An altercation that alledgedly took place between Vince Neil and a woman that maintains the former Motley Crue member grabbed her by her hair and dragged her to the ground when she approached actor Nicholas Cage to compliment him on his acting has led to a battery charge. The incident in a Las Vegas hotel lobby spilled over to outside the hotel when a visibly angry Cage took Neil aside and lit into him last April (story). Lawyers entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Neil, who was not required to be present for the brief session Wednesday (7/27) in a Las Vegas court. A trial date has been set for September 19th in the case. One of the lawyers representing Neil told the Las Vegas Sun that people should not '...prejudge situations until all the facts come in'.
Bruce Springsteen will mine his archives for a release titled Chapter and Verse that will get released the same week his autobiography, Born To Run, gets published. Two previously unreleased songs from his early days in the Castilles and one while in the band Steel Mill will be included on the album, along with a song he did in 1972 in the brief period performing as The Bruce Springsteen Band. Plans call for the release to be available four days before the September 27 publication of the book. HenneMusic.com
On March 25th of this year the Rolling Stones made history in Cuba plyaing in front of a crowd estimated at more than a million fans in Havana. Havana Moon, a film documenting this concert will be shown worldwide in theaterss on September 23rd. Here's a preview.
The verdict (story) in the trail over whether Led Zeppelin viiolated copyright law in Stairway To Heaven by using a chord progression in an instrumental by the band Spirit is apparently being challenged. The Courthouse News Service contends the plaintiff representing the original claim on behalf of the estate of the late Randy California of Spirit is filing an appeal of the decision that exonerated Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Requests for comments to both parties in the original trial by CNS have apparently not brought responses.
Pattie Boyd, the inspiration for George Harrison's song Something and Eric Clapgton's Layla and Wonderful Tonight, is, in addition to being a model, quite an accomplished photographer. Several of her pictures of her former husbands are currently on exhibit in conjunction with The Beatles Story in a Liverpool. George, Eric and Me offers fascinating personal photos of Clapton and Harrison, and Boyd's interview gives added context to some of them.
Without going into much detail, Bruce Springsteen's manager has confirmed a solo album will come out from The Boss next year and told Billboard that the release will be a '...very different kind of record.' Jon Landau says he doesn't mean acoustic, but one that's 'a very expansive record, a very rich record'. That certainly opens the floodgates for speculation. Orchestra backing, a concept album, a Rock Opera... sounds like anything's possible. As for now, Landau will only say it will rank as one of Bruce's most creative albums.
A guitar Eric Clapton played during his 70th birthday concert at London's Royal Albert Hall was donated to former Asleep At the Wheel guitarist Johnny Nicholas by EC to help him offset medical bills incurred when his wife was stricken with Leukemia. The custom made sunburst Stratocaster was auctioned for $45,000, just about double the expected top bid. Brenda Nicholas passed away from the disease in June.
Joe Perry was back in the lineup with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp when the Hollywood Vampires hit the stage at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, California on Friday (7/22). Perry, who had been out of action since an on-stage collapes attributed to exhaustion and dehydration on July 10, is expected to remain with the group for the duration of its tour and then rejoin Aerosmith for South American dates.
The Allman Brothers Band disbanded in 2014, but members of the last iteration of the legendary Southern Rock group remain active in other musical ventures. Oteil Burbridge was welcomed as a member of the Dead & Company. In a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, the bass player drew some parallels between the two groups. 'The Dead tends to be the avant garde side, a little more freewheeling, with a wide breadth of different scopes of music. But they definitely have some similarities.' He also let fly some news that will be welcome to fans of his former band when he said, 'Gregg (Allman) texted us not long ago, saying: 'Hey, maybe we should start thinking about getting something together in 2017.' Burbridge says, 'I'm always waiting for that call.'
The estate of the late George Harrison took issue with the playing of Here Comes The Sun when Donald Trump's daughter strode on stage to introduce her father at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Thursday (7/21). The unauthorized use of Harrison's song prompted a pointed Twitter post the day after the song was played. It read: 'The unauthorized use of #HereComesTheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive and against the wishes of the Gorege Harrison estate. If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we may have approved it #TrumpYourself".
