Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, The Who & Roger Waters Confirm MegaConcert
Goldenvoice has officially announced “The Desert Trip” – 3 nights of mega classic rock from Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters October 7 – 9 at Coachella’s location in Indio, California.
Amazingly, this is the first time all of the musicians have shared the same bill — Dylan and the Stones will kick off the spectacle on Friday; followed on Saturday by Young and his backing band Promise of the Real, and McCartney; with the Who and Pink Floyd’s Waters closing the festival out on Sunday.
Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Rogers Waters and Rolling Stones all posted videos over the weekend making a cryptic reference to “October.” Check out the five videos that went live over the weekend, here.
Get hyped by watching the official teaser video, here.
One source said the top headliners on the bill are guaranteed as much as $7 million each, with the possibility of a second weekend still being discussed.
Hotels in the Coachella/Palm Springs area are already sold out in anticipation of the show.
Scott White, president and CEO of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the news “a dream come true for tourism in the Coachella Valley.”
Tickets go on sale May 9, starting at $199 for a one day pass and going up to $1,599 for 3 days with reserved grandstand seats. More info is at Deserttrip.com.
7,000 Belgian AC/DC Fans Request Ticket Refunds For AC/DC Show With Axl Rose
According to De Standaard, approximately 7,000 AC/DC fans who bought tickets to see the band perform on May 16 at Werchter Festivalpark in Werchter, Belgium have requested to get their money back because they don’t want to watch Axl Rose on lead vocals. Live Nation said the newly released seats were then first made available to those people who were previously on the waiting list for the event, with the remaining 7,000 tickets once again going on sale to the general public.
The show is one of twelve European dates AC/DC will perform with the Guns N’ Roses frontman on lead vocals after Brian Johnson was ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf.
A similar refund offer has been made available on some of the other dates on AC/DC’s European tour, which kicks off on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and runs through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark. Following that, Rose will head out on his previously announced summer reunion tour with Guns N’ Roses. AC/DC’s ten postponed U.S. dates will take place later in the year, also with Rose as frontman, but the refund policy on those shows has not been revealed.
Bon Scott Statue Unveiled in Singer’s Home Town
A statue of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott has been officially unveiled in his home town of Kirriemuir in Scotland.
The life-sized sculpture was revealed at the 10th annual Bonfest event in the town this weekend, and was attended by locals along with former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, Scott’s “soulmate” Mary Renshaw and sculptor John McKenna.
Event organizers secured funds for the project via a Crowdfunder campaign that raised more than £50,000 (approximately $72,500).
Scott was born in Forfar in 1946 and lived in Kirriemuir until he and his family moved to Australia in 1956. He died in 1980 at the age of 33 from acute alcohol poisoning.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Announces “Out on a Limb” Solo Tour
Steven Tyler wowed the sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center in New York on Monday with a hit-packed ramble through life in rock entitled “Steven Tyler… Out on a Limb.” On Wednesday May 4, the Aerosmith singer announced the dates for his solo North American tour of the same name.
The limited-run 19-city tour has Tyler backed by his Nashville-based band Loving Mary.
The tour kicks off on July 2 with a show at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas. Tickets for the shows go on sale on May 14.
Cinderella’s Eric Brittingham Joins Bret Michaels’s Solo Band
Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham has joined Poison singer Bret Michaels solo band.
Brittingham made his live debut with Michaels Saturday, April 30 at Harrah’s Laughlin Casino & Hotel in Laughlin, Nevada. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen here.
This is not the first time Eric and Bret have played together. Brittingham temporarily filled in for Poison bassist Bobby Dall on that band’s summer 2009 tour with Def Leppard when Dall became sick.
Sebastian Bach Slams Writer Over Negative Concert Review: “Go F**k Yourself”
Sebastian Bach has traded nasty verbal jabs with a writer over a negative review of the former Skid Row singer’s recent concert in Georgia.
Don De Leaumont attended the second show of Bach’s tour — which took place on April 28 show in Johns Creek, GA — and posted a review of the gig. In the article he described Bach’s vocals as “so off key that I was waiting for Randy Jackson to come out saying, ‘Yo dawg, that was a little pitchy.’” The writer went on to say: “It was really painful to see how this guy who at one time was one of my favorite metal singers in one of my favorite metal bands reduced down to such a circus side show. Even his band for the most part all had this look of disdain on their faces like they were barely happy to be even picking up a pay check from this gig.”
