ALLEGEDLY A-POLITICAL OZZY GOES OFF ON LYING POLITICIANS
During a recent interview with UK’s NME, Ozzy Osbourne claimed that he doesn’t “touch politics,” but that didn’t stop him from skewering elected officials anyways. The Prince of Darkness said, “I don’t touch politics. I leave that to Bono. But I’m not politically motivated. I sang songs about political situations, wars and that, but they’re all f***ing liars if you ask me.” He went on to add, “I think entertainers should stay entertainers and politicians should stay liars. If you say you’ll do something and you can’t do it, you should get fired, because you got your job under false pretenses.”
LONG AWOL PERRY COULD RESURFACE ON ROCK ACT’S NEXT ALBUM
Still enjoying the wave of success from its smash single “Sail,” AWOLNATION is back at work on new material, and, according to frontman Aaron Bruno, keeping some pretty cool company in the studio. He told Rolling Stone, “There are a couple of people I have up my sleeve. There are a couple of massive surprises that could happen. I can say, ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’” The huge hint points directly to former Journey frontman Steve Perry, and Bruno admits, “We became friends. It feels weird for me to talk about – I feel like I’m bragging about how this legend likes the music I’ve written. But he asked for my number. He reached out to me.”
MCLAGAN THROWS FLY IN THE OINTMENT OF FACES REUNION PLANS
Feeling that he’s been burned by Rod Stewart one too many times on past reunion attempts, former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan says he doesn’t want to put the band back together. McLagan recently told Uncut magazine, “We’ve done the Faces. And he didn’t turn up.” Stewart recently said a Faces reunion was “earmarked for 2015,” McLagan claims Stewart never spoke to him about committing to a 2015 reunion.
BECK BACK IN STUDIO WORKING ON “EPIC” NEW ALBUM
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck is reportedly readying a new album for a 2014 release. Little is known about the project other than what appears on the guitarist’s official website: “After taking a very short well-earned break post his recent tour with Brian Wilson, Jeff has been spending most of his time with his new band…in the studio. We won’t say too much at present. Suffice to say – Watch this space – It will be Epic!”
SLASH STASHING SONGS FOR THIRD SOLO STUDIO ALBUM
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash took to Twitter Thursday to tell fans he already has a stack of new songs piled for his third solo studio set. The axeman tweeted: “16 trx worked up & completed. + an instrumental? Hard 2 decide what goes on the record, what will b bonus trx. It’s all cool!!!!” Slash’s next album will be the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love, and his second featuring singer Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
FOREIGNER LINES UP DOMESTIC TOUR FOR EARLY 2014
Jukebox heroes Foreigner will begin 2014 the same way they ended 2013 – on the road. The band will host a January 31 bash in Valley Center, CA, located northeast of San Diego, followed by 11 more U.S. shows and two Canadian gigs sprinkled in as well. The domestic dates include stops in Midland, TX, Burlington, VT, Portland, ME, Lancaster, PA, Port Chester, NY and Reno, NV before the tour closer in Augusta, GA on March 13.
MARSHALL TUCKER BAND SET TO TAKE THE HIGHWAY IN 2014
Southern rock stalwarts the Marshall Tucker Band have used the title of one of their biggest hits as inspiration for their forthcoming Take the Highway Tour of America, which begins on January 8 in Honolulu, where presumably they will arrive after having taken to the skies. The long trek includes a total of 33 performances and stretches as far as June 14, where it will come to a close in San Mateo, CA.