BACH BACKS SIMMONS, SIDES WITH STANLEY ON FREHLEY FRACAS
Despite being an unabashed Kiss fan, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach says he can sympathize with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who refused to perform with Ace Frehley at this Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In a recent interview, Bach said, “As a fan, I understand why people would want to see that. But…I understand why Gene Simmons doesn’t work with Ace Frehley. Ace has sides to him that maybe the fans don’t see. That’s all I can say.” Bach did hint that he will expand on his Frehley comments in his upcoming autobiography, which he is currently writing.
MCKAGAN PERFORMS FIRST FULL GUNS N’ ROSES GIG SINCE 1997
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan played his first full Guns N’ Roses concert since 1997 when he joined former bandmate Axl Rose onstage Sunday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. McKagan is filling for current bassist Tommy Stinson, who is reuniting with his former band the Replacements for a series of shows. McKagan will also perform with Gyns N’ Roses tomorrow in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday in La Paz, Bolivia, April 15 in Recife, Brazil and April 17 in Fortaleza, Brazil.
HAGAR SEES MORE THAN ONE WAY TO ROCK, PLOTS ACOUSTIC SHOW
When it comes to rock and roll, Sammy Hagar is best known for putting the pedal to the metal, but it appears the Red Rocker is ready to gear down by performing an unplugged show. In a recent interview, Hagar said, “I’m determined to be able to play a whole hour to an hour and a half show by myself with an acoustic guitar.” He went on to add, “I’m working on it really hard and it calls for a lot of old songs having to be restructured. I don’t know where I’m going to do it….but I want to find a nice theater somewhere…and have a few people accompany me. So…it’s my newest project, musically.”
STILLS SERVES UP 17 SOLO SPRING TOUR DATES
Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash) has cemented a series of 17 spring U.S. tour dates, starting May 8 in Santa Cruz, CA. The accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist will stick close to the Western United States, performing in cities such as Redding, CA, Portland, OR, Boise, Salt Lake City, Aspen, CO, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, CA, San Juan Capistrano, CA and Las Vegas before wrapping the run in Tucson, AZ on June 3.
DAUGHTER OF BOOMTOWN RATS FRONTMAN GELDOF FOUND DEAD
Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Boomtown Rats frontman and Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof, was found dead Monday inside her Kent, England home. She was 25. BBC News reports police were called to a Kent residence after at least one report of “concern for the welfare of a woman.” The cause of her death has not yet been revealed, but police are classifying it as “unexplained and sudden.” She had battled with substance abuse in the past, and her mother, model Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in 2000. Bob Geldof said in a statement: “We are beyond pain. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is this bearable?”
SQUEEZE’S DIFFORD, TILBROOK TEAM FOR FIRST TOUR IN TWO DEACDES
The duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze fame has agreed to tour the UK as a tandem for the first time in almost 20 years. The pair will partner for a dozen shows on the cleverly named The At Odds Couple Tour, starting November 2 in Cambridge, and ending November 19 in Warwick. Tilbrook teased the trek, saying, “There is lots of history and myth to our relationship. There have been times when we’ve not gotten on…but we are now at a place where we have a lot of respect for each other.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Jerry Garcia Band – 1989 The Long Island Sound (Box Set); Marc Ford – Holy Ghost; Asia featuring John Payne – Recollections.