KISS: Only Time Will Tell
Wednesday 02-26-2014 11:03am ET
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Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have slightly commented further on their decision to not have KISS perform when the original line-up is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Brooklyn, New York on April 10th.
Both comments were made on Twitter with Stanley writing, "Thanks 2 all. 40 years of always being here, I trust my judgment."
And Simmons, who has been re-tweeting almost all the positive comments from fans, was asked if it took him all day to "weed out the few positive tweets from all of the negative ones," to which he responded, "Nope. The vast majority support us."
A side note to all this drama, the Rock Hall has not commented, despite being asked numerous times.
In other KISS news, they will do a rare acoustic show on April 3rd at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, California. The unplugged performance is said to be "not unlike" the MTV Unplugged episode they did nearly 20 years ago. Buitit will be completely unlike that show because you can go into the casino they are playing and bet big bucks that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss won't show up and make it an unforgettable night like they did on Unplugged 20 years ago.
MIKE LOVE: Releases Tribute Song to George Harrison
Wednesday 02-26-2014 11:02am ET
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Mike Love of The Beach Boys has released a solo single to honor the birthday of his late friend George Harrison. Written a decade ago but previously unreleased, "Pisces Brothers" recalls the 1968 visit Love and Harrison made to India where they studied with the Maharishi Mahesh Yoga. They were among a group of celebrity/students that also included Paul McCartney, Donovan and Mia Farrow. In a statement, Love says, "The song is really sentimental for me, and meant to honor George Harrison’s remarkable contribution to music. And how, in this one moment in time, we got together, as the song says, not fortune or for fame, but for enlightenment.”
The title refers to the astrological sign the pair share -- Mike's birthday is March 15th. He remains an ardent follower of the meditation techniques he learned on that visit to India -- and credits it for his abstinence from drugs, a problem that engulfed his cousin and collaborator Brian Wilson.
RICHIE SAMBORA: Starting Down Under
Tuesday 02-25-2014 9:34am ET
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It's not looking as though Richie Sambora will be returning to Bon Jovi anytime soon. He's trying to kick start a solo career by bringing on board Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi for his first post-Bon Jovi tour and a new album.
Orianthi, who has played with Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper, met Sambora at a New Year’s Eve charity concert, and they've been working together ever since. On tour this week together in Australia, Sambora says, "The chemistry was there... What’s interesting about it when you consider the age difference is we have the same musical background, and that’s rock and the blues. Orianthi and I have a musical conversation when we play, and she just happens to be one of the best players on the planet.”
Sambora and Orianthi plan to hit a studio in Los Angeles in April.
ROLLING STONES: Still an Attraction
Tuesday 02-25-2014 9:33am ET
It wasn't exactly pandemonium like they experienced in the '60s, but The Rolling Stones, at a combined age of 278, can still draw a crowd which is exactly what they did on Sunday when they arrived at the airport in Tokyo for three shows. They posted a video of their arrival on their website. The first show in Tokyo is Wednesday followed by March 4th and 6th.
JOHN MELLENCAMP: Whole Lotta Plant
Monday 02-24-2014 9:13am ET
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You don't see John Mellencamp hanging in the same circles as Robert Plant, but he says the former Led Zeppelin singer taught him something recently.
In the March issue of Men's Journal magazine, Mellencamp was asked about male vanity. He said, "I'm taking old age like a man. If I get a little belly on me, goddammit that's the way a man's supposed to look. That's what happens when you get to be a certain age. And yeah, I'll put a little ink in my hair every now and again. But you have to be careful, because after a certain time you start believing it yourself and you just look foolish. You're a certain age. Act it."
He went on to say, "I learned that from Robert Plant of all people. I went down to Louisville, Kentucky to see him live a few years ago and I didn't really know what to expect because of all his posing with his shirt unbuttoned in the Led Zeppelin days. But today he just stands there and sings his ass off, and he doesn't count on all that posturing to get him over. He knows that with his talent and his voice and his charisma that he doesn't have to show it off as an older gentleman. He's fantastic. Watching him just walk up there and deliver these songs with his voice. That's the way you're supposed to do it, man. Robert Plant taught me a boatload and he didn't know it."
JANIS, JIMI, JAMES, JOHNNY: Commemorative Postage Stamps Being Planned
Monday 02-24-2014 9:12am ET
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The postal service is planning an all-star roster of commemorative stamps. According to The Washington Post, stamps honoring rock icons Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain will be out before the end of 2014. The 2015 list includes James Brown and Johnny Carson -- who would have turned 90 next year -- plus a reissue (on the year he would have been 90) of the Elvis Presley commemorative, which remains the USPS's all-time best-seller.
Dealing with serious financial issues, the Postal Service is leaning more heavily on sales of such stamps to boost revenues. Embracing more entertainers and pop culture figures is one such move -- although there are limits. Unlike Canada, living people can't be depicted on stamps, which knocks out a universe of famous faces. And non-U.S. citizens aren't eligible either: that eliminates such beloved figures -- and potential moneymakers as John Lennon or Pope John Paul II.
While some art work for these commemorative stamps has already been done, Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s executive director for stamp services and corporate licensing, tells the Post the subjects "are subject to change" at any time.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Raises a Glass Down Under
Monday 02-24-2014 9:10am ET
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In celebration of playing in one of Australia’s most popular wine regions, he opened Saturday's show with Eric Burdon & War’s "Spill the Wine," and the theme continued on Sunday with Stick McGhee’s honky tonk classic, "Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee." In both songs, Springsteen altered the lyrics to his surroundings.
SLASH: Sweet Child o' Gold Mine
Friday 02-21-2014 10:13am ET
In an interview with Metro, Slash, says that the Guns n' Roses number-one smash has been his most lucrative song. The problem is the amount of bad versions he's had to sit through over the years. Slash explains, "There are some really good instrumental versions for the piano or violin, but I've been horrified by some muzak versions. I've been sitting in a doctor’s office thinking 'that sounds familiar' and then realizing it's someone’s interpretation of what I've written -- that can be a creepy feeling."
Here's a really cute example that didn't take us too long to find on YouTube...
STEVEN TYLER: Having Fun In Topless Jeep
Friday 02-21-2014 10:11am ET
A couple driving along a Hawaiian road never expected to see Steven Tyler in a Jeep right behind them. And they certainly never expected to see him nearly-naked and standing in an open-top Jeep with a topless woman and singing at the top of his lungs. But they did, and TMZ has the video.
KISS: House of Blues Concert Is Up
Thursday 02-20-2014 9:25am ET
KISS has posted on their website their complete six-song set from Friday's Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. They performed "Deuce," "C'mon and Love Me," "Cold Gin," "Got to Choose," "Let Me Go, Rock and Roll" and "Rock and Roll All Night."