OLD FRIENDS LEND HAND ON NEW CLAPTON ALBUM OLD SOCK
More details about the upcoming Eric Clapton album Old Sock emerged on Wednesday, including a list of top shelf guests appearing on the record, which is scheduled to be available on March 12. Clapton’s former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood plays organ on “Still Got the Blues;” Paul McCartney sings and plays bass on “All of Me;” JJ Cale, who penned the Clapton classics “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” plays guitar and sings on “Angel;” and soul legend Chaka Khan lends her voice to “Get on Over.”
DOORS DRUMMER DENSMORE TO DISH DIRT IN MEMOIR
The bitter legal battle between Doors drummer John Densmore and his former bandmates and friends Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger will be described in great detail in Densmore’s ominously titled forthcoming tell-all memoir The Doors: Unhinged – Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial, available via Amazon April 17. In a press release announcing the book, Densmore delves into the thorny subject of the band’s music being “used to push cars or cigarettes.” And in a recent editorial for the Nation, he wrote, “I’m pretty clear that we shouldn’t do it. We don’t need the money. But I get such pressure from one particular bandmate (the one who wears glasses and plays keyboards). If I learned anything from Jim, it’s respect for what we created.
STARR ALL-STAR BIRTHDAY BASH DUE ON DVD MARCH 11
A laundry list of quality rock and country musicians helped Ringo Starr celebrate his 72nd birthday last July at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Thankfully, cameras were rolling to capture the memorable evening and some of the footage makes up the bulk of the upcoming 26-track DVD Ringo at the Ryman, out March 11. Some of the guests featured on the DVD include Joe Walsh and country superstars Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Kix Brooks.
JAGGER EARNS TITLE OF MOST STYLISH ROCK STAR
The folks at lifestyle website Complex have selected Mick Jagger as the Most Stylish Rock Star of all time, describing the Rolling Stones frontman as “Hands-down one of the best-dressed musicians of all-time,” adding that “he definitely set the bar for flamboyant frontmen.” Other stars who made the 10 include Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, Keith Richards and Dave Davies.
METALLICA, IOMMI AMONG REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS HONOREES
Nominees for the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards were announced on Wednesday, with Metallica, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Rob Zombie singled out to receive special recognition. Metallica will be handed the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, Iommi will receive the Riff Lord Award and Zombie will take home the Golden God Award. The awards ceremony will take place May 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
BURDON BURIES THE ANIMALS; PRONOUNCES BAND DEAD
Having just released Til Your Water Runs Dry, his first solo album in six years, Eric Burdon will help promote the record with a short run of shows which begin tonight in Milwaukee. But don’t look for the former Animals singer to show up on stage with any former bandmates any time soon – if ever. He told Billboard, “From my personal point of view, the Animals are dead. They killed themselves. I kept using the name for strictly promotional purposes…but I got sued…by former members of the band. So for me it’s the past...it’s over, and I’m on my own.”
CASH RECEIVES U.S. POSTAL SERVICE STAMP OF APPROVAL
Country rebel and crossover icon Johnny Cash will get his own postage stamp this year, the U.S. Postal Service confirmed. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer’s likeness will grace a new stamp as part of a new “Music Icons” series. A USPS spokesperson said, “We get about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year but only about 20 topics make the cut.” A release date for the stamp has yet to be announced.