BUTLER SAYS WORK ON SABBATH ALBUM IS COMPLETE
Minus guitarist Tony Iommi needing to put “down a couple of solos,” the all-new Black Sabbath album is finished, bassist Geezer Butler says. In a recent interview, Butler pronounced, “We’ve finished recording it, we start mixing in February and it will be out in June. The provisional title is 13 – unless we can come up with something more constructive.”
LED ZEPPELIN TO BE HONORED AT GERMANY’S ECHO AWARDS
The mighty Led Zeppelin will pick up yet another special prize when they are given the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Echo Awards in Berlin, Germany on March 21. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be in attendance to receive the honor presented by the German Phono Academy, the Cultural Institute of the Federal Association of Music. Last December, Page, Jones and Robert Plant were in Washington, DC to accept the Kennedy Center Honors from President Barack Obama.
RUSH BOOK RUSH DELIVERED ON HEELS OF ROCK HALL INDUCTION
Opportunistic author Martin Popoff is hoping to cash in on the wave of excitement following the April 18 induction of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the May 15 release of his book Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History. As the title implies, the band has in fact not authorized the book’s release, and the text does illustrate chronologically the Canadian power trio’s history.
BUCKINGHAM BOASTS ABOUT NEW FLEETWOOD MAC SONGS
If notorious perfectionist Lindsey Buckingham says the new songs Fleetwood Mac has written and recorded sound “great,” chances are they’re probably fantastic. Buckingham told Rolling Stone the group “got together and we cut a bunch of tracks, and they turned out great.” He went on to say, “There’s also another track that dates back to Buckingham-Nicks that Stevie and I built up from scratch.” Fleetwood Mac’s North American tour gets underway on April 4 in Columbus, OH.
DRUMMER DISHES ON BOWIE’S DESIRE TO KEEP ALBUM A SECRET
He’s played with Bruce Springsteen and now drummer Zachary Alford can FINALLY say he played on David Bowie’s new album as well. Like everyone involved, Alford had to keep a secret the fact that Bowie was working on his first album, The Next Day (available March 12), in a decade. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Alford reveals that Bowie “handed out nondisclosure forms for everyone to sign” so as to keep lips sealed. Alford did confess to telling his wife and children, then added, “But we home-school, so I didn’t have to worry about them blabbing it all over school.”
HEALTH ISSUES MOUNT FOR GUITARIST MCCULLOUGH
The state of former Wings and Joe Cocker guitarist Henry McCullough’s health has taken a turn for the worse. Last November, news broke that he was in critical condition following a serious heart attack. Sadly, last week we learned the musician has suffered brain damage as well. Former Wings bandmate drummer Denny Seiwell told Something Else Reviews, “Unfortunately, we just got some bad news on Henry’s condition. By the time the ambulance got there, because of the lack of oxygen from that period of the heart attack through first treatment, he’s suffered some significant brain damage. He’s going to need constant care the rest of his life.”
STEWART AND FRIENDS TO PLAY SPECIAL L.A. GIG
Singer/songwriter/producer/director/ entrepreneur Dave Stewart will don his performer hat for a very special Dave Stewart and Friends Show on April 11 at the historic Troubadour in Los Angeles. The former Eurythmics member will have a host of super-secret and super special friends jump onstage with him throughout the evening to perform material that spans his entire body of work, including some off his forthcoming album Lucky Numbers, due sometime later this year.
GROHL, SOUND CITY PLAYERS TO ROCK THE BIG APPLE
Last Thursday, Dave Grohl and his Sound City Players performed a three-hour-plus set at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and on February 13, Grohl and his group will take over the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The former Nirvana member’s Sound City Players are anchored by his current band Foo Fighters, who serve as the core unit, while backing up the numerous guest stars, which include ex-Nirvana bassist Krsit Novocelic, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield, among others.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS SERVE UP NEW SPACEY SINGLE
Day-three Coachella 2013 headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the sixth seven-inch single in their 18-song series of outtakes from the I’m With You sessions. “In Love Dying” takes listeners on an eight-minute trippy sonic sojourn, piloted by Flea’s bass playing prowess. “In Love Dying” is available now on iTunes and the band’s official website.
YOUTUBE: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: IN LOVE DYING (VINYL PLAYBACK VIDEO)