HAGAR SWAPS SONGS, STORIES AND SMILES WITH FRIENDS
The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar has released a teaser trailer video for his much-anticipated album, Sammy Hagar & Friends (available September 24), that encapsulates the essence of the man making the music, and the music that makes the man. As Hagar says in the clip, the album and his current Four Decades of Rock tour are “a celebration of my whole career and bringing it to where I am now, but not losing touch of where I started in ’72 with Montrose.” The tour continues Friday in Chicago, followed by stops in St. Paul, MN, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, DC, Maryland Heights, MO, Paso Robles, CA, Lincoln, CA and San Francisco.
PALMER COULD HAVE REPLACED WARD AS BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER
Former Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer has revealed Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi offered him the drumming gig for Sabbath’s reunion, but Palmer was too busy keeping the beat for Asia to be able to replace Bill Ward. Palmer confirmed, “Tony and I did talk… I couldn’t have done it but I would have loved to. It just wasn’t in the cards.” Palmer also reiterated he has no intention of reuniting with former ELP bandmates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, saying, “I don’t really want to play with ELP anymore. I’ve made that very clear.”
MAY HEADS BACK TO STUDIO FOLLOWING KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Two weeks after undergoing knee replacement surgery, Queen guitarist Brian May is back in the studio recording with longtime collaborator British actress and singer Kerry Ellis. May gave fans an update on his condition via Twitter yesterday, writing: “Folks, an apology for absence. This knee replacement journey demands a lot of patience and attention. I had to turn off, and ‘do’ recovery… I’m on the mend, slowly but surely. First day back at work today.”
ITALIAN EDM ACT BLOODY BEATROOTS RECRUITS BIG NAMES FOR ALBUM
Italian electro house and dance-punk artist Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, aka Bloody Beatroots, has managed to convince some very big name rockers to appear on the forthcoming Bloody Beatroots album, Hide, due September 17. Guest musicians scheduled to lend a hand include Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Paul McCartney and his longtime collaborator Youth (a member of the former Beatles’ EDM side band the Fireman since 1993) and guitarist Peter Frampton.
WEILAND WONDERS WHY BENNINGTON JOINED STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
During a solo gig last weekend in Philadelphia, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland sat back and listened to fan chanting, “F*** you, Chester,” a reference to new STP singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Weiland eventually responded to the chants, saying, “It’s just a big ol’ planet, a big ol’ universe, it all sort of works out anyway. Actually, Chester has his own band that makes a lot of money – I’m not sure why he joined a band that’s actually nameless.” He later added, “I shouldn’t have said anything at all. I apologize to those fans out there who feel like they’re caught in the middle of it, because I sure feel like I’m caught in the middle of it emotionally. All I want to do is play music.”
SIMON BOX SET HOLDS ALL OF HIS SOLO ALBUMS
He sung of 50 ways to leave your lover, and soon you will have 15 ways to love the complete Paul Simon solo catalog in one convenient package. On October 15, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer singer/songwriter will release The Complete Albums Collection, which as the title implies will include all of his solo albums in one massive 15-disc box set, starting with 1965’s The Paul Simon Song Book and running through 2011’s So Beautiful or So What.