GABRIEL, KISS LEAD ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2014 CLASS
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced the members of the class of 2014 on Monday and Peter Gabriel will be inducted for the second time, having already been inducted as a member of Genesis in 2010. The list of new inductees includes Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and Linda Ronstadt, while the E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both be handed the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10.
IOMMI, BUTLER LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT OSBOURNE’S RELAPSE
In a recent interview, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi confessed he and fellow original band member Geezer Butler were completely unaware of Ozzy Osbourne’s relapse following years of sobriety. Iommi said, “I couldn’t believe it. He was working at my house and I didn’t pick up on it at all. None of us did. He really hid that well. I just couldn’t believe he’d been drinking again. I didn’t see any signs of it.” Butler added, “He was really good at keeping it secret. It certainly didn’t affect his performance in the studio…to us, he’d worked better than ever.”
MAY SHEDS MORE LIGHT ON LOST QUEEN TRACKS
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Queen guitarist Brian May talked about combining recently unearthed tracks and deeper album cuts into a new release. He said, “We were looking at putting together a compilation of the more unusual and yet memorable Queen tracks. That’s the way it started and then we unearthed a few tapes of Freddie [Mercury] singing and us in the studio… A couple of them have Michael Jackson on as well…Freddie and Michael singing together and experimenting in the Eighties. Michael…was a big fan, especially of Freddie…”
LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE BAND FEELS STING OF REAL DEAL’S SPOTIFY DEAL
The news that Led Zeppelin’s catalog is now finally on Spotify may have music to the ears of fans around the globe but it spelled a death knell to Led Zep tribute band Led ZepAgain, which was pulling in six-figures. The band’s frontman Swan Montgomery said he feels great that his group “got a good run at – it could only last so long. But now fans can get the real thing.”
U2 DELIVER REMIXED VERSION OF “ORDINARY LOVE”
Longtime Nelson Mandela devotees U2 contributed the song “Ordinary Love” to the forthcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, due in theaters Christmas day. Last week, the original Danger Mouse mix was nominated for a Golden Globe but yesterday the band posted a new version of the track remixed by Adele collaborator Paul Epworth. Bono said in a statement: “We think Paul Epworth’s mix is a very soulful, uplifting one… Nelson Mandela’s life and times meant more to me than I can ever tell you, I would need a hundred songs to do that…but this complicated little love song to [Mandela’s former wife] Winnie and South Africa is the one that landed on our lap.” The former South African president died on December 5 at the age of 95.
38 SPECIAL SHOOTS DOWN SEAWORLD SHOW
Six acts have now nixed their scheduled shows as part of SeaWorld in Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ concert series, which is rapidly becoming just the Brew & BBQ series. Southern rockers 38 Special are the latest to take aim at the aquatic theme park over its alleged mistreatment of animals, firing off the following announcement on its Facebook page: “Due to concern raised by the CNN documentary Blackfish, 38 Special will be cancelling its scheduled March 9 concert at SeaWorld. We appreciate the outpouring of support and especially apologize to our Orlando fans. We will try and schedule another performance in your area in the near future.” Heart, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies have all axed their planned SeaWorld gigs as well.
MATTHEWS MANAGES TO COAX COHORTS INTO FORMING SUPERGROUP
Several outlets, including Rolling Stone, are reporting Dave Matthews has formed a supergroup with the Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan, Jakob’s dad Bob’s guitarist Charlie Sexton, his brother Bill and drummer Brady Blade, calling themselves the Nauts. The new unit is reportedly currently recording its debut album at drummer Blade’s Shreveport, LA studio. Meanwhile, Matthews continues to work on a new Dave Matthews Band album as well.
STARR PUTS FINISHING TOUCH OF TAMBOURINE ON TENCH TRACK
Originally scheduled to play drums, a scheduling mix-up forced Ringo Starr to miss a recording session for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench’s upcoming solo album, so instead, the former Beatles drummer added tasty tambourine to the tune “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress.” The track, which also features Petty on bass, will be on Tench’s debut solo album, You Should Be So Lucky, which will be available on February 18.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Jerry Garcia Band – Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound; John Mellencamp – 1978-2012 (Box Set); King Crimson – USA (40th Anniversary Edition); Leon Russell – Snapshot (Best Of).