BEATLES SIGNED BACKDROP FROM ED SULLIVAN SHOW FOR SALE
A section of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during the group’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 is headed to auction this April in New York City and is expected to fetch as much as $1 million. The four-foot-by-two-foot piece of plastic wall is autographed, from top to bottom, by Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, each signature accompanied by an off-the-cuff doodle. The Fab Four reportedly signed the slab in between songs on the show seen by around 74 million viewers.
U2, IRISH DIRECTOR TEAM FOR FORTHCOMING FILM PROJECT
Irish Rock and Roll Hall of Famers U2 and Emerald Isle indie film director John Carney will partner on a future film project. Sing Street, described as a semi-autobiographical story inspired by the filmmakers love of music, will tell the tale of 14-year old Cosmo, a kid growing up in 1980s Dublin who writes songs and forms a band in hopes that music will be his ticket out of his unstable home life. U2 singer Bono and guitarist The Edge will have a hand in the film’s music, as well as the film itself.
JOURNEY MANAGEMENT REFUTES PERRY REUNION RUMORS
The folks who handle the affairs of Journey are basically telling fans not to start believin’ the latest rumors regarding a possible reunion with former frontman Steve Perry. According to Andrew J. McNeice of MelodicRock.com, “I can 100 percent confirm there has been no business/reunion communication between the camps, and while everyone is on good terms, with no issues, there are no plans for any kind of reunion or attempts to work together in the foreseeable future. As Journey management stated to me today, ‘No reunion plans…all is well in the Journey camp…big tour in the U.S. this summer – Journey/Steve Miller and Tower of Power.’ My source states that any hype is just hot air.”
DIO TRIBUTE ALBUM FEATURES HORDES OF HEAVY METAL HEROES
A who’s who of heavy metal will stand up and shout and sing the praises of one of the genres greatest voices, the late Ronnie James Dio, on the upcoming tribute album This Is Your Life, available on April 1. Acts taking on some of Dio’s genre-defining tracks from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio include Metallica, Anthrax, Scorpions, Halestorm, Motorhead, Killswitch Engage, Rob Halford and Corey Taylor, among others. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout cancer Fund.
JOHN TO MAKE MUSICAL INTO ANIMATED MOVIE
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John will be working with noted composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice to turn the 1969 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat into an animated movie. No release date has been set yet for the forthcoming film. John and Rice first partnered in 1994 for the soundtrack to Disney’s The Lion King, earning the duo a Best Original Song Oscar for “The Circle of Life.”
SATRIANI CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET DUE APRIL 22
Sony/Legacy Recordings is set to celebrate the nearly three-decade long career of guitar master Joe Satriani with the April 22 release of the appropriately titled 15-CD box set Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings. As its title implies, the vast collection will contain all 14 of the axe ace’s studio album, beginning with 1986’s Not of This Earth and running through 2013’s Unstoppable Momentum, plus a 15th disc titled Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks.
MEGADETH TOUR MANAGER DENIES MUSTAINE’S DISDAIN FOR NEWSTED
Earlier this week, several news outlets quoted a statement issued by organizers of Australia’s Soundwave Festival stating that “at the request of Megadeth” Jason Newsted’s eponymous band were taken off the bill for two upcoming shows Down Under. In response to that statement, Megadeth tour manager Jim Carroccio issued one of his own, writing: “Megadeth did not have anything to do with having Jason Newsted removed from the lineup on Megadeth’s upcoming Australian tour. Dave Mustaine is not responsible for booting Newsted off [the Soundwave festival]. Dave did not put him on the bill and did not take him off the bill. Dave submitted a list of bands he was comfortable with and the promoter ignored the list. Dave and Jason are friends [and] this has blown up into something silly.”