Fans of classic rockers The Faces had better start praying for the planned full band reunion because frontman Rod Stewart has revealed he won't be touring in five years. The band get together has been on and off for decades, with Stewart pulling out of reunion dates a few years ago, forcing his bandmates to replace him with Simply Red star Mick Hucknall.
But now the plans are on again and Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood are working on a comeback.
However, Rolling Stones star Wood had better start speeding up the process - because the singer is considering retiring from the road.
Stewart, 69, tells the Kansas City Star, "Touring is what I do. Nothing compares to it... I prefer getting onstage (to recording). It's an immediate satisfaction, sending an audience home happy. I want to make the most of it.
"Nothing lasts forever. I still have the energy to do it, and I look forward to at least three or four more years of it."
But he's still keen to hit the road with Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones before he calls it a day, telling the publication, "It will happen, but the ball is in Ronnie's court. When the Stones stop touring, they stop for a long time. So whenever he's finished, I'll be available.
"If we could just keep McLagan quiet for a bit, we could get on with it. But he seems to come out and say the most negative things about me. But Ronnie and me want to do it... He emailed me the other day and said, 'I've got a few nights off. Let's get dinner'. I said, 'I'm on holiday in the south of France'. He said, 'OK, let's wait until we're 78'."
Actor Johnny Depp is set to show off his musical talents on a new record based on unfinished Bob Dylan songs. The Alice in Wonderland star visited the Los Angeles' Capitol Studios to watch the recording session for producer T Bone Burnett's Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, but ended up filling in for Elvis Costello on the guitar for the song Kansas City.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, which also features Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
This isn't the first musical venture for the Depp - the actor is currently working with The Beatles legend Paul McCartney on a secret project with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, while he has also become a familiar sight at Aerosmith and Willie Nelson concerts after joining them onstage on various occasions.
Panic! At The Disco turned a Westboro Baptist Church picket into a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign by pledging $20 (£11.76) for every protester who showed up at their concert on Sunday night (20Jul14). Hours before taking to the stage for their Kansas City, Missouri tour stop, the rockers discovered the religious extremists were planning a protest outside the venue, and they decided to put a positive spin on the demonstration.
The musicians announced on Twitter.com that for every member of Westboro to show up at the protest, the band will donate $20 (£11.76) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organisation which works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Following the concert, they took to the microblogging site to reveal how much money they raised for the charity, writing, "Thank you (Westboro Baptist Church) for the update on the total amount you donated to @HRC today. $20X13= weak. We're going to make it an even $1,000. We will also be donating 5 per cent of our total merch (merchandise) sales from this show to @HRC."
Former Shooting Star Band frontman Ronnie Platt will replace Steve Walsh in Kansas after the singer walks away from the Dust In The Wind hitmakers following a final gig next month (Aug14). Walsh announced his decision to leave the band earlier this month (Jul14), and his bandmates haven't wasted any time in finding their next singer.
Platt's first show with the band will be in Oklahoma on 12 September (14).
Announcing his arrival on the band's Facebook page, Platt writes, "I want Kansas fans to know, first and foremost, I'm one of them. I'm a long time fan of the music and have always looked up to Steve Walsh.
"My goal is not to replace Steve; no one can do that. It is my goal and responsibility to sustain the integrity that is Kansas. This is a lifelong dream... Yes, I've got the job, but now it's time to earn it... and I take nothing for granted that has been given to me. My performance in Kansas will be how I've always performed, with passion and enthusiasm."
Drummer Phil Ehart adds, "After considering other candidates, it became clear Ronnie was our guy. He's a perfect fit musically and personally with the band. His passion for the band and the music, as well as his musicianship, is exceptional."
Walsh's former replacement, John Elefante, has revealed he was also asked to rejoin the group - but turned his one-time bandmates down.
Walsh's final show with the band will be on 16 August (14) in Iowa.
Longtime Kansas star Steve Walsh has stunned fans by announcing his decision to quit the classic rock group. Walsh will be making his final performance with the band at a Sioux City show in Iowa on 16 August (14).
In an emailed statement to Melodic Rock magazine, the singer, who has been a part of Kansas on and off since 1973, writes, "Sometimes, I had to pinch myself just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming that at my age I was still playing in a great band in front of great fans.
“I know there’s a lot of different versions out there on why I’m leaving so let me just say that it’s time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that."
Walsh sang lead vocals on signature Kansas hits like Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind.
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis scolded a group of fans who were grabbing a young girl while she crowd-surfed during his concert on Saturday (31May14). The rockers were playing a set during the Rockfest event in Kansas City, Missouri, when Lewis noticed a number of audience members were getting a little too hands on with a female who was being shuffled around by the crowd.
