PAUL, RINGO CHAT WITH LETTERMAN AT ED SULLIVAN THEATER
Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat with late-night host David Letterman for an interview taped on Tuesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater, site of the Fab Four’s triumphant introduction to America on February 9, 1964. The conversation will be featured in the special television event The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, airing on CBS this Sunday at 8p, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time the Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In more news tied to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America, tomorrow at 11:30a Eastern the New York Port Authority will unveil a historic marker at John F. Kennedy Airport’s Central Terminal Area, 50 years to the day the Fab Four landed at JFK.
RODGERS READIES TOUR IN SUPPORT OF THE ROYAL SESSIONS RECORD
Stellar vocalist Paul Rodgers has announced a series of nine spring concert dates across America to help promote his outstanding new album, The Royal Sessions, recorded in the Memphis studio made famous for producing soul standards by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Al Green, O.V. Wright and Ann Peebles, just to name a few. Rodgers upcoming run of shows gets underway with a two-night stand in Englewood, NJ on April 28 and 29 and wraps on May 31 in Las Vegas.
JAGGER, BOWIE, BLONDIE SIDEMAN ARRESTED IN ACTOR’S DEATH
A session saxophone player with ties to Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Blondie and the late Amy Winehouse has been arrested in connection with the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman of an apparent heroin overdose. The New York Post reports Robert Vineberg was one of four people arrested on Tuesday night in a New York City drug den. Vineberg’s name appears in the credits of Jagger’s solo album Goddess in the Doorway and Bowie’s Let’s Dance. Vineberg, 57, also played on sessions with Blondie, Paul Simon, Tom Jones and Winehouse, among others.
ASIA TO SHOW OF ITS GRAVITAS, NEW GUITARIST, ON MARCH 25
Iconic progressive rock unit Asia has set a March 25 release date for its next album, Gravitas, its first studio offering without founding guitarist Steve Howe, who has been replaced by Sam Coulson. Of the band’s new axeman, drummer Carl Palmer said, “With the addition of Sam, it allowed us to take the band in a slightly different, and perhaps tougher, direction.”
CREAM’S BRUCE READIES FIRST NEW STUDIO SET IN A DECADE
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/bassist Jack Bruce has announced the April 15 release of Silver Rails, his first all-new studio album in 10 years. The 10-track collection features a top shelf list of musicians, including Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Bernie Marsden, John Medeski and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, wife of Carlos Santana.
ULRICH UPDATES PROGRESS ON NEXT METALLICA ALBUM
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was asked about the progress the band was making in the recording of their next studio album. Refusing to put even a potential timeline on the project, Ulrich replied, “What I can say is, we’re one day closer to the next record being released than we were yesterday.” Continuing his evasive answer, he added, “Unless there’s what’s called an ‘Act of God,’ I would hedge my bet that ‘201’ would be the first three digits in the release year. And I don’t know much beyond that. We’ve been jamming along. We’ve been putting in some time.”
MUSTAINE AXES FELLOW METALLICA ALUM NEWSTED FROM TOUR
One would think that fellow former Metallica members Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would have each other’s backs, but it appears the Megadeth leader has given Newsted a swift kick in the backside after booting Newsted’s eponymous band of an Australian tour. Organizers of the Soundwave Festival posted the following message on the event’s website: “At the request of Megadeth, Newsted will not be playing the below sidewaves and instead will be replaced by Whitechapel.” The “Sidewaves” are smaller theater shows put on by the festival’s promoters. Newsted was scheduled to appear on February 25 in Sydney and February 27 in Melbourne.
RHCP’S SMITH AUCTIONS SUPER BOWL DRUM KIT FOR CHARITY
Lost in the furor over the Red Hot Chili Peppers not playing live during their Super Bowl halftime performance was the cool custom drum kit Chad Smith was banging on. The set, a custom-made “limited edition” clear Plexiglas Pearl emblazoned with the logos of every NFL team, has been broken up into two separate kits to represent the NFC and AFC and the pair are being auctioned off at NFL.com, with proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish. Bidding ends tomorrow at 10p EST.
ROSE RIPS RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ FAUX SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE
For a guy who many feel fronts a phony version of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose had a lot to say about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ admittedly fake playing during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. In a series of sarcastic tweets, Rose wrote that the Peppers “got that karaoke thing going for ‘em!,” and later said that “Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies in his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier.” In another tweet, Rose wrote: “Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get DirecTV and the Internet, too!”