*As expected, the Rolling Stones finally announced their North American tour dates yesterday. The band’s latest trek, dubbed the “Zip Code” tour, will kick off May 24th at San Diego’s Petco Park, hitting 15 cities in total, and wrapping July 15th at Quebec's Le Festival D’Été de Québec.
"We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer," frontman Mick Jagger said in a statement. "We are looking forward to being back onstage and playing your favorite songs." Added Keith Richards, “We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America. I can't wait to get back on the stage!" The tour will stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4th!!
The Hall of Famers also announced that they will be reissuing their classic album “Sticky Fingers” on May 26th in a variety of formats.
*Joni Mitchell was rushed to the hospital yesterday in Los Angeles.
According to TMZ a 911 call came in from the singer's home with reports of an unconscious female, although the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was said to be alert while being transported to the hospital.
There is no word on what caused her condition, but she was said to be in intensive care as of late yesterday.
Paul McCartney has now worked with Kanye West on two songs, Kanye’s “Only One,” and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” and while he knows the rapper can be controversial, McCartney is certainly impressed by the fact that he’s so outspoken.
"Whether you like what Kanye does or you don't, he's an artist and it's his prerogative. His school of thought is that he's reclaimed the 'n' word, he's re-appropriated it," Paul told ‘Q’ magazine. "I thought [his performance of ‘All Day’ at the Brit Awards] was great. I really did. I love his balls. If you're gonna work with Kanye you have to accept who he is."
*Van Halen fans who tuned in to watch the band on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday night were probably wondering why singer David Lee Roth had a bandage on his nose. While some people on Twitter joked that it may be a Breathe Right Strip, or that he and Eddie Van Halen may have gotten into an altercation, it turns out Roth was hiding a minor bruise that he actually caused himself.
Seems when the band launched into their hit “Panama,” Roth started twirling his mic stand and wound up hitting himself in the nose. Roth continued on for a while but eventually had to leave the stage to get bandaged up, while the rest of the band continued to vamp to fill the time. When Roth returned the band started the entire thing over, which is what viewers at home got to see.
"Let's give it up! He sacrificed his nose!" Kimmel told the crowd.
*Led Zeppelin fans now have a totally new way to experience the band’s music. In honor of the group’s 40th anniversary reissue of “Physical Graffiti,” the rockers have released a new interactive music video for the rough mix of “Trampled Under Foot,” a previously unreleased track that was originally called “Brandy & Coke.”
The video, which is on the band’s website, has fans roaming through the building pictured on the cover of the 1975 album, with 16 difference scenes all accessed through a window on the cover. Scenes include a performance at London’s Earls Court in May, 1975; an audience watching a lyric video for the song, as well as the stage set up for their 1975 tour, artwork, animated clips and more.
*Prepare your blackest apparel and darkest eyeliner because The End Times are upon us. Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins have announced their big plans to co-headline for a very nostalgic, summer tour. The 23-day trek will kick off on July 7th at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California and will conclude at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 8th .
Manson will be promoting his latest album, The Pale Emperor during The End Times North American tour, while the Pumpkins are endorsing for their December 2014 release and eighth album, The Pale Emperor. Tickets are expected to go on sale on April 3rd. More information can be found on the both Marilyn Manson’s and Smashing Pumpkins official websites.
*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.