ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE NINE 50 AND COUNTING TOUR DATES
As expected, the Rolling Stones yesterday announced what is anticipated (hoped?) to be just the first batch of their 50 and Counting North American tour dates. The boys will launch the nine-show run at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (date to be determined pending NBA/NHL playoff schedules) and will move on to rock Oakland on May 5, San Jose on the 8th, Las Vegas on the 11th, Anaheim on the 15th, Toronto on the 25th, Chicago on the 28th, Boston on June 12 and Philadelphia on June 18. Tickets go on sale this Monday. Also, former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor will be a special guest throughout the tour.
SAMBORA SUDDENLY BAILS OUT ON BON JOVI’S WORLD TOUR
Fans of Bon Jovi were stunned and saddened to hear guitarist Richie Sambora announced he will not join the band on the current leg of their Because We Can world tour, with some sources claiming he walked out due to a dispute about money – or lack thereof. The 53-year old axeman failed to show up for the band’s concert Tuesday in Calgary, Canada, reportedly alerting frontman Jon Bon Jovi at around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon that he wouldn’t make the gig. A statement on the band’s website simply read: “Due to personal reasons, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled.” Sambora has had a history of substance abuse and several stints in rehab, but TMZ reports “we’re told in no uncertain terms…Richie is clean now.” There is no official word on who will step in and take Sambora’s place for the foreseeable future. The band’s next show is scheduled for tomorrow in Winnipeg, followed by a show Sunday in St. Paul, MN.
CLAPTON PLOTS BUSY SCHEDULE AT CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL
As host of his own Crossroads Guitar Festival, Eric Clapton will be busy throughout the two-day gathering at New York’s Madison Square Garden April 12 and 13. A festival source told Rolling Stone Slowhand will open the entire festival with an acoustic set on the 12th, and plans to sit in with several acts throughout the first night, and he’ll wrap day-one jamming with opening night headliners the Allman Brothers Band. He’ll then return on day-two to do is own headlining set to close the event.
SLOWHAND SAYS BOWIE INSPIRED TITLE OF HIS NEW ALBUM
When Eric Clapton announced Old Sock would be the title of his current album, many shook their heads and wondered if the title had been inspired by a peek inside his sock drawer. Alas, now we know the real story: rock and fashion icon David Bowie and his new song “Where Are We Now?” were the real inspiration. Clapton explains, “The construction of the song game me cold chills, it is seriously good. I called the office and said ‘can you send a message to David’s office and just say ‘thank you for writing such a beautiful song.’ And he came back, ‘Thanks for the shout out, old sock…really appreciate it.’ And then I thought, ‘there it is’ [the title for my new album].”
BEATLES LET IT BE…NAKED FINALLY MAKES ITUNES DEBUT
A full decade after its original release on CD, the Beatles’ radically reworked version of Let It Be, titled Let It Be...Naked, has arrived in digital form on iTunes. The 11-song set features a very stripped-down remix of the original 1970 album that contained heavily-layered production, courtesy of legendary producer Phil Spector. When Let It Be...Naked was first released in November 2003, Paul McCartney said, “If we’d had today’s technology back then, it would sound like this because this is the noise we made in the studio. It’s all exactly as it was in the room. You’re right there now.”
DOUBLE SHOT OF MOODY BLUES LIVE COMING TO DVD/CD MAY 21
Fans of the Moody Blues will be doubly pleased to learn Eagle Rock Entertainment will release not one, but two, concert collections on DVD and CD on May 21. As its title implies, The Moody Blues: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 was filmed and recorded during the band’s performance at the historic festival in August 1970, while the material on Live at Montreux was culled from the group’s first and only set to date at the equally historic festival in July 1991. Both contain a plethora of classic cuts, including “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “Ride My See-Saw” and “Nights in White Satin.”
FRIENDS (AND SEVERAL STRANGERS) STAR IN ALICE IN CHAINS SPOOF
Members of Metallica, Mastodon, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Heart all make cameo appearances in the satirical AIC 23, a hilarious new skit from the funny folks at (NOTE CONTENT: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE) funnyordie.com about the new Alice In Chains album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Alice In Chains will perform “Stone” April 10 on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here will be out May 28.
GROHL GIVES BOWIE ALBUM AIR DRUMS SEAL OF APPROVAL
In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was asked to name is favorite David Bowie album. Grohl warned listeners they might be surprised by his answer, saying, “People will think I’m crazy for this…but I really like the Let’s Dance period.” He went on to explain, “Because, as a drummer, that’s one of the best air drumming albums of all time. [Let’s Dance] and [AC/DC’s] Back In Black – anyone will air drum to those albums.”