Brian Lowe / Knight/Bilham PhotographyKISS and Def Leppard are calling a press conference for March 17 in Los Angeles to make a "major announcement." Though there's no official word, a source close to one of the bands tells ABC News Radio that KISS and Def Leppard are planning a summer co-headlining tour, set to kick off in late June and go through the very end of August.
Though it's being billed as a co-headlining tour, the source tells ABC News Radio that KISS will be the closing band on all dates. There is speculation that the tour could extend internationally, but as of now only U.S. dates are set.
Brian LowePaul Stanley has more to say about KISS' decision to not play live at the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In an interview with Billboard -- ostensibly about his upcoming biography, A Life Exposed -- Stanley calls the Hall of Fame "a distortion of a bar mitzvah," and says KISS being inducted is "a bitter pill for them to swallow, so they're making it as small as possible."
Stanley says that the Rock Hall "wanted the original four guys to play, in makeup," but adds, "honestly, I don't want to roll the dice and possibly negatively impact on what I personally have been involved in building for 40 years. I have too much invested at this point. It really is a can of worms that I feel is better off left closed."
The singer is likely referring to the drama that seems to plague KISS when the four original members -- Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley -- perform together. The band's original-lineup reunion in 1996 sparked four years of sell-out tours and the first studio album by that lineup in almost two decades, but also brought with it huge infighting about money, billing and just about everything else -- what Stanley refers to as "a lot of cloak and dagger stuff...going on behind the scenes."
For more than 10 years now, KISS has toured and recorded with Simmons and Stanley, along with hired guns Tommy Thayer on guitar and Eric Singer on drums. And both Simmons and Stanley have been vocal about wanting to continue KISS with the lower-stress, non-original configuration.
Stanley tells Billboard, "There's been a lot of issues, and perhaps the best way to deal with them is to celebrate the four original guys and go there and get our award and to look past the differences that will always be there."
Will he use the induction to voice his displeasure with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Of course not, says Stanley. "There are a lot of people who are great inspirations to me, who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and for that reason and the fact that fans want us in there, I graciously and vigorously will be there to accept the award," he declares. "We should salute and enjoy an evening that celebrates what the four of us started."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Danny Clifford/Getty ImagesPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is preparing to release a new album that she recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, and she posted a video on her newly launched official website and YouTube channel that gives fans a taste of her latest musical endeavor.
The clip shows snowy scenes of Stockholm, as well as footage of Hynde in the studio with Bjorn Yttling of Swedish indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, with whom she collaborated on the album. In a voice-over, she explains how the project came together. "I met Bjorn in a coffee bar in Cleveland, Ohio, and we sort of met and agreed to try to do something," says Chrissie, who eventually decided to travel to Sweden to work with Yttling after listening to some of his music.
She then admits that she went to Sweden "totally unprepared," without any new song ideas, so Bjorn played "a couple things he had on his computer, and the first thing he played, it sounded like he whistled into his phone while he was walking down the street." In response, Hynde says, "I thought, 'Hang on a minute. I flew over here -- I came all the way over here to work with this guy, and he's playing something he whistled into his phone? I f***ing love this guy already.'"
The video ends with about 20 seconds' worth of a catchy new mid-temp song.
Back in October, Hynde shared a little information about the upcoming album while being interviewed at the 2013 Q Awards, where she was honored with the Classic Songwriter Award. She revealed that Neil Young and tennis legend John McEnroe both contributed their guitar skills to the album.
Meanwhile, in a recent post on her Facebook page, Chrissie reported that she expects the album to be released "sometime in May or June." She added, "I can't wait to get this record out so the world can dance and rejoice and I can get back where I belong. On a bus."
In a separate Facebook message, Hynde revealed that she was planning to schedule some special performances to promote the album and said she's "hoping to drag John 'Stevie Ray' McEnroe up onto the stage for at least one of these promised showcases."
Photo: Rob FortunatoJames Taylor has expanded his upcoming North American tour, adding 10 new dates since first announcing the trek in early February. The tour, which kicks off May 30 in Portland, Oregon, is now scheduled to run until an August 9 concert in Oklahoma City.
