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HAGAR HOPES TO HIT STUDIO WITH CHICKENFOOT IN JANUARY

In a new interview, Sammy Hagar more than hinted that Chickenfoot will begin work on a new album very early in 2014. The Red Rocker said, “It looks like January is on the agenda. [Guitarist] Joe’s [Satriani] been writing, and I’m writing lyrics at all times. He’s going to start sending me stuff and I’ll send him lyrics… As for the rest of the songs, we’ll create them on the spot with the four of us in the room.”

VAN HALEN LOGO USED AS SYMBOL FOR WORLD PEACE ON SOUTH PARK

A trio of otherwise disparate religions united as one on Wednesday night’s episode of South Park, and they all have Van Halen to thank for their new universal religious symbol. During one scene in the show, representatives of Islam, Judaism and Christianity declare unity and tell a throng of the faithful, “Let us celebrate, under one symbol.” Next, an animated Eddie Van Halen followed by the rest of the band hits the stage and performs “Ain’t ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” with the band’s iconic logo unfurled behind them.

BOSTON’S SCHOLZ SHUDDERS HIMSELF FROM NEW MUSIC

Shocking as this might sound, Boston mastermind Tom Scholz claims he has no idea who U2 guitarist the Edge or The Police six-stringer Andy Summers are. Asked for his opinion of other guitarists like the Edge and Summers known for having a signature sound, Scholz confessed, “I don’t know who they are. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but I don’t listen to any other music – not since about 1974. I don’t listen to the radio in the car, and I do that because I don’t want to be influenced.” Life, Love & Hope, Boston’s first all-new studio albums since 2002, is due December 3.

CROSBY EXPLAINS REASONING BEHIND RESIDENCY SOLO TOUR

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby has set a January 28 release date for Croz, his first solo album in two decades. That same day, he’ll kick off a three-night run of shows in New York City as part of a 12-show tour of just five cities. He explained why he’s not mounting a longer run, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m not going to make any money from this tour. Buses are hideously expensive, so instead I’m going to do short residencies in five cities…where we can work in fine brush strokes…and the best work we can possibly do.” In addition to the three NYC shows, Crosby will do two nights in Vienna, VA, two in Chicago, two in San Francisco and three in Los Angeles.

DAVE DAVIES GIVES UPDATE ON FILM AND FUTURE OF THE KINKS

In a recent interview with Radio.com, Dave Davies offered new details on a future documentary based on his life as a musician, and gave Kinks fans a glimmer of hope that he and his brother Ray may work together again. On the film project, titled Dave Davies’ Rock N Roll Journey, he said it would spotlight “the journey of being in a rock ‘n’ roll band on the road. We want to interview old colleagues, other celebrities and fans.” As for making any more music with his brother, He said, “I spoke to Ray last week when he was in New York…he said, ‘I’ve written a few songs with that in mind.’ So we’re going to meet up in the UK [in December]. I’m looking forward to that.”

SPRINGSTEEN’S SHOT AT TELLING DIRTY JOKE FALLS FLACCID

The seventh annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit took place Wednesday night in New York City and featured musical performances from Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters as well as comedy provided by Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby and Jim Gaffigan. Though known as the “Boss” for his musical prowess, Springsteen’s amateurish attempt to tell a dirty joke would have gotten him fired from any comedy club in the country. In heavily edited fashion, the joke went something like this: an old man having trouble getting an erection goes to the doctor and tells him he’s tried everything, including Viagra. The doctor tells him to go see a gypsy around the corner. The gypsy hands the old man a vial and tells him to sprinkle its contents where he needs it most and say “one, two, three” and then “one, two, three, four” when he’s done. The guy goes home and gets in bed with his wife, sprinkles and says “one, two, three.” His wife says, “I don’t get it, what’s the one, two, three for?”

HANSARD GETS HELPING HAND FROM VEDDER ON SPRINGSTEEN COVER

Academy Award-winning singer songwriter Glen Hansard (Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” from Once) has set a December 3 release date for his four-song EP Drive All Night. The EP includes the title track, Hansard’s cover of the Bruce Springsteen original featuring Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, plus three original compositions. All profits from the digital single sales of “Drive All Night” will benefit Little Kids Rock, the non-profit music education charity founded by late Springsteen and the E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons.

SURVEY SAYS FEW WANT CHRISTMAS SONGS BEFORE THANKSGIVING

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas all across the radio dial, but according to a new survey the majority of people over 30 believe that’s not a good idea. Cricket Wireless recently conducted a survey of their customers and 55% objected to stations playing holiday hits before Thanksgiving, including 71% of those over 65, 63% of those 45-64 and 55% of those 30-44. Only 40% of those surveyed under-30 were hum bugged by hearing songs like “Oh Holy Night” around Halloween.

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