Founding KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have basically given the middle finger to co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons by not participating in the official KISS documentary, You Wanted the Best You Got the Best.
Director Alan G. Parker says, “Gene and Paul were shocked at first, but now they don’t seem to be. There’s been so much bitchiness down the years, and so much said about and done to Ace and Peter that they interpreted the request to be in the movie as a favor to Gene and Paul. Because of that they won’t go anywhere near it. The negotiations were interesting, to say the least.”
But fear not -- they’ll still be in the film. Before current guitarist Tommy Thayer joined the band, he would oversee many of their archival projects, and he gave Parker footage of Peter and Ace from a previously planned documentary that never saw the light of day. Simmons says, “The results won’t be sugar-coated. Alan has 100 percent freedom to present us the
way he sees fit, and if that makes us look like capitalist pigs, then so be it. It’s exactly what I am –- I will charge you for everything I do.”
Parker says he has five more interviews to do and hopes to premiere the film at the Cannes Film Festival in May, followed by theaters in the fall.
Bono was on The Late Show With David Letterman Thursday night and Dave asked how the new U2
album is coming along. Bono didn't give any specifics, only saying that
they "have to make a great U2 album" and their fans "don't care waiting
as long as it's great."
There has been talk that it might be out this year, although nothing has been announced. U2's last album was 2009's No Line on the Horizon.
The Heartbreaker Tour with Heart and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience started last week in Florida and it does feature both bands performing together. The tour came together after Bonham joined Ann and Nancy Wilson last December in Washington, D.C. in tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors.
After opening the show, Bonham and his guitarist come back out at the end to join Heart on “Battle of Evermore,” “The Song Remains the Same,” “Rain Song,” “The Ocean,” “Kashmir” and, along with a choir, “Stairway to Heaven.”
Seeing the Wilson sisters and Bonham do “Stairway to Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors was quite a moment for Robert Plant, who recently said, “I just couldn’t believe that song had anything to do with this 64-year-old man that was sitting next to John Paul Jones [and Jimmy Page]. I thought to myself, ‘This is me…how did this happen?’”
The Heartbreaker Tour is in Virginia Beach Monday night. It runs through August 31st in Heart’s hometown of Seattle.
Jimmy Page took in the June 14th London show by Lez Zeppelin, an all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band. Afterwards he went backstage to say hello.
Ronnie Wood is hoping that The Rolling Stones' 50 and Counting tour will lead to one more album.
He says, "It takes so much time and effort to take this thing back on the road. We test ourselves in stages, and this is the latest surge of energy. We’ve got the big wheels rolling now; we’ve just got to find the gaps to record.”
Wood says the tour is going great, too. "We’re having a ball –- the shows are the best we’ve ever done. It’s a new lease of life. They’ve proved to be a kick in the pants for us. Not
only can we do it –- we’re better than ever.”
The Stones are down to the last three shows on the North American leg of the tour -- tonight (Tuesday) and Friday in Philadelphia, and Monday in Washington, D.C.
A clump of Mick Jagger's hair from the early '60s is going on the auction block.
The locks belong to the grandmother of Chrissie Shrimpton, a girlfriend of Jagger's before he hit fame with The Rolling Stones. Grandma apparently gathered the hair out of the drain after Jagger took a shower at her home. The auction house, Bonhams, says, "Apparently, on her grandmother's death, the hair passed to Chrissie's aunt, and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects."
The hair will go on the block on July 3rd in London, with proceeds going to the charity Changing Faces. It is estimated to sell for between $2000 and $4000.
A couple of clips of Keith Richards' hair recently sold at auction for $1400.
David Coverdale wants to apologize to Robert Plant for negative things he said 20 years ago.
In 1993, Jimmy Page teamed up with the Whitesnake frontman for an album and tour as Coverdale-Page. That led to a war of words between Coverdale and Robert Plant, with the Led Zeppelin singer calling him “David Cover-version." And Coverdale did not bite his tongue, saying, “There's certainly no love lost between myself and Robert… I wouldn't send him cat food if he was starving."
Two decades later, Coverdale regrets those remarks. He says he recently saw Page and said, “When you speak to Robert, offer my sincere regrets for any negative things I've ever said, which were mostly defensive. I hold him in the highest esteem as a human being, and as an artist, and I really would like to, you know, sit down, buy him a drink, shake hands
and say, 'I'm really sorry,’ you know, ‘Can we be friends again?'”