Among the new shows are a June 26-27 stand at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, as well as gigs in Kansas City, Kansas; Buffalo, New York; and Little Rock, Arkansas. Taylor also has added second nights to his visits to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on June 8 and June 18, respectively.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter will follow the North American tour with a European leg that's scheduled to run from early September until early October. That trek will make stops in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland and the U.K. As previously reported, Taylor also will give two special performances aboard the Queen Mary 2 while he's traveling to Europe. The cruise ship will embark from New York City on August 27 and is scheduled to arrive in Southampton, U.K., on September 4.
Here are all of Taylor's confirmed North American dates:
5/30 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 5/31 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena 6/3 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion 6/4 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 6/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 6/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 6/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center 6/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino Amphitheater 6/14 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion 6/15 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre 6/17 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 6/18 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 6/20 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 6/21 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 6/23 -- Kansas City, KS, Starlight Theatre 6/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 6/26 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival 6/27 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival 6/29 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center 7/3 -- Lenox, MA, Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood 7/4 -- Lenox, MA, Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood 7/13 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center 7/14 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook 7/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 7/17 -- Holmdel, NY, PNC Bank Arts Center 7/19 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/20 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 7/22 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 7/24 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 7/25 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/27 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/29 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 7/31 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 8/2 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 8/3 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/5 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8/6 -- Memphis, TN, Mud Island Amphitheater 8/8 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 8/9 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Rolling Stones will be thrilling fans in Europe this summer: they've just announced two festival dates in Holland and Belgium.
The Stones will perform at Holland's Pinkpop Festival on June 7, and at the TW Classic Festvial in Belgium on June 28. It's all part of the legendary band's 14 on Fire Tour, which is currently making its way through Asia, Australia and New Zealand before it hits Europe for their first dates there in seven years. More European shows in May and June will be announced in the next two weeks
In a statement, Mick Jagger said, "I love festivals in the summertime and can't wait for the tour to get to Europe." Keith Richards added, "Let’s keep this show on the road...the band are in top form so I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe.”
Photo: Jim ChapmanFor years, Faces fans have hoped that all of the band's surviving members would agree to hit the stage together, and it now appears that plans for a reunion event or tour finally are in the works for 2015.
"We're expecting big news any day," Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan tells ABC News Radio, before hedging just a little. "I mean, it's a plan. I hope it all comes together. It sounds like it will this time."
McLagan says that in addition to he and his Faces band mates -- singer Rod Stewart, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones -- likely getting together next year, he and Jones are plotting a special event celebrating their pre-Faces group The Small Faces' 50th anniversary.
"Small Faces and the Faces will do something in 2015," he declares. "It's looking very healthy."
McLagan explains that while Faces reunion will probably be a full-fledged tour, the Small Faces celebration likely will be a one-off London tribute concert featuring a variety of special guests filling in for the band's two late members -- frontman Steve Marriott and bassist Ronnie Lane.
"We got lots of friends," Ian points out. "We need singers and bass players and guitarists, and we know a lot of them. So, we'll put something together…We'll probably do…just one decent show and I think that would be really, really fine."
The surviving Faces were supposed to have given a reunion performance at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but Stewart was unable to attend the event because of illness. McLagan, Wood and Jones wound up performing with Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall filling in for Stewart. That same lineup mounted a partial Faces reunion tour in 2010 and 2011.
Meanwhile, McLagan tells ABC News Radio that he's excited about the new and expansive Small Faces box set, Here Come the Nice, that was released earlier this year. The collection gathers together a wide variety of rare recordings the British rockers made for the U.K.'s Immediate label from 1967 to 1969.
"It includes four CDs of previously unreleased material -- some stuff I hadn't even heard, mainly us working on songs in the studio," McLagan explains. He adds that the package also features "four vinyl 45s, two posters, postcards, a book of all the lyrics with photographs, and another hardback book which tells the story of how this collection came to be put together."
McLagan and Jones both contributed their input into the project, which was overseen by Rob Caiger, who Ian says took years putting the set together. "He's done a wonderful job," adds McLagan.
Meanwhile, Ian is gearing up to release a solo album titled United States with his longtime backing group The Bump Band this June. They'll be promoting the upcoming release with a couple of concerts this Thursday during the South by Southwest festival in McLagan's adopted hometown of Austin, Texas. Ian and The Bump Band will play an early show at The Lucky Lounge, where the group performs regularly for free, and a late gig as part of a Yep Roc Records showcase at The Continental Club.
