AEROSMITH AXEMAN ADMITS HAVING “ISSUES WITH THE LAST RECORD”
Apparently, according to Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, the group’s last studio album, Music From Another Dimension, wasn’t made for those of us living in this dimension. In a recent interview, Whitford candidly said, “We have a lot of issues with the last record now. We felt like…we missed the mark…we feel like we should’ve done something a little different…I don’t know if the material that we did really translated. Maybe we’re a little bit stuck in the way we do things… Maybe we need to…bring in some more contemporary people to work with…”
RUTGERS BLESSES SEMINAR ON SPRINGSTEEN’S SPIRITUAL SONGWRITING
Rutgers University has given its blessing to offer a freshman seminar exploring the theology of Bruce Springsteen’s Biblically-based lyrics. Course professor Azzan Yadin-Israel explained, “Theology, I would say the most dominant motifs are redemption – crossing the desert and entering the Promised Land – and the sanctity of the everyday. Springsteen tries to drag the power of religious symbols that are usually relegated to some transcendent reality into our lived world. In his later albums he also writes very openly about faith.”
NICKS INKED FOR CAMEO ROLE ON FX HIT AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Though details remain sketchy, Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks will be making a cameo appearance on a future episode of the FX Network series American Horror Story: Coven. Series creator Ryan Murphy tweeted Tuesday the Rock and Roll hall of Fame singer will appear in a cameo, though it is yet to be determined what role she will play and when she will play it.
PUBLIC MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR REED IN NYC
Fans of the late Lou Reed will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on his passing at a public memorial scheduled to take place tomorrow at Lincoln Center in New York City, the New York Times reports. The event will take place from 1-4p ET, and according to a message on Reed’s Facebook page will feature “No speeches. No live performances. Just Lou’s voice, guitar, music & songs – playing the recordings selected by his family and friends.”
BEATLES BBC BANK BUSTED, PRODUCER CLAIMS
With yesterday’s release of The Beatles On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 still fresh on fans’ minds, few should expect more BBC performances to surface in the future. One of the compilation’s executive producers told Billboard, “There are no plans at the moment. I think these two albums are wonderful from the point of view of presenting the real highlights of the Beatles’ BBC sessions.” That said, another insider hinted, “There is something, but I don’t think we’re allowed to talk about it yet. If you’re involved in these Beatles projects, you have to be very discreet. It’s all top secret.”
RODGERS READIES THE ROYAL SESSIONS RELEASE
Longtime Bad Company frontman and short-lived Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers has announced the February 4 release of his next solo album, The Royal Sessions, a special set of covers honoring the rich musical history of Memphis. Describing his work ethic on the project, Rodgers said in a statement: “I really felt I had to get deeper inside myself than I ever had in my life.” The singer says he’ll donate all proceeds from the album sales to local Memphis music education programs.
IOMMI IN LINE TO RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREE
Congratulations to Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi who will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Britain’s Coventry University this Tuesday, November 19. University officials said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician is being honored for his “contribution to the world of popular music; in particular being recognized as one of the founders of heavy metal music and one of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time.”
CRACKER’S LOWERY LEADS CRACKDOWN ON LYRIC SITES
Singer/songwriter David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven fame and the National Music Publishers Association are taking a stand against 50 unlicensed lyric sites, leading an effort to take those sites offline for posting lyrics without paying the songwriters who penned them. Lowery said in a statement: “Unlicensed lyric sites are largely ignored as copyright infringers, but in fact these sites generate huge web traffic and involve more money than one might think.” Lowery cites Rap Genius, Lyrics Mania and Lyrics Translate as three of the main offenders.