KISS AMONG ROCK HALL INDUCTEES BOOKED FOR THE TONIGHT SHOW
New Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will celebrate Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a week’s worth of incoming inductees. According to Rolling Stone, Kiss will be “rocking the house” on Friday, John Oates of Hall & Oates will be sitting in with the Roots tonight, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) is slated to perform Tuesday, and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic will be guests of Fallon on Wednesday, though it is unclear whether they will perform, since Stevie Nicks is already booked as Wednesday’s musical guest. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
BRUCE TIPS OFF FINAL FOUR PERFORMANCE WITH VAN HALEN’S “JUMP”
The NCAA Tournament’s Final Foul matchups took place Saturday with Kentucky and Connecticut moving on to tonight’s championship game. The festivities in Dallas included the March Madness Music Festival featuring an all-star lineup of big time performers, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who began the set with the Boss walking onstage with a basketball, followed by a jump ball with guitarist Nils Lofgren before launching into an oh-so appropriate tip-of-the-cap cover of the Van Halen classic “Jump.” Temporary E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) had the unenviable task of trying to replicate Eddie Van Halen’s stellar solo.
PERRY USES GRAFFITI TO PROMOTE AEROSMITH/SLASH TOUR
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Perry took to the backstreets of Los Angeles last week to promote the forthcoming Aerosmith and Slash Let Rock Rule tour. Perry probably risked arrest (and stepping in plenty of pee) by scrawling graffiti along the wall of a Los Angeles building with the words: “Aerosmith Let Rock Rule 8.4.2014.” Complete details of the dynamic double bill are expected to be announced this week.
GERIATRIC GLASTONBURY FEST CHIEF HOPES TO LAND LED ZEPPELIN
Though he’s tried and tried for years and years to no avail, the organizer of UK’s legendary Glastonbury festival feels he’ll convince Led Zeppelin to headline his event sometime before his time of dying. Michaels Eaves, 78, says he’s confident the band will get back together “one day” and when they do he’s convinced he can sign them to headline his event. In a recent interview on Irish radio, Eaves confidently stated, “That will happen one day. I’m sure of it. They will do it.”
FELDER, WAR ADDED TO ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III LINEUP
The classic Jaws line “We’re gonna need a bigger boat” comes to mind now that the already star-studded lineup for the 2015 Rock Legends Cruise III floating festival has added two more major acts. Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and War will now join the 24-act dream classic rock lineup that already includes the Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Bad Company and Free vocalist extraordinaire Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Uriah Heep, the Outlaws and Molly Hatchet, plus many, many more. Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas sets sail February 19 and returns on the 23rd.
“INVESTIGATOR” SUES SEATTLE PD OVER COBAIN CASE
A self-described investigator is suing the Seattle Police Department for being “uncooperative…with his records for records and information” surrounding Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s 1994 death. Richard Lee, who has a strongly held belief that Cobain was murdered, is calling for a trail to be held in the wake of the recent release of previously unseen photographs of Cobain’s death scene. In reaction to Lee’s litigation and insistence that Cobain was murdered, Seattle Detective Mike Ciesynski told SeattlePI.com, “Sometimes people believe what they read…some of eh disinformation from some of the books, that this was a conspiracy. That’s completely inaccurate. It’s a suicide. This is a closed case.”
YOUNG RECALLS WANTING TO REACH OUT TO NIRVANA’S COBAIN
The 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death was this weekend, and his hugely influential band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Thursday. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Neil Young, known to some as the godfather of grunge, shared his thoughts on Cobain, saying, “I think it’s sad that he didn’t have anybody to talk to that could have talked to him and said, ‘I know what you’re going through, but it’s not too bad.’ That’s what I would have told him if I had the chance. And I almost got the chance, but it didn’t happen.”
LYDON LANDS ROLE AS KING HEROD IN JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
What could make more sense than having Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, play the evil King Herod in an upcoming North American arena tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage spectacular Jesus Christ Superstar. Lydon confirmed his participation in the 50-city tour, which gets underway June in New Orleans, by writing on his website: “I’m here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?” The show also features Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd.