PURPLE BASS SOLO
With all the PURPLE hectic activity, Roger Glover is working little by little on his new solo album, first since 1984’s “The Mask”The music is likely to follow the soul route again, as Rog works with Rufus Thomas’s daughter among others. The album will see the light of day no earlier than next year.
GENE’S TRIBUTE TO BUDDHA
Gene Simmons continues his cinema career by working on a film dedicated to the showbiz tycoon Neil Bogart, the creator of Buddha Records, who played a prominent role in KISS’ arise to fame and disco movement conquest.
Gene The Tongue recently passed a first draft of the script to Paramount Pictures and is eager to give the lead role either to Mike “Austin Powers” Myers or Kevin Spacey.
WINGS ARE BOOKED
Paul McCartney‘s “Wingspan” is following the recent TV documentary and double album with a book – the route paved by THE BEATLES’ “Anthology” project. The biography should be out this Autumn, right at the time of Macca’s tentative tour, and will feature text by Paul himself, accompanied by Linda McCartney’s never-before-published backstage photos of the band.
PETE TOWNSHEND, NOVELLO LAUREAT
Pete Townshend was honored with the Britain’s most prestigious music award, the Ivor Novello, on May 24th in London. Townshend received the Lifetime Achievement Award, other awards were given to Stevie Wonder, THE CLASH (outstanding contribution to british music) and IRON MAIDEN (international achievement). Young debutant, David Gray also received an award honoring his writing for hit “Babylon”.
WHICH WAY THE “WIND” BLOWS
Purple Records are set to re-release the studio version of Eddie Hardin’s “Wind In The Willows” album. Guests involved in the project include Zak Starkey, who co-wrote with Eddie a couple of tracks, John Entwistle, Steve Hackett, Donovan, the great late Tony Ashton, Annie Haslam, Maggie Bell and many more. The edition is expanded with several unissued bonus tracks from the sessions.