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HYNDE SERVES UP HINT OF HOW NEXT ALBUM CAME ABOUT

Longtime Pretenders principal Chrissie Hynde is eyeing her next solo studio album and has offered fans a glimpse into how the future record got off the ground by setting up a new (NOTE CONTENT) website on which she tells a brief backstory. As she explains, she met collaborator Bjorn Yttling of the Swedish indie pop band Peter Bjorn and John in a coffee bar in Cleveland “and we sort of met and greed to try to do something.” In an earlier interview with UK’s Q magazine, Hynde said tennis ace “John McEnroe is playing guitar on one song and Neil Young is playing on it too.”

SPRINGSTEEN TALKS TOURING, RECORD STORE DAY LP RELEASE

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen spoke about his recently wrapped triumphant Australian tour and his upcoming Record Store Day release. Asked to explain what he meant when at a Sydney show he said he and the E Street Band “have to do it, and it has to be done” referring to playing live, he answered, “Most musicians are musicians because they have to be. Bonnie Raitt used to come back and always tease me. She said, ‘Boy’s got something in him. It’s gotta come out.’ That’s the case. Why would you play for three hours and 45 minutes or something? Gotta do it. It’s gotta be done.” As for the Record Store Day (April 19) four-song 12” vinyl release American Beauty, the Boss said, “This is material from the past decade. Some were demos that I never cut. I thought it’s a nice time to support the record stores, which are dwindling and get some new music out at the same time.”

RICHARDS TEAMS WITH DAUGHTER ON CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK

With a best-selling memoir (Life) already on his resume, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has turned his attention towards releasing a children’s picture book, with the pictures provided by his daughter Theodora Richards. As the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains, Gus & Me: The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar (available September 9) was inspired by a real-life story about his relationship with his own grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree, whom Theodora is named after. Richards added, “I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I’m talking about. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”

EX-YES VOICE ANDERSON FORMS NEW BAND WITH VIOLINIST PONTY

Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson isn’t sitting around waiting for his ex-bandmates to ask him to come back to the band so he’s announced plans to form a new group with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Anderson, whose voice is synonymous with the classic Yes sound, told the crowd at one of his recent solo shows, “You’re the first people to know. I’m going to get a band together with Jean-Luc Ponty…I’m going to work with one of the great violin players. We start work in June, I think. Then we’re going to tour next year. I love the violin.”

FAMILY OF FORMER KISS DRUMMER CARR SUES FOR UNPAID ROYALTIES

The rocky road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues for original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley who are now facing a lawsuit filed by the family of Eric Carr, the group’s late drummer. Carr’s heirs claim Simmons and Stanley have been practicing fuzzy math concerning royalties owned to man who took over for original drummer Peter Criss in 1980 and stayed with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-bound band for a decade and eight studio albums. According to the New York Post, Carr’s family alleges they are entitled to somewhere between a five and 50 percent cut on four Carr-penned tunes. Carr died in 1991 of a brain aneurysm following a bout with cancer.

KISS CONTEMPLATES COMPOSING CUTS FOR ARENA FOOTBALL CLUB

On Monday, Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were on hand to help unveil the hideous helmets and horrifically ugly uniforms of their new arena football team the L.A. Kiss. During the festivities, Stanley stated the group may compose new music for the team they own, saying, “We are planning to come up with something that will be the battle cry; something that will represent not only the team, but will represent the fans. We want the fans to have a song, or a melody or a battle cry that they can participate in.”

KISS, DEF LEPPARD LOOK TO BOOK SUMMER TOUR TOGETHER

There are plenty of indications Kiss and Def Leppard are on the verge of announcing a summer tour together. Asked in a recent interview about a potential package trek with Kiss and Poison, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell said, “I’d say you’d be half right there, but only half right and half wrong.” Campbell went on to say, “There will be an announcement of our tour imminently, we’re talking a matter of days. It has to be announced, because we’re almost at summertime.”

VEDDER BOOKS TRIO OF BRAZILIAN SOLO CONCERT DATES

Having just finished up a run of solo dates in Australia and New Zealand, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has inked three fresh solo gigs in Brazil in May. Vedder will perform two shows in Sao Paulo on May 7 and 8 and one in Rio de Janeiro on May 11. Meanwhile, Pearl Jam’s next live shows will take place in Europe, starting June 16 in the Netherlands and ending in Milton Keynes, UK on July 11.

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