12/7/21 Rock News
— David Lee Roth is adding four additional shows to his upcoming Las Vegas residency, after which he plans to retire from live performing. Roth previously announced a run of five concerts at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay from December 31st to January 8th. After the initial dates sold out, the Van Halen co-founder announced more shows due to overwhelming demand. Roth said in an audio message to fans he “had no idea how many people wanted to see me go.”
— Lindsey Buckingham says he’s understood what life without Fleetwood Mac would be like since making the band’s iconic and fraught 1977 hit album Rumours. Buckingham tells Clash Magazine that the Rumours experience was so challenging behind-the-scenes, it forced him to develop the same creative muscles he would later use in his solo career. He said he had to reconcile with the fact that Fleetwood Mac might not be around forever and he would have to be self-sufficient as an artist on some level no matter what.
— In a new conversation surrounding his new book “The Lyrics,” Paul McCartney tells Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt that John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and himself were just trying to make a living at first. McCartney says that when the band first got out of Liverpool it was “money.” He continued that he and Lennon used to half-joke during songwriting sessions about what they wanted to buy with the proceeds from their next hit. Money actually served to heighten the Beatles’ ambitions, McCartney suggests, both from artistic and charitable perspectives. He said being able to donate to great causes and seeing “things change that you can see how you can help people” were things that came with it.
— The Cure is set to play shows in Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds and London as part of a 44-date tour next year. New music may also be part of the setlist, as the band has teased the fact they have recorded at least 20 new songs, part of which might make up a new untitled project from the band. Set to kick-off October 6th next year, the tour will run until December 11th.
— Alice Cooper is set to hit the road. The rock icon added spring shows starting in March as an extension of his winter tour, which runs until mid-February. Cooper will be on the road until April, with Buckcherry and Ace Frehley joining him for certain dates. Cooper’s last album “Detroit Stories” was released in February.