Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy doesn't exactly come to mind when thinking about TV's heartfelt dramas but Sunday's (November 24th) episode took a sad turn when writers killed off the Griffin family dog, Brian -- voiced by MacFarlane. E! News sat down with executive producer Steve Callaghan to get to the bottom of the decision to kill off a character who had appeared in every episode of the animated series since the pilot.
Steve explained, "This was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters. It seemed more in the realm of a reality that a dog would get hit by a car, then if one of the kids died. As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet." When asked if he is worried about fan backlash from the twist, Callaghan responded, "Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series."
The Griffin family wasted no time in replacing Brian with a new dog named Vinny -- voiced by The Sopranos actor Tony Sirico.
Fans of the show have already started a petition to bring Brian back.
Stevie Nicks will make a cameo appearance on FX's American Horror Story: Coven. The series, which has referenced Nicks and utilized backing tracks of her music, has confirmed that she will appear. Nicks is reportedly a fan of the show and renowned for her romanticizing witches in such Fleetwood Mac classics as "Rhiannon" and "Sara," among others. There's still no word as to what Nicks' role will be or when she'll begin shooting her scenes.
Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has revealed in a new interview with Rock Cellar that he tried to listen to the recently released Sabbath reunion album, 13, but had to stop after just a few minutes. Ward said, "The only thing I’ve heard from 13 is maybe 40 seconds of the first song, and then I turned it off. I haven’t heard anything off that album at all. And to be quite honest, I don’t care to either. It’s too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I’ll put it on.”
Ward, the group's founding drummer, has played on and off with Sabbath over the years and had initially signed on for the original lineup's first album in 35 years and accompanying tour, announced in late 2011.
But he quit shortly before the writing and recording of the disc began, saying he was dissatisfied with the terms of the contract he had been offered.
Although he never specified what his issues were, the other members of Sabbath later hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of performing live.
It was rumored that Sabbath wanted to bring a second drummer on the road to share duties with Ward, which he allegedly balked at.
Sabbath used Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk for the recording of 13, while Tommy Clufetos has been the live drummer.
Ward added that he remains "deeply touched" by the outpouring of support that many fans have shown him, saying, "It tears me up, you know. Even as I’m talking to you now, I’m not far away from a tear. I had to follow my heart under the most difficult circumstances.”
Sabbath has been touring for much of the past year behind 13 and has dates lined up in Europe for this month and December.
DID YOU KNOW? Bill Ward recently underwent surgery for perforated diverticulitis, a very serious gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. According to Blabbermouth, his operation was said to be successful, and he was expected to make a full recovery. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer last year. wrote online, "Dear Bill, sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you make a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Tony."
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley took time out to counter some of Gene Simmons' recent remarks against him and Peter Criss. Blabbermouth reported that during an appearance on New York City's Q104.3, Frehley touched upon Kiss' probable entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, and Simmons' recent inference that Frehley and Criss would not be performing with Kiss if they get the nod. Frehley said: "I'm happy that I'm gonna be inducted -- most likely -- next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be be a great event. There's no way Gene can put a lid on it. I mean, what's he gonna do?"
Frehley, who's clearly stung by Simmons seemingly constant attacks on his "blown opportunities" with Kiss and his substance abuse problems went on to take a few knocks of his won against the Kiss bassist, saying, "Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he's not respected by his peers; he's pissed off thousands of fans; he's never had a hit single, like I've had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn't. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and (Jimi) Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison. . . it's endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."
Guitar aficionados are in for a real treat with the new deluxe book, 108 Rock Star Guitars. The 396-page art book by photographer and author Lisa S. Johnson features incredibly high quality and artistic shots of some of rock's most legendary axes, revealing, "the intimate details, the wear and tear, nicks, scratches, sweat stains, burn marks and personal adornments" that most fans have never been close enough to spot.
Late, great guitar pioneer Les Paul provided the book's Forword and Johnson offers up first hand details of her quest in shooting each guitar for the book -- which features instruments by such notables as Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Nielsen, Slash, Robby Krieger, Ace Frehley, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Jack White, Zakk Wylde, Billy Gibbons, Tom Morello, Joe Walsh, and many more.
