Motley Crue's Vince Neil Now Part-Owner Of Pro Football Team
(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has signed on as part-owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Neil's ownership venture into the AFL follows the recent purchase and launch of the LA KISS by KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.
"As an owner, I'm just here to cheer on the team, you know," says Neil about his new role in an interview with First Coast News. "…and get some new fans in the seats - people who are maybe thinking about going to the game but really haven't committed to it - get off the couch and come down to the game. It's something really, really exciting and I think once you go, you'll be hooked."
Vince and Motley Crue will launch their farewell trek - billed as "The Final Tour" - on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with guest Alice Cooper. The band will release a new song, "All Bad Things Must Come To An End", as part of a new greatest hits package that will surface in sync with the tour.
Led Zeppelin Release 'Whole Lotta Love' Rough Mix Video
(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin have issued an official video for an unreleased version of "Whole Lotta Love" that will appear on the forthcoming expanded reissue of their 1969 sophomore album, "Led Zeppelin II."
The "Rough Mix with Vocal" version of the iconic song - featured on the companion disc of bonus material from the sessions for the album - is different than the one fans have known for decades.
"You realize just how important all of those additional layers and the filigree work is," guitarist Jimmy Page told the BBC recently. "There's all manner of bells and whistles to make it the song Whole Lotta Love as we all know it."
Due June 2 (June 3 in North America), the band are also releasing reissues of "Led Zeppelin I" and "Led Zeppelin III" the same day.
Angus and Malcolm Pre-AC/DC Song Streaming Online
(hennemusic) A preview of one of the first recordings made by AC/DC's Angus & Malcolm Young, set to be reissued on June 2nd, is now streaming online. The song "Natural Man" appeared on Marcus Hook Roll Band's 1973 release, "Tales Of Old Grand Daddy."
The group was put together by Harry Vanda and George Young of The Easybeats (and, later, Flash And The Pan). The main sessions for "Tales Of Old Grand Daddy" took place during July/August 1973 in Sydney, Australia.
The members of AC/DC are currently in a Vancouver recording studio working on a new album. Guitarist Malcolm Young is sitting out the sessions due to health issues, and there's speculation that his nephew, Stevie, is helping out during his absence.
Rolling Stones Made Over 1.5 Billion From Touring
(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones lead a new list of the top 25-selling live acts of the past 25 years, according to music industry magazine Billboard. The UK rockers top the list after grossing more than $1.5 billion on the road since 1990, playing more than 500 shows to almost 20 million fans.
"Mick Jagger is always going to be the role model," Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard in a recent interview. "Until [Jagger] hangs up the retirement number, I don't know where the end zone is. I just keep running the ball until Jagger says, 'Here's the goal line.'"
U2 lands in second place, with roughly the same numbers as The Stones; Bruce Springsteen is in third with a $1.2 billion gross over 700-plus shows to 15 million fans; rounding out the top ten are Madonna, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, Celine Dion, Kenny Chesney and The Eagles.
Slash's New Album Coming A Month Early Via Classic Rock
(TeamRock Radio) Classic Rock magazine will release World On Fire, the new album from Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, as a special Fanpack edition on September 15, a full four weeks ahead of the album's regular release date.
The album, the follow-up to 2010's Slash and 2012's Apocalyptic Love (Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) - both of which were released with Classic Rock in Fan Pack form - features 17 new songs and has been described by Slash's bassist Todd Kerns as "sleazier, tougher and more dangerous" than its predecessors.
Classic Rock's Slash Fan Pack includes the World On Fire album, a metal pin badge plus an in-depth, 116 page full-colour magazine dedicated to every aspect of how the album was written and recorded. The magazine will feature exclusive new interviews with Slash, Myles Kennedy, the band members, the album's producer Michael Baskette and Slash and Myles' full track by-track breakdown of the new release.
Paul McCartney Leaves Japan After Hospitalization
Paul McCartney has left Japan after he was discharged from a hospital for treatment of a virus that caused the former Beatle to cancel his tour of the country and a show in South Korea.
The promoters in Japan issued a statement on Tuesday that said McCartney left Japan on a charter flight on Monday and they added, "Paul McCartney himself hopes to return to Japan for more concerts as soon as possible," according to Reuters.
As previously reported, a statement was issued on McCartney's website last Thursday (May 22) that said, "Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo.
"He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world."
McCartney's website lists his next scheduled concert to take place on June 14th in Lubbock, TX at the United Spirit Arena, which will the kick off of his North American summer tour.
Slash Reveals European Headline Tour Plans
(hennemusic) Slash has followed up news regarding the release of his new album, "World On Fire", with the release of dates for a headlining tour of Europe that will be taking place this fall.
Slash will hit the road for dates across Europe starting November 10 in Dublin, Ireland. The guitarist will wrap up the trip with a 3-show series in the UK, finishing up in Birmingham on December 1.
Due September 15 (September 16 in North America), "World On Fire" sees Slash working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette.