While in Massachusetts for a concert, Rod Stewart asked a shopkeep for his signature. Rod, a model train hobbyist, stopped at the store, Fine Scale Miniatures in Peabody, to check out its selection of wares, and wound up asking the owner, George Sellios, for his signature. According to ABC, Sellios is "legendary in [train hobbyist] circles," and Stewart was reportedly "in awe."
KISS have unveiled their latest foray into the merchandising world — an officially licensed version of Sega's iOS game Demon Tribe. The painted rockers shared the new game online this week, boasting that it blends of the best of several spheres of the gaming world. In an official statement, band reps say that the game is "an intense real-time blend of MOBA, Card Collection . . ."
Heart have confirmed plans to release a new live DVD and album in the new year. The release, Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum, hits February 25 on CD, DVD and Blurry and was culled from the group's recent Fanatic tour. "This was the first time we had been able to play some of our new songs off our new Fanatic album on camera," said singer Ann Wilson.
A new album featuring never-before-heard music from Johnny Cash will soon be released. The album, Out Among The Stars, is being released by the Cash estate as part of a celebration of his 80th birthday and the 10th anniversary of his death.
Actor Ben Whishaw has been tapped to play the leading role in the upcoming biopic of Queen legend Freddie Mercury. Whishaw most famously starred as Q in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall. Whishaw will step into the void left by Sasha Baron Cohen after the latter exited the project earlier this year.
Mick Jagger says he will appear on Concertina Jack, the upcoming studio album from his brother, Chris Jagger. "My brother Chris Jagger has a new album called Concertina Jack, & I'm singing on the title track," wrote Mick on his Twitter page. According to Chris, the album, his ninth solo effort since 1973, marks an anniversary for him.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been announced as one of the headliners at Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London next year. The ten day fest runs throughout July 2014, and will feature Young and the National on July 12. Others acts scheduled for the same day include Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte.
Joan Jett is featured on the latest edition of Guitar Center Sessions, a DirecTV series that hosts concerts in addition to live interviews. In the episode, Jett sat down with host Nick Harcourt to discuss her sound and how her songwriting has evolved over the years.
During his recent show in Moscow, Elton John didn't hold back from criticizing the country's laws against so-called homosexual propaganda. The Rocket Man stopped his concert to speak out against the legislation, which was signed by Vladimir Putin last June.
Neal Schon has confirmed that he has a special guest planned for his upcoming pay-per-view wedding to girlfriend Michaela Salahi. The pair are set to wed in San Francisco on December 15, and viewers can tune in to watch the event for $14.95. Speaking with TMZ, he declined to reveal the mystery guests identity . . .
Heart have canceled an upcoming appearance at SeaWorld, following the airing of CNN's documentary Blackfish, which chronicles the lives of captive orcas. "Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film Blackfish," the band wrote on its Twitter page.
Lyrics to "Born to Run," handwritten by Bruce Springsteen pulled in $197,000 at a Sotheby's auction, topping the estimated auction price ($70,000-$100,000) by a lot. The lyrics, much different from the final version of the song, were taken from a spiral bound notebook that belonged to the Boss. However, the manuscript does include "a nearly perfected chorus," according to the house.
Carlos Santana and Billy Joel were both honored at the Kennedy Center Honors over the weekend. Santana was feted at the event with a performance of his hit "Oye Como Va," performed by Juanes and Tom Morello. Other honored at the event were Shirley MacLaine, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo.
Palladia, the sister station of VH1, has aired its behind the scenes doc on the making-of Paul McCartney's latest album, New. Something New alternates footage of the recording process and the memories and reflections of those involved. The result is a look into Paul's creative process and collaboration with the album's star-studded production team.
Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, is unsatisfied with the verdict in the recently concluded wrongful death trial against AEG - now she's looking to take the concert promoter back to court.
She filed court documents this week citing jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors as the reason for re-trial, according to TMZ.