Last week, Mark David Chapman was denied parole for a seventh straight time since serving the minimum of his 20 year to life sentence for shooting BeatleJohn Lennon. That seems to be what he wants. The convicted killer says that if were granted parole he would “probably stay right where I’m at.”
An unobstructed look at the Rolling Stones‘ 50 year career is what director Brett Morgen is promising with ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ a biopic set to debut on HBO this fall. Footage from early road trips and interviews from the group’s formative years will help create the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the life and lifestyle of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company.
Aerosmith have hinted they’ll be looking back to craft the new songs on their upcoming ‘Music From Another Dimension!’ album. Presumably, that meant working with Jack Douglas again, the producer who helped shaped the band’s early sound. It also means choosing songs that are almost a decade in the making.
The Rolling Stones have begun recording music — presumably new music — to mark their 50th anniversary. Mick Jagger tweeted a photo on Thursday of him sitting on a drum stool, holding a telecaster in front of a few racks of guitars and amplifiers. The band was also photographed entering or leaving a recording studio in Paris two days earlier.
Lynyrd Skynyrd released a new album on Tuesday (Aug. 21). ‘Last of a Dyin” Breed is being called a return to the classic Skynyrd sound, and the recently released title track backs up that claim. The album title could refer to guitarist Gary Rossington, who is indeed the last of a dying breed. He’s the only remaining original member of the legendary rock group. Critics have wondered how he can justify carrying on with a lineup of “replacements.” Rossington says he’s not trying to fool anybody.
If you want more guitars, more ‘Legendary Child,’ more of the much-hyped Jack Douglas sound of Aerosmith‘s rockin’ ’70s, then their new single is not going to satisfy. You might be better off checking out the band’s other new song, ‘Lover Alot,’ instead.
‘What Could Have Been Love’ is the AC radio hit the group needs to reach a wide audience and sell a ton of copies of ‘Music From Another Dimension‘ on Nov. 6.
With the Global Warming Tour behind him, Aerosmith’sSteven Tyler is heading to Hawaii to join Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood at the opening of Fleetwood’s on Front Street in Maui. It’s a rare break in the schedule of a man who’s balanced recording, touring and filming on a reality television show in recent years.
One-time Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant imposed himself on singer-songwriter Amy Cook recently, not that she objected. Cook is releasing her new album ‘Summer Skin’ on Aug. 28, and it will feature a track with Plant called ‘It’s Gonna Rain.’
Two legendary piano players have paid tribute to longtime Elton John bassist Bob Birch, who died at age 56 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday (Aug. 15). Both John and his frequent touring partner Billy Joel, with whom Birch also performed, offered kind words through statements on their websites.
Perhaps ex-Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy was being sincere with his curiosity when he questioned the drumming on one of Guns N’ Roses most famous songs. Last weekend Portnoy asked his 175K followers a question that GNR drummer Matt Sorum gets often.
During a promotional video for Korg keyboards, Queen keyboardist Spike Edney may have revealed more than he intended. Now speculation is running wild that the band will tour the world with Adam Lambert as their singer in 2013.
Rock residencies are becoming the new norm in Las Vegas, with Santana following in Motley Crue‘s footsteps earlier this year. Now Vince Neil reveals his band has been asked back to the House of Blues, and he’s looking forward to it.
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