SPRINGSTEEN, STIPE ADDED TO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
Some big names will be welcoming some similarly big names into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at ceremonies to take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In a no-brainer of a move, Bruce Springsteen will induct his own E Street Band, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana, current temporary E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) will induct Kiss and Glenn Frey will induct his former band leader Linda Ronstadt. In addition, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will lead a tribute to Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will all participate in a tribute to Ronstadt and the new Tonight Show band The Roots drummer Questlove will participate in a tribute to Hall & Oates.
BLACK SABBATH, SOUNDGARDEN MOTORHEAD INKED FOR FESTIVAL
Big Ben will temporarily take a backseat as London’s biggest attraction when this year’s edition of the city’s annual British Summer Time Festival kicks off on July 4 in London’s Hyde Park. Some of the acts scheduled to perform at the event billed as a “10-day summer extravaganza” include Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said of playing on the hallowed grounds of Hyde Park, “The first time I came to London I didn’t have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shows and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a bit better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park…”
MCVIE ADMITS MISSING MUSIC SPARKED RETURN TO FLEETWOOD MAC
The news longtime Fleetwood Mac fans had been waiting for arrived last week when the group confirmed the return of Christine McVie and announced their On With the Sow reunion tour. In an interview with Rolling Stone, McVie spoke about her decision to reunite with her bandmates for the first time since she quit in 1998, saying, “I started to think, ‘What am I doing? I really miss that camaraderie with those four people. I missed the music, to be able to create again. I knew that they were my musical family.” She added, “Being back is really a time warp. The tour is going to be great fun. I feel like a pig in poo right now.” The tour begins September 30 in Minneapolis.
CLASSIC FLEETWOOD MAC MAKE PACT TO REUNITE FOR FALL TOUR
The classic Fleetwood Mac lineup – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and the returning Christine McVie – are hitting the road for their On With the Show reunion tour, starting September 30 in Minneapolis. The five members made the announcement during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show Thursday morning, officially welcoming Christine McVie back for her first tour with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group since 1998. The band’s 33-city, 34-show trek includes a two-night stand at the recently reopened Forum in Los Angeles and wraps on December 19 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.