REED, BYRNE, SIMON ONBOARD FOR GABRIEL COVERS ALBUM
Classic rock artists Lou Reed, David Byrne of Talking Heads fame and Paul Simon will join current acts the Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Elbow, Feist and Joseph Arthur, among others, on the upcoming Peter Gabriel covers collection And I’ll Scratch Yours, the aptly named follow up to Gabriel’s 2010 set of covers Scratch My Back. And I’ll Scratch Yours is scheduled for a September 23 release.
BETS ARE ON AS TO WHO WILL PORTRAY MERCURY IN BIOPIC
Now that actor/comedian Sasha Baron Cohen is literally no longer in the picture to portray late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic about the singer’s life and tragic death due to AIDS, the British are placing bets as to who will step into those unfillable shoes. So far, the frontrunner appears to be Welsh actor Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Romeo and Juliet, Midnight in Paris), whose odds of landing the role have been set at 5/1. Rounding out the top five are Johnny Depp (6/1), Ewan McGregor (10/1), Hugh Jackman (10/1) and James Franco (10/1).
SIR PAUL SEES NO END TO LONG AND WINDING ROAD TRIPS
Now 71-years old, Paul McCartney is still spending a great deal of time on the road performing in nearly every corner of the planet. As his current Out There! world tour winds down, Rolling Stone asked the former Beatle if he thinks he’ll ever retire from performing live. He replied, “I can’t imagine ever not doing it…and I love it so much. Of course, there’s got to be some kind of physical limitation. But I haven’t found it. If I do, then I’ll have to think about the question. ‘Til then, I’m ignoring it.”
KRIEGER BOOKS NINE-DATE SOLO TOUR
Legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has announced a string of nine solo tour dates with his group Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will begin his run of shows August 9 in Sturgis, ND, followed by stops in Chicago, Ferndale, MI, New York, West Warwick, RI, Boston, Oak Bluffs, MA, and Sellersville, PA before wrapping the trek in Orlando, FL on September 1.
PEARL JAM TRUMPETS NEW FREE ITUNES APP
Diehard Pearl Jam fans are likely already jamming iTunes to download “Pearl Jam Official.” a free app designed to allow users access to up-to-the-minute news, music, merchandise and more. The app also holds a timeline spotlighting a long list of the band’s most memorable milestones, and it will serve as an extension of the band’s Ten Club membership program. The group’s tenth studio album Lightning Bolt will be out October 15.
LOWE GETS JUMP (BIG JUMP) ON HOLIDAY ALBUM RELEASE RUSH
If you ask veteran rocker Nick Lowe, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in July. Yesterday, the former Rockpile frontman began streaming his upcoming holiday album Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family for a 24-hour period, a full three months before it is scheduled to be released (October 29) and exactly five months before Christmas Day. In addition to holiday classics such as “Silent Night,” the set includes new Lowe-penned numbers “Christmas at the Airport,” “I Was Born in Bethlehem” and “A Dollar Short of Happy.”
AGING ROCKERS ATTEMPT COMEBACK IN HAIR I GO AGAIN DOCUMENTARY
The forthcoming crowdfunded documentary Hair I Go Again shines a spotlight on an unsuccessful 80s glam rock band hell bent on getting a second chance at fame by traveling cross country trying to convince some of their heroes to let them open a concert. The just-released movie trailer features a ton of interviews with members (or former members) of some of the era’s biggest bands, including Motley Crue, Motorhead, Dio, Queensryche, Tesla, Winger, Warrant, Great White, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Ratt and Foreigner. No release date has been set as yet.