U2 UNVEILS “INVISIBLE” VIDEO
For diehard fans, the debut of a new U2 video is like Christmas and their birthday rolled into one. On Wednesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band unwrapped the visually stimulating full clip for their new single “Invisible” which they premiered a minute of during the Super Bowl. The song is the first taste off the group’s as-yet untitled album, the follow-up to 2009’s No Line On the Horizon. In more U2 news, the Irish quartet will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2 in Los Angeles.
COLLEN SAYS IGNORED SLANG “AN ESSENTIAL ALBUM FOR DEF LEPPARD”
Having just released a deluxe edition of their widely overlooked 1996 album Slang, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen sees the original record as “an essential album” for the group. He told Billboard, “It was experimental. It went against the grain…it was important to do something different at that point.” He went on to add, “Anyone who isn’t a Def Leppard fan, you play it to them and they love it. But…no one really heard it. There’s the faithful few who absolutely love it and think it’s the best Def Leppard album of all time, but it’s a minority.”
HAGAR ASKS FDA TO ALLOW EXPERIMENTAL CANCER TREATMENT
Last night, Sammy Hagar, his Chickenfoot bandmates, Night Ranger and Mr. Big put on a benefit concert for Liza Cozad-Lauser, the wife of Hagar’s longtime drummer, David Lauser, who has an inoperable tumor and her diagnosis is terminal. Hagar recently co-signed a letter urging the FDA to unblock the use of an experimental treatment called antineoplaston therapy. The letter reads in part: “We are not asking the FDA to take a side in this debate. We are writing to simply urge that Liza be allowed to receive the treatment she seeks while research on the potential of antineoplastons for potential widespread use continues.”
RUNDGREN RECALLS HUGE INFLUENCE BEATLES HAD ON HIM
During a recent interview, Todd Rundgren opened up about the influence the Beatles had on his music and life. The legendary singer/songwriter/producer said, “I really consider myself fortunate to have been of age during the musical revolution that came in the form of the Beatles. People don’t realize that previous to the Beatles, there really was no such thing as an album artist. People made singles. The Beatles themselves were not satisfied to stay in one genre… They were constantly incorporating new influences…”
METALLICA OFFERS REHEARSAL VERSION OF “ONE” WITH LANG LANG
One of the musical highlights of this year’s Grammy Awards last month was the unlikely albeit outstanding pairing of Metallica and Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang for an unforgettable version of “One.” As of yesterday, the show rehearsal version of the pairing’s performance is available on iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting MusicCares, the Grammy-sponsored organization that serves as a safety net for music people in times of need.
LOVE ANTICIPATES AWKWARD ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY
During a recent appearance on television’s Access Hollywood, Courtney Love was asked about her often heated and very public feud with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and how that will play out when Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Love, who of course was married to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, said, “I think we’re all sitting at the same table,” then added that it will be “awkward” but that she does plan to say hello to Grohl.