BillyJoel.comBilly Joel turns 65 on May 9, and he plans to celebrate his birthday on stage at New York's Madison Square Garden. But he's also taking the opportunity to use that milestone to raise some money for a good cause.
New York Newsday reports that Billy will donate a portion of the proceeds from that show to the North Shore Animal League, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. It's headquartered in Long Island, New York, where he lives. Billy's very familiar with the League: In 2012, he adopted a pug from the shelter, and he's friendly with the League's spokeswoman, Beth Ostrosky Stern, and her famous husband, Howard Stern.
According to Newsday, the money from Billy's concert will go to add a second floor to the League's headquarters, thus expanding the space for animal care.
Billy's May 9 show will be the fifth installment of his ongoing once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden, which began in January. Right now, he has shows scheduled at the legendary venue through December, and has promised to perform there once a month "as long as there is interest."
WeWillRockYou.co.ukLondon's Dominion Theatre will be considerably less rocking after May 31, as the popular Queen-themed musical We Will Rock Youis set to end its 12-year run at the venue that day. The production has run nine years longer than any other show at the theater, and is one of the top 10 longest-running West End shows of all time.
We Will Rock You, which was co-created by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor with comedian and playwright Ben Elton, tells the futuristic tale of a group of young people who battle an oppressive corporation that discourages individual expression. The musical features more than two dozen Queen songs, including such classics as "Another One Bites the Dust," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Are the Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, of course, "We Will Rock You."
The musical officially opened at the Dominion on May 14, 2002, and when the curtain goes down on May 31, it will have been performed 4,600 times at the theater.
"We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theater artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002," say May, Taylor and Elton in a joint statement. "And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations!"
We Will Rock You also has been performed in dozens of countries around the world, including the U.S., where a traveling production launched last fall and will continue to visit a variety of cities through a July 15-August 24 run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Courtesy Estate of Eric Carr via FacebookIt seems like everyone's angry at KISS these days -- former original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are upset at being shut out of playing at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the KISS Army wants to see the original four on stage, and now comes word that the family of one of the band's late members also has a bone to pick with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The estate of late KISS drummer Eric Carr is suing the group for alleged unpaid royalties stemming from four songs that Carr wrote for the band -- "Breakout," "Carr Jam 1981," "Carr Jam 1991" and "Little Caesar."
The songs appeared on various KISS albums, and the Carr estate says it's due a cut of the royalties, which vary from 5 to 50 percent. They say they've been paid from one source -- ASCAP -- but were due revenues from additional sources that were kept secret from them after Carr's death in 1991. "[The family] thought they were getting it all from one source," the estate's attorney, Robert Garson, told the New York Post. Garson believes the family is owed payments from four other sources, including the current band and Gene Simmons Worldwide, Inc.
Representatives from KISS have not commented on the lawsuit.
Business WireKeith Richards has already won acclaim as an author for his award-winning 2010 memoir, Life. Now the Rolling Stones guitarist is seeking more literary satisfaction by writing an autobiographical children's book. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar is a picture book in which the legendary rocker recounts how his beloved grandfather helped inspire his own love of playing music.
The publication, which is scheduled to be released September 9 in hardback and ebook formats, features pen-and-ink illustrations by Richards' 28-year-old daughter, Theodora. The hardcover version will come packaged with a CD featuring bonus audio content.
Keith collaborated with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro on the story, which focuses on Richards' childhood relationship with his grandfather, Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree. Gus played music in a big jazz band, and encouraged Keith's own burgeoning interest in music. The book, which celebrates the Richards clan's multi-generational love of the arts, includes a number of personal family photos. Theodora Richards, who was named after Keith's granddad, based her illustrations on pictures from the family's collection.
"I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," says 70-year-old Keith about Gus & Me. "The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me."
Adds Theodora, "When I found out they wanted me to be a part of this project, my immediate instinct was to say yes, and I am so happy I did. To be able to explore my father's relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I've learnt during this whole process have just been life-affirming."
Columbia RecordsIn February 2013, Bruce Springsteen was recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a star-packed tribute event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Now, a special featuring highlights from the show is set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 30, five days after a DVD and Blu-ray documenting the bash will hit stores.
