MAY SIDELINED WITH TWO TORN DISCS IN HIS BACK
Ahead of the new year, Queen guitarist Brian May is heading into 2014 facing yet another medical issue that will keep him off his feet for some time to come. Just months after undergoing a knee replacement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician tweeted that an MRI has revealed “two torn discs, pressing on a nerve” in his back. He added, “Well, at least I know I wasn’t imagining the pain now!” There’s no word on just how long May will be out of action this time.
BOWIE BORROWS ELVIS’ VOICE FOR HOLIDAY GREETING
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Bowie has capped a comeback year by sending British fans well wishes for the holiday season in a brief message done in an Elvis Presley voice. Bowie, who began 2013 by releasing The Next Day, his first all-new studio album in years, issued the holiday message via the BBC radio show This is Radio Clash, hosted by The Clash’s Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.
PERRY POSTS RELEASE DATE FOR MUCH-ANTICIPATED AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Longtime Aerosmith fans longing for an inside look into the life and times of guitarist Joe Perry will have their wish come true when the musician releases his autobiography, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, next year. Perry, who along with Steven Tyler is known as one half of the “Toxic Twins,” posted the following message: “Another Christmas gift to all. I finished ALL the edits on my autobiography last night. Due out on Simon & Schuster Oct. 5th 2014.”
LEE LANDS LUCIFER ROLE IN NEW FALL OUT BOY VIDEO
Pop punk rockers Fall Out Boy turned to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee to fill the role of Satan in the video for “Death Valley,” the eighth installment in FOB’s 11-clip series entitled The Young Blood Chronicles tied to their latest album, Save Rock and Roll. No stranger to debauchery, Lee’s Lucifer leads a legion of depraved followers during a hedonistic sex, drugs, booze and rock and roll-filled party that is the centerpiece of the video.
IRON MAIDEN STUDIES PEER-TO-PEER FILE SHARING TO MAP OUT TOURS
Veteran hard rockers Iron Maiden are using modern technology to pinpoint the best places to play live. Rather than go after fans who illegally download their music, the band has been consulting with a UK company called Musicmetric to locate areas where illegal and legal downloading of the group’s music is highest as a means to book concert dates. Musicmetric CEO Gregory Mead said, “Maiden has been rather successful in turning free file-sharing into fee-paying fans. If you engage with fans, there is a chance to turn a percentage into paying customers.
HUGHES SOLO STUDIO SET DUE IN MAY
Former Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Black Country Communion singer/bassist Glenn Hughes has scheduled a tentative May target for the release of his forthcoming as-yet untitled solo album. Few details are known about the future record other than Julian Lennon will be featured on one track. Hughes said, “Jules is the one who helped me put our new band together. He and I are singing together on the album. Trust me: he’s the real dang deal.”
“NIRVANA DAY” TO BE CELEBRATED APRIL 10 IN HOQUIAM, WA
Searching for a way to tie Nirvana to the tiny town of Hoquiam, WA, Mayor Jack Durney has proclaimed April 10 as “Nirvana Day” in the city. Mayor Durney justifies the honor by pointing out that late frontman Kurt Cobain “lived in Hoquiam for a little while” and was born and raised a mere four miles away in Aberdeen. The date is significant because it is the same day in which Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.