AEROSMITH ROLLS OUT 20 “LET ROCK RULE” TOUR DATES
As promised, Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will crisscross the country this summer on the appropriately named “Let Rock Rule” tour, starting with a July 10 gig in Wantagh, NY. The 20-show trek will hit cities such as Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Newark, NJ and Bristow, VA before winding down September 12 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tickets for the rockin’ road trip go on sale this Saturday.
SIR PAUL PLOTS FOUR U.S. SHOWS, PROMISES MORE TO COME
American fans of Paul McCartney will have four opportunities to catch the former Beatle in concert this summer, with a strong possibility that there will be more shows announced soon. On Tuesday, McCartney revealed he will perform in New Orleans on June 19, Louisville on June 26, Albany on July 5 and Pittsburgh on July 7. According to the music legend’s website, “More dates to be announced…” The shows are part of McCartney’s “Out There” tour in support of his current album New.
PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS SET FOR SF OUTSIDE LANDS FEST
The lineup for the 2014 edition of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival was announced Tuesday, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and rapper Kanye West are both near the top of the bill. Additional acts slated to perform in the city’s famous Golden Gate Park August 8-10 include The Killers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ray LaMontagne, The Flaming Lips, Spoon and Death Cab for Cutie. Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow at 10a Pacific.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD, BAD COMPANY TEAM AGAIN FOR SECOND U.S. TOUR
It appears the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company can’t get enough of each other, and their respective fans can’t get enough of the two legendary bands sharing the same stage. After staging one of the most successful tours of last summer, both bands will once again head out on a 10-stop co-headlining trek, starting July 10 in Bangor, ME. The hits-packed package tour will stop in Mansfield, ME, Darien, NY, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, Bristow, VA, Cuyahoga Falls, OH and Tinley Park, IL before finishing the road trip in Clarkston, MI on July 25.
FREHLEY FIGURES STANLEY’S SELLING BOOKS WITH ANTI-SEMITIC CLAIM
Tomorrow, the four original members of Kiss will officially become members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and all the controversy surrounding the band will go away, right? Wrong. In his new memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, Paul Stanley leveled some serious charges against Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, accusing his former friends of anti-Semitic and racist behavior. In response, Frehley has said, “We say good things about each other and we say bad things about each other [in our memoirs], but it is what it is. It’s rock and roll. I mean, if all we did was pat each other on the back for every book, people would say, ‘That’s a boring book.’ They want to hear the dirt. I’ve got plenty of dirt.” For his part, Criss told TMZ he’s not racist, his favorite aunt was Jewish and he’s not going to sue Stanley for slander.
AEROSMITH DRUMMER: KISS, GN’R MEMBERS SHOULD GET A GRIP
Longtime Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is the latest to offer his opinion on longstanding feuds between original members of Kiss and Guns N’ Roses. On Kiss’ ongoing soap opera, Kramer says, “S**t happens. You’ve gotta roll with it and let’s just make the best of it and have fun.” That said, he added, “From my point of view, I think, basically, they should all play.” On the Guns N’ Roses saga, Kramer had this to say, “The bottom line is this: it’s whether or not they really care about their fans and the people that made them… Basically, because they have personal grievances with one another, everybody else is being held hostage and can’t hear the music that they love…to hear. But I think it’s kind of unfair that they indulged their egos to the extent that they do.”
BLONDIE’S HARRY HAPPY TO GO ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
In a new interview with Britain’s Daily Mail, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry announced she’s bisexual, confirming she’s had relationships with both men and women while confessing she finds women “more sensual.” Asked about her perfect mate, Harry replied, “I don’t know if I have any specific requirements. Just somebody nice, who has a good sense of humor and loves to have sex. What more could you ask for?”
METALLICA MAKES AVAILABLE CLIPS FROM SOUTH AMERICAN CONCERTS
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Metallica have wrapped their South American tour, and now U.S. fans have an opportunity to check out highlights from some of the shows via a series of videos the band has put up on YouTube. Songs found on the videos include “One,” “The Unforgiven,” “…And Justice for All,” “Master of Puppets,” “Fade to Black,” “Sad But True,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and “Whiskey in the Jar.”