BUTLER HINTS AT BLACK SABBATH U.S. TOUR
More details are trickling out about an interview Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler did at the recent NAMM music conference in Anaheim, CA. Metal Insider reports Butler said the band will begin a world tour “at the end of April in New Zealand” that will include “July and August” U.S. dates. He added that he expects touring drummer Tommy Clufetos would be on the road, despite the fact that Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk plays on the Sabbath’s upcoming album 13. Butler said, “I think Brad’s got commitments with Rage Against the Machine,” which leads to speculation that the long-dormant RATM might be active later this year.
CLAPTON TALKS UP CUSTOM CROSSROADS GUITAR COLLECTION
Guitar giant Eric Clapton and the Guitar Center have teamed to produce and sell the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection, featuring replicas of some of his most famous guitars. Proceeds will benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Crossroads Centre treatment facility in Antigua. Clapton recently let cameras into his home to film him talking about Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Buddy Guy and George Harrison and why he ended up choosing the guitars he plays, including Fender, Martin and Gibson.
NEIL NOTES NO MOTLEY CRUE ALBUM ON THE HORIZON
If you’re hoping to own a new Motley Crue album this year, frontman Vince Neil has a piece of advice for you: stop hoping. In an interview with Music News Nashville, the singer said there definitely will not be a full album out this year – and maybe never again. He said, “What I’m hearing is that maybe two or three or four more songs might come out to go with that song ‘Sex’ we released last year, but it will be something like an EP, not an album. Our schedule seems to have a lot of touring.”
ROTH POSTS HEAVILY REMIXED TAKE ON VAN HALEN CLASSIC
Musically open-minded fans of Van Halen will have much to discuss after listening to a radically reworked version of the band’s huge hit “Jump,” which David Lee Roth posted on his official website. Dubbed “Super Floor Whitenoize Remix,” production of the new mix was done by the San Francisco-based DJ duo Whitenoize, who state: “Fair Warning: This is for people who thought the original ‘Jump’ was too hard rock.”
HELM TRIBUTE CONCERT COMING TO CD, DVD, TV
A tribute concert to the late Levon Helm of The Band held last October in East Rutherford, NJ will be available on CD and DVD on March 19, and will air February 17 on AXS-TV. Love For Levon features individual and collaborative performances by a long list of the drummer’s friends and admirers, including Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Garth Hudson, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt.
WISHBONE ASH SETS 19-DATE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Britain’s Wishbone Ash, pioneers of the twin guitar attack, will wield their axes on a 19-date spring trek across America, starting February 28 in Londonderry, NH. The Ash will thrash in cities such as Shirley, MA, New York, Jim Thorpe, PA, Cleveland, Auburn Hills, MI, Milwaukee and Tacoma, WA before turning off their amps and packing up following the tour closer on March 21 in Portland, OR.
RYDER AVOIDS SERIOUS INJURY IN CAR CRASH
Michigan music icon Mitch Ryder, his wife and a third passenger, all escaped serious injury following a car accident late last Friday night. Ryder told the Detroit News he was driving home after a performance in Auburn Hills when just a little over a mile from his home, a pickup truck coming in the opposite direction swerved into his lane. He said, “I saw the headlights going for us and I had a split second to either drive towards oncoming traffic or towards the ditch.” The pickup hit the front driver’s side, but luckily the airbags prevented serious injury.