*Joan Jett appears to be enjoying her new Golden God title. Ms Thang officially received the honor last night at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, where she also took the stage with the Blackhearts to play hits like "Bad Reputation" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You."
The latter included guest vocals from Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen and a brief cameo from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Comedian Andrew Dice Clay and Nicholas Cage were also on hand at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the evening's other big honoree, Axl Rose, who picked up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, and then performed a lengthy ceremony-closing set with Guns N' Roses that included original bassist Duff McKagan.
*Producers on "Midnight Rider," the Gregg Allman biopic need to find a new leading man. Deadline.com is reporting that William Hurt has dropped out of the project. The Oscar-winning actor had signed on to portray the rocker in his later years. The production has been wrapped in controversy following the death of a crew member, who was struck by a train on the first day of shooting back in February.
Hurt was on the scene at the time of the accident, which is under investigation.
*If the upcoming reissues of the first three Led Zeppelin albums has put thoughts of a possible reunion into your head - you can let it go. And don't believe us, believe Robert Plant, who is adamant that it was never going to happen again.
During an interview with the BBC about the album release, Plant and Jimmy Page were asked if they would ever get back together for another show along the lines of the 2007 concert that resulted in the ‘Celebration Day‘ movie and album.
“I’m sure people would love to hear it,” Page said. “I’m not the one to be asking, I don’t sing.” But when Plant was asked about the chances of it happening again, his answer was a firm “zero.”
*Over the course of their recent touring schedule, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (and guesting Tom Morello, who's been sitting in for Steven Van Zandt) have proved that they do enjoy a cover song. They've debuted everything from the Bee Gees to AC/DC and Lorde. The fun continued in Pittsburgh this week when they cranked out a performance of the Clash classic, "Clampdown."
The three-hour performance also featured a number of rarities including the tour's first "Stand On It" and "I Wanna Be With You." The latter was played for only the second time since 1999.
*Back in 2011, the world cried with then-29-year-old Sarah Churman as she heard the sound of her own voice for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant. Fast forward and now Sarah is a bona-fied rock fan - and her very favorite band? MEGADETH! The "Las Vegas Review-Journal" has shared the story of how frontman Dave Mustaine reached out to Churman - and KTNV got in on the act.
“It was such a heart-touching story to watch her,” he explained to KTNV. “I consider myself to be pretty rugged, but I got a little teary-eyed when I watched her be able to experience what we all take for granted. And then somebody had said, ‘You know, she actually likes your music.’ When we found out that she was a fan, it was, like, this is a no-brainer. We wanna meet and just say how fortunate we are to be a part of her life and this new phase.”
*If you’ve been excited to hear the upcoming "Soundtrack of Summer" tour featuring Styx and Foreigner, you'll get an early idea thanks to a new album. The bands are releasing"The Soundtrack of Summer," a new compilation featuring many of their biggest hits, on May 6th.
The album includes the original recordings of eight songs by both bands - with an added bonus: the 17th track is a re-work of the Eagles‘ ‘Hotel California’ featuring the third act on the tour, Don Felder. That song was released yesterday.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.