IN OTHER NEWS
Helm, Beatles, Townshend and more.
Last October's Love for Levon [Helm] all-star tribute in New Jersey will air on AXS-TV February 17th, ahead of its release on CD and DVD on March 19th. It will also run on PBS in the spring.
The Beatles recorded "Across the Universe" 45 years ago today (February 5th, 1969) at Abbey Road Studios in London. They needed female vocals for the harmony and invited two fans from outside the studio to contribute the line "nothing's gonna change our world." That version of the song is featured on their Past Masters collection.
Pete Townshend's appearance last October at the University of Pennsylvania in support of his memoir, Who I Am, was filmed by Bob Weir's TRI Studios and is is being serialized in the Huffington Post in four parts. Townshend and The Who are in San Diego tonight (Tuesday) and Glendale, Arizona on Wednesday.
KISS once again have an ice cream bar named after them in Australia. Peters ice cream is bringing back the KISS Thunderbolt ice block, which they first introduced in the '80s, in celebration of the band's Monster tour Down Under in March. The bar is a combination of three flavors -- lemonade, raspberry and cola. Gene Simmons says, "I still have 12 original boxes of the ice blocks from the 1980s."
Ricky Byrd, the former guitarist in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, releases Lifer, his debut album today (Tuesday).