The 2013 MusiCares gala kicked off with a selection of acclaimed artists from various genres and generations putting their own spin on Springsteen tunes. Among the many luminaries who performed were Neil Young and Crazy Horse; Elton John; Sting; Jackson Browne; Patti Smith; Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello; soul/gospel great Mavis Staples; R&B singer John Legend; contemporary rock acts Mumford and Sons and Alabama Shakes; and country stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Natalie Maines and Emmylou Harris.
For the evening's finale, the Boss himself and his E Street Band hit the stage to play five-song set that ended with a rousing rendition of "Glory Days" featuring the concert's entire cast.
The gala not only celebrated Springsteen's music but also his philanthropic work. Aptly, the show ended up raising more than $6.6 million for the Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation, which helps musicians in times of need.
"MusiCares 2013 is a perfect fit for our programming, as AXS TV strives to deliver the best, and most unique, concert experiences to our audience," says the network's founder, Mark Cuban. "This event is truly inspiring -- not just because we get to see these talented acts come together to honor an icon, but because it shows the music community, as a whole, coming together to aid and honor their own."
The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Springsteen will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. on March 30.
Banger FilmsThe new Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from April 16 to April 27 in various New York City locations. The movie is being billed as the first-ever "doc opera," and will offer a combination of archival footage and photos, animation, interviews and theatrical scenes.
The film is scheduled to be released to theaters around the U.S. on May 30. The shock rocker has plans to include a pre-recorded Q&A segment that will be shown at the end of the upcoming screenings, and is asking fans to submit questions at the "Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice" section of the newly launched SuperDuperAliceCooper.com. Cooper will handpick questions and will record his responses for the video Q&A. The deadline for submitting questions is 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 15.
Super Duper Alice Cooper tells the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life story, from his childhood as a preacher's son to his transformation into one of the most outlandish frontmen in the music biz to his struggles with alcohol abuse during the 1970s and his reemergence as a clean-and-sober elder rock statesman. The movie will include new interviews with Cooper and some of his original band mates, as well as with such stars as Elton John, Iggy Pop, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Sex Pistols singer John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the latest movie from Banger Films, the Canadian production company also responsible for Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and the Metal Evolution TV miniseries.
Legacy RecordingsA Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he experienced backlash after reporting that another cop made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston at the scene of her death.
According to CBSLA.com, Sergeant Brian Weir claims Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall disturbed the scene of Whitney's body at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2012, and made remarks including that Whitney “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
After reporting the incident, Weir claims, he was removed from positions on the SWAT and K-9 teams and denied promotions. He seeks unspecified damages, and wants to be reinstated to the aforementioned positions.
Whitney was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after accidentally drowning in her hotel room's bathtub. Cocaine was found in her system. She was 48.
Warner Bros.Devo has settled a lawsuit it brought against a website that sells merchandise related to classic TV shows and movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Devo filed its complaint against TV Store Online in late December, claiming the site was selling unlicensed "Energy Dome Hats" -- the hats the band wore on the cover of their 1980 album, Freedom of Choice, which featured their signature hit, "Whip It."
The band claimed TV Store Online violated its trademark and right of publicity. Both sides told a judge on Friday that they've reached a settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.
AEG Live; RankinBillboard magazine has released the latest installment of its annual Money Makers list ranking the top-earning music artists of the past year, and a number of veteran rock acts made it into the top 10 of the tally. Bon Jovi ranks highest among rockers at #4 after earning more than $29.4 million during 2013. The New Jersey rockers can thank their massively successful Because We Can tour, which was the year's top-grossing trek, along with sales of their latest album, What About Now, and back catalog for their big payday.
Right behind Bon Jovi, in fifth place, are The Rolling Stones, who raked in in excess of 26.2 million bucks last year, despite scheduling a relatively small number of tour dates. Rounding out the list's top 10 was Fleetwood Mac, who earned about $19.1 million, thanks largely to the band's first tour in several years.
Further down on the tally is Paul McCartney, who brought in more than $13.7 million to land at #21. The Eagles are right behind Sir Paul at #22, having earned about $13 million, bolstered by the band's popular History of the Eagles trek.
Topping Billboard's Money Makers list is country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift, with earnings of close to $39.7 million in 2013.