The decision to postpone Lynyrd Skynyrd dates (story) so that guitarist Gary Rossington could be treated for chest pains he was experiencing was wise. The guitarist flew to Atlanta for an evaluation by doctors who discovered he needed surgery to address artery blockages. The sole remaining original member in the band had a bypass procedure in 2003 and suffered a heart attack last October that nearly claimed his life. Hopes are he will be ready to resume playing as soon as August 4th. Skynyrd has a round of dates scheduled with Peter Frampton into the fall. TeamRock.com
Close to 400 pieces of art collected by David Bowie will be put up for bids during a three stage auction being conducted by Sotheby's in November. The collection includes a range of items from both well known and relatively obscure artists in styles ranging from Surrealism to Contemporary African and is described be the auction house as a collection of "unparalleled ececticism". The works will be on exhibit at Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries in London from November 1-10. Between now and then, a tour featuring highlights from the collection is scheduled to make stops in Los Angeles (September 20 & 21), New York City (September 26-29), Hong Kong (October 12-15). The auctions will be conducted at the Sotheby's New Bond Street location November 10 & 11.
Joe Perry's on stage collapse on July 10th while the Hollywood Vampires was doing its cover of David Bowie's Rebel Rebel triggered initial speculation that the Aerosmith guitarist may have suffered a heart attack. After an oddly long delay, word finally emerged that the cause was dehydration and exhaustion. Perry was admitted first to a Coney Island hospital and later transferred to Columbia Presbyterian before being released. As of this writing, the only information related to the incident on Perry's official web site is a July 11 post reading, "Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the best of care."
The touring life-span of the Beatles was very brief and did not make a very favorable impression on Keith Richards. Speaking with Radio Times Magazine, the Rolling Stones guitarist said, 'Musically, the Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there.' In their defense, the limited period in which they toured was at the height of Beatlemania, when screaming girls often drowned out the sound of the band in the venues they played and on stage monitors were of little use.
Concern about chest pains Gary Rossington is experiencing has caused Lynyrd Skynyrd to pull out of a concert Tuesday (7/19) in Lewiston, NY. The lone original member of the legendary Southern Rock band suffered a heart attack last fall. The guitarist has headed to Atlanta to be evaluated by his doctor. The band's Thursday date in Hyannis, MA was still on as of this report. Skynyrd has several shows with Peter Frampton scheduled into the fall.
Guns N' Roses North American reunion tour only included one stop north of the border. It's a good thing the band elected to enter Canada the day before the concert because it ended up being a lenghty border crossing after Canadian officials found a gun on a tour bus. Before launching into Out Ta Get Me Saturday night (7/15) at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Axl Rose told the crowd, "Driving into Canada, we get to the border and we get off the bus. They take our passports, they take our phones, and then they come over and say 'We found a firearm on your bus'. " Rose added, '...we weren't exactly arrested, we were detained for a while. It was kind of fishy. They were very nice.'
Brian Johnson may never be on mic in front of AC/DC again, but he will be facing one in a new UK radio series about recording and producing music. Speaking of his new role, Johnson said, 'Having been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the best producers in rock, it's great to be a part of this show with Planet Rock. To be able to shine a light on how a producer captures a moment in the studio and turns it into rock 'n' roll dynamite is great.' Producers he'll explore the process with include Roy Thomas Baker (Ozzy Osbourne & Queen), Bob Rock (Metallica & Motley Crue) Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden) and Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters).
Not to be out done by Ronnie Wood who last May became a new dad at the age of 68, Mick Jagger is reportedly fathering a child at 72 with his steady companion, Melanie Hamrick who, at 29, is younger than some of Mick's 7 other children.
A fan holding up a Where's Izzy sign at the Guns N' Roses concert in Nashville had it confiscated and destroyed by a security guard that said he was acting on the band's orders. Caroline Campos held the sign up between songs so as not to block the view of those behind her. At one point Axl Rose spotted it and laughingly remarked 'Good question' from the stage. Soon after, security team members flooded the area Campos was in, apparently on a search & destroy mission directed by the band. Campos says she was tapped on her shoulder by a guy asking whether the sign he spotted under her chair belonged to her. When she said yes he told her to give it to him. When she asked why, she says he produced a badge and told her, 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.' After taking it, he folded it and ripped it up as he walked away.
The Hollywood Vampires tour will continue without Joe Perry. A tweet from Alice Cooper expressing thanks for the outpouring of rapid recovery wishes for Perry, who was rushed to a hospital after collapsing during a concert Sunday (story), included a reassurance to fans in Ohio that the Vampires concert there was still on and so are the remaining tour dates. HenneMusic.com
Slash used an off night on his Guns N' Roses reunion tour to get together with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford's reunited former group, the Whitford-St. Holmes Band, in Nashville Thursday night (7/7) on a smokin' version of Red House.
Joe Perry evidently wasn't feeling well last night before the Hollywood Vampires concert at Ford Theater in Coney Island, NY.While the band was doing its cover of David Bowie's Rebel Rebel, Perry became unsteady, took a seat and then collapsed on stage. Page Six has reported that the Aerosmith guitarist had a heart attack. He was transported to the local hospital and indications were that his condition was stable as of late Sunday night. Tweets from band members and felllow musicians wishing the guitarist a rapid recovery are piling up. Vampires band mate Alice Cooper wrote shortly before midnight, "Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry. He is stable right now with family & is under the best care".
