Lou Gramm has stepped further back from talk of a reunion tour with his former band Foreigner by saying he's planning to retire in the very near future.
He and ex-colleague Mick Jones made contact again after nearly a decade of not talking after it was announced they'd be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame next month.
Now Gramm says: "You know, I don't take any of that talk seriously. I've heard there was a mention, but honestly, I can't see that happening. I would have to see how it goes down, what it entails, how long it would be. There's a number of things that would make a difference to me, and I'm sure Mick feels the same way. I mean, after all those years you just can't jump into the deep water, you know."
In the same interview Gramm – who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in 1997 – says he frequently thinks about retiring. Asked if he's set a date he replies: "Maybe sooner than you think."
A special edition of Monopoly inspired by The Beatles animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ goes on sale this month.
USAopoly, which creates custom versions of the legendary board game, will now extend the formula to Pepperland, with locations taken from the movie replacing the traditional Pennsylvania and Pacific Avenues, Marven Gardens and B&O Railroad.
Inspired by the film, tokens include: Yellow Submarine, Dreadful Flying Glove, Jeremy Hillary Boob, Love Sign, Sgt. Pepper Drum and Old Fred.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Bono are featured in a new documentary about famed bluesman B.B. King.
The film ‘B.B. King — The Life of Riley’ which will have its North American premiere June 14th at the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto.
The documentary is narrated by Morgan Freeman. The list of artists appearing in the film also includes Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, Bill Wyman and the late John Lennon.
Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones are rehearsing next to each other in London, according to MaccaReport.com.
Two members of McCartney’s band tweeted about the situation with Guitarist/bassist Brian Ray posting: “An insane few days of rehearsal with the pleasant distraction of the Rolling Stones rehearsing next door to us. Listening to the Rolling Stones rehearse next door, with the urgency of a local rock band looking to break out was fairly inspiring.”
Longtime keyboardist “Wix” Wickens added: “Good rehearsal day. The Stones are rehearsing next door so went to visit my lovely friend Chuck Leavell. Surreal with Charlie (Watts), Ronnie (Wood) etc.”
Rush will perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, April 18th) at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles.
"I'm relieved for our fans, who took it personally each time we were overlooked," frontman Geddy Lee tells USA Today.
"But I also hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit," says Lee. "Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence."
Guitarist Alex Lifeson says he hopes Rush's inclusion "opens the doors for bands like The Moody Blues and King Crimson, who had a huge influence. It's a bit ironic, really. Rock music was born in rebellion, so it's odd to have (a Hall of Fame) where there seem to be guidelines for who's acceptable and who's not."
Lee adds that while the trio is "pleased and honored" to be getting in, "it wasn't something we thought about a lot … We've had a great career that's on a high right now."
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18th at 9 PM, ET/PT.