As rumored earlier this week, Metallica will play a concert in Antarctica next month, according to Blabbermouth. The one-of-a-kind show is being sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and fans from several Latin and South American countries will get a chance to enter a contest and win the opportunity to join the band on the expedition.
Metallica stated, "After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth . . . except for one. That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!! We are partnering with Coca-Cola Zero for one of the most unique and special concert events in our career as we'll be performing near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on Sunday, December 8, 2013."
Fans from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico will be able to enter the contest, starting on October 28th and ending on November 22nd.
The winners will leave on December 3rd in a cruise from the port of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, on a 10-day journey to Antarctica.
While on their trip, the winners will get to view the landscapes of the continent. participate in lectures to be provided by specialists, see audio-visual material on the work of the scientists and receive environmental information.
The concert will take place under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base will be heard by the fans through headphones, with no other amplifiers or sound system. The gig will also be live-streamed in the participating countries.
It was 36 years ago Sunday (October 20th, 1977), that a plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in a swamp near Gillsburg, Mississippi. At the time, the group was en route to its next show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The crash took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant; guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines; Lynyrd Skynyrd manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as the plane's two pilots.
All the other members of the band suffered horrific injuries, from which they eventually recovered. Two years later, survivors Gary Rossington and Allen Collins (guitars), Billy Powell (keyboards) and Leon Wilkeson (bass) formed a new group, the Rossington-Collins Band. A decade after the plane crash, the surviving members of Skynyrd regrouped under the legendary name and played a series of dates to mark the anniversary with Johnnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant, stepping in as his permanent replacement.
Today (October 9th) marks what would have been John Lennon's 73rd birthday. By nightfall tonight, hundreds of fans will have made the pilgrimage to Central Park's Strawberry Fields in New York City for a day of remembrance, sing-alongs, and celebrations dedicated to the memory of Lennon. Strawberry Fields, a triangular patch of land dedicated to Lennon by the city of New York and named after the Beatles' 1967 hit, sits directly across the street from the Dakota, Lennon's Manhattan apartment building, where he was gunned down on December 8th, 1980 at the age 40. Today is also Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon's 38th birthday.
Fans were shocked earlier this week when Lennon's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame was defaced by vandals. Volunteer fan crews have been working overtime to get the star ready for today's celebrations. The star, which is adjacent to the Beatle's record label headquarters in Los Angeles, is the primary spot for fans to gather both on Lennon's birthday and the day of his death.
Last month we reported that Lennon's only full-rehearsed concert from 1972 is getting a drastic overhaul. Producer Jack Douglas, best known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Lennon's final 1980 songs on Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey, revealed to us in an exclusive interview that plans are in the early stages to restore the show for an upcoming release. On August 30th, 1972, Lennon and Yoko Ono were backed by Elephants Memory for two full concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. The performances, known as the One To One concerts, included an afternoon matinee and an evening performance, benefited the Willowbrook House, with the proceeds from the shows going to help establish new accommodations for the mentally handicapped inhabitants of the former Willowbrook institution in Long Island, New York.
Douglas, who was behind the boards for the 2010 Double Fantasy Stripped Down collection, says that unlike the 1986 LP and VHS versions of the '72 show -- called, Live In New York City -- he plans to include material from both the afternoon and evening charity concerts. No release date has been set.
JOHN LENNON FAST FACTS
Lennon's full birth name was John Winston Lennon. In April 1969, he legally changed his middle name to "Ono."
Although Lennon is often said to be an only child, he in fact has five half-siblings. Julia and Jacqui Dykins are on his mother Julia's side, as well as another sister, Victoria, who was adopted at birth.
In the mid '70s, Lennon's father Freddie fathered two sons, named David and Robin Lennon.
Lennon's mother Julia taught John his first song on the guitar, Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame."
Lennon and Paul McCartney made a handshake deal in late 1957, agreeing that all compositions written by either one of them -- solo or in collaboration with each other -- would be credited to "Lennon-McCartney."
The Beatles performed Lennon's first original composition, titled "Hello Little Girl," at their unsuccessful Decca Records audition on January 1st, 1962.
After the Beatles' breakup, both Lennon and McCartney gave separate interviews detailing who wrote what within the duo's partnership. They two agreed on everything except two songs -- Lennon claimed that he wrote the majority of the lyrics to McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby" and McCartney claimed that he wrote the melody to Lennon's "In My Life."
