BOSS CONFIRMS NEW SONG; RUMORS SAY NEW ALBUM ALSO ON THE WAY
Confirming reports from earlier this week, Bruce Springsteen will release the new single “High Hopes” on November 25. A previous version of the song, originally recorded ad released in 1990 by the Havelinas, was found on Springsteen’s 1996 EP Blood Brothers. In addition, sources tell Billboard “a new Springsteen studio album could be out as early as January,” though nothing on a new album has been confirmed as yet.
ROLLING STONES SCHEDULE FIRST AUSTRALIAN GIG IN TWO DECADES
The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting tour will officially stretch into 2014 when the band touches down in Australia for the first time since 1995. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group is set to perform March 22 at a brand new stadium in Adelaide, with former guitarist Mick Taylor in tow as a special guest. According to the band’s official website, more Australian shows and one New Zealand concert will be announced soon.
STUDIO WHERE DEEP PURPLE LIVE ALBUM MIXED GOES UP IN FLAMES
Narrowly avoiding a déjà vu scenario eerily similar to the one that inspired “Smoke on the Water,” the German recording studio owned by legendary hard rockers Gamma Ray where an upcoming Deep Purple live album was mixed was recently destroyed in a fire. Gamma Ray, touring in South America at the time of the blaze, posted the following message on its website: “Here’s the ironic part: we’re at the waterfront of a lake and the upcoming Deep Purple live recordings have just been mixed at our place. Remember ‘Smoke on the Water’…”
WATERS WOULDN’T WANT TO TALK TO HIS 19-YEAR OLD SELF
Former Pink Floyd singer/songwriter/bassist Roger Waters is known for his prickly personality and now we have a clue of when his cantankerous characteristics began to take shape. Asked recently what he would say to young musicians looking to break into the music business, he told Billboard that he wouldn’t say one word. When asked what he would say to his 19-year old self, he replied, “I wouldn’t talk to that little f***er. Standing in a corner, smoking cigarettes, snarling at everybody – he had to go figure it out for himself.”
LIFESON LAUGHS OFF RUSH RETIREMENT RUMORS
Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush are not contemplating retirement, despite recently revealing they will be going on an extensive hiatus. Guitarist Alex Lifeson told Billboard, “We’ve committed to taking about a year off. We all agreed when we finished this tour , we were going to take this time off.” He went on to say, “We haven’t stopped or quit – right now we’re just relaxing. Sometime in the new year we’ll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.”
STEWART SPLITS VEGAS STRIP FOR SIX ARENA SHOWS
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rod Stewart will wrap his latest run of Las Vegas residency shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Saturday and Sunday before heading back east for a six-pack of arena shows, starting December 4 in Boston. From there he’ll hit Newark, NJ on December 7, New York City on the 9th, Philadelphia on the 11ths, Montreal on the 14th and Toronto on the 15th. His next round of Sin City sets resumes on April 30.
BLACK CROWES GUITARIST SIGNS RECORD DEAL, PREPS SOLO SET
The ink is dry on Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson’s new recording contract with indie label The End Records which will release his forthcoming solo album The Ceaseless Sight sometime this spring. The upcoming studio album will be Robinson’s third such release, having issued Paper in 2004 and Through a Crooked Sun in 2011. Robinson plans to support his next record with a tour next year.