He says, "The bit onstage, that's easy. If I could do that around my neighborhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I'm taking a leaf out of JJ [Cale]'s book: When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."
One particular road headache -- despite being able to travel first-class and in private jets, he still has to endure going through security. "I never get it right. I forget to take off my belt, or I has change in my pocket. Next thing I know, 'Can you come over here please?' I just don't want to do that anymore."
Clapton, who turns 68 on March 30th, starts his next tour on March 14th in Phoenix, two days after the release of his new album, Old Sock.
TOM PETTY: Revving Up for the ResidenciesTom Petty says he is looking forward to doing five and six-night stands with The Heartbreakers in theaters in New York and L.A. in May and June.
"This is a good thing to do every now and then. It gets the band members in tune with each other in a way that you don't get on a big tour... I don't want to do a 'greatest hits' night. We should push ourselves, do things we don't even remember. It's about getting the best out of the band and to show people there are a lot of sides to us, the different kinds of music this band can play. We are a very good blues band. And we're a pretty good bluegrass band, believe it or not. We just don't get a chance to do that very much. You only get so much time in a concert -- you can't do everything in one night. But I'm just gonna go where the wind blows us." He also says he may consider doing complete albums during the shows.
Petty is taking time out from recording to do six weeks on the road, although he is not sure if he will debut any of the new songs. "I'd rather people heard the record before we perform the songs. But I also like the songs and want to play them. If they're sounding really good and I get the okay from the head office, I'll do it."
The tour starts May 16 in Evansville, Indiana. The New York engagement is May 20th, 21st, 23rd, 25th and 26th at the Beacon Theatre. The Fonda Theatre in L.A. will follow on June 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th.
DEE SNIDER: Is the Feud About to End?Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider is not a fan of the Swiss heavy metal band Krokus and it has nothing to do with their music.
In 1982, his wife Suzette was hired to make their stage costumes, but they did not like what she created and their manager refused to pay her. In his autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, Snider, referring to them as Crapus, writes, “These guys ripped off and threatened my wife. You have no idea how close you were to landing in the bottom of a lake.” So it will be interesting to see what happens when both Twisted Sister and Krokus share the bill at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France in June.
Krokus bassist Chris von Rohr says, "The clothes did not correspond to what we had agreed -- too much harlequin style. So we made a bonfire of it. If we have not treated his wife with due respect, we are sorry.” Von Rohr adds that he hopes they could bury the hatchet and have a drink.
Snider is willing to listen, saying, "If they mean business I think it’s a nice gesture -- but I’ll have to ask my wife if she can forgive Krokus.”
Snider returns to Celebrity Apprentice this Sunday night on NBC.
VAN HALEN: Roth's GoalIf David Lee Roth had his way, Van Halen would tour more often, especially internationally. Speaking ahead of their show in Australia next month, he says, "The Van Halens, I think, are just now starting to value that which once was, which was the capacity to experience other worlds, other communities, particularly when you are a stranger in a stranger land. I find that so refreshing. And you gotta be prepared to be a beginner, you gotta be prepared to not have your cheeseburger and fries, you gotta be prepared for a lot. In the days back when, we would come off the road after a full year out, I would walk straight though to the international terminal and head for an adventure. I have earned the stars and scars..."
Following Australia, Van Halen then has a few dates in Japan in June.
AC/DC: For Those About to DrinkAC/DC have added beer to their line of alcoholic products following their launch of wine in 2011. AC/DC Premium Lager Beer is a pint of true German Premium Lager with five-percent alcohol. AC/DC joins a list of beer-endorsing bands such as KISS, Motorhead and Whitesnake.
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TOM PETTY: Taking Break From Recording to TourAfter teasing us with the announcement of three festival dates this spring, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will hit the road early this summer. They are taking a break from recording a new album that will be out next year to do six weeks, playing arenas, amphitheaters and multiple nights in theaters in New York and L.A. The tour starts on May 16 in Evansville, Indiana and runs through June 29th in Minneapolis.
- 5/16 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center
- 5/17-19 - Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
- 5/20, 21, 23, 25 & 26 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
- 6/3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
- 6/15 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
- 6/13-16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
- 6/18 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
- 6/20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
- 6/21-23 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
- 6/23 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Arts Center
- 6/28 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheater
- 6/29 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
All dates subject to change
BOB SEGER: Tour Takes Off in ToledoBob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band started their Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour Wednesday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, where he began his last tour in 2011. Playing to a sold-out crowd, Seger turned in a 24-song, two-and-a-half hour set. His former road manager and photographer, Tom Weschler, co-author of the Seger book, Travelin’ Man, tells us Seger sounded as good as he did in the ’60s and ’70s.
