U2 PUSH BACK NEW ALBUM AND TOUR TO 2015
After high profile promotional appearances at the Grammys and Academy Awards and the unveiling of the new song “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, it appears U2 will again leave the spotlight and return to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to 2009’s No Line On the Horizon. Billboard reports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quartet has delayed the release of their next record until 2015 in order to schedule new recording sessions with producers Ryan Tedder of the Grammy-winning pop group OneRepublic and Paul Epworth, known for his work with Paul McCartney and pop singer Adele, among many others.
ROLLING STONES PERFORMED PREVIOUSLY BANNED TUNES IN CHINA
The Rolling Stones rocked Macau, China on Saturday and the set list included “Brown Sugar” and “Honky Tonk Women,” two tracks previously banned by the Chinese government. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band first played in China in 2006, “Beast of Burden,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Rough Justice” were also forbidden in the communist country. The Stones tour moves to Australia, starting March 19.
MARS ADMITS HE ONCE ALMOST WALKED AWAY FROM MOTLEY CRUE
During a recent interview, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars revealed he gave strong consideration to leaving the group during the recording of their less than stellar 1997 album Generation Swine. Mars said, “That was a complete turnaround from what I felt Motley Crue should be doing at the time. It was like, ‘We’re not House of Pain or Nine Inch Nails or anything like that. We’re a full-on hard rock kicking ass band.’ I don’t know what the hell was going on, but I didn’t like it. It was a very difficult situation for me.”
OZZY’S UK MANSION SUFFERS SERIOUS FLOOD DAMAGE
Historic amounts of rain in the UK over the past months have taken a big toll on Ozzy Osbourne’s seven-acre countryside mansion. UK’s Mirror reports the Black Sabbath frontman’s Buckinghamshire home has suffered over half a million dollars in flood damage. Osbourne added, “It’s been completely flooded. The rain has battered down the walls and seeped through everything. There is water everywhere. The place is ruined. If it’s not one thing, it’s the other.”
SIR PAUL SHOCKS STATION PD, SPILLS PLANS TO SCORE ANIMATED FILM
When “the greatest songwriter of our time” calls, you immediately pick up the phone. Paul McCartney last week made a surprise phone call to the program director at a Los Angeles listener-supported radio station to thank them for their support of his latest album New and made news when he said he’d already lined up his next music project. The former Beatle told stunned PD Sky Daniels he will be scoring the music for an upcoming animated movie, and though he did not name the film, he said, “It’s like being a kid getting to play with some of the most creative people in the world.” Once Daniels got over the shock of having just been on the phone with Sir Paul, he said, “It really is a statement that radio can still touch hearts and minds, even those of the greatest songwriter of our time.”
STOOGES GUITARIST WILLIAMSON WORKING ON POP-LESS NEW ALBUM
Guitarist James Williamson, a member of the Stooges on just one album, 1973’s Raw Power, has unearthed some previously unrecorded Stooges songs from their live repertoire for a forthcoming album that won’t include Iggy Pop. Williamson, who is using various vocalists for the record titled Re-Licked, told Rolling Stone, “Recording them properly is something I’ve always wanted to do.” As for Pop’s lack of participation, a rep said, “Iggy was never given an opportunity to participate on the album. He found out about the project in December 2013 after it was rejected by an Australian label.”