Quick Takes On Van Halen, Lou Reed, Peter Frampton And The Animals
In an interview with Australian radio, drummer Alex Van Halen dispelled any tension in having David Lee Roth back in Van Halen. Van Halen explained, "It's like you walk into the studio and we haven't been together for a while and there's this overwhelming sense of 'coming home.' That's the best way I can describe it. All the time we were apart was if it hadn't existed and we picked up the fisticuffs right away. It's like a pair of jeans that just fit right." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Lou Reed has just canceled his upcoming tour dates -- including his two high profile spots at this year's Coachella festival -- along with three other California shows. A spokesperson for Goldenvoice -- the promoter behind Coachella -- claimed Reed's cancellations were due to "unavoidable complications." (Spin)
Newly reissued is Peter Frampton's 2000 Live In Detroit concert film. The set, which is seeing its first DVD and Blu-ray release, was filmed on July 17th, 1999 in Clarkston, Michigan at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre. The new DVD features a previously unreleased soundcheck performance of "Boot It Up" from Frampton's recent FCA! 35 Tour. The tracklisting to Live In Detroit is: "Somethin's Happening," "Lying," "Lines On My Face," "Show Me The Way," "All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)," 'If You Say Goodbye," "Oh For Another Day," "Penny For Your Thoughts," "(I'll Give You) Money," "Nassau," "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Can't Take That Away," "Do You Feel Like We Do," "Off The Hook," "You Had To Be There," 'I Don't Need No Doctor," and "Gemini (credits)."
Eric Burdon has just announced a joint book deal with Alfred Music and ABKCO Music and Records. The memoir, titled, Breathless, will be published by the end of the year. Earlier this year, Burdon released his critically acclaimed latest album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry.
The Animals frontman said in the press release: "I live my life, Breathless. . . A life of constant motion and excitement. A life that many will envy and most would avoid! I'm extremely fortunate, at age 71, to look back on my life and write down some of the incredible things that have happened to me. In the day-to-day life of a traveling musician, it's easy to miss so many details. The world goes by at high-speed; it will take your breath away. People we've encountered at pivotal moments who profoundly influence our direction are not necessarily the people whose names everybody knows. More often, they are the people who say or do just the right thing, at the right time. I'm writing this book to help myself remember the past, acknowledge the present and help the new generation to discover their own truth. . . I am writing this book for all of you who helped me discover who I am today."