SPRINGSTEEN SWEETENS 10 ALBUMS FOR DIGITAL RELEASE
Ten albums from Bruce Springsteen’s canon of classics have been remastered for sale on iTunes. The collections in question include Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, Born to Run, Darkness On the Edge of Town, Born in the U.S.A., We Shall Overcome – The Seeger Sessions, Working On a Dream, The Promise, Wrecking Ball and High Hopes. All 10 records were remastered under the watchful eye of Bob Ludwig, who has worked on stellar albums by the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, among many others.
NICKS HOPES TO WRITE MUSIC FOR HBO SHOW GAME OF THRONES
Already a huge fan of the show, Stevie Nicks says she would kill to write music for the HBO hit Game of Thrones. In a recent interview, the Fleetwood Mac singer said, “I’ve written a bunch of poetry about it – one of reach of the characters. I’m always looking for that kind of inspiration, and I’m very inspired by it – as I was very inspired by Twilight.” The next season of Game of Thrones begins April 6 at 9p.
SLASH, NEIL, COOPER, HAGAR INKED FOR SIN CITY BENEFIT
A who’s who of hard rock will be on hand for a benefit show to raise funds to find a cure for Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) taking place February 27 at the Keep Memory Alive Center in Las Vegas. Acts on the lineup for the benefit gig in support of celebrity chef Kerry Simon who suffers from MSA includes Slash, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, among others.
SLASH TO HOST, JUDGE FIRST-EVER ARTIST-SPONSORED “HACKATHON”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash is set to host and judge the first-ever artist-sponsored “Hackathon” at the annual South by Southwest music festival next month in August. Renamed “Slashathon,” the event on March 12 will give developers an opportunity to create applications in a 12-hour period that will assist artists to interact with their fan bases for an album release. The “Slashathon” grand prize includes a Slash-autographed Gibson guitar, $1,000 and the opportunity to have Slash use the winning hack when he releases his next album later this year.
GUNS N’ ROSES OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SECOND SIN CITY RESIDENCY
The Axl Rose-led Guns N’ Roses has unveiled details of its second Las Vegas residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Dubbed “No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction,” the nine-gig run will commence on May 21 and include shows on the 24th, 25th, 28th, 30th and 31st and June 4, 6 and 7. Tickets go on sale this Friday. In the fall of 2012, the group performed a dozen shows at the same venue.
WARD NAMES BONHAM “FINEST ROCK DRUMMER OF OUR TIME”
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward paid tribute to his contemporary, late Led Zeppelin timekeeper John Bonham, during his radio show, calling Bonzo “the finest rock drummer of our time, as far as I’m concerned.” Ward went on to give future drummers a piece of advice, saying, “If you want to strive toward something, just listen to John Bonham. Finally, he mentioned Bonham’s footwork on Zeppelin classics “Good Times Bad Times” and “Dazed and Confused” as prime examples of “pure magic.”
DEVO GUITARIST BOB CASALE DEAD AT 61
Founding Devo guitarist Bob Casale, a member of the trailblazing Akron group since its inception in 1973, died suddenly on Monday of heart failure. He was 61. Casale’s brother and bandmate, Gerald, said in a statement: “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and a talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.” Bob Casale was instrumental in shaping the unique sound of the band whose MTV-era hits included “Whip It,” “Girl U Want” and “Freedom of Choice.”