Although uncredited, Lennon helped write the lyrics to George Harrison's song "Taxman" from the Beatles' Revolver album and "Piggies" from "The White Album."
Lennon's lucky number was nine. The number popped up in several of his songs, including "One After 909," "Revolution #9," and "#9 Dream."
Although primarily a rhythm guitarist, Lennon played bass on several McCartney-written Beatles classics, including "Back In The U.S.S.R.," "Helter Skelter," "Let It Be," and "The Long And Winding Road."
Lennon played keyboards on "I'm Down," "Tell Me What You See," "The Night Before," "We Can Work It Out," "Penny Lane," "The Being For the Benefit Of Mr. Kite," "All You Need Is Love," "Hello Goodbye," "I Am The Walrus," "Hey Bulldog," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Because," and others.
Lennon also played lead guitar on a number of Beatles tracks too, including "Get Back," "You Can't Do That," "Honey Pie," "Yer Blues," "For You Blue," "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."
Lennon published two books of short stories and prose during the height of Beatlemania -- 1964's In His Own Write and 1965's A Spaniard In The Works. In 1986 a novel written in the late-'70s, titled Skywriting By Word Of Mouth, was published posthumously.
Prior to returning to Yoko after their infamous 14-month separation in the early 1970s, Lennon was planning to travel to New Orleans to record with McCartney, who was then working on Wings' Venus And Mars album.
Lennon and McCartney last saw each other on April 24th, 1976, when they watched Saturday Night Live as producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles a whopping $3,000 to reunite on the show. They briefly considered heading to Rockefeller Center where the show was being performed, as a gag. The two last spoke on the phone in early 1980.
Before deciding to take a five-year sabbatical from recording, Lennon was composing material for a 1976 album, tentatively titled Between The Lines.
In the years prior to his death in New York, Lennon usually woke up around dawn each day, and by mid-morning would walk over to the since-closed upscale neighborhood coffee house Cafe LaFortuna and read The New York Times, The London Times, and several other international newspapers to get a global view of daily current events.
Lennon was also known to occasionally go out for drinks at his local watering hole, Malachy's Donegal Inn, only a block away from the Dakota.
At the time of his death, John and Yoko were rumored to be planning a world tour, to tentatively start in the spring of 1981 with a free show in New York's Central Park, and eventually culminating with a concert in the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool.
In the weeks prior to his death, Lennon was working on two new songs, called "You Saved My Soul (With Your True Love)" and "Dear John." An edited version of "Dear John" appears on the 1998 John Lennon Anthology.
Following years of bad blood, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have opted out of appearing in what's being billed as the definitive Kiss documentary, You Wanted The Best You Got The Best. Classic Rock magazine spoke to director Alan G. Parker, who's behind the officially sanctioned film, and he shed light on why the two co-founders are staying away from anything having to do with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, explaining, "Gene and Paul were shocked at first, but now they don't seem to be. There's been so much bitchiness down the years, and so much said about and done to Ace and Peter that they interpreted the request to be in the movie as a favor to Gene and Paul. Because of that they won't go anywhere near it. The negotiations were interesting to say the least."
In the end Parker will use footage shot of Frehley and Criss by band archivist -- and current lead guitarist -- Tommy Thayer back in 2001. In addition to Thayer and current drummer Eric Singer, Parker has filmed interviews with former guitarist Bruce Kulick and his brother Bob Kulick -- who performed on many of the band's studio tracks. Parker also held, "positive meetings" with the family of Eric Carr, the band's late drummer, who replaced Peter Criss in 1980 and died of heart cancer in 1991.
With a few more interviews still to undertake, Parker "hopes to show the finished film to the band in February or March, followed by a spot at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a worldwide opening in the autumn of 2014."
Former Kiss filmmaker Tommy Thayer now "portrays" Frehley's character in Kiss' live show. Unlike Frehley's original replacement Vinnie Vincent -- who was given his own unique persona -- fans have had mixed reactions to Thayer duping some fans into thinking Frehley is still playing with the band. Thayer looks at it from a theatrical, rather than a historical perspective: "You've had different guitarists in and out of the band, and different members -- at this point, if you start introducing new characters and new makeup designs and things, that I think that it really dilutes the whole core and, y'know, the original foundation of what Kiss is. And those four original characters are certainly the whole basis of it. To change that and come up with a new design or character, it just convolutes things."
