TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
PLANT PLANTS SEED FOR POSSIBLE 2014 LED ZEPPELIN REUNION
It appears Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is open to the possibility of reuniting with his mates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones sometime next year. In an interview with Australian 60 Minutes, the singer said Page and Jones “are Capricorns, they don’t say a word. They’re quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I’m not the bad guy… You need to see the Capricorns – I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”
VAN HALEN TO TOP NEW FESTIVAL DOWN UNDER
Organizers of the inaugural Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia announced Van Halen and the recently reclusive Billy Joel as headliners for the two-day event, scheduled to take place April 20 and 21. Other acts set to rock Sydney’s ANZ Stadium include Buckcherry, Lifehouse and the supergroup Kings of Chaos, featuring Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott, Deep Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes, Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, ex-Guns N’ Roses bandmates Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke and longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.
BROWNE ROLLS OUT ROUND OF 2013 CONCERT DATES
Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne announced a run of summer concert dates, including opening a pair of shows for Jimmy Buffett in Texas The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will get the trek underway opening for Buffett May 2 in Austin and two days later in Dallas, followed by performances in Napa, CA, Salt Lake City, Aspen, Telluride, CO. Des Moines, Chicago, Columbus, OH, Lancaster, PA, New Brunswick, NJ and Lenox, MA, before closing up with a two-night run in Atlantic City on July 5 and 6.
BEATLES MENTOR, COLLABORATOR TONY SHERIDAN DEAD AT 72
Tony Sheridan, the singer/guitarist who in the early 60s met, mentored and later recorded with the Beatles while the Fab Four performed in Hamburg, Germany, died Saturday at the age of 72, UK’s Telegraph reports. Sheridan first met John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best when as teens the group was booked to perform in the seedy section of Hamburg. Sheridan, already a veteran of the circuit, advised the lads from Liverpool on their look and sound, The Beatles eventually served as Sheridan’s backing bands on early recording sessions for “My Bonnie” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” An album the collaborators recorded was later released outside Germany as Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.
TEXAS UNIVERSITY OFFERS HEAVY METAL LITERATURE COURSE
Linguistics professor Martin Jacobsen used the Iron Maiden song “Out of the Silent Planet” off their 2000album Brave New World to begin a heavy metal literature course at Texas A&M University. Jacobsen said, “I threw it out as an offhand comment one day” ‘What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal.’ There was universal agreement from the students in the class. The thematic content of heavy metal lends itself to the same kind of thought process that reading literature would bring up.”
DEF LEPPARD SIGNS UP FOR ROCK N ROLL FANTASY CAMP IN LAS VEGAS
Arena rock legends Def Leppard will continue to male Las Vegas their semi-permanent home after agreeing to host a special edition of Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp April 4-7 in Sin City. The boys in the band will mentor wannabe boys and girls in future bands while in the midst of their 11-perforamnce Viva Hysteria! residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, which runs March 22 through April 13.
HOWE TO HOST INAUGURAL MUSIC RETREAT
Legendary Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe has signed on to host the first-ever Cross Styles Music Retreat, taking place August 19-23 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskills Mountains near Woodstock, NY. Howe said, “As I’m self-taught and don’t read music, I come at doing workshops from a different perspective than many who teach. I’ll be bringing my experience to the fore through performances, interactions with campers, and daily master classes.”
VH1 CLASSIC TO AIR 5-HOURS OF GUNS N’ ROSES PROGRAMMING
A June 12 concert at London’s O2 Arena will be the crown jewel of a five-hour Guns N’ Roses special set to air on VH1 Classic on March 9. The festivities will commence at 8p with one hour of wall-to-wall Guns N’ Roses videos, followed by the London concert and a rebroadcast of Axl Rose’s recent appearance on the network’s That Metal Show.
PRINCE PICKED TO HEADLINE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL
Topping the bill at this year’s edition of the historic Montreux Jazz Festival will be none other than the one and only Prince, said organizers, who described their top act as “Groovy, funky and the undisputed master of improvisation.” The pint-sized performer will show off his enormous talent three straight nights, July 13, 14 and 15.