DEF LEPPARD SET TO REENTER STUDIO IN LESS THAN A MONTH
Still riding a high on the heels of their wildly successful Las Vegas residency, Def Leppard has set a February 1 date to return to the recording studio to begin work on its first collection of all-new material since 2008’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. Guitarist Phil Collen recently said, “We’re all excited and buzzy about new material. I can’t remember the last time we were like that.”
STANLEY SOURS HOPES OF ORIGINAL BAND PERFORMING AT ROCK HALL
Immediately after Kiss fans got the good news that their heroes had finally been picked for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the conversation commenced on whether the four original members would be on hand to perform at the April induction ceremony. On Saturday, Paul Stanley seemed to suggest he, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would not share the stage when he responded to a fan who tweeted him the question of whether the four would “play the hof together” by writing, “Seems unlikely.”
KISS PICKED TO PLUCK STRINGS, POUND SKINS PRE-PUCK DROP
If playing outdoor hockey in Los Angeles seems like a farfetched idea, having makeup-wearing rockers Kiss perform before the puck is dropped sounds just as bizarre, but both scenarios are in fact going to take place. The recently announce Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has been tapped to perform at L.A.’s first outdoor hockey game at Dodger Stadium on January 25 as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The bombastic rockers will play before the game and during intermission of the matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
GUITARIST HONORED TO PLAY AND SING ON NEW SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM
Proclaiming himself “a big Bruce Springsteen fan,” guitarist Tom Morello told Rolling Stone it “feels like such an honor to be a part of” his hero’s forthcoming album, High Hopes,” which comes out on January 14. The Rage Against the Machine six stringer says he plays on eight songs and sings on several, including a duet with the Boss. He adds, “It’s a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate in that way and to be asked to keep lending my guitar to songs is something I would have never dared to dream. But I’m happy to do it, man.”
ROCK ROYALTY ANOINTS LORDE FUTURE QUEEN OF MUSIC
New Zealand teenager Lorde was certainly on many people’s year-end best of and favorite new artist lists, but she was paid one of her biggest compliments by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Bowie. The 17-year old star told Rookie Magazine, “To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow. It was super cute, though, for some reason, we were holding hands and just staring into each other’s eyes and talking, and I was like, ‘This is David Bowie’s hand, what am I doing?’ It was insane. A beautiful moment.”
EVERLY BROTHERS LEGEND PHIL EVERLY DEAD AT 74
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers along with his brother Don, died Friday as a result of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, likely due to a lifetime of smoking. He was 74. The duo’s harmony vocals were a major influence on countless rock and roll acts, including the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas & the Papas, just to name a few. The Everly Brothers’ string of hits began with 1957’s “Bye Bye Love” and included “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “(Til) I Kissed You.” Phil and Don Everly produced 15 top 10 hits between 1957 and 1962, but as the British Invasion began to take over the charts, the Everly Brothers run of hits dried up before drugs use and sibling tension led to the brothers breaking up onstage in 1973. The brothers reunited in 1983 and recorded several albums before retreating from the spotlight for most of the 90s. The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
GRAHAM NASH REACTS TO THE PASSING OF PHIL EVERLY
Another Phil Everly disciple, Graham Nash, also issued a statement in the wake of his hero’s death. The former Hollies member said, “Phil Everly was a friend and one of my heroes. I was 18 when I first met the Everly Brothers. They inspired [Hollies co-founder] Allan Clarke and I to live a life in music and their influence cannot be underestimated. It’s entirely possible that without their influence there would never have been the Hollies or Crosby, Stills and Nash. Phil’s passing affects me deeply…this is a sad day for me personally. He will never be forgotten.”