Newsbites: Springsteen tears up set lists
E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren needs all of the 30 guitars he takes on stage with him because no one knows what Bruce Springsteen will decide to perform next. The Boss always writes a set list but he never ever follows it, says Lofgren. He explains: “Sometimes he’ll change the first song on the way to the stage because he hears the roar of the crowd and gets a better idea. All night long he’s getting better ideas. He’s a master of stream of consciousness – he’s always challenging himself to make each show unique, something you’ll never see again.” [Telegraph]
Download festival promoter Andy Copping hasn’t given up hope of a reunited Led Zeppelin headlining a future Donington event. He says: “You can’t rule any bands at that level out. Led Zep, the original lineup of Guns n’Roses – I’d love to get them.” He says he’s close to confirming next year‘s headliners, although he won’t name them. Van Halen remains on his wanted list too: “I’d love to get them, but who knows when?” he says. “Maybe one year it’ll happen. I live in hope.” [NME]
Pink Floyd have released their entire back-catalogue on Spotify after saying they’d do so on once Wish You Were Here had been streamed one million times. The target figure was reached in four days. Spotify boss Ken Parks says: “It’s a great day for fans of prog rock, but it’s also a great day for younger fans who have yet to be really turned on to the magic of Floyd. That’s a lot of what this is about: bringing a new generation of fans to one of the biggest and most iconic bands in the world.”
Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme thought he was the victim of a wind-up when Elton John asked if he could appear on new album …Like Clockwork. Bassist Mikey Shoes Shuman says: “Josh got the call from Elton out of the blue and didn’t believe it was him. We couldn’t believe it either. And now Elton is our friend, which is great.” [MTV]
A Jimi Hendrix poster from 1968 has sold on eBay for $4000. The iconic image was created by artist John Van Hamersveld to promote a Los Angeles concert also starring Soft Machine, the Electric Flag and Blue Cheer, and later became a pop art icon. The poster was sold complete with pin and staple holes.
Mike Portnoy admits he’s sad to leave Adrenaline Mob after he played his last show with the band in Brazil at the weekend. He recently explained scheduling problems with his new outfit The Winery Dogs meant it wasn’t possible for him to commit to Adrenaline Mob duties. His final gig included guest spots with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Lzzy Hale. Portnoy says: “Amazing final show – maybe one of the best we ever had. Sad to see this chapter end. I hope some day down the road our schedules can re-align and we can make some more magic together.”
Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick has suggested plans for new material by his former band The Almighty have come unstuck. He explains: “There’s been talk of reissuing some of the albums to celebrate the 25th anniversary. We’ve been approached to record some extra tracks – when we asked for a budget, it wasn’t what we wanted. The thing is, it was never easy with The Almighty. We were just one of those groups where everything was a struggle; I can’t explain why.” [Jam]
A lock of Mick Jagger‘s hair and handwritten David Bowie lyrics of Jean Genie are amongst a range of rock memorabilia items up for auction by Bonham’s on July 3. The firm thinks the hair will go for up to £2000 while the lyrics will fetch up to £15,000. Other items in the auction include animation drawings from Pink Floyd’s The Wall movie, aetter from Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, John Entwistle handwritten sleeve notes, a scarf worn on stage by Jimi Hendrix, Cream tour paperwork and an Afghan coat owned by Marc Bolan.