Ace Frehley left Kiss after the band's 2002 Farewell dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously.
Peter Criss claimed that his contract with Kiss wasn't renewed in March 2004.
Both charges have been disputed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
INTERNET COMMENTS at ClassicRockMagazine.com and UltimateClassicRock.com -- agree or not?
Chuck Thim wrote: "While I agree that Frehley & Criss have shot themselves in the foot numerous times because of their dependecies & most of the time have only themselves to blame, Gene & Paul, (mostly Gene), could've shown more class over the years. The bashing should've ended years ago. A compliment every now & then wouldn't kill him. I can't say I blame Ace & Peter for not participating. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if they're not just holding out for money. I'm sure they didn't make as much as Gene & Paul through the reunion years. Not sure if it was true, but I had read that Ace owed a lot in back taxes on his Conneticut mansion. Neither he nor Criss have ever been wise with their money. wasn't music a lot more fun before we realized it was a business?"
Brayton Wright wrote: "This film is being paid for by Universal - not Gene/Paul or KISS Co. Alan Parker is the one behind it and his resume is impressive for these documentaries. He has no incentive to lean it to Gene/Paul's favour when it's not them footing the bill. He wouldn't make a biased documentary now if he hasn't before. It'd be detrimental to his reputation as a filmmaker. Ace/Peter passed up on this - the largest platform for their side of the story, honestly. The fans lose on this because they're robbed of everyone's take. Ace/Peter want to have their side told? They just passed on it, and it's a shame."
warptek wrote: "Gene and Paul were shocked at Ace and Peter? Gee, could it be you both have bad mouthed them in the press for years and years, fired Peter, replaced the legendary Ace f****** Frehley with a tribute band replacement? Get real, pompous arrogant pr****. I wish whats left of this once great band would just quietly disappear."
Gary Fox wrote: "they were fired because they couldn't cut it musically or physically anymore"
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss in 1998 performing "I Was Made For Loving You" live at Dodger Stadium:
As expected, retired Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie joined her former bandmates on stage last night (September 25th) at London's O2 Arena for a show-closing rave-up of their 1977 Rumours classic, "Don't Stop." McVie, who quit the band shortly after its 1997 live album The Dance and reunion tour with Lindsey Buckingham, will also perform tomorrow night (September 27th) for the final London gig of Fleetwood Mac's current world tour. NME.com reported that during the show, Stevie Nicks dedicated "Landslide" to Fleetwood Mac co-founder, legendary blues guitarist Peter Green, who was in attendance.
It was 43 years ago today (September 18th, 1970), that Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, about two months shy of his 28th birthday. Over 40 years later, the events surrounding his death remain sketchy at best, with the only clear fact being that the coroner report stated that Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, which mainly consisted of red wine. Monika Dannemann, his girlfriend at the time, has long contended that he was alive when placed in the ambulance.
Hendrix fans are in for a treat this fall with a new American Masters special airing on PBS. The two-hour documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin,' will be released on DVD on November 5th -- the day of its TV premiere -- along with the new concert CD culled from Hendrix's two concert appearances on May 18th, 1968 as part of the Miami Pop Festival. The two new releases cap off the year-long commemoration of what would've been Hendrix's 70th birthday. Back in March, the guitarist's latest vault release, People, Hell And Angels, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Earlier this summer fans welcomed the latest Jimi Hendrix "official bootleg" sold through AuthenticHendrix.com. The collection, Live In Cologne, which has been bootlegged numerous times over the years, is more of a historical curio for die-hards than an audiophile's delight, having been recorded on January 13th, 1969 in Cologne, Germany by a fan using a single microphone in the audience. The set was released on 180-gram vinyl with a digital download as a web exclusive.
The tracklisting to the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Live In Cologne is: "Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)," "Foxey Lady," "Red House," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Fire," "Spanish Castle Magic," "Hey Joe," "Sunshine Of Your Love," "Star Spangled Banner," and "Purple Haze."