Taking time out from recording a new album to do this tour, Seger opened with a new song, the appropriately titled “Detroit Made,” which was written by John Hiatt. He did two other new songs -- “All the Roads” and Wilco’s “California Stars,” and “Like a Rock” returned the set after 25 years with audience remembering and singing every word. Seger ended the night with two encores containing two songs each, with the tour’s title track, “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” closing it out. Show number-two is Friday, also in Toledo. The tour runs through April 18th in Buffalo, New York, but a few more dates are expected to be added.
Bob Seger opening night set list:
1) Detroit Made
2) Trying to Live My Life Without You
3) Fire Down the Road
4) Main Street
5) Old Time Rock & Roll
6) All the Roads
7) Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
8) Nutbush City Limits
9) Betty Lou’s Gettin’ Out Tonight
10) Like a Rock
11) Travelin’ Man
12) Beautiful Loser
13) Roll Me Away
14) Come to Papa
15) Her Strut
16) California Stars
17) We Got Tonight
18) Turn the Page
19) Sunspot Baby
21) Against the Wind
22) Hollywood Nights
23) Night Moves
24) Rock and Roll Never Forgets
ROLLING STONES, THE SMITHS: Marr and Woody Win, Perform TogetherThe Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood and Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, joined forces on stage Wednesday night in London at the NME Awards. Both played guitar while Marr handled the lead vocal in place of his former band mate Morrissey on The Smiths' alt-rock classic "How Soon is Now?" Their six-song set also included a cover of The Clash's "White Riot."
Wood was there to accept Best Live Band and Best Music Film honors for the Stones and their Crossfire Hurricane documentary, while Marr was on hand to receive the magazine's Godlike Genius Award.
Other notable winners included The Killers (Best International Band) and Florence and the Machine (Best Solo Artist).
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IN OTHER NEWSTed Nugent will be featured on NRA News Cam & Co. Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on The Sportsman Channel. This week's theme is "Straight Shooters."
Jimi Hendrix is the official face of Record Store Day, April 20th, as his image will grace the official poster. It is a shot taken in a small record store in New England just before the release of his Are You Experienced album. And in support of the day, Experience Hendrix will issue a limited-edition, individually numbered seven-inch vinyl single featuring the original mono mixes of "Hey Joe" backed with "Stone Free," which have been unavailable since their original 1966 release.
John Mellencamp will headline the MJ&M Gala at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas on April 11th. It's a joint fundraising effort led by actor Matthew McConaughey, country musician Jack Ingram and the University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown that works to impact the lives of kids by investing in programs dedicated to empowering children.
Elton John's 21st annual Academy Awards Viewing Party Sunday in L.A. raised $6 million for his AIDS Foundation. Among those who ponied up the big bucks were Bono, Bernie Taupin, Steven Tyler, Chris Cornell and Dave Grohl.
David Crosby will perform at a benefit concert for the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California, which is near his home, on March 28th. Actor-singer Jeff Bridges is also on the bill.
DEF LEPPARD: Praise for Bowie
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is so happy to see that David Bowie is back.
It's no secret that Elliott is a big Bowie fan, so it comes as no surprise that he's excited for next month's release of the album The Next Day. He also likes the way Bowie is releasing singles from the disc. The first one, "Where Are We Now," came out in January. The video for the slow, haunting track features only Bowie's head -- which Elliott thinks is brilliant. "I think he's very clever to put out a song that's probably not representative of the record. It's gonna make everything else around it sound like The New York Dolls when it comes out, no doubt." And Elliott is correct -- the second single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," released this week, is an uptempo track.
The Next Day is due on March 12th.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Weiland Responds to FiringScott Weiland has issued a statement about being fired by Stone Temple Pilots this morning -- and let's just say no one will call this an "amicable split."
Weiland's press flack sent out a note from the singer expressing surprise about the whole thing. He says, "I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour, which starts this Friday.
THE WHO: Behind Daltrey's Blue Eyes
Roger Daltrey did something special for a Who fan in New Hampshire.
Last Sunday, as Daltrey was sitting in his limo en route to The Who's show in Manchester, he noticed a young girl with a cane and her family trudging through the snow to the show. The girl was wearing a Who T-shirt. Daltrey immediately arranged for them to be brought backstage before the show to meet with him where he discovered that the girl, 12-year old Josey, has been blind since birth. He then dedicated the show to her, but with one slight hiccup -- he called her Chelsea instead of Josey.
But on Monday, Daltrey reached out to Josey via Skype and apologized, saying, "I must have been thinking about the Arsenal – Chelsea soccer game." Josey's mom, Lucy, said, “We are ecstatic, Roger. You have made our dreams come true! Thank you. We are honored and so blessed!"
The Who wrapped up the North American leg of their Quadrophenia tour Tuesday night in Providence, Rhode Island. But before heading home to England, they'll play a benefit Thursday night in New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden for Teen Cancer America and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer hospital in New York. Elvis Costello will open.
