10/7/21 Rock News
— Paul Stanley says the End of the Road tour really is the end of the road for Kiss. The guitarist told Ultimate Classic Rock that he “strongly” believes that the farewell tour will be finished by the beginning of 2023, and that there will be “no reconsideration, even for fans asking for more.” Stanley said the absolute end of the tour is a simple matter of “physical reality.” He said doing a Kiss show is “incredibly demanding,” and that he only wants to do it if he can do it smiling.
— Eddie Van Halen is being remembered on the one-year anniversary of his death. The legendary guitarist died on October 6th, 2020 after a battle with cancer. His son Wolfgang Van Halen paid tribute on social media, and shared a photo of the father and son playing guitar together. Wolfgang called Van Halen’s death “so unfair,” and said, “I don’t think I’ll ever be okay.” Last year he recorded a tribute to Eddie Van Halen called “Distance,” which hit number one on the rock charts.
— Bob Dylan has released a new video for his 1983 song “Licensed to Kill.” The video shows previously unseen footage of Dylan’s recording sessions for his 1983 album Infidels, and features guest musicians Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. Licensed to Kill has been remixed for Dylan’s new bootleg collection, “Springtime In New York 1980-1985.”
— Tina Turner is selling the rights to her catalog to music publisher BMG. Her body of work spans six decades and includes her huge 80s hits like “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” The 81-year-old also sold her writer’s share and her image and likeness as part of the deal. Turner’s payday from the deal wasn’t disclosed but analysts say it could be worth over 50-million-dollars. Tina Turner will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a second time on October 30th, this time as a solo performer.
— Elton John is apparently coming out with a new Christmas song. Pop star Ed Sheeran told a Dutch radio show Wednesday that he recently recorded a Christmas song with Elton. Sheeran said the pop legend called him last Christmas to tell him that his holiday classic “Step Into Christmas” was back on the charts, and then asked if he would record a new Christmas song with him. Sheeran said he hesitated at first, but that the new song is great and comes out in December.