ODD CIRCUMSTANCES OF HENDRIX'S DEATH
Hendrix aide James "Tappy" Wright claimed in his recent memoir Rock Roadie that Hendrix's final manager Michael Jeffery confessed to killing the legendary guitarist a year after Hendrix's death in September 1970. According to Wright, Jeffery claimed that he plied a semi-conscious Hendrix with enough pills and alcohol to kill him so that he could collect insurance money and not risk Hendrix breaking their management agreement.
Wright, who also roadied for Elvis Presley and Tina Turner, among others, said that Jeffery said in his confession: "I had to do it, Tappy. You understand, don't you? I had to do it. You know damn well what I'm talking about. . . I was in London the night of Jimi's death and together with some old friends . . . we went round to Monika's (Dannemann's) hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth . . . then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe. I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I'd lose everything."
Jeffery, who died in 1971, had told Wright that he had taken out a $2 million policy out on Hendrix, which named him as the chief beneficiary.
The official cause of Hendrix's death was "barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit."
The events surrounding Hendrix's death have always been shady, especially when it comes to how Hendrix was found and who exactly called for an emergency crew -- neither things which are ever out of the ordinary in an O.D. case.
FRIENDS AND FANS REMEMBER JIMI HENDRIX
Eddie Kramer, who was the engineer on the Jimi Hendrix Experience albums Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland, recalled his memories of Hendrix's death: ["We had just completed Electric Lady Studios, and we were halfway through a record which was going to be called The Cry Of Love. I spoke to Jimi a week before he died, and he was very positive, and was looking forward to coming back to America. His death was an unfortunate accident, there's no question about that."]
Journey guitarist Neal Schon first saw Hendrix play when he was only in his teens, and says that he was simply the greatest guitarist he ever saw perform: ["Y'know, if I had to pick one guy, I'd probably say Jimi Hendrix, just because he was so innovative in inventing the electric guitar, almost reinventing it."]
Janie Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix's step-sister and president and CEO of Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, told us that Hendrix was always good to his father Al and was about to buy the family a new house -- but one a bit different than the one he'd grown up in as a boy: ["He was gonna come stay with us, and he told my dad to go look for a house on Mercer Island, which here it's a little island that you can get to via bridge. It was where all the upper-class people lived, and he wanted him to go find a house in that area, and he was going to come stay with us."]
Stephen Stills spent hours jamming with Hendrix and recalled that Hendrix turned him on to restringing lefty guitars for righties for a better sound: ["Jimi showed me up close and personal, something about the positioning
Woodstock promoter Michael Lang recalls trying to talk Hendrix out of his closing spot at the legendary 1969 festival: ["I think they came in Sunday morning. I asked them if they wanted to go on earlier. And Michael (Jeffery, Hendrix's manager) said 'No, we definitely want to close the show.' I said 'Well, closing the show might not be good idea. It's running approximately 12 hours behind. Chances are you're going to be closing in the morning,' and they sort of insisted on it. Unfortunately, most of the audience was gone by the time Jimi played. But he played an unbelievable set."]
Chicago trombonist and co-founder James Pankow recalls the band touring with Hendrix being a life-changing experience: ["That was quite an experience. He was a god, if you will. He could snap his fingers and disappear into thin air, in a matter of speaking. He was psychedelic ladyland. Musically he was daring and innovative as anybody was -- if not more. I mean, an Africa-American who played guitar left-handed, a trio who had a bigger sound than big ensembles, and did music that was not only expressive, but was characteristic of the day."]
Band Of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox was asked what he thinks Hendrix would have accomplished had he not died in 1970: ["I get asked that question quite often, and we were gravitating toward more, like, The Rays Of The New Rising Sun. We were gravitating toward classical music, I think. We would've taken those modes into a classical vein. And then he had thought about perhaps maybe going to Juilliard, and there's no telling. (He) always talked about it."]
CHECK IT OUT: The Jimi Hendrix Experience on June 18th, 1967 live at the Monterey International Pop Festival performing "Hey Joe" and "The Wind Cries Mary":
Gene Simmons can't stop taking swings at Kiss co-founders Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Simmons who carries on the Kiss banner 40 years later with Paul Stanley, talked about the group, while publicizing his and Stanley's joint memoir, Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75).
