12/15/21 Rock News
(London) — Pete Townshend plans to release the 1971 Who album Lifehouse in 2022. The Who guitarist shelved the much-misunderstood album before its scheduled 1971 release. The concept album was a mystery to the other members of The Who but Townshend and his explanations didn’t shed much light on the concept. Some of the songs planned for Lifehouse wound up on the 1972 album Who’s Next.
(Undated) — After nearly two years of the pandemic scrubbing tours, many of classic rock’s biggest artists are planning to return to the stage in 2022.
Elton John and Kiss will pick up their farewell tours while others, including Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam, and Tool will hit the road for the first time in years. And the star-studded Stadium tour will finally happen. The tour featuring Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett was scheduled for 2020, postponed to 2021, and postponed again to 2022. It’s planned to roll out next summer.
(Undated) — Paul McCartney and Wings are re-releasing their 1971 debut album Wild Life to mark the 50th anniversary. The album went gold in the U.S., as McCartney worked to build a post-Beatles musical identity. It comes out February 4th.
(Ottawa) — The artist who wrote the classic protest song “Signs” has died. Lee Emmerson was the singer and guitarist for the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band, best known for the 1971 hit he wrote. Emmerson contracted COVID-19 last month and died at a hospital in Ottawa on Friday. Lee Emmerson was 77.
(Undated) — Australian childrens band The Wiggles have put out a cover of Queen’s classic 1974 anthem Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s on their upcoming album ReWiggled, along with covers of AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Blondie and more. The album drops March 11 in two parts, the first featuring Aussie groups covering Wiggles songs and the second with the Wiggles covering others along with some original work.