*Most music fans have heard about the “day the music died.” On February 3rd, 1959, rock n’ roll’s early pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (real name is J.P. Richardson, Jr.,) were killed during a tragic plan crash in Iowa. At the time, the crash was attributed to pilot error, but now 56 years later, a petition has asked for the investigation to be reopened.
Billboard.com reports that the National Transportation Safety Board is currently “reviewing a petition asking us to consider reopening the investigation,” which could take “several months” says NTSB spokesman Terry Williams. The original investigation was conducted by the Civil Aerodynamics Board, which no longer exists, and the NTSB will determine if anything was missed the first time it was done.
*Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is going to have a busy year. The rocker has announced that his first solo album in nine years will be coming out later this year, and he’s already lined up a set of European dates to promote it.
Gilmour will play five cities in four countries, with the tour kicking off September 16th in Croatia. It ends with three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, September 23rd - 25th.
As for the album, it still doesn’t have an exact release date or a title, but back in October he told “Rolling Stone” that it was “coming along very well.”
*The Pretenders front woman is currently working on “an incredibly frank” memoir set to be released September 8th by Penguin Random House.
Hynde’s yet-to-be-titled book will delve into her childhood in Ohio, plus it promises a “strikingly intimate portrayal” of the punk rock scene of the 70s, and will feature a “bittersweet” look back at the Pretenders, which lost two of its original members to drugs.
"I’m approaching writing this memoir much the same way as I would an album," Hynde, 63, says. "I hope it makes you want to dance, have fun, dig out some old records and maybe even root through your closet and dust off your guitar."
*Rod Stewart is following in Ozzy Osbourne‘s foot steps — but it doesn’t mean he’ll be making a doom-rock album next. Instead, Stewart has reportedly begun filming a family-based reality show for E!, according to the Mirror, just as Osbourne did before him.
Stewart, 70, is said to be doing the series with wife Penny Lancaster, 43, and their two kids, ages 9 and 4. Grown children from Stewart’s first marriage are also apparently going to have “prominent” roles. “Rod is very proud of his family and he wants to show everyone that,” a source tells the Mirror. “He will star very much as the dad, and it will show he has kept things together.”
Shooting on Rod Stewart’s partially scripted show is said to begin in June.
*Is Metallica‘s new album finally getting closer to something that people can actually hear? If you ask drummer Lars Ulrich, he’ll not only tell you it’s definitely on its way, but you’ll also get sucked in by his enthusiasm for it.
“We are f—ing in it,” he told Rolling Stone. “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re honing them and tweaking them. It’s pretty close.”
But before we get our hopes up too high, the article reveals that the band hasn’t started pre-production on the record. They haven’t even settled on a producer. But Ulruch did offer a timeline for at least this stage of the process. “The creative elements are getting close to being done,” he continued. “Just remember, this is still ‘Metallica time.’ When I say we’re close to being done, it means the next month or so.”
Cooper faced off against the Band in the final round, and although it wasn’t a landslide, he walked away with more than 50 percent of the vote, capping a victory streak that included a close win over Bob Seger and a thoroughly impressive whooping of Neil Young.
Cooper’s induction is just the latest honor in a pioneering 50-year career. His early releases helped lay the groundwork for the sound and image of countless heavy metal acts to follow. They also sold in impressive numbers — after 26 studio LPs and counting, he’s notched six releases that have been certified platinum or better, racking up more than 50 million units, and a pair of Grammy nominations, along the way.
*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.