The magazine compiles its tally by estimating an artist's U.S. earnings based on touring stats, album and single sales and streaming data. The rankings don't include money from sponsorship or merchandise deals due to lack of substantial data.
Interscope RecordsContrary to a recent article from Billboard reporting that U2's next studio album won't be released until next year, a spokesperson for the band tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the record is still expected to be released in 2014.
"U2's album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven't been confirmed yet," the rep says.
Billboard claimed that sources close to the group told the magazine that Irish rockers had delayed plans to release the album this year because they wanted to do some additional recording with two producers that they only recently had brought into the project -- Paul McCartney collaborator Paul Epworth and OneRepublic frontman/songwriter Ryan Tedder, both of whom also have worked with Adele. In addition, the sources said that a tour U2 had initially intended to launch in September was now slated to get under way in the summer of 2015.
U2's long-delayed follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon initially was supposed to have been issued later that same year as a companion piece to that album. The release has been move back numerous times for various reasons.
Aretha's RecordsThis past Thursday, President Obama experienced an "oops" moment during a star-studded, soul-themed concert at the White House, when he accidentally misspelled the title of Aretha Franklin's signature anthem "Respect" during an introduction speech.
The president was greeted by laughter from the audience after he said, "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect."
Now, the Queen of Soul, who performed at the concert, has issued a statement in response to Obama's gaff, making clear that it's hasn't diminished any of the esteem she feels toward the president.
"I'm sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired," says Franklin. "However, spelling and giving it, is a huge difference. The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T."
Franklin performed her classic song "I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)" during the concert, which was taped for a new episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House series subtitled Women of Soul that's scheduled to premiere April 7 at 9 p.m. ET. The president, along with first lady Michele Obama, also were treated to performances by Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande and Tessanne Chin at the show.
PonoMusicMusic lovers soon will finally be able to enjoy PonoMusic, the high-quality digital audio service that Neil Young helped develop. On Monday, some official details were revealed about the service, which will work in conjunction with a portable device called the PonoPlayer to offer what the company claims is "the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels."
In a statement, Young, who's the PonoMusic founder and chairman, says, "It's about the music, real music. We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market."
Users will be able to purchase and manage high-resolution music files using the PonoMusic desktop application. The PonoPlayer will be sold for a suggested list price of $399 at PonoMusic.com, but can be pre-ordered for a special discounted price starting this Saturday, March 15, at KickStarter.com. The PonoPlayer comes with 128 gigabytes of memory, which will allow the listener to store between 1,000 and 2,000 albums. In addition, memory cards can be purchased that will let users store and play additional high-resolution music files.
Recommended headphones and earbuds for use with the PonoPlayer also will be available at PonoMusic.com.
As previously reported, Young will be at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday to take part in an interview event at which he will discuss the launch of PonoMusic. The Q&A session will be held at the Austin Convention Center at 5 p.m. local time.
PaulMcCartney.comPaul McCartney is set to launch the 2014 edition of his Out There tour next month. The ex-Beatles legend has scheduled his first concert of the year on April 21 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.
The event will be McCartney's first show in Chile since May 2011, when he gave a performance at Santiago's Estadio Nacional as part of his Up and Coming Tour. As with his 2013 concerts, McCartney is expected to play classic Beatles, Wings and solo material at the gig this April, along with selections from his latest studio album, New.
McCartney promises to be unveiling additional 2014 tour dates soon. You can find out the latest info about his Out There trek at PaulMcCartney.com.
Courtesy of Gene SimmonsGene Simmons will guest-star in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, set to air this week. The KISS singer/bassist will play -- guess what? -- a rock star on the crime drama, accused of murder. In the hammy trailer for the show, Simmons is questioned by detectives for slaying a groupie and growls, "If you think I'm a killer, you can kiss my..."
This won't be the first time Simmons has played himself on a TV show. Besides starring in the long-running A&E reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels, he also made guest appearances in episodes of Ugly Betty and Castle. In addition, his voice has been featured in several episodes of Family Guy.
KISS fans may do well to hope that this doesn't mark Simmons' desire to return to an acting career. His band mate Paul Stanley recently griped to Guitar World that Gene's wanting to pursue acting in the '80s amounted to "questionable activities" that left Paul feeling "lonely and stress[ed.]"
Simmons' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode airs this Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
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