AEROSMITH ADDED AS FINAL DOWNLOAD FEST HEADLINER
All three headliners have now been named for the 2014 edition of UK’s three-day Download Festival, taking place June 13-15 in Donington Park. Aerosmith will join previously announced opening night headliner Avenged Sevenfold and day-two closers Linkin Park. News of Aerosmith tapped to close out the event means the Boston band will be making its first UK appearance since 2010 – which also went down at Download. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry reacted to the booking by saying in a statement, “It’s been too long since we’ve been to England, and we’re sincerely f***ing charged to be coming back!”
CAMPBELL CONFIRMS CANCER “IN REMISSION”
Longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell updated fans on his battle with Hodgskin’s lymphoma, and the news is very, very good indeed. The musician wrote in a Facebook post: “For anyone who gives a toss, after doing another PET scan and all the other follow-up tests, then getting a second opinion, etc., I’m officially in remission from Hodgies. That’s the good news. The bad news is: I no longer have an excuse to not go to the gym.”
REED TRIBUTE ESSAY PENNED BY BONO
The November 21 issue of Rolling Stone magazine pays tribute to Lou Reed, and U2 frontman Bono wrote an exclusive essay about the man and his music, of which both influenced U2’s sound. Bono writes: “Transformer was the album that turned me on when it was released in 1972. We were 12 and 13. Lou was born out of two influences that can’t be underestimated. One: the talents of his bandmates in the Velvet Underground, who then influenced pretty much every group that had a foot in the Seventies. (Witness our own ‘Running to Stand Still’ for red-handed proof.) Two: the short-story writer Delmore Schwartz. The music is eternal. It will keep being made even without him.”
EDDIE VAN HALEN GUITAR GOING UNDER THE HAMMER
Guitar freaks and Eddie Van Halen disciples in particular are on notice to start saving their pennies for an opportunity to bid on a rare axe once played by the Van Halen six-string master. Van Halen’s 1982 Kramer Frankenstrat, played during the 1982-1983 Diver Down tour, will be among the items on sale December 18 as part of the first rock and roll items offered by California auction house Profiles in History. The special instrument is expected to sell for $100,000 to $150,000.
CORNELL EXPANDS SONGBOOK SOLO TOUR DATES
While Soundgarden continues to enjoy a little down time, frontman Chris Cornell continues to add additional tour stops to his current Songbook solo trek. Three more stops have been added to the end of the touring cycle, starting with a new show in Charlotte, NC on December 2, a Miami gig on the 5th and a performance in St. Petersburg, FL on the 6th. Cornell’s next concert is slated to take place on November 13 in Kingston, NY. Meanwhile, Soundgarden was recently confirmed as one of the headliners for Lollapalooza Chile and Argentina in late March and early April.
NEWSTED STILL STANDS BY FORMER METALLICA BANDMATES
Despite no longer being in the band, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted still has nothing but nice things to say about his ex-bandmates. In a recent interview, he heaped praise on the members of Metallica’s willingness to take chances and invest in themselves, saying, “I’m a big fan of them. There’s no one else you can invest in that will work harder for your own money than yourself…there’s no way that you get to be as big of a band, or the biggest band without working so f***ing hard. They work very hard and I’m proud of them for it.”
FORMER JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS DRUMMER LEE CRYSTAL DIES
Drummer Lee Crystal, who was behind the kit for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts from 1981-1986, has died from complications from multiple sclerosis, which he battled since 1993. Crystal played on the bulk of the Blackhearts’ biggest hits, including “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and covers of Tommy James and the Shondell’s “Crimson and Clover” and Sly & the Family Stone’s “Everyday People.”