News in brief from round the planet: Judas Priest future, Joe Bonamassa, Smashing Pumpkins, New York Dolls, Metallica, Rush, AC/DC
Judas Priestcould be planning to stage the long-discussed live version of 2008 concept album Nostradamus after they finish their last world tour this year. The band are working on a new album but don’t intend to travel the world in the future. But guitarist KK Downing has hinted they might be considering a short Nostradamus tour which consists of a small number of multi-night stops in cities big enough to attract the crowds. He says: “To be honest I’ve not given any thought to scenarios after the final tour. I feel Priest has played its part in music history and feel very proud to have achieved what we have. As for the future – we probably need the help of Nostradamus.”
Joe Bonamassa will release his twelfth album, Dust Bowl, on March 21m complete with a collaborative track featuring Black Country Communion bandmate Glenn Hughes. The pair have recorded Heartbreaker, written by Paul Rodgers. Bonamassa says: “I’m finding more inspiration in storytelling in my thirties, writing songs about something more than ‘my baby left me’. I like albums that sound organic and a little rough around the edges, and that’s what we’ve accomplished.” A limited-edition digibook version will include a 60-page feature on the guitarist’s career.
Ex-Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky has been jailed in Michigan in connection with horses escaping from her ranch in 2009. She was fined for the original infraction but failed to pay, then didn’t appear at four subsequent court appearances. She was arrested on Tuesday and is due to be release on Monday.
Earl Slick, best known for his work with David Bowie in the 1970s, has become tour guitarist for the New York Dolls. Slick appeared on David Live, Young Americans and Station to Station before forming Phantom, Rocker and Slick in the 1980s. The Dolls will tour the UK in March following the release of new album Dancing Backward in High Heels.
Metallica‘s Garage Inc album will be rereleased on vinyl on March 1. It will be available in a standard three-disc format with a deluxe six-disc version including all the band’s B-sides until 1998 and the Garage Days EP.
The makers of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage say they don’t expect to win a Grammy at the upcoming awards night, and they won’t be accompanied by any of the band members. Director Sam Dunn says: “We’re not holding our breath, although it would be amazing for us and for Rush as well. We tried to bring the band but Neil Peart said the last time he’d been it was the worst day of his life, so he’s not coming again.”
AC/DC‘s 1979 concert movie Let There Be Rock will be released on blu-ray on June 7. It’s presented in a collectors’ tin and includes a DVD version. The recording was made two months before the death of then-frontman Bon Scott.