Pete Townshend's child pornography charges come back to haunt him
Avril Lavigne and Jimi Hendrix spring new songs on the world
Avril Lavigne is making the most of her American Idol appearance this week, springing a new song on Ryan Seacrest's radio show the next day. Jimi Hendrix's people have also previewed the title cut from the new album "Valley of Neptune." One doubts many people will be buying both of these new songs at the same time.
The Avril song is called "Alice" and you'll likely be hearing a lot of it, as it's tied in to the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of "Alice in Wonderland" that's coming out in March.
March is when the new Hendrix album comes out as well, and fans will be pleased. As we previously noted, the cover art draws from one of Hendrix's own paintings from high school. What we didn't know at the time is that the photo used on the cover was shot by Linda McCartney.
Experience Hendrix's John McDermott gave some insight:
Trace Adkins as comic hero
The third installment of the Luke McBain comic book series, based on Trace Adkins' likeness, was released Wednesday (Jan. 27) by 12 Gauge Comics. The first issue sold out at the distributor level in November, while the second issue in December outsold the first. Special limited-edition collector issues are also available at Adkins' concerts. The fourth issue is expected to be the final installment of the series developed by comic book writer David Tischman and 12 Gauge Comics publisher Keven Gardner. The series features artwork by Kody Chamberlain and covers by Brian Stelfreeze.
The Who reveal Superbowl playlist
The set list for the Super Bowl halftime show has traditionally been a heavily guarded secret up until the weekend of the big game. However, with the Who ready to rock Miami, the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints at Super Bowl XLIV, guitarist Pete Townshend has revealed what songs will feature in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s medley on February 7th.
“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” Townshend told Billboard. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ It works — it’s quite a saga.” Noting that the those picks have a “celebratory vibe,” Townshend added he hoped the audience would “go a bit wild if they want to.” Fittingly, since the Super Bowl is airing on CBS, three of those songs — “Who Are You,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” — are used in the title sequences of the three CSIseries.
Last year’s Super Bowl set by Bruce Springsteen was the subject of so much speculation gambling Websites were offering up bets on what the E Street Band would play during halftime, plus insane prop bets like whether Springsteen would pull Courteney Cox out of the audience during “Dancing in the Dark.” However, Rolling Stoneruined what could’ve been an easy bet for our readers after we revealed the set list thanks to the band’s sound checks prior to the game.
The painting on the new Hendrix single is by Jimi's own hand
Sharp-eyed Jimi Hendrix fans saw the cover of his new vinyl release of "Valleys of Neptune" and noticed it bore a resemblance to known Hendrix paintings.
Here's the cover:
Here's a known Hendrix painting, called "Seattle Waterfront," something he did in high school.
An inquiry was sent to Experience Hendrix, and Janie Hendrix, keeper of Jimi's estate, confirmed that this is a new, unseen painting from the guitar genius.
“Yes this is a watercolor
painting Jimi did in high school. The single reflects the painting alone. The CD is his painting
and his image as one with color enhancements that reflect the lyrics of 'Valleys
of Neptune,'" she said.
Here's what the CD cover will look like when it's released March 9, a combination of Hendrix's painting and his photo.
Keith Richards climbs on the wagon
April Fool's Day has come early. As a flock of flying pigs sped across the London skyline last night, the Sun revealed that Keith Richards has given up drinking. Yes, you heard right: the Human Laboratory, grizzled Glimmer Twin and rock'n'roll's own boozy Beelzebub is off the pop.
Is this a sick joke devised by the same mung-bean-munching advocates of health and safety who robbed musicians of the right to smoke in the workplace? Apparently not. Shocked by the public disintegration of his bandmate Ronnie Wood, the 66-year-old has, so we're told, been teetotal for the last four months.
"There's no guarantee he'll stay off it, but he's been doing really well so far," says, er, a source. What a lightweight. After almost 50 years on the alcoholic frontline, throwing the (beer) towel in at this late stage makes about as much sense as the prisoner in George Orwell's A Hanging, who sidesteps a puddle on the way to the gallows. As recently as 2007, the Human Riff scoffed at suggestions he should quit, announcing: "I've had about three doctors who told me, 'If you carry on like this, you will be dead in six months'. I went to their funerals."
Keef, sober? It's just not right. In a pop universe groaning with moral guardians and cosmetically enhanced pop stars, we could always take comfort in the fact that, at some point, a craggy Keef would emerge from his Connecticut lair and regale us with tales of nine-day binges orsnorting his dad's ashes, all the while swigging on his favoured tipple, "Nuclear Waste" – a pint-sized cocktail of Stolly and Sunkist.
Equally, while most men of a certain age dread news of his eventual demise as much as Alzheimer's or an unexplained lump, at least they had the consolation of knowing he'd be found with a bottle of Jim Beam still clutched between his fingers. He's a human shrine to bad behaviour; a living reminder there's more to life than being healthy.
The consequences for those who like their anti-heroes to live out their public image make concerns over Russell Brand's recent conversion from Shakespearian shagging machine to loved-up lap dog seem laughable.
Overnight, those who equate their loathing of the Killers with Brandon Flowers's Mormonic behaviour, or Coldplay for Chris Martin's clean living have lost their trump card. Without Keef at the helm, the entire rock'n'roll lifestyle seems to have lost its lustre.
And, when the time comes, will we still be able to sing, "It's just that demon life has got me in its sway", with such gusto, knowing that backstage, all that awaits Keef is a crate of Gatorade? Either way, it's going to be some hangover.
Proposed stadium tour never gets off the ground; Eagles to fly solo
That proposed Fleetwood Mac/Eagles stadium tour? Sources tell me it's not happening. Trust me on this one. Watch for the Eagles to go out in arenas in the spring.
Linda Ronstadt talks about the late Kate McGarrigle.
Phoebe Snow continues to be hospitalized after a brain hemorrhage. Her website reports "Phoebe is still stable and making progress in the right direction."
Finally, if you wear a tophat, a Slash t-shirt or look vaguely like a rock 'n' roll pirate, don't expect to get into the Guns 'N Roses show. Axl forbids it. Seriously.
Despite two stellar years Rothbury pulls the plug before it even begins
Festivals started popping up everywhere from Austin to Denver. The problem, of course, is there's only a limited number of acts who can headline these festivals and make it worthwhile for fans to brave the heat, dust and hoards to attend. The Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Prince, Madonna and others have popped up to pack in the crowds, but there are too many festivals to service them all.
Last week Coachella released its less-than-stellar lineup (despite solid acts like Jay-Z). And now Michigan's Rothbury Festival has pulled the plug on its third year, putting off the festival till at least 2011.
The problem? They overreach. The original Lollapalooza was such a success because of low ticket prices and searching out then-little-known talent such as Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam. In later years it turned to high-priced tickets and headliners like Metallica, and after canceling the 2005 tour it has downsized itself to Chicago only. Those big headliners were not what fans want, as shown by the ongoing success of the Warped Tour, which has stuck with the "see a billion bands for forty bucks" formula for years.
We'll see what happens with the rest. Bonnaroo brought in Bruce Springsteen to headline last year, but the superstar acts on the road this year are decidedly few. And U2 has its own thing going on.