THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
PETTY EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES
Sources close to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers camp say the band is expected to announce complete details regarding their 2013 North American summer tour this morning at 9a Eastern. The band’s itinerary already includes headlining dates at three major festivals, Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, and may include multiple dates in a couple of major cities.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CELEBRATES STONES’ 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will mark the Rolling Stones’ 50th year in music with a special exhibit, cleverly titled The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, opening May 24 and running through March 2014. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president and CEO Greg Harris said the exhibit will feature “extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public. The experience should be on every music fan’s destination list this summer.”
DEF LEPPARD INVITES FANS TO BE A PART OF UPCOMING VEGAS RUN
The members of Def Leppard are inviting fans to be a part of their upcoming Viva Hysteria! run of shows at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas by videotaping their interpretation of the hit “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The band and crew will pick the best clips and use them in the forthcoming residency, which gets underway March 22 and ends April 13. Visit DefLeppard.com for details on how to submit your video clip.
YES TAKE OVER AXS TV TO PERFORM THREE CLASSIC ALBUMS
Progressive rock giants Yes will perform three of their seminal albums – The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One – live on AXS TV this Tuesday, March 5 at 11p Eastern/8p Pacific. The cable channel will broadcast the band’s San Francisco concert live. The gig will be the third stop on the group’s upcoming North American tour, which gets underway tomorrow night in West Wendover, NV. The trek concludes April 12 in Detroit.
BONO DECLARES HIMSELF A ‘FACTIVIST’ AT TED CONFERENCE
Facts and figures were front and center on Tuesday when U2 frontman Bono spoke about eradicating world poverty at the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Long Beach, CA. Using slides and graphs instead of guitars and amps to make his points, the singer said, “Forget the rock opera, forget the bombast, my usual tricks. The only thing signing today will be the facts. I have truly embraced my inner nerd. Exit the rock star. Enter the evidence activist. The ‘factivist.’” Bono said the rate of poverty could reach zero by 2030, joking that 2030 is “only three Rolling Stones farewell concerts away.”
WILSON, BECK SIGN UP FOR ROCK & ROLL FANTASY CAMP
Notoriously reclusive Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson and legendary blues rock guitarist Jeff Beck have agreed to mentor wannabe rock stars at this spring’s Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place April 18-21 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will lead sessions on songwriting and performance tips. Attendees will also be treated to a private performance by Wilson.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS AXE SINGER SCOTT WEILAND
Using a single sentence press release to make the announcement, Stone Temple Pilots have fired lead singer Scott Weiland. The band released the following statement Wednesday: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” The news obviously comes as a surprise to the often troubled singer, who just one day earlier told Rolling Stone, “STP has not broken up. I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next.”
WEILAND REACTS TO BEING FIRED FROM HIS OWN BAND
Meanwhile, Scott Weiland released a statement late Wednesday, reacting to the news that he’d been fired from Stone Temple Pilots. In his statement, the singer said: “I learned of my supposed ‘termination’ from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out.”