Newsbites: Whitesnake future’s a secret
Whitesnake mainman David Coverale thinks the band will hit the road next year – but he has other plans afoot that he’s trying to keep secret from fans. He says: “There are plans to start in Europe in May, I heard, but as yet there is nothing concrete. I’m always reticent to discuss in detail what we’re planning as I still enjoy surprises. It’s getting harder and harder to keep things secret until they’re ready to be presented. We host a very interactive website and I answer people’s questions as much as I can without giving too much away. We are very, very active behind the scenes.” Among Whitesnake’s plans are a live DVD and a separate double live album. [Top-Channel.tv]
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is writing a second book because he didn’t get everything he wanted into the first. Frehley says: “Towards the end I finally got hold of a lot of people I wanted to talk to. By the time the deadline came around a lot of the stories didn’t make it into the first book. So the stuff is going to be in the second book. They’re not rushing me this time – they said, ‘Take your time, get everything in. Don’t miss a story.’” [BackstageAxxess.com]
Meanwhile, a sample chapter of ex-Kiss drummer Pete Criss’ book, Makeup To Breakup, is online now.
Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson suggests the band are frustrated with delays in the release of sixth album Confessions. He reports: “We’re still hoping to get it out by the end of the year. If not, probably early next year. We’re just trying to tie up some loose ends that really don’t have anything to do with the material on the record. But it hasn’t stopped us from playing shows and doing what we love to do, which is playing gigs.” [PopCultureMadness.com]
Returned Saga frontman Michael Sadler says the band didn’t hear his vocals for new album 20/20 until he’d completed recording sessions. He explains: “I was handed 20/20 pretty much finished, which was very different for me. In the past I’d been so hands-on in the writing process. But as a vocalist I had a great time. I love how everything came out. The guys didn’t even hear a note of my singing until I had finished everything. That’s trust!” [Prog Magazine]
Danko Jones are offering the chance to win lifetime free entry to all future headlining shows. While the prize doesn’t include festivals, travel and accommodation, the band say: “All copies of the Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue limited-edition digipak feature a bonus track, two stickers and a black guitar pick. But in ten of these we have included a gold-printed pick. Those lucky enough to find on of these will be granted free entry to any headline show across the world, and a gift pack as a bonus.” The golden picks were mixed in with standard packagers at the band’s processing plant, meaning the winning digipaks could be anywhere in the world.
Elvis Presley’s Bible sold for £59,000 at auction over the weekend. The book was given to him in 1957 by relatives during his first Christmas at Graceland. It had been expected to sell for £25,000. A pair of underpants worn by The King during a concert in 1977 failed to meet the reserve price of £7000. [Rolling Stone]
Freddie Mercury documentary The Great Pretender will be released on September 25 on DVD and blu-ray. It promises “a compelling insight into its subject matter, unearthing previously undiscovered or rarely-seen footage.” It was produced and directed by lifelong Queen fan Rhys Thomas.