Simple Minds started their first U.S. tour in 11 years Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has written a get-well note on his website to former Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who just underwent an operation for a perforated diverticulitis. He writes, "Dear Bill, sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you make a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Tony."
Eddie Van Halen is the subject of a forthcoming unauthorized biography called Eruption by Paul Brannigan, author of the Dave Grohl biography This Is a Call and co-author of the upcoming two-volume biography of Metallica, Birth School Metallica Death. The Van Halen book will be out in 2015.