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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Look for Led Zeppelin to announce their reunion show around 11am our time tomorrow in London. It will reportedly be a charity show in London in late November in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, the president of their record label, Atlantic, who dies last December. As for the date of the concert, there's a post on the band's website that says "11-13-07," which has led to assumptions that that's the day they'll perform. But it also could refer to the fact that that's the release date for the band's new best-of, Mothership. (The re-release of The Song Remains the Same is on November 20th.)
Singer-guitarist Hughie Thomasson, a founding member of The Outlaws, died early Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack at his home in Brooksville, Florida. Thomasson was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd from the '90s through 2005, when he left to re-form The Outlaws. Thomasson was in his mid-50s.
Van Halen is holed up in the Forum in Los Angeles rehearsing for their reunion tour with David Lee Roth. Reports about the rehearsals have started to pop up on V-H fan sites, and they say that the band seems to be in good spirits and having fun. The stage has a ramp shaped like an 'S' that extends into the audience. Behind the drum rise is a video screen that runs the width of the stage. At this particular rehearsal, bass player Wolfgang Van Halen was there with his mother, actress Valerie Bertinelli, and some of his friends. As for the songs, they are solely concentrating on the Roth era, opening with "You Really Got Me" and closing with "Jump." Photos of the rehearsal are posted at the Van Halen news desk. The tour starts September 27th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Van Morrison is a father again at the age of 62. It has just been announced that his girlfriend, Michelle Rocca, gave birth to a baby boy earlier this month in Ireland. The couple had a baby girl last year. Both pregnancies were kept quiet until after she gave birth. Michelle is in her mid-40s and is a former Miss Ireland.
The Who finally have a website. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey had been at odds over how to properly do one, but apparently they have finally agreed. TheWho-dot-com will contain "Who material that's never seen the light of day," and it will be the "official communication vehicle" for Townshend and Daltrey. Fans who subscribe to the site will receive a double C-D set of previously unreleased early Who recordings.
Almost 25-thousand fans packed New York's Randall's Island Sunday for latest edition for Farm Aid. The show, which raised funds for family farmers, featured performances from Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, as well as The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, and others. Highlights included Willie Nelson joining Allman for a duet on "Midnight Rider"...which would have been really cool to see, and The Counting Crowes throwing a bit of Springsteen's "Thunder Road" into their own "Rain King" song.
David Gilmour performed and answered questions at the premiere of his new concert D-V-D, Remember That Night, at a London movie theater last Thursday. The film was also beamed to theaters around Europe. Gilmour opened the night with a live solo performance of his instrumental "Castellorizon," from his last album, On an Island. After the film, he sat down for a question-and-answer session, and then, to the surprise of everyone, he joined his band -- which includes Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright and Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera -- for a short set. Robert Plant was in the audience.
On CD, it's a solo album from Heart's Ann Wilson called Hope & Glory, plus a Greatest Hits set from the Goo Goo Dolls, material from both 50 Cent and and Kanye West.
New on DVD today is a 40th Anniversary DVD release of Dustin Hoffman's The Graduate, The Starter Wife miniseries, Season Eight of Charmed, Season Three of Fraggle Rock, Season Three of Gray's Anatomy, and I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Fourth Season.