JOURNEY, STEVE MILLER BAND BAND TOGETHER FOR 2014 TOUR
Despite being this side of Thanksgiving, the first summer 2014 classic rock co-headling tour has been announced and fans are in for a long night of huge hits. Journey and the Steve Miller Band will launch a long trek together, starting May 15 in Chula Vista, CA. And, as if these two acts don’t already have enough hits to fill a full evening, Tower of Power will also be on the bill. Miller said of the sensational lineup, “This is going to be a not-to-be-missed trifecta of the best of soul, greatest hits and arena rock by three of the greatest bands to come out of San Francisco, clearly a once-in-a-lifetime event. we can’t wait to get started!” The run wraps August 1 in Las Vegas.
JOURNEY DONATES $350K FOR TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF EFFORTS
The devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan literally hit home to Journey singer Arnel Pineda, a native of Manila, Philippines. In a show of solidarity with their frontman and compassion for his countrymen, the band announced over the weekend it is donating $350,000 to help relief efforts in the wake of the deadly storm that has taken over 3,600 lives and displaced close to two million residents. The band’s donation will go to the United Nations World Food Programme.
PAGE BLENDS LED ZEP’S “RAMBLE ON” WITH RAP ANTHEM “HYPNOTIZE”
Has Jimmy Page made a notoriously BIG mistake by mashing up a Led Zeppelin classic with a rap standard? Over the weekend the Rock and Roll Hal of Fame guitarist shared a hip-hop-meets-hard-rock mashup of “Ramble On” and late rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” titled (NOTE CONTENT) “Ramblize” that is sure to leave some screaming “genius” and others simply screaming. Notorious L.E.D.? B.I.G. Zeppelin? You decide.
PLANT TO PLAY IN TRIBUTE MATCH FEATURING FAVORITE FOOTBALLER
Rock star Robert Plant, a lifelong follower of the UK football club Wolverhampton Wanderers and favorite star Jody Craddock, is set to put his best (Led)foot forward at a charity tribute match next May honoring the retiring defender. The Led Zeppelin frontman paid approximately $1,500 in an auction for the privilege to share the pitch with Craddock, who played 10 years with the Wolves before announcing his retirement this summer. Plant’s bid and all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where Craddock’s son Toby has been treated for leukemia.
UK FOLK ROCKER HARPER FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE
Influential British folk rocker Roy Harper, the subject of Led Zeppelin’s 1970 song “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” off Led Zeppelin III, has been charged with nine counts of sexual assault of a child tied to a case dating back to the mid-seventies. Harper, now 72, is accused of sexually abusing a girl in Herefordshire, England from 1975-1977, starting when she was 12 years old. Harper is scheduled to appear in court today.
NEW BEATLES VIDEO FOR “WORDS OF LOVE” PREMIERES
Using the words “new” and “Beatles” seems almost like an oxymoron in 2013 but a new video featuring the Fab Four performing the Buddy Holly hit “Words of Love” surfaced over the weekend. The clip combines animated footage with archive black and white and color footage and is tied to the recent release of the two-CD, 63-track On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2.
JETT JETTISONED FROM FLOAT OVER BEEF WITH RANCHERS
Longtime vegetarian Joan Jett has been axed from appearing on South Dakota’s float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after the beef-producing state’s ranchers protested her no meat stance and involvement with PETA. On Saturday, the former Runaways member said in a statement: “I’ve decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people’s political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event. I will remain focus on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition.”
SOUNDGARDEN DRUMMER SETS SAIL ON SABBATICAL
Drummer Matt Cameron, who for years now has performed double duty keeping time for Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, has announced he’ll be “taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting [new PJ album] Lightning Bolt with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family.” Cameron emphasized that “this is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden,” adding that he is helping to find “the perfect substitute for the upcoming Soundgarden dates in 2014.”
WARRANT “CHERRY PIE” VIDEO VIXEN SAYS SHE BEDDED BUDDING ACTOR
The sexy starlet of Warrant’s classic “Cherry Pie” video claims she slept with a then teen Leonardo DiCaprio, in addition to the many, many, many rock stars she offered a piece to. In her forthcoming autobiography, Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip, Bobbie Brown reveals she shagged the up-and-coming actor when she was 26 and he was just 19.