THE ROLLING STONES PICK PROMOTER, PLAN ARENA TOUR
The Rolling Stones have taken one giant leap forward towards confirming a 50th anniversary North American arena tour by deciding to go with AEG Live as the promoter for the trek that reportedly will include 18 dates. According to concert industry sources, the band will command between $4 million and $5 million per performance, which translates to top ticket prices climbing as high as $500 to $650 per ticket. So far there’s no confirmation that parking will cost and arm, a beer will cost a leg, and a t-shirt your first-born child.
THE EAGLES SET 11-STOP NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Hoping to drum up additional sales of the upcoming DVD of their new documentary, The History of The Eagles (available April 30), the band has plotted out an 11-city North American tour, which will get underway July 6 in Louisville, KY. The trek will also take the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group into Milwaukee, Cleveland, Toronto, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Uncasville, CT, Boston, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, before the tour also becomes a part of history following one final show on July 25 in Bethel, NY.
STILLS CARRIES ON, UNWILLING TO TALK LEGACY JUST YET
On the eve of the release of Carry On, Stephen Still’s exhaustive career-spanning 85-track, four-disc box set (available this Tuesday, March 26), the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sat for a Q&A session with Rolling Stone, but declined to discuss the legacy he will leave behind. The 71-year old musician said, “Legacy is something you talk about when you are finished, and I’m not finished. To answer invites too much speculation about how much self-regard I have.”
SIMON & GARFUNKEL, JOPLIN MUSIC IN NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY
On Thursday, the Library of Congress announced musical selections by Simon & Garfunkel and Janis Joplin, among others, will be added to its National Recording Registry. Among the 25 new additions set to be preserved are Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence,” Joplin’s second album with Big Brother & the Holding Company, Cheap Thrills, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and the debut album by The Ramones.
BEATLES VOX AXE GOES UNDER THE HAMMER
A custom-built Vox guitar once played by both John Lennon and George Harrison will be on the auction block on May 18 at Julien’s Auctions in New York City. The precious guitar, strummed by both Beatles (Lennon during a videotaping for “Hello, Goodbye” and Harrison while rehearsing “I Am the Walrus”) around the time of Magical Mystery Tour, is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.
YOKO USES STARK IMAGE TO PLEAD FOR GUN CONTROL
Activist and artist Yoko Ono used the 44th anniversary of her marriage to John Lennon, and a powerful photograph of her late husband’s bloodied glasses, as a means to advocate for stronger gun control. The unambiguous image was accompanied by an equally clear-cut message: “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”
DIO DVD, DOUBLE-CD, DOUBLE-LP DUE MAY 28
On May 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the Dio concert collection, Finding the Sacred Heart – Live in Philly 1986, on DVD, Blu-ray, two-CD and two-LP formats. The material on the upcoming releases was culled from the band’s June 17, 1986 show at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, and includes Dio classics, including “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Stand Up and Shout,” “We Rock” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” plus more.
GROHL GAVE COVERING NIRVANA WITH PJ HARVEY A GO
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl says he’s never performed Nirvana songs live because he feels “it’s sacred ground, “There’s a reason Foo Fighters don’t do Nirvana songs, and it’s a good reason.” But he recently told UK’s NME he once tried to recruit PJ Harvey to have a go at recording “Milk It” from In Utero, however the session never happened. He said, “Kurt [Cobain’ loved her [Harvey] and we love her…and then she couldn’t do it.”