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Monday, March 09, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Over the weekend, U2 announced their first stadium tour since '06. The U2 360-Degrees Tour will kick off at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona, Spain on June 30th. The 15-city North American leg gets under way at Soldier Field on September 12th and ends in Vancouver in October. The tour gets it's name from the round stage that will give fans an unobstructed view of the band. Except in Section 357, which of course has a better view of Lake Michigan than it does the actual field.

After last week's news that Guns n' Roses would do a stadium tour this summer, the rumor mill kicked into overdrive Friday and spit out the potential co-headliner: Van Halen. Nothing has been confirmed, but it's worth nothing that both acts are managed by Irving Azoff, the man who reunited the group with David Lee Roth and created the band's biggest tour ever. Of course, anything involving Axl Rose could go up in smoke at any moment, so fans might not want to get their hopes up. And remember, no matter how cool this sounds on paper: there's no Slash, no Duff. And the GNR/Metallica idea in the early 90s was a train wreck.

In sorta-Van Halen-related news...Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith almost decided to change the name of their group, Chickenfoot. Anthony tells Classic Rock magazine, "It was just supposed to be a name that we'd use for a while. And then the rumors spread about the band, everybody used that name, so we thought, let's call it Chickenfoot: it all comes down to the music anyway."

Jimi Hendrix's childhood home is once again in danger of being torn down. In 2006, the home was moved from Seattle's Central District to a lot across the street from the cemetery in Renton, Washington where he is buried. But now the owner has to move it again by March 27th or else it'll meet the wrecking ball.

Aerosmith spent some time in their Boston-area studio last week with producer Brendan O'Brien as they continue to work on their first album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play. Check out a video update from Tom Hamilton at AeroForceOne-dot-com. Singer Steven Tyler is giving back to some of his fans by participating in the next session of the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, April 29th through May 3rd in Hollywood, California. Tyler will hold a question-and-answer session with campers and share some insights and stories from his career.

Metallica's James Hetfield now knows better than to order Indian food in Sweden. Hetfield got food poisoning after the band had the food delivered to the Globen Arena in Stockholm Sunday afternoon. (A local paper said Hetfield ordered "samosas, chicken tikka masala and lamb in tomato and yogurt sauce.") Metallica ended up postponing the gig after Hetfield was taken to the hospital. He was released late Sunday night. The show will be rescheduled when the quartet returns to Europe in May.

Boston and Stryper singer Michael Sweet's wife, Kyle Rae Sweet, died last Thursday from ovarian cancer. She was 52.