* The Rolling Stones have announced European festival dates during June inHollandandBelgiumand have hinted more could be coming. The group is currently inAustralia, while no new North American plans have been confirmed.
* That new book by the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards will actually be a children’s book written illustrated by his daughter, Theodora. Gus & Me: The Story Of My Granddad And My First Guitar comes out September 9th and "offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards' exquisite pen-and-ink collages.” Richards has five grandchildren.
* Cat Stevens is reportedly planning to skip next month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, although Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) has not said so himself.
* Neil Young’s new PonoMusic streaming service and music player surpassed its Kickstarter goal in pre-orders within hours of Young debuting it on Tuesday (March 11) at South By Southwest inAustin,Texas.
* MC5 veteran Wayne Kramer talks to The Insider about curating a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert this week at South By Southwest. Check it out at http://bit.ly/1i5xyp8
* Kiss’ Paul Stanley says reports that Eric Carr’s family is suing for past royalties are incorrect and tweets that, “We will deal with this attempted scam appropriately.”
* Paul Stanley also talked at length to The Insider about his upcoming memoir, the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and other Kiss concerns. Check it out at bit.ly/1i3gDn0
* Reports have surfaced that Kiss and Def Leppard may be touring together this summer, though no details have been confirmed. Both bands have said, separately, that they’ll be on the road at the time.
* Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson plans to launch a new project with violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty in June, which may result in the formation of a new band. – Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider