ROLLING STONES STACK UP TWO EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES
Having just wrapped a wildly successful run of shows in Japan and China, the Rolling Stones will start a seven-show swing through Australia and New Zealand this Wednesday, March 19. On Wednesday, the group confirmed two European festival performances; a set at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland on June 7 and a gig at the TW Classic Festival in Belgium on June 28. Following the announcement, Mick Jagger said, “I love festivals in the summertime and can’t wait for the tour to get to Europe.”
JAGGER LANDS WILDE FOR MAIN ROLE IN UPCOMING HBO SHOW
The man who sang “Wild Horses” has corralled actress Olivia Wilde (Her, Rush) for one of the main roles in an upcoming HBO series centered on the Seventies music business. Mick Jagger and director Martin Scorsese are working on the as-yet untitled show, and according to Deadline have lined up Wilde to portray the former actress and model wife of the show’s main character Richie Finestra, a nearly washed up record company executive played by Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, Boardwalk Empire). The Rolling Stones frontman is also developing a television series and a Broadway show based on the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
YOUNG REACHES PONOMUSIC KICKSTARTER GOAL IN 24 HOURS
Just one day after Neil Young announced the launch of his PonoMusic high-quality audio music playback device (PonoPlayer) and online music store, the rocker revealed he surpassed his Kickstarter goal of $800,000 in less than 10 hours. He had set an expiration date of April 15 to raise the funds. The campaign was aided by a number of testimonial videos featuring musician friends Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Tom Petty, David Crosby and Sting, among others. The PonoPlayer ($399) and headphone products will be sold at PonoMusic.com.
SIMMONS STILL SEETHING OVER ROCK HALL SNUB OF CURRENT MEMBERS
It appears Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will never get over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s decision to induct just the four original members of the band – Simmons, Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss – and not longtime and current members like Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Simmons said when he and Stanley heard of the snub they immediately decided they would not perform at the induction ceremony on April 10 in Brooklyn. Simmons then made the comparison: “So imagine you’re being invited to be inducted at an award ceremony and you get to bring only the first person you ever went out with in your life. The one, your beloved right now? She can’t come, or he can’t come. They don’t get honored. That’s not going to fly.”
SUIT ALLEGEDLY FILED BY FAMILY OF LATE KISS DRUMMER A SCAM
The family of late Kiss drummer Eric Carr has denied any involvement in a lawsuit filed against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley over alleged unpaid royalties. On Monday, The New York Post reported that Carr’s family was suing for unpaid royalties on four songs written by Carr, but yesterday Stanley tweeted: “Eric Carr’s family is shocked by a lawsuit filed without their knowledge or support. We will deal with this attempted scam appropriately.” The Carr family’s attorney, Mark Abbattista, supported Stanley’s tweet, confirming the suit was “filed by a non-related third party without any knowledge, authorization or consent of anyone in the Carr family. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons know that Eric’s family is not involved in this matter.”
FELDER’S ROAD TO FOREVER: EXTENDED EDITION DUE MARCH 25
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder’s well-received 2012 solo set Road To Forever has been repaved if you will with four additional tracks and rereleased as Road To Forever: Extended Edition on March 25. The four new numbers added to the original release include the aptly titled “Can’t Stop Now,” “Southern Bound,” “She Runs Free” and “Sensuality.” Felder will support the release on the forthcoming Soundtrack of Summer Tour with Styx and Foreigner, which gets underway May 14 in Wichita, KS and runs through July 27 in Santa Barbara, CA.
YES EXPECTS TO DELIVER AN EPICS-LESS NEW ALBUM
Progressive rock mainstays Yes are currently recording their next studio album with legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen), and according to drummer Alan White the group will abstain from delivering too many of the lengthy prog rock tracks their fans have become accustom to enjoying. White said, “It’s all fresh music. Everything on the album was conceived within the last year or so. No epics on this album. There are some longer pieces with intricate parts to them, but there are some shorter tracks too which are right to the point.”