IN OTHER NEWS
KISS and Def Leppard have added another act to their co-headining tour this summer. Kobra and The Lotus, who are signed to Gene Simmons’s record label, will open from June 23rd through August 1st and again on August 12th; and The Dead Daisies will be along for the ride from August 2nd through August 31st, but not on August 12th.
Police drummer Stewart Copeland will unveil his new percussion concerto, Poltroons in Paradise, May 23rd at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, England.
Santana’s new album, Corazon, has debuted at number-one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and number-nine on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Toto’s new DVD, Live in Poland, has debuted at number-one on the Billboard DVD chart.
Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein have written a letter in support of jazz musician Robert Vineberg, who has been charged with heroin possession with intent to sell. He was arrested shortly after the overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who occasionally bought heroin from Vineberg. In the letter filed with court papers, Debbie and Chris say that Vineberg is “an asset to New York’s culture.”
Original Judas Priest guitarist Ernie Chataway has died of lung cancer at the age of 62. The Priest line-up that he founded lasted seven months in 1969 and he was not part of it when original singer Al Atkins put together another Priest line-up a year later.
Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison says Idol recently finished recording a new album that’ll be out later this year. He tells us that while he can’t go into detail about it, he’s “very proud to be part of it.”