If you didn't hear the news this morning, it's time for me to hang up the headphones here in the KLZX studio. You'll still hear me out with the road crew and at concerts and events. I've been asked to take on a new position here at Cache Valley Media. It's one that I've wanted for years. Brad Stone will take over for me on Monday. Your going to love him. The guy rocks! Without getting all sentimental, let me just say thanks for letting me rock your mornings and being a part of your life. The past six years have been a hell of a ride. See You On The Other Side -- Feelright
Stevie Nicks guest stars as herself tonight on NBC's Up All Night. She says she's been watching the show since it started and is a big fan. After hearing her name mentioned in an episode, she decided to offer her services -- the first time in her career she's ever reached out to a TV show.
--Stevie also says her Up All Night guest shot was the first performance she's ever done where she wasn't nervous because she "laughed so hard at [the show's stars,] Will [Arnett], Christina [Applegate] and Maya [Rudolph]." Up All Night airs at 8:30.
--Sharon Osbourne made an appearance on the show last week and tweeted that Maya Rudolph "has got the loveliest soul."
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has posted a health update on his site, Iommi.com. He says, quote, "I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse.
--"I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see."
--Tony revealed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma in January.
Aerosmith has announced the dates for a North American summer tour. They're calling it The Global Warming Tour.
--Steven Tyler says, quote, "The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance . . . and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers." (--That's great. Let's just hope he can do that without injuring himself and canceling shows.)
--It kicks off on June 16th in Minneapolis, and runs through August 8th in Tacoma, Washington. Cheap Trick is the opening act. For now, there are 18 shows, but more dates might be added later on. Tickets go on sale this weekend.
According to Keith Richards, he has yet to capture his guitar playing perfectly in a song. "Everything I've ever done I thought I could have done better," he says in the "Ask Keith" section of his website. However, he adds, the effort to make a recording better than "just about right" "would have ruined it ... you drive it into the ground." Richards is currently working on a new solo album.
KISS isn't happy that KISS isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
--Gene Simmons says, quote, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it, and the answer is simply, 'We'll just BUY it and fire everybody.'"
--He goes on, quote, "In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Madonna, Blondie and Tone Loc. Who the [eff] knows what other disco act is in there?
--"It's an insult to them because they don't get to be in the 'Dance Hall of Fame,' because that's what they do. They're legitimate dance, disco artists. They don't belong in rock and roll."
--Paul Stanley adds, quote, "The [Rock Hall] has reached a point where they're really scrounging and scratching to find someone left that they consider viable. With all due respect, when you get to Patti Smith you're about two steps away from Pete Seeger."
(--They may need to brush up on their Rock Hall trivia. Tone Loc is NOT in the Rock Hall . . . but Patti Smith and Pete Seeger already are, along with Madonna and Blondie, as Gene insinuated.)
Not many people thought the classic Guns N' Roses lineup would perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month . . . and now Slash is making it official. --He says, quote, "We're not playing. I would imagine that they asked us to play, but I know that we're not playing." It sounds like the whole band will attend the ceremony, although you never know what Axl Rose will or won't do. --On top of that, Slash isn't sure how he feels about Guns being inducted. He says, quote, "Either it hasn't hit me yet . . . or maybe it's been so long since I had anything to do with Guns N' Roses that I just don't really get it."
KISS and Motley Crue have finally announced the worst-kept secret of the past month -- they're teaming up for a co-headlining tour this summer. The bands haven't toured together since 1982. Both acts will do full-stage show at each stop.
--The tour starts July 20th in Bristow, Virginia, and hits more than 40 cities before wrapping up September 23rd in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced most of the presenters for their induction ceremony next month. Here's the list:
--Comedian Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chris is apparently a huge Chili Peppers fan . . . and has been a longtime friend of the band.
--Chuck D from Public Enemy will induct the Beastie Boys.
--John Mellencamp will induct Donovan . . . who calls The Cougar a, quote, "dear friend of recent years."
--Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band will induct Small Faces/The Faces.
--Actress Bette Midler will induct singer-songwriter Laura Nyro.
--Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top will induct blues guitarist Freddie King.
--Carole King will induct producer Don Kirshner.
--The Band's Robbie Robertson will induct producers Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matassa.
--Smokey Robinson will induct his Motown group The Miracles, along with Gene Vincent's Blue Caps, Bill Haley's Comets, Buddy Holly's Crickets, James Brown's Famous Flames and Hank Ballard's Midnighters.
--There's no word who's inducting Guns N' Roses because the situation is still being "finalized," but an announcement is coming soon. (--Given Axl Rose's track record, it's so appropriate that their presenter would be announced late.)
--The Rock Hall says "more details about performances, additional presenters and special guests will be announced at a later date."
--The ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14th. It'll air on HBO a few weeks later, on May 5th.
