AEROSMITH'S STEVEN TYLER & JOE PERRY TO BE INDUCTED INTO SONGWRITERS H.O.F.:
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith have been named among the latest inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and will be honored at the 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis in New York. "Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," said legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, who also serves as Chairman of the Hall of Fame.
Others announced for the event include Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight (whose credits include "Love Is a Battlefield" for Pat Benatar, and "The Best" for Tina Turner), JD Souther("Heartache Tonight" for the Eagles) and Tony Hatch.
LUMINEERS DRUMMER JEREMIAH FRAITES SLAPPED BY ELTON JOHN:
According to the Lumineers, their drummer, Jeremiah Fraites, was once on the receiving end of a face slap by Elton John. "We saw Elton John's suit and his brightness and his entourage and Elton John turns and Jeremiah says 'I'm sorry man, we're in the Lumineers and we're just big fans of yours,' they explained."
"He says 'the Lumineers!' and he comes over and our drummer says, 'there is no frigging way you listen to our album' and Elton slaps him in the face and says, 'the hell I didn't! I definitely did!'" The band said that the incident went down at the recent Grammy awards where they failed to bring home either of their two nominations.
CARLOS SANTANA REUNITING WITH ORIGINAL SANTANA GROUP:
Carlos Santana is reuniting with the remaining members of his original band for a new record. The guitarist, whose reunion with Neal Schon (Journey)was unveiled last week, told Vintage Vinyl News, that except for bassist David Brown, who died in 2000, "pretty much" everyone else was confirmed.
The one notable exclusion is Jose "Chepito" Areas, who played with Santana until 1980. The entire line-up played together on every album but one, 1971's Santana III. Santana says that the new record, which he expects to have an African feel to it, will be out in 2014.