Kiss have given a few more details about their upcoming album, ‘Monster.’ The first single is ‘Hell or Hallelujah’ and will be released July 2. The artwork, which features the four band members in full Kiss makeup and a silver version of the Kiss logo, is seen to the left.
One of the creepier stories to pass through our desks recently was the news that the crypt that briefly housed Elvis Presley after his death was going to be auctioned off. However, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, which was slated to sell the crypt on Sunday (June 24) as part of their “Music Icons” collection, has decided to pull the item.
After a layoff of nearly 30 years, Thin Lizzy are currently working on a new studio album. Despite maintaining a steady touring schedule since reforming shortly after the 1986 death of original frontman and primary songwriter Phil Lynott, the Irish rockers have not released any new material since their initial breakup following 1983′s ‘Thunder and Lightning.’ They have, however, released several live albums.
Saturday (June 23) marks the second anniversary of the death of Pete Quaife, the original bassist for the Kinks, who passed away on June 23, 2010 at the age of 66 due to kidney failure. In a new interview, Mick Avory, the group’s drummer from 1964 to 1984, remembers his partner in the Kinks’ rhythm section as being “quite unpredictable.”
There’s nothing better at a concert than hearing the lead singer say something like, “We’d like to bring out a special guest to help us out tonight.” You can feel the excitement in the venue as the crowd tries to figure out who will appear from the wings, knowing that you’re getting something special and unique.
Back in February, Bruce Springsteen met with the European press in Paris to talk about his new album, ‘Wrecking Ball,’ which had yet to be released. Director Thom Zimny, who has worked with Springsteen on his videos and concert DVDs, has taken highlights from that press conference and made a 22-minute documentary, ”Wrecking Ball:’ A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,’ complete with several songs from the album and other video footage. The film premiered yesterday on CNN’s website.
Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills recently held the estate auction of guitarist and innovator Les Paul. The two-day auction brought in nearly $5 million for the Les Paul Foundation, a charity founded by the legend to support music education, engineering, innovation and medical research.
The members of Aerosmith may have engaged in a war of words during their long layoff, with the most recent battle coming during a profile on ‘60 Minutes.’ However, a video shot before the band’s first concert of their ‘Global Warming’ tour shows Steven Tyler engaged in some good old-fashioned chop-busting on bassist Tom Hamilton.
Elton John‘s concert in the English seaside resort town of Blackpool was cut short yesterday (June 16) due to safety concerns. Two hours into his concert at the Blackpool Tower Headland — the first ever at the new outdoor arena — he was informed by police that the strong winds could pose a threat to the stage. The audience evacuated and no one was hurt.
The speculation of how the Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary continues. News from the U.K. this morning (June 17) suggests that the group is looking to appear at next year’s Glastonbury Festival, which will be the band’s last-ever performance.
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