STEWART, SANTANA SET SERIES OF SUPERNATURAL SUMMER SHOWS
Two of rock’s biggest names Rod Stewart and Santana, have announced plans to stage an 18-stop summer co-headlining tour appropriately named The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs. The two pillars of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who combined have sold well over 250 million albums worldwide, will kick off this once-in-a-lifetime pairing on May 23 in Albany, NY and wrap the run in Wantagh, NY on August 20. Tickets go on sale March 7.
SANTANA SETS RELEASE DATE FOR FIRST CAREER LATIN MUSIC ALBUM
Multiple Grammy Award winner Santana has announced a May 6 release date for Corazon, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician’s first Latin music album of his incomparable career. In addition, the Mexican-born guitar great has unveiled the colorful cover art for Corazon, a collection which contains collaborations Latin music icons including Juanes, Fabulosos Cadillacs and Gloria Estefan, plus reggae royalty Ziggy Marley and jazz giant Wayne Shorter, among others.
NEIL NOW NODS HIS APPROVAL OF COUNTRY TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE
It took some convincing and coaxing from a content girlfriend to get Motley Crue singer Vince Neil to finally come around to liking the idea of a group of top shelf country acts covering Crue tunes for the forthcoming Country Music Tribute to Motley Crue, due later this year. Neil recently confessed to the Tennessean, “I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know. Let me think about this one for a minute.’ The more I thought about it, the cooler it got…” The clincher came when the idea made him look cooler in his girlfriend’s eyes. He said, “It’s fun because my girlfriend is a country girl. She’s a barrel rider in the rodeo. When I showed her the names, she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.’ I’m like, ‘Tel me, tell me. Fill me in.’”
MOTLEY CRUE ADDS MORE DATES TO THE FINAL TOUR SCHEDULE
United States fans of Motley Crue will have at least three more opportunities to catch their hard rock heroes live in concert now that the retiring band has added three more U.S. dates to their The Final Tour itinerary, including the band’s very last performance in the Big Apple. New dates include a second night in Hollywood, FL on October 18, a new stop in Spokane, WA on November 22, and the group’s final farewell performance in New York City on October 28 at Madison Square Garden.
EXHAUSTIVE PINK FLOYD EXHIBIT COMING TO ITALY
Organizers are promising a “major retrospective exhibition” laser focused on the sights and sounds of Pink Floyd, opening this September in a former factory in Milan, Italy. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains opens September 19, and according to one of the curators, Hipgnosis album art design group co-founder Aubrey Powell, “Selecting what to include from such a treasure trove is both a dream and a nightmare. We’ll be aiming for state-of-the-art visuals and sonic deliver, similar to the experience of attending a Pink Floyd concert; you’ll never know what to expect next.”
SPRINGSTEEN DELIVERS DISCO CLASSIC DURING DOWN UNDER DATE
During his current Australian tour, Bruce Springsteen has been paying tribute to some of the country’s top artists by performing covers of classic songs such as AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” INXS’ “Don’t Change” and The Easybeats’ “Friday On My Mind.” On Wednesday, the Boss closed his Aussie trek with a rendition of the England-born-but-Australian-bred Bee Gees’ disco standard “Stayin’ Alive.” Thankfully some fairly decent fan footage exists of Springsteen and the E Street Band gettin’ down to “Stayin’ Alive.”
CLAPTON CANCELS CONCERT IN THAILAND OVER POLITICAL UNREST
Legendary guitar god Eric Clapton has been forced to scrap a planned concert in Bangkok, Thailand this weekend due to ongoing political turmoil in the capital city. The local concert promoter issued the following statement: “Due to recent events, Eric Clapton’s management has decided to postpone his Bangkok concert this Sunday. Clapton looks forward to playing in Bangkok in the future.”
GUNS N’ ROSES TO TOP REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS BILL
The 2014 edition of the Revolver magazine Golden Gods Awards will take place on April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and this year’s stellar lineup of performers will be headlined by Guns N’ Roses. The headline slot is fitting since frontman Axl Rose has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the coveted Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional acts inked to perform include Korn, Zakk Wylde (solo), Joan Jett and the Blackhawks, A Day to Remember, the Pretty Reckless, plus more to be announced soon.
FLAMENCO GUITARIST PACO DE LUCIA DEAD AT 66
Spanish-born flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who was successful in crossing over into the jazz and rock worlds, died on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack in Mexico. He was 66. Guitar fanatics know de Lucia for the three albums (two studio, one live) he recorded with adventurous guitarists Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, and for his work providing the score for the 1984 British film The Hit, which featured a title theme by Roger Waters and Eric Clapton. His guitar was also featured on the Bryan Adams 1995 hit “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” from the film Don Juan DeMarco.