THURSDAY, MARCH 21
BON JOVI, BOWIE BOW AT ONE-TWO ON BILLBOARD CHART
No less than six new albums debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, led by Bon Jovi’s What About Now, which entered the survey at No. 1, selling 101,000 copies in its first week on sale. Entering the chart at No. 2 was David Bowie’s highly anticipated comeback, The Next Day, which moved 85,000 units in one week’s time. Eric Clapton’s latest, Old Sock, debuted at No. 7, selling 37,000 copies, and the soundtrack to Dave Grohl’s SoundCity documentary entered the chart at No. 8.
SIR PAUL POSTS FIRST 2013 SHOW DATE, CONFIRMS WORK ON NEW ALBUM
It appears Paul McCartney has absolutely no intension of slowing down in 2013. According to a post on his website, the former Beatle will kick off a new world tour dubbed Out There! on June 22 in Warsaw, Poland. The trek will take McCartney to several locations he’s never played, including Warsaw. Also, Sir Paul says he’s working on a new studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to last year’s standards set, Kisses on the Bottom. An announcement on more concert dates is expected soon.
WATERS PROTESTS ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF WEST BANK AND GAZA
Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is calling for a boycott of Israel, comparing the Israeli government to South Africa during apartheid for what he believes is its occupation of the West bank and Gaza territories. In a new interview with The Electronic Intifada, Waters said, “They are running riot,” referring to the Israeli government, adding that “it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect.”
LIFESON RECALLS LEANER TIMES FOR RUSH
In a new interview with Guitar World, Rush axeman Alex Lifeson recalls a time when he thought the band had reached its end. He remembers that during the band’s Caress of Steel tour they were “already extremely in debt, and it was just getting worse and worse.” He goes on to say, “The crowds were getting smaller… Everybody around was concerned about what the future was going to be. I thought, well…I guess I could be a plumber again if I had to…”
DEEP PURPLE NOT BLUE OVER ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME SNUB
After finally getting nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Deep Purple was left on the sidelines, overlooked in favor of bands like Heart and singers such as Donna Summer.But according to keyboardist Don Airey, the group s the least bit disappointed. He said, “It’d be nice but there’s been no ‘awwwww,’ no disappointment. Then gig’s the thing with this band, the next concert. That’s what it’s all about…”
THE BAND, GRATEFUL DEAD LP’S READIED FOR RECORD STORE DAY
Rhino Records is pulling out all the stops for Record Store Day on April 20, announcing special vinyl package releases from The Band and the Grateful Dead for the occasion. Only 5,000 copies of The Band’s farewell concert The Last Waltz will be available as a 3-LP package on 180-gram vinyl, while the Dead’s Rare Cuts and Oddities1966 will be offered up as a 2-CD set as well as 180-gram vinyl.
OZZY ASTONISHED AT IOMMI’S RESOLVE TO KICK CANCER’S BUTT
Despite conceding that Tony Iommi “can only go out on the road for six weeks at a time,” Ozzy Osbourne says he can’t believe how resilient his longtime Black Sabbath bandmate has been while fighting cancer. Osbourne says, “I was amazed that during his chemotherapy he was still writing songs. My heart goes out to him…the chemotherapy is worse than the cancer… Tony is doing really well though.” Black Sabbath’s next album, 13, will be out Jun