Newsbites: Pearl Jam single due in July?
Speculation is increasing that Pearl Jam will release a single from their long-awaited tenth album on July 16. Industry listing site AllAccess.com listed a song called Mind Your Manners for launch on that date, but later removed it. Guitarist Mike McCready recently said the follow-up to 2009′s Backspacer was nearly finished and would be released this year “for sure.” [GrungeReport]
Black Sabbath were powerless to avoid getting into a “silly situation” with Bill Ward, says Tony Iommi. The guitarist recently explained how he cut short negotiations over the drummer’s participation in their reunion because he believed time was running out to record new album 13. Now Iommi says: “It’s been an on-off thing with Bill for many years with me. It was disappointing – we were all disappointed in it. It happened before with Heaven and Hell. We wanted Bill to come in, and Bill wanted to do it again; we got him in and he left again. We were used to it, really. It’s a shame. It just got to a silly situation. It just didn’t happen.” [Noise11.com]
WASP have been forced to cancel their European festival tour after frontman Blackie Lawless was involved in a car crash. The band say: “Blackie was in a vehicle-related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. We will be back next year bigger and better than ever.”
New Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph, who’s replaced Dave Lombardo for the second time, is excited to be back in the band. He says: “It’s been really cool to come back in the room and play some of the songs – Slayer songs are epic and amazing. So that’s been great. We had a lot of great years together when I was with them and I’m hoping to continue all that.” [Blabbermouth]
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo won’t shy away from their fans’ response to 2011 album Lulu, made in collaboration with Lou Reed – who recently underwent a life-saving liver transplant. Trujillo says: “Obviously there were mixed reviews. Some people thought it was an amazing artistic statement. A lot of Metallica fans thought it was crap. You take chances and kind of go with the flow of it. That’s the name of the game: be creative – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work.” [Freep]
Meanwhile, Megadeth mainman and former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine has praised his followers for their support over the years. “Enough stuff has gone on to show that Megadeth really does have a fan base,” he says. “To know that our fans will forgive us the odd wrong turn and still be there feels good. I suppose I’ve come to realise that we’ve really made a difference over the years.” [JournalLive]
Terminal cancer victim Wilko Johnson is being celebrated more than ever, his manager is pleased to report. Robert Hoy says: “Such is the interest in his history, influence and positive response to his diagnosis that, as well as the daily flow of goodwill messages and interview requests, there is even talk of a stage play based on his life. It seems that after a 40-year career, which many felt did not receive the recognition it deserved, Wilko is now becoming something of a national treasure.” Johnson recently recorded a Mastertapes session for BBC Radio 4, available as a free download.
Marshall Amps have launched a limited-edition 50-year-old blended Scotch, which was bottled in 2011 to mark the firm’s fifth decade in business. Only 228 bottles are on sale at £420 each.
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says there’s a chance his all-star covers band could create their own material. He’s part of Kings Of Chaos alongside mainman Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan, Sebastian Bach, Glenn Hughes and Ed Roland, plus Slash and Myles Kenneddy. Elliott explains: “What a lineup! It’s a wonderful experience to work with these guys. They just smile all the time. Everyone has been in a band for 30 or 40 years, and we all have great jokes and stories. Fresh songs come with fresh blood – we may even end up writing songs together. Who knows?” [IOL]
Former Anthrax frontman Dan Nelson’s new band, Hawks Of Metropolis, have released an EP entitled Non Terminus Tandem. It’s the the three-piece’s second outing and includes the tracks Cletus, Red Door, Phantoms and One Catch Stanza.
An animated Pink Floyd themed movie will premiere at this year’s Glastonbury festival at the end of the month. A Bad Day At The Office is based on audio recordings of the band’s lighting designer, Arthur Max, working with inexperienced spotlight crew during a 1973 concert in Detroit. [BraveWords]
Meanwhile, The Australian Pink Floyd Show will tour the UK in 2014, delivering a set featuring tracks from The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Division Bell, and offering fans the chance to choose some of the material to be performed.
Feb 18: Guildford G Live
Feb 19: Leicester De Montford Hall
Feb 20: Carlisle Sand Centre
Feb 22: Glasgow Hydro
Feb 23: Edinburgh Usher Hall
Feb 24: Newcastle City Hall
Feb 25: Nottingham Royal Centre
Feb 27: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Feb 28: Leeds First Direct Arena
Mar 1: Liverpool Arena
Mar 3: Ipswich Regent
Mar 4: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Mar 6: Bournemouth BIC
Mar 7: Manchester Arena
Mar 8: Cardiff Arena
Mar 10: Plymouth Pavilions
Mar 11: London O2 Arena
Mar 13: Bristol Colston Hall
Mar 14: Brighton Centre
Mar 15: Birmingham NIA
Mar 16: Oxford New Theatre