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Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor are in Montreux, Switzerland this week for the opening of the Queen Studio Experience, a tour of their old studio there. May says while there they had a meeting to discuss a possible tour, but adds that he can't tell us what the outcome of the conversation was. He says it was "interesting... When Queen calls, it's hard to hang up." The band last performed with Adam Lambert on vocals in September at the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas.
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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are once again having issues with her estranged brother, David Levy. He has reportedly been selling stories about them to the British tabloids, and is now claiming how he wants to help their son Jack with his fight against MS. This has prompted both Ozzy and Sharon to post letters, separate of one another, on their Facebook pages.
Ozzy writes, "David Levy, brother-in-law in name only, leave my family alone. Stop selling false stories on my family. Get a job and be a man... You call me a saint for living with your sister, the word is called love and adore, not saint. But whoops I forgot, you don’t know what love is do you?"
Sharon's rant was much longer in which she summed up all the times he walked all over her, how he beat their father, arrests for kidnapping and drugs and much more, In closing she says, "I am giving a copy of this letter to my lawyer. If any harm were to come to myself or my family in the foreseeable future, you will automatically be a suspect because of your criminal past."
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Former KISS drummer Peter Criss published his autobiography last year, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS, and his first wife, Lydia, finally got around to reading it and doesn't agree with his memory. She says, "I know Peter, I was with him for 13 years and I've known him for 40 years. Peter is very dramatic, he’s an exaggerator, he’s a complainer, he’s a liar."
She goes onto say, "When we were married, there was a point where I was actually uncomfortable with him putting me on such a pedestal, and then his book comes out and he basically says he didn't care for me that much. He’s trying to get even with me for what I wrote, which was the truth, in my book. Peter's book is not the truth and that’s proven, even by stupid little things."
She adds that if you want a truthful memoir, then read No Regrets by former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. "At least Ace told the truth in his book, Peter didn't. There are stories in Ace’s book that I knew should be in his book and they were there. There are things in Peter’s book that just don’t add up."
Peter took exception with Lydia’s 2005 book, Sealed With a KISS, telling us he was upset she published photos that belonged to him.
Peter and Lydia divorced in 1978.
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As promised, The Rolling Stones have indeed announced more 2014 tour dates this week, albeit Down Under.
In addition to the previously announced show in Adelaide, they'll hit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hanging Rock, and Auckland in New Zealand. Dubbed the 14 on Fire tour, this run gets under way on March 19th in Perth and runs through April 5th in Auckland. Former guitarist Mick Taylor will once again be joining them.
Keith Richards will reprise his role as Captain Teague, father of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, in the next and fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Filming will begin next October. Richards has also appeared in 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Well, if Led Zeppelin can't decide to reunite, someone else will do it for them.
There is now a website claiming to have three new songs by Zeppelin, which it says are recording and touring next year, as well as making a documentary. The site, which looks as if it was developed by a child, claims the album is called χυμεία3 and the three songs they've posted are "Single Eye Son of Man," "Never So Far" and "528 Nothing." There is also a notice saying, "The Royal Courts of Justice also ruled that under the Copyright Code 153B-20 this Copyright Act releases all musical rights to Bain Capitol who will decide how the album will be released and under what label. The Royal Courts also has authorized to release the Led Zeppelin 2014 album titled χυμεία3 to the general public under section 1501 B- 27 F."
The website, Led Zeppelin 2014.com, also has a photo of what they claim is the album cover along with videos for the songs.
For now we'll stick to what Jimmy Page told us last month regarding Zeppelin doing anything together in 2014 - "Why don't you ask Robert Plant?"
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Joe Perry is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography.
Perry tweets that he and David Ritz are "putting the last edits on my book" today through next Wednesday, and "then all of the writing will be accomplished." It is scheduled to be published by Simon and Schuster on October 7th, 2014.
Perry is the third member of Aerosmith to write an autobiography, after Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler. The band's autobiography, Walk This Way, was published in 1997.
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Somewhere in this world exists a tape of AC/DC jamming with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The session took place in 1977 at Skynyrd's rehearsal facility in Jacksonville, Florida during an AC/DC tour stop. Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington tells Classic Rock magazine, "Jamming with them was so cool. Both bands had really just made it and we were celebrating all that hard work."
And, Rossington adds, the tape machine was rolling. "Kevin Elson, our mixing guy, recorded it. I don't know what happened to that tape, but I'd love to hear it now. We might have jammed on 'Sweet Home Alabama,' I think... I wish we could do a gig together now... I wish they would read this and call... We were the same kind of band -- they were cocky Australians and we were cocky Southern rebels."
The best I could come up with was this "fan made" tribute song on YouTube…
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Boston is back with their first album in 11 years as they release Life, Love and Hope today (Tuesday), the sixth album of their 37-year career.
The set contains 11 songs and their late singer, Brad Delp, can be heard on three of them -- "Didn’t Mean to Fall in Love," "Sail Away" and "Someone." Both "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" and "Someone" were released on Boston's last studio album, 2002's Corporate America, but they have been re-worked for this release. The remaining vocals are handled by Tom Scholz, which marks his first lead vocal on any Boston album, bassist Kimberley Dahme, Delp impersonator Tommy DeCarlo and their other new singer, David Victor.
When asked why it takes him so long to release Boston albums, Tom Scholz told us, "I have too many ideas. I get in and I start on a song and then I have, you know, a different idea for the chorus, and a different idea for the harmonies, and wonder if I should play the chords with a different voicing, maybe I shouldn't put that lead line in over the top, I should try it an octave lower -- hundreds, thousands of ideas per song and I want to try them all. Ninety-nine percent of what I do in the studio goes in a box and nobody ever hears it. I'm actually right on my average -- four to five years in a studio is about what it takes for a Boston CD."
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U2 have posted on their website a lyric video for their new song, "Ordinary Love," which they wrote and recorded for the new movie about former South African President Nelson Mandela called Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. It was released on 10-inch vinyl last Friday to mark Record Store Day. It will be available on iTunes today (Tuesday).