Deep Purple rocker Ian Gillan has failed in his bid to set a new record for the world's largest band. The star invited guitarists to join him on a beach in Dorset, England on Saturday (06Sep14) to simultaneously perform the group's iconic hit Smoke on the Water.
He was hoping to smash the existing world record for the most guitarists playing together, which stands at 6,346, but fell woefully short when just over half that number turned up for the event.
Organisers confirmed 3,325 musicians took part in Gillan's Guitars on the Beach event, but there was still some happy news for the rocker - his feat set a new British 'biggest band' record.
Deep Purple star Ian Gillan will lead an attempt to break a record on the beach at Lyme Regis, England on Saturday (06Sep14) when he performs the band's classic track Smoke On The Water backed by thousands of guitarists.
Deep Purple star Roger Glover has revealed he and his bandmates are considering turning down an inevitable induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after a series of snubs. The rocker insists the honour is "20 years too late" and he no longer cares whether he lands an induction or not after the band was overlooked in 2013 and 2014, despite getting nominated.
Glover tells radio show Noize In The Attic, "We’re kind of ambivalent about The Hall Of Fame. We don’t care about it that much. If they do induct us, then they’re at least 20 years too late as far as I’m concerned.
"They should have done it when Jon Lord was still alive when it probably would have had a bit more meaning.
"If we do get in, and decide to accept it, which is up in the air, we might just say, 'Forget it'."
And the rock legend admits that he and frontman Ian Gillan have differing views on who should join them onstage if they do decide to accept the induction honour: "He (Gillan) says (guitarist) Steve Morse has been in the band for 20 years, but I think Ritchie Blackmore deserves to be there. The right thing, if we ever do it, would be to have both of them there.
"Some of the best and worst things happened to me because of Ritchie. He’s a wonderful, wonderful guitarist, writer and character... We got on really well for years."
BBC bosses have launched an ambitious, day-long hunt for the greatest guitar riff of all time. A list of 100 classic, instantly-recognisable hooks has been compiled by record producers, critics, and staff at BBC Radio 2, and listeners of the station will hear the entire rundown throughout Monday (25Aug14).
Fans have also been voting for their favourites, and the 'winner' will be declared by presenter Zoe Ball at around 5pm London time.
The list features iconic riffs including T Rex's 20th Century Boy, Money by Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, and Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie.
Others on the rundown include Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, and The Kinks' You Really Got Me.
Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, who helped compile the list, says, "I was in agony trying to whittle down my nominations. It was a tough job but I am happy I got to do it."
One-time Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham has bowed out of touring with California Breed, the group he formed with rock veteran Glenn Hughes. The percussionist, son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham, created the band with the former Deep Purple star, but he is unable to join them on their upcoming dates in the U.S. and Europe due to "professional commitments".
The group has recruited former Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo to replace him for the live shows.
A statement posted on the band's Facebook.com page reads, "Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age / Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band."
Hughes adds, "We're just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We're very proud of our debut record and we can't wait to share it, live and loud, with you."
The tour kicks off in Detroit, Michigan on 5 October (14).
Rocker Ian Gillan is planning to pull a Kiss if Deep Purple ever get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - because he refuses to hit the stage with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons pulled out of a Hall of Fame set in April (14) after they were informed that current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honoured alongside the pair and former colleagues Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, and singer Gillan insists he'll follow their example if Blackmore's replacement, Steve Morse, isn't included in what many fans think is a long overdue induction.
Gillan says, "It would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in.
"I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question.
"This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band."
Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1993 and Morse has been the band's guitarist ever since.
British rockers Elbow wanted to bring actor Benedict Cumberbatch onstage for a special appearance at Glastonbury festival last weekend (27-29Jul14) but the plan fell through. The band performed at the iconic U.K. music event on Friday (27Jun14), second on the bill to headliners Arcade Fire, and they were lining up a bizarre treat for revellers.
They wanted to bring Sherlock star Cumberbatch onstage to contribute to a heavy rock version of Destiny's Child track Independent Women, but the odd idea was dropped when the actor revealed he would not be available on the day.
Frontman Guy Garvey tells Mojo magazine, "(We wanted to do) a really heavy Deep Purple-style version of Destiny's Child's Independent Women... You know in the middle of the song, there's that list of everything that Beyonce bought and owned? We were going to have him ranting it in a kind of King Lear fashion."
The Ramones were honoured as trailblazers at the Relentless Kerrang! Awards in London on Thursday night (12Jun14). Drummer Marky Ramone, who spent 15 years behind the band's drum kit, attended the ceremony at the Troxy to collect the Icon Award on behalf of his deceased bandmates Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee.
Status Quo were also honoured with the Service To Rock prize, while Deep Purple were awarded the Hall Of Fame trophy.
Other Kerrang! Awards winners included You Me At Six (Best Single for Fresh Start Fever and Best British Band) and Fall Out Boy (Best International Band and Best Event for their Save Rock And Roll Tour).
Former Deep Purple star Glenn Hughes' new songs are all about life and death - because he wrote them while recovering from heart surgery. The rocker went under the knife to replace an aortic valve last year (13) and admits the procedure really impacted on his songwriting.
Hughes, 62, is now making his darkest thoughts public with new supergroup California Breed, which features drummer Jason Bonham and pop sensation Cody Simpson's former bandleader Andrew Watt - and he admits he almost died.
He tells Billboard.com, "For some reason I wasn't frightened. I felt like I was going to be OK, but I'm still supremely grateful to be here. For me to still be doing this at my age, with what I've been through with drink and drugs...
"There was a time everyone was putting bets on me: 'Ah, Hughes is gonna be the first to go'. But he's still here."
He adds, "I'm singing about life and death, if you will, and what goes on in between. I don't write about fiction. I'm a human condition guy."
And Hughes admits one untitled new song was inspired by a dream he had about Depeche Mode star Dave Gahan, another rocker who has come close to death after attempting suicide in 1995 and suffering an overdose in 1996.
The veteran explains, "I've never met Dave Gahan. I was telling my manager, 'You've got to call his manager...' God knows how he (Gahan) got into it (dream), but that's how dark and strange my recovery became."
Heavy rockers Avenged Sevenfold were triple winners at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Wednesday night (23Apr14). The band's stars Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance were jointly awarded the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist prize, while Arin Illejay was named Best Drummer. The group was also awarded the title for Most Devoted Fans.
Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was declared Best Vocalist, Rob Zombie took Best Live Band, Deep Purple claimed the Comeback of the Year accolade and Twelve Foot Ninja earned recognition as Best New Talent.
Five Finger Death Punch were two-time winners, scoring the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award for Chris Kael and Song of the Year for Lift Me Up.
It was also a big night for Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates, who celebrated their comeback with the Album of the Year honour for 13.
Joan Jett made awards history as the first female recipient of the Golden God Award and Axl Rose was feted with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rose also treated guests to a special reunion performance with his former Guns N' Roses pal Duff McKagan, who recently stepped in to the line-up to temporarily replace bassist Tommy Stinson, while another highlight of the heavy metal awards show came from Slayer, who delivered a surprise three-song set to open the ceremony. They also debuted new track Implode, their first new material since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last year (13).