MONDAY, MARCH 11
SOURCE: ROLLING STONES PLAN TO PLAY 18 NORTH AMERICAN GIGS
A concert industry source confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine on Friday the Rolling Stones are planning to perform 18 shows in North American this year. The run of dates, which is expected to be promoted by the same team that put on the group’s 50 and Counting shows in New York and London last year, would be the band’s first tour since their A Bigger Bang trek wrapped in 2007.
STEWART TURNS BACK THE HANDS OF TIME ON NEXT ALBUM
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rod Stewart will finally go back to his rock and roll roots with the release of his next album, Time, due May 7. Last Thursday, Stewart previewed tracks off his forthcoming album (his first all-new rock record since 2001) for a group of industry folks. Back in October, he told Billboard, “Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album (with) a lot of mandolin and acoustic (guitar) and fiddles and good storytelling…” Stewart added that the subject matter on Time is generally “a little more adult now.” There’s no ‘Hot Legs.’ But they’re, I think, songs people can relate to.”
NEIL RUSHED TO HOSPITAL, SUFFERS KIDNEY STONE ATTACK DURING GIG
Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was hospitalized in Australia late Sunday night after suffering a kidney stone attack during the band’s concert in Sydney. According to various reports, the band was a few songs into their set before Neil left the stage in severe pain. Guitarist Mick Mars later tweeted: “Sydney, my apologies for a short set this evening. Vince had an attack of kidney stones. He went straight from stage to hospital.” The group is scheduled to play tomorrow in Brisbane, but it is still unclear whether Neil will be healthy enough to make the gig.
SIXX SENDS STRONG SIGNAL MOTLEY CRUE WILL CALL IT QUITS
Recent statements from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx have given fans clues that seemingly lead to the group’s impending retirement. But in a recent interview with an Australian music website, Sixx seemed to give the clearest picture yet that the heavy metal superstars will hang up their instruments after serving up one more album and tour. Using a somewhat disturbing analogy, Sixx said, “It’s important that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head, and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet it’s a f***ing shotgun blast. You know, blow it’s f***ing brains out, it’s never coming back… So when we take our final bow, it’s it.”
CLASSIC CUTS INCLUDED ON THE LORDS OF SALEM SOUNDTRACK
The soundtrack to the upcoming film, The Lords of Salem, directed by and starring rocker Rob Zombie, will feature music from classic rockers, including Rush, the Velvet Underground and Manfred Mann. The film’s soundtrack, due April 16, will include Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio,” the Velvet Underground’s “Venus In Furs” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and Mann’s hit version of the Bruce Springsteen-penned “Blinded By the Light,” as well as the late funk master Rick James’ “Give It to Me Baby.” The film opens April 19.
FOGERTY FIGURES TO WRAP SXSW ON A HIGH NOTE
The legendary John Fogerty and his band will close the annual South by Southwest multimedia conference with a very special performance at the ACL Moody Theatre in Austin, TX on March 16. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty’s performance is sure to be peppered with tunes off his forthcoming album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which will be available May 28 and features reworked versions of some of CCR’s biggest hits, performed by Fogerty and an army of superstar guests, including Bob Seger, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock and the Foo Fighters, among others.
SLASH, ANGRY BIRDS TEAM TO CREATE ‘SLASHBIRD,’ RECREATE THEME
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash and Rovio, the creators of the wildly popular mobile game, Angry Birds, put their creative heads together to develop the “Slashbird” character. In a new YouTube video, Slash explains how he got involved in recording his version of the Angy Birds theme, how he became an Angry Birds addict, and how elated he was to hear Rovio’s interest in creating the “Slashbird” character.
STATUS QUO STAR IN SILLY AUSTRALIAN SUPERMARKET SPOT
Veteran UK rock unit Status Quo have reworked their classic cut “Whatever You Want” for an Australian supermarket chain’s new commercial, which ends with the boys in the band saying, “Saving money is never annoying,” though the same cannot be said for the ad itself. Nevertheless, the British band, who also tweaked their song “Down Down” for a previous ad campaign for the same supermarket chain, are seen playing over-sized red hand guitars with an extended finger (not that one) pointing out all the savings customers will enjoy while shopping at Coles.
SMASHING PUMPKINS SETS SIGHTS ON WORLD TOUR
The Smashing Pumpkins will kick off an exhaustive world tour on March 23 in Mexico, and won’t unpack until after completing a show on August 11 in Tokyo, Japan. The trek will find the band touching down in several exotic locales, including Cologne, Germany, Barcelona, Spain, Paris, France, Glasgow, Scotland, Vienna, Austria, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Belgium, just to name a few. A run of U.S. dates beings April 29 in Melbourne, FL and ends May 18 with a performance at the Rock On the Range festival in Columbus, OH.