GRAMM MORE THAN READY TO REUNITE WITH FOREIGNER’S JONES
The long-awaited, though up until now highly unlikely, Foreigner reunion between former frontman Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones appears to be way more likely now that Gramm has indicated he is once again ready to rock. During a recent interview, Gramm said, “Mick and I have renewed our friendship. So I think, to me, that’s the most important thing. I’m wide open to any plans. I would love to do something with my old bandmate again. I think it would be fun.”
YES TO EXPAND CLOSER TO THE EDGE
Progressive rock pioneers Yes are in the process of bolstering their iconic album, Closer to the Edge, for an October 29 release. According to the band’s website, the reissued album will include instrumental versions of classic cuts, new artwork, rare photos and “new 5.1 surround mix and high-resolution stereo mixes…” The new and improved Closer to the Edge will be available in a CD/DVD-audio version and a CD/Blu-ray-audio edition.
BLACK SABBATH TEASES HALLOWEEN HORROR 3D MAZE
Weeks ago, Black Sabbath announced it had teamed with Universal Studios in Los Angeles to enhance the theme park’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event with the band-branded 3D maze of horror featuring a scary soundtrack of songs by the legendary band, including creepy cuts off their new album, 13. Yesterday, the group released a video sneak peek of what fans can expect to see and hear as they trek through the frightening feature.
GREGG ALLMAN MAPS OUT SOLO ROAD TRIP
Still unpacking following the Allman Brothers Band’s last tour, Gregg Allman has already made plans to mount his own solo tour across America, starting October 11 in Montgomery, AL. In all, Allman will stage over two dozen shows in cities such as Milwaukee, Wabash, IN, Detroit, Atlantic City, Stroudsburg, PA, Keene, NH, Myrtle Beach, SC, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL before unpacking once again following a January 8 gig in Sarasota, FL.
BONO TALKS ACTIVISM AND ITS EFFECT ON U2
In a recent interview with UK’s The Guardian, U2 frontman Bono talked about how his political activism and human rights work has affected the band as a whole. He said, “The band thought this would sink the ship 10 years ago – hanging out with politicians and corporations is very unhip work.” He went on to say, “But I think the U2 audience have turned out to be incredibly subtle in their understanding. When you have been singing into someone’s ear for 20 years through a set of headphones, people tend to know if you are an a**hole or not. Public opinion does not drive U2’s audience.”
DAVE DAVIES SETS ODDS OF KINKS 2014 REUNION TOUR AT “50/50”
Fans of the Kinks betting on the band reuniting for a tour next year have a 50/50 shot at being right, according to Dave Davies. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was asked what the odds were of the band reuniting next year for a 50th anniversary tour. He said, “I’d say the odds of that happening are 50/50. The ball is very much in [brother and bandmate] Ray’s court.” However, the odds of a new Kniks album are much longer than that, with Davies saying, “I can’t face the concept of days and days in the studio with Ray. I just can’t do it.”
GRATEFUL DEAD LYRICIST SETS RARE TOUR DATES
The man responsible for penning some of the Grateful Dead’s most memorable lyrics is ready to perform his own compositions live for the first time in over a decade. Robert Hunter, 72, whose sons include “St. Stephen,” “Dark Star,” “Box of Rain” and “Ripple,” just to name a few, kicks off an eight-show East Coast tour tonight that ends on October 10 in New York City. Asked why he was willing to mount a tour now, he told Rolling Stone, “When I was in my sixties, it seemed like a good time to retire, and I didn’t have a financial reason. But I’ve got medical bills to pay, so I’m a working man again.”
COBAIN’S CHILDHOOD BUNGALOW SELLNG FOR $500,000
Talk about a return on investment: late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s boyhood bungalow located in Aberdeen, WA, would normally be on the market for approximately $67,000, but the current owner, Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, is asking a cool half a million bucks. Why such a huge mark up? Aside from the fact that the late rock star lived there, the slice of rock and roll history comes with Cobain’s old mattress and a wall filled with the late superstar’s hand-written graffiti.
STP SHARES IN-STUDIO FOOTAGE OF WORK ON NEW EP
The Chester Bennington-fronted Stone Temple Pilots have released a (NOTE CONTENT) video of the band at work in the studio recording their debut EP, High Rise, due October 8. Bassist Robert DeLeo said of adding the Linkin Park singer to the lineup following the firing of original frontman Scott Weiland, “It wasn’t forced. It was something we instinctively made happen.” Brother and guitarist Dean DeLeo added, “I’m really, really excited about what we carved out…and just as proud about what we’re embarking upon right now.”