MCCARTNEY SHARES NEW 12-SONG TRACKLIST
Sir Paul McCartney has given fans a glimpse of the 12 songs populating his next album, New, due October 15. In addition to the title track, the former Beatles’ first set of all-new material in six years includes “Save Us,” “Alligator,” “On My Way to Work,” “Queenie Eye,” “Early Days,” “Appreciate,” “Everybody Out There,” “Hosanna,” “I Can Bet,” “Looking at Her” and “Road.” Hinting at the variety of songs on the new set, McCartney said, “It’s funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine.”
MCVIE AGREES TO JOIN FLEETWOOD MAC FOR ONE SONG AT TWO GIGS
Pulled straight from the “better than nothing” file, former Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter/keyboardist Christine McVie has finally decide to reunite with her bandmates on stage, albeit in the minimalist of terms. Speaking to BBC Radio about the band’s European tour which gets underway this Friday in Dublin, Ireland, Stevie Nicks announced the news, telling BBC Radio, “She is going to come and do a song on the second two shows. I think it will probably be ‘Don’t Stop.’ I don’t know, but she’s coming to Ireland to rehearse with us.” McVie retired from Fleetwood Mac in 1998.
BLACK SABBATH CONCOCTS CONCERT DVD
What seemed inevitability will become a reality on November 26 when Black Sabbath releases a DVD capturing some of the most powerful performances from the veteran hard rocker’s 2013 reunion tour. Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses gathers footage from the group’s April 29 and May 1 gigs in Melbourne, Australia, though which songs will be featured remains a mystery.
JOHN 2013 U.S. TOUR DATES NOW NUMBER SIX
Rocket man Elton John has now confirmed six U.S. tour dates in support of his upcoming studio album, The Diving Board, available September 24. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his band will begin the run November 14 in Washington, DC, with additional shows scheduled in Atlanta, Columbus, OH, Saint Paul, MN and Lincoln, NE before winding down in St. Louis on November 24. Meanwhile, John will make his first appearance on the Emmy Awards this Sunday to perform a tribute to Liberace.
COOPER KEEPS “RAISE THE DEAD” TOUR ALIVE THROUGH NOVEMBER 26
Perennial road warrior Alice Cooper is not about to lay down and play dead anytime soon after the shock rocker announced he’s packed 13 more shows onto his fall Raise the Dead tour, slated to launch October 13 in Port Chester, NY. The trek was originally scheduled to screech to a halt on November 6 in Idaho Falls, ID, but the new dates now stretch through November 26 in Costa Mesa, CA.
STING OFFERS PAMPERED POP STAR ADVICE
By now, embattled Justin Bieber should be used to the sound of a policeman’s voice, but now he’s getting grief from a different type of police man. Last week, veteran rocker Sting, frontman of The Police, added his opinion about the pampered pop singer, telling UK’s The Guardian, “Fame and ego and money can do terrible things…Look at Justin Bieber – it’s like he’s in a freefall. I just hope he survives it because a lot of people don’t.”
SIMMONS SAYS CYRUS CRITICS CAN KISS HIS A**
Another aging rocker is voicing his opinion about another controversial pop star, as Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons has put his two cents in on Miley Cyrus’ post-MTV Video Music Awards performance blowback. Simmons told Salon, “She’s being treated unfairly. Madonna, Rihanna, and the single-named girls with the A’s in their names – uh, Shakira – if they can do the same stuff, why isn’t anyone picking on them? Justice for all. If the rest of the girls can kiss each other, why can’t she do what she wants?”
SIXX, BACH GET INTO HE SAID-HE SAID OVER MOTLEY CRUE MEMBERSHIP
The questioning of each other’s foggy memories continued unabated last week between Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach over the issue of whether or not Bach had once been asked to replace Vince Neil in Motley Crue. Bach has said he was approached to join the band, but last week Sixx said no such offer had ever existed. In a new Facebook post, Bach hit back, saying, “Well, it’s not every day you wake up to one of your childhood heroes calling you a liar. Do I think Nikki Sixx is actually lying? Not really. I am sure that all of the heroin and partying and drinking would affect a man’s memory. Nikki Sixx is either calling me a liar, or his memory is wrong in this instance. I am willing to assume the latter.”