More than 150 guitars belonging to the Who's John Entwistle, who died last year, will be auctioned May 13 in London. Entwistle's favorite, a pink Fender Precision Bass named "Frankenstein" (because he patched it together from the remains of five smashed instruments), is expected to sell for $8,000 to $11,200, Sotheby's auction house said this week.
Veteran modern rock act Live is putting the finishing touches on its sixth album and plotting a May or June release through MCA. "It's back to basics for Live," says frontman Ed Kowalczyk of the follow-up to 2001's "V," which is being produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus, Alien Ant Farm). "There's no keyboards. It's really back to rock and roll, man."
Testifying yesterday (Jan. 30) before the Senate Commerce Committee, two federal lawmakers said they believe Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Communications Commission should investigate charges against radio giants such as Clear Channel Communications (CCC).
The first half of Rush's career will be celebrated with the upcoming release of "The Spirit of Radio -- Greatest Hits (1974-1987)," due Feb. 11 from Mercury/UME. The 16-track album sports some of the Canadian trio's most enduring favorites, including the title cut, "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx," "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," "Red Barchetta," and "Time Stand Still."
Yo La Tengo will release the follow-up to 2000's "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out" April 8 via Matador. In contrast to last year's moody instrumental set "The Sounds of the Sounds of the Science," the new set, dubbed "Summer Sun" is being touted by the label as the band's "most ambitious album to date." It was recorded in Nashville with longtime producer Roger Moutenot.
2002 - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's lead trumpet player, who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Mack is a cousin of celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
With the upcoming 50 Cent album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" already available through illegal downloads on the Internet, Interscope has pushed its release date forward from Feb. 11 to Feb. 6. In addition, the label is planning to put the set up online on Tuesday (Feb. 4), a week before its planned retail release date. Tracks from the set will be sold as downloads for 99 cents apiece, via Pressplay, Liquid Audio, and other online services.
Rapper Juvenile (real name: Terius Gray) was arrested yesterday (Jan. 29) in New Orleans on drug charges with three other people when police smelled, then saw, two burning marijuana cigarettes in their car.
Metallica will hit the road in Europe in the late spring and summer. The veteran California-based band has six stops lined up in June, beginning with an appearance at the Rock Im Park festival June 6 in Nuremberg, Germany. The group will also play German festivals in Berlin and Nurburgring, as well as events in Italy, Denmark, and Belgium. Come late August, the band plans to be in England for the Leeds and Reading festivals.