Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm will reunite in June for their induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Both Jones and Gramm, who parted ways in 2003 when Gramm quit the band, have suffered from health problems over recent years, with Gramm surviving a brain tumor and Jones recently undergoing open heart surgery. Gramm, who still performs and is a born again Christian, was replaced by current lead singer Kelly Hansen in 2005.
Mick Jones said that he and Gramm have decided to perform "Juke Box Hero" and "I Want To Know What Love Is" at Gramm's suggestion, adding that he's ""very much looking forward" to the reunion.
ones went on to say: "I'm so proud of what Lou and I achieved in those early years and throughout the time that we were together. I think it's the first time that we've been recognized for our work and our writing, which was really the foundation of what we did together, as much as the performing. . . I think this band has always been a song-driven band and so that has its place for me and it's very important and it's going to be great to share that with Lou. It will help us to move along in our relationship, which has been fairly quiet in the last seven or eight years."
Dave Grohl and members of the Sound City Players performed on Late Show With David Letterman last week after the ensemble played in New York City. Joining Grohl on the program was Stevie Nicks, who sang the song "You Can't Fix This" from Grohl's new documentary Sound City. Grohl also spoke with Letterman about the film, which tells the story of the famed Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California where Nirvana's Nevermind and many other rock classics were recorded. He recalled, "We walked in, and it was a dump . . . a terrible place. But if you put the drums in this spot in the big room and hit 'record,' it sounded like 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'"
Grohl directed the film and interviewed dozens of musicians who recorded at Sound City, including Nicks, Neil Young, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor and many more. We asked him if any artists actually turned him down.
David Lee Roth gave a lengthly interview to Rolling Stone and says he wants co-founding bassist Michael Anthony back in Van Halen -- among other things. Apart from a trio of Japanese shows in June, the band remains in a state of limbo. Last summer, Van Halen backed out of 31 North American dates, citing exhaustion, and then Eddie Van Halen was sidelined for four-to-six months after undergoing surgery for the inflammatory intestinal affliction diverticulitis.
Roth was pretty candid in the interview about the state of the band, especially on the prospect of coming up with some new songs, explaining, "I would certainly look forward to working with Ed on some new material, but we have yet to do that. Almost all of the music that you hear on our most recent album was written and demoed before the first album. . . I'm not sure what's in Ed's mind at this point. I'm gonna guess that his plans are to write with his son, and I'm not sure where that actually leads. But truth be told, Edward and I haven't written a new song in 20 years."
Roth went on to say that there is no game plan for Van Halen on the horizon: "There's nothing on the ticket as far as travel, and that's a disappointment, frankly. How long have I been back with the gang? Maybe six years, we'll say and we have yet to travel to Europe, South America, Japan, anywhere outside of those basic 50 cities in the United States. And again that's been a disappointment. We have an audience and we have a potential future in many, many places. . . And I don't know where the Van Halen future lies aside from the States. We'll always be able to play our hits -- and keep in mind we have more hits than Beethoven, we have more hits than Tony Soprano -- so getting onstage and playing that is glorious, and certainly getting onstage with the brothers will always be an excitement for me. But in terms of taking the music past where we found it, I'm not sure where that's going to go."
Roth touched upon the touchy subject of ousted bassist Michael Anthony replacing current bassist -- and Eddie Van Halen's son -- Wolfgang Van Halen, from here on out: "But Ed has his own vision, I'm assuming. We haven't really been able to speak about it and it's a disappointment, just as not having a chance for a reunion of the original band. Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo. . . what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever -- that was in Michael Anthony. In our tiny little corner of the universe, that voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind & Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys. Van Halen is an indelicate house blend of both -- that's intentionally."
He went on to say that he's pitched some ideas to help light the creative spark for the band: "So I would always look forward to that reunion, and I would always look forward to writing a whole variety of material. I've offered the fellows, come on out here to the land of the gods. And if you don't want to make it that far we'll make it halfway -- Konishiki (Roth's friend and former champion sumo wrestler) has said he'll lend me his house in Hawaii, Let's go woodshed. But so far there hasn't been any response, so hope and faith are not actual tactics and strategies -- they're strippers from Albuquerque."
It was 49 years ago on February 9th, 1964 that the Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Seen by over 73 million viewers, the show has gone on to become one of TV's most iconic moments, much like Neil Armstrong's 1969 walk on the moon. The Beatles performed twice, both opening and closing the program.
The group performed a total of five songs that night: "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and their then-current Number One hit "I Want To Hold Your Hand." One of the more memorable parts of the show was during "Till There Was You," when the screen dimmed as each Beatle was highlighted with his name appearing on the screen. John Lennon didn't know it at the time, but an additional caption saying "Sorry Girls -- He's Married" was added under his name.
Mick Fleetwood says that he's going to try one last time to get Christine McVie to rejoin Fleetwood Mac., according to Ultimate Classic Rock. McVie, who left the band in 1998 has sat out of their past two tours in 2003/2004 and 2009. Fleetwood revealed to The Sun that McVie will be spending time with most of Fleetwood Mac before the kick off of their tour in April, explaining, "I'm seeing Chris here in London before I leave. And even though she loathes flying and she's never been back to the United States since the day she left, she is getting on a plane and flying to Hawaii with me. I'm going to hold her hand all the way, even if I have to handcuff it."
Despite the fact that McVie has shown zero interest in returning to the road, Fleetwood intends to pitch the idea to her one more time: She's going to come and stay for three weeks in Maui. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. John (McVie's) going to come over from Honolulu to see her and then she's going to L.A. to see Stevie (Nicks), who misses her terribly and is really excited to see her. But it'll be her decision. But we'd make her very welcome if she wanted to creep on that stage again."