Newsbites: Kiss don’t need Rock Hall
Paul Stanley says he doesn’t care about whether Kiss are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – but like this year’s honourees Rush, he believes it would be a good thing for the band’s fan. Stanley says: “The Hall Of Fame is marketing. You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. If you’d thought of it first, you would have been the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.” [Huffington Post]
Nine Inch Nails have recruited former member Robin Finck in place of bassist Eric Avery, who bowed out last week, saying he’d been “overwhelmed” by the amount of tour dates the band was amassing. Multi-instrumentalist Finck previously played guitar with Trent Reznor’s outfit, but fellow member Josh Eustis can also play a number of instruments. NIN play the Leeds and Reading festivals in August.
A guitar gifted by John Lennon to Beatles associate ‘Magic Alex’ Mardas has sold at auction for $408,000 – beating the expected price of $300,000. The custom Vox instrument was made in 1966 and can be seen being played by George Harrison in 1967 movie Magical Mystery Tour. Mardas sold it in 2004.
The Sheffield Telegraph is offering a free track from Whitesnake‘s Made In Japan live album to celebrate the band’s UK tour with Journey and Thunder. Download Love Will Set You Free here.
Rob Halford admits the studs on his stage costume can sometimes be dangerous. “I wore that outfit on Americal Idol a few years ago,” says the Judas Priest frontman. “Steven Tyler came over to say hello. Someone says, ‘Let’s do a picture,’ so I put my arm round him. He flinched and pulled away – he’s like, ‘You nearly took my eye out!’” [MTV Hive]
Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse struggled during recording sessions for recent album Now What?! “One of the challenges was trying to make Bob Ezrin happy,” he says. “For me, it isn’t easy. I think he’s used to David Gilmour’s style of ultra-melodic playing and I stick in more technical riffs between any melodic thing I do. He wanted me to sound more melodic and he really pushed it.” But he adds: “It worked. That’s why I was in favour of Bob being involved.” [Ultimate Classic Rock]
The Arts Council England has announced a series of grants for new bands and artists, with a total of £500,000 to be offered in individual amounts of between £5000 and £15,000. Money will be considered for those who have established a following in their local area and who can “provide a clear business case for support.” Find out more via PRS For Music.
Styx bassist Ricky Phillips admits it’s tough to decide whether the band should make a new album. “We continue to write all the time,” he says. “We have a stockpile of three-quarters written stuff. But here’s the frustration: most of the stations that would play a Styx song already have five in their rotation and don’t want any more. We’re not going to get on the radio. It’s a tough pill to swallow.” [Classic Rock Revisited]
Tigertailz are recording a new EP, soon after guitarist Jay Pepper told Classic Rock he wasn’t sure if the band would continue after their latest lineup collapse. Now he reports: “Tailz ain’t over and we rock on. Thanks for keeping the faith and we’ll be seeing you very soon.” Track titles are Bloodsuckerz, Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You, The Shoe Collector, One Life, Sleeping With The Enemy and Punched In The Gutz.
Heaven’s Basement will tour the UK in July:
Jul 02: Norwich Waterfront Studio
Jul 03: Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Jul 04: Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Jul 05: Liverpool 02 Academy 2
Jul 06: York Duchess
Jul 07: Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Jul 09: Aberdeen Tunnels
Jul 10: Newcastle Academy 2
Jul 12: Manchester Sound Control
Jul 13: Nass Festival, Bath & West Showground
Jul 16: Exeter Cavern 3
Jul 17: Bournemouth Sound Circus
Jul 18: London 100 Club