FLEETWOOD SAYS CHRISTINE MCVIE WILL REJOIN BAND
During Fleetwood Mac’s concert in Hawaii on Saturday, drummer Mick Fleetwood told the crowd, “This is the worst kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, longtime Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks discussed the possible return of McVie, something the founding member publicly declared she wanted to do late last year after years of saying she would never return. Nicks said, “All I can say is, Chris has so nailed it into our heads that she would never come back. And she has literally, so many times, extensively told us why she would never come back… So I’ll be interested to see, along with the rest of you, what Christine will do.” Nicks went on to add, “When people say, ‘Did she ask if she could come back?’ It’s her band, for God’s sake. If she wants to come back, it’s her band. Fleetwood Mac-Vie. She started the damn band. So wouldn’t it be great? Yes, it would be. I’ll believe it when I see it.”
U2 PERFORMS SURPRISE 3-SONG SET AT HELP HAITI BENEFIT GALA
For the first time in four years, the four members of U2 shared a stage and performed live at actor Sean Penn’s third annual pre-Golden Globe Awards Help Haiti Home fundraiser which took place on Saturday night at the Montage Hotel in Los Angeles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band played “I Will Follow,” “Desire” and “Vertigo” for an audience of just 300 people. Frontman Bono jokingly told the stunned audience, “It’s been a while since we played a hotel lounge. I think the last time was a bar mitzvah.” The benefit raised nearly $6 million. U2’s as-yet untitled 13th studio album is expected to be released this spring.
U2 EARNS BEST ORIGINAL SONG HONORS AT GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
Irish rockers U2 picked up a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love” featured in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the story of South African human rights icon Nelson Mandela. This was U2’s first Golden Globe win, though not their first nomination; their composition “The Hands That Built America” for Gangs of New York was in the running in 2002. During their acceptance speech, guitarist the Edge said, “We have been working for President Mandela, since the 70s. Since we were teenagers.” Singer Bono added, “It really is personal for us, very, very personal. This man turned our life upside down, right side up.”
BRUCE MANAGER SAYS BOSS MULLING INSTANT CONCERT DOWNLOADS
Longtime Bruce Springsteen manager Jon Landau told Backstreets.com fans may have to opportunity to download full concerts as early as next month when the Boss begins a new round of shows in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The website reports, “Plans aren’t totally hammered out yet, but it’s something they want to try, potentially after each show, and he [Landau] says Bruce is onboard with the idea. Active discussions are ongoing and in the logistics phase; there are even hopes to make something happen in time for the next leg.”
ZZ TOP PLOTS 15-STOP NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Texas blues rock trio ZZ Top have announced a string of fifteen North American tour dates that are slated to get underway on March 3 in Las Vegas. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will spend most of March on the road, making stops in Aspen, Denver, Lincoln, NE, Laughlin, NV, Temecula, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA and Mesa, AZ as well as seven Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver.
PAUL, RINGO, DYLAN AUTOGRAPHS AMONG THE TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE
A list of the top ten most valuable autographs from living people includes the names of four iconic musicians. The list, compiled by Paul Fraser of Paul Fraser Collectibles for News-Antique.com, indicates Paul McCartney’s signature is valued at $3,275, Bob Dylan’s $3,200, Ringo Starr’s $1,750 and Madonna’s $1,630. For the record, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s autograph is rated the most valuable at $5,732.
POP, WALSH AGREE TO PERFORM AT ANNUAL TIBET HOUSE BENEFIT
The 24th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert is set for March 11 at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and as always, the lineup is eclectic to say the least. Performers committed to the cause include Iggy Pop, Joe Walsh, Patti Smith, New Order and newcomers the National. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tibet House U.S.A., a nonprofit educational institution that works to preserve the Tibetan civilization.
NEWSTED SHEDS LIGHT ON REAL REASON HE WALKED OUT ON METALLICA
In a recent interview, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted finally explained what really led to his departure from the band 13 years ago. Newsted began by saying, “I’ve never told this story. I’m not sure if I should tell it now, actually.” But he did, saying Metallica’s management was ready to back his side project Echobrain, but James Hetfield was “not happy” about management’s enthusiasm. Newsted said, “He [Hetfield] was…pretty much out to put the kibosh on the whole thing because somehow it would affect Metallica in his eyes.” A few days later, Newsted got a call from Metallica management informing him they were not going to back “that Echobrain thing.”
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS TO BE PART OF SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW
The NFL announced Saturday that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been added as special guests for the Super Bowl XLVIII (48) halftime show on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will join previously announced halftime headliner pop star Bruno Mars. Past Super Bowl halftime performers have included U2, the Rolling Stones, The Who and Prince.