ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III LINEUP STARTS TO TAKE SHIP SHAPE
Organizers of the Rock Legends Cruise III floating festival have announced the first group of artists confirmed to rock the boat when it sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2015. Permission to come aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas has been granted to the Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, Uriah Heep and Dickey Betts and Great Southern, with more acts to be named soon. For more details, visit rocklegendscruise.com.
SMITH FEELS REED “PICKED THE PERFECT DAY TO DIE”
New York punk pioneer Patti Smith thinks her late friend and fellow Big Apple music legend Lou Reed chose just the right day to pass away. In an article for the New Yorker, Smith said she researched the “significance” of the day Reed died and wrote, “I found it to be the birthday of both Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. Lou had chosen the perfect day to set sail – the day of poets, on Sunday morning, the world behind him. Lou was a very special poet…” Reed died of liver disease at the age of 71.
NICKS ONCE NIXED PRINCE’S PASS
Longtime Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks has often told the story of turning down the opportunity to record the Prince classic “Purple Rain, which the pint-sized superstar once offered her as a demo. But the “Stand Back” singer recently revealed to Mojo magazine that she was once “very flattered” but also turned down Prince’s offer to, well, “Let’s Go Crazy.” Nicks said she once spent some alone time at Prince’s house following a Fleetwood Mac concert but insists that “nothing happened.”
FREHLEY RETURNS FIRE FOLLOWING SIMMONS’ SALVOS
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has responded to the most recent derogatory comments made about him by ex-bandmate Gene Simmons, who in the past has put Frehley down as a drunk and drug addict that was once a “cancer” that had to be cut out of the band. In a recent radio interview, Frehley said Simmons “has no friends – he’s not respected by his peers. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. He’s pissed off thousands of fans. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. What’s he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people.”
SIMON, STING SET NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINING TOUR SCHEDULE
Superstar singer/songwriters Paul Simon and Sting have announced plans to mount a North American co-headlining tour in which they will perform classics from their respective (and respected) catalogs individually and as a duo. The two have scheduled 18 dates that will get underway February 8 and wrap March 16, with more performances to be added soon. Sting told the New York Times, “Paul and I both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it’s going. We don’t really know where this is going. We don’t really have a clue how this is going to pan out.”
MCCARTNEY NOTES BEATLES ADDED DOG WHISTLE TO SGT. PEPPER’S CUT
A well-known lifelong animal rights activist, Paul McCartney recently confirmed the Beatles added a sound to “A Day in the Life” off Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which only four-legged friends would be able to hear. In a recent discussion on BBC radio about the merits of vinyl, Sir Paul said, “I think vinyl is the best. It just sounds good. We got into a rap with George Martin…about these frequencies below the sub…that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that only dogs could hear. If you ever play Sgt. Pepper watch your dog.”
SOUGHT AFTER SIXTIES SESSION PIANIST MIKE O’NEILL DEAD AT 75
Much sought after session pianist Mike O’Neill, whose resume includes sessions with the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, among a list of additional 60s and 70s acts, has died of cancer, according to UK’s The Guardian. He was 75. The list of musicians who invited O’Neill into recording studios during the Sixties and Seventies also included Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Deep Purple. Several reports suggest Hendrix considered hiring him as his full-time keyboardist at one point.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Jimi Hendrix – Miami Pop Festival; David Bowie – The Next Day Extra (2-CD/DVD); Bob Dylan – The Complete Album Collection V.1; Various – Released: The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998.