AC/DC RETIREMENT RUMORS SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES
Following forty-eight hours of intense rumors revolving around the impending retirement of AC/DC, the group itself issued a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday admitting that one of its members is stepping away, but the band will move forward. The statement reads: “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm’s and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”
THE WHO TO CELEBRATE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY WITH WORLD TOUR
Good news for fans of The Who; guitarist Pete Townshend has confirmed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group will celebrate its 50th anniversary by mounting another world tour. Townshend told Billboard, “I’m not crazy about going on the road, but I’m in good shape and once I start doing it – and I’m still very good at it – I’ll take some pleasure from it.” The trek will take shape in the UK around Christmas, and should reach North America in 2015. As for any shot of recording a new Who album, Townshend shed some light, saying, “I’m trying to look through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music…to see if we’ve got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I’m hoping there will be an album.”
THE WHO READIES JUNE 10 RELEASE OF QUADROPHENIA LIVE BLU-RAY
Fans of The Who who still haven’t had enough of the band’s epic Quadrophenia album in all its various forms will have an opportunity to own yet more versions of the classic album performed live. On June 10, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will release Quadrophenia: Live in London on single disc Blu-ray and DVD, 5.1 Blu-ray, digital video download, two CD, digital album download and special five-disc limited edition formats.
ROTH REFERENCES “GREAT VAN HALEN PROJECT” ON YOUTUBE SERIES
One of rock’s most skilled orators may have dropped a huge hint his band is on the brink of announcing something big. Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth recently made a comment on his ongoing The Roth Show series of YouTube videos that could indicate the band is working on the follow-up to its 2012 album A Different Kind of Truth. The king of conversation said, “Doing some catching up here, a little bit of a scrapbook. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling. Working on a great Van Halen project – can’t announce anything or I’d have to come find you and swear you to secrecy.”
SIR PAUL ADDS SIX NEW U.S. TOUR DATES
Promising yet even more tour dates to be announced soon, Paul McCartney has piled on six additional U.S. shows to his forthcoming Out There tour. New stops on the former Beatle’s upcoming trek will include Lubbock, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City. So far, Sir Paul has cemented 10 U.S. concerts, starting June 14 in Lubbock and running through August 7 in Salt Lake City.
JONES HINTS FUTURE FOREIGNER TUNES COULD INCLUDE GRAMM
Fans of Foreigner will always wonder which of the group’s song titles best describes the likelihood of having Mick Jones and original singer Lou Gramm reunite: “That Was Yesterday” or “Feels Like the First Time.” In a recent interview, Gramm gave longtime followers a glimpse of hope that the latter title might apply after saying, “Lou told me a few weeks ago he’s discovered a few songs we were writing in the ‘80s, but never quite finished. We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults. It’s a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on.” In the meantime, Foreigner will be busy crisscrossing the country with Styx and Don Felder on the “Soundtrack of Summer” tour, which begins May 16 in Oklahoma City and runs through July 27 in Santa Barbara, CA.
MASON MATERIALIZES NEW VERSION OF “DEAR MR. FANTASY”
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason has just issued a reworked version of the Traffic classic “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” found on the singer/songwriter/guitarist’s forthcoming Future’s Past album, due May 13. In an interview with USA Today, Mason said the idea for his updated version “came about redoing the chords. I put it in a minor key instead of a major key, and I sort of developed it from there.” Finally, Mason’s “Traffic Jam” U.S. tour continues this Saturday in Scottsdale, AZ and runs through May 22 in Beacon, NY.
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD DEBUTS NEW TRACK “BEGGAR’S MOON”
Pretty piano playing precedes the funky shuffle featured on “Beggar’s Moon,” the latest number from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which will release its Phosphorescent Harvest album on April 29. Robinson, the Black Crowes’ longtime frontman, told Billboard he and the members of his latest side project are “very proud of this record.” The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will hit the road for a long run of shows starting tomorrow in Winston-Salem, NC, and won’t unpack their bags until after a performance at the Phases of the Moon + Art Festival which takes place September 11-14 in Danville, IL.