PLANT PUTS PARISHIONERS ON STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN WITH CHURCH GIG
Often nicknamed “The Golden God,” Robert Plant blessed parishioners at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the tiny village of Northleach, Gloucestershire, England with a surprise charity concert inside the small church last weekend. The Led Zeppelin singer and his musical apostle Steve Winwood of Traffic fame answered the prayers of 400 churchgoers when they performed Led Zep’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” as well as “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” and “Wade in the Water.”
IS AC/DC ABOUT TO PULL THE PLUG AND CALL IT A CAREER?
Rumors are swirling Down Under that AC/DC is contemplating flicking the switch to off on its nearly 40-year Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. The group garnered headlines on Tuesday when unconfirmed reports surfaced in Australia that the band was mulling retirement. Back in February, frontman Brian Johnson said in a radio interview that the band had been lying low because “One of our boys was pretty ill…we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything.” However, Johnson added that the boys planned to go back “into the studio in May” to mark their 40th anniversary, adding “I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs…to thank the fans for their undying loyalty.” All that said, Billboard cited an unnamed band “insider” as saying “there’s no truth to the rumors” of retirement that were sparked yesterday by Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford.
ROLLING STONES RESCHEDULED AUSTRALIAN DATES CONFIRMED
The Rolling Stones announced the rescheduled Australian tour dates that had to be postponed in the wake of the death of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott. In addition, the band has added two new shows to the tour, a second gig in Perth and an extra show in Hunter Valley. The rescheduled tour will get underway October 25 in Adelaide, and will end in Brisbane of November 18. Finally, a scrapped show in Auckland, New Zealand will now take place on November 22.
BON JOVI BANKING ON BUYING BUFFALO BILLS
Multiple sources are reporting Jon Bon Jovi has joined a group of investors hoping to buy the Buffalo Bills and move the NFL franchise to Toronto. The Bon Jovi frontman is no stranger to being a member of the front office of a profession football team; the rocker was one of the original majority owners of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. If the singer wants to lay his hands on the team, he’ll have to trump the efforts of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who is also eyeing the Bills. On Monday, Trump told The Buffalo News, “I’m going to give it a heavy shot. I would love to do it, and if I can do it I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”
FREHLEY FUMES OVER STANLEY STATEMENTS DURING INDUCTION SPEECH
The bad blood between current Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and former guitarist Ace Frehley continues, with Frehley criticizing Stanley’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech. In a recent interview, Frehley said, “I really didn’t like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he’s a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I know he wanted to get other members of the group inducted. There was some political stuff going on. I try to stay away from politics. I don’t think politics and music work. I never did.”
VAI VIES TO MAKE VIABLE VAI ACADEMY SONG EVOLUTION CAMP
If you’ve ever dreamed of learning what it takes to write, copyright, record, mix, master and market a song, master guitarist Steve Vai would like you to know he’s your man. The musician has announced he’ll hold his inaugural Vai Academy Song Evolution Camp at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, NY June 23-27. Vai said, “I want everybody to learn how a song evolves and moreover how a career in music evolves. You’re going to have fun, and you’re going to leave knowing how to do this professionally. This is the entire manual for being an independent musician condensed into three days.” Visit Vaiacademy.com for complete details.
NOVOCELIC NOTES NOTABLE NIRVANA PERFORMANCES BY FEMALES
One of the highlights of last week’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was having four females – Joan Jett, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Lorde and St. Vincent – join Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic onstage in place of the late Kurt Cobain. In a post on his blog, Novocelic wrote: “I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well. I feel we conjured the spirit of the band. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way.” He went on to label Jett and Gordon the “matriarchs of punk rock” and anointed Lorde and St. Vincent “the powerful up-and-coming women in rock.”