ROLLING STONES CANCEL ENTIRE TOUR OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Early Tuesday the Rolling Stones announced the cancellation of tonight’s planned concert in Perth, Australia in the wake of the death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott, who died Monday of an apparent suicide. The New York Daily News reports Scott was found in her New York City apartment hanging by a scarf tied to a doorknob. Later, the band postponed their entire tour of Australia and New Zealand, posting the following message on their official website: “The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their ’14 ON FIRE’ tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement.” The dates are expected to be rescheduled.
JAGGER POSTS TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO HIS “LOVER AND BEST FRIEND”
Still in a state of shock following the sudden and seemingly senseless loss of his longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott from an apparent suicide, Mick Jagger posted a heartfelt tribute to his late love. The Rolling Stones frontman wrote the following on Facebook alongside a photo of Scott: “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her.”
JAGGER RIPS NEW YORK POST STORY ALLEGING SPLIT WITH SCOTT
A spokesperson for Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger vehemently denied the rock star had recently split with his girlfriend L’Wren Scott prior to her apparent suicide. Reacting to a story in the New York Post, a representative for Jagger said, “The story in the New York Post regarding a split between Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott is 100 percent untrue. There is absolutely no basis in fact to this story. It is a horrible and inaccurate piece of gossip during this very tragic time for Mick.”
HAGAR, WABOS, SUBLIME WITH ROME TEAM FOR HIGH OCTANE CONCERT
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be rocking and revving to the rock of Sammy Hagar and the Wabos and the reggae rock sounds of Sublime With Rome who will headline the Coors Light Carb Day concert on May 23. Rock, reggae and race fans will get to take in both act’s pedal to the metal performances for free with a Coors Light Carb Day admission of $30. Tickets for the full throttle gig are available now at Brickyard.com.
HALL OF FAME CEO EXPLAINS SNUB OF CURRENT KISS MEMBERS
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman’s attempt to explain why only the four original members of Kiss – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - will be inducted on April 10 didn’t sit well with Stanley. Peresman told Billboard that current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer “are fine musicians who…basically have the same makeup and are the same characters that Ace and Peter started. It’s not like they created these other characters with different makeup and playing different songs. They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter.” Peresman’s explanation prompted Stanley to write on the band’s website: “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to attempt to restore its questionable credibility and glimpses behind the façade with nonsense and half-truths. Let’s just accept the truth as it is and move on.”
JOHN STILL HOPING TO SCORE HIP-HOP HIT
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John is still anxious to infuse his music with hip-hop beats, though he has no specific plan on how to marry the genre into his own tunes. When asked by Rolling Stone if he was still thinking about adding hip-hop to his stuff, he said, “I’d love to. I just don’t know how to do it. So…I’d have to work with someone who knows about it, like a Pharrell or a Kanye [West], who I respect tremendously. I’d love to do that. It’s just a matter of when and where and…the mood that I’m in.”
GRATEFUL DEAD DRUMMERS TO SHARE STAGE FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2011
Philadelphia jam band The Disco Biscuits have pulled off a major coup by pulling in former Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart to perform with them for a headlining set at the Gathering of the Vibes festival, taking place July 31 through August 3 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. The set will be the first time the two percussionists have performed together since 2011, when their group the Rhythm Devils dissolved. Kreutzmann said to Rolling Stone of the impending gig, “It’s going to get weird. It’s going to get far out. And it’s going to be something completely different. Exactly what all involved parties are known for.”
MONEY WOULD PAY TO PUNCH LOGGINS’ LIGHTS OUT
He was once sworn to uphold the law, but former cop Eddie Money now swears he would like to break the jaw of fellow veteran singer Kenny Loggins. During a recent radio interview, Money made it known that the two have a longstanding feud going back to Money never getting credit for singing on the Loggins hit “I’m Alright.” Money said, “I’m not a fan of Kenny Loggins to tell you the truth. I sang the bridge in that, we were label mates… I mean, how small can a guy be, that he divorces his wife and marries his therapist. Gimme a break!” When asked about a hypothetical celebrity boxing match between the two, Money noted, “I’ll tell you the truth, I’ll knock him out in 20 seconds.”
HETFIELD, ARMSTRONG ADDED TO “ACOUSTIC 4 A CURE” BENEFIT BILL
Bay Area hard rock and punk heroes James Hetfield of Metallica and Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day are among several great musicians on the lineup for the pediatric cancer benefit Acoustic 4 a Cure, taking place May 15 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Additional acts included on the bill include Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Train singer Pat Monahan and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Proceeds from the event will benefit the UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.