TUESDAY, MARCH 5
VAN HALEN CONFIRMS FIRST U.S. SHOW OF 2013
Temporarily pushing pause on the persistent rumors about Van Halen’s reunion with David Lee Roth being on the skids, the band has announced it will headline the four-day Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, WI. The event will take place July 17-20, with Van Halen headlining day four. Other acts on the bill include Queensryche, Ratt, Jackyl, Dokken, Slaughter and Great White.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD, BAD COMPANY BOOK 12 CO-HEADLINING DATES
Perennial summer concert favorites Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company announced details of a joint 40th anniversary co-headlining tour, starting June 20 in Auburn, WA. The aptly named The 40 Tour visit Ridgefield, WA, Mountain View, CA, Houston, Charlotte, Bristow, VA, Camden, NJ, Burgettstown, PA, Noblesville, IN, Clarkston, MI, Cincinnati and Gilford, NH, before ending July 27 in Bethel, NY.
QUEENSRYCHE SIGNS RECORD DEAL, NEW ALBUM DUE JUNE 11
Continuing to move forward after the sacking of original singer Geoff Tate, Queensryche – with new vocalist Todd La Torre – have just signed a new recording contract with Century Media Records, and plan to release their next as-yet untitled album on June 11. The move to Century Media Records means the new Queensryche becomes pseudo labelmates with its old singer Tate, who last year released his second solo album, Kings & Thieves, on InsideOut, which is a Century Media-associated label.
AUSSIE OZZY FAN WANTS KNIGHTHOOD FOR PRINCE OF DARKNESS
An Australian woman has launched a campaign to have Ozzy Osbourne knighted by the Queen of England. Helen Maidotis says the Black Sabbath frontman deserves the honor because he’s “been an inspiration to many great musicians over the last 40 years. He is a credit to his country and I believe that a knighthood for Ozzy is one well deserved and long overdue.” Currently, Maidotis’ petition to have Osbourne knighted has over 400 signatures.
BLACK CROWES DEBUT DYLAN COVER BOUND FOR UPCOMING ALBUM
The Black Crowes yesterday premiered a cover of the Bob Dylan gem “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” exclusively on Rolling Stone. The track will be part of the group’s upcoming four-LP, double digital download, 26-song live collection, Wiser For the Time, due March 19. Finally, the U.S. leg of the Crowes’ Lay Down with Number 13 tour gets underway with a two-night run April 2 and 3 in Port Chester, NY and wraps May 31 in Kansas City, MO.
LEE UPSET OVER MEET-AND-GREET FEE
Australian Motley Crue fans who paid $899 for the band’s Kickstart My Heart ticket package will be heartbroken to hear drummer Tommy Lee will not be on hand to shake hands at meet-and-greet sessions on the band’s current tour. According to Lee, he has no problem pressing the flesh with fans, but he doesn’t agree with fans having to pay a fee for the privilege. Lee said his boycott of meet-and-greets has “nothing to do with me not wanting to meet the fans. I just don’t agree with doing it under the certain given circumstances. I love you all and I’ll gladly high-five y’all if I see you – and you won’t have to pay me for that.”
IGGY AND THE STOOGES BOOKED TO PERFORM AT SXSW
Punk rock icons Iggy Pop and the Stooges will trumpet the April 30 release of their new studio album, Ready to Die, with a return appearance at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX. Pop and his pals are set to perform at the House of Vans showcase on March 13 at Mohawk. The group last played SXSW in 2007.
PASADENA PLAYHOUSE PREMIERES ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
The historic Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA will celebrate the opening of the critically-acclaimed “full-on concert experience and musical journey” One Night with Janis Joplin with a Shamrock-N-Roll block party and concert on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17. The opening night party will feature live bands and lots of cold beer. One Night with Janis Joplin, starring Mary Bridget Davies, runs from March 15 through April 11.
CANTRELL SAYS NEXT ALBUM ‘COMPLETELY DIFFERENT’ THAN OTHERS
Proclaiming his band has “made a unique record,” Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Rolling Stone The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (due this May) is “completely different from anything we ever did.” Cantrell added, “It encapsulates a period of time, like all records do. You see growth and that the band is moving ahead in new territory…but we haven’t lost our identity.”
GROHL’S SOUND CITY PLAYERS SET FOR SXSW PERFORMANCE
The folks at Citi have teamed with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to present a special Citi Private Pass performance by Grohl and his Sound City Players at SXSW on March 14 at Stubb’s in Austin, TX. The Sound City Players have recently performed a handful of one-off shows across the country, featuring a host of all-star participants, including the Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Rick Springfield, just to name a few.