Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche will tour the US in 2013, playing landmark album Operation: Mindcrime in full. The band released the news following ex-Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover’s announcement that he wouldn’t take part in the project. Tate released a photo of the remaining lineup and removed Drover’s name from the band website, including mentions in an earlier announcement. Ten dates have been revealed in April.
Vodafone UK appear to have accidentally leaked that Bon Jovi will headline the Isle of Wight Festival in 2013. A VIP promo on their website last night offered a ticket pre-order 48 hours in advance of public sale, saying: “Get tickets to see Stone Roses and Bon Jovi.”
Dave Grohl, who’s returned to the Queens of the Stone Age drum stool for their current studio project, says he’s drumming for the “baddest rock’n'roll band in the world.” He explains: “When you walk into a festival backstage with QOTSA it’s like, the record stops. People stop and stare. The new record, I’ll do something so completely ridiculous that there’s no way Josh Homme is going to let me do that. He’ll say, ‘Do that for 45 seconds, over and over again – that’s a big part of the song.’ That’s the way they work.” [BBC]
The Rolling Stones are likely to be fined a five-figure sum for breaking curfew at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday night. The band started half an hour late and were forced to leave (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction off the end of their setlist having already run over time. During the show Mick Jagger had joked with his bandmates that they’d have to “get a move on” to complete their performance by 10.20pm, the deadline for Sunday events. But a Stones spokesman says: “The band decide what they want to play on stage – it had nothing to do with curfews.” [Telegraph]
Former Guns n’Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin made a guest appearance with Axl Rose and co at the weekend, bringing down the curtain on the band’s Las Vegas residency. He played during Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, I Used To Love Her and Paradise City.
A movie based on the life of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence is under production. Screenwriter Bobby Galinksy says: “It’s from the family’s side as Michael being a son, a brother, a friend. It’s not a tabloid situation.” Hutchence died in 1997, and his band recently announced their retirement from touring.
Eric Burdon hopes to tour with backing band the Greenhornes, with whom he’s just recorded an EP. The 71-year-old frontman says: “I’ve utilised the name ‘the Animals’ for a long time now, and I think it’s time to put it behind me and be the best I can be: myself. I’m glad I have that history behind me in the music world. Where it’s going next, I don’t know.” [Rolling Stone]
Green Day will release a documentary in 2013. Entitled Quatro!, following on from their triple-album series named Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, the movie aims to “bring our fans one step closer by giving them even more access,” says bassist Mike Dirnt. The band are currently on hiatus while frontman Billie Joe Armstrong continues rehab treatment following an onstage meltdown.
Classic Rock’s online news editor Martin Kielty is publishing a limited-edition version of his sold-out 2004 book SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. The revised title, marking the 40th anniversary of their formation, is available for pre-order until December 4, and will come with a sneak preview of guitarist Zal Cleminson’s upcoming novel plus an hour-long home-video tour DVD presented by bassist Chris Glen. Kielty’s 2012 photobook, Alex Harvey: Last of the Teenage Idols, created with award-winning photographer Janet Macoska, has been added to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame permanent collection. Find out more.