As always, Simmons pulled no punches when talking about the disappointment he feels towards Criss and Frehley, but refused to take any of the blame the former drummer and guitarist -- along with millions of fans -- continue throw his way, declaring, "I am the bad guy. I won't stand for drunks and alcoholics who get up on stage and consider it their birthright. I consider it a privilege to get up there and arrive on time and be sober, and I'll be an a***hole to anybody who thinks otherwise. You know who else is an a***hole? Your teacher was an a**hole. Your parents are a**holes. Your drill sergeant was an a***hole. Because they wouldn't let you get away with s***. Ace and Peter have had a lifetime of being losers. And not just with drugs and alcohol. They're losers because of wrong decisions. You sleep in the bed you make. How many chances in life do you get? They were in and out of the band three different times. Why should they get another chance?"
Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75), was co-written with Ken Sharp and draws on "more than 200 interviews, offering a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of super-stardom. Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter, as well as producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time."
Mick Jagger's Jagged Films is producing the upcoming biopic on the "The Godfather Of Soul," the late-James Brown. The Telegraphreported that the film will be directed by Tate Taylor, best known for the Oscar Award-winning 2011 civil rights-based drama, The Help. Taylor is hoping to draw from The Help cast for the new movie, which will star Chadwick Boseman who is from Anderson, best known for his turn as Jackie Robinson in the recent, 42, to portray Brown over the course of his life.
The film, which will be shot in Mississippi, will feature Jagger in an unspecified role. Jagger, Keith Richards, and Little Richard figure in to the story and will be played by still-to-be cast actors. No start date has been announced for the production
Out today (August 27th) is Can't Get Enough, the Rides' debut album, featuring Stephen Stills, blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. Can't Get Enough features original band material alongside covers of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World' and the Stooges' "Search And Destroy." The band kicks off its 15-date tour on Thursday and Friday night (August 28th and 29th) at New York City's Iridium Jazz Club and winds things down on September 27th in Reno, Nevada's Grand Sierra Resort & Casino.
Stephen Stills came away from the band's sessions raving about the chemistry between the three players -- especially guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd: ["He's marvelous! And Barry Goldberg and I have been, y'know, putzing around with, y'know, a few very simple old-school blues songs, y'know, and rock songs, y'know, like might've been written in the late-'60s. So, we started with those and some covers and everything that we did just came off flying. And luckily, we, we had the experience to set up to record, like 'Don't even pick up your instruments until everything is ready.' And sure enough, we got everything in one or two takes."]
The soundtrack to the upcoming 3D motion picture, Metallica Through The Never, will be released on September 24th. The two-disc project, which will be released on the band's own Blackened Recordings, will highlight last year's shows at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film.
The Metallica Through The Never soundtrack is already available for digital pre-order.
Fans will also have access to a special vinyl edition of the soundtrack later this the fall.
Lars Ulrich said, "Let's hear it for the old school soundtrack! Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way f*****' cool."
Here is the track listing for Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)"
1. THE ECSTASY OF GOLD
2. CREEPING DEATH
3. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
5. RIDE THE LIGHTNING
7. THE MEMORY REMAINS
8. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM
10. ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
1. MASTER OF PUPPETS
3. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
4. ENTER SANDMAN
5. HIT THE LIGHTS
Metallica Through the Never will be in IMAX 3D theaters on September 27th and in theaters everywhere on October 4th.
Bob started releasing his Bootleg Series in 1991 and he recently announced plans to release the the next edition, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), on August 27th. The four disc project will feature never-before-heard material from Dylan's original acoustic sessions and outtakes from Self Portrait along with select cuts from 1968's Nashville Skyline and 1970's New Morning.
Dylan originally began recording Self Portrait in New York City in April of 1969 but then stopped recording until March 1970. The break didn't make much sense since Dylan was actually recording a lot of covers.
Al Kooper, who played organ on the project, told Rolling Stone, "It was bizarre. He wasn't writing any of the songs, which is an important part of a Bob Dylan album. He had a pile of Sing Out! magazines and he was taking the songs, as in the chords and lyrics, straight out of them. They were his main feed, then they pulled other things like 'Mr. Bojanges' and 'The Boxer.' I was like, 'Yikes!' At one point we recorded 'Come a Little Bit Closer' by Jay and the Americans. Hopefully nobody ever hears that."
