MONDAY, APRIL 1
COUNTDOWN TO STONES TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT COULD END WEDNESDAY
On Friday, the Rolling Stones posted the following brief message on their official website: “5 Days & Counting…” Yesterday, a new message read: “3 Days & Counting…” The cryptic communiqués appear to be signs the band will finally share the long-awaited details surrounding their full-scale tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary tour. Last week, the group confirmed they will headline UK’s Glastonbury festival on June 29.
NICKS TOUTS NEW DOCUMENTARY IN YOUR DREAMS
A video trailer for the Stevie Nicks documentary, In Your Dreams, shares a snippet of the film, which will be screened for one night only tomorrow in theatres across the country. In an interview with Billboard, Nicks describes the documentary (directed by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame) that focuses on the making of her 2011 solo album In Your Dreams as “a magical little film,” adding that “it’s really funny. It’s really compassionate… It shows how hard it was to make (the album) and also how much fun it was and how magical it was.”
AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF SGT. PEPPER’S FETCHES OVER $290K AT AUCTION
A signed copy of the Beatles landmark album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold for $290,500 at an auction held on Saturday. Experts expected the album, autographed by all four members of the group in 1967, would sell for around $30,000. The previous record selling price for an album signed by all four Beatles was $150,000, which was the winning bid for a copy of the Fab Four’s 1964 album Meet the Beatles.
LENNON LETTER TO PAUL AND LINDA GOING UP FOR SALE
A letter penned by John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, will be up for auction next month, UK’s NME reports. Written in 1971, shortly after the breakup of the Beatles, the letter will go under the hammer on May 30 as part of an online auction run by Profiles in History. The content of the note is still a mystery, but experts predict the piece of Fab Four lore could sell for as high as $60,000 or more.
LEGENDARY RECORD PRODUCER PHIL RAMONE DEAD AT 79
Multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Ramone died Saturday at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He was 79. His son Matt confirmed his father was hospitalized in late February with an aortic aneurysm. Ramone won 14 Grammys and worked with a wide range of artists over his 50 years in the music business, including Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, The Band, Donny Hathaway, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Luciano Pavarotti and Phoebe Snow, among countless others. Ramone’s work on Charles’ Genius Loves Company, Joel’s 52nd Street and Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years helped those collections capture Grammys for Album of the Year. Ramone came to the United States from his native South Africa at the age of 10 to study violin at Julliard. At 18, he opened A&R Recording Studios in New York City.
PLANT PLUCKED FOR PART IN PICTURE
In a new interview with Idiewire.com, actor Ryan Gosling said he will soon share screen time with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. Though few details are available, Gosling listed Plant, Patti Smith, Johnny Rotten and fellow actresses Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman among the cast in a forthcoming film helmed by director Terrence Malick. It is expected that Plant will make a cameo in the as-yet untitled movie which centers on the rock scene in Austin, TX.