RUSSIAN PARENTS’ GROUP PROTESTS JOHN’S UPCOMING CONCERTS
A parents’ group in Russia is up in arms over Elton John’s scheduled concerts there I December over the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members is gay. The committee has petitioned President Vladimir Putin to pull the plug on the performances planned for December 6 in Moscow and the following day in Kazan, claiming that John’s homosexuality is a violation of the country’s anti-gay legislation which bans “homosexual propaganda.” Unlike other artists, John has vowed to perform in Russia as opposed to boycotting the country.
HACKETT DOESN’T RULE OUT GENESIS REUNION, BUT…
File this under the anything is possible but it doesn’t mean it will necessarily happen file. Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett told Billboard a band reunion is “possible but improbable.” The musician added, “I’m always up for it – I’ve always said that publicly. I think it would be wonderful, extraordinary, but you’ve got to get everyone to say yes…or at least two guys to say ‘yes’ and hope that everyone else will follow.”
BONO DOES SPOT-ON IMPRESSION OF FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON
He’s a world famous rock star and a world renowned human rights activist, but few new U2 frontman Bono was also one hell of an impersonator until he stepped onto the stage at the recent Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York and did his uncanny impression of former president Bill Clinton. Video shows the Irish musician doing a little over a minute of Clinton’s famously raspy voice. When the real Clinton eventually came back onstage, he quipped, “I must be really easy to make fun of.”
COSTELLO ADDED TO NEW YORK’S GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL
Global superstar Elvis Costello has been added to the lineup of this Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival, taking place in New York’s Central Park. Costello has agreed to perform a brief acoustic set at the second annual event, which also features Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Kings of Leon and Alicia Keys. Last year’s show featuring Neil Young and Foo Fighters drew a crowd of around 60,000.
MEGADETH SETS SUPER COLLIDER TOUR DATES
Hard rock heavyweights Megadeth has unveiled dates for their forthcoming Super Collider tour which is scheduled to get underway November 23 I St. Paul, MN. The trek includes stops in Madison, WI, Grand Rapids, MI, Detroit, Montclair, NJ, Boston, Silver Spring, MD, Charlotte, NC, and Lake Buena Vista, FL before coming to a close in Houston on December 12.
DYLAN GOES HEAVY METAL…SORT OF
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan caused quite a stir when he famously plugged in and went electric decades ago. Today, the singer/songwriter is, in a way, going heavy metal by readying iron sculptures for an upcoming art exhibit titled “Mood Swings” featuring seven gates welded by Dylan. He told the BBC, “I’ve been around iron all my life, ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country… And I’ve always worked with it in one for or another.” “Mood Swings” swings open this November at the Halcyon Gallery in London.