KISS SCRAPS PLANS TO PERFORM AT ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY
After months of conjecture concerning whether or not (and with which members) Kiss would perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in Brooklyn, the band issued a statement on Sunday saying won’t be playing at all. The statement on the band’s website reads: “This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone. To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” On Friday, original guitarist Ace Frehley reiterated in a radio interview, “I’m not gonna get on the stage with [current guitarist] Tommy [Thayer] wearing my makeup. That’s absurd.” Meanwhile, original drummer Peter Criss wrote on his website that he and Frehley “have been denied a performance with Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction,” labeling the decision “disgraceful.” For their part, Simmons and Stanley claim “we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.”
ALLMAN BIOPIC CREW MEMBER KILLED BY TRAIN GOING THROUGH SET
Tragedy struck the set of the forthcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider last week when a train unexpectedly passed by a bridge where filming was taking place and hit and killed a female camera assistant and injured seven other crew members. According to reports, the production company was assured by CSX, the operator of the train, that no trains were schedule to pass through Doctortown, GA where the film was being shot. In a statement, CSX said it was “deeply saddened by the tragedy” and was “cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate.”
DUANE ALLMAN’S DAUGHTER AUTHORS MEMOIR FOCUSED ON FATHER
Author Galadrielle Allman, daughter of late Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman, has penned the “definitive biography” of her father titled Please Be With Me, available March 4. A press release describes the text as a “revelatory meditation on the impact of her father” which features “never-before-seen stories, photos and primary source interviews” that brings together the “story of a daughter searching for her father in the memory of others.” Galadrielle’s uncle, Gregg Allman, who is interviewed in the book, calls Please Be With Me a “deep and insightful book;” one that “came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”
ROTH REVIVES “CALIFORNIA GIRLS” WITH BEACH BOYS’ LOVE
A number of stars were on hand last week to help honor Beach Boys singer Mike Love who was named recipient of the 21st Ella Award, giving out annually by the Society of Singers. Performers in attendance at the Ella Awards (named after jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald) included fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Dean Torrence from Jan and Dean, Christopher Cross, America, and Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth who joined Love onstage for a rendition of the Beach Boys classic “California Girls” which Roth covered and made a hit in 1985.
POP PICKED TO PLAY HITS ON BBC RADIO
Iconic rocker Iggy Pop is set to host a music show on BBC Radio, starting March 9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a member of the Sooges told UK music magazine NME, “The act of revisiting my library and memories to share the tunes I have treasured with a radio audience has relit a flame for me.” Pop will be heard Sundays from 4 to 6p (UK time) on BBC 6.
POSTAL SERVICES PROMISES TO DELIVER ROCK STAR STAMPS SOON
The United States Postal Service plans to pay tribute to rock stars, movie stars, athletes and animated characters with upcoming lines of stamps over the next two years. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin stamps are scheduled to arrive this year, and a new James Brown stamp and a classic Elvis Presley stamp will arrive in 2015. In addition, stamps honoring John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Roy Orbison, Willie Dixon, Fats Waller, Sarah Vaughan, Tammy Wynette, Bill Monroe and Freddie Fender will appear sometime in the future.