U2 TO BE FALLON’S FIRST MUSICAL GUEST ON THE TONIGHT SHOW
Millions of music fans were already counting the days before Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, but now they have one more big reason to have February 17 get here: U2! The Irish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be Fallon’s first musical guest, the show’s music booker, Jonathan Cohen, confirmed via Twitter on Sunday night. Variety reports actor and sometime rapper Will Smith also join Fallon as he makes his debut immediately following NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.
BOSS BUSTS OUT SURPRISE SET IN JERSEY AT BENEFIT CONCERT
The 14th annual Light of Day benefit to raise funds to fight Parkinson’s Disease took place on Saturday in Asbury Park, NJ, and for the ninth time in the history of the event, Bruce Springsteen showed up to rock the house with local legends Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. The Boss first hit the stage to join Jesse Malin for a raw rendition of the Ramones’ gem “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?” Later, Springsteen shared the stage with Grushecky and the Houserockers for a 90-minute set that began with “Adam Raised a Cain” and included “Darkness On the Edge of Town,” “The Promised Land,” “Because the Night” and “Atlantic City,” among others, and ended with an acoustic sing-along of “Thunder Road.” Springsteen’s new album, High Hopes, was released last week.
SPRINGSTEEN SOLIDIFIES PLANS TO OFFER CONCERT DOWNLOADS
Transforming conjecture into concrete fact, Bruce Springsteen will definitely offer downloads of every concert on his upcoming tour in support of his new album High Hopes. A post on the New Jersey rocker’s Facebook page reads: “Coming soon. Fans will be able to purchase special USB wristbands online and at tour venues, and use to redeem one live show download, starting with the January 26 concert in Cape Town (South Africa). Downloads will be available within approximately 48 hours of the show, and online orders will begin next week!”
BRUCE, HENLEY ANCHOR BROWNE TRIBUTE ALBUM, DUE APRIL 1
A stable of superstar friends of Jackson Browne will pay tribute to the singer-songwriter on the forthcoming album, Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne, available on April 1. In all, over 20 artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Lyle Lovett, Bruce Hornsby, Marc Cohn, Lucinda Williams and Joan Osborne, will put their spin on Browne standards.
COOPER COULD CLIMB ABOARD CRUE’S FAREWELL TOUR
There has been some indication that Motley Crue has hand-picked Alice Cooper as the opening act for the band’s forthcoming farewell tour. A tour poster that listed Cooper as the “very special guest” briefly appeared online last week, and the members of Motley Crue have never made a secret of calling Cooper one of their rock and roll heroes. Motley Crue is expected to announce details of their “RIP: All Bad Things Must Come to an End” farewell tour during a press conference scheduled for January 28 in Los Angeles. It is also rumored that later that day, the band will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
FORMER TOTO VOCALIST DENNIS “FERGIE” FREDERIKSEN DEAD AT 62
Condolences go out to the family and friends of former Toto singer Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen who died Saturday following a four-year fight with cancer. He was 62. Frederiksen fronted Toto on the band’s 1984 album, Isolation, which produced the hit single “Stranger in Town.” Prior to his stint with Toto, Frederiksen sang for progressive rockers Trillion and contributed background vocals on the Survivor standard “Eye of the Tiger.”
METALLICA PLANS ONE-OF-A-KIND VERSION OF “ONE” AT GRAMMYS
Hard rock icons Metallica and Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang are looking to make Grammy history this Sunday with a once-in-a-lifetime rendition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s classic “One.” Guitarist Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone, “Lang Lang has interjected himself into the song in a way I don’t think anyone else has ever done in the course of our career. He’s gonna be playing major parts of the song. He’s gonna be playing through the melody.” The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on CBS at 8p this Sunday.
HAMMETT HOPES METALLICA MAKES MOVE BACK TO STUDIO SOON
If it were up to Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band would already be back in the studio working on its next album. Hammett told Billboard, “When we start, that’s going to be our main priority…but we’ve been procrastinating greatly with it. We’ve pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we’ve run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now.”