SPRINGSTEEN SUPPORTING RECORD STORE DAY WITH 4-SONG VINYL EP
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen will support the annual Record Store Day on April 19 by releasing a four-song 12” vinyl EP titled American Beauty featuring all previously unreleased tunes. According to Rolling Stone, three of the numbers – “American Beauty,” “Mary Mary” and Hey Blue Eyes” – were recorded during the High Hopes sessions, while the story behind the fourth track, “Hurry Up Sundown,” remains a mystery. Finally, a DVD, Blu-ray and digital download of the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to the Boss will be released on March 25. The 21-song collection features a who’s who list of top shelf talent tackling several Springsteen standards.
ORIGINAL KISS MANAGER’S PARTNER SAYS BAND SHOULD PLAY INDUCTION
Add Roman Fernandez, the former partner of original Kiss manager Bill Aucion, to the long list of people pissed at the band’s decision not to perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. Aucion died of prostate cancer in 2010, but Fernandez said in a recent interview, “I’m pretty sure this is what Bill might have said in light of all this nonsense. Find a compromise, put everything aside for one night, be the larger than life rock stars you know you are.” Fernandez added, “Life is too short to waste such a precious opportunity. If for no other reason, do it for Bill Aucion.” Aucion was Kiss’ manager from 1973-82.
FRAMPTON SETS SIGHTS ON PACKED SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE
Guitar great Peter Frampton has announced plans to spend most of June, July and August crisscrossing the country performing solo acoustic sets, co-headlining with the Doobie Brothers and hosting his second annual Frampton’s Guitar Circus trek. Minus three solo acoustic shows on June 21 in Wisconsin Dell, WI and July 2 and 3 in New Brunswick, Canada, Frampton will share the stage with the Doobie Brothers from June 22 through July 19. Frampton’s Guitar Circus featuring Buddy Guy will kick off August 21 in Jacksonville, OR and run through August 31 in Tucson, AZ, with more dates to be added soon.
MOODY BLUES, YES STAGE BACK-TO-BACK PROG ROCK CRUISES
Fans of progressive rock and the high seas will be in deep blue heaven in April when genre giants the Moody Blues and Yes each host respective week-long cruises. The Moody Blues cruise will sail the Caribbean April 2-7 and will feature special musical guests Roger Daltrey of The Who, the Zombies and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, among others, while the Yes ocean adventure through the Caribbean will take place April 7-12 and will include performances by Marillion, Steve Hackett and Genesis Revisited, Queensryche, Tangerine and Saga, among others. For complete details on the Moody Blues cruise visit Moodiescruise.com and for more info on the Yes excursion go to Cruisetotheedge.com.
LEE READY TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE FOR FOURTH TIME
Drummers know all about playing in four-four time, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee knows all about getting married, having already said “I do” three times in the past. Well Lee has announced he will walk down the aisle for a fourth time, this time with German singer and dancer Sofia Toufa, who goes by her professional name SOFI. The 51-year old Lee and 30-year old SOFI each took to Twitter to confirm their engagement, with Lee writing: “There comes a time in a man’s life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!! Say hellow to my fiancé and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial.”
MYSTERY CHILD IN 45-YEAR OLD UNRELEASED HENDRIX FILM IDENTIFIED
French music promoter and Jimi Hendrix fanatic Yazid Manou has finally tracked down the identity of the small child who appeared onstage at the late guitar great’s February 24, 1969 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was filmed but never released commercially. The lucky youngster was Charley Weber, son of Swinging Sixties London era couple Tommy and Sue Weber. Having been shown a still shot of the encounter, Weber, now in his mid-40’s, told Ultimateclassicrock.com, “I’ve never seen the picture before, but I remember very clearly being backstage before the photo happened. My father introduced me to Hendrix. He was just a lovely guy; a beautiful guy with lovely energy. He was my hero. That’s why I was so excited to watch that performance. He spoke to me deeply at a very early age.”
INXS’ HUTCHENCE PLANNED TO SPLIT WITH GIRL PRIOR TO PASSING
During a recent interview, INXS multi-instrumentalist Kirk Pengilly revealed that late frontman Michael Hutchence was planning to leave Paula Yates, the mother of his daughter, Tiger Lily, just days before his death in 1997. Pengilly told Australia’s Channel 7 Sunday Night, “Just prior to his death, that week or so, what he told me was that he had a plan in place to basically split up with Paula. It’s all very personal stuff and it’s a long time ago too, so I don’t want to dwell on it. What can I say? That’s what he told me.”
SOUNDGARDEN SET TO SERVE UP SUPERUNKNOWN ANNIVERSARY SETS
Seattle sound superstars Soundgarden are gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their smash album Superunknown with some super reissues. On June 3, the band will reissue the album via two deluxe versions including a two-disc deluxe edition featuring a remastered version of the original album and a second disc containing rare demos, rehearsal recording, B-sides and more, and a five-disc super deluxe edition featuring the album mixed in Blu-ray, plus more.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: The Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992; Johnny Winter – True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Box Set); Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky; Beck – Morning Phase; Suzanne Vega – Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.