*Led Zeppelin is trying to make their "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit go away.
"The Hollywood Reporter" says the band has filed a motion in an effort to get the case dismissed. They're alleging that a Philadelphia court is an inappropriate venue for the proceedings because the members of Led Zeppelin are all British, and have no property or business interests in Pennsylvania. They add in their motion that the late Randy Wolfe -- better known as Randy California -- was a Californian. The American rocker's estate is suing Zeppelin, claiming "Stairway's" iconic opening riff is a replication of Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus," which Randy wrote.
Zeppelin's motion is asking the judge to either dismiss the case completely or transfer it to a California court. The group's attorneys argue that several people who could be called as witnesses all live in California, and many documents that will likely be researched for the case are stored in that state.
*Gene Simmons may think rock is dead, but Ringo Starr believes all is well.
During a recent interview with NME, Ringo said he’s “never believed” the periodic claims of rock’s demise. “The saving grace for me — I have to admit I’m not a big fan of the boy bands dancing and that stuff," he offered, "But the thing that saves me is there’s always bands out there. There’s always bands playing somewhere, and they come through in the end.”
*Motley Crue's final tour includes a stop at the iHeartRadio Music Festival - and that's happening this weekend.
The two-day, multi-genre event gets under way today - Motley Crue is playing tonight, along with Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Ariana Grande, and others. Train, One Direction, and 50 Cent are slated for tomorrow night, along with Weezer, Paramore, Eric Church, and others. The iHeartRadio Music Festival is set for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be webcast at Yahoo! Live. The show starts at 10:00pm/ 7pm PT. Additional details are available at festival.iheart.com.
*Rod Stewart's in the middle of writing a new album - all it took was "Time." That is, his recent album of that name. Speaking to an Australian entertainment news website, Rod says he's flush with creativity. "I’m actually halfway through a new album," he offers. "I was very encouraged by the success of 'Time,' it was a very long period where I wasn’t writing any songs. It’s encouraged me to take another step forward and come up with more songs and I’m finding it quite easy. The flood gates have been reopened."
And while he loves the new music, he's also well aware that his fans aren't exactly interested in the new stuff when he's performing. "It is a struggle," he says. "I’ve got a unique method. I’ll say ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to have to put you through the misery of a new song...just pretend you’re listening to 'Tonight’s the Night' and give it a big round of applause at the end!’"
*Bono says he’s isn’t surprised that Sharon Osbourne took to Twitter for a profanity-laced rant about U2‘s recent iTunes album giveaway. In fact, during an interview this morning with Kevin Klein Live on Live 105-KITS in San Francisco, he says U2 expected to get some push back — but that having the opportunity to reach half a billion people worldwide was worth the risk.
“Every songwriter just wants to get heard,” said Bono. “You know, the figure of 500 million is great. That means they got a chance to download it. But the real figure is — and I just heard this today — that 38 million people have actually listened to the album. Apparently, one or two people didn’t like it.”
Osbourne called U2 “a bunch of megalomaniacs” on Monday, six days after U2 gave away ‘Songs of Innocence‘ as part of a massive Apple product launch promotion.
*Don’t expect Slash to join the funeral procession for rock ‘n’ roll anytime soon.
The guitar legend stopped by the Ultimate Classic Rock offices to discuss his new ‘World on Fire’ LP recently, and we couldn’t help but ask for his thoughts regarding Gene Simmons‘ recent pronouncement that rock is dead. And while he admitted that he understands “the music business itself is not catering to rock ‘n’ roll at all,” he sees a wide gulf between what the industry is willing to promote and what the fans want to hear.
“There’s a lot less opportunities in the record business to get a deal and get a record out there, and there’s not a lot of radio play for it,” he mused. “But that said, the rock ‘n’ roll audience is rabid and huge, and just as alive and kicking as it ever was. So I get what he’s saying, but I also think it’s really great to separate the men from the boys. If you’re really passionate about the kind of music you wanna do and you’re not looking at it from a dollars and cents point of view, but you just want to create new music and somehow go out there and play live and get it out there, that passion has to be honed in, and it has to be real. It can’t be about buying cars and getting laid and all the other perks that go along with making a lot of money — it’s gotta be about the music, and I think that’s really healthy.”
*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.