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Gene Simmons, The Rolling Stones, Sammy Hagar and much more.
Joe Perry will take part in the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp from January 15th to the 17th at the Foxwoods Hotel and Casino in Connecticut.
Elton John and Billie Jean King are bringing their Smash Hits tennis event, which benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation, to London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 7th. They’ll be joined by tennis superstars Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Kim Clijsters, Martina Hingis and others.
Gene Simmons will sign copies of his new book, Me, Inc., at the KISS Monster Mini Golf on Friday night.
The Rolling Stones wrapped up their Australian tour on Tuesday. Up next is New Zealand for the last show of this leg of the tour, Saturday in Auckland. No other dates have been announced, although there are rumors that there will be more.
Dave Davies says he supports Neil Young‘s decision to boycott Starbucks over the coffee chain’s role in a lawsuit against Vermont over its requirements to label genetically modified ingredients in food. But Davies adds that he is angry “because I liked Starbucks. I’ll have to get me coffee elsewhere.”
Van Morrison is doing three Christmas shows at Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club in London on December 19th, 20th and 21st.
A wall in Prague dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over. And, mocking Lennon’s “War Is Over,” the vandals painted the words “Wall is over!” People started to paint images of Lennon on the wall in the Little Quarter neighborhood after he was killed in 1980. A group of art students have claimed responsibility for painting the wall white this past Monday and leaving the message, saying they did so to mark Monday’s 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that ended communist rule in Czechoslovakia in order “to provide free space for new messages of the current generation.” The Sovereign Order of Malta, which owns the wall, is taking legal action.
Sammy Hagar is doing a free concert at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in hurricane-ravaged Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on New Year’s Eve. Sammy says, “Cabo is back!!!”