Newsbites: Brian Johnson guests on Sting album
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is to make a guest appearance on Sting’s next album, The Last Ship. It’s based on a Broadway play of the same name which debuts next year, exploring the end of the shipbuilding industry in both musicians’ native Newcastle area. The album is released in September.
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson will deliver a solo spoken-word show in Norway in November – and if it goes well he might do many more. He’ll talk about his personal experiences of the band’s Somewhere Back In Time world tour, as featured in the movie Flight 666. Dickinson says: “Everyone that attended one of those flights has a story to tell, but they never made it to the movie; so why not reveal the things that happened in the background? It’s not about the band – it will be about my experiences as a pilot.”
ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons has recalled how the recording of classic 1973 track La Grange came about in just a few minutes. He says: “It kind of a haphazard, last-minute thought. We were waiting for the engineer to complete his chores and we were jamming. We looked through the glass and the guy was waving his arms, signalling us to continue. The song just fell into place. We could tell we had something special.” [Music Radar]
Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe’s not guilty verdict has been confirmed by a Czech Republic appeal court. He was released following a trial in March after having been accused of the murder of fan Daniel Nosek in 2010 and later told of his emotional meeting with members of Nosek’s family. The appeal was the last step of the legal procedure, and the verdict is final.
Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has taken part in a bloodletting ceremony in which blood taken from his forehead was used to create a portrait of his late mother, who was murdered in 1983.
Rob Halford has spelled out that Judas Priest will tour again. The band announced in 2011 that their Epitaph world trek would be their last following the departure of guitarist KK Downing – but the addition of new man Richie Faulkner made them think again. Halford says: “It’s turned out not to be the final world tour. Since Richie came on board we realised there were more opportunities opening up.” Priest’s touring format will change, he adds: “For example, we’re going to do a European tour for about a month or two, then instead of jumping in a plane to start an American tour we’re going to pull back. It’s no different than sports athletes; Michael Jordon wasn’t going out on the court as much when he was getting older. But when he went out he could get it in the hoop. It’s not the end of touring – we’re still going to be out there.” [BraveWords]
U2 are nearing completion on the follow-up to 2009′s No Line On The Horizon, in collaboration with producers Danger Mouse and Daniel Lanois. According to Lanois the material has the feel of 1991′s Achtung Baby.
Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe tour the UK in October:
Oct 22: Southampton Mo’Club
Oct 23: Rugby Vault
Oct 24: Manchester NQ Live
Oct 25: Nottingham Rock City
Oct 26: Wrexham Central Station
Oct 28: Glasgow Garage
Oct 29: Belfast Limelight
Oct 30: Dublin Button Factory
Nov 01: Exeter Lemon Grove
Nov 02: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Nov 03: Reading Sub 89
Nov 04: Brighton Concorde 2
Nov 05: London Camden Electric Ballroom
Nov 07: Norwich Waterfront
Tesla have recorded their first new music since 2011 album Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions. Guitarist Frank Hannon says: “Jeff Keith and I made a demo in our studio. It’s called Taste My Pain and it rocks hard. We’re pumped to put it out this summer.”
Manic Street Preachers will appear at the Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park concert on September 8, alongside Texas, Simple Minds and others. The band recently recorded over 30 new tracks and plan to release two albums out of the material.