One click, 10 stories: Aerosmith feud over, Bret talks Poison plus Clapton, Creed, BLS, Soundgarden, Tankard, REM, Tool and Kiss
Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler says he and guitarist Joe Perry have put their recent two-year feud behind them. The singer reports: “Joe and I sent smoke signals, shot the shit and chewed the fat for the last year – but we just smoked the peace-pipe for an hour today. We’re on our way to rocking your worlds this summer by locking ourselves away with guitars and drums.”
Poison singer Bret Michaels wants to put the bad blood between his band and Motley Crue behind them on their upcoming tour together. He says: “I know they made some derogatory statements early on when I mentioned the tour, but the truth of the matter is that rock fans spoke up about what a great tour it would be. I’ve spoken with Nikki Sixx several times on the phone now.” Michaels says Poison haven’t written any new music as yet, but “we’re closer this year than we’ve been in many years. It’s a good feeling.”
Eric Clapton has raised more than $2million for his Crossroads addiction centre after auctioning 70 guitars in New York. The top seller was a 1948 Gibson hollowbody, which went for $83,000, while a replica of Clapton’s Blackie Stratocaster raised $30,000.
Creed singer Scott Stapp is working on a new solo album, for which he has nearly 40 songs written. He says: “It’s become a labour of love, the soundtrack of some of the most difficult times of my life. It’s delivered with a passion that came from actually living in the moment the song was written about.” Its working title is Somewhere in the Middle of Lust and Love and features a guest appearance by Carlos Santana. No release date has been set.
Black Label Society have released a free iPhone app, available from the Apple App Store now.
Chris Cornell says Soundgarden never recorded an MTV Unplugged set because their music didn’t suit the format, but he’s an admirer of many of those sessions. He comments: “One of them was Elton John – he has the ability to just sit down at the piano, play for three hours and blow you away. I prefer watching his Unplugged than any of his other concert shows.”
Tankard singer Gerre Geremia has recorded a guest appearance on his favourite soap opera, Sturm der Liebe (Storm of Love), to be shown in Germany soon.
REM aren’t planning to tour their Collapse Into Now album because they don’t think it’ll help generate record sales. Guitarist Peter Buck says: “What sells records any more? It seems like less and less people are buying. We’ve toured a lot in the last eight or ten years, and to some degree it felt like we’d just been doing the same thing we did last time. You don’t want to repeat yourself that way.”
Maynard James Keenan movie Blood Into Wine has won another award – Best Feature Documentary at the Trail Dance Film Festival. The film tells the story of Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Keenan’s attempts to establish a winemaking business in Arizona.
Kiss mainman Gene Simmons will visit Israel for the first time since he was a child to explore his roots. He left for the USA with his mother when he was eight years old and has never returned. Now he’ll make the trip as part of his TV show Family Jewels, visit the hospital where he was born, tour Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and meet family members he’s never known.