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Odds & Ends: Zac Brown Band, Metallica, America, Bonnaroo and The Bellamy Brothers

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Zac Brown is the newly announced headliner for Milwaukee’s Summerfest; Bonnaroo promoters have released a book covering the festival’s rich musical history; America to get a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame; someone ripped off The Bellamy Brothers; and Hulk Hogan says he could have played bass in Metallica back in the day.

Zac Brown Band To Headline Summerfest

Another sign you’ve made the big time is when the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Music Festival” trumpets your newly booked headlining slot on the mainstage.  In this case it’s the Zac Brown Band that’s tapped to play the Marcus Amphitheater at Milwaukee’s Summerfest July 5.

Other acts headlining Summerfest’s 45th anniversary scheduled for June 27-July 1 and July 3-8 include Lady Antebellum (June 30) and Neil Diamond (July 8).

Tickets for the Zac Brown Band (including Summerfest admission) go on sale Feb. 4. Visit Summerfest.com for everything you need to know.

  • Zac Brown

    CMA Awards, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
    November 9, 2011

    (Jason Moore)

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Bonnaroo’s Back Pages

Bonnaroo, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, only happens once a year but you can read all about the mammoth festival’s history in the newly released book, “Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, The Other.”

Named after the festival’s stages and edited by Holly George-Warren, “Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, The Other” is the first official book about the annual festival near Manchester, Tenn., and includes more than 400 photos shot by some of the best photogs covering music events today including Danny Clinch, C. Taylor Crothers, Jeff Kravitz, and Ryan Mastro.

The book also includes an essay by New York Times and Rolling Stone contributor Alan Light and written contributions by some of the top-tier artists that have appeared at the festival.

“Bonnaroo: What, Which, This, That, The Other” is available for purchase at the festival’s website and will land in stores April 1. Visit Bonnaroo.com for more information.

A Star For America

One of the most popular groups from the 1970s will be honored in Hollywood next month when America gets its own star on Tinsel Town’s world-famous Walk Of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor America members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell with the Walk Of Fame’s 2,459th star Feb. 6 at 6752 Hollywood Blvd. outside the Musicians Institute. Original member and Christian music pioneer Dan Peek, who left the band in 1977, passed away last summer.

The next night America will perform a concert and partake in a Q&A at the Grammy museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Grand Theft Bellamys

Famed country music vocal group The Bellamy Brothers were victims of grand larceny while shooting a music video in the Florida Everglades.

Thieves broke into the group’s rental cars and production truck and made off with thousands of dollars worth of production equipment plus a personal iPad and a digital camera. However, the crooks passed on guitars and video equipment, probably because of size.

Fortunately, the police are on the case. The Bellamy Brothers report that police say most of the electronics were offered to a local pawn shop but the shop’s owner turned them down after suspecting the goods were stolen.

The Bellamy Brothers recently spent four days in several Florida locations shooting four videos with Austria’s DJ A-Tzi.

Metallica: James, Lars, Kirk and … Hulk?

While touring in the U.K. with TNA Impact Wrestling, Hulk Hogan talked with London’s The Sun newspaper, saying he wanted to speak with members of Kasabian about the British rock band’s alleged practice of checking into hotel rooms under the Hulkster’s name.

Turns out Hogan had a few more things to say about music. Such as he loves the Stone Roses and that he used to work out to their songs.

But perhaps the most unexpected revelations concerned his bass guitar playing.

“I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler,” Hogan told The Sun. “I played bass guitar.”

Hogan then told the newspaper that, if things had turned out differently, he might have joined Metallica.

“I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in the early days, but it didn’t work out,” Hogan said.

But Metallica wasn’t the only band Hogan might have joined. He claims he could have had a chance to join The Rolling Stones if Mick had listened to then-girlfriend Jerry Hall.

“Jerry Hall also asked Mick Jagger if I could play bass with The Rolling Stones,” Hogan told The Sun. “Mick never got back to me.”


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