ROTH STUMPED AT STALLED STATE OF VAN HALEN
In a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth took the time to express his angst about the lack of activity in and around the band’s camp, which has been in hibernation for some time now. Roth said in regards to writing new songs, “I’m not sure what’s in Ed’s [Van Halen] mind at this point. Truth be told, Edward and I haven’t written a new song in 20 years.” Addressing the lack of movement on securing any new tour dates, he said, “There’s nothing on the ticket as far as [touring past this summer], and that’s a disappointment, frankly. We have an audience and we have a potential future in many, many places, but our story is one of a whole lotta Shakespeare going on.”
STYX, REO, NUGENT ADD MORE MIDWEST ROCK N ROLL EXPRESS DATES
Giving the people more of what they want, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent will once again fire up the hits-filled Midwest Rock N Roll Express tour, named by Rolling Stone as one of the “ten hottest summer package tours of 2012.” The second round of dates kicks off on April 18 in Grand Folks, ND and doesn’t slam on the brakes and pull up stakes until a final show in Burgettstown, PA on May 19.
RUNDGREN FINALLY RETURNS TO AN ALBUM RELEASE STATE OF MIND
Widely respected singer/songwriter/producer and musical visionary Todd Rundgren has announced he will release his next solo studio album State on April 9. Typical for Todd, his 24th solo studio set is an eclectic collection of 10 tracks that blur several genres, including fusion, R&B, rock, soul and electronica. Rundgren will support the release with a brief 11-show tour which gets underway May 5 in Woodstock, NY.
FRAMPTON TO REISSUE LIVE IN DETROIT CONCERT FILM
Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton and Eagle Rock Entertainment will team to rerelease his concert classic Live in Detroit on DVD and Digital Video, and for the first time on Blu-ray, on March 26. Filmed on July 17, 1999, this collection is packed with Frampton fan favorites, including “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Lines On My Face.”
IRON MAIDEN TO UNLEASH MAIDEN ENGLAND ’88 ON DVD
Iconic hard rockers Iron Maiden will release a double-DVD edition of their epic concert film Maiden England ’88 on March 26. Available for the first time on DVD, the classic concert set was originally captured on film during two sold out shows at the N.E.C. Arena in Birmingham, England on November 27 and 28, 1988 during the group’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son world tour.
BONAMASSA GIVES MASSES ACOUSTIC SET FANS HAVE CLAMORED FOR
Acclaimed guitar wizard Joe Bonamassa, known worldwide for his masterful fretwork on the electric guitar, has heard the call from fans to release an acoustic collection and will serve up An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House on CD, DVD and Blu-ray on March 26. Get a free download of the song “Athens to Athens” at Jbonamassa.com. Also, television music channel Palladia HD will premiere the concert on March 23 and PBS will air it as part of its programming in March as well. Finally, Bonamassa will support the release with a spring North American tour, which gets underway April 10 in Vancouver, and ends with a three-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York May 16-18.
GREEN DAY ADDS TWO U.S. DATES TO ITS UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
Bay Area rockers Green Day have added two additional stops to the U.S. leg of their upcoming world tour, including a hometown show in Berkeley on April 16. The other new gig will go down two days later at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Tickets for the Berkeley concert go on sale this Friday and the L.A. performance on February 22. The band’s North American trek gets underway March 28 in Rosemont, IL, and the European leg begins May 24 in Milan, Italy.