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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Books about Classic Rock continue to pour out like Britney from a halter-top. Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder will publish his autobiography, Heaven and Hell: My Life as an Eagle , in England on November 1st. The Times of London has posted a few excerpts from on its website. Felder blames his bandmates' abuse of drugs for their problems in the '70s, saying, "We went from a bunch of young guys hanging out together to five men who couldn't stand each other..." Other topics covered include the band's penchant for groupies, and the fact that Glenn Frey and Don Henley were called "The Gods" behind their backs by the other members of the band. Heaven and Hell was to be published this month in the States, but the Eagles have reportedly threatened litigation over some of its seamier content. No word on whether it will see the light of day here.

The Doors were supposed to release a box set of their albums on vinyl this month, but it has been pushed back to February. On the band's website, their manager, Jeff Jampol, writes, "The test pressings were not up to our standards, and the L-A Woman artwork was also felt to not be 100-percent... We traced it back to bad compounds in the virgin vinyl, and it appears that the original supplier of vinyl will not be able to deliver consistent quality."

Billy Joel was honored Thursday night at an event that raises money for parkland on his native Long Island, New York. The Piano Man received the Master Builder Award from The Foundation for Long Island State Parks in recognition of his entertainment achievements and efforts to protect Long Island's maritime industries. The event also included an auction whose featured item was a piano autographed by Billy. It sold for 18-thousand dollars. Commenting that his mother was the "real master builder... she built me," Billy kidded that he's long been snapping up local real estate because, "I love Long Island and want to own as much of it as I can." He might need to record a few more albums, then.

The London tabloids are once again engrossed in Paul McCartney's divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills. The Daily Mail is reporting that talks between the two last week collapsed and that they are now "heading for a full-blown public divorce." A source tells the paper, "There are no more talks planned. The whole thing broke down without agreement. A trial date has been set for February next year and that is where we are heading." One sticking point, according to the Mail -- Mills will not agree to keep quiet about their marriage after the divorce is finalized. Macca is said to have offered her upwards of 95-million dollars, plus annual payments for their daughter, Beatrice . Mills reportedly would have been happy with less, provided she could spew.

Van Morrison has bounced around a number of record labels the past few years, but now he's back with Polydor, which released the majority of his albums in the '90s. The label will release his new best-of, Still on Top, on November 6th, followed by a new studio album in early 2008. Polydor has also obtained the rights to Morrison's catalog and will start to reissue his 34 albums next year with bonus material. Morrison wrapped up a three-night stand in New York last night, and he's back out on October 26th in Spain.

With Led Zeppelin back in the spotlight with next month's reunion concert and the release of two C-Ds and a D-V-D, it comes as no surprise that they will make their catalog available for download. Starting November 13th, their tunes will be sold through all online music retailers. In addition to downloads, Verizon Wireless will offer ringtones, ringback tones, alert tones and wallpapers. In a statement, guitarist Jimmy Page says, "The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer." Zeppelin will release Mothership, a two-C-D career-spanning collection, on November 13th. The re-release of The Song Remains the Same soundtrack and D-V-D follows on November 20th.

A-C/D-C have negotiated a deal to finally acquire the Internet domain A-C-D-C-dot-com. For many years, the domain belonged to an porn website that people would mistakenly visit thinking it belonged to the band. The band's management says they pushed hard to acquire the domain because many of the band's younger fans were being directed to the porn site.

The Pink Floyd online news resource Brain Damage reports that all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums are set to be released in a package known as the Pink Floyd Mini-Vinyl Studio Box Set on December 4th. The main feature of the long rumored collection is that each C-D will be a mini-replica of the original vinyl packaging, including all artwork, inserts such as posters and stickers and L-P-style dust jackets. Hipgnosis graphic artist Storm Thorgerson, who did many of the band's album covers, designed the box. Also included is a poster and a D-V-D featuring the bandmembers discussing the group's 40th anniversary and career landmarks. Pressings of the 16-C-D set -- Ummagumma and The Wall, each containing two discs -- will reportedly be limited to 10-thousand copies worldwide. Online retailer Amazon's British and German websites are already taking pre-orders, although the company's U-S site is not as yet. Judging by the price in British pounds, the box should sell for somewhere around 300 dollars.

The Tom Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream comes to D-V-D today but is available only in Best Buy stores. The set includes three D-V-Ds and one C-D. Two D-V-Ds contain the four-hour Peter Bogdanovich film, which features many of the band's own home movies from the '70s, rare T-V and concert appearances, and interviews with all Heartbreakers past and present, as well as with fans like Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks and Johnny Depp. The third D-V-D features the band's entire show from their 30th-anniversary tour stop in Petty's hometown of Gainesville, Florida. The C-D contains rare tracks and instrumentals from the film, including some previously unreleased cuts from Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch.

Transformers DVD
The Invisible DVD some weird out-of-body teenager thing starring nobody important.
A Mighty Heart DVD with Angelina Jolie.
The Reaping DVD with Hilary Swank.
Deadliest Catch - Season Two DVD (3 disc)
Tarantino's Grindhouse Presents - Planet Terror DVD (w/2 versions of the flick)
MacGyver - The Complete Series DVD
Roseanne - The Complete Ninth Season DVD
The Princess Bride (1987) Anniversary Edition DVD
Mythbusters - Collection Two DVD
That '70s Show - Season Seven DVD
Neil Young -
Chrome Dreams II CD