Roundup: Plant’s New Band, Keef Makes a Rare Concert Appearance

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Robert Plant‘s decade-long habit of blowing up his bands and starting over continues. The Guardian reports that new group, the Sensational Space Shifters, will debut at the Womad Festival in the UK this summer. In recent years, he’s performed with Alison Krauss, Led Zeppelin, the Band of Joy and the Strange Sensation, from which many of the new band’s members are drawn.

Keith Richards had his first major concert performance in five years this weekend, as he and a group of blues and rock illuminati turned out in Harlem to honor the late blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin. Who else was there? Let’s do it in quiz form: Which of these doesn’t belong: a.) Buddy Guy, b.) Billy Gibbons, c.) Warren Haynes, d.) Jimmie Vaughan, e.) Derek Trucks, f.) Elvis Costello? If you said Elvis Costello, you’re correct. Of course, he was there anyway.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said that Lou Reed found the criticism directed at their Lulu collaboration was “difficult to take.” Here’s his quote: “It was difficult for Lou Reed because he takes everything very personally. And I think he was very surprised. We told him all along: ‘Listen, there are some very, very, very hardcore metal fans out there that like everything pre-packaged in a particular little box that looks like this, and the minute that you slightly veer outside of that, then they have a hernia.’ And that’s fine – I’m fine with that…”

The record collection of legendary, late British DJ John Peel–some 25,000 LPs and 40,000 singles strong–will be turned into an interactive online museum.

Not to be outdone by fellow hard rock guitarists Ace Frehley, Tony Iommi and his own bandmate Steven Tyler, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has announced he’s working on an autobiography.

Chris Brown is still a dick.

Quoted: “Piss will be thrown when we play Download.”–UK DJ duo Chace and Status, apparently convinced that their urine bombing is imminent

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