Newsbites: Lombardo Turns Focus Away From Slayer
Dave Lombardo hopes to return to Slayer after being dropped over a contractual argument – but in the meantime he’s focusing on side project Philm as his “main band.” He’s also reactivating his former outfit Grip Inc with new frontman Casey Chaos of Amen. Rock Overdose reports: “He would like to be with Slayer, he would like to be in the band, but at the moment he doesn’t know how things will evolve, so all he can do is wait and see.”
Black Sabbath will debut their track The End Of The Beginning from new album 13 during the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on US TV on May 15. Producer Don McGill says: “So many of us are longtime fans, and seeing as the album is title 13 and this is the finale of season 13, it seemed like the perfect match.”
The Who will perform Quadrophenia in full at a charity concert at Wembley Arena on July 8. The show will raise funds for the band’s Double O organisation, which raises funds to assist the victims of social and domestic issues.
Status Quo release new album Bula Quo! on June 10. The double-disc set features nine new tracks plus 10 new or live recordings of classic numbers, as featured in the Bula Quo! movie, which is launched on July 5. The band will tour the UK in December with 10cc.
Kate Bush says she’s delighted after receiving her CBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle yesterday. She reports: “I feel incredibly thrilled to receive this honour which I share with my family, friends and fellow musicians and everybody who has been such an important part of it all,” she said. Now I’ve got something special to put on top of the Christmas tree.”
The days of ticket surcharges could be numbered after new UK government rules swung into action this month. Under the legislation traders are only allowed to charge what it costs them to take payment. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says that means a £2.10 surcharge for a £100 transaction. Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swanson says: “Consumers qre fed up of thinking they will be paying a certain price for goods, only to find out towards the end of the process that the final price is much higher.”
Steve Earle will tour England with his electric live band the Dukes:
May 20: Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 21: London Royal Festival Hall
May 23: Gateshead The Sage