TYLER TOUTS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM; RECORD DUE EARLY 2014
Longtime Aerosmith fans will certainly wonder whether Steven Tyler working on his solo debut album is a sign the Boston-based band is teetering on splitting up. The frontman told a Beantown radio station that he’s “finishing up some songs for my solo record that I’m doing,” adding that “January, February, March” is the projected window for its release. Tyler did not say what Aerosmith’s next move might be.
REED TRIBUTE T-SHIRT INTENTIONALLY FEATURES WRONG ROCKER
Manufacturers of a t-shirt designed to pay tribute to the late Lou Reed have lots of fans scratching their heads wondering how they could have made such a blatant mistake, but putting Iggy Pop on the front of the shirt in between “Lou Reed” and “1942-2013” was no accident. Detroit-based Wethouse has pulled this prank before; images on its website show they put a photo of Prince on a shirt designed to pay tribute to Michael Jackson, and they’ve put a new twist on the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” by designing an “Ugly Hanukkah Sweater.”
DEEP PURPLE PREPS FOUR 24 CARAT GOLD CD BOX SET
Talk about a stellar stocking stuffer; Deep Purple has announced the November 11 release of Deep Purple: The Audio Fidelity Collection, a four-disc box set that features 24-carat gold editions of the albums In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are. Housed in a silver-effect container with embossed rivets, the box set will have a run of just 5,000 units and sell for $130.
MOTLEY CRUE BIOPIC TO BE HELMED BY JACKASS DIRECTOR
In a somehow seemingly fitting move, producers of the upcoming Motley Crue biopic, Dirt, have picked Jeff Tremaine, director of the just released Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, to helm the Crue’s story of rock and raunchiness. According to Deadline, Dirt will be about “big hair, big sound, big money, big brawls, scandals and debauchery, and the inevitable big problems caused by drugs, drink and living and breathing the rock-and-roll lifestyle as the quartet rose from playing local clubs on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip to touring the world as global rock stars.” Cameras will start to roll early next year.
SIR PAUL’S CELLPHONE HACKED FOR YEARS BY UK TABLOID
Court testimony Friday revealed Paul McCartney’s cellphone was hacked “for years” by a private investigator working for now shuttered UK tabloid News of the World. Prosecutor Andrew Edis told a London jury the former Beatles’ phone was first hacked in 2002, as his relationship with former wife Heather Mills led to marriage, and continued through 2004. In all, eight former News of the World staffers are on trial tied to the phone hacking scandal.
DYLAN DISAPPOINTS - AND THRILLS - OPENING ACT
Admitted “pipe dreams” of getting to jam night after night with the legendary Bob Dylan had roots rock act My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James amped to hit the road with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer over the summer, but the experience turned out to be so-so. James told Rolling Stone, “The whole concept of the tour was supposed to be super collaborative. Bob really wasn’t around. We never talked to him once. He does not hang…” Finally, three weeks into the tour, James and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy were invited to join Dylan at the end of his set a few times towards the end of the tour, an experience James says was “really cool, and something I’ll be able to tell the grandkids about.”
JOHN QUESTIONS LONGEVITY OF REALITY SHOW SINGER’S CAREERS
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Elton John spends more time feeling sorry for contestants on reality television singing shows such as American Idol, X Factor and The Voice than he does bashing the shows themselves – though he does plenty of that, too. John told MTV, “The type of celebrity that television shows give you these days, without the experience of playing live, means you are just thrown to the wolves.” He went on to say, “Getting experience by being in a band and earning very little from what you love doing gives you the backbone, mettle and experience you will need later in life. I don’t dislike the people on these shows, but feel sorry for them. They win the show, make their record and the next year it’s someone else.”
WAKEMAN EXPANDS JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH UK TOUR
Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has announced he’s doubled the number of UK dates originally scheduled for his upcoming Journey to the Centre of the Earth tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of his second solo set. The now 14-stop trek will launch April 24 in Newcastle and splash down May 10 in Llandudno, Wales. Wakeman said of the tour, “This is the start of a new Journey.” The tour happens to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Jules Verne novel that inspired the album.
INFLUENTIAL BLUES ROCKER GUITARIST BOBBY PARKER DEAD AT 76
Guitarist Bobby Parker, whose memorable riff on his 1961 hit “Watch Your Step” directly influenced songs by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, among others, has died at the age of 76, according to a bassist Anthony B. Rucker. Neither a cause nor a specific date of death has been reported. Parker’s riff that runs throughout “Watch Your Step” is unmistakably heard on the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” and Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick.” The Spencer Davis Group released their cover of the tune in 1966, and Santana issued their rendition in 1983.