DALTREY HOLDS OUT HOPE OF A NEW WHO ALBUM IN THE FUTURE
During a recent interview with UK music magazine NME, Roger Daltrey held out the possibility that The Who might release another all-new studio album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame frontman said, “Pete’s [Townshend] got hundreds of songs so the only question is whether we get around to it. But he wants to make an album and I’m always ready and raring to go. We’ll see. My voice is still in god shape. The hearing isn’t so great, but the voice is fine.”
KISS, UGLYDOLLS SHAKE HANDS ON SERIES OF, WELL, KISS UGLYDOLLS
Expanding on their seemingly never-ending catalog of stuff sporting all-things Kiss, the band and the Uglydolls (not a typo) company have partnered to sell its own line of miniature plush dolls. Each Uglydolls doll features an Uglydoll character – OX, Wage, Big Toe and Babo – all dolled up in a Kiss members’ trademark makeup. Thankfully, the Uglydolls won’t cost you a pretty penny; they are fairly reasonably priced at $20 apiece.
JOHN GLAD TO BE UP FOR GLAAD MEDIA AWARD
Nominees for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced on Thursday, and Elton John leads a crowded field of candidates that will vie for the Outstanding Music Artist trophy. John will go up against Lady Gaga, UK EDM duo Goldfrapp, New York City rockers Vampire Weekend and Canadian identical twin sisters’ indie rock duo Tegan and Sara. According to GLAAD, the awards “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.” In more John news, the singer/piano player will release an expanded Deluxe Edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on March 25.
WEIR WORRIED DEAD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY WON’T BE CELEBRATED
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Weir was asked his thoughts about the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary coming up in 2015. While offering few specifics, Weir said, “We have to do something commemorative. I think we owe it to the fans, we owe it to the songs, we owe it to ourselves. If there are issues we have to get past, I think we owe it to ourselves to man up and get past them. If there are hatchets to be buried, then let’s get to work. Let’s start digging. I’ll just say, to my delicate sensibilities, that it would be wrong to let that go by un-commemorated.”
YOKO, BLONDIE ADDED TO AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONCERT LINEUP
More acts have been announced for Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Right Home concert, set for this Wednesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Among the new names scheduled to appear at the event are Yoko Ono, who has promised “some surprises,” Blondie and Bob Geldof. Additionally, Peter Gabriel and Sting will be featured in pre-taped video messages about activism.
METALLICA MULLED MONEY PROBLEMS PRIOR TO PULLING PLUG ON FEST
During a recent radio interview, Metallica frontman James Hetfield revealed that money issues, and not scheduling conflicts, were the main motivating factors in deciding to cancel this year’s Orion Music + More festival. Specifically, Hetfield stated that last year’s festival had been “a disaster financially and it’s not able to happen again because of that.” Asked about the band not mounting a full-scale U.S. tour since 2009, Hetfield mused, “I’m not sure what’s going on in the States as far as rock and metal goes concert-wise, but there’s not really any willingness to get a big show out there and make it worthwhile to actually get out there and play. It’s pretty tough in North America.”
RHCP’S SMITH CLUES IN CLUELESS ON SUPER BOWL HALFTIME HOAX
Last week, several news outlets (NOT us) reported that Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith had let slip that the band would be paying tribute to Led Zeppelin during this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime performance by playing the live version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s epic “Dazed and Confused.” Amazingly, few reporters bothered to ponder (or do basic math) that the original studio version of the song is 6:26, and perhaps the best known live version found on the soundtrack from the concert film The Song Remains the Same clocks in at a whopping 26:53. Super Bowl halftime performers generally get about 15:00 at best. During a recent radio interview, Smith clearly let everyone know he was joking when, laughing, he said the band would instead cover the side one of Rush’s 2112, which for the record runs over 20:30.