Guitar greats Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons have become the latest rock icons to team up for a U.S. tour. Beck will join Gibbons' band ZZ Top on the road for a five-week summer trek, which begins in Montana on 8 August (14) and wraps up in The Woodlands, Texas a month later (12Sep14).
Each show will feature full sets from both acts and close with a collaboration.
Gibbons and Beck joined forces at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009 to perform Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady and ZZ Top's Rough Boy, and in 2010, Beck joined Gibbons and his bandmates onstage during a show in Lucca, Italy.
Beck will be 70 when the new tour kicks off - his birthday is 24 June (14).
The rockers' trek won't be the only hot double act ticket this summer - Linkin Park will tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and Kiss will hit the road with Def Leppard.
Bruce Springsteen is re-teaming with documentary director Thom Zimny for a new behind-the-scenes film about the making of the rocker's most recent record, High Hopes. Earlier this year (Jan14), the music icon proved he hasn't lost his star power when his 18th studio album debuted at number one in 20 countries.
Prior to its release, Springsteen teamed up with his old pal Zimny for the fourth time, allowing cameras to follow the singer during his studio sessions and rehearsals.
Zimny also sits down with Springsteen for an in-depth interview, and the director talks to the rocker's High Hopes collaborator, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
Zimny previously directed 2010 documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, 2011's Bruce Springsteen: A Conversation With His Fans and Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run in 2005.
High Hopes will air on America's HBO network on 4 April (14), just days before Springsteen and his E Street band are set to receive the Award for Musical Excellence at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on 10 April (14).
Peter Gabriel has confirmed he'll attend the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when he's honoured in April (14) after missing out on Genesis' celebration there in 2010. The Sledgehammer singer was forced to bow out of an appearance with his former bandmates four years ago due to touring commitments, but after winning a solo place in the museum, alongside the likes of Cat Stevens, KISS and Nirvana, Gabriel insists he will be there.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I will definitely go. The last time I got in, it was, like, two days before my tour started. I would have otherwise gone. I just thought, 'I can't go. We've given ourselves very little rehearsal time'. But it was a great honour."
But Gabriel fears he might not perform at the induction ceremony on 10 April (14): "Unfortunately, my bass player, Tony Levin, is committed to a prog-rock cruise the week of the event. I have to see if I can do something about that. We want to steal him for a night.
"I'll probably play, though if I do In Your Eyes, it'll take 10 minutes and that might be all the time I have."
You can call off the search for your old bandana, because there won't be any Guns N' Roses reunion this weekend. Since it was announced in February that the band would be inducted this year along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, and Donovan, there's been intense speculation that its original members may appear together for the first time since 1993. However, Axl Rose has nixed that idea, declining the induction in a lengthy open letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler left the band in the mid-'90s, Rose reformed Guns N' Roses with an all new lineup and spent years working on the 2008 flop Chinese Democracy. Rose has continued touring with the new incarnation of Guns N' Roses and rumor has it that the ever-controversial rocker is dating Lana Del Ray (they've yet to comment on their relationship).
Apparently, Rose was put off by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame choosing to honor the Appetite for Destruction-era bandmates, rather than their current lineup. In his letter, he says he will "respectfully decline" his invitation to Saturday's ceremony, adding, "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf." He also explains that while former members have occasionally appeared with Guns N' Roses, there will never be a reunion (though fans will probably never stop asking for one).
Here's Rose's letter in full:
To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N' Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,
When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N' Roses were to be inducted it'd be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.
Since then we've listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N' Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists' comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.
Under the circumstances I feel we've been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N' Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in "our" induction (that for the record are decisions I don't agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things... no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn't appear to be somewhere I'm actually wanted or respected.
For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It's their show not mine.
That said, I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of "Guns N' Roses".
This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp's perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I'm sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I'll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don't intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we've actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, "damned if I do, damned if I don't" scenario all the way around.
In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I've publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing's changed.
The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of "for the fans" or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and DJ Ashba.
Izzy came out with us a few times back in '06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in '06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in '11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that's enough.
There's a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn't room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.
Maybe if it were you it'd be different. Maybe you'd do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We're there for each other when the going get's rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.
So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn't owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another's, or in this case several others', expense.
But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the "no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn't care about the fans" crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let's move on. No one's taking the ball and going home. Don't get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we've endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball's never been in our court.
In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I'd like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns' induction. More importantly I'd like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we've had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N' Roses music.
I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!
P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III
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