WATERS WORKING ON FIRST ALL-NEW ROCK RECORD SINCE 1992
There is a light at the end of what has been an over two-decades long recording tunnel for Roger Waters. The former Pink Floyd frontman told Rolling Stone he’s just put a bow on his first all-new rock album since 1992’s Amused to Death, saying, “I finished a demo of it last night. It’s 55 minutes long. It’s songs and theater as well. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s couched as radio play. It has characters who speak to each other, and it’s a quest. It’s about an old man and young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children.”
WATERS FINALLY FINDS OUT DETAILS OF FATHER’S DEATH
Former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters has a 93-year old World War II veteran to thank for finally solving the mystery of his father’s death. Harry Shindler, who now heads a veteran’s group but fought at the Battle of Anzio in Italy on February 18, 1944, was able to unearth the official records of the battle and discovered that Eric Fletcher Waters was killed in a ditch at 11:30a. After receiving the news, Waters told UK’s Telegraph, “Harry is such a remarkable man. This isn’t a one-off for him. He’s made it his life’s work to find out what happened to men who served.”
NEW U2 ALBUM DUE IN APRIL
The next U2 studio album is reportedly being readied for an April 2014 release, Billboard reports. Superstar producer/songwriter/musician Danger Mouse has been behind the board for recording sessions that for the most part have taken place at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The forthcoming as-yet untitled album will serve as the follow-up to U2’s 2009 record No Line on the Horizon, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales survey.
CONCERT PROMOTER LIVE NATION EYEING U2’S MANAGEMENT COMPANY
In related U2 news, concert promotion giant Live Nation is reportedly very close to acquiring the band’s management company. Sources tell the New York Times that Live Nation is prepared to pay $30 million for Principle Management, U2 manager Paul McGuinness’ company, as well as Madonna’s management firm Maverick, owned by her handler Guy Oseary.
UK AC/DC FANS HOPE TO HEAR MORE “HIGHWAY TO HELL” THIS XMAS
Fed up with the current crop of pop stars holding the holiday charts hostage with their sappy songs, AC/DC fans in the UK are spearheading a campaign to send the band’s demonic anthem “Highway to Hell” to the top of the charts, come hell or high water. Currently, the toughest competition standing in the way of “Highway to Hell” ascending to the top of chart heaven is a duet between middle-aged Scottish vocalist Susan Boyle and the long-deceased Elvis Presley.
HAGAR RESTAURANT SHUTS DOWN AFTER OWNER GOES MISSING
The mysterious and sudden disappearance of the owner of Sammy Hagar’s Roseville, CA eatery Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill has led to the establishment’s equally abrupt closure. Sacramento’s KCRA-3 TV reports local businessman Stephen Pease hasn’t been seen by his family and friends for weeks leading to his family filing a missing persons report with local police on Halloween. Pease, who remains a part of an investors’ group scheduled to open another Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill location on December 15, was last seen in Fort Bragg, CA on November 2.
PRO HOOPS FAN LIVIN’ LARGE AFTER LIP SYNCING “LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER”
An enthusiastic (to say the least) Boston Celtics fan has become a YouTube star after being captured on camera, well, enthusiastically (to say the least) lip syncing to the Bon Jovi classic “Livin’ on a Paryer” while going up and down an aisle. The as-yet unidentified (and clearly uninhibited) male’s performance was shown on the Jumbotron during a timeout in the action and has now garnered well north of four million views.
FINN ALL-IN FOR SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Singer/songwriter Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House fame will embark on a spring North American tour starting March 29 in Vancouver and running through April 12 in Washington, DC. The 10-stop trek, designed to support the February 10 release of his solo album Dizzy Heights, will also include shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and New York. Finally, Finn is set to perform this Tuesday in Los Angeles and next Thursday in New York City.