MONDAY, MARCH 18
WALSH TEASES HE’S ‘COOKING UP’ NEW PROJECT WITH JAGGER, STARR
Longtime Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh sent a strong hint he’s working with Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr, among others, on some new music when he posted a Facebook photo of the three and other musicians with the caption: “Cooking up something here at Capitol Records. I think you’ll like it.” Others in the photograph included producer Don Was, Keb’ Mo’, legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist Mike Finnegan and Jeff Beck bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, who posted: “Thursdays in the office are usually pretty mellow. Like today…when I wrote a song with Bill Withers, Mick Jagger, Keb’ Mo’ & Joe Walsh. LOL.”
DEEP PURPLE SHOWS OFF NEW ALBUM COVER ART, TRACKLIST
The new Deep Purple album, Now What?, will be released on April 30, but the band revealed the record’s cover art and tracklist on Friday. In addition to two songs – “All the Time In the World” and “Hell to Pay” - that have already showed up online, the new collection will include “A Simple Song,” “Weirdistan,” “Out of Hand,” “Body Line,” “Above and Beyond,” “Blood From a Stone,” “Uncommon Man,” “Apres Vous” and “Vincent Price.”
BLACK SABBATH UNVEILS LONE (SO FAR) 2013 NORTH AMERICAN GIG
Well, at least Black Sabbath is inching closer and closer to performing in the United States. The hard rock heavyweights, whose new album, 13, hits June 11, have announced their first 2013 North American concert date, but you’ll have to travel to Toronto, Canada on August 14 to see them live. According to Blabbermouth.com, Sabbath is slated to start a run of U.S. shows in July that will stretch “through September,” though none of those dates have been revealed as yet.
NICKS STICKS WITH FLEETWOOD MAC; VOWS TO SING FOREVER
During a Q&A session at the SXSW conference in Austin last week, Stevie Nicks said she would never leave Fleetwood Mac, though future solo albums are a possibility, and said she plans to continue singing until she drops. Asked about her future in Fleetwood Mac, Nicks said, “I would never break up Fleetwood Mac, ever. I just take their vacations, that’s all.” Asked how long she plans to sing, she replied, “Opera singers plan to sing into their 80s. I plan to not be doing 190 shows when I’m 85, but I do plan to be out there singing when I am a seriously older woman, ‘cause I think my voice will still be pretty good… You have to keep singing…or dancing.”
EDDIE VAN HALEN LINKED TO RAPPER LL COOL J’S NEW RECORD
When a photograph of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen and rapper LL Cool J hanging out in a recording studio together surfaces on both Van Halen’s Twitter account and J’s Facebook page on the same day, something must be up. On Thursday, the photograph of the two music superstars appeared on Van Halen’s Twitter account, with the caption: “Authentic 4.30.13,” and it just so happens that the Rapper will be releasing his album, Authentic, on April 30.
COOPER CONVINCED HE WASN’T MEANT TO JOIN FOREVER 27 CLUB
He’s partied with the best of them, but Alice Cooper says he was not in line to join Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse in what is known as the Forever 27 club of artists who died much too young. The shock rocker told Rolling Stone, “Hey…nobody could talk Jim Morrison out of dying. I was a drunk, but I was a lightweight compared to him… Jim was gonna go there and that was it. Same with Amy. I don’t think anybody could have talked Amy out of where she was going.” So what saved him? Cooper says, “I had to wake up one morning and throw up blood and realize that was a pretty good sign God was saying, ‘That’s about enough out of you. You could still rock and roll, but you’re gonna have to do it a different way.’”
HUDSON, LANDLORD LOCKED IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER AUCTION ITEMS
Former Band keyboardist Garth Hudson has won a battle in an ongoing legal war with a Kingston, NY landlord who claims the musician failed to pay more than $50,000 in storage space fees. Hudson’s attorneys convinced a New York judge to grant a temporary restraining order that puts a scheduled April 6 auction of more of Hudson’s personal belongings on hold. Last Month, landlord Mike Piazza (not the famous baseball player) sold off several of Hudson’s belongings, forcing Hudson to make an appeal to fans via Facebook to purchase the items and allow him to reimburse them.
LISTEN TO EVERY ‘YEA’ EVER ‘SUNG’ BY METALLICA’S HETFIELD
The “yeas” have it in a new 3:16 sliced and diced audio clip of every “yea” Metallica singer James Hetfield has ever recorded. The editing on this yealapalooza is credited to a kid named Kevin Conklin of Conklinradio.com, who swears the audio contains “Every James Hetfield ‘Yea’ from the Kill ‘Em All album through Beyond Magnetic…in one epic sound byte!”
GREEN DAY MAKES MOST OF SXSW DEBUT
The post-Billie Joe Armstrong rehab Green Day made its SXSW performance debut Friday night in Austin. The newly sober Armstrong kicked off the show declaring, “This is not a f***ing party, this is not a first date, it’s not a bar mitzvah – it’s a celebration!” The celebration’s setlist included crowd pleasers “Basket Case,” “Know Your Enemy,” Letterbomb,” “Burnout,” “Minority,” and newer tunes such as “Brutal Love” and “Stop When the Red Lights Flas