BLACK SABBATH, SOUNDGARDEN MOTORHEAD INKED FOR FESTIVAL
Big Ben will temporarily take a backseat as London’s biggest attraction when this year’s edition of the city’s annual British Summer Time Festival kicks off on July 4 in London’s Hyde Park. Some of the acts scheduled to perform at the event billed as a “10-day summer extravaganza” include Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said of playing on the hallowed grounds of Hyde Park, “The first time I came to London I didn’t have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shows and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a bit better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park…”
JAGGER, ROLLING STONES PLOT RETURN TO STAGE
The Rolling Stones are planning to get back onstage next month following the tragic death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unit’s first concert since postponing a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand in the wake of the tragedy is scheduled for May 26 in Norway. The postponed dates have been rescheduled for October.
ALLMAN “ALMOST 100%,” EYES RETURN AT WANEE FESTIVAL
The Allman Brothers Band is set to return to the stage following Gregg Allman’s recent bout with bronchitis that forced the group to scrap the last four shows of its annual residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be back in action in time to headline their 1oth annual Wanee Festival April 10-12 in Live Oak, FL. Meanwhile, Allman says he feels “almost 100%” ahead of the festival sets and his “first trip to Australia with my solo band to meet my Down Under fans.”
SIGNS SUGGEST MCKAGAN MAY REUNITE WITH GUNS N’ ROSES ONSTAGE
A series of recent tweets and an Instagram photo could be clues that former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan plans to reunite onstage with the current Axl Rose-led version of the group for one or more of Guns N’ Roses’ seven shows in South America, which begin tonight in Florianopolis, Brazil and run through April 17 in Fortaleza, Brazil. On Monday, McKagan tweeted a picture of a Gn’R setlist with the caption: “Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil! See y’all in the next few weeks, si? GNR.” Just last week, McKagan’s wife posted an old photo of Duff and Rose together on Instagram.
NICKS PICKED TO RECEIVE BMI ICON AWARD
Legendary Fleetwood Mac member and successful solo recording artist Stevie Nicks has been selected to receive the Broadcast Music International (BMI) 2014 Icon Award at the BMI Pop Awards May 13 in Los Angeles. The prestigious prize is awarded to individuals “because of their unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous Icon Award winners include John Fogerty, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Brian Wilson, Carole King and the Bee Gees. Meanwhile, the reunited classic Fleetwood Mac lineup with Christine McVie will launch its On with the Show tour September 30 in Minneapolis.
PROCOL HARUM LINE UP NINE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
The current members of Procol Harum – founding member Gary Brooker, Geoff Whitehorn, Matt Pegg, Josh Phillips and Geoff Dunn – will be bringing home more bacon after performing nine North American tour dates, starting July 10 in Ottawa. Additional concerts are scheduled for New York City, Westbury, NY, Westhampton, NY, Alexandria, VA, Aston, PA, Richfield, CT, Durham, NC and Atlanta.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Various – Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne; Leon Russell – Life Journey; Various – Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life; Robert Cray – In My Soul.