Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has revealed that "Lights" -- the band's loving tribute to San Francisco -- was actually originally recorded about Los Angeles. Perry spoke about the track to Classic Rock magazine, recalling, "I actually had the song sketched in my brain while I was living in L.A. I was up at Griffith Park Observatory many nights looking over the lights of Los Angeles. And being a country boy, it just astonished me how it would go on forever. One morning, very early, the sun was coming up and the lights were slowly starting to go down and the original line was: 'When the lights go down in the city/and the sun shines on L.A.'"
Perry went on to explain how the song changed cities once guitarist Neal Schon was brought into the songwriting process: "I told Neal about this idea, and he liked it and wrote the bridge with me. It quickly switched to going over the Golden Gate Bridge and observing the same thing -- the lights going down, and then of course, 'the sun shines on the bay.'"
Did you hear about this? Paul McCartney was the surprise guest at Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's return to London's Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park. Backstreets.com reported that earlier in the day, Springsteen joined John Fogerty and his band onstage to perform "Rockin' All Over The World" -- a Fogerty favorite that's remained a Springsteen staple over the years. Fogerty returned the favor by performing "The Promised Land" during the "The Boss'" set. Also on hand was Tom Morello who joined the E Street Band on "Death To My Hometown," "Jack of All Trades," and "The Ghost Of Tom Joad."
After "Dancing In The Dark," McCartney playing a Les Paul, joined Bruce and the band onstage to perform "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout." After McCartney left the stage, the band was set to perform another number -- but their sound was cut off, having gone 11 minutes over the festival's curfew. With his mic dead, Springsteen sang a bit of "Goodnight Irene" and split.
An irate Steve Van Zandt tweeted his displeasure on the show "One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state? We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to 'punish us' by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes. Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we'd done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing? The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f***ing with 80,000 people having a good time? English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! I'm sorry but I have to be honest I'm pissed. Like I said, it didn't ruin the great night. But when I'm jamming with McCartney don't bug me! If it's a public transport issue I'm sorry but people are adult enough to go get a train if they need to without the cops pulling the plug!"
Reports out of London say that the Who will be officially announcing the dates to their upcoming tour of Quadrophenia -- possibly as early as next week. The tour -- which has already been announced by the band as spreading over the end of 2012 and into 2013 -- will be the Who's first run of extended dates since their 2008 mini-North American trek. The band -- which is now led by co-founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey -- has signed on to headline the Olympic Games closing ceremony on August 12th in London.