BLACK SABBATH, CONVERSE PARTNER FOR CUSTOM SHOES
Known as the godfathers of heavy metal, the members of Black Sabbath can now lay claim to being the inventors of sole as well. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group and shoemaker Converse have teamed up to create five Sabbath-branded Chuck Taylor All Stars sneakers featuring cover art from four of the band’s Ozzy Osbourne-era albums, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Vol. 4 and Never Say Die!, as well as logo treatments and photos of the band. The shoes will sell for between $60 and $70.
BUZZ BREWING AROUND PAUL AND RINGO REUNITING ON LETTERMAN
Could the surviving members of the Beatles be plotting to reunite in New York City in early February? According to showbiz411.com, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are in talks to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman during the first week of February. As most know by now, the Letterman show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, where the Fab Four made their American debut on February 9, 1964. Letterman’s people are pushing for McCartney and Starr to perform on Friday, February 7, 50 years to the day since the group arrived in America.
OSCAR-NOMINATED DIRECTOR LYNCHPIN FOR STARR TRIBUTE CONCERT
Three-time Oscar-nominated director David Lynch’s charitable foundation will present Ringo Starr with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award in Los Angeles on January 20. The event put on by the David Lynch Foundation at the El Rey Theater will culminate with an all-star Starr tribute concert featuring performances by Joe Walsh and many others. Lynch said in a statement: “We want to generate the electricity of peace through music. And it’s a thrill to know that the super-creative, enthusiastic musicians of our world are with us to achieve this goal.”
HURT CAST TO PORTRAY MODERN-DAY ALLMAN IN UPCOMING BIOPIC
On Tuesday, we reported that 2014 would be a busy year for Gregg Allman. Not only will the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician mark the 45th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band, but he’ll also take on executive producer duties for his forthcoming biopic, Midnight Rider, which will feature All American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter playing a young Allman and Wyatt Russell playing Duane Allman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, veteran actor William Hurt will portray the more mature Allman in the film that will tell two stories: Allman’s rise to fame as a member of the Allman Brothers Band and subsequent fall into the stereotypical trappings of rock stardom – booze and drugs; and his awakening at 64 that he had to get sober or risk losing his battle with dependency. Production on the film is slated to begin next month.
NICKS GIVES POP STAR ADVICE ON DEALING WITH SO-CALLED “RIVALS”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Stevie Nicks had some sound advice for pop star Katy Perry about her supposed rivals when the two chatted for hours back in September. As the longtime Fleetwood Mac member recalls, when Perry asked her who her rivals were back in the Seventies and Eighties, she responded, “I didn’t have any rivals,” adding that all her contemporaries were friends. Nicks went on to explain, “I said to her, ‘Katy, let me tell you something. You don’t have any rivals. So forget that. Never say that word again. You don’t have rivals. All those girls? Friends. You’ll probably work with all of them at some point. Friends.’”
CHICAGO PAIRED WITH POP STAR THICKE FOR GRAMMY PERFORMANCE
Grammy Award-winning group Chicago will blur musical lines when they perform with pop star Robin Thicke of “Blurred Lines” fame at the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony taking place in Los Angeles on January 26. This will be Chicago’s first-ever appearance on the Grammy stage, where they’ll be celebrating the fact that their album The Chicago Transit Authority was recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
METALLICA JOINS LIST OF GRAMMY PERFORMERS
The latest artists added to the ever-expanding long list of acts scheduled to perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards includes eight-time Grammy winners Metallica. This will be the band’s first performance on the Grammy Awards since 1991. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group will perform with concert pianist and Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang, who last performed on the Grammy stage in 2008. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS at 8p on Sunday, January 26.