THE WHO PLAN TO PACK IT IN AFTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who will reportedly retire from the road following a massive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014. Earlier this year, Roger Daltrey suggested he and Pete Townshend would mark their half century with one final tour, and now Townshend has confirmed that’s what they’ll do, telling the London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”
PLANT TRIES TO EXPLAIN PLANTING OF BLUES SEEN IN BRITAIN
The age old mystery of why black American blues music became such an inspirational force to so many great white British musicians was once again attempted to be solved by walking musical encyclopedia Robert Plant. In an interview with UK’s Telegraph, the former Led Zeppelin frontman said, “Robert Johnson stole my heart when I was 14. The blues was a formative thing for me. It’s ridiculous that British musicians should have been able to get anywhere near it because it’s based in African scales that don’t have any grounding on these islands… We just were moved by the color of the music. The sound was…something that we were probably needing…filling up a hole, an emotional outlet.”
DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST OPEN TO WORKING WITH EDM DJ SKRILLEX
Hysteria might be one word to describe the reaction longtime Def Leppard fans could have if guitarist Phil Collen gets his wish granted of having electronic dance music DJ Skrillex produce the group’s next album. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Collen said, “I love Skrillex. I think [he’s] f***ing awesome, and he’s a huge fan. Love to work with him, that would be killer. It’s pretty specific and it’s not necessarily Def Leppard, [but] I think it’d be great.”
PAUL PULLS IN A-LIST FRIENDS FOR “QUEENIE EYE” VIDEO SHOOT
When you’re Paul McCartney, you pretty much have your pick of who you would like to have as extras in your new music video. For the just released clip for “Queenie Eye,” another new track off his new album, New, the former Beatle recruited a long list of big-name celebrities including Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Jeremy Irons, and Star Trek stars Chris Pine and Alice Eve.
KISS CASTAWAYS CRISS, FREHLEY SHARE FIRST STAGE IN 13 YEARS
One half of the classic Kiss lineup performed onstage together for the first time in 13 years Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Café in New York City. Drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley were joined by Anthrax members Scott Ian and Frank Bello and Guns N’ Roses member Bumblefoot for renditions of two Kiss cuts, “Love Her All I Can” and the Kiss Army anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
SIMMONS SETS RECORD STRAIGHT ON ROCK HALL REUNION COMMENTS
With Kiss nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014, Gene Simmons was asked if he and Paul Stanley would consider inviting former members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to attend the induction ceremony. Simmons reportedly responded, “No! How many chances in life do you get? Both of those guys had three chances to be in the band. Three times they f***ed it up.” But late yesterday afternoon, Simmons took to Twitter to say he’d been misquoted. He wrote: “Clearly misquoted. We will not tour together. That’s the only thing I said.”
METALLICA CONFIRMS COOL CONCERT IN ANTARCTICA
Rumors became cold hard facts Thursday when Metallic confirmed on their website they will be performing a concert in Antarctica. The band said in a statement: “After 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth…except for one. That is all about to change as we are set to travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now.” On December 8, the band will play “inside a dome” on the Carlini Argentine Base for an audience that will consist of contest winners from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico who enter a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero. And in “a real first” for the band, “the show will be transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification.” The gig will be filmed for audience worldwide to see at a later date.
TATE TOTALLY UNINTERESTED IN HEARING NEW QUEENSRYCHE SINGER
Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate was recently asked to share his thoughts on the new Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche album, and as to be expected, the ousted vocalist said he was “not interested at all” in hearing the record. He added, “I haven’t listened to it and won’t listen to it. I really ripped off the rearview mirror, and I’m speeding down the road. I’m not interested in what they’re doing. I spent 30 years with those guys. I know what they’re doing.”