Warner/Chappell, the publishing firm that had to defend itself and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page over the claim that Led Zeppelin had lifted a key portion of the melody in Stairway To Heaven from a Spirit song, is seeking $800,000 from the lawyer that filed the copyright infringement claim to offset the $613,000 it says it cost them in legal fees, plus compenation for the disruption to its business the trial caused. The firm says the money it recieves will be applied to to the purchase of musical equipment for children of families in need in Ventura County, California. WENN.com
Angus Young could be the last man standing in AC/DC. Bass player Cliff Williams says he plans on retiring from the group and attributes his decision to the loss of Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd and Brian Johnson. Speaking with Gulf Shore Life, Williams said the band has been '...what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording. Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian. it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing.' The group lost Malcolm Young to dementia and cancer, Rudd to a series of misadventures that led to criminal charges and Brian Johnson to a severe hearing impairment.
It's been 26 years since Steven Adler was behind the drums durung a Guns N' Roses concert. His reunion with Axl Rose took place in Cincinnati during the GNR concert at Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday (7/6). Adler lost his spot in the band following the group's set during the 1990 Fram Aid concert in Indianapolis. Adler took the stage for two of the songs he played while with the group - Out Ta' Get Me and My Michelle from the debut album, Appetite For Destruction.
Altitude and alcohol can be a dangerous combination. A dozen fans attending the Dead & Company concert at the University of Colorado's Folsom Field Sunday night (7/3) found that out when they landed in a Boulder hospital for treatment. more than two dozen others were treated on the scene.
The lead lawyer in the case copyright against Led Zeppelin over Stairway To Heaven lost the case (story) and has also lost his right to practice law in a Phildelphia court for 3 months and a day due to misconduct during a similar trial suing Usher for the song Bad Girl. The 3rd Circuit Court in Philadelphia upheld the suspension handed down to Francis Malofiy after the defendant in the Usher case claimed Malofiy misrepresented his role in the case by leading him to believe he was just a witness. The court ruled that put the lyracist in an adersarial position with Malofiy. The attorney maintains he advised William Guice to get legal representation, but Guice claims Malofiy did not.
Bruce Dickinson pilots Iron Maiden's custom 747 on tour, but he will soon be at the contols of a much more modest machine. Dickinson will participate in a road rally originating in Surrey in the UK and finishing in Cannes on the French Riviera 832 miles later. All of the vehicles in the challenge must be worth 500 British pounds or less (about $650), use only secondary roads and no GPS navigation is permitted in cars on the Dash To The Med. Proceeds from the road rally will go to the Children's Trust, Variety children's charity and the East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services.
An audience in Poland got the unexpected treat of hearing David Gilmour do One Of These Days for the first time solo on Saturday (6/25). Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band, a regular on Rolling Stones tours, is playing keyboards in David's band on this tour.
Eddie Money, targeted by a former drummer in a lawsuit, has fired back with allegations of his own. Money contends that drummer Glynn Symmonds' claims about him are "preposterous and downright evil" and implies that they were lodged against him simply because he decided he wanted to have his son play drums for him instead of Symmonds. The lawsuit filed by Symmonds maintains that Money ridiculed the drummer on stage over bladder control problems stemming from a medical condition and that the singer hit on his fiancé. Taking to his Facebook page, Money wrote, "I raised thousands of dollars to help Glenn beat his bladder cancer, and I was proud, along with the band, to do it,", and added, "I am glad Gelnn is healthy, and I wish him well. But I wish he and his girlfriend would no longer assault me and my family with malicious falsehoods that impugn my integrity in an effor to make money for themselves through a bogus lawsuit."
Tom Hamilton has been spending time during the most recent Aerosmith hiatus playing with Thin Lizzy on a reunion tour that has the Irish Rockers opening some Rainbow dates. He recently had an on-air conversation with Joey Kramer about those concerts and brought up something he thought was quite weird. Talking with the drummer while Kramer ws guest hosting the morning show on WZLX, the Classic Rock station in Boston, Hamilton said that when Rainbow took the stage roadies strung the kind of tape used at crime scenes across the walkway to it to prevent other musicians or people on the tour from being able to watch Rainbow from the wings of the stage. Kramer said the sight left him and others "...just kind of standing there staring at them, like 'oh my God, who's ever seen a band do that?' ". He went on to add that Blackmore seemed uninspired on stage, saying, 'He was playing lead sort of just like off the record and not in a real passionate way. A little flat.'