SPRINGSTEEN, STIPE ADDED TO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
Some big names will be welcoming some similarly big names into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at ceremonies to take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In a no-brainer of a move, Bruce Springsteen will induct his own E Street Band, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana, current temporary E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) will induct Kiss and Glenn Frey will induct his former band leader Linda Ronstadt. In addition, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will lead a tribute to Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will all participate in a tribute to Ronstadt and the new Tonight Show band The Roots drummer Questlove will participate in a tribute to Hall & Oates.
CURRENT KISS LINEUP WILL ATTEND ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY
Despite being snubbed for induction, current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer and former guitarist Bruce Kulick will all be in attendance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, April 10. Rolling Stone reports Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have invited Thayer, Singer and Kulick to sit at their table during the ceremony, which will make for some interesting dinner conversation considering original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will also be on hand, though it is unclear whether they will be seated at the same table.
MCKAGAN CONFIRMED TO REJOIN GUNS N’ ROSES FOR FIVE SHOWS
Following several strong hints that former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan would reunite onstage with the current Axl Rose-led version of the group during its swing through South America, current bassist Tommy Stinson has confirmed the reunion will take place. Stinson told Billboard McKagan is being a “good buddy” by filling in for him for five shows while he reunites with his former band the Replacements. McKagan’s first gig with Rose and company will be this Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the last will take place April 17 in Fortaleza, Brazil.
BON JOVI’S BOY LOST FOR NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SEASON WITH INJURY
The son of Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has suffered a season-ending injury that will keep him off the football field for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Jesse Bongiovi was slated to be one of the squad’s cornerbacks for the upcoming season but a torn ACL will force him to the sideline for the entire campaign. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told reporters, “The kids really like him. They respect him. They don’t look at him as a rock star’s son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team.”
MORRISON AMONG ACTS INKED FOR UK BLUES FEST
Organizers of Britain’s fourth annual BluesFest have revealed the first batch of acts slated to perform during the now six-day event at the Royal Albert Hall this fall and one of the biggest names is Van Morrison, who will be making a second straight appearances at the festival. Morrison is scheduled to perform October 28, Elvis Costello the following night, the legendary Georgie Fame will open for Costello, Sheryl Crow will appear on October 31 and Level 42 will take the stage on October 26. Last year’s four-day festival featured Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples and Ronnie Wood, just to name a few.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS’ FLEA TO PEN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has inked a deal to write his memoir, three decades after co-founding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band with friend and frontman Anthony Kiedis, who wrote his acclaimed autobiography Scar Tissue a decade ago. According to a press release from the publisher, Flea’s book will deal with his “normal upbringing in the suburbs of New York,” his “rebellious life on the streets of L.A.,” his “sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis” and his “myriad experiences with hard drugs” and his 30 years in the band. No release date or title have been announced yet.
LOVE WILLING TO LISTEN TO KURT COBAIN BROADWAY MUSICAL PITCH
Nothing screams grunge like a Broadway musical. In an interview with UK music magazine NME, Courtney Love says she’s open to the idea of a Broadway musical based on her late husband Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The Hole singer said, “After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fan mail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both [daughter] Frances and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen.”