DAUGHTRY: Lawsuit Drags OnA crew of former bandmates will get one more shot at taking Chris Daughtry to court. A federal judge has refused his request to have their suit dismissed.
Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry, who played with Daughtry in his pre-fame band Absent Element, filed suit last year, claiming "fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices and other deceptive and wrongful conduct.” They claim that Daughtry’s songs “Breakdown,” “Gone” and “You Don’t Belong” feature music and lyrics from a 2005 Absent Element album, Uprooted, and that they also contributed to the hit "Home."
The judge kicked the case back to a North Carolina state court, where it will be heard.
Source: Greensboro, NC News and Record
AEROSMITH: Dreaming BigIf two Democratic representatives from the Massachusetts hometowns of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have their way, Aerosmith's "Dream On" will become the official state song. James Cantwell of Marshfield, where Tyler lives, and Josh Cutler of Duxbury, where Perry has a home, have introduced legislation just a week after another state representative introduced a bill that would have made the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" the state's official rock song.
Other states' representatives have gone this route before, most notably a failed attempt in New Jersey on behalf of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."
ROLLING STONES: It's Only the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Fans Will Like ItThe Rolling Stones will be the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's next major exhibit. 50 Years of Satisfaction will open in Cleveland Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24th.
The exhibit, which will take two-and-a-half floors, will be rich with artifacts, many of which have never been seen in public before.
The Stones were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.
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BLACK KEYS: Auerbach on Nashville Wednesday
Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach makes a cameo tonight (Wednesday) on the ABC drama Nashville.
Auerbach appears as himself at the Bluebird Cafe, at a surprise birthday party for one of the show's regular characters, guitarist Deacon (Charles Esten). A publicity still from the show shows him standing at a table next to country star Vince Gill.
The show airs at 10 p.m. ET.
DAVID LEE ROTH: All About the Tattoo
The latest episode of The Roth Show has Diamond David Lee Roth waxing poetically about tattoos and living in Japan. He says part of the reason why he moved to Tokyo was to have a genuine Japanese tattoo artist ink him a dragon, which takes up all of Roth's back. He says so far there are more than 100 hours invested in the tat. Another reason for his move has to do with his love of martial arts, of which he is a student. Roth also maintains a home in Pasadena, California and an apartment in New York City.
The first single off of Van Halen's last album, A Different Kind of Truth, was "Tattoo."
Van Halen has three shows scheduled for Japan in June.
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GREEN DAY: Billie Joe Talks About RehabGreen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong talks about what led to his rehab stint in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Armstrong, who says he battled alcohol and prescription drug abuse for many years, says "I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout." He says that he only remembers "tiny things" about his on stage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas last September. Armstrong says, "The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, 'How bad was it?' She said, 'It's bad.' I called my manager. He said, 'You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.'"
This issue is out on Friday.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: How 'Bout I Do the Albums TourScott Weiland says he's playing Core and Purple on his upcoming solo tour because his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates didn't want to.
Weiland tells Michigan Live, "Originally, it was an idea I came up with for STP for the anniversary of Core to do [that] album in its entirety. The rest of the guys didn't want to do it. So, it was still something that there was a lot of public interest in... I talked to the guys in my solo band, The Wildabouts, and they were totally into it, as were the promoters. It worked out."
Weiland will start his tour Friday in Flint, Michigan.
PAPA ROACH: A Connection to TouringPapa Roach will kick off The Connection tour in April. The band will be joined on most of the dates by Escape the Fate and Otherwise. It starts April 13th in Orlando, Florida and hits 24 cities before wrapping up with their appearance at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 24th.
STONE SOUR: Announce Spring DatesStone Sour will be back out on the road in April. The tour starts April 2nd in Portland, Maine and hits 12 cities before it wraps up April 27th at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida.
NEAL SCHON: Won't Stop Believin' in the Justice SystemJourney guitarist Neal Schon has been no stranger to lawsuits the past few years, but he seems to be on a winning streak.
The latest case involves his last ex-wife Amber, who was looking to boost his child support for their two kids, Aja and Sophia, from $3000 a month to just under six grand. But a family court judge in Minnesota, where she lives and where they were divorced in 2007, ruled against her, saying she "intended primarily to upgrade her own standard of living," which is quite pricey -- $7200 a year for clothing, $5760 for a storage locker, $9600 for birthday parties and a whopping $2400 on postage. The judge suggested she complete her teaching degree and get a job, adding that it is not Schon's fault that she has been unable to "obtain any kind of employment."
Schon says, "My concern is with my children, and I'm infuriated they are being exploited and used to extort money from me." Schon, who's dating former reality star Michaele Salahi, was married three other times before Amber, and has three other kids.