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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Van Halen have postponed this Sunday's show in St. Louis due to what they call a "scheduling conflict," which isn't going over well with fans there. Among the rumors going around: 1) there wasn't enough time to truck the equipment to the next show two days later in Boston...2) David Lee Roth wants an extra day of rest before they play the East Coast, and...3) since St. Louis is such a Sammy Hagar stronghold, Van Halen won't play there, even though they'd sold 10-thousand tickets for the postponed show. Hagar pulls into St. Louis next month for two shows at the Fox Theater, and he'll close his tour next summer at Busch Stadium.

Last week the British papers reported that Heather Mills had given her estranged husband, Paul McCartney, an ultimatum: settle our divorce or it will become a messy affair in court. Now the News of the World is reporting that McCartney has posed his own take-it-or-leave-it: 43-million dollars, which is down from the reported 47-million he had offered. A source close to Macca tells the paper, "This is a final offer. Paul's sick of her.
He's adamant that he's not offering her any more deals and has sworn that after this there will be no more bargaining. If Heather knocks this one back, he has instructed his lawyers to tell her to go to hell and he'll see her in court -- where a judge will decide it." As has been the case all along, McCartney's spokesmen do not comment on this aspect of his life. Heather reportedly has been reluctant to agree to a settlement because she does not want to sign a confidentiality agreement. She is reportedly planning a T-V series for America in which she will discuss the marriage, an appearance on Oprah and a book.

Ozzy Osbourne will donate his net profits from his November 30th show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program. The show comes a day after the end of the Beverly Hills auction of the Osbournes' personal items, which will also raise money for the charity. In addition, 50 cents from each ticket sold to the L-A show will go to the program.

Neil Young's 1972 album Harvest is the best Canadian album ever recorded, according to a new book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums. Author Bob Mersereau polled more than 500 musicians, critics, disc jockeys and retailers to come up with the list. Joni Mitchell's Blue is number-two, followed by Young's After the Gold Rush and The Band's Music From Big Pink. The Tragically Hip's Fully Completely rounds out the Top 5. Young has eight albums on the list; the Guess Who, Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot have five each; and The Tragically Hip have four. The Band and Rush clock in with three each, and Bryan Adams has two.
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will host the London premiere of the documentary Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who on November 5th. Their appearance, which will include a question-and-answer session, will be beamed to theaters in seven other U-K towns. Amazing Journey will be released on D-V-D on November 6th.

Mickey Hart, who's currently touring North America with his electro-percussion ensemble Global Drum Project, realizes that there's a great demand for a reunion of the Dead's surviving members. The drummer says, however, that he doesn't see that happening anytime soon. He tells us that the Dead is "quite dormant now, which is really good thing because at least we don't have our differences. We're just letting it sit there for a while."

Jeff Beck will take up residency at Ronnie Scott's, the legendary London jazz club, for six shows over five nights from November 27th through December 1st. The capacity is only 200 and no seat is more than 50 feet from the stage, giving concertgoers the chance to see the pain on his face as he continues to not be Jimmy Page.

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Brian Wilson's daughter Carnie Wilson, Julio Iglesias Junior, Maureen "Marsha Brady" McCormick and others will be contestants on the new C-M-T show Gone Country. The six-episode series will premiere in January, with John Rich of Big and Rich grooming them to become country singers. How quaint.


Hostel: Part II DVD
Meet the Robinsons DVD
Mr. Brooks DVD
The Beatles - Up Close and Personal DVD
Clive Cussler's Sea Hunters - Set One DVD
The Sopranos - Season Six - Part Two DVD

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss -
Raising Sand CD
John Mellencamp - 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection CD