*Sammy Hagar has been in the studio working on a new album, and he's had a few old friends stop by to help.
On April 28th he laid down tracks with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and two of his Chickenfoot bandmates -- bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith. This led Hagar to point out the following -- pay close attention:
In the mid-'80s, Hagar and Schon were in a band with bassist Kenny Aaronson and drummer Michael Shrieve called HSAS. With Michael Anthony and Chad Smith in the studio, it was a new version of HSAS. Or, it could also be a new version of Chickenfoot with Neal Schon in place of another S, Joe Satriani.
In 2003, Hagar, Schon and Anthony put together the short lived Planet Us, which eventually morphed into Soul Sirkus, minus Hagar and Anthony.
No word on when Hagar plans to release the album.
‘NOW What?!’ is the classic rock band’s first studio record since 2005 and is the fifth Deep Purple record on which Morse has performed. Despite the guitarist wanting to stay true to the original spirit that former guitarist Richie Blackmore brought to classics such as ‘Smoke On The Water,’ Morse shares that he also injects some of his own personal touches to the songs.
*Supporters of a plan to raise money for a statue of Bon Scott in his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland received a big boost recently when AC/DC put their weight into the project with a post on their official website. The campaign is looking to raise over $75,000 (50,000 pounds) before June 5. As of today (May 16), they’re one-third of the way there.
Sculptor John McKenna will design the monument. The effort, according to NME, is being organized by DD8 Music, who’s behind the Bon Scott music festival in Kirriemuir.
*If you happened to be in attendance at the O2 Arena in London last November when Bill Wyman joined the Rolling Stones on stage for the first time in roughly 20 years, hang on to those memories, because Wyman says it’ll never happen again.
Having already expressed his disappointment with his extremely limited involvement during the shows, Wyman later revealed that he’d turned down an invitation to join the band on the American leg of its ’50 and Counting’ tour. And judging from the tone of his comments during a recent interview with the Huffington Post, it sounds like he intends to decline all further Stones opportunities, too.
*Southern California Slayer fans will be able to pay their respects to the band's recently deceased guitarist and founder, Jeff Hanneman, with a free memorial celebration set for the end of May.
According to a posting on the band's Facebook page, the Hollywood Palladium will open their doors to Slayer fans of all ages on May 23 for a first-come-first-serve event that's slated to run from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The venue's capacity is around 4,000.
*The Foo Fighters are one of the many guests joining John Fogerty on his new album, "Wrote A Song For Everyone," due May 28.
The all-star duets project features Fogerty pairing with artists like Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, and others to perform tunes from his legendary songbook, including solo tracks and Creedence Clearwater Revival cuts.
John teamed up with the Foos at their studio to record CCR's 1969 anti-war anthem "Fortunate Son," and is sharing a video preview of the session.
*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.