THURSDAY, MARCH 7
TEN YEARS AFTER GUITARIST ALVIN LEE DEAD AT 68
Legendary Ten Years After guitarist and frontman Alvin Lee died early Wednesday morning of complications following a routine surgical procedure, according to a message on his website. He was 68. The statement read: “With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin passed away early this morning (Wednesday) after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.” Lee co-founded Ten Years After in the early 60s with bassist Leo Lyons, and the band’s defining moment came at their appearance at Woodstock, especially their extended and fiery rendition of “I’m Going Home,” considered by many to be a highlight of the 1969 festival. Additional signature songs from the group include “One of These Days,” “I’d Love to Change the World,” “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘N’ Roll You,” “Rock & Roll Music to the World,” “Rock Your Mama,” “Good Morning Little School Girl” and “Choo Choo Mama.”
ROCKER DROPS HINT ROLLING STONES PLAYING UK FESTIVAL
Speculation has been running rampant regarding the possibility of the Rolling Stones playing UK’s legendary Glastonbury festival this summer, but a hint dropped by British band Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno could be the clearest indication yet that the veteran group will headline the event set for June 26-30. Asked by MTV UK whether he hopes his group will be the most talked about band on that weekend, Pizzorno replied, “Yes, that would be a miracle because the Rolling Stones are playing Glastonbury. I can imagine there will be a lot of people there waiting for them.”
WOLFGANG VAN HALEN TUNES OUT THE HATERS
Trying to replace an integral part of the sound of one of the world’s biggest bands is pressure enough, but for Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, trying to silence doubters is all just part of carrying on the “family business.” The 21-year old musician told Billboard, “There’s definitely a lot of hate out there that I try not to acknowledge. It’s definitely intimidating as a 16-year old to have the world hating on you and saying you’re only in (Van Halen) because it’s your dad’s band… But I just kind of do my thing. I know what I can do, and when people tell me I can’t…it almost makes me feel better.” As for a future Van Halen album, he says they’ve “actually written a handful of songs” and “there’s plenty of other ideas laying around… You never know what’ll happen.”
HAWAII STATE SENATE PASSES ‘STEVEN TYLER ACT’
The Hawaii state Senate Tuesday passed a bill aimed at shielding celebrities from aggressive paparazzi, dubbed the “Steven Tyler Act.” The Aerosmith singer, who owns a home in Maui, pushed state Sen. Kalani English to introduce the legislation that would make it a civil violation for photographers to take unwanted photos and videos of others. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
ROSE ADMITS HE’S NOT A ‘PUNCTUAL PERSON’
The notoriously tardy Axl Rose made news recently when he actually admitted to having a problem being places – especially onstage – on time. In an interview with Australia’s Adelaide Now, the Guns N’ Roses frontman copped to not being “a punctual type of person, never have been.” He added, “I apologize to anyone I’ve inconvenienced or put out in any way. In general I usually don’t really go by or live my life by a clock… It’s not out of lack of respect for anyone or intentional.”
STARR STARS IN DRUMMING LESSON VIDEO AS PART OF EXHIBIT
Visitors to the Ringo: Peace & Love exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will have an opportunity to pick up a few pointers on drumming from Ringo Starr himself, who has recorded a video to teach wannabe drummers some rudimentary skills. The exhibit, which opens June 12 and runs through November, will also include the drum kit Starr played when the Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York and on the Ed Sullivan Show, the suit he wore on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, and the cape he wore in Help!
R.E.M. MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREEN WITH DELUXE REISSUE
The now retired R.E.M. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original release of their classic 1988 album, Green, with the May 14 release of Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The new two-disc edition will feature a remastered version of the original album, plus a live disc recorded November 10, 1989 in Greensboro, NC.
TATE, QUEENSRYCHE TO OFFER UP A BIG F.U. ON APRIL 23
Singer Geoff Tate and his completely retooled Queensryche have set an April 23 release date for Frequency Unknown, their album featuring 10 all-new tracks, plus four, well, retooled Queensryche classics, “I Don’t Believe in Love,” “Empire,” “Jet City Woman” and “Silent Lucidity.” For sticklers to detail, F.U. will be Queensryche’s 13th studio album. Finally, the band will begin its 25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime tour April 6 in West Wendover, NV. The run wraps May 18 in Turtle Lake, WI.
HETFIELD SAYS NEW GIGS HOLDING UP PROGRESS ON NEW ALBUM
In an interview with Australia’s Triple M radio, Metallica frontman James Hetfield said heavy demand for the band to perform live is hindering progress on recording a new studio album. He said, “Yeah, we’re trying to write, but gigs keep popping up that are too exciting to stay home for. We have lots of material… I don’t know where it’s going yet but we’ve got lots of different sounds, different styles.”
WEILAND CLAIMS HE’S STILL IN STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Despite supposedly being “terminated” from his own band, Scott Weiland insists he’s till the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots. He told Blabbermouth, “There are some issues with STP, but they’re the same issues that have been going on since the end of the last tour. Nobody in the band can be fired. No one’s ever fired anybody, and no one’s ever quit the band. Behind the scenes it’s really not anything different than what was going on before.”
NOEL GALLAGHER PRAISES WAY BOWIE STAGED COMEBACK
There is no question that former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher is a student of classic rock, so it’s not surprising to hear him say the surprising return of David Bowie to the spotlight “blew his mind.” Regarding Bowie’s recent return, Gallagher, who now fronts his own band, High Flying Birds, told UK’s NME, “It’s great to hear his voice singing something new. The more you hear [Bowie’s new single] ‘Where Are We Now?’ the better it gets.” As for Bowie choosing to come back with brand new songs, Gallagher says, “What it proved to me is that reunions are f***ing s**te.” Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, will be out this Tuesday.