*Paul McCartney continues to make music and tour but judging by his huge bank account he really doesn’t need to. The former Beatle once again tops the “Sunday Times’” annual list of the richest musicians in the UK and Ireland, with a one-point-one billion dollar fortune, which is up $30 mil from last year. Of course the money isn’t all his, since his wife Nancy Shevell is an heiress, and said to be worth $225 million.
The pair’s fortune easily outranks composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who is the number two position with $976 million, followed by U2, whose band members combined are worth $637 million.
*Pete Townshend will be honored next month in New York with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his charity work supporting MusiCares’ MAP Fund, which helps musicians with addiction and recovery.
Bruce Springsteen will present Townshend with the award at the Best Buy Theater on May 28th, and The Who guitarist will perform alongside John Corey, Loren Gold, Pino Palladino, Frank Simes, Zak Starkey and his brother Simon Townshend on guitar. Also scheduled to perform that night are Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Foreigner’s Mick Jones.
*Neil Young is getting ready to release more than just a new album. The singer’s latest record, “The Monsanto Years,” recorded with Promise of the Real, a band that includes Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah, is due out June 16th , and turns out he’s also going to put out a making-of documentary about the album.
At the Tribeca Film Festival in New York Wednesday night, Young screened a “work in progress” cut of the unfinished doc, telling the crowd, "No auto tune or vocal booths were used, and no ears were harmed in the making of this record.”
Earlier this week, Young announced he and Promise of the Real would be touring in support of “The Monsanto Years.” The trek kicks off in July.
*Two of Faith No More’s best-selling albums will be in record stores again this June. The rockers will reissue 1989’s “The Real Thing,” and 1992’s “Angel Dust,” each with a bonus disc packed with rarities. Neither reissue, both due out June 9th in either double CD or double heavyweight vinyl, will include previously unreleased material, but they will feature popular, and hard to get B-sides from the band.
“The Real Thing” will feature remixes of Faith No More’s three biggest hits “Epic," "Falling to Pieces" and "From Out of Nowhere,” as well as a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Meanwhile, “Angel Dust’s” extra disc will feature several live recordings, as well as the band’s infamous cover of the Commodores’ “Easy.”
Faith No More is currently on a North American tour, which runs through next month.
*Long before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day rocked a different stage- their high school.
Footage of the guys playing at Pinole Valley High School in their native California on May 10th, 1990. Just two years later, the band would release "Kerplunk."
*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.