Jon Anderson still has a Yes future, says Chris Squire… The Police rake in the dosh… Blackmore gets wed…
Yes are insisting that Jon Anderson isn’t out of the band for good, despite having been replaced by tribute singer Benoit David for their 40th anniversary tour. “If Jon is well again next year, he’ll be back,” claims bassist Chris Squire. Meanwhile, Trevor Rabin says that he too has been invited to tour with the group. “Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow for it this year,” says their ex-guitarist. In further Yes-related news, Squire and ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett are working on a singer-songwriter project. “We may call it Squackett,” jokes Chris.
“We may call it Squackett,” jokes Chris.
According to Forbes.com’s annual music rich list, The Police’s reunion tour was the most profitable of 2008. The trio are said to have made a combined profit of £66 million from playing to four million fans. The David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen hauled in almost £20 million in eighth place, with Genesis a spot below them, having earned £18 million from their own reunion.
Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night, a couple for 18 years, are finally married. Under their real names of Richard Hugh and Candice Lauren the Blackmore’s Night duo were pronounced husband and wife before a small gathering of friends and family at a castle on the Hudson River.
Stone Gods have announced that former Bush drummer Robin Goodridge, who has been deputising with the group since the departure of Ed Graham, is to join them on a permanent basis.
Deep Purple jammed with former keyboard player Jon Lord and Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson at a recent charity date in London. The pair joined the band for versions of Smoke On The Water, Black Night and Lucille during this year’s annual Sunflower Jam, which aims to provide integrated, supportive care for cancer patients in the UK.
Along with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda, Slash is among the guests confirmed for the new Cypress Hill album, due for release next year. The Velvet Revolver guitarist has also demoed 14 songs for his forthcoming solo album.
Is a Replacements reunion on its way? Vocalist Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson have apparently been jamming together in Minneapolis with ex-Soul Asylum man Michael Bland taking the place of drummer Chris Mar, who now has a career as an artist.
Lorelei Shellist, the former girlfriend of Steve Clark, has written a book called Runway Runaway, based upon her life spent with the late Def Leppard guitarist. “I believe [Clark] had serious manic-depressive disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder,” she says. “He had a lot of voices he was trying to quiet in his head.”
The second album from GMT – featuring the ex-Gillan pair of guitarist Bernie Tormé and bassist John McCoy, plus drummer Robin Guy – is called Evil Twin. It’s released on November 17.
Spock’s Beard frontman/drummer Nick D’Virgillio has recorded his own version of the classic Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, to be issued via ProgRock Records. The new edition adds orchestral elements, rock guitars and horn arrangements to the original songs.
Reunited New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Angel Witch are to support Orange Goblin at the latter’s Christmas show, at the Camden Underworld on December 20.