U2’S THE JOSHUA TREE TO ENTER THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers U2 can add another impressive accolade to their already extensive list of accomplishments now that the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry will induct their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. According to the organization’s website, the U2 album was chosen because it was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and represents “an important part of America’s culture and history.” Additional music masterpieces selected for induction include Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel album, Isaac Hayes’ Theme From Shaft album and Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom.”
SCORPIONS SET TO HEADLINE GERMANY CALLING FESTIVAL
British classic rock fans will be forced to decide whether they want to check out Aerosmith headlining the Calling Festival, or the Scorpions closing the rival Germany Calling, both of which will be staged on the exacts same day and mere miles away from each other. Hamburg-based promoters of the Germany Calling event announced the festival will take place on the same day, June 28, as the Calling Festival, and will take place in Battersea Park, located down the road from where the Calling Festival will go down in Clapham Commons.
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED REJECTS REUNION WITH FOGERTY
For two decades, Creedence Clearwater Revisited has crisscrossed the country performing the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, but Revisited and Revival veterans Doug Clifford and Stu Cook have no desire to revive their professional relationship with John Fogerty. In a recent interview, Clifford said, “I like the guys that I’m working with now. So, I wish him [Fogerty] well and he’s got his band and we have ours, and we’re happy where we are.” In addition to Cook, the “guys” Clifford is “working with now” include singer/guitarist John Tristao, guitarist Kurt Griffey and multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner.
STANLEY STILL STUCK EXPLAINING WHY KISS WON’T PLAY AT INDUCTION
As hard as it might be to believe, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley is still coming up with (inventing?) more explanations to support his and Gene Simmons’ decision not to perform with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In an interview with USA Today, Stanley said, “The Rock Hall seems to think the tail wags the dog. This dog doesn’t roll over for anybody. We can only wear these uniforms with pride. We’re not going to risk tarnishing what we’ve build to for 40 years just to satisfy someone’s penchant for nostalgia.” Question: Isn’t that what the current Kiss lineup does – satisfy fan’s penchant for nostalgia – every time they put on the makeup, hit the stage and play “Rock and Roll All Nite” live, night after night after night?
SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.) SHINES ON NEW NOMAD 4-SONG EP
Smoking supergroup Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.) continues to sizzle on its new four-song EP Nomad, available now at iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. The fiery foursome – singer Sass Jordan, guitarist Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Michael Devin (Whitesnake) and drummer Tommy Stewart (Godsmack, Everclear) – serves up a new rocked up rendition of “Nomad,” “Going Going Gone” and two killer covers of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)” and a live acoustic take on Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
ULRICH HOPES NEW METALLICA ALBUM WILL BE READY FOR 2015 RELEASE
In a new interview with Argentine press, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich practically confirmed the band’s next studio album won’t see the light of day this year. When asked about the band’s next record, he replied, “We’re writing away. We’ve got some good ideas. Our biggest problem is time. Hopefully, we’ll be done writing this year and next year we should record and hopefully have a new record out maybe next year. We’ll see. Maybe next year.”