McCartney had the following message for fans, "Thank you so much for your kind messages of support. I'm so very touched. Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I'd be feeling better today. I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down. Love, Paul"
Unreleased Eric Clapton Recording Goes Online
(The Blues Blues charity pioneer Tim Duffy has released a stream of a version of Willie Brown's Mississippi Blues that he recorded in 1995 with Eric Clapton. Duffy has made the song available to mark the 20th anniversary of his Music Maker Relief Foundation, which seeks to support musicians in financial difficulty.
Slowhand has been a high-profile supporter of the organisation, calling it "a fabulous project." The pair recorded the track during a meeting in New York.
"When Eric began to play it was spellbinding, and among the most amazing musical moments of my life," Duffy tells Rolling Stone. "I picked up my guitar and tuned it up to match his, and began to play some backup licks I'd learned from Guitar Gabriel."
KISS To Perform On American Idol Season Finale
(hennemusic) KISS will perform on the Season 13 finale of American Idol this week, where they'll be joined by finalist Caleb Johnson. Johnson has been cranking out rock covers all season long, including tracks by Whitesnake, Rush and Led Zeppelin.
The two-part American Idol Season 13 sinale will air on Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21, starting at 8 p.m. on Fox. KISS previously appeared on the reality singing competition during the 2009 season finale, where they were joined by Adam Lambert for a medley of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock And Roll All Night."
Last month, the original lineup of KISS were inducted into the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York, alongside Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.
Joe Walsh Was A Foo Fighter For Two Days
(Classic Rock) Joe Walsh says he was a Foo Fighter for two days and that he will appear on the band's next album. The Eagles guitarist hooked up with Dave Grohl's crew through a mutual friend.
Walsh tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I was a Foo Fighter for two days and played on a track of theirs that's gonna come out. Drew Hester, my drummer for my solo gigs, is a great friend of all of those guys, so I hooked up through him."
Walsh is also set to appear on a new track by funk icons War and is working on new Eagles tracks, as well as a solo blues album. On the Eagles tracks, Walsh says he's got some songs "in the can" but would not say for sure whether they would ever see the light of day.
Metallica Frontman Unplugs For A Cure
(hennemusic) Metallica frontman James Hetfield teamed up with Sammy Hagar to co-headline the first annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California.
The event benefitted the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and featured solo sets, duets and jam sessions. The event also featured performances by Hagar, Scott Mathews, Pat Monahan of Train, and Nancy Wilson of Heart.
Hetfield's 4-song set included Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" and "Until It Sleeps", a cover of The Beatles' "In My Life", and a medley of Bob Seger's "Turn The Page" and Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - for which he was joined by that band's Billie Joe Armstrong and acclaimed guitarist Joe Satriani.
Jack White Streams New Song
(hennemusic) Jack White has released an online stream of a new song, "Just One Drink", as a preview to his forthcoming album, "Lazaretto", which is due to be released on June 10.
The track from the follow-up to White's 2012 US No. 1 record, "Blunderbuss", is the third tune issued from the project to date, following the instrumental, "High Ball Stepper", and the album's title song.
White will kick off a world tour in support of "Lazaretto" on May 29th at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK and continue with stops throughout North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom, before returning to North America for some late summer shows.