Metallica’s managers to launch record label… Zombies set to tour in April ’09… Kinks reunion rumours continue to rumble…
Q Prime, the management company of Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, Muse, Shania Twain and more, is launching its own record company. According to Q Prime’s Cliff Burnstein: “We are striving towards what would now be considered a boutique label, taking our inspiration from great historical music companies like A&M, Chrysalis, Sire and Island.”
reat historical music companies like A&M, Chrysalis, Sire and Island.”
The Zombies will be performing their 1968 album Odessey & Oracle in its entirely for the very last time on a UK tour in April. The dates are: Tuesday 21st April – Glasgow ABC; Thursday 23rd April – Bristol Colston Hall; Friday 24th April – Manchester Bridgewater Hall; Saturday 25th April – London Hammersmith Apollo. These dates follow three sold-out concerts at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire earlier this year, where The Zombies celebrated the 40th anniversary of the album.
Ray Davies recently revealed that The Kinks are ‘three-quarters of the way’ towards getting back together. Dave Davies, who suffered a stroke in 2004, remains the missing part of the jigsaw. Says Ray: “There’s a desire to do it, but [what] would make me decide [is] whether or not we could do new songs, even just four or five. I couldn’t do it just for nostalgic reasons.”
In one of popular music’s least likely liaisons, Brian Eno has produced the new album from Jason Donovan. Aided by the erstwhile Roxy Music man, Let It Be Me sees the former Neighbours star reworking classic songs from the 1950s and 60s.
Veteran US jam band Phish, who split up in 2004, are plotting a reunion tour for next year, after getting back together for a three-song set at their former road manager’s wedding.
Steven Tyler is suing a couple who have impersonated him and his girlfriend, Erin Brady, on an internet blog. The Aerosmith frontman claims that the culprits have posted pictures and “intimate details about [his] private life, including [Tyler’s] relationship with his girlfriend, his children and his mother.”
Meat Loaf is said to be recovered after spending three days in a private clinic, having ‘fallen ill’ – eyewitnesses claim almost falling offstage and behaving oddly – during an awards ceremony in London.
Paul McCartney has reactivated his Fireman project, which also features producer/former Killing Joke bassist Youth. Their third album, Electric Arguments, was recorded in just 13 days, and is the first to feature lead vocals and ‘more traditional songwriting’ elements.
Metallica are among nine new names up for induction to the next Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Others include Jeff Beck, The Stooges, War, Bobby Womack, Chic, Run-DMC, Wanda Jackson and Little Anthony & The Imperials. Four of these acts will fall by the wayside when the final list is announced in January 2009.
Original Beatles drummer Pete Best is to release his first full album of original music since being sacked the Fab Four in 1962. Haymans Green will be available via EMI/Lightyear Entertainment/Casbah Records on October 27.
Courtney Love has turned to the internet to recruit a PA, somebody to work as a studio ‘documentarist’ (whatever that might mean), and a housekeeper. “I know this is weird but the agencies suck and I’m sick of pigs who steal,” says a post at Love’s MySpace site. Apparently she is offering ‘very good money’ but ‘the housekeeping part [is] just early hours’. Don’t all rush…