Jimmy Page is auctioning off a guitar to help the children of Brazil.
Page is putting up for bids a Martin guitar he acquired in 2006, with the proceeds going to the Action for Brazilian Children Trust. The charity, for Brazil's poor and abandoned children, was founded in 1998 by his wife, Jimena Gomez-Paratcha. Page played the acoustic guitar at Roy Harper’s 70th birthday concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 5th, 2011. The fingerboard is inlaid with Led Zeppelin and Zodiac symbols and Page’s name. It will come with a signed letter from Page and a color photo of him playing it.
Experts believe the guitar will sell for between $16,000 and $23,000 at the July 3rd auction in London.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Singer Really Looking AheadFive Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody really likes planning ahead.
The first volume of the band's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell won't be out for another month -- and they haven't even announced a release date for the second volume -- but Moody is already looking beyond the touring cycle for both. He tells the Swedish metal site MetalShrine, "I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle. I've already got a few guys on the line that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with. I talked to the guys [in FFDP], and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other, and that way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again."
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume One is due out July 30th.
FILTER: Help Us Tour EverwhereSome bands have used Kickstarter and similar site to fund their albums -- but Filter want fans to help them tour.
The group -- which is on the road this summer as part of the '90s-themed Summerland tour -- has launched an Indie Go Go campaign to help finance shows outside the U.S. Their goal is $40,000, and they've raised $4800 so far.
The band says on the site, "We want to bring you the very best of Filter. Therefore, every dollar that is raised through this campaign will be going directly towards the tour, allowing us to rock farther and harder than ever before. Also know that we are set up for "Flex Funding," which means even if we don't reach our goal, we still get the money that is raised through the campaign."
The band is offering up such perks as signed albums, signed lyric sheets and coffee with frontman Richard Patrick.
TOM PETTY: Residencies Could Change Arena ShowsTom Petty says the reception The Heartbreakers have gotten for deeper cuts at their residencies in New York and Los Angeles could open up their set lists in the future.
Petty tells Rolling Stone, "I think that this could influence things quite a lot. It's just kind of a verification that the audience not only goes along with it, they like it... When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know... You're obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don't think that's all you have to do. I think there's a way to fill everyone's needs. So who knows? This may have a tremendous effect on us from here out."
SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME: Class of 2013 Inducted Thursday Night
The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted their class of 2013 Thursday night at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Leading the way was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, along with Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, as well as J.D Souther, Tony Hatch and Holly Knight.
The four-hour ceremony featured some stellar performances as well as some memorable speeches, including Tyler's. He asked the audience, “How many of you got laid last night? See, that’s why we’re songwriters. It all came from that.” Nickleback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake inducted Tyler and Perry after doing a so-so version of “Sweet Emotion.” After their speech, Tyler and Perry did “Walk This Way.”
Billy Joel was on hand to induct Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, and had fun singing snippets of some of their songs. Just before accepting the award, Jones told us, “It's like we're kind of legit now. If my parents were alive, I'd love them to have experience this with me. It's wonderful...a wonderful gift. It just makes me feel like a lot of my life was worthwhile." And Gramm added, “To me, it’s as equally as important as a Grammy… Mick and I have always prided ourselves on our songwriting and I think our songs, album for album, stand the test of time.” They then took the stage together for the first time in 10 years to do “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” backed by a choir, which brought the house down.
Sting opened the show with Elton John’s “Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and then presented the Johnny Mercer Award to Elton and Bernie Taupin. Taupin explained how without Elton he would just be a story writer, and Elton said Bernie was the second real relationship in his life, after his grandmother. Elton also joked that songs are like a child “until some moron changes them.”
British songwriter Tony Hatch did a medley of his hits, including “My Love," "Call Me," "Forget Him," "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," "Don't Sleep in the Subway” and "I Know a Place" before Petula Clark came out to sing her and his biggest song, “Downtown.” In speaking about “Downtown,” Hatch said he wrote it while walking through Times Square and that the word is “quintessentially American.”
Holly Knight, who wrote hit songs for Pat Benatar, Scandal, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and so many others, was inducted by Scandal’s Patty Smythe, who also sang “Warrior.” Holly then sat at the piano to do “Love Is a Battlefield,” which was a hit for Benatar.
The ceremony also included tributes to the late producer Phil Ramone and songwriter Hal David, big supporters of the Hall; the induction of J.D. Souther by Peter Asher; and the Towering Song award for Sam Cooke's groundbreaking "A Change is Gonna Come." The Pioneer Award went to Motown founder Berry Gordy, but not before Smokey Robinson brought the night to a grounding halt with a rambling 15-plus minute speech honoring Gordy.
Unlike the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there is no physical Songwriters Hall of Fame, although there are talks about one opening up in the Brill Building on Broadway in Manhattan, which home to many famous songwriters from the '30s through the '60s.
MUMFORD & SONS: Pull Out of Bonnaroo
Mumford and Sons have canceled the final three dates on the U.S. tour to allow bassist Ted Dwayne to recover from surgery for a blood clot on his brain.
The band posted a note of their Facebook page saying Dwane had been discharged from the hospital and was expected to make a full recovery, but performing at this time wasn't possible. The band axed their headline performance at Bonnaroo Saturday, a show in Bonner Springs, Kansas Monday at a headline set at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival next Thursday. That brings the total of six shows postponed due to Dwane's illness.
The band added in their note, "If we could've [played] we would've, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received."
Mumford and Sons next scheduled date is a headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 30th. Bonnaroo promoters announced that Jack Johnson will be filling the Saturday night headline slot.
INCUBUS: Brandon Turns Solo Album into the SeaIncubus frontman Brandon Boyd will unveil his new side project this month.
It's called Sons of the Sea and their debut EP Compass will be released digitally on June 25th. When it was first revealed that Boyd was working on new music outside of the band with producer Brendan O'Brien in the spring, it was thought to be a solo album under his name. A full-length Sons of the Sea album is on tap for the fall.
BAD COMPANY: 40 and Counting
Bad Company will play a warm-up show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California as they get set for their 40th anniversary tour.
Singer Paul Rodgers tells us, "It's 40 years since guitarist Mick Ralphs and I got together and talked about putting a band together and started to write some songs... I'm really looking forward to it. We all are."
The tour officially gets under way next Thursday in suburban Seattle with the first of three shows this month with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by another 11 with Skynyrd next month. The trek runs through late September.
BLACK SABBATH: Ozzy Was Straight for the Sessions
Although Ozzy Osbourne recently admitted that he'd fallen off the wagon, he insists he was sober whenever he was working on the new Black Sabbath album, 13.
Ozzy was drinking heavily for 18 months starting in 2011, and the recording sessions spanned most of 2012. But he says, "I was straight every day I was in the studio." He adds that he would drink at home after the sessions. He has now been clean and sober for "about three or four months."