Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have almost completed work on a new album. Although there is no set release date, the band plan to have the 11-track ‘Hypnotic Eye’ out at some point this summer.
After the bluesy sprawl of 2010′s ‘Mojo,’ the new album finds Petty returning to their roots in ’60s garage rock. “I knew I wanted to do a rock n’ roll record,” Petty told Rolling Stone. “We hadn’t made a straight hard-rockin’ record, from beginning to end, in a long time.
Judas Priest‘s first new album since 2008′s ‘Nostradamus’ — and first with new guitarist Richie Faulkner — is complete.
“The Priest album is finished. It’s done,” Priest frontman Rob Halford told Loudwire. “I just heard from the mastering sessions that [guitarist] Glenn [Tipton is] looking over in England, it’s finished. It’s done.”
Halford was on the red carpet on Monday (March 17) for the 3rd annual Ronnie James Dio Awards, where he was given the Man on the Silver Mountain Award — named after the Rainbow song he coincidentally just recorded for an upcoming tribute album — for helping to raise awareness of Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. But he also admitted that the newly finished work doesn’t have a release date.
The Rolling Stones will play Rome's Circus Maximus on June 22 as part of their 14 On Fire tour. The Stones will be playing more major shows in Europe in May and June, and these will be announced soon.The show at the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium marks the third European date of the summer for the band, following previously announced appearances at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland on June 7 and the TW Classic Festival in Belgium on June 28.
The group played Singapore on Saturday , marking the final stop on the Asian leg of the tour; the Stones will kick off a series of Australian dates in Perth on Wednesday.
Black Label Society mastermind and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde had a prized guitar and a leather vest stolen from his tour bus on Friday and is enlisting fans' help in tracking down the items.Wylde was performing in Chicago on Friday (March 15th) as part of the all-star lineup of this year's Experience Hendrix Tour and he had his vest and his $10,000 Pelham Blue Bullseye Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar stolen from his tour bus at around 10 PM. Wylde spoke with The Chicago Tribute about the theft, "I thought somebody might have picked it up and put it in the back lounge (inside the venue) … Nothing gets stolen off tour buses unless you don't lock them. Rule number one: when you get off this (expletive deleted) bus, you lock the (expletive deleted) door and you check the handle." He adds, "Hopefully, these morons are going to go down to the flea market, or the pawn shop."
Wylde has asked fans that may have information about the guitar and vest to send a message to his Twitter account at @ZakkWyldeBLS.
Nearly a decade after it was closed, the former children’s home that inspired John Lennon‘s classic Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is set to re-open.
The BBC reports that the Liverpool building, which is currently owned by the Salvation Army, plans to convert it into a “training center for people with learning difficulties.” The article goes on to add that the organization has also presented the city council with plans to open the site for public visits — and although a spokesperson stressed that this is all in the “early consultation stage,” they hope to return the original distinctive red gates, which were placed in storage in 2011, to the entrance.