* Van Halen has announced a second U.S. date for the summer, July 24 at the California MId-State Fair in Paso Robles. The group also plays July 20 at the Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisc.
* The Catholic church has weighed in on David Bowie's new "The Next Day" video, with Archbishop of Cantebury Lord Carey calling it "juvenile." The Catholic League has also criticized the video, calling it "a mess."
* Aerosmith and Joan Jett will headline the Backyard Festival slated for July 13on Randall's Island in New York City. The rest of the lineup will be announced soon.
* John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt were the latest guests to play with the Rolling Stones on their 50 And Counting tour, joining the band Wednesday (May 8) in San Jose for a cover of the Valentino's 1964 hit "It's All Over Now" and "Let It Bleed," respectively. The Stones next play Saturday (May 11) in Las Vegas.
* Kiss members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer performed a 20-minute set -- sans makeup and drummer Eric Singer -- on Wednesday (May 8) to celebrate the opening of the latest Rock & Brews restaurant in Torrance, Calif. Stanley and Simmons own the franchise, which currently has three locations and plans to open another 100 during the next five years.
* Forty-eight years ago today (May 10) the Rolling Stones recorded "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at Chess Studios in Chicago.
* Donovan turns 67 today (May 10). -- by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider