*Paul McCartney has been announced as the third headliner for the annual Firefly Music Festival, taking place June 18th – 21st at the Woodlands of Dover, Delaware. The other two headliners, The Killers andKings of Leon, were announced earlier this month.
So far this is the only U.S. show scheduled for McCartney in 2015. Tickets for the fest go on sale Monday.
*Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is in some legal trouble in Texas.
The drummer, who was with the Seattle band from 1991 to 1994 and appeared on their records “Vs” and “Vitology,” has a warrant out for his arrest by Denton County Police for possession of a controlled substance. The warrant has been in effect since September. There is a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to his arrest.
Abbruzzese is reportedly charged with one Class A Misdemeanor for possession, punishable by up to a year in jail or a $4,000 fine, as well as a First Degree Felony for the “Manufacture Or Delivery of a Substance,” which carries a punishment of five to 99 years in prison.
*Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford seems hopeful that fans may one day soon get to hear some new material from the band. In an interview with “The Morning Call,” Whitford explained that he hopes Steven Tyler’s current project will light a spark that will get him back in the studio with the band.
“Steven is working on a solo album that he’s been wanting to do for the last 20 years,” Whitford said. “I think a good deal of inspiration may come out of that – he may want to continue to write.”
Of course, Brad admits there's nothing definite set on the books, so everything is still up in the air.
*Randy Bachman’s new album is full of power collaborations – Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton – and now Neil Young! Bachman just released his song with Young, entitled “Little Girl Lost.”
And Young’s contribution wasn’t just the song. Bachman says the singer’s advice created the impetus for the whole album in the first place.
“He said ‘Take some advice. Don’t do the same old crap and call it something new,’ Bachman quoted young to Ultimate Classic Rock, “‘Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.’” Bachman added “and I go, ‘Okay.’”
*The Scorpions are bringing their 50th Anniversary tour to North America this fall.
The German rockers will return to the States on September 10th with a show in Boston, Massachusetts, hitting 11 cities before wrapping things up October 2nd in Los Angeles, California.
While they may be celebrating half a century, they aren’t just playing old songs like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “Winds of Change” in concert. The band actually just released a new record, “Return to Forever,” which came out last week. It was their first original project in five years.
*Either someone really loves U2 or they really like trees. Or both. The tree on the cover of the band's 1987 album "Joshua Tree" has been vandalized. The site has become a sort of mecca for U2 fans and on a recent visit, one such music lover noticed someone had cut part of the tree off.
“This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs – evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir," the fan wrote on a U2 fansite. "Are you kidding me?”
*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.