Foreigner's Lou Gramm and Mick Jones Reuniting For New Music
Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has confirmed that he is reuniting with guitarist Mick Jones to work on new music, but it will be for their solo albums and not the arena rock band's next album.
"Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music," Gramm said to Rochester, N.Y.'s 95.1 the Brew, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. "I'm excited about it and very much looking forward to it.
"I'm actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he's gonna be releasing, and he's gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I'll be releasing next year."
Although Jones was recently quoted as saying that he and Gramm were considering working together on leftover music from the 1980s, Gramm says that the material is much newer.
"It's actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003," Gramm says. "So those were songs that were done at the end of the '90s and early '00s, and they're really good."
Pink Floyd Confirm New Album Release Plans
(hennemusic) Pink Floyd have officially announced plans to release their first new album in 20 years this fall. "Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album 'The Endless River' in October 2014," posted the band on Monday.
"It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright."
"The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson," they added. "Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer."
Johnny Depp Stars In Paul McCartney's New 'Early Days' Video
(Radio.com) Paul McCartney took a left-field approach when casting the video for "Early Days," a remembrance song for John Lennon off his 2013 album New. Rather than find lookalikes for himself and Lennon, the former Beatle went with unknown actors playing aspiring musicians in 1950s South - and instead of putting Johnny Depp front and center, which could have overshadowed the video's heartfelt story, McCartney relegated the actor to a peripheral role as one of his bandmates.
Macca's unexpected choices work in the video's favor. But the decision to briefly show Depp is also part of an inside joke between the pair, who've worked together before on Paul McCartney's videos for "My Valentine" (2012) and "Queenie Eye" (2013). "It's getting to be a running gag," McCartney told Rolling Stone. "He's like the Alfred Hitchcock of my videos. And he's good!"
It wasn't hard for Depp to get into character, especially considering he has a musical pastime - as a guitarist, he contributed to Oasis' 1997 song "Fade In-Out" and was a member of the supergroup P, alongside Butthole Surfers' singer Gibby Haynes, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones.
"He used to be a musician before he was an actor, you know," McCartney explained. "One of his old bandmates actually organized getting me that cigar-box guitar that I played with Dave Grohl on 'Cut Me Some Slack,' that we ended up getting a GRAMMY for. So I knew he could play."
But even if Depp didn't have prior experience in a band, McCartney likely still would have cast him; he thinks that actors are naturally suited to try their hand at music, and vice-versa. "They're similar gigs, really," he added. "Ringo [Starr] used to know Peter Sellers very well, and Peter wanted to be a drummer - that was his secret closet ambition. You run into a lot of guys who play who are actors. There a bunch you can think of. Bruce Willis does it. Then there are people who do both, like Jared Leto."
Black Sabbath Receive Platinum Award For 13
(hennemusic) Black Sabbath received a worldwide platinum award for their 2013 reunion album, "13", prior to their show at London's Hyde Park on Friday. "13" was the group's first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die."
"Thanks to everyone who purchased the 13 album and came to see us play along the tour!," posted the band. "We received a plaque at Hyde Park for 1 Million sales and the album reaching #1 in 14 countries. Thank you all!"
While "13" saw a return of Osbourne to the Sabbath lineup, original drummer Bill Ward declined to participate in the reunion tour and album over a contractual dispute.
Motley Crue Can't Use Tommy Lee's Cruecifly At Some Shows
Motley Crue just launched their Farewell tour but some fans that attended the band's July 4th stop at the Milwaukee Summerfest were disappointed that Tommy Lee didn't use his elaborate drum setup at the show.
Lee's rollercoaster like setup for the tour has been dubbed "The Cruecifly" and Lee took to Twitter this weekend to explain why he won't be using it at all stops on the trek.
Lee tweeted, "Hi guys. Want you to know certain venues cannot handle The Cruecifly. It's not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig. It's massive!"
The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night Restored For 50th Anniversary
(Gibson) The Beatles' feature film debut, A Hard Day's Night opened 50 years ago this week, on July 6, 1964 and a newly restored version of the film is back in some theaters now.
A new digitally restored version of the much-lauded musical comedy hit screens nationwide over the Fourth of July weekend. Directed by Richard Lester, the original movie was shot with a production budget of just $500,000, and went on to gross more than $12 million.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Janus Films hired producer Giles Martin-son of Sir George Martin-to remix and remaster the soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios, for 5.1 sound systems. The film features such classic songs as "I Should Have Known Better," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title track.
Yes Preview New Song 'Light Of The Ages'
(hennemusic) Prog legends Yes are previewing "Light Of The Ages", one of the tracks found on their forthcoming new album, "Heaven & Earth," the band's first record with singer Jon Davison, who joined the lineup in 2012.
Due July 8, the project was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Foreigner, Alice Cooper), while longtime Yes associate Roger Dean handled the cover art.
This past weekend, Yes kicked off a US tour to support the project. The shows see the band performing two albums in their entirety - 1971's "Fragile" (for the first-time ever) and a repeat performance from last year's tour of 1972's "Close To The Edge" - followed by an encore of their greatest hits.