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Monday, April 09, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

While many Van Halen fans were disappointed that the reunion tour with David Lee Roth was canceled, Eddie Van Halen's son isn't one of them. 16-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen was set to play bass in place of original bassist Michael Anthony, but he seems happier that his dad decided to check into rehab. Wolfgang tells People, "My dad's taking care of himself. I also think I'm too young for the experience, because I know there are a lot of bad things out there." working with your Dad, Wolfie...

Police guitarist Andy Summers says if things go well on the band's reunion tour, there is a chance they might follow it with a new studio album. Answering questions last week in London at a book signing for his autobiography, One Train Later, Summers mentioned that they will do some new songs on the tour, which starts May 28th in Vancouver.

Aerosmith start their South American tour Thursday in Brazil, and bassist Tom Hamilton is back after his throat cancer treatment.

Ozzy Osbourne will title his new disc Black Rain, and it is tentatively due out June 12th. A full stream of "I Don't Want to Stop," the first single from the album, will debut on Ozzy's site Friday. In other Ozzy news, the details on how to get free tickets for this summer's Ozzfest have been announced. Tickets will be given out through Ozzfest-dot-com, LiveNation-dot-com, MonsterEnergy-dot-com, JagerMusic-dot-com and FYE-dot-com starting May 12th.

Mark St. John, who played guitar in KISS in 1984, died Thursday from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 51. Born Mark Norton, he played on the Animalize album, which was the most successful disc of the band's non-make-up era. He only played three concerts with KISS because he was suffering from Reiter's Syndrome, which is an inflammation of the joints. St. John's replacement in KISS, current Grand Funk guitarist Bruce Kulick, says, "I respected his talent and contribution to KISS. May he rest in peace." St. John is the second KISS member to die. Drummer Eric Carr succumbed to cancer in 1991.

Gary Glitter will seek amnesty for his morals conviction in Vietnam. The British glam rocker, best known for "Rock and Roll Part Two," has another year and four months to serve for sexually molesting two young girls. Glitter's Vietnamese lawyer hopes his plea will be considered before April 30th -- amnesties are often granted on that date, which the Asian country celebrates as the date the Vietnam War ended in 1975.


Bobby DVD
Emilio Estevez wrote and directed this drama that tries to capture the flavor of American life at the time of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968.

Payback DVD
Director Brian Helgeland was fired before this crime drama starring Mel Gibson was finished. Paramount then had additional footage shot and completed a version of the film that was released theatrically in 1999. A few years later, Paramount and Helgeland got together and created a version of the movie that is closer to the director's original intent. There's more focus on Gibson's character, but he is less sympathetic and a subplot involving his son's kidnapping has been cut. Also, Kris Kristofferson is no longer in the film.