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Billy Idol Teases New Album

Fresh off his announcement of a 13-city Canadian tour with Platinum Blonde this summer, he has put the word out that he has a new album coming. He wrote on X: “Did a photo shoot yesterday some of which will be used for the new Idol album coming in October…” 

 

 

The Beatles Documentary Debut

“Let It Be,” the film that documented their final performance before spending 5 decades in the vault, is getting a new life on Disney+, after a restoration job by Peter Jackson. It’ll debut on May 8. It follows Jackson’s Emmy-winning 2021 docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back,” which used footage originally shot for “Let It Be.”

Ramones Family Dealing with Lawsuits

Bandmembers’ relatives are dueling in lawsuits in a long-simmering feud that threatens to torpedo a planned Netflix movie starring Pete Davidson as singer Joey Ramone. Guitarist Johnny Ramone’s widow is suing Joey’s brother for allegedly trying to cut her out of the film and the band’s merchandising deals. The brother, Mitchel Hyman claims the movie isn’t a band biopic.

Ron Wood Joins The Black Crowes on Stage

Rolling Stone Ron Wood made a surprise appearance at their Friday show in LA, joining them for a rendition of Faces’ ‘Stay With Me’. Before bringing him onstage, Chris Robinson told the audience they were about to be joined by a man who “doesn’t need an introduction but he’s going to get one.” 

 

 

Deep Purple 1 More Time Tour

Deep Purple and Yes have joined forces for a North American run, starting Aug. 14, a part of Purple’s “One More Time” tour. Both acts will visit material from all eras of their 50-plus years together, as well their most recent albums. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. 

 

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Ozzy's Latest Internet TV Show Debut

Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Morrison (of Billy Idol’s band) have announced their new internet TV show, “The Madhouse Chronicles”. Launching this month, Morrison said on Osbourne’s podcast that the pair will “sit back in the Osbourne madhouse, reacting to the wildest Internet clips and diving into topics like aliens, drugs, conspiracies, and rock and roll.” 

 

Check it out here: https://theosbournespodcast.com/

 

Twisted Sister REUNION?

 Dee Snider claims that offers for the band to reunite have become close to impossible to reject. He said light-heartedly that band members have begun “very general discussions…involving personal trainers, diets, hair extensions.” They last toured in 2016.

Bruce Springsteen's Upcoming Film

“Shameless” star Jeremy Allen White will play him in the upcoming film “Deliver Me From Nowhere”, chronicling the making of the Boss’ stark 1982 album ‘Nebraska’. It’ll be written and directed by Scott Cooper. Shooting will begin this fall.

Foreigner To Perform in 2025 After Farewell Tour

Foreigner will not be completely done at the conclusion of its current farewell tour. Bassist Jeff Pilson said in an interview that the group will be doing “some shows” in 2025. In addition, the group recorded a new live album last week. No word on a release date for that.

Newly Discovered Michael Hutchence Single

A never-before-heard Michael Hutchence solo single ‘One Way’ has just been released, put together by friend and producer/musician Danny Saber, he said it is “the culmination of nearly 2 decades of work” on unreleased material, including demos and song ideas that were discovered in a locker in London in 2006. 

 

 

Axl Rose & Elton John on New Song for Charity

Axl Rose sings on an upcoming charity song also featuring Elton John, and a bevy of other stars. The Who drummer Zak Starkey posted that he and GNR bassist Duff McKagan “cut bass for a cover of t.rex children of the revolution”. Later, his dad (Ringo Starr) added drums and Slash played guitar, before “Axl killed it – amazing vocals”. There are plans for an entire album.

 

 

United States of Division's B-Side Goes Digital

The rare B-side “United States of Division” has been released digitally for the first time, to mark the 20th anniversary of his “Musicology” album. It is a protest tune written during the Iraq War era, which came out in 2004 as a virtual B-side for ‘Cinnamon Girl’. 

 

Never Before Seen Cobain Photos Coming Soon...

For the first time ever, fans will be able to see never-before-published photographs of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and their daughter. A new photo book, “Family Values: Kurt, Courtney & Frances Bean” comes out June 4, featuring about 90 unseen shots taken at their home for a SPIN cover story shoot in 1992. Only 6 of the photos were ever previously published.

Total Eclipse of The Heart!

Bonnie Tyler's 1983 hit ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ saw Spotify searches skyrocket by 50% in the US in the past week, leading up to todays solar eclipse. Also, as of Saturday, the song ranked #62 in iTunes downloads. During the 2017 eclipse, she sang the song aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship with the band DNCE, featuring Joe Jonas.

Bon Jovi at Ultra Music Festival

Jon Bon Jovi surprised the crowd at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival 2024 on Sunday, performing with trance legend Armin van Buuren. Bon Jovi jumped up and down and sang the chorus to the producer’s new remix of the 1992 Bon Jovi classic ‘Keep the Faith’.

INXS - Never Tear Us Apart

To celebrate the “35th” anniversary of the video for ‘Never Tear Us Apart”, the band is revisiting the iconic song and its stunning music video with a behind-the-scenes video, featuring deleted scenes and interviews with late singer Michael Hutchence. The song has notched more than 850 million streams across all platforms, and the video has more than 100 million views on YouTube. 

 

Styx Band Member Leaves Group

Styx played its first show on Friday in Wallingford CT since bassist Ricky Phillips announced his departure from the group. His replacement? Singer Larry Gowan’s brother, Terry Gowan. He’s a noted movie music composer, and has played in Larry’s solo band, and other acts. No word on if the position is permanent.

 

David Bowie Box Set

June 14 marks the release of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star!”, a new box set covering his career from 1971 through recording of the iconic “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars” album. It will include UK radio sessions and TV performances, as well as live recordings from his October 1, 1972 show at the Boston Music Hall.

Neil Young Back on Spotify

His music will return to Spotify. In 2022, he had it removed because Spotify also distributes Joe Rogan’s podcast, which he said was spreading vaccine misinformation. But now Rogan has signed a deal to make his podcast available on multiple platforms. Young wrote: “I cannot leave all those services…because my music would have no streaming outlet…at all, I have returned.”

 

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Brian Johnson & Mark Knopfler New TV Series

Brian Johnson is teaming up with Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler for a new TV series. “Johnson and Knopfler’s Music Legends” will see them speak about their careers and music, and talk with guests, including Carlos Santana, Tom Jones, and Cyndi Lauper. The 6-part series premieres April 25 on Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW.

Elton John's Academy Awards Viewing Party

Elton John's annual Academy Awards viewing party, benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, raised $10.8 million, a new record. Even though he couldn’t walk the red carpet, thanks to a recent knee replacement, John still managed to pound out a few tunes on piano, in front of guests including Sharon Stone, Brandi Carlile, Danny DeVito, Elizabeth Hurley, Heidi Klum, and more.

Sting Tour

Sting has announced the “Sting 3.0” tour. He’ll hit the road in North America this fall as the head of a new 3-piece lineup, starting Sept. 17 in Detroit. The former Police frontman will be joined by guitarist Dominic Miller and drummer Chris Maas. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. 

 

Read more about it here: LINK 

John Fogerty Touring with George Thorogood

John Fogerty has announced that he’ll be touring with George Thorogood this summer. Fogerty wrote: “For years we’ve talked about doing a full tour together. This summer we decided time is short, we better do this now!” Their gigs together start June 2 in Simpsonville SC, and run through Sept. 11 in Salt Lake City.