Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck has been ordered by doctors to cancel the second leg of his upcoming European tour, which was due to begin tomorrow in Austria.
Citing a statement on Jeff Beck’s official site, Guitar World says that Beck has been instructed to not perform for the next six weeks. Although his precise medical condition has not been disclosed, the statement says that Beck had recently sought “emergency medical attention” and will “now undertake a short hospital procedure” which necessitates the month and a half long break.
Beck fully anticipates being back on the road in time for the Aug. 8 kickoff of his American tour with ZZ Top. We anticipate that Beck’s pairing with the Texas trio will prove to be a more positive experience for the musician than last year’s shows with Brian Wilson, which he referred to as “a bit of a nightmare.”
This past February, Beck declared that his upcoming studio project, due for release later this year, is destined to be “a very important album” for him.
“I’ve worked, worked, worked for the last three years,” he told Rolling Stone. “Now is the time really. My [70th] birthday is coming up [in June], if you get me. I thought it was time for a really, really good studio album I had control over and time to do properly instead of a budget problem. Even though I do have budget problems!”
The Kinks are setting plans in motion for a reunion after nearly two decades apart, with leader Ray Davies confirming that he’d like to begin work on a new album with Dave Davies. The band’s battles, on stage and off, have become the stuff of legend.
“I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again,” Davies says in a new interview. “We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again. We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.”
Could a reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup take place in the next two years? Craig Duswalt, Axl Rose‘s personal manager from the group’s ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour, believes it could happen.
These comments come on the heels of the release of Duswalt’s memoir, ‘Welcome To My Jungle.’ Seeing as how the time he spent with the group included the last time the original line-up toured together, he is intimately familiar with the relationships among the former bandmates.
Duswalt tells ABC News Radio that he believes that Duff McKagan‘s return to the band to occasionally fill in for current Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson’s commitments to the Replacements is the catalyst which will eventually reunite the original lineup.
A couple of days ago, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page gave a coy response to the possibility that the group might one day headline the Glastonbury Festival. Now, Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant has once again put the kibosh on the idea, with some strong words for his former bandmate.At a press conference in Morocco where his band the Sensational Space Shifters were slated to perform, Plant was asked to comment on the topic of Page saying that he was tired of Plant “playing games” when it comes to mounting a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.
“I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again,” Plant said. “We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don’t speak on the same page but that’s life.”
With only a few days to go before the release of the reissues of their first three albums, Led Zeppelin have given us one (possible) final tease at the unreleased material. This time it’s a rough mix of ‘Heartbreaker,’ which was originally found on ‘Led Zeppelin II.’
The stream can be heard over at Parade, but you only have a few days to check it out. It will only be live through Monday, June 2, the day before the reissues go on sale. Two days ago (May 29), another previously unreleased song from ‘Led Zeppelin II’ hit the internet. You can listen to ‘La La’ here.
These three reissues are the first installment of Jimmy Page‘s remastering of the entire Led Zeppelin catalog, with the remaining titles to be released chronologically. They will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats, with a companion disc of previously unreleased tracks as a Deluxe Edition. All three albums will also be available in a Super Deluxe edition that adds a massive hardcover book and a high-quality print of the album cover.