Steven Tyler wishes last week's Aerosmith profile on 60 Minutes, which concentrated on their disagreements over the last few years, could have been more positive. He says, "We all realize we might have said a little too much. Being Italian, you know, there're some things you don't say. There was stuff we were going through." Among the things said -- Tyler on how the band rides his coat-tails, and Joe Perry saying he never hit Tyler because he needs Steven's jaw to sing.
--Tyler is not the only member of the band to realize they said too much. Bassist Tom Hamilton Tweets that he's "still recovering from 60 Minutes."
Ex-Styx singer-keyboardist Dennis DeYoung would be open to reuniting with the band he left 13 years ago. He tells ClassicRockRevisited.com that he'd gladly get back together with Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young if they asked. DeYoung adds, "I have never ever said one bad thing about the music that we created ... I think the music we created is something to be proud of."
--But don't count on a reunion anytime soon. JY tells Guitar International, "Dennis ... really went off in this musical-theater thing, and that was clearly his priority. Tommy and I play in a rock and roll band. We want to tour a lot... We don't want to take time out after waiting 13 years to get this thing back together after breaking up in '83."
David Lee Roth stopped Van Halen's concert in Manchester, New Hampshire, Tuesday night . . . to yell at some fans who were fighting in the crowd.
--The band was in the middle of "Pretty Woman", when Diamond Dave stopped the music.
--He shouted, quote, "Knock off the [effing] fighting. [Eff] you! What do you think this is, a [effing] mosh pit? You've got all the best-looking women on the [effing] East Coast here and all you can [effing] think of is [effing] fighting?
--"Ladies, I'm on your side, yeah." Apparently, that stopped the fighting, and they started the song from the top.
(--Here's a Youtube video of what happened. WARNING: It's UNCENSORED. You can skip ahead to 45 seconds in.)
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil says they're touring with KISS this summer. There's no itinerary yet, but an official announcement is expected next week.
--Vince says, quote, "KISS is bringing their full stage show, and [we're] bringing our full stage show, so you're going to see two huge headliners at the same time. It's going to be one of the biggest tours of the summer, if not the biggest."
Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack died at his home in Wyoming on Monday, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 65.
--Hossack joined the band in 1971 . . . but he left two years later, because he was burned out with touring. He returned in 1987, and stayed with the band for the next 23 years. He left in 2010, after being diagnosed with cancer.
Twisted Sister singer singer Dee Snider is taking on Broadway classics.
--He's releasing an album called "Dee Does Broadway" on May 8th. (--His autobiography, "Shut Up and Give Me the Mic", comes out that same day.)
--The album also features a lot of guest stars, including: Cyndi Lauper on "Big Spender" from "Sweet Charity" . . . Clay Aiken on "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" from "Guys and Dolls" . . . and violinist Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera".
Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford will kick off their summer tour on June 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first leg hits 18 cities -- including Las Vegas on June 23rd, Denver on June 25th, Atlanta on June 29th, Cleveland on July 6th and Chicago on July 19th -- before wrapping up at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 22nd. More dates will be announced soon.
--Def Leppard and Poison first toured together in the summer of 2009. Joe Elliott, Def Leppard lead singer said, “We had such a good time going out with Poison in 2009 that we thought it only right to do it again!”
"60 Minutes" has a piece on Aerosmith this weekend . . . and in the interview Steven Tyler admits that he's been hard on the rest of the band, but he believes that's what makes them great.
--CBS' Lara Logan asked the other band members about Steven, and they talked about his obsessive personality and his mean streak.
--The band members said things like: Quote, "[He's] extremely demanding" . . . "difficult to talk to" . . . torturous . . .and "unspeakably cruel."
--Logan confronted Steven with this . . . and he said, quote, "You're 100% right. I've said many things to all those guys that I should never have said, that I didn't mean."
--But he added, quote, "You know what? I'm going to be big-headed right now, OK? I think my perfectionism and my busting everyone's chops is what got this band to where it is today. In the end, I get a really good song and in the end, I get the hits.
--"Yeah, I'm that good.
--"This band is better than it's ever been. It's not because I'm old now and the band's been around forever and it's our last tour. Bull[crap]! It's because this band is that good."
--Here's Lara Logan from CBS asking him about some of the stuff his band mates have said.
Paul Shaffer is the musical director for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and yesterday his Twitter page said Guns N' Roses will, quote, "not be performing" at the induction in Cleveland on April 14th. --That wasn't shocking news, since Axl Rose isn't on good terms with the band's classic lineup, particularly Slash.
--But it turned out the Tweet didn't come from Shaffer himself. And according to one of his producers, quote, "No one is exactly sure what will happen at the induction ceremony."
--Guns keyboardist Dizzy Reed recently said that all the original members would attend the ceremony . . . but he wasn't sure if there would be a reunion. He said, quote, "I don't know exactly what's going to go down."
