*The Nirvana reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction might have an even bigger effect including...new music? In an interview with "Rolling Stone," bassist Krist Novoselic leaves open the idea of new music from the band. "There's Foo Fighters and Dave has some other projects going on. And I have some commitments. But you never say never now," he said. "We did it. I sure won't say no. Maybe we can even do some new music one day."
Don't go marking any dates on your calendar however. "We haven't even talked about it," drummer Dave Grohl explained. "We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again. That's what made it so powerful and beautiful and meaningful. And it may never happen again, so we made the most of it. And it was f***ing great." Keep your fingers crossed, fans.
*The major record labels are once again standing up for oldies artists - and themselves - in court. "The New York Times" says Sony, Warner, Universal, and ABKCO have teamed up in a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora, claiming the outlet has been playing songs recorded before 1972 without authorization. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan are among the many artists specifically mentioned in the lawsuit.
This material is not protected under federal copyright laws, but the labels are arguing that they're still covered under state law. In their lawsuit, the companies claim Pandora "appropriates plaintiffs' valuable and unique property" in violation of New York's copyright laws. The four labels launched a similar suit against Sirius XM Radio last year.
*The Whois documenting one of their shows from last year's "Quadrophenia" 40th anniversary tour. "Quadrophenia: Live in London" captures the final concert of the trek, which they played before their hometown crowd last July. The show featured a performance of the band's 1973 rock opera in its entirety, along with a handful of other classics including "Who Are You" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
The release will be available on June 10th in a variety of formats, including DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video, as well as an audio-only two-disc CD set and digital album. In addition, an expanded Deluxe Metal Box version will feature the DVD, Blu-ray, and CD set, along with other extras.
*Paul McCartney'supcoming tour continues to grow. Macca has added six more shows to his upcoming run. He's now slated to launch the U.S. portion of his trek with his concert debut in Lubbock, Texas on June 14th. Sir Paul will also play his first full solo show in Jacksonville on June 22nd. McCartney has appeared in the Florida city twice before - in 2005 as the Super Bowl halftime show performer, and in 1964 with The Beatles.
Other newly announced stops include Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, and Salt Lake City, while more shows will be added to the run. Don't have tickets for his tour yet? You may be out of luck - or you'll at least have to dig VERY deep in the ole pocket book - McCartney's previously announced U.S. dates - in New Orleans, Louisville, Albany, and Pittsburgh - are already sold out. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public on April 25th. Ticket pre-sale information is available at PaulMcCartney.com.
*Bob Dylanis no longer facing charges in France over his alleged "hate speech." "The Wall Street Journal" says a French magistrate dismissed the charges this week, because the folk-rock legend didn't make his remarks to the French media. The case stemmed from an article published in the French edition of "Rolling Stone," in which Dylan compared relations between black and white Americans to that of Jews and Nazis as well as Serbs and Croats.
A French-based Croatian organization filed a complaint over the article, claiming Dylan's words violated France's "hate speech" laws by inciting hatred toward Croats. However, the magistrate explained that Dylan was speaking with the U.S. edition of "Rolling Stone," and never gave permission for the article to be published in France. Authorities have now filed the same "hate speech" charges against "Rolling Stone's" French publisher.
*Ever since he's gotten his goofy pay-per-view wedding over with, Journey guitarist Neal Schon has seemed to have gotten focused back on what made him righteously famous: making music. But since Journey's not doing anything serious at the moment, he's branched on his own and has been working on a new record. Yesterday, he served up a preview of the effort dubbed, "So U." Schon debuted the video for "What You Want," a track from the album on UltimateClassicRock.com.
Schon teamed up with Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and Thin Lizzy bassist Marco Mendoza to record "What You Want," which he describes as "cool," "funky," and "rockin'." Neal tells UltimateClassicRock he particularly likes the vocal arrangement, He explains that he "wanted to kind of do the Sly Stone thing," with him, Deen, and Marco switching off between the high and low harmonies, so it's "sort of pinballing around."
*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.