CURRENT AND CLASSIC ACTS NAB BEST ROCK ALBUM GRAMMY NODS
Four members of rock royalty will compete with current rockers Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age in the Best Rock Album category at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26 in Los Angeles. Black Sabbath’s 13, Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, David Bowie’s The Next Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Psychedelic Pill, Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull and Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork received nominations last Friday. Bowie, Led Zeppelin and QOTSA will also compete in the Best Rock Performance category along with Alabama Shakes, Imagine Dragons and Jack White, while Black Sabbath will face Anthrax, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage and Volbeat in the Best Metal Performance category. Black Sabbath’s “God is Dead?,” the Rolling Stones’ “Doom and Gloom” and Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana’s collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack” are among the nominees for Best Rock Song. The full list of nominees is available at Grammy.com.
SANTANA, JOEL, HANCOCK RECEIVE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
President Barack Obama honored Mexican-born Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana, New York native Billy Joel and jazz giant Herbie Hancock at the Kennedy Center Honors at a White House ceremony on Sunday. Actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo were also recognized. President Obama said, “The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven’t just proven themselves to be the best of the best. Despite all their success, all their fame, they’ve remained true to themselves – and inspired the rest of us to do the same.” The event was videotaped for broadcast on CBS on December 29.
NICKS CAUTIOUS ABOUT CHRISTINE MCVIE’S COMEBACK
In a recent interview with Billboard, Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks was asked about Christine McVie’s recent revelation that she’s ready to end her retirement and return to the band. Nicks said, “I think she’s probably been asked about 5 million times to come back to the band. By all of us. And she has said, in no uncertain terms, ‘No. No. Absolutely not. No way.’ If Chris wants to come back to the band, I said to her, ‘It’s your band. I don’t really think you have to ask. So, it all depends…on you. How do you feel. Do you want to take this on again?’ I don’t know what she’ll do. Story to come. To be continued.”
MELLENCAMP MULLS NEW ALBUM, NEW TOUR IN 2014
Heartland singer/songwriter John Mellencamp says he’s “got a notebook with 85 new songs that I’ve written for my next record” and hopes to enter the studio with producer T Bone Burnett “in early January…for however long it takes to make a new album.” His next record will be Mellencamp’s first featuring all-new material in five years and he will promote it heavily, saying, “I want to do one hundred shows in the United States and Canada. Then I’ll deal with the rest of the world later.”
DENSMORE, KRIEGER COMMENT ON MORRISON’S LIFE
Sunday would have been Jim Morrison’s 70th birthday and at an event last week former Doors bandmates John Densmore and Robby Krieger were asked how the late frontman would have celebrated. Krieger said, “I’m sure by this time he would want to forget about his birthday. He’d want to forget how old he was.” Densmore added that one year on his birthday friends “bought him a giant thing of Courvoisier, and we just went, ‘Oh God, don’t feed the beast.’”
ICONIC “DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC” GUITAR FETCHES RECORD PRICE
One of the most famous (others might say infamous) guitars in the history of rock has sold for a record price at auction. The 1964 Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan strapped on and played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold for a record-shattering $965,000 at Christie’s in New York last Friday, fetching almost twice the amount it what expected to sell for, making it the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction in the world. The previous record was held by Eric Clapton’s Fender Strat which sold for $959,500 in 2004.
JOHN DENOUNCES RUSSIAN ANTI-GAY LAW AT MOSCOW GIG
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John criticized Russia’s anti-gay legislation at his concert in Moscow on Friday, defying the country’s ban on supposed promotion of homosexuality. The BBC reports the openly gay musician told Friday’s audience that he was “sad to learn” of Russia’s current law that bans “homosexual propaganda,” saying, “In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating.”
HEART NIXES “ORLANDO” GIG AT SEAWORLD
Rock and roll sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart have axed an upcoming performance in Orlando, FL after learning the show would take place at SeaWorld and pressure placed upon them by a petition on Change.org. According to a tweet on Nancy’s Twitter account, the show had originally been planned as an Orlando show but had they known from the get-go it would take place at SeaWorld “we’d have said no then. We said no today.”
JAGGER JOINS YOUNGER BROTHER IN STUDIO
With the Rolling Stones still celebrating their 50th anniversary, Mick Jagger is helping younger brother Chris celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his first album by appearing on his sibling’s next studio effort. Mick sings on two tracks found on Chris’ forthcoming ninth solo album, Concertina Jack, lending vocals to the title track and “Diamonds and Pearls.” No word yet when Chris’ record will arrive.