Newsbites: Grohl grabs Nicks, Fogerty, Taylor for supergroup
Dave Grohl‘s Sound City Players will include Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty and Cory Taylor, he’s announced. The supergroup will perform a set on January 18 to promote Grohl’s Sound City movie. The full band features Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana plus Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Rich Springfield, Rick Neilsen, Lee Ving and Brad Wilk.
Rigor Mortis will never play again after the death of guitarist Mike Scaccia midway through a concert in December. Mainman Bruce Corbitt, who was leading the band during a set to celebrate his 50th birthday, says: “Mike, deep down, was Rigor Mortis, so it wouldn’t be right.” [Metal Injection]
Sass Jordan and Brian Tichy’s new band SUN have pushed back the release of their debut album to January 29, following Tichy’s mountain bike accident that left him with a broken collarbone. He recently revealed how his commitment to SUN had led to his decision to quit Whitesnake.
Meanwhile Snakecharmer, featuring former Whitesnake men Micky Moody and Neil Murray, will hold their album launch party at the Islington Assembly Halls on February 23. The band also includes Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Harry James (Thunder).
Guitarist Reb Beach will reunite with Winger colleague Kip Winger for two performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra later this month. Shuffle II is the follow-up to a previous set of shows aiming to “explore music that defies categorisation.”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will release their sixth album, Specter At The Feast, on March 18. They return to action after taking a break following the death of Robert Been’s father, who acted as their chief roadie and mentor. Been says: “We all reached the breaking point after our last tour and needed to step back for a bit. These songs brought us back to life and gave us a second chance.” BRMC play a UK tour in March:
Mar 24: Manchester HMV Ritz
Mar 25: Glasgow O2
Mar 26: Birmingham HMV Institute
Mar 27: London O2 Academy Brixton
Mar 29: Nottingham Rock City
Mar 30: Leeds O2 Academy
The surviving members of grunge supergroup Mad Season will release a deluxe edition of their Above album on April 2, containing two CDs and a DVD. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCreadyand Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin have collaborated with Mark Lanegan to complete songs from Mad Season’s unfinished second album, which will be included alongside Above. Frontman Layne Staley died in 2002 and bassist John Baker Saunders passed away in 1999.
Led Zeppelin are in talks to make their catalogue available via a streaming service. Negotiations are underway with Spofity, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer. The band’s label Warners say: “We’re supportive of the band’s discussions with streaming service partners to create a window of exclusivity to maximise the impact of this launch.”
Sweet have released a live album only available as a download. Desolation Boulevard Revisited recaptures the band’s classic 1974 record and includes Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run and The Six Teens. Original member and now frontman Andy Scott says the music is “sounding as fresh as the day the songs were conceived.”
The version of Queensryche fronted by Todd La Torre will play London’s Islington Academy on April 15. The band’s first album since sacking Geoff Tate is expected to be released ahead of the show.
Toto guitarist Steve Lukathar released his seventh solo album, Transition, on January 21. He’ll play London Islington Academy on March 29 and Bilston Robin 2 on March 30. Lukather says of the nine-track record: “As we were writing the songs, I was thinking about everything I’ve seen — all the people I’ve lost in my life, the great and the difficult experiences I’ve had, and how ultimately it was time to get it together and embrace things for what they are.”
‘Funky’ Claude Nobs, creator of the Montreux Jazz Festival, is in a coma following a skiing accident. The 76-year-old suffered a fall during his Christmas break, and underwent surgery in Switzerland. Festival organisers say Nobs’ illness won’t affect the 2013 edition in July, adding: “The entire team of the Montreux Jazz Festival wishes a full recovery to its boss.”
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