Newsbites: Teach kids about rock’n'roll
One of the UK’s leading classic music conductors wants children to be taught rock history – because he believes it’s an important step into the world of art. Sir Antonio Pappano says: “Kids don’t know about the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who and Chuck Berry. You need to be exposed to history – your brain will expand at the same time.” [Sunday Times]
Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will tour together following their acclaimed interpretation of Stairway To Heaven, performed at the Kennedy Center in December in front of US president Barack Obama, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Both acts will play their own sets before combining for a 30-minute finale. Ann Wilson says the theme of each show will be “awesome rock’n'roll every night – miracles ap to happen any old time.” The US tour starts on June 17 in Florida and ends on August 30 in Oregon.
Nazareth are aiming to reschedule their postponed UK tour in November. They were forced to call off the trek after singer Dan McCafferty contracted a chest infection in Brazil. Bassist Pete Agnew tells Classic Rock: “It’s a complete pisser but it can’t be helped. Dan only managed to struggle through the last gig in Brazil, but that didn’t help his voice. By the time we got back to Scotland he couldn’t speak, never mind sing. We hope to put all the dates in around our show at the Hard Rock Hell festival. The good news is, because of the Brazil tour we could only squeeze in five UK shows – all in England, by the way – but now we have the chance to extend it over a larger area.”
Status Quo drummer John Coghlan says he’s enjoyed every minute of the band’s Frantic Four reunion shows. “It’s been extremely good, warts and all,” he reports. “There’s been a few mistakes here and there, but it’s only rock’n'roll. The audiences have been fabulous – totally on board. I’m sure if we could play for four hours the fans wouldn’t go home before we finished.” [Harrow Times]
Andrew Stockdale has abandoned his Wolfmother title for upcoming album Keep Moving – and he’s not sure whether he’ll ever use it again. He comments: “I started off solo, and when I got my two friends to be the band we came up with the name Wolfmother. Whenit disbanded there was a lot of pressure on me to continue as Wolfmother –people thought it was a good name and a good brand. I did that; but in all honesty, it kind of puts you on the wrong track when you need to write a song, because you’re always referencing it back to the previous songs. Now, I would rather call it for what it is. It’s a solo project. My name is Andrew Stockdale – that’s what’s on on my birth certificate.” [Noisecreep]
Europe frontman Joey Tempest says the band are thinking about how to mark their 30th anniversary. He reports: “We’re working on ideas and new items to celebrate with you guys. All shall be revealed soon.” Meanwhile, ex guitarist Kee Marcello will release a solo album, Judas Kiss, on April 4. He’s currently appearing in the Swedish version of Rock Of Ages.
Jizzy Pearl has revealed why revamped outfit Love/Hate won’t release much material. The vocalist says: “A – we lose money. B – people always compare it to the quarter-of-a-million-dollar album you did for a major label. It can never measure up sonically. Comparing my solo record that I made for $5000 to Blackout In The Red Room just isn’t fair. Of course it’s not as good. What are you gonna do?” [Rock Confidential]
Clutch were inspired to make new album Earth Rocker by listening to their tourmates Motorhead and Thin Lizzy. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster says: “Watching Motorhead play every night was very inspiring on a number of levels. I think we toured with Lizzy not too long after that – we realised there was a lack of just straight-up rock’n'roll records coming out these days. So we wanted to make something that was, front to back, a very focused kind of a recording, one that had good energy from the very beginning to the end.” Earth Rocker is out now. [Hellbound]
Sebastian Bach has stopped drinking after his fiancee Minni Gupta told him to. The ex Sid Row vocalist says: “Minnie is a very smart girl. She’s given me the ultimatum in the last two years — either put down the booze or put down her. So, I’m about 60 days sober now, for the first time since I was maybe 12. I have to give all the credit to her; in many ways, she has saved my life. I’m 44 years old and I’ve been partying for decades. There’s so many people that die from this lifestyle, or they lose their looks, their careers, their talent. I need to realise I’m not 18 years old, even though I still feel like it.” [Decibel]
Marky Ramone says his first successful band, Dust, might have survived for longer than two albums if they hadn’t signed to Kama Sutra Records in 1971. He recalls: “We did some shows here and there with Alice Cooper. We did some shows with Wishbone Ash and John Mayall. Our manager wasn’t experienced, but we stuck by him. When the first album came out, the reviews were good. Wherever we played, people loved it. We had to do a second album because it was in our contract. We really felt later on that it was the wrong label to be on – they catered to bubblegum groups. They had some good groups too; they had the Lovin’ Spoonful who had great songs. But maybe if we were a little more patient, we could have been on an Atlantic or a Warner Bros.” Dust’s self-titled debut and 1972 follow-up Hard Attack will be re-released on Legacy Recordings next month. [Noisecreep]
Biffy Clyro bassist James Johnston says the band aren’t hell-bent on breaking America. “We’d love to do well,” he comments but adds: “We are not searching for the gold. It’s not the overriding thing. We enjoy playing shows whether, it’s a small room or a big room. We are a realist band.” [Noisecreep]
George Lynch is working on a movie about how American Indian culture is faring in the face of 21st-century consumerism and technology. Filming for Shadowtrain, which also features Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Serj Tankian of System Of A Down, is nearly complete – but the next stage will be to secure funding for its production and release.
Ex Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has urged fans to avoid pornography after struggling with his own usage. He says: “What it’s done to me is ruin my picture of what sex really is. You’ve got to get out of it – it’s fantasy, it’s not real, and it’ll ruin your relationships later. It’s like a drug and it can ruin your sex life.” [IchthusTV]
Trent Reznor has released Nine Inch Nails movie Closure, which documents the band’s life on the road from 1994 to 1996. David Bowie and Marilyn Manson make guest appearances. View it below – warning: NSFW.