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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Ted Nugent, during a show in Los Angeles last week, brandished a pair of machine guns on stage and then proceeded to hurl insults at various politicians. Since so many of us have become completely and utterly bored with this part of The Nuge Experience...I won't repeat what he said...but I'll tell you his targets were California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democratic Presidential candidates Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein. He's in Oklahoma, spreading the same message of hardcore Republican love, later this week. His new album, Love Grenade, hits stores next week.

AC/DC will observe my Wedding Anniversary by releasing a new Live DVD set on October 16th (damnned sweet of 'em, I thought...). Plug Me In will be available in a two versions - one disc on the Bon Scott years, the other on the Brian Johnson era - as well as a limited edition three-DVD collectors' edition with 21 bonus performances. The set includes footage from one of Scott's last performances with the band in December 1979 as well as the band playing with the Rolling Stones in February 2003.

You might not have to wait until October 2nd to buy the new Bruce Springsteen album, Magic. There are reports that it will be released on vinyl a week before...on September 25th. It would be on 180-gram vinyl, which is nice and heavy, and come in a gatefold sleeve.

The Rolling Stones finally wrapped up their two-year Bigger Bang tour Sunday night in London. They will now go back into storage, but probably not for long. According to the Rolling Stones fan club, It's Only Rock 'n Roll, the Stones will tour again next year. The club's website, which is usually very reliable, says they will tour India in February, and do shows in Dubai and Bangkok, before returning to North America for dates in support of their concert movie Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese and in theaters in April. A spokeswoman for the Stones was unavailable for comment.

Are Paul McCartney and his estranged wife, Heather Mills, reconciling? The Daily Mail says Heather has told a friend that she thinks he is trying to win her back. The source says, "The bond which has brought them back together is their little girl [Bea]. In the heat of the moment, a lot of hurtful things were said and done, but one thing Paul can't ignore is that Heather's a fantastic mom and Bea completely adores her. That has changed Paul's thinking more than anything else... He went so far as to say that he would always love her, and how much he respected her strength and determination. Heather was blown away. So much so that she told me, 'I know it sounds incredible, but I think he wants me back.'" The couple announced their separation last year after close to four years of marriage.


Heaven and Hell, the Ronnie James Dio-led version of Black Sabbath, have a new live CD and DVD in stores today. Live From Radio City Music Hall was captured at the legendary New York City theater last March.

Ringo Starr has a new hits collection in stores today. Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr is a career-spanning collection that contains hits from the many different labels he has recorded for over the years. Among the songs are the title track; "It Don't Come Easy"; "Oh My My"; his tribute to George Harrison, "Never Without You"; and 16 others. A deluxe edition contains a DVD with a few videos. Also available today are digital versions of Ringo's first four albums, which were also released on Capitol: Sentimental Journey (1970), Beaucoups of Blues (1970), Ringo (1973) and Goodnight Vienna (1974). Ringo will have a new album out, Liverpool Eight, in January.

Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, today publishes her autobiography, Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me. In her native U-K, the book is titled Wonderful Today: The Autobiography.

On DVD, we have the Blades of Glory, Kickin' It Old Skool with Jamie Kennedy, Year of the Dog with Molly Shannon, A 5-Disc set of Season One of Friday Night Lights, and the long awaited 7-Disc first season of Heroes.