SPRINGSTEEN SLAM DUNK TO PERFORM AT MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FEST
College basketball fans will be dancing in the dark to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who have been inked to perform at a free concert for the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival taking place April 4-6 in North Texas. The Boss and his band are scheduled to close the three-day event that will also include performances by country superstars Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw and rock acts The Killers and fun., with more acts to be announced soon.
SCHON SHEDS LIGHT ON ORIGINAL SANTANA BAND PLANS
The original Santana band is still on track to regroup and record a brand new studio album, despite the current Santana lineup’s plans to release its first-ever all-Latin music album, Corazon, on May 6, and the group’s plans to mount an 18-stop co-headlining tour with Rod Stewart, starting May 23 in Albany, NY. In a recent interview, original Santana band guitarist Neal Schon confirmed the reunited band was still eyeing a new album, saying, “Some big news is that I am going into rehearsal with the Santana band. We’re working up a record that will be recorded sometime this year, probably after the Journey tour. It’s fun to get back with Santana – it’s full circle for me.”
RODGERS, COOPER CLIMB ABOARD ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III
Rock royalty Paul Rodgers and Alice Cooper will board Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas to join an already stellar lineup locked in for the 2015 Rock Legends Cruise III. Scheduled to hit the high seas on February 19, 2015, the floating five-day festival will also feature performances by the Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, the Outlaws and Molly Hatchet, among many more. The cruise for a cause will benefit the Native American Heritage Association which works to provide assistance to those living below the poverty line. Visit Rocklegendscruise.com for complete details.
STING SETS DATE FOR NEXT RAINFOREST FUND BENEFIT CONCERT
Longtime environmental activist Sting has announced April 17 as the date for the next Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert to take place at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Though the full lineup has yet to be announced, a press release promises a “star studded evening.” The show helps “raise awareness and funds” for the Rainforest Fund which works to assist communities of indigenous peoples across the globe.
CURRENT-CLASSIC ROCK TRIO CALIFORNIA BREED PREPS DEBUT
Classic rock icon Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), classic rock offspring Jason Bonham and current rock singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist 23-year old Andrew Watt have combined forces to create the powerful trio California Breed. The unit has set a May 20 release date for its 13-song self-titled debut album. Of the upstart Watt, Bonham gushed, “This kid is amazing. The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he’s onstage!”
EDDIE VAN HALEN OVERHAULS EVHGEAR.COM WEBSITE
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Eddie Van Halen has given his already much-visited evhgear.com website a major facelift by adding a host of new features. The go-to site for all things Eddie Van Halen now includes an “Ask Eddie” section that allows fans to ask the Van Halen axeman about his career, gear and more, an updated timeline, bolstered photo gallery, a number of free wallpaper designs and revamped media page.
OSBOURNE TO BE FETED AT MUSICARES MAP FUND BENEFIT CONCERT
Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP (Musicians’ Assistance Program) Fund benefit concert taking place in Los Angeles on May 12. Osbourne will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his longtime support of the MusiCares MAP Fund. Osbourne, a Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer member, said, “I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse. This organization literally saves lives.”
METALLICA CONFIRMED TO HEADLINE HEAVY MONTREAL FESTIVAL
Hard rock heroes Metallica have confirmed they will top the bill at the 2014 edition of Canada’s Heavy Montreal festival on August 8. The Bay Area band heads a hard rock lineup that also includes Slayer, Lamb of God, The Offspring, Anthrax, Bad Religion, Three Days Grace, Pennywise, D.R.I., and Hatebreed, among many others. Tickets for the heavy metal musical orgy will go on sale this Friday.