BAKER BASHES ROLLING STONES AS “NOT GOOD MUSICIANS”
The always cantankerous and outspoken Ginger Baker of Cream was at it again recently, having not-so nice things to say about fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, The Who and Bob Dylan. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the downer drummer said the Rolling Stones are “not good musicians” and wouldn’t “go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig.” Asked if he was a fan of The Who, he didn’t hesitate to say, “No. Keith Moon was a friend of mine but I wouldn’t say he was a good drummer.” Finally, when asked if he was a big Dylan fan, he said, “I’m not a big anybody fan.”
BECK TURNS TO MIDDLE EAST ON NEXT ALBUM, TURNS BACK ON STEWART
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Jeff Beck says he’s “trying to absorb some of the more interesting movements that are available in some Middle Eastern music” as an influence on his next studio album, which he jokes is “two years behind” schedule. Meanwhile, he says the window for a Jeff Beck Group reunion with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood closed “25 years ago,” adding that Stewart’s manager “didn’t want that. I don’t think he wants to lose his boy back into my evil clutches, so that never happened.” He went on to tell Billboard, “But I don’t want these sour grapes. He (Stewart) prefers (soccer), and maybe that’s the problem. I’m not holding my breath.”
MCCARTNEY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOUNG FANS SHOW UP AT GIGS
The new Paul McCartney album, New, finally arrives tomorrow, and the former Beatle has been hard at work promoting the release with a pair of surprise shows last week in New York City. But one thing he’s surprised about is the fact that so many young fans flock to his concerts. Sir Paul recently told UK’s The Sun, “We will go down to South America and play to extremely young audiences, many of whom are very beautiful young women.” He went on to say, “It’s like uncanny, the band and me look at each other and we think, ‘Are we mean to be doing this?’”
QUEEN’S TAYLOR PREPS SOLO ALBUM, CATALOG RELEASE
It has been 15 years since Queen drummer Roger Taylor has released a solo album, but that’s all about to change. On November 12, Taylor will issue his new solo effort, Fun on Earth, and on the same day rerelease his entire back catalog in the box set The Lot, which includes 1981’s Fun in Space, 1984’s Strange Frontier, 1994’s Happiness?, and 1998’s Electric Fire, plus three albums from Taylor’s band The Cross.
HALFORD ANIMATED ABOUT UPCOMING SIMPSONS APPEARANCE
Longtime Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is elated he’ll soon make an appearance on the animated hit the Simpsons, where he’ll sing a parody of the classic cut “Breaking the Law” in the upcoming episode “Steal This Episode,” slated to air in January. Meanwhile, the “Metal God” told Billboard he recently finished writing the band’s 17th studio album. He said, “It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest.”
PEARL JAM, FOX SPORTS TEAM ON WORLD SERIES COVERAGE
Nothing says America more than baseball, moms, apple pie…and grunge? Seattle superstars Pearl Jam, whose new album, Lightning Bolt, arrives tomorrow, and Fox Sports have partnered to include 48 of the band’s songs (including all 12 from Lightning Bolt) throughout the network’s World Series coverage later this month. The deal also includes featuring the band’s music throughout November as Artist of the Month across all Fox Sports properties. Band manager Kelly Curtis said of the teaming, “There was a period of time when we didn’t license music much. The band loves baseball, so this won was a no-brainer.”
PEARL JAM, FALLON PARTNER FOR FULL WEEK OF TRIBUTES
The music of Pearl Jam will be inescapable for the better part of the second half of October as the band announced NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will devote the entire week of October 21-25 to the band’s music. On Monday the 21st, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and the Avett Brothers will collaborate on “Footsteps.” The following night, Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold will perform “Corduroy” with special guests. On Wednesday the 23rd, country singer Dierks Bentley will join the Roots and PJ guitarist Mike McCready for what is being billed as “a one-of-a-kind” performance. Then, Pearl Jam will take over the stage Thursday and Friday.
CORNELL CONVINCED TEMPLE OF THE DOG REUNION “WOULD BE FUN”
Count Chris Cornell in for any possible reunion shows by a reunited Temple of the Dog. The Soundgarden frontman is all for a staging some shows with the Seattle super group, stating in a recent radio interview, “We’ve talked about it, we’ve talked about it a bunch of times but we don’t have any plans to do it.” He added, “For us to actually be able to play a show, we only ever played one show, so I think that would be fun to do if everybody wanted to do it.”
REO SPEEDWAGON TO PUSH LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM CD, DVD/BLU-RAY
Venerable hitmakers REO Speedwagon are speeding towards the November 19 release of their next concert collection, Live at Moondance Jam, available on CD/DVD Deluxe Edition and Blu-ray. Originally broadcast on Palladia, DirecTV and VH1 Classic earlier this year, Live at Moondance Jam is jam-packed with a bevy of the band’s biggest hits, including “Keep Pushin’,” “Keep on Loving You,” “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Roll with the Changes,” “Take It on the Run” and “Time For Me to Fly,” to name but a few.
VANGUARD GLAM ROCK VIXEN GUITARIST JAN KUEHNEMUND DEAD
Guitarist Jan Kuehnemund, a founding member of the pioneering female glam rock band Vixen, has passed away following what a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page described as a “fierce battle” with cancer. She was 51. Kuehnemund formed Vixen while I high school in St. Paul, MN, but moved to Los Angeles in the early 80s during the burgeoning glam metal movement. It took until 1988 for the group to put out its self-titled debut album, which featured its breakthrough smash single “Edge of a Broken Dream.”