GUNS N’ ROSES
Bono announced at a press conference in Toronto that a covers version of the U2 album Achtung Baby is on its way. Commissioned by the British magazine Q, the album will include Patti Smith (Until the End of the World), Depeche Mode (So Cruel), Jack White (Love is Blindness) and Damian Rice (One).
Even more trouble for the Michael Jackson tribute scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Global Events Live, who is putting on the show with part of the Jackson family, recently offered tickets “buy 1 get 1 free” which outraged those who have already purchased tickets and gave the over thirty Jackson fan clubs who were calling for a boycott of the show more fodder.
Reba McEntire may be returning to TV. ABC has announced that they have picked up the pilot for a series called Malibu Country. Reba will play a mother of three who divorces her cheating husband and moves from Nashville to Mailbu where she’ll try to restart her music career and not let her family be influenced by the materialistic world around them. Dave Stewart is one of the producers.
McEntire previously spent six years on the series Reba.
An exhibit of the art of Bob Dylan is coming to New York’s Gagosian Gallery. 18 drawings and paintings will be on-display from September 20 to October 22.
Dates are starting to leak out for an October tour by Guns N’ Roses. At this point, only Orlando, Miami and Kansas City have been mentioned but further dates are sure to be announced in the coming days.
Peter Hook has told Rolling Stone how disappointed he is that New Order will reunite without him.
“Ultimately it’s my music they’re playing so it’s not the end of the world. I was instrumental, excuse the pun, in New Order for 34 years and they won’t take that from you unless they started releasing new records that eclipsed all the New Order stuff. And maybe they’ll do that, I don’t know. But I do know at this point in time there have been some really underhand, dirty business dealings that have enabled them to do this that I don’t agree with and I’m very saddened and upset by it. But it’ll come out in the wash.”
After a multi-year battle, it looks like artists will be granted a longer copyright period in Europe. Currently, the limit is set at 50 years which means some of the earliest records of the rock era, including those of artists like Cliff Richard, are coming into the public domain. According to an unnamed source within the European Union, that is likely to be extended to 70 years on Monday.
The move will be good for artists and labels alike as catalog sales have been growing over the last few years with the addition of digital downloading of older songs.
Thin Lizzy can officially announce Richard Fortus from Guns ‘n Roses will replace Vivian Campbell on guitar for all Thin Lizzy live shows whilst Vivian is back touring and recording with Def Leppard. Vivian’s last show will be at Slane Castle in Ireland on May 28th. Richard (formerly with The Psychedelic Furs), pictured second from right, joined the band on stage at their recent Chicago show for two songs and will appear with the band at all performances after Slane until further notice Scott Gorham: ‘Richard is a true pro who blew me away the first time I heard him play’, talking of the recent appearance in Chicago – ‘We literally ran through the songs once in sound check and Richard was spot on, he will make a great addition to the band and look forward to having him on the road with us’ Ricky Warwick: ‘Richard, like myself is a life long Lizzy fan, a fantastic guitar player and great guy and I am sure will be welcomed by Thin Lizzy fans everywhere. We all can’t wait to get back on the road, so see you all this summer!’
Thin Lizzy’s European Summer Tour Dates are as follows:
Sat/May-28 Dublin, Ireland – Slane Castle
Sun/May-29 Horsens, Denmark – Jelling Festival
Mon/May-30 Hillerod, Denmark – Frederiksborg Culture House
Wed/Jun-01 Ipswich, England – Regent Theatre
Thu/Jun-02 Swindon, England – MEC Arena
Sat/Jun-04 Kilarney, Ireland – INEC
Sun/Jun-05 Castlebar, Ireland – Royal Theater
Tue/Jun-07 Belfast, N. Ireland – Odyssey Arena
Wed/Jun-08 Dublin, Ireland – The O2 Arena
Fri/Jun-10 Castle Donington, England – Download Festival
Sat/Jun-11 Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun/Jun-12 Uppsala, Sweden – Katalin and All That Jazz
Tue/Jun-14 Enschede, Holland – Atak
Wed/Jun-15 Ulm, Germany – Ulmer Zelt
Sat/Jun-18 Clisson, France – Hellfest
Sun/Jun-19 London, England – Finsbury Park Feis
Fri/Jun-24 St. Goarshausen, Germany – Lorely Festival
Sat/Jun-25 Dessau, Germany – Ferropolis Rock The Nation
Sun/Jul-10 Weert, Holland Bospop Festival
Sat/Jul-23 London, England – Victoria Park High Voltage Festival
Sat/Jul-30 Stuttgart, Germany – Rock of Ages
Sun/Jul-31 Lokerse, Belgium – Locust Festival
The ‘Dog Days Are Over’ group have been writing their second album since autumn last year, and guitarist Rob Ackroyd said the group are now poised to enter the famous Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded much of their material. He said: “Work on the second album has begun with producer Paul Epworth and there is talk of booking out Abbey Road for a month in April or May to record. Which is nice.”
The musician also revealed that while he and group leader Florence Welch see eye to eye on most musical genres, but finds himself at odds when it comes to her taste in mainstream songs.
He added to Gibson.com: “Florence’s and my taste in music often overlap in harmonious fashion; we’re both big fans of hip-hop and American indie.
“But she’s also a big fan of unadulterated pop music, which cuts through me like a knife.”
The guitarist – who has also recently been working with Pixie Geldof, daughter of former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof on her new band Violet – also told how he had managed to meet his rock guitar hero through playing with the machine.
He added: “I think people like Guns n’ Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash really glamorised the guitar for me when I was a kid. In the early ’90s it seemed like every weekend was Guns N’ Roses weekend on MTV and I was galvanized by Slash.
“I kind of fulfilled my dream of meeting Slash last summer when Florence And The Machine shared a festival bill with him.”
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