The 2012 Summer Olympics: concert killer.
Following in the footsteps of at least four U.K. and Ireland-based music festivals planned for this summer, Reuters is reporting that the producers of Sonisphere Knebworth, a mammoth rock festival featuring Kiss, Queen with Adam Lambert (!), and Faith No More as the headliners, has pulled the plug on the event. The statement from the organizers is very carefully worded, but the subtext is clear: they can't afford to do it.
The list of presenters at this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony is arguably as prestigious as the class they're inducting. John Mellencamp, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band will all be introducing
There was some understandable consternation on the eve of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's US tour, their first since the death of Clarence Clemons last June. It would be tough not to notice the gaping hole onstage where Clemons used to roam, which is why Springsteen acknowledged his absence early, and often.