News Bites: ‘We’re Trying Not To Recreate Backspacer’
All the latest news in brief, including: Pearl Jam’s Gossard on new album; big names for Marshall tribute show; plus the latest from the Beach Boys (you can even listen to their brand new song), Dream Theater, Alter Bridge, Gregg Allman, Van Halen, Lordi and Stryper…
♦ Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam says the band are cautiously continuing work on their 10th album, but they want to make sure it’s different from their last release. He tells ArtistDirect: “We’re plugging along and it’s taking shape. Trying not to recreate Backspacer is one of the things we want to do – we want to make sure we’re not just locking ourselves in. We want to keep expanding our horizons. What it’s going to be is still up in the air.”
♦ Big names including Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Glenn Hughes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nicko McBrain and Doug Aldridge will take part in the tribute concert for amplification pioneer Jim Marshall, who died earlier this month. It’s set to take place at London’s Wembley Stadium later in the year. Iron Maiden drummer McBrain says: “We’re bringing together beyond-legendary artists for a true celebration of Jim’s life. Expect pure rock’n'roll madness amplified to the max by Marshall.”
♦ The Beach Boys kicked off their 50th anniversary tour last night in Tucson, Arizona, with a two-hour, 42-track show which featured a brand-new song, a mid-tempo ballad called That’s Why God Made The Radio. The set also included performances with departed members Carl and Dennis Wilson, with the aid of video footage. Check out the BBs’ new song below.
♦ Dream Theater have won four awards from leading Japanese rock magazine BURRN! They received best album and best cover awards for last album A Dramatic Turn Of Events, while John Petrucci was named best guitarist and Jordan Rudess grabbed best keyboardist.
♦ Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti will release his solo album All I Was via his own label on July 10. The 12-track record appears under the name Tremonti.
♦ Gregg Allman has been forced to postpone his book promotion tour to undergo heart examinations. But he says: “It’s just one of those make-sure tests. My heart goes into beats – instead of going du-dun, du-dun, du-dun there’s a little reggae in there somewhere.” He underwent a liver transplant two years ago.
♦ Van Halen will give away a limited-edition vinyl single of She’s The Woman with CD and LP copies of their new album, A Different Kind Of Truth – but the offer is only open to those buying the record at independent record stores on May 4.
♦ Lordi have recruited a replacement for drummer Otus, who died in February – but they haven’t said what they’ll call him. Otus’ real name, Tonmi Lillman, was revealed after his death, but the band normally insists on anonymity. Frontman Mr Lordi says: “He will be called ‘the drummer’ for now. We don’t want to introduce a new character yet, because we feel it is still too close to the time when Otus passed away. However, we need a drummer in order to play.”
♦ Michael Sweet hopes his upcoming solo album will surprise fans by being more raucous than they might expect. And the Stryper singer says: “Outside the Doug Aldrich solo I’m playing all the guitar tracks. I think my guitar playing gets forgotten a lot. This record gives me a chance to remind people about my guitar skills.”