A day after former guitarist Ace Frehley revealed that the original lineup of Kiss would not be performing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, it has been announced that there won’t be any version of the group playing at the event.
“To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” the band announced on their official website. According to the statement, the group were willing to perform alongside founding members Frehley and Peter Criss, but wanted other veterans of the group — such as current lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, current drummer Eric Singer, and former members Bruce Kulick and the late Eric Carr — to be involved and / or inducted as well.
With Kiss finally set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, one might thinkPaul Stanley‘s attitude toward it might have softened somewhat, but that isn’t the case: In a new interview, Stanley made it clear that he still feels the whole thing is “tainted, corrupted and distorted.”
Explaining to Classic Rock Magazine that he doesn’t feel honored by the induction because “it was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us,” Stanley reiterated his reasons for refusing to grant the Rock Hall legitimacy. “At the end of the day most people don’t realize that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board,” he pointed out. “It’s a perfect case of perception becoming reality.
Many of us thought Ozzy Osbourne was being somewhat insulting when he suggested Bill Ward wasn’t in good enough shape for the Black Sabbath reunion, but maybe he wasn’t far off the mark.
Ward, who underwent colon surgery back in October, is now recovering from another round of procedures stemming from a shoulder problem he sought to have corrected last fall. Happily, it sounds like he’s finally back on the mend and getting ready to start playing again, as he recently detailed in the following Facebook post:
It has been a while since we heard rumblings out of the AC/DC camp, but it looks like that’s about to change. In a new interview, singer Brian Johnson divulged the group’s plans for the year, which involve a new album, their first since 2008′s ‘Black Ice.’
Johnson gave a call to 98.7 the Gater, where he’s taking part in the Palm Beach Grand Prix. About six minutes in, he spilled the beans to Andy Preston. “Well, you’ll be the first one to know,” he said. “Really, because we’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure…But I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.”
Van Halen are working on a new album, according to Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti.
In an interview with VH1 Radio Network, Tremonti was asked about new music from his solo project, Tremonti – which includes bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.
"With Wolfgang in the band now,” said the guitarist, “he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they're putting together a new album, so it's going to be hard to get everybody's schedules to line up."