STRONG HINT DROPPED OF VAN HALEN WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Rumors of Van Halen working on a follow-up to their 2012 album A Different Kind of Truth appear to be morphing into reality. In a recent interview, Mark Tremonti, whose band Tremonti boasts bassist Wolfgang Van Halen as one of its members, said work on his band’s next album has been temporarily shelved, explaining, “With Wolfgang in the band, he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they’re putting together a new album, so it’s going to be hard to get everybody’s schedule to line up.”
ROLLING STONES ADD SINGAPORE SHOW TO “14 ON FIRE” TOUR ITINERARY
The Rolling Stones have just announced they’ve added a March 15 concert at the Marina Bay Sands Grand ballroom in Singapore to their “14 On Fire” tour schedule. The one-off gig fits at the end of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s Asian stretch of performances and just a few days before they begin the Australian leg of the tour. The group’s 2014 trek gets underway February 21 in Abu Dhabi.
AXS TV TO BROADCAST PLANT, FOGERTY, SANTANA JAZZ FEST SETS
Fans of Robert Plant, John Fogerty and Santana unable to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s respective performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May will be able to enjoy the sets from the comfort of their own couches. AXS TV will broadcast some 24 total hours of music from the final four days of the event between May 1 and 4, marking the second year the network has aired live sets from the event that takes place over two weekends From April 25 to May 4.
U2 DELAYED ALBUM TO RECORD OSCAR-NOMINATED “ORDINARY LOVE”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, U2 said they put work on their forthcoming 13th studio album on hold in order to concentrate on writing and recording their Oscar-nominated “Ordinary Love” for the soundtrack to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Guitarist the Edge said the band “just had to do it, with the history that we have with the man and the cause.” Bassist Adam Clayton added, “This was the one project you just couldn’t say no to. Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. offered, “We were on a roll – it was clear where we were going. And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this.” On Wednesday, the band debuted the clip for “Invisible,” the first release off their upcoming album which is tentatively scheduled to be out this summer.
WARD UPDATES FAN ON STATE OF HEALTH, FUTURE PLANS
In an extensive message posted on his Facebook page, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward covered several topics, including his recovery from recent shoulder surgery and a bout with painful perforated diverticulitis and future music projects. Ward wrote in part: “I’m healing slowly and surely. I’m hoping to be playing drums by mid-March 2014. I want to start back in with jam sessions with a jazz quartet, something softer before I start slamming again. Happy 50th Birthday Beatles. It’s exhilarating to be back with the living!”
JULIAN LENNON EXPLAINS ABSENCE FROM BEATLEMANIA CELEBRATION
While millions watch from home, thousands cheered from the audience and a number of musicians performed onstage at last Sunday’s Beatles tribute on CBS, Julian Lennon was nowhere to be seen. The eldest son of John Lennon recently told the Brooklyn Vegan that he was in Africa doing charity work, but even if he’d been across the street he would not have attended the festivities. Lennon said, “To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else….clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles karaoke session. Give me the originals any day. That’s why I decided that I much more preferred to be in a state of reflection and appreciation and doing something much more subtle and much more heartfelt, in my mind, than the glitz and the glam of those kind of shows.”