Robbie Robertson, Ozzy, Tom Petty and more…
Former Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler’s band, Adler’s Appetite, will perform 1987’s Appetite for Destruction in its entirety on tour this year.
Ozzy Osbourne warns his fans that @PrivateOzzy is a fake Twitter account. “DO NOT send this fake account any money. We have reported to @Twitter and hope they take the appropriate action.”
Robbie Robertson has commented on the death of drummer and actor Mickey Jones, his bandmate on tour with Bob Dylan in 1966. Robbie says, “Such a good guy and a powerhouse drummer… Whenever I hear the tapes of those live shows I have to smile at what a strong drive there was to his Texas locomotion. We all really loved Mickey and send blessings to his family.”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were big winners at the Pollstar Awards Thursday in Los Angeles. They won awards for both the Major Tour and Rock Tour of the Year. Keyboardist Benmont Tench and drummer Steve Ferrone were on hand to accept the awards. Petty’s manager, Tony Dimitriades, won for Personal Manager of the Year. Roger Waters won Most Creative Stage Production for his Is This the Life We Really Want? tour.
Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor died of cancer Friday at the age of 68. He joined the band in 1976.
Steven Tyler will perform at a benefit for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation on March 6th at the Avalon in Hollywood.
Ace Frehley will sit in with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 April 6th at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood. Nikki Sixx, Sebastian Bach and Scott Ian from Anthrax are also on the bill.
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer wrote songs with Peter Asher for the app that accompanies Ernest Hummingbird, a children’s book by animator David Feiss. Thayer, Asher and Feiss read passages from the book on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Thousand Oaks, California.
Meat Loaf, who is dealing with numerous health issues, including scheduled back surgery on Wednesday, just learned about the death of Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries. He writes on Facebook, “We used talk on the phone and were trying to find the right duet to do together. I am heartbroken. I can’t believe I just found out. I am devastated… I am so sorry we never got to do the duet… We will do it in heaven Dolores…”
Jon Bon Jovi will headline a charity show benefiting the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Westchester County, New York on March 4th.
Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Jack Endino, who produced Nirvana’s indie debut album, Bleach, make guest shots on Transcendence by the Barrett Martin Group. The sixth album by the outfit fronted by the ex-Screaming Trees and Mad Season and current Walking Papers drummer comes out February 23rd.