THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
BON JOVI BOOKED TO PERFORM ON AMERICAN IDOL
Arena rock royalty Bon Jovi will perform their new single “Because We Can” from their forthcoming album What About Now on the March 14 episode of American Idol. The band recently kicked off its worldwide tour in support of What About Now, which arrives March 12. The band’s Because We Can North American tour stops in Pittsburgh tonight, State College, PA on Saturday and Buffalo on Sunday, and runs through April 25 in San Jose, CA.
HOUSE WHERE SPRINGSTEEN PENNED ‘BORN TO RUN’ FOR SALE
If you’ve ever wanted to own 828 square feet of prime New Jersey real estate – and a huge chunk of Bruce Springsteen history – now is your chance. The South Long Branch home where the Boss wrote “Born To Run” as well as “Thunder Road” and “She’s the One” is up for sale, with an asking price listed at $349,000. Springsteen lived in the two-bedroom, one bath 1920’s shotgun house in 1974 and 75.
RUSH HEAP 15 MORE DATES ONTO U. S. TOUR SCHEDULE
It appears Rush’s Clockwork Angels tour is never-ending, as the Canadian power trio has just announced they’ve added 15 more shows to the trek, which was just extended by nine dates a little over a month ago. The new dates begin April 23 in Austin, TX, and the tour now include stops in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Uncasville, Atlantic City, Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, Denver and Kansas City.
JOHN HOPING TO HELP SAVE EUROPEAN RECORD STORE CHAIN
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John is committing to do what he can to help save longtime European record store chain HMV from closing its doors for good. John has signed on to do a series of in-store appearances and performances in an attempt to save the retail chain. A spokesman for the singer said, “Elton has always been a big supporter of record shops. He will be doing something with HMV although as yet we cannot confirm what or when that would be.”
BEATLES PROVIDE SONGS FOR FILM ABOUT FORMER SECRETARY
The director of an upcoming documentary on the life of former Beatles employee Freda Kelly has secured the rights to four Fab Four original songs, including “Love Me Do” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Filmmaker Ryan White says Good Ol’ Freda, which will premiere March 9 at SXSW, tells the story of Kelly, who oversaw the Beatles fan club and served as the group’s secretary for 11 years.
SCHON, SANTANA IN TALKS TO TEAM ON FUTURE PROJECT
Longtime Journey guitarist Neal Schon was just 15 years old when he joined Santana for two albums, 1971’s Santana III and Caravanserai, but it appears he may reunite with Carlos Santana on a future collaboration. In a recent interview, Schon said, “I’ve reconnected with Carlos Santana now and we have been talking about doing something together again. We’ve talked a lot on the telephone and I hooked up with him before Christmas. You never know what’s going to happen. Life is full of surprises. It’s very exciting.”
PEARL JAM’S TEN REACHES A PERFECT 10 MILLION IN SALES
In a case of perfect symmetry, Pearl Jam’s classic debut album Ten surpassed the 10 million mark in U.S. sales this week, only the 22nd album to reach the lofty number since 1991. Other rock gems on the 10 million-plus sales list include Metallica’s Metallica, The Beatles’ 1, Santana’s Supernatural, Creed’s Human Clay and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.
METALLICA DENY TELLING MILITARY TO STOP USING THEIR MUSIC
The members of Metallica are denying the claims of an anonymous Navy Seal that claimed the band asked the U.S. Navy to stop using their music during interrogations. The band posted the following on their website: “There has been a lot of talk recently about us asking the military not to use our music to ‘soften people up before interrogation.’ We NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter. Any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct.”
BYRNE MUSICAL HERE LIES LOVE OPENS APRIL 2 IN NEW YORK CITY
The world premiere of the musical Here Lies Love, concept and lyrics by Talking Heads headman David Byrne, opens April 2 at the Public Theater in New York City. Byrne and British DJ, musician and producer Fatboy Slim wrote the music for the piece, which tells the life story of former Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos.
CORGAN PITCHES FURNITURE AND WRESTLING IN NEW COMMERCIAL
Rocker Billy Corgan makes an appearance in a new television commercial for Chicago-area furniture sellers Walter E. Smithe, helping the four-generation family owned retailer move product while touting his own Resistance Pro Wrestling Company. In the spot, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman gets into a tussle inside a wrestling ring and immediately calls in reinforcements, members of his pro wrestling company.