GABRIEL GRATEFUL FOR HONOR, WON’T RULE OUT GENESIS REUNION
Backstage after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a second time, Peter Gabriel spoke with Rolling Stone about his induction as a solo artist, and about Genesis, with whom he was first enshrined. Now 64, Gabriel said, “Getting awards is nature’s way of saying you’re getting old, so you can get a little more reflective. There are few good things about getting old except you care less about what people think.” Of course what Genesis fans are always thinking and wondering is whether Gabriel will ever reunite with his former band. When asked, he said, “I never say never. I think there’s a small chance, but I don’t think it’s very high.”
STEELY DAN EXTENDS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TO 47 CITIES
One day after Steely Dan announced it had stretched its North American summer “Jamalot Ever After” tour to 14 dates, the group has now stretched the trek to include 47 cities. The run will now get underway July 2 in Portland, OR and will weave its way across the U.S. and Canada through most of July, August and September, culminating with a September 17 performance in Baltimore. The trek will also include multiple shows in several cities, including Redmond, WA, Nashville, Toronto, Morristown, NJ and Huntington, NY.
BON JOVI’S “LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME” GETS INTO PARTON’S HANDS
The old saying “politics makes strange bedfellows” can often be applied to rock songs as well, as witnessed by the Bon Jovi classic “Lay Your Hands On Me” being covered by country queen Dolly Parton for her forthcoming album Blue Smoke, due May 13. Parton explained, “When I first heard that song…I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds so much like a gospel tune – with asking God to lay his hands on you.’ I called Jon Bon Jovi, and asked if he would be opposed for me turning it into a gospel tune – and I called Richie Sambora, who is a co-writer on it. We all three got together… They certainly condoned by thoughts and ideas.”
CROSBY, STILL & NASH ADD 25 SHOWS TO FORTHCOMING SUMMER TOUR
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills & Nash will be beholden to offer at least 25 additional bye-byes now that they’ve expanded their upcoming summer U.S. tour by that many performances. The trio will take to the road starting July 2 in Bethlehem, PA, and won’t wave its last goodbye until after they finish their concert in Los Angeles on October 4. Along the way, they will stop in cities such as Vienna, VA, Wallingford, CT, Woodinville, WA, North Charleston, SC and Paso Robles, CA, plus lots of big cities as well.
WINTER BROTHERS BOUND FOR SUMMER ROCK ‘N’ BLUES FEST
Rock and blues siblings Johnny and Edgar Winter and their respective bands will anchor the upcoming third annual Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest featuring fellow rock and blues legends Vanilla Fudge, former Rare Earth member Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown founding guitarist Kim Simmonds. So far, the potent package trek includes 15 performances, starting August 1 in Westbury, NY and wrapping August 24 in Seattle, but organizers promise to announce additional dates soon.
JETT WORKS TO BAN BULLHOOKS BEING USED ON ELEPHANTS
Longtime animal rights champion Joan Jett is appealing to lawmakers in Rhode Island to outlaw the use of bullhooks by elephant trainers, alleging the practice in inhumane treatment. In an open letter to state legislators, the rocker wrote: “I have seen several undercover videos of elephants – many of them chained or otherwise physically immobilized – being hit by animal handlers in the circus. The egregious misuse of this device which circus insiders often call ‘guides’ is cruel and inhumane.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Jack Bruce – Silver Rails; Various – Petty’s Peculiar Picks – The Best of Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure; Ian Anderson – Homo Erraticus.