SAMBORA REPORTEDLY FIRED FROM BON JOVI’S CURRENT TOUR
Numerous news outlets reported yesterday that longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been fired from the band’s current worldwide tour over money issues. According to Rumorfix.com, sources say despite not having played with the band since spring, Sambora was pocketing $2 million a month and 20 percent of the profits from the tour, whereas his replacement, Philip Xenidis, is earning about $10,000 a month. Though Sambora still makes money off songwriting royalties and merchandise, a source says, “Richie wants to go back onstage – that’s his first love. He’s really upset over the news.”
MOTLEY CRUE TO CALL IT QUITS AFTER 2014 TOUR
Rumblings of retirement have been rumored for several months now, but perhaps the best indication that the rumors are true has come directly from Motley Crue singer Vince Neil’s mouth. In an interview with Billboard, Neil said the band already has its “farewell tour” planned out, saying, “I think we’ll start the tour around May…in the spring of ’14, and we’ll do one more time around the world and kinda call it quits. It’s just that time.” He added, “We’re going out on top. We don’t want to be some band that people are like, ‘Oh, they’re playing a club now,’ that kind of band. We still sell out arenas, have stadium stuff and things like that, so let’s go out when it’s a big deal.”
PEARL JAM’S FIRST STUDIO SESSION APPEARS, THEN DISAPPEARS ONLINE
On Thursday, several websites, including Rollingstone.com, embedded a video link that was supposed to allow you to hear Pearl Jam’s first studio session, but as of late Thursday afternoon, the only thing on the screen is the following message: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Pearl Jam Ten Club.” According to the time-stamped tracklist displayed in the Rolling Stone article, the first session consisted of nascent versions of future PJ standards such as “Even Flow,” “Once,” “Breathe,” “Alive,” and “Black,” among others, as well as an improvised beginning to “Yellow Ledbetter.”
CROSBY PREPS NEW SOLO ALBUM, HOPES FOR CSNY REUNION
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, David Crosby said he’s working on a new “experimental” solo album that his son James is heavily involved in. The 72-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame multiple inductee says his son “co-produced it, sang on it, arranged and wrote the songs with me. I think I’m going to call it Dangerous Night.” When the subject of a potential Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour came up, Crosby said, “God, I sure wish we were. I love working with Neil. But I also want him to follow his muse. And if that includes me, that’s wonderful.”
SIR PAUL’S EX-WIFE WINS SILVER MEDAL IN SKIING IN NEW ZEALAND
The former wife of Paul McCartney has captured a silver medal in the women’s adaptive slalom World Cup race at the New Zealand Winter Games. Heather Mills, who lost her leg below the knee in an auto accident two decades ago, is ranked 28 in the world in the event and earned her silver medal with a time of 2 minutes9.09 seconds. The former model walked away with a whopping $37.8 million following her bitter divorce from the former Beatle.
SIR ELTON SERVES UP VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “HOME AGAIN”
On Thursday, Elton John premiered the spectacular official video for his beautiful piano-based ballad “Home Again,” one of the tracks that will be found on his forthcoming album, The Diving Board, available September 24. Directed by Brent Bonacorso, the moving clip was shot in London, rural England and Iceland and as the song title would imply, it chronicles one man’s journey to go back home.
METALLICA BOOKED TO PLAY HISTORIC APOLLO THEATER IN HARLEM
The hallowed stage at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem has played host to some of the biggest names in the history of music, but it would be hard to imagine the iconic building has hosted a louder act than Metallica. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will perform at the Apollo on September 21, as part of the hype surrounding the release of the group’s 3D film, Metallica: Through the Never, due in theaters September 27.
GREEN DAY’S BROADWAY IDIOT DOCUMENTARY OPENS OCTOBER 18
The Green Day documentary Broadway Idiot, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of the theater adaptation of the band’s American Idiot album, will open in theaters across the U.S. and Canada on October 18. Describing the documentary, director Doug Hamilton told Billboard, “It’s like bringing Billie Joe Armstrong and Broadway right to your doorstep.” The American Idiot album won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2005.