VAN ZANDT IN THE DARK ON FUTURE E STREET BAND TOURS, TUNES
During a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt was asked if he had any updates on new music from Bruce Springsteen or new tour plans. He candidly replied, “We have Australia in February, and that’s all I know. Honestly, I’m probably the last guy to find out what’s going on. The fans are gonna know what’s going on way before I do – they always do.” As for new music from his boss, Van Zandt said “he keeps me guessing, and just like everybody else, I anxiously look forward to whatever he’s doing next.”
SIR PAUL PLAYS EIGHT-SONG SET FOR BBC
Continuing his seemingly never-ending promotional push for his just-released new album, New, Paul McCartney Wednesday morning performed eight songs at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, where the Beatles held early recording sessions. Sir Paul’s short set consisted of five fan favorites, “Coming Up,” “Junior’s Farm,” “We Can Work it Out,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Get Back,” plus three off New, “Save Us,” “Queenie Eye” and the title track.
ULRICH TEASES TRIPLE HEADLINING TOUR WITH U2, GREEN DAY
Concert promoters worldwide are praying a potential Metallica, U2 and Green Day triple bill will come to fruition after Lars Ulrich recently hinted at the possibility the three heavyweights might mount a tour together. Ulrich told MTV, “U2 came to San Francisco two summers ago and we ended up having a lot to drink with them and Green Day following a dinner. I was told in the wee morning hours following this outing that members of U2, Green Day and Metallica agreed to tour together. We haven’t talked about it since, but speaking for myself I’d be very up for that.”
SIMMONS SAYS NEW KISS SONG NEXT “ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE”
It has been nearly four decades since Kiss wrote their signature song “Rock and Roll All Nite” so in a way it’s about time they penned what could be considered “the next ‘Rock and Roll All Nite,’” and that’s exactly what Gene Simmons says the band has done. During a recent online interview, Simmons said the band has been working on a new tune titled “Your Wish is My Command,” adding, “It could be the next ‘Rock and Roll All Nite.’” Finally, as reported yesterday, Kiss is once again named as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BLACK SABBATH’S IOMMI WISHES WARD WELL FOLLOWING SURGERY
Despite the professional chasm that exists between the three original members of Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – and founding drummer Bill Ward, Iommi has reached out to his longtime friend Ward who recently underwent surgery for diverticulitis. On Tuesday, Iommi posted the following note on his official website: “Dear Bill, sorry to hear you’ve been unwell hope you make a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Tony.”
JOHN HANDED HARVARD AIDS INITIATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John Tuesday was given the Harvard AIDS Initiative Leadership Award for his “outstanding vision, leadership and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS.” In his acceptance speech, John referenced previous recipients, including Princess Diana and Richard Gere, saying, “This is quite a humbling experience. I am so humbled to be counted among such august company, but I’m also tremendously inspired by their courage, their vision, their generosity, their dedication and grace under fire.”
SIMPLE MINDS END 11-YEAR LAYOFF WITH SHORT SEVEN-DATE TREK
Scottish rockers Simple Minds have put an end to an 11-year period of inactivity here in American by kicking off a brief seven-show North American tour which got underway Tuesday in Los Angeles. The trek continues tonight in Red Bank, NJ, followed by concerts in Washington, DC, Boston, Montreal and Toronto, before wrapping in New York City next Thursday, October 24.
THE ANIMALS CELEBRATE THE MICKIE MOST YEARS AND MORE IN BOX SET
British invasion stalwarts The Animals will mark their most productive years under the guidance of legendary record producer Mickie Most (Donovan, Jeff Beck Group) with a new 5-CD, 61-song box set, aptly titled The Mickie Most Years and More, available November 26. The collection contains the band’s first four albums on CD for the first time, plus bonus material for each album.