SPRINGSTEEN SETS THREE SOUTH AFRICAN SHOW DATES
New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform in South Africa for the first time ever early in 2014. The Boss and his group will make their South African concert debut January 28 and 29 in Cape Town and February 1 in Johannesburg. The shows will come nearly three decades after longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid which called for musicians to boycott the country due to its apartheid system of racial segregation.
ROLLING STONES HYDE PARK CONCERTS COMING TO THEATERS, DVD
For the lucky ones who attended the Rolling Stones July shows in London’s Hyde Park, they’ll get a chance to relive the experience; for the millions who missed them, they’ll get a chance to experience the shows in their living rooms and/or neighborhood movie theater. Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live will be available November 11 in various configurations: on DVD, Blu-ray, as a 2-CD/DVD set and as a 3-LP/DVD package. Finally, Sweet Summer Sun will begin a run in theaters on November 6.
DALTREY SAYS THE WHO WILL PERFORM, BUT NOT MOUNT TOURS
If Roger Daltrey is to be believed, he and surviving The Who bandmate Pete Townshend may be too old to tour, but their willingness to perform has yet to die. The two have plans to mount one final world tour to celebrate The Who’s 50th anniversary, but Daltrey told Billboard, “The band got better reviews on our last tour than we had for years. It was incredibly exhausting, and we have to be realistic about our age. But it’s not going to be the last thing The Who will do. We’re going to be doing events. We’re going to be doing shows. We might do other things, more experimental.”
EX-VAN HALEN BASSIST ANTHONY REMAINS HAPPY FOR REPLACEMENT
No matter how hard you try you can’t get former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony to take the bait and bash his replacement, Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang. In a recent interview, Anthony called Wolfgang “a great kid” and “a great bass player,” adding, “His dad, Ed, wanted his son to play with him, so…that’s…totally great. I wished him luck in a couple interviews I did, and hopefully he read those.”
VELVET UNDERGROUND DRUMMER TUCKER SHARES THOUGHTS ON REED
Tributes to the late Lou Reed have been pouring in from near and far, but until now fans had yet to hear from former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker. Speaking to the Daily Beast about her longtime friend and bandmate, Tucker said, “I loved him very much. I’m super glad Lou and I remained friends all this time. The Velvet guys, they were like brothers. I’ll miss him being out there, doing his thing. My deep condolences to [wife] Laurie [Anderson], who I’m very happy he found.”
BOSTON SHARES A LITTLE “HEAVEN ON EARTH”
While anticipation continues to build ahead of the December 3 release of, Life Love & Hope, the first all-new Boston studio album since 2002’s Corporate America, the band has released the record’s first single, “Heaven on Earth.” Earlier this week, the group posted snippets of all 12 new tunes on the forthcoming album on the band’s official website bandboston.com.
METALLICA LOSES AUSTRALIAN VENUE BOX OFFICE MARK TO BOY BAND
It’s not often (if ever) you see the names of UK boy band One Direction and heavy metal masters Metallica in the same sentence, but here is the exception. One Direction just wrapped a seven-show run at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, having sold a total of 81,542 tickets. That number easily topped Metallica’s mark of 74,244 over four shows in 2010.