LICK IT UP, GENE?
KISS’ Gene Simmons will be the host of a one-hour documentary for Court TV that focuses on how crime has influenced the direction and attitude of popular music over the years. The program “The Secret History of Rock’n’Roll” is to be premiered on the cable channel on June 11 and will include background on such music casualties as Dennis Wilson of THE BEACH BOYS and Brian Jones of THE ROLLING STONES. The show’s producers promise 60 minutes of new interviews, rare photos, and exclusive archival footage.
PURPLE PEOPLE JOIN FORCES
Joe Lynn Turner confirms his re-union with Glenn Hughes to record a CD together. Both ex-PURPLE men consider the project a priority and, eager to fulfil it, they push the “pause” key for their solo albums. The project still untitled will be the artists’ first joint studio work since aborted early 90’s sessions.
In February Turner sets off to Los Angeles to begin writing session. Japanese guitarist Akira Kajiyama, who played in late 2000 in Japan with Joe and Glenn, is likely to be invited to join the veterans.
METALLICA LOSES BASSIST AGAIN
Jason Newsted is leaving METALLICA after 14 years with the group.
“Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band,” said Newsted in a statement released. “This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of METALLICA. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk, and the rest of the METALLICA family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable.”
Whether the bass man decision was prompted by Napster scandal remains undisclosed.
TIM DONAHUE, A RESTLESS MAN
Tim Donahue is already working on his next project – after "Into The Light" album. “Farewell To The Sun” will be an hour-long concept album that will be recorded this summer. One question: who’s the singer now, after Paul Rodgers and Kelly Hansen?