CHRISTINE MCVIE REUNITES WITH FLEETWOOD MAC IN LONDON
Fans of Fleetwood Mac finally saw their dream of having former member Christine McVie join her bandmates onstage come true Wednesday night in London when she joined the group for a rousing version of “Don’t Stop.” Fan footage captures the long-awaited reunion which took place at London’s O2 Arena. McVie left the band in 1998 and up until now remained adamant that she was retired and had no interest in returning to the stage.
ROBERTSON UP FOR HELPING DYLAN MINE THE BAND’S BASEMENT TAPES
Fresh off working on The Band’s just-released Live at the Academy of Music 1971 four-disc set, Robbie Robertson says he’d be happy to help his former boss Bob Dylan on a future release of his ongoing The Basement Tapes series featuring The Band. Robertson told Billboard, “I don’t really know that I can be that helpful in doing it but whatever that is, I like the idea of sharing that with the world, finally, after all these years. It was great music, so it would be nice to let people hear it.”
SIR PAUL TAKES ON SHAKESPEARE AT L.A. CHARITY EVENT
Sir Paul McCartney swapped singing “Let It Be” for “To be or not to be” Wednesday in Santa Monica, CA when he tackled reading some Shakespeare at a charity event hosted by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson. The former Beatle took part in the Simply Shakespeare event, voicing the play The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the $1,500 a ticket benefit, with proceeds going to The Broad Stage center’s veteran and inner-city youth employment programs. McCartney’s next album, New, will be available October 15.
STARR EARNS FRANCE’S HIGHEST HONOR
With or without a little help from his friends, Ringo Starr earlier this week was awarded France’s top honor in recognition of his long career. The former Beatles drummer was made a Commander of the order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) at a ceremony held in Monaco last Tuesday. During his acceptance speech, Starr jokingly said, “I’m a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing.”
DOWNING DISHES ON DEPARTING JUDAS PRIEST
In a new interview, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing fessed up about the real reasons he walked away from the band he founded in 1969. He said, “I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about 30 reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that is an awful lot of reasons. In all honesty, I think that in so many respects it had run its course. Priest became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed 10, 20, or 30 years ago.”
PEARL JAM PUTS OUT SHORT FILM ON NEW ALBUM LIGHTNING BOLT
The countdown continues towards the release of Pearl Jam’s next studio album, Lightning Bolt, available October 15. On Thursday, the band released a short film (NOTE CONTENT) featuring the band members being interviewed by a handful of folks, including journalists, fans and director Judd Apatow, all of whom quiz them in an attempt to dissect the creation of several of the songs on the new album, including “Mind Your Manners” “Sirens,” the title track and “Getaway.”
SLASH SHARES LIST OF TOP 5 HORROR MOVIES
With Halloween just around the creepy corner what better person than Slash to ask about his top five favorite horror movies. In no particular order, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame axeman sliced off his top five which includes Night of the Living Dead, The Omen, Trilogy of Terror, Jaws and The Strangers. Meanwhile, next Friday, Slash will release the soundtrack to Nothing Left to Fear, the first big screen film he has co-produced via his company Slasher Films. The movie opens next Friday as well.
JOHN ANXIOUS TO WALK DOWN AISLE WITH LONGTIME PARTNER
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Elton John is keen to add another title to his many honors: husband. The piano man can’t wait to say “I do” to longtime partner David Furnish in the wake of UK’s Parliament’s recent decision to allow same-sex marriages. The singer told Ellen DeGeneres, “Absolutely, we’re going to get married. We had our civil partnership on the first day it was legally possible. Same sex people have been waiting a long time for things to happen to them.” John and Furnish have been together for 20 years.
FRANKLIN, ALLMAN, WINWOOD SING MUSCLE SHOALS PRAISES
The immeasurable large impact on modern music made by the immensely small city of Muscle Shoals, AL is the focus of the new aptly titled documentary, Muscle Shoals, which premieres today in New York City, followed by screenings in select theaters across the country. Director Greg Camalier assembled a literal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lineup of musicians, including Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood and U2 frontman Bono, among others, to tout the contribution Muscle Shoals has made on music.