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Monday, September 24, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Did you miss ZZ Top? They've added a few more dates, including Roberts Stadium in Evansville on October 13th...and a show in Ft. Wayne at The Embassy Theatre on the 17th. The tour is now expected to wrap up November 14th at a Casino in California.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band did their first of two Asbury Park, New Jersey benefit rehearsal shows last night at Convention Hall. Clocking in at just under three hours, they did 21 songs, with seven off his new album, Magic. Springsteen also dug into Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born in the U-S-A, and 2002's The Rising for three songs each. The last two songs were "Thundercrack" off his Tracks collection, which he has not done with the E Street Band since March 10th, 1974 in Houston, and "American Land" from the deluxe edition of his Seeger Sessions album. The second Asbury Park show is tonight.

Paul McCartney is in talks to write the music to Shrek Four and he may also have a role in the animated sequel, according to a report out of London. A source tells the Daily Express, "Producers want Paul to compose some original tunes for the next one. He could even briefly voice a character. There have been meetings and apparently he's very keen, because his [three-year-old] daughter [Beatrice] is a fan."

Phil Collins is happy with the Genesis reunion tour and has no regrets about leaving the band in 1995. He says, "I've had a lot of interesting things that I think would have been difficult had I been in the band." He adds that he "wouldn't rewrite anything" and is "glad we're doing this now." As for the future of Genesis beyond the tour, Collins says, "Who knows what's happening after that." Genesis and their Turn It on Again tour are in New York tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, is now a best-selling author. Her memoir, Wonderful Tonight, is number-six on the New York Times Best Seller List. But if you're expecting a tell-all on the Beatles or Clapton, this is not for you. Pattie tells us, "It is just purely about my life and all the people that came in and out of my life." Of course, she does serve up the dirt on her two ex-husbands -- who, she says, "weren't that famous when I first met them."

In addition to the rumor that Journey will reunite with Steve Perry for a tour next year, there is talk that the band has made an offer to a singer from a Filipino Journey cover band. The story goes that Journey became interested in Arnel Pineda after reportedly seeing him sing their songs on YouTube. Journey cut ties with singer Jeff Scott Soto earlier this year. Soto replaced Steve Augeri, who reportedly left the band last year for medical reasons. If this story is true, it will not be the first time a major recording act has turned to a cover band for a replacement. Tim "Ripper" Owens was in a Judas Priest cover band when he replaced Rob Halford, who later replaced Owens in Priest. That story was the loose basis for the movie Rock Star, which everyone should watch at least once because it was actually pretty cool in an 80s hair-band kind of way.

Jon Bon Jovi will host Saturday Night Live on October 13th. He's performed on the show three times. Though the Foo Fighters are the official musical guest for the evening, Jon and the rest of Bon Jovi will perform their new single "Lost Highway."

New CD Releases: Steve Earle -
Washington Square Serenade, Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace, and Melissa Etheridge - The Awakening. New Springsteen and a ton of other great ones due next Tuesday.

New on DVD:
Knocked Up DVD
Next DVD with Nicholas Cage and Jessica Biel and the oddly sexy Julianne Moore.
My Name Is Earl - Season Two DVD (4 discs)
Numb3rs - The Third Season DVD (6 discs)