Newsbites: Rush Live DVD not due in May
Rush are not planning to release their Clockwork Angels Live DVD in May, according to the industry website which originally posted the news. MusicTap believed their information to be correct because they’d previously received correct details about Rush’s 2112 deluxe reissue from the same source. The site operator explains: “From a more trusted source, I was told that the DVD does not have a release date in place. I was told that it would be made available likely in the fall of this year, corresponding to a train of logical thought that played out in many Rush forums, rightly so as it turns out. If you’re a Rush fan and were all excited about the date I laid out for you for the upcoming Clockwork Angels DVD, then I owe you an apology.” [MusicTap]
Metallica‘s 3D movie will be called Metallica Through The Never and will debut in cinemas on August 9. It stars the band alongside actor Dane DeHaan, who plays “a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.” Drummer Lars Ulrich recently told Classic Rock the movie was in part inspired by Led Zeppelin.
Guns n’Roses will tour Australia in March with guests ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo, it’s been confirmed by promoter Andrew McManus. He says: “Axl Rose is a legend and I can’t wait to see GnR play to their legion of Aussie fans again. I’m so proud to be bringing them back to Australia and I’m looking forward to a great tour.”
The Rolling Stones made $38,687,010 from ticket sales for their five official 50th anniversary shows in November and December. Predictably, all the concerts in London, New York and New Jersey sold out. It means the band drew an average of $12,895,670 per show – or £8,058,278. [Billboard]
Seven tracks from upcoming Jimi Hendrix album People, Hell And Angels will appear in an upcoming episode of US TV show Hawaii Five-0, to be broadcast on January 20. The album is available for pre-order as a Classic Rock Fanpack.
Bono has confirmed U2 are working on a new album – but won’t say when it will be released. The frontman reports: “Within the band we’ve been calling it 10 Reasons To Exist – but I will tell you we might have at least six of them.” [The Sun]
Volbeat have started recording their next album with former Anthrax member Rob Caggiano co-producing alongside Jacob Hansen. Frontman Michael Poulsen says: ” We are recording in a new environment, producing with a new set-up, breaking new sonic ground – and it’s exciting! Expect lots of surprises and some of our most rocking heavy songs to date.”
Scottish independent record store One Up Music is to close at the end of the month, citing “difficult trading conditions.” It opened in Aberdeen’s Belmont Street in 1979. The announcement comes in the same week that high-street retailers HMV and Blockbuster went into administration. Graeme Murray, bassist for Aberdeen-based band Pallas, says: “Downloading music thieves, this is largely your doing. I am sick of hearing that you download albums for free – steal them – but then buy them as well. It’s bollocks. You are killing the entire music business, even if you can’t or won’t admit it.” [Prog]
Breed 77 tour the UK in March:
7th Mar – Manchester – NQ Live
8th Mar – Birmingham – HMV Library
9th Mar – Cardiff – Bogiez
10th Mar – Bristol – The Fleece
11th Mar – Wrexham – Central Station
12th Mar – Newcastle – The Cluny
13th Mar – London – The Garage
14th Mar – Southampton – The Cellar
15th Mar – Brighton – The Haunt
16th Mar – Milton Keynes – Crauford Arms
17th Mar – Southend – Club Zinc
Skindred have signed a worldwide record deal with DoubleCross, a new imprint of Cooking Vinyl. Frontman Benji Webbe says: “We are looking forward to getting the record out everywhere and to be touring in support of it. Cooking Vinyl have an amazing roster and we are very proud to be a part of it.”
Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley admits the tight timescale associated with recording their album Head Down led to tension within the band. But he says: “When you only have about three and half weeks, you kind of have to get it done. When the gun is to your head, you move. We all trust each other enough musically and musicianship wise that we can pull it off. So far we feel we haven’t compromised our artistic integrity and thankfully we’ve received some nice praise for it.” [Alternative Addiction]
Def Leppard have released a brief promo video for their upcoming Las Vegas residency, during which they’ll perform classic album Hysteria in full. View the clip below.