It was 40 years ago tonight (July 10th, 1973) that the original lineup of Paul McCartney's solo band Wings played their 58th and final show in Newcastle, England. The show was recorded by McCartney and briefly considered to be released as Wings' first live album and followup to their recent chart-topper, Red Rose Speedway. An acetate of the show at Newcastle City Hall was pressed by Apple Records and has since made the rounds on the bootleg and collectors circles.
The concert, which featured McCartney on bass and keyboards, also included wife Linda on keyboards, Denny Laine on rhythm guitar, bass and keyboards -- and the soon departed Denny Seiwell on drums and Henry McCullough on lead guitar. Both McCullough and Seiwell would regroup with Wings on McCartney's Scottish farm later in July to rehearse the material for the Band On The Run album, but both left abruptly before sessions began in Lagos, Nigeria.
It was 42 years ago today (July 3rd, 1971) that Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his apartment in Paris, France by his longtime companion, Pamela Courson. The local coroner ruled the official cause of death for the 27-year-old Doors frontman as "heart attack induced by respiratory problems." Morrison was buried in Paris's Pere Lachaise Cemetery on July 9th of that year.
On May 20th, 2013, Morrison's closest musical ally, and most fervent supporter, bandmate Ray Manzarek, died at age 74 in Rosenheim, Germany at the RoMed Clinic following a long battle with bile duct cancer.
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason have joined a growing list of music biz veterans, by issuing a joint statement slamming the music streaming service, Pandora. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the band accused the company or attempting to trick well-known artists into endorsing the service, which pays bands a fraction of what they would earn through other means -- including terrestrial radio.
Pink Floyd's statement reads in full: "Musicians around the country are getting emails from Pandora -- even directly from the company's charismatic founder Tim Westergren -- asking them to 'be part of a conversation' about the music business and sign a simple 'letter of support' for Internet radio. Sounds good. Who wouldn't want to be 'part of a conversation'? Who doesn't support Internet radio? What scrooge would refuse to sign such a positive, pro-music statement?"
"Of course, this letter doesn't say anything about an 85 percent artist pay cut. That would probably turn off most musicians who might consider signing on. All it says about royalties is 'We are all fervent advocates for the fair treatment of artists.' And the only hint of Pandora's real agenda is the innocent sounding line 'We are also fervent supporters of Internet radio and want more than anything for it to grow.' The petition doesn't mention that Pandora is pushing the growth of its business directly at the expense of artists' paychecks."
Doors drummer John Densmore revealed that despite the personal and legal problems that split him and Ray Manzarek over the years, the pair made peace before Manzarek's death last month from bile duct cancer. Last month, Densmore published his second memoir, called The Doors: Unhinged - Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On Trial. The book details Densmore's successful five-year battle against Manzarek and Robby Krieger over their use of the band name for new projects and the Doors' music for a proposed $15 million commercial deal with Cadillac.
Densmore told Rolling Stone that Manzarek's death wasn't completely unexpected and that he and Manzarek were able to put their differences aside and just talk like old buddies one last time: "The inner circle knew Ray had cancer for a while. Then I heard he was really sick and called him. He said thank you for the prayers and told me chemo was f***ed. So there was a closing, thank God."
Densmore went on to shed light on his relationship with surviving Doors member, guitarist Robby Krieger and the possibility of a tribute to Manzarek in L.A.: "Well, we were best friends, and it really feels nice to connect again. I said to Robby a few weeks ago in an email: 'Let's have our musical reunion for Ray. Let's play some Doors songs at the Whisky or Wiltern -- there's a lot of great musicians in L.A. that we know and love and admire the band. I'd like to break the ice that way.' It should happen pretty soon."
Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell has revealed via his Facebook page that he is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Campbell, who previously enjoyed stints in Dio and Whitesnake before replacing Leppard's late-guitarist Steve Clark in 1992, also served double duty over the years with Thin Lizzy.
Viv Campbell's post puts his friends and fans at ease, showing him to be the road warrior he's always been known to be, touring not only with Def Leppard this summer -- but also hitting the road with Last In Line -- featuring former members of Dio.
