Newsbites: Stage collapse problem could continue warns experienced roadie
Rod Stewart’s production manager warns the recent spate of stage collapses may continue unless constructors build their platforms out of steel instead of aluminium. Lars Brogaard, who’s been on the road for over 30 years, says: “You need to go to steel. Shows nowadays are getting heavier and heavier with the lighting and the video screens. Aluminium roofs can’t take the weight.” Most productions in the UK and Europe already rely on steel, which is a potential reason most of the recent accidents have happened elsewhere. In the US there’s currently no requirement to use the heavier metal. “They cost more to transport and everyone wants to make a lot of money,” says Brogaard. “They go with the most cost-effective solution. That’s where we have the problem. Obviously they’re not safe because people were killed.” [Rolling Stone]
Glenn Frey‘s covers album After Hours was inspired by a conversation with Clint Eastwood. The actor asked the Eagles star to perform two songs at a party. “He wanted one of my hits and something from the forties,” Frey says. “So I sang a Tony Bennett song, and it sounded great. We decided to do it for real. We sat around the piano with a great bunch of songs.” [Music Radar]
Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has signed a multi-album solo deal with InsideOut Music. He recently said his new record will be heavier than his previous work.
Corey Taylor and Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan of Slipknot have formed a horror movie production firm. Living Breathing Films aims to create TV and cinema releases. Taylor says: “We want to do psychological thrillers, dramas. We don’t want our company to be a machine to create bad horror films. We’re really big fans of the movies and art.” [Phoenix News Times]
The Sex Pistols will re-release Pretty Vacant as a seven-inch picture disc on July 2, the 35th anniversary of its first appearance. 3500 copies will be made available. In a press release frontman John Lydon says: “This is the Pretty Vacant press release. Thank you.”
Former Yes man Billy Sherwood has joined Nektar for their upcoming album Juggernaut. The band say: “As Peter Pichi is not available Billy has agreed to step into the breach and stun us all with his amazing bass.”
Courtney Love is being sued for $466,000 by her former attorney Keith A Fink, who reports the Hole frontwoman sent gifts, thank-you notes, flowers and tickets to concerts but not payment, and when she did forward cheques, most of them bounced. But Love’s representative says: “As far as we’re concerned there is no lawsuit. Keith has not been her attorney for many years so it’s a bit odd this would surface now.” [TMZ]