In a video posted on YouTube.com, Lewis is seen stopping the performance and ranting at the unruly patrons, exclaiming, "That f**king girl is, like, 15... and you f**king pieces of s**t are molesting her while she is on the f**king crowd!"
Lewis, who has three daughters of his own, continued, "Your f**king mothers should be ashamed of themselves, you pieces of s**t. You should all be f**king beaten down by everyone around you for being f**king pieces of s**t.
"If I f**king see that s**t again, I swear to God, I will point you out in the crowd and have everyone around you beat your f**king a**."
He concluded, "Now girls, feel free to crowd-surf safely."
The rest of the gig, which was attended by an estimated 55,000 fans, continued without incident.
Country star Brad Paisley turned a Westboro Baptist Church protest into a quirky photo opportunity outside his concert in Kansas on Sunday (01Jun14) The religious extremists stood outside Bonnor Springs' Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, holding up signs that read "God Hates Drunks", "Sin Breeds Violence", and "God Controls All" - as part of a protest against Paisley and his songs like Alcohol and Celebrity.
But the WBC members' plans to irk the star backfired when he joined them and politely asked if they would join him for a "selfie", which he defiantly posted on his Instagram page. He added the caption, "Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(a**) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We'll play loud."
Paisley's reaction is somewhat different to the one his fellow country music star Vince Gill had when he faced the Westboro protesters in nearby Kansas City, Missouri last year (13) - the I Still Believe In You singer confronted the picketers with an expletive-filled speech, which was caught on camera, and the video footage of the interaction went viral.
Foo Fighters have also had fun with the extremists - they dressed in disguise and performed songs that appealed to the God-fearing group on the back of a flat-bed truck outside a show in Kansas City in 2011.
Korn star Brian 'Head' Welch is celebrating his return to the stage after undergoing emergency surgery in Russia. The guitarist, who quit the group in 2005 and rejoined full-time in 2013, was hospitalised during the band's tour and underwent an operation to remove kidney stones before flying back to his native U.S. last week (ends01Jun14) for further treatment.
Welch has made a good recovery and he returned to the stage with Korn at the Rockfest festival in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday night (31May14).
He writes in a post on his Facebook.com page, "Right back at it again as ADTR (rock group A Day to Remember) says. First show back w/ (with) KoRn tonite (sic) and it was crazy. 50,000 people? Wow, thx (thanks) Rockfest..."
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley became embroiled in an online feud with actor Eric Stonestreet after the Modern Family star accused the rockers of "bullying" his mother during a flight. Stonestreet picked a digital fight with the KISS musicians via Twitter.com after finding out his mother was allegedly involved in a confrontation with the pair on a plane this week (beg26May14).
The actor posted a message online slating the rockers, writing, "Turns out both Gene Simmons AND Paul Stanley were on my mom's flight to Kansas City. Gene tried to bully my mom out of her seat and when she said no, he said, 'It's ok, I just bought the plane' and then asked her for HER autograph. - d**k move... The Paul (sic) called her 'Aunt Bee' - d**k move.
"I can't wait to run into you two old a** make-up wearing f**ks and tell you in person; you should have been nicer to my mom."
The message prompted a stern response from Simmons, who took to his own Twitter.com page to brand the story false and "pretty sad", adding, "Someone posted a story which is blatantly untrue. The essence of it was that we were mean to somebody's mother. It's simply untrue."
Stanley also waded into the argument, and ended the feud by branding the incident a "misunderstanding" and offering an apology to Stonestreet, writing, "I actually waited so your mom could get off (the plane) first. The rest - a misunderstanding of joking (sic). I apologise anyway. Good son."
Stonestreet replied to Stanley, "Thank u (sic) for that. She did tell me you let her go first. I will tape my glow in the dark KISS posters back together now."
Six hours later, he acknowledged his mother's story was false, writing to Simmons, "Take care. I assure u (you), I will have a stern talk with my mom about making up stories. Old people, ya (sic) know? OUR apologies."
Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church are planning to protest Cher's upcoming concert in Missouri over her support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
The extremist group has branded the gay icon, whose son Chaz Bono is transgender, a "bundle of confusion" and the God-fearing activists will picket outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City when her Dressed to Kill concert comes to town on 31 May (14). A message on their website reads, "(Cher) is known for her own filthy life, for failing to raise her daughter in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (sorry Chastity you're still a girl - chromosomes don't lie) and for encouraging people all over to engage in filth. She is one of the most recognized f** supporters there is."
The church's members are well-known for demonstrating outside concerts headlined by stars they claim support the LGBT cause - they have protested outside gigs by Blake Shelton and the Foo Fighters in recent years.