LYNYRD SKYNYRD SETS UP SERIES OF SUMMER SHOWS
Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd have scheduled 19 U.S. summer tour dates, starting April 4 in Mesa, AZ and running through a September 13 performance in Pittsburgh. Additional stops on the trek include Orlando, FL, Laughlin, NV, Austin, TX, Sioux Falls, SD, Gilford, NH, Lincoln, NE and Sturgis, SD. Finally, the band has announced their final Simple Man Cruise will set sail from November 16-20. The last at-sea concert will include Foghat and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.
NUGENT PAID NOT TO PERFORM AT PLANNED JULY 4 CONCERT
The city council in Longview, TX has decided it’s better to pull out of a planned deal to have Ted Nugent play at the city’s Fourth of July concert and pay the polarizing performer $16,250 (half of his guaranteed performance fee) instead of having him perform at the “family-oriented event.” A Longview spokesperson said the council cited “a variety of reasons” for their decision to pay off Nugent, among them “cost…is it the right musical act for this type of event… They decided no…it is not the right act for this.”
FOUR ORIGINAL KISS MEMBERS EARN FIRST ROLLING STONE COVER
The famously feuding four original members of Kiss are together again…sort of. Forty years after Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss released their debut album, the four have finally made the cover of Rolling Stone, albeit in a classic 1975 photo of the four former friends who have been feuding leading up to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. The magazine hits newsstands this Friday.
SHOWTIME TO SHOW DYLAN-CENTRIC DOCUMENTARY
Premium cable network Showtime has secured the rights to air Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a documentary focusing on a group of five diverse artists composing music for two dozen recently discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written in 1967 and originally intended for The Basement Tapes. Scheduled to air later this year, the was produced by T Bone Burnett and features musicians Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.
BIG NAME BASSISTS, DRUMMERS TIED TO MOON, ENTWISTLE TRIBUTE
A who’s who of top shelf bass players and drummers will gather to pay tribute to John Entwistle and Keith Moon of The Who April 24 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles at an event dubbed The Ox & The Loon. Bass players confirmed provide the bottom end include Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne) and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken). Drummers set to keep the beat include Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), Kenny Aronoff, Rikki Rocket (Poison), Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction).
MOTORHEAD DEBUTS LYRIC VIDEO FOR DRIVING TRACK “CRYING SHAME”
A full five months after releasing their album Aftershock, Motorhead has released a lyric video for “Crying Shame,” one of the 14 songs found on the group’s 21st studio album. The legendary metal band has a slate of shows lined up for 2014, including several festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, the band will host its inaugural Motorboat cruise concert, setting sail September 22 from Miami. Additional acts inked for the floating festival include Anthrax, Megadeth and Zakk Wylde.
HAMMETT, TRUJILLO NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT SURF SUMMIT 17
Master musicians and avid surfers Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica are stoked to have been named keynote speakers at the upcoming Surf Summit 17, taking place May 17 in Los Cabos, Mexico. California native Hammett is a longtime surfer and Trujillo grew up in the skate and surf mecca of Venice, CA and the two instantly bonded over music and surfing when Trujillo joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band in 2003.