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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

As Eric Clapton gets ready to stage another Crossroads Guitar Festival July 28th in Chicago to raise money for his Crossroads rehab center on Antigua, he also has to do a little damage control. He tells the Associated Press, "I think [Crossroads has] suffered a little bit in some of the recent publicity with the celebrities who go there," referring to Britney Spears' one-day stay there in February. "It's a bit of a witch hunt going on in some of the news channels about rehabs in general. It's a little scary -- the last thing we want is to lose any of the rehabs."

Ringo Starr shows no signs of slowing down as he has four projects scheduled to be released this year. In addition to a new studio album slated for the summer, he is releasing a D-V-D of last year's All-Starr Band tour; a C-D of his 2005 Soundstage performance; and a new best-of on Capitol Records. On his website, he says this year is gonna be "musical Ringo world." No word on exact release dates for any of these projects.

John Mellencamp will make an appearance on The Ellen De Generes Show tomorrow, in a performance from Universal Studios in Orlando.

Shaw-Blades, the duo of Tommy Shaw from Styx and Jack Blades from Night Ranger, are currently on tour in support of their new album, Influence. The acoustic show has them performing in a living-room-type setting with couches, chairs and rugs on stage. They even allow fans to sit on the stage with them. Shaw tells us, "It really does feel like we're sitting around our house." The tour heads to Indianapolis tomorrow.

In case you're waking up to reports that Led Zeppelin is reuniting this summer, you've been fooled, as in April Fool's. A story went round yesterday saying that they would regroup in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Aleister Crowley's (a British occultist, writer and mystic) death. Ringo Starr's son, Who drummer Zak Starkey, supposedly would have taken the place of the late John Bonham. The first show was to take place in the Oakland Coliseum and the ticket prices would be what they were in 1977.


The new compilation Black Sabbath: The Dio Years finally hit stores today. The 16-track collection features three new songs recorded last year by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice -- "The Devil Cried," "Shadow of the Wind" and "Ear in the Wall," as well as 13 tracks from Dio's three albums with Sabbath.

The Allman Brothers Band have gone back into the vaults for another of their Archival Series releases. Boston Common 8/17/71 is a seven-song disc that includes a 26-minute version of "You Don't Love Me," an 18-minute version of "Whipping Post" and a 13-minute take on "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." It is on sale now through the band's website.

Eric Clapton and Brian Wilson are among the artists on a new collection only available at Target stores. New Music From an Old Friend: Singer Songwriter Legends contains two songs by Wilson -- "God Only Knows" and "What Love Can Do," which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach. Clapton is featured, along with Stephen Bishop, on "Save It for a Rainy Day."

Charlotte's Web DVD Dakota Fanning stars with voices that include Julia Roberts as Charlotte, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates and Robert Redford.

The Good Shepherd DVD Matt Damon's CIA movie.

Entourage - Season Three - Part One DVD