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Newsworthy: Faces, Iommi, Sonisphere, and new tours and albums

By March 29, 2012

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Faces • Drummer Kenney Jones says Rod Stewart will perform with the band when Faces / Small Faces are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14. A three song set is planned for the induction ceremony. After that? "We'll just have to see how it goes, Jones tells MusicRadar, "but we're all really looking forward to getting up on stage again. It's been far too long."

• Guitarist Tony Iommi is continuing to work with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler on a new Black Sabbath album as he continues to undergo treatment for lymphoma. Iommi says he has finished chemotherapy and will undergo three weeks of radiation treatments.

• Another music festival bites the dust as Sonisphere Knebworth organizers announced this week that the UK festival, scheduled for July, won't happen. KISS, Queen (with Adam Lambert) and Marilyn Manson were among the headliners that had been booked. A statement on the festival website said "circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere's audience would rightly expect."

• This week's tour news: Aerosmith bring their Global Warming Tour to the North America for 18 shows, June through August. ZZ Top do some genre hopping as they team up with 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson for the Gang of Outlaws tour of the US in May and June, before going it alone in Europe during July and August. Lindsay Buckingham resumes his solo acoustic tour promoting his 2011 Seeds We Sow album with a month of US dates in May. The officially sanctioned Queen Extravaganza tribute band is ready to hit the road in May for a North American tour, which Queen drummer Roger Taylor is producing.

Carlos Santana at Woodstock • Santana's catalog grows to more than three dozen with the release of Shape Shifter on May 15. The album will be almost entirely instrumental, and will be dedicated to Native American Indians. And Aerosmith are setting yet another target date for the new album they're had in the works for the last several years. Steven Tyler promises the release of the band's 15th studio album "in about three months" after two more songs are finished.

Faces and Carlos Santana photos by Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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