HAYNES, TRUCKS LEAVING ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND BEHIND
In a surprise announcement that is sure to send shockwaves through the tight-knit Allman Brothers Band fan base, longtime guitarist and frontman Warren Haynes and slide guitar standout Derek Trucks announced late Wednesday they will depart the band at the end of the year to focus on their individual projects. The two said in a joint statement: “For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band.”
NICKS SAYS MCVIE “GONNA BE FINE” FOLLOWING CANCER SCARE
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Stevie Nicks gave fans a quick update on the condition of Fleetwood Mac bandmate John McVie, who has been undergoing treatment since being diagnosed with an unspecified type of cancer a few months back. Nicks said, “He’s good. He’s got his treatment, and now he did a show on the 30th and 31st [of December]…then he has surgery next week. He’s gonna be fine. I’m not the least bit worried about John. He’s very, very strong and a man of very few words. He’s not a person to mess with.”
DRUMMER SAYS FACES AND SMALL FACES COULD REUNITE IN 2015
Depending on who you ask, and who you believe, the Faces could or could not be reuniting with Rod Stewart fronting the band in 2015, and the Small Faces also could or could not regroup as well. According to Kenney Jones, drummer for both bands, both units could log road time next year. On a possible Faces reunion, he told Billboard, “We’ve been talking; Woody’s (guitarist Ron Wood) management and myself, we were talking to Rod’s management. The Faces never finished on a good note (in 1975), so it would be nice to finish on a good note, and that would be that.” As for a potential Small Faces reunion, Jones said talks are ongoing about marking the 50th anniversary of that band’s first single, “Watcha Gonna Do About It,” though no details have been revealed.
YOUNG SCOLDS CROWD FOR CLAPPING OUT OF TIME, TALKING TOO MUCH
Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young is known as a perfectionist when it comes to his music and, at times, can have a prickly personality. According to the New York Times, both of those attributes were on display on Monday when the musician chastised the crowd at Carnegie Hall for clapping out of time to his classic track “Ohio.” Young shouted: “Wrong!” Then added: “It’s something that you probably don’t know, but there’s a hell of a distance between you and me.” Later in the show, he reprimanded fans sitting in a balcony who were talking loudly, telling them: “No, you paid real good money to get in here, so you should be able to listen to each other.”
AUTHOR INKS PUBLISHING DEAL TO RELEASE REED BIOGRAPHY
The author of a forthcoming biography on the late Lou Reed has secured a publishing deal with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The New York Times reports Rolling Stone magazine writer Will Hermes will pen Lou: A New York Life, a text the writer describes as a “full, definitive biography” on the former Velvet Underground member, who died on October 27 from liver disease at the age of 71.
SNYDER SIGNS OFF ON BAND DOCUMENTARY, CROWDFUNDING PLEA
Filmmaker Andrew Horn has completed work on his documentary focused on Twisted Sister, which is titled We Are Twisted F***ing Sister, despite the film not being commissioned or sanctioned by the band. Nevertheless, frontman Dee Snider has placed his stamp of approval on the project and is supporting Horn’s attempt to raise the $150,000 via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo he says he needs to give the film a full release. Snyder pegged the project as being “for people who are original fans, hardcore fans, true fans” and added, “This is independently done, which is the way a documentary of this kind should be.”
COACHELLA DROPS HUGE HINT MOTORHEAD WILL BE PART OF 2014 BILL
The full lineup for the 2014 edition of the annual Coachella festival was announced late Wednesday, but organizers had already tweeted out a strong hint that Motorhead would be on the bill - and they are. The hard rock veterans will perform on Sunday April 13 and 20. This year’s back-to-back weekend event is scheduled for April 11-13 and April 18-20.