After De Leaumont posted a link to his review, Bach personally responded in the comments section, calling the author of the article an “asshole” and adding, “Stay the f*ck away from me if you know what’s good for you. I will tell every band I know to keep you off the fucking list of every show that you ever want to get into.”
They both then exchanged a number of insults in the comments below the writer’s original post, with De Leaumont telling Sebastian: “I’m sorry dude but I was a fan. A HUGE fan. I’ve always gone to bat for ‘Slave To The Grind’ and defended that era of SKID ROW but man, let’s face it. You don’t have it anymore. You rely on vocal effects (very obvious) and your a pretentious douchebag. The truth hurts obviously.”
Check out the comments in the Facebook post, below.
Anthrax’ Scott Ian Says “If You’re Stealing Music, you’re an A*Hole”
Anthrax rhythm guitarist Scott Ian was a guest on this week’s episode of Brazilian podcast Wikimetal. Ian talks about Anthrax touring with Iron Maiden, their latest album For All Kings, and the contributions lead guitarist Jon Donais made to the album.
When asked what he thinks about the new ways of listening to music, Ian replied, “As long as you’re not stealing music then I don’t care how you got it. Whether you’re buying vinyl or streaming it on Spotify. I think if you’re stealing it then you’re an asshole, that’s all.”
Motörhead Reveal “Bomber” Video From Upcoming “Clean Your Clock” Live Release
As the music world continues to mourn last year’s death of Motörhead‘s legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister, fans can watch him and his band perform “Bomber” from the upcoming Clean Your Clock live set that is now on schedule for a June 10 release.
Clean Your Clock was filmed last November in Munich, Germany. Motörhead‘s’s final concert with Lemmy was on December 11; he passed away on Dec. 28. In addition to “Bomber,” the album includes several other Motörhead classics such as “Overkill,” “Orgasmatron” and “Ace of Spades.”
Motörhead’s Snaggletooth Premier Cider Now Available in the UK
Commenting on the new brew, guitarist Phil Campbell stated, “As a long time cider aficionado. I am well qualified and proud to recommend this golden liquid.”
Fans looking to knock back a bottle of Snaggletooth can order at IconBeverages.co.uk. The cider joins long line of Motörhead alcoholic beverages, which now includes whiskey, wine, beer and vodka.
“Created in tribute to and in celebration of the loudest rock music on the planet, Snaggletooth Motörhead Cider packs a real punch. Exquisite premium English cider. Suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs.”
Jack Black Surprises Cast of Broadway’s “School of Rock”
The cast of Broadway’s new musical School of Rock got the endorsement Sunday of someone they’ve desperately wanted to impress for months — Jack Black.
Black saw a matinee at the Winter Garden Theatre with his son and went backstage to high-five cast members and pose for pictures. He embraced Alex Brightman, the actor who plays Dewey — his old role — and signed a guitar for actor Spencer Moses.
“It was so good. There were so many times I went, ‘I could not have done it that well,’” he said, surrounded by thrilled kids. “You made me laugh. You made he cry. You made me rock.”
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Honored by New Zealand’s World Cup Team
British metal icons Iron Maiden recently took their The Book Of Souls tour to New Zealand and singer Bruce Dickinson was honored with an official jersey from the Rugby World Cup champions the All Blacks. Check out the video here.
“Rugby and metal are a little bit similar,” he says. “We don’t give a shit. It’s all about the game. It’s all about the music.”
For the New Zealand dates in Christchurch and Auckland, Iron Maiden released an All Blacks-themed t-shirt as a tribute to their Rugby World Cup victory last year.
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“The thing with social media is there’s so much dishonesty about it out there and anonymity, so people will say stuff that they’ve met us, that they know us. I mean there’s something going around that the singer from Paramore is my niece or something like that and it’s like, I know the band Paramore, but I didn’t know who the singer was. When they said her name, I was like ‘I don’t know who that is.’”
“But I think social media can be used for good too. If you know how to use it, you have to have a thick skin, you have not worry about what the trolls are doing because as funny as this sounds, trolls need love too, and you just either ignore them or love on them until they wake up or they go away. If they see they’re getting in your face and bugging you, they’re gonna keep doing it. I just look at it like this: I treat everybody with love and respect.”
~ Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on social media