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Monday, October 01, 2007

2sday Rock Roundup

The nominees for election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced Friday. The candidates for enshrinement next year include The Beastie Boys, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, and John Mellencamp. It's Mellencamp's 3rd nomination. (audio fr. 2005 nomination) Among those once again missing are The Moody Blues, Yes, Genesis, Bad Company, KISS, Grand Funk, Humble Pie, Ringo Starr, Heart, Rush, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music, T-Rex, Small Faces, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Blues Project, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Cheap Trick. When you get right down to it, the Hall kind of sucks at picking actual Rock to enshrine...

Time will tell, but Robert Plant continues to insist that Led Zeppelin's reunion won't go beyond next month's show in London. He tells Uncut magazine, "There'll be one show and that'll be it. We need to do one last great show because we've done some shows and they've been crap." Plant says he's not tempted by the big bucks being waved in front of their faces to do a tour. "Not for me. But I can't speak for anyone else." Led Zeppelin will take the stage at London's O-2 Arena on November 26th. Last night E-mails started to go out to the lucky 20-thousand fans who will get tickets to Zeppelin's concert. More than a million people registered for the ticket lottery.

Ozzy Osbourne's brother-in-law believes the singer will die on stage. David Arden, the older brother of Sharon Osbourne, tells The Sun, "I have known Ozzy since 1970. He is going to do 40 shows on the bounce, starting in mid-October, and he's talking about a Black Sabbath tour after that. I think he's worn out. When the cameras are off he just sits there quietly. Sharon will keep Ozzy on the road until he dies on stage." Arden adds that Sharon needs him to work because of what he calls her exorbitant spending, although he adds, "In fairness to her, Ozzy wouldn't know what to do if he ever retired." Arden and Sharon are estranged following a misunderstanding over this summer's funeral for their father, Don Arden.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band start their arena tour tonight in Hartford, Connecticut. It's in support of their new album, Magic, which comes out today. The Boss is a little wrinklier, and Little Steven no longer looks like Silvio Dante...but Max Weinberg still looks oily and too big for his drumset. Tradition is a beautiful thing.

Bono is putting a little bit of spice in his life -- by hooking up with The Spice Girls for their much-anticipated reunion album. The singer will take a break from saving the world by penning a tune for Posh, Scary and company to perform for the disc and their upcoming world tour. A source close to the project tells London's Mirror that "it might seem unusual with the Spice Girls' pop roots and the much more rockier work of Bono, but it works. Bono is a brilliant musician and is up for the challenge and can pull off any sort of musical style. Expect the unexpected."

Rush start the European leg of their Snakes and Arrows tour Wednesday night in Glasgow, Scotland. Before heading over,
drummer Neil Peart wrote another recap of his North American journeys on his motorcycle from show to show. "I have commuted to 49 shows and covered just under 20-thousand miles..." As for the tour, he says, "The audiences have been fantastic everywhere, and the shows have been going well, but -- like the gas that goes into our motorcycles -- it just keeps costing more." Rush will be in Europe through October 29th in Helsinki, Finland. There is talk of more North American dates in the spring.

The Eagles have made available another snippet of a song from Long Road Out of Eden, their first studio album in 28 years. "What Do I Do With My Heart," a country ballad sung by Glenn Frey, can be found on a site that is linked to the Eagles fan site Eagles Fans dot com. The album comes out October 30th exclusively at Wal-Mart and through
the band's website.

Runnin' Down a Dream, the Peter Bogdanovich documentary about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, will be shown in theaters across America on October 15th. It will be released on DVD on the 16th. In an interview that will be posted on his website today, Petty talked about the film, the companion book, and the album he recently recorded with Mudcrutch, his old band, among other things.

The Allman Brothers Band's original sound man, Mike Callahan, has died.

Happy Birthday to Sting (56), Mike Rutheford of Genesis (57), and Don "American Pie" McLean (62)



John Fogerty - Revival
Bruce Springsteen - Magic
Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction
Mick Jagger - The Very Best of Mick Jagger
Matchbox Twenty - Exile On Mainstream
The Cult - Born Into This
Bob Dylan - Dylan [also available in 3 CD Box Set]
Megadeth - Warchest [5 CD/DVD Box Set]


1408 DVD
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer DVD
The War - A Ken Burns Film seen on Jon Stewart's Daily Show...looks good
Criminal Minds - The Second Season DVD
Entourage - Season Three- Part Two DVD
How I Met Your Mother - Season Two DVD
Jericho - The First Season DVD
Shark - Season One DVD