HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL SPRINGSTEEN TO ISSUE “HIGH HOPES” SINGLE
Several news outlets reported Monday that Bruce Springsteen is set to release a new single titled “High Hopes” next Tuesday, November 25. The song, originally recorded ad released in 1990 by the Havelinas, should be familiar to hardcore Boss devotees because he first covered it for his hard-to-find 1996 EP Blood Brothers. Back in June, Springsteen told Rolling Stone, “I have stuff I’m working on that I’m very happy about. I hate to say, because I don’t like to be wrong, but I have a lot of material. I still feel like I’m in the middle of the well.”
TYLER TAPS RUBIN TO OVERSEE SOLO STUDIO ALBUM
Though nothing is set in stone, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has given a strong indication that highly sought after producer Rick Rubin is his first choice to helm his forthcoming solo album. The singer told Rolling Stone, “I’m working on it. I just got back from Russia. Tour was over last week, so I set up my studio, and I had dinner with Rick Rubin last night. We did do ‘Walk This Way’ with Run-D.M.C. That was his idea.” There’s no word yet when the Tyler solo record will be released.
NICKS DOCUMENTARY IN YOUR DREAMS DUE ON DVD DECEMBER 3
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Stevie Nicks has set a December 3 release date for the DVD of her documentary In Your Dreams. The film is an intimate behind the scenes look at the longtime Fleetwood Mac member working closely with co-producer and co-director Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame on her first solo album in a decade, a period she describes as “the greatest year of my life.”
NEIL, HAGAR HARBOR HOPES OF MOUNTING ROAD TRIP TOGETHER
During a recent interview with Vegas Rocks! magazine, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil addressed his post-Crue retirement plans and dropped a huge hint about an upcoming co-headlining tour with Sammy Hagar. Neil said, “I have my own stuff. I have my solo band, and we have a lot of touring coming up. And actually, it looks like me and Sammy Hagar are gonna go out together for a long tour next year. I’ll be carrying the torch for Motley Crue when Motley Crue is done.”
RAY DAVIES DECIDES TO WRITE SOUNDTRACK TO ROAD MEMOIR
During a recent interview, Ray Davies revealed he plans to write and record songs to serve “as a sort of soundtrack” to his recently released road memoir, Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road, the Story. Davies said the songs started to take shape while he was recovering from the 2004 incident in which he was shot by a mugger “’cause I wasn’t allowed to travel for many weeks. So they act as a subtext to the story.”
DAVIES HINTS KINKS REUNION POSSIBLE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS
Despite the seemingly never-ending sibling rivalry between Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, Ray recently gave fans a glimmer of hope that a reunion is not completely out of the question as long as new songs are part of the mix. He said, “My answer is ‘no’ if we’re just going to go out and play the oldies, ‘maybe’ if we can make good new music as well. I must write something new…as long as I’m alive, I’m living in the present world and I want to be inspired by it and resonate the world I live in.”
FOLK SINGER HARPER APPEARS IN COURT ON CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES
British folk singer Roy Harper made a brief appearance in court Monday to face nine charges of sexually assaulting a pre-teen in the mid-Seventies. The BBC reports the 72-year old, the subject of Led Zeppelin’s 1970 song “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” off Led Zeppelin III, faces two counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13, three counts of indecently assaulting a girl under 14 and four for gross indecency with a girl under 14, all related to one lone victim. Harper did not enter a plea. He is due back in court on December 2.
BYRNE TO STAGE BENEFIT SHOW FOR VICTIMS OF TYPHOON HAIYAN
Stating that “The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people – it couldn’t be more timely,” David Byrne has announced he and the original cast of the stage musical Here Lies Love will perform a special benefit concert version for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan this Monday at Terminal 5 in New York City. Byrne added, “Most of our cast is Filipino, and all of us feel the same way. It’s personal for all of us.” All proceeds from the show will benefit Doctors Without Borders.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Eric Clapton – Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013; Rush – Clockwork Angels Tour; David Lee Roth – Greatest Hits: The Deluxe Edition; King Crimson – USA (40th Anniversary Edition).