Newsbites: Elvis crypt for sale
Elvis Presley‘s original crypt will be put up for auction next month. The King’s body was interred for two months at the Forrest Hill Cemetery, Tennessee, following his death in 1977, but later moved to Graceland. Sale price will include the underground crypt, opening and closing for burial, a memorial inscription and use of the cemetery’s chapel. It’s part of Music Icons auction which takes place on June 23.
Zakk Wylde says he’d love to collaborate with Slayer guitarist Kerry King – but he doesn’t know how they’ll find the time. The pair of axeman once planned a G3-style show with late Pantera man Dimebag but failed to make it happen before his death. Wylde says: “Kerry’s working all the time and he never stops. If he’s not on the road they’re pumping out a record, then they’re back on tour. It’s a miracle I run into Kerry and talk to him as much as I do.” [Metal Shrine]
Judas Priest completed what was billed as their last-ever world tour at the weekend and plan to continue work on their next album with new guitarist Richie Faulkner. The final show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo was filmed for a DVD release next year.
Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord is planning to make his first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer. He’ll be present for a performance of his Durham Concerto in Hagen, Germany, and if he feels healthy enough he’ll play Hammond organ and piano during the show. Lord announced last year he was taking time out to deal with the disease.
Eric Burdon will release a new record, Til Your River Runs Dry, in September. The former Animals frontman says: “I started feeling that I needed to use this album as a catharsis, to express my own truth. It took longer than any other album, not because of time spent in the studio, but because of the subject matter of the songs I wanted to put out there. During the making of this record we lost Bo Diddley – one of my greatest influences. There were many things I’d have said to him if I’d realised his time was limited.”
Queensryche singer Geoff Tate slightly missed his mark in an attempt to encourage a live audience to respond at the weekend. Performing at the Rocklahoma festival, one of his between-song talks appeared to leave much of the crowd bemused. Grinning, he told them: “This is Rocklahoma? I think we played here two years ago. I think it, maybe, was a different crowd. You guys suck. I’m serious. Come on – I know it’s Sunday. You’ve gotta go to work tomorrow. You’re going to let that stop you?You only live once, man. This is all there is. There ain’t nothing else. It doesn’t get any better than this. Anyway, nice to be here – on a Sunday.”