Lawyers for Rush have sent a cease-and-desist letter to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh demanding that he stop using their music on his show. Limbaugh, a classic rock fan, has played "The Spirit of Radio" going in and out of segments. He's been at the center of controversy for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she testified in Congress that birth control should be covered by health insurance at religious institutions.
--The band was made aware of this story by a blogger. A Limbaugh staff member has confirmed that the show will comply with the request.
--Earlier this week, Peter Gabriel made the same demand when he learned the show had long been using "Sledgehammer."
Meat Loaf will celebrate next Tuesday's release of his album Hell in a Handbasket by performing one of its songs, "The Giving Tree," on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday. This could be a rare U.S. performance for Meat this year, as he says he doesn't know if he'll tour. He tells Classic Rock magazine, "Right now they want me to, but I don't know that I can." Meat dealt with a series of health issues on tour last year, as well as last month prior to an appearance on a U.K. TV talk show.
--Meat will also sit down for an interview on Tavis Smiley's PBS show, although the airdate hasn't been announced.
Disney on Ice skater Kylee Nielsen called into the KLZX Morning show Wednesday. She's originally from Utah and will be performing for the first time in her home state this week while Disney on Ice is at the Energy Solutions Arena.
--Kylee told Feelright what it's like being on the road and about her strange ritual she does before each show. Listen to the full interview below.
Sammy Hagar has commented further on his friend and former bandmate Ronnie Montrose, who died on Saturday. He says they spoke "a couple of weeks ago ... We were planning a Montrose reunion for my birthday in Cabo this year ... On my 65th, on October 13th, I was planning on coming out with Montrose, doing the whole first album, then going in with my other band, and then bringing Chickenfoot out. I was going to try to [cover] my whole four decades for the fans that night ... I even played back on my message box, February 10th -- 'Hagar, Ronzo ... call me back!'... It's [screwed] up that those songs will never be played by those four members again."
--Montrose was 64 and had been fighting prostate cancer for five years. (Rolling Stone)
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is expanding his business empire by opening a topless nightclub in his hometown of Las Vegas. Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls opens later this month. He says, "It's something I always wanted to do ... But this will be ... the first rock and roll strip joint ... First, the girls will be edgier. Tattoos won't be banned. They will look like they stepped out of a music video. Hot, provocative and edgy ... Second, the music isn't going to be boring. None of that house, generic strip club music. This will be full-on rock and roll."
--Neil also owns two restaurants in Vegas. (Las Vegas Sun)
Ozzy Osbourne and the rest of his family may be coming back to TV in an animated show, which will feature "a radical and humorous new spin" on the family.
--It's called "The F'n Osbournes" . . . and Sharon and Jack Osbourne are producing it. They're also going to be involved in writing the show.
--That's all we know, but it's probably safe to assume the Osbournes will voice their own characters. The show is being shopped to the networks next month. The original "Osbournes" reality show aired on MTV from 2002 to 2005.
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose died on Saturday. He was 64. There's no official cause of death yet, but he had been fighting prostate cancer for the past two years.
--Ronnie was in the '70s band Montrose, which also originally included Sammy Hagar.
--Sammy posted this message on his website: Quote, "Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a frontman, as a recording artist, as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful.
--"I was looking forward to a reunion for my birthday bash in Cabo with [drummer] Denny [Carnassi], [bassist] Bill [Church] and Ronnie . . . one of the few bands from that era where all four original members were still able to do it.
--"It's a shame to lose Ronnie and I'm so sorry for his loved ones. Rest in peace."
We're being robbed, people . . . because we only have, like, 15 different flavors of Pepsi. We found a list of other Pepsi flavors available around the world . . . and they're strange.
--There's ice cream flavored Pepsi in Russia . . . apple-flavored Pepsi in Poland . . . hot cinnamon and cool mint flavors in places like Guam and Thailand . . . and cucumber-flavored and strawberry milk-flavored in Japan.
The Scorpions' farewell tour is coming back to North America for a second time, starting on June 8th in Reno, Nevada, and making its way east to Maryland on July 12th. Before they get here they have another run through Europe, which gets underway at the end of the month in France.
Davy Jones of the Monkees died of a heart attack yesterday morning at a hospital near his home in Indiantown, Florida. He was 66.
--Jones was the lead singer of the Monkees . . . who started off as a fictitious Beatles knock-off band who starred in their own trippy sitcom that ran from 1966 to 1968.
--But thanks to hits like "I'm a Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville", "Daydream Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday", the Monkees became a real band.
(--It's a lot like how Spinal Tap started out as a "fake" band, but became a legit touring and recording entity.)
--Jones and his bandmates . . . Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork . . . would perform as the Monkees in various incarnations over the years.
--Most reunions did not include Nesmith, though. He was rarely interested in doing the nostalgia thing.
--Davy had performed as recently as February 19th in Oklahoma. Last year, he, Micky and Peter did a Monkees 45th anniversary tour.