Viv Campbell's Facebook announcement reads in full:
I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit.' Otherwise, how would I have known? After several months of trying every inhaler known to man, my doctor finally had me X-rayed. A further CAT scan revealed that enlarged lymph nodes were doing wrestling maneuvers on my windpipe -- hence the cough. What was causing the enlarged lymph nodes, however, was yet to be determined, so I underwent a surgical biopsy on March 11th, the first day of Leppard rehearsals for our Viva Las Vegas shows. Obviously, I didn't make it to rehearsal that day, but it's okay; I know the songs by now. . .
My diagnosis was Hodgkin's Lymphoma and six months of chemotherapy is the prescribed treatment. I'm about 2 months in and feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 percent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you're going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!
The reason I'm sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band and I don't want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really.
My family, friends and bandmates have all been extremely supportive through this and I look forward to a summer full of shows with both Def Leppard in June/July and the debut of Last In Line this August.
This week marks the 35th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' 1978 blockbuster, Some Girls. The album, which was competing on the charts and turntables around the globe with breakthrough punk and disco records, was able to absorb the musical influence of what was going down in the clubs and the streets of New York City and become the first album in years to drastically redefine the Stones' sound. It also featured the band's first chart-topper since 1973's "Angie" -- the disco-based monster summer hit and instant classic, "Miss You, which remains the Stones' last chart-topper to date.
Sting has enlisted the help of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for vocals on his upcoming studio set. The album, called The Last Ship, will be released on September 24th, and features songs included in Sting's upcoming musical of the same name. The album marks the Police leader's first new material since 2003's Sacred Love collection. There's been no word as to whether Johnson is featured as a solo vocalist or on how many tracks he appears.
Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones has opened up about some of his interesting experiences as a producer, including some colorful sessions with Van Halen. Talking to the gang at the grat web site Ultimate Classic Rock, Jones said working with the rockers was a wild time! "We went through some crazy times. The engineer locked himself in the studio for a day and threatened to burn the tapes. It was a real standoff, you know? It was touch and go whether the tapes were going to survive."
"It all ended up great and everybody ended up really cool and happy with what had happened, but it was pretty exhausting. It all paid off in the end," he added. "To me, a real producer has to have the balls to have that vision of what the end product is going to be like and help guide the artist or the band towards that. That's what I've tried to do, and I've tried to do that with Foreigner. But I've always tried to bring in a second or third ear to keep my perspective and balance it. I think it's important to have that."
Richie Sambora, who is sitting out of Bon Jovi's world tour, has broken his silence regarding his absence -- without actually giving the reasons why he's all but quit the band. Jon Bon Jovi revealed to The Evening Standard that not-discussing the reasons for Sambora playing hooky from the tour is getting tiring, explaining: "It's getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something. . . Because all I can say is this -- it's for personal reasons. He's been through it before, fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time. Life goes on, so if someone chooses not to be here. . . unlike if this were, God forbid, The Edge, and he for some reason couldn't make a U2 show, (then) it would be very difficult to just step in."
Bon Jovi added: "You have a choice -- you either figure it out, go and grow, not only survive but thrive. Or, you say, 'I hate my brother and I'm gonna quit the band.'"
Sambora took the bait and in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, said, "I don't have any major problems in life right now, I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. Bottom line. My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash talking!"
He went on to add: "Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine working very hard on my fashion company Nikki Rich and this is a private matter.'"
JUST OUR OPINION
This is the deal -- these guys gotta stop calling this a "personal" or "private" matter. It's the furthest thing from being that. Richie Sambora being too trashed to make a string of dates last Bon Jovi tour -- that was a BUSINESS matter. He had to call in sick to work. That's BUSINESS. Personal matters have nothing to do with huge corporations like Chrysler, Google -- or Bon Jovi. They just don't.
They should be honest and just tell the truth -- either Sambora's back on the bottle or he wants more money, or as equal a say as Bon Jovi -- because that's really it. It's one or more of those three things.
Whatever the issues are, they can't be that pressing. Sambora's looking pretty lame in all this. Jon Bon Jovi's making it hard for you to go to work playing stadiums??? Really??? In 1976 Keith Richards took the stage the night his infant son died; do you think whatever's troubling Richie about his multi-million dollar cake walk gig is more of a deterrent to taking the stage than that???
Could YOU do this at work??? Y'know, decide that you're just not gonna go anymore and still keep your job??? Bon Jovi, who maintains that he's just a hard-workin' Jersey guy, should fire his ass already. They look stupid.