SPRINGSTEEN SHARES SEEDS OF NEXT ALBUM HIGH HOPES
Fans of Bruce Springsteen will ring in the New Year with a new album from their hero, High Hopes (out January 14), which features old songs dressed up in new arrangements, covers and studio outtakes. Springsteen told Rolling Stone, “The best way to describe this record is that it’s a bit of an anomaly. I have a lot of this music on a computer. I bring it out on the road to amuse myself.” He went on to say, “I was interested in putting this material together in some form because it sounded like it all fit together. When I go into my studio, I’m surrounded by all my music that I haven’t released. I wait to see what’s going to speak to me.”
SCHOLZ SOUNDS OFF ON POOR QUALITY OF DIGITAL AUDIO
During a recent online Q&A session, Boston mastermind Tom Scholz was asked to share his opinion on the rise of digital audio, a subject that clearly got a rise out of the well-known audiophile. Scholz answered, “My pet theory is that digital reproduction is a huge step down in audio terms. There are a few big things wrong with it… The first step down was with 16-CDs, and then there were MP3s, which are even worse than that – those were the final blow.”
SIMMONS OPEN TO ORIGINAL BAND REUNION FOR ROCK HALL INDUCTION
Confessing “pride” was his first reaction to the news that Kiss was finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone he and Paul Stanley are open to the idea of performing with estranged members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn on April 10. Simmons said that Frehley and Criss “were equally important in the formation of the band” and added, “When you have kids with your first wife, you give kudos. The fact that you got remarried doesn’t delete or minimize the importance.” For the record, Frehley has already confirmed he’s in for a one-night reunion, saying, “Absolutely. Are you gonna want is to put makeup on? It’s been a while for me.”
NEW INDUCTEES REACT TO ENTRY INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Though not near the top of most observers’ list of future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all be enshrined along with Kiss, Nirvana and Peter Gabriel on April 10 in Brooklyn. Reacting to the pleasantly surprising news, Daryl Hall said, “All things change. Times move on and things get validated. The whole new generation of people are looking at me and John in a different way.” Meanwhile, Stevens celebrated the news by saying, “It will certainly bring happiness to a lot of my loyal fans and fulfillment to all those who have long-campaigned for it – not to mention how kinda embarrassingly good it makes me feel too.” Finally, Ronstadt, who recently confirmed she’s battling Parkinson’s disease, reacted by saying, “My health is not great right now. It’s most likely that I won’t be able to make it to New York in April. Travel is very difficult for me.”
MCCARTNEY MISSES OUT ON SNATCHING FREE T-SHIRT
Even world famous billionaire rock stars can’t resist making an attempt to snag a free souvenir shot out of a t-shirt cannon at a sporting event. Paul McCartney was caught on camera clamoring to claim a free souvenir shirt while attending an NBA game between the Nets and 76ers in Brooklyn. The former Beatle was visibly bummed when the shirt fell just short of his reach and into the hands of a young fan in the stands. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer seemed to say “that’s mine” before congratulating the lucky fella who scored the shirt.
STARR TO GUEST STAR ON CARTOON COMEBACK SPECIAL
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has agreed to voice a character and sing a new song in a Powerpuff Girls comeback special, scheduled to air on January 20 on the Cartoon Network. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will portray “flamboyant mathematician Fibonacci Sequins,” a character that gets kidnapped by evil monkey Mojo Jojo, who creates the videogame Dance Pants R-EVIL-ution, designed to take over the world.
SIMON, SMITH LEAD REED TRIBUTE SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY
Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Paul Simon and Patti Smith were among the musicians who paid tribute to the late Lou Reed at a special concert in his honor on Monday night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The event was organized by Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson and took place exactly 50 days after Reed succumbed to liver disease at the age of 71.
GROHL, NOVOSELIC REACT TO NIRVANA ENTERING ROCK HALL
Soon to be some of the youngest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic each have issued statements about being inducted in the band’s very first year of eligibility. Grohl said, “For once…I’m speechless. From the basements, to the dingy clubs, to the broken down vans, to…the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’d like to thank the committee not only for this induction, but also for recognizing Nirvana for what we were: pure rock and roll.” Novoselic commented, “This is a great honor. Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”