Steven van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is putting a record together for 60s hitmaker Darlene Love, and he's enlisted several of his famous pals to help. He name dropped some to Rolling Stone: "I'm writing. Elvis Costello's writing. I've talked to Bruce about a song," he began.
Jimmy Page has unveiled a selection of new merchandise on his official website. The merch includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos and mugs all bearing the artwork from his most recent release Lucifer Rising.
Neil Young has put his support behind the Rainbow Connection Kickstarter page, an initiative to put the brakes on illegal logging. The organizers hope to retrofit old cellphones with solar cells, hang them in trees and use the signals to catch loggers before they can cut down the trees. The tech is a step up from satellite surveillance, which produces results at a slower pace.
Paul McCartney will release two Wings records - Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound - as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection on September 22. The LPs will come in a two disc standard edition and three disc deluxe edition, complete with extra material, a book featuring unpublished photographs and new interviews with McCartney.
Lenny Kravitz has released "Sex," a single from his upcoming tenth album, Strut. "Sex" follows "The Chamber" as the second single from the LP. "This is one of my favorite tracks on the album," Kravitz tells Billboard. "It was recorded with minimal instrumentation, guitar, bass and drums. The strength of the groove comes from the sparse production which creates space."
Ace Frehley, former KISS guitarist, isn't happy that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are carrying on the group's name without him. Speaking with the Express, he went so far as to say that the two are going to "look foolish" when his new album comes out: "It's a joke. In concert, I always delivered, and 95 percent of the time I delivered on record."
The Doobie Brothers have unveiled the guest list for their upcoming country tribute album Southbound. According to guitarist and singer Patrick Simmons, the group was surprised to hear they had so many fans in the genre: "The artists picked the tracks. It's a best-of, if you will, but it's re-done by incredible Nashville players in the studio . . ."
Ozzy Osbourne will release Memoirs of a Madman, a two-disc solo career spanning set, due October 7. The set features a CD, including 17 of Oz's greatest hit singles, while a companion DVD, features music videos, live performances and interviews. The set will also be available as a double-vinyl set and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc.
Elton John has given screenwriter Lee Hall access to his diaries to help him with the writing of the upcoming Rocketman biopic. Hall, speaking with the BBC, said Elton is eager to make a true to life film: "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab . . ."
Joe Perry says that he was recently in the studio with Paul McCartney, but refused to elaborate on the project. Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times, he said they spent a good deal of time in the studio: "To spend six or eight hours in studio with him recording! He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy]. He just happens to be a motherf—ing huge talent!"
KISS are among the acts to be confirmed at the Fashion Rocks show during Fashion Week in New York City. The two hour event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, airs live on CBS from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 9. Other acts to take the stage include Usher, the Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, Duran Duran and Jennifer Lopez.
Susan Sarandon has revealed that she used to be romantically involved with David Bowie, going so far as to call her former lover "extraordinary." "He's worth idolizing. He's extraordinary," she told the Daily Beast. "That was a really interesting period. I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I'm the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them."
Stevie Nicks has unveiled the release plan for her upcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault. The Fleetwood Mac fronter says the record hits October 7, but those who purchase it on vinyl can pick up a limited edition copy one week earlier on September 29. The record is comprised of cuts Nicks wrote between 1969 and 1987, with two additional cuts.
"Green River," the title track for the third Creedence Clearwater Revival album, has got a new lyric video from Concord Music Group. The original cut hit in 1969, while the updated vid features the song's words overlaid on pastoral images. CCR fronter John Fogerty is currently on a lengthy North American summer tour that picks up on July 25 in Cincinnati, OH.
Neil Young has been named as one of the headliners for the upcoming Farm Aid concert at Raleigh, NC's Walnut Creek Amphitheater on September 13. White will be joined by fellow headlining acts Jack White and Willie Nelson for the event. Other acts on the bill include John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jamey Johnson.