WATERS IN HOT WATER ONCE MORE OVER INCENDIARY COMMENTS
Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has once again incensed Jewish leaders over recent comments he made comparing the Israeli government to Nazis. In a recent interview with CounterPunch, Waters said, “I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War. I would not have played in Berlin either during this time. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian People being murdered… The parallels…are so crushingly obvious…” In response, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach addressed Waters directly in the New York Observer, writing: “That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them [six million Jews] shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul… You have disgraced yourself…”
GREGG ALLMAN ROLE HANDED TO ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS’ RITTER
Producers of an upcoming documentary based on the Allman Brothers Band namesake Gregg Allman’s memoir My Cross to Bear have tapped All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter to portray a young Allman. Director/co-producer Randall Miller said, “The world knows Tyson as an extraordinary musician and performer; now the world will know what an amazing actor he is as well.” Actor Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn) will take on the role of Duane Allman in the film tentatively titled Midnight Rider.
DEF LEPPARD’S “DAY OF HYSTERIA” MARATHON COMING TO AXS TV
The members of Def Leppard will be taking over AXS TV on Saturday, December 29 at 8p ET during the network’s 12-hour live concert marathon that will include the broadcast premiere of the Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria concert. The boys will be providing commentary and sharing their unique perspective about their Hysteria album throughout the day-long marathon that will also include other concert films featuring Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Kiss and the New York Dolls.
RODGERS IN RARE COMPANY WITH ROYAL VERSION OF REDDING CLASSIC
Singer extraordinaire Paul Rodgers, known to many as “The Voice,” showcases his God-given pipes on his soulful stroll through the Otis Redding all time anthem “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” found on his forthcoming album The Royal Sessions, due February 4. Singing the praises of his boyhood hero, Rodgers told Rolling Stone of Redding, “I had been playing in groups since I was 13 or 14, and suddenly Otis’ band became my ideal band. They played from a deeper place.” He went on to say, “I was brought up in a fairly emotionally repressed kind of society in Northwest England where one didn’t express emotions… But I felt that the part of me that was born to be a singer needed to share these kinds of emotions, and through Otis, I found a much-yearned-for outlet for this.”
BEATLES ISSUING RARITIES SET TO THWART COPYRIGHT LAWS
In a move aimed to retain their copyrights to several of their earliest songs, the Beatles announced Friday they will rush release The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 tomorrow. The BBC reports that a 2011 change to European copyright laws triggered the Fab Four’s decision to make these songs available exclusively on iTunes. By doing so, the group will extend their rights to these songs through 2033.
KINKS MUSICAL SET TO OPEN AT LONDON’S HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
A new musical based on the life of Kinks principal Ray Davies is earmarked to debut at London’s Hampstead Theatre sometime next year, the BBC reports. Sunny Afternoon, which gets its title from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s 1966 single, will use the band’s songs to trace Davies’ life from childhood through the formation and eventual worldwide success of the band he began with his brother Dave in 1964. It is probably no coincidence that the musical is set to open in the same year as the Kinks will celebrate their 50th anniversary.
REO SPEEDWAGON JUMPS ON SEAWORLD GIG AXING BANDWAGON
The list of bands backing out of concerts scheduled at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL continued to grow over the weekend when REO Speedwagon announced it was pulling out of a planned performance at the aquatic theme park. Though the band failed to mention a specific reason for its decision to back out of their scheduled February 16 appearance, it is believed they are following in the footsteps of fellow rockers Cheap Trick and Heart, just to name two, who have expressed concern over SeaWorld’s alleged mistreatment of animals spotlighted in the documentary Blackfish.
FIRE ENGULFS HOME OWNED BY FREHLEY
Saturday morning, firefighters in Westchester County, NY rushed to a house in Yorktown Heights owned by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley. The Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department reports the stone house was “heavily damaged” by flames that “burned through the roof.” It is believed that a caretaker, not Frehley, lives in the house. On Sunday, Frehley issued a statement on his Facebook page confirming “an electrical fire was caused by a tree falling on the wires in the backyard and shorting out the fuse box…and started the fire. I’m very thankful that no one was hurt!”
PEARL JAM REVEALS PLANS TO MOUNT 11-DATE EUROPEAN TOUR
Seattle superstars Pearl Jam will begin an eleven-city European tour, starting June 16 in Amsterdam. The road trip will see the group stop in Milan and Trieste, Italy, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo, Gdynia, Poland, Werchter, Belgium and Leeds, England before closing the trek in Milton Keynes, England on July 11. General public tickets sales get underway this Friday.