BONO POINTS TO PUNK, EDM AS GUIDE POSTS FOR UPCOMING ALBUM
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, U2 frontman Bono talked about the sounds that inspired the band’s upcoming album and recently debuted song “Invisible.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said, “We listened to all this extraordinary music in the late ‘70s and started to think about those times and the things that made us who we are. We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. Punk rock and electronic music is when it started for us. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk and you can hear both of those things on ‘Invisible.’”
U2’S “INVISIBLE” RAISES OVER $3M FOR GLOBAL FUND
Irish rockers U2 and Bank of America teamed to premiere the band’s new song “Invisible” during a Super Bowl commercial on Sunday, and the group offered a free download on iTunes, with B of A pledging to donate $1 for each download up to $2 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. But with well over 3 million fans downloading the tune in a period of 36 hours, Bank of America decided to up its offer to $3 million. “Invisible” is now available for sale for $1.29, and all proceeds will be donated to the Global Fund as well.
PERRY POINTS TO POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH IN JOURNEY REUNION TALKS
Several sources are reporting that former Journey frontman Steve Perry said in a recent interview that he and guitarist Neal Schon are discussing a possible reunion. The reclusive rocker reportedly said, “We’re trying. It’s tough. I’m doing my best in that area, and I can only do so much.” Perry added, “The older I get, the more I do realize how important what we had all together and how it worked. I brought things out of them, and they certainly brought a lot of my vocal stuff out of me… I think that’s probably the biggest chemistry thing I recognize now.”
STYX, FOREIGNER, FELDER TO PROVIDE THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER
Veteran road warriors Styx and Foreigner will team with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder for a three-month summer tour they’re calling The Soundtrack of Summer Tour. The trek will commence on May 16 in Oklahoma City and go silent on July 27 in Santa Barbara, CA. Combined, the three hit making acts have sold over 250 million albums worldwide and produced 36 No. 1 singles. Finally, the three acts have recorded a new version of the Eagles anthem “Hotel California” that will be included in a compilation album that will be released in conjunction with the tour.
WATERS WRITES TO STARLET OVER TIES TO ISRAEL-BASED DRINK MAKER
Starlet Scarlett Johansson finds herself in Roger Waters’ crosshairs after the actress inked a contract to become a spokesperson for Israel’s SodaStream which has factories in the contested West Bank. The signing cost Johansson her role as an ambassador for Oxfam, “which is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements.” The Pink Floyd principal, a strong Palestinian supporter, wrote on his Facebook page: “I have written privately…to Scarlett Johansson (a couple of times)… sadly, I have received no reply… Scarlett’s choice of SodaStream over Oxfam is such an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face… Scarlett, you are undeniably cute, but if you think SodaStream is building bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention.”
ALLMAN’S SON SHARES CHILLING TALE OF HEROIN ADDICTION
In the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death due to an apparent heroin overdose, much attention has been placed on the growing epidemic of heroin use. On Tuesday, Allman Brothers Band namesake Gregg Allman’s son, Elijah Blue Allman, whose mother is singer/actress Cher, spoke to Entertainment Tonight about his battle with heroin addiction, saying, “It was really bad. I did have some close calls. I started with drugs…at around 11.” Elijah Blue, now 37, also revealed he survived a mystery illness that almost killed him.