Iron Maiden tour like Egyptians… Big Country stage comeback… Tommy Lee/Kid Rock bust-up…
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is to pilot the members of Iron Maiden, their 60-strong crew and support staff and over 12 tons of equipment for 50,000 miles on their next leg of touring, titled Back Somewhere In Time. The tour will revisit the band’s history by focusing almost entirely on the 80s in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which will be based around the Egyptian production of the 1984-85 Powerslave tour. Commencing in Australia in February, they will travel on a specially converted Boeing 757 decorated with Maiden and Eddie motifs. Says bassist Steve Harris: “With its Egyptian theme, Powerslave was an incredible show and I look forward to seeing it all again myself.”
A plaque commemorating the life of Don Arden has been unveiled in central London by Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones. It can be seen outside the Carnaby Street offices used by music mogul Arden, who died in July at the age of 81.
Big Country are to issue their first new single in seven years. You Lift Me Up is available via Track Records on October 28. After playing some live shows, the Scottish band celebrates its 25th anniversary without Stuart Adamson, who committed suicide in 2001. “The desire to play music with my old friends Bruce [Watson, guitar] and Mark [Brzezicki, drums] has become too much to resist, explains bassist/vocalist Tony Butler. “Big Country will continue with a renewed spirit and passion, a new adventure.”
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, both ex-spouses of Pamela Anderson, brawled at the recent MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Rock was later charged with misdemeanour battery. “I was about to put Kid in the emergency room when security grabbed me,” fumes Lee, who got ejected. “They said, ‘If you move, we will break your arms.’”
Magnum frontman Bob Catley has joined the cast of the new Ayreon CD, which already includes King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor, ex-Masterplan singer Jorn Lande, Epica’s Simone Simons and erstwhile The Gathering frontwoman Anneke van Giersbergen.
Guitarist/vocalist Hughie Thomasson, formerly a member of The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died of a heart attack at his home in Brooksville, Florida. 55-year-old Thomasson wrote The Outlaws’ two biggest hits, There Goes Another Love Song and Green Grass And High Tides, and played on Skynyrd’s last three albums, Twenty, Edge Of Forever and Vicious Cycle during a nine-year stay. Huey had reunited the Outlaws and was touring with them at the time of his passing. A final album, Once An Outlaw, is currently unreleased. A posting at the Lynyrd Skynyrd site reads: “We had many a good time writing and playing with Hughie. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. He will be truly missed. Fly on Free Bird.”