SAMBORA COULD BE READY TO RETURN TO BON JOVI NEXT YEAR
After taking time off to be with his daughter and ailing mother, longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora says he could be closer to getting back with his band. Asked if he might return in 2014, he told Billboard, “Yes, I would think about it for sure. There’s no malice here. You get along for 30 years, that’s a damn good marriage.” He went on to say, “I did 14 cycles for 30 years, so I missed a lot. A lot of life happened. You look at your bank account, and you see the currency of love and happiness is more important than the currency of money.”
CHEAP TRICK DIVE INTO EXPANDING POOL OF SEAWORLD DETRACTORS
Days after Heart pulled the plug on its scheduled performance at SeaWorld and Joan Jett fired off a cease and desist letter to the theme park’s CEO over the unauthorized use of her song “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” in their Shamu Rocks! show, Cheap Trick has also decided to jump ship and bail on its scheduled February 8 appearance. Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies had previously announced they would not perform at SeaWorld in protest of the alleged harsh treatment of its animals shown in the documentary Blackfish.
STEWART GOES OFF THE RAILS DURING VISIT TO MODEL TRAIN SHOP
As many ardent fans know, Rod Stewart is passionate about music, long-legged blondes, soccer and model trains, though not necessarily in that order. During his recent tour stop in Boston, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made a point of stopping in at hobby shop owner George Sellios’ Fine Scale Miniatures store where according to the owner Stewart was “in awe” of his model train set up to the point that the singer mockingly said he was going to tear up his own famously fabulous model train setup at home in shame. Stewart was so into Sellios’ store, his handlers had to force him to leave a mere 45 minutes before he was scheduled to hit the stage.
THE BEATLES GARNER GRAMMYS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Recording Academy yesterday announced its 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients and the Beatles top the long and varied list. In addition to the Fab Four, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include the Isley Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, zydeco giant Clifton Chenier, German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, Mexican singer/songwriter Armando Manzanero and American violinist Maud Powell. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony held one day before the 56th Grammy Awards which take place January 26 in Los Angeles.
FORTHCOMING FAB FOUR BOX SET FEATURES ALL 13 U.S ALBUMS
Capitol Records will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival to America with the January 21 release of aptly named Fab Four box set The U.S. Albums. As its title implies, the must-have collection will hold all 13 of the band’s American albums, including five that heretofore have never been released on CD, including A Hard Day’s Night, Yesterday and Today, Revolver, the U.S.-only compilation Hey Jude and the audio commentary The Beatles Story. The box will also come with a 64-page booklet.
ALLMAN ADDED TO HAYNES’ ANNUAL CHRISTMAS JAM
Fellow Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes will be spending the next two nights together after Allman was added to the lineup of Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam tonight and tomorrow in Asheville, NC. As always, proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Asheville area chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The lineup also includes Haynes’ other band, Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic, Grave Potter and the Nocturnals and the Phil Lesh Quintet, among others.
BROWNE, HEART SERVE UP SONGS FOR TUNES4FOOD – REDEMPTION DAY
A number of top shelf and upstart acts have come together to contribute songs to the recently released album Tunes4Food – Redemption Day, available now on iTunes. Proceeds from the sale of the 19-track collection will benefit the Food Bank of Western New York in Buffalo, Cleveland Food Bank and Long Island Cares/The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge, NY. Artists lending their voices include Jackson Browne, Heart, Nils Lofgren, Little Steven, Melissa Etheridge, the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco, among others.
METALLICA PAID VISIT TO RUSSIAN RESEARCH FACILITY IN ANTARCTICA
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Metallica took time to explore a Russian research station in Antarctica following their historic concert inside a dome at Argentina’s Carlini base on December 8. According to RIA Novosti the band members accepted an invitation from Russian polar researchers who attended the frigid gig to stop by the Bellingshausen after the show. Metallica set a world record by becoming the first and only band to perform on all seven continents in less than a year.