FUNERAL FOR JAGGER’S GIRLFRIEND TO BE HELD IN L.A. ON DATE TBD
A representative for Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger confirmed Saturday that the funeral for the singer’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott will take place in Los Angeles on an as-yet undetermined date. Last Thursday, Jagger and the band cancelled the remainder of the group’s Australia and New Zealand tour dates so he could fly to L.A. to be with his children and close friends while making arrangements of Scott’s funeral. Scott was found dead of an apparent suicide last Friday in her New York City apartment.
AEROSMITH, SLASH CONFIRM 2014 U.S. TOUR
Yet another coupling of classic rock superstars has been confirmed for a 2014 U.S. tour as fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith and Slash have confirmed they’ll hit the road together, though dates and cities have yet to be announced. The tour is definitely set because Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted last Friday: “It’s official – we just talked, AEROSMITH/SLASH USA tour confirmed!! Tickets on sale next few wks Soon as dates confirmed. LET ROCK RULE!” Less than an hour later, Slash took to Twitter to write: “Great news! We’ll be touring the US with @Aerosmith this summer! Stay tuned for dates! Its going be a killer tour! R n Fn’ R!!!”
YOUNG DELAYS RELEASE OF OFFICIAL SERIES 2 VINYL BOX SET
The always musically active Neil Young and warner Bros. Records announced last week the delay of the release of Young’s forthcoming Neil Young Official Series 2 Vinyl Box Set, originally scheduled to arrive on Record Store Day April 19. Young cites his several other projects as the reason for the postponement of the set that includes the classic albums Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night and Zuma, which is now slated to be available sometime in November.
DEF LEPPARD SINGER NO FAN OF ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME VOTERS
It seems Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss now have their upcoming tour mate Joe Elliott of Def Leppard on their side regarding their mutual disdain for those who have a say in who gets voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Simmons and Stanley have been very vocal about their displeasure with the Rock Hall over the fact that only the original four members of Kiss will be inducted on April 10, and in a recent interview, Elliott also laid into the Hall of Fame’s powers-that-be, labeling the voters a “board room of faceless tuxedo-wearing morons” who decide who’s in and who’s out based on their narrow definition of who’s cool enough to be a member. Elliott added about not having been inducted as yet, “I couldn’t care less. Is it going to pay my mortgage off? Is it going to put my kid through school? Am I going to sleep better at night? I don’t give a flying rat’s ass about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
ALLMAN AILMENT MAKES MUSICIAN MISS TWO ABB BEACON GIGS
A bout with bronchitis forced Allman Brothers Band namesake Gregg Allman to miss two of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City this weekend. Allman stayed home for Friday and Saturday night’s concerts, both part of the band’s 14-show residency at the Big Apple venue which got underway on March 7. A message posted to the band’s website Sunday read: “No guarantees but Gregg is improving and hopes to return to the stage for the last four Beacon shows” which include tomorrow, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
JOEL, JOHNSON JAM ON AC/DC’S “YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG”
The unlikely pairing of piano man Billy Joel and AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson treated concertgoers at Joel’s Saturday night show at New York’s Madison Square Garden to a surprise rendition of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Fan footage captured Johnson joining Joel onstage at the sold out show, one of several in a series of gigs the native New Yorker Joel is doing at the venerable Big Apple venue.
SIR PAUL SLAMS BRAKES ON IMPENDING AUCTION OF CLOTHING ITEMS
Lawyers for Paul McCartney have successful prevented the sale of clothing and a lyric sketch that once belonged to the former Beatle, and were due to hit the auction block. Britain’s Telegraph reports the family of McCartney’s former nanny and housekeeper, the late Rose Martin, claims McCartney’s late wife, Linda, gifted a cape and suit and a piece of paper with three lines of lyrics on it to their mother, but McCartney claims the items are not theirs to sell, saying that he would never have given the items away. Omega Auctions says that since both Martin and Linda are deceased, there is no way to corroborate the truth so the items have been pulled.
GIBBONS GOES TO BAT FOR MUCH-MALIGNED NICKELBACK
No less a rock and roll icon than ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons recently backed the often belittled Canadian rock band Nickelback. Gibbons, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who provided spoken-word to the title track to Nickelback’s 2005 album Rockstar, recently said, “’Rockstar’ was quite an unexpected success. We were touring the U.S. It was the day before our own show, they were playing and we were curious… You have to note the great vocal stylings that Chad Kroeger can bring to the party. Man, he can sing for days.”