Quick Takes 11/14/19

  • Robert Plant is currently gearing up for the sessions for his followup to his 2017 Carry Fire album. During a chat with Classic Rock magazine, the former Led Zeppelin frontman shed light on his upcoming work with the Sensational Space Shifters, revealing, “There are some things in the air, possibly in Nashville. I’m supposed to be going there in two weeks’ time. There’s nothing going on at all at the moment, but there will be. Between the Sensational Space Shifters’ guitarists Justin Adams and Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson and everybody, we’ve got about 40 different instrumental ideas already.” (Classic Rock)
  • Premiering on Netflix tonight (November 14th) is Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am? The late-saxophonist was working on the project with director Nick Mead before his 2011 death. The doc features interviews with President Bill Clinton, nephew Jake ClemonsAll Starr Band bandmate Joe WalshWillie Nile, E Street Band bandmates Nils Lofgren and Vini Lopez, producer Michael Narada WaldenBruce Springsteen‘s friend and photographer Danny Clinch, along with an assortment of “The Big Man’s” family and friends.
  • R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe remains proud that he never succumbed to the pitfalls of showbiz by denying his sexuality. Stipe, a gay man, is currently promoting the 25th anniversary deluxe reissue of the band’s Monster album, which coincided with Stipe coming out publicly. He told Billboard: “I was never closeted. That’s the thing that’s beautiful about it and I’m so proud of. You can never find a single picture of me pretending to have a girlfriend or being somebody that I’m not. I was never that guy. Any longstanding R.E.M. fan who had not figured out I was queer before that point wasn’t looking very hard.” (Billboard)
  • Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be the recipient of the “Humanitarian Of The Year” award next month at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Michaels said in a statement, “I could not be more honored to receive this ‘Humanitarian Of The Year’ award. It truly touches my soul, and I am extremely grateful to be able to receive this award at the holidays, which is the perfect time of year to give back and donate to great causes like Toys For Tots. I can’t wait to play a song or two and I truly look forward to this chance to meet a lot of amazing people and fans at the Hollywood Christmas Parade.”
  • The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere on December 13th as a two-hour special on the CW Network on at 8:00 p.m. ET. (BretMichaels.com)