CLASSIC FLEETWOOD MAC MAKE PACT TO REUNITE FOR FALL TOUR
The classic Fleetwood Mac lineup – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and the returning Christine McVie – are hitting the road for their On With the Show reunion tour, starting September 30 in Minneapolis. The five members made the announcement during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show Thursday morning, officially welcoming Christine McVie back for her first tour with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group since 1998. The band’s 33-city, 34-show trek includes a two-night stand at the recently reopened Forum in Los Angeles and wraps on December 19 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
MOTLEY CRUE, COOPER, KANSAS SET FOR MILWAUKEE’S SUMMERFEST
Summer in Milwaukee means Brewers baseball, beer, more beer and beers at the annual Summerfest, taking place this year between June 25-29 and July 1-6. This summer’s soundtrack to sipping suds will be provided by beer-drinking-friendly acts such as Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Kansas, George Thorogood, .38 Special, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, just to name a few. Tickets for the brew bath are on sale now.
BALTIMORE BREWER IN BEER BATTLE WITH OSBOURNE
Owners of a Baltimore brewery must have been drunk when they thought they could get away with selling their Ozzy beer without Ozzy Osbourne finding out about it. Predictably, local Baltimore company the Brewer’s Art has received a cease-and-desist letter from representatives of the Prince of Darkness over the artwork on the beer can; a drawing of a fist emblazoned with the Black Sabbath frontman’s trademark tattooed letters O-Z-Z-Y, similar to Ozzy’s own tattoo. A spokesperson for the brewer said the company was trying to negotiate a settlement with the rock star.
FREHLEY PREPS FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS
Amongst all the rancor surrounding Kiss’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has set a June 24 release date for Space Invader, his first solo album in five years. The soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member told Rolling Stone the new record will feature “at least” nine new songs, adding that “everybody that’s heard the tracks…think some of the tracks are even better than [2009’s] Anomaly, and even showing another side of me.”
ACCLAIMED A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN SEGUES TO GRAMERCY THEATRE
The Broadway box office blockbuster A Night with Janis Joplin is set to, well move over to the more intimate Gramercy Theatre, starting April 10. The acclaimed “theatrical rock experience” focusing on the all-too-brief life and career of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stars Mary Bridget Davies, who will reprise her role at the new NYC venue. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and the Gramercy Theatre box office. Finally, the cast of A Night with Janis Joplin will perform on NBC’s Today Show next Friday, April 4.
IRON MAIDEN’S DICKINSON SINKS $450K INTO HIGH TECH AIRCRAFT
An avid pilot, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has invested $450,000 in what will be the world’s longest aircraft. The singer told the BBC, “It’s a game-changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do,” referring to the HAV Airlander, described as a blimp-like airship that runs the length of a football field, making it nearly 60 feet longer than a Boeing 747. Dickinson added, “I want to get in this thing and fly it pole to pole.”