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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden, hits Wal-Mart stores today. Fans will be getting their money's worth after the long wait, as Eden is a double album that's being sold for the price of a single disc. Don Henley says the band didn't set out to make their return to the world of C-Ds this lengthy, adding that "since there are four people in this band who write and sing, everybody wanted to get his licks in there." As for the almost three-decade wait in between albums, guitarist Joe Walsh jokes that "that's not that long in Eagles time." Additionally, Eagles bassist Timothy Schmidt turns 60 today.

Also, what's left of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane turns 68 today.

U-2's 3-D concert film, U-2 3-D, finally has a distributor. National Geographic Cinema Ventures has picked up the documentary and will distribute it both domestically and internationally. The film, which was shot during the South American leg of the Vertigo Tour, should hit U-S theaters in late January.

A new Pink Floyd box set compiling all the band's studio albums is due out December 4th. Oh by the Way is a 17-disc set featuring each album in a miniature replica of the original vinyl sleeve, as well as an extra disc with rarities from each album.

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival is heading to public television. Highlights from the day long fest in Chicago this past July will air on P-B-S's Great Performances starting in late November.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was among the 15-thousand people who joined a march protesting possible service cuts at a hospital near his British country home. In a statement, Richards calls Saint Richard's Hospital -- located near his vacation home in West Wittering -- "a vital local amenity." It's likely also his source for blood, which keeps him from taking to the skies at night in the form of a bat.

Z-Z Top are finally going to release a live D-V-D. The Texas trio have chosen their show Thursday at the Nokia Theater in Dallas to be filmed. There's no release date for the D-V-D yet. The only other live release in Z-Z Top's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career was the live side of 1975's Fandango.

The dust-up between Pam Anderson exes Tommy Lee and Kid Rock during September's M-T-V Video Music Awards won't be going to court. Las Vegas prosecutors announced yesterday that they "will not pursue battery charges against Robert James Ritchie, a-k-a Kid Rock, involving a confrontation with Tommy Lee." According to the statement, Lee didn't want the incident prosecuted. Rock walked up to Lee and cold-cocked him while Alicia Keys was performing onstage.

Paul McCartney performed more than 20 songs Thursday night in an intimate concert before three-thousand fans in North London for the B-B-C. His set-list spanned such Beatles gems as "Got to Get You into My Life," "Hey Jude" and "Magical Mystery Tour," complete with an eight-piece string section, as well as Wings smashes "Live and Let Die" and "Band on the Run," plus recent solo work "Flaming Pie" and "Only Mama Knows" (from his current C-D Memory Almost Full). He even showed off his Liverpudilian wit. Before playing "I I'll Follow the Sun," he told the crowd, "Don't cheer it just because its old!".

Ozzy Osbourne's plaque on Birmingham, England's Walk of Fame has been blocked because it has caused people to slip and fall. The polished surface of the plaque has been troublesome since it was unveiled, so the local merchant's association has put barriers around Ozzy's star because they feared someone could fall down and then sue. The association is having the plaque's manufacturer evaluate what should be done to fix the slippery surface.

Axl Rose is the backing vocalist on three tracks on former Skid Row singer's Sebastian Bach's upcoming solo album, Angel Down, which hits stores November 20th. Bach reveals that he's not only heard Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy in its entirety, but that Axl's got "four albums worth of material that he's ready to unleash on the world." He describes it as "incredible" and says it combines "the majesty and epic grandeur of 'November Rain' with the behind-the beat rock attitude of Appetite [for Destruction]." Bach cautions that he doesn't want to speak for Rose, but says his feeling is that the long wait for the album has more to do with business issues than the quality of the material.

Michael Jackson may never see Neverland again. The one-time King of Pop has just three months to come up with 23-million dollars that he owes to a Delaware loan company -- a loan he secured with the deed to the California compound. Fortress Music Trust filed papers in a Santa Barbara, California court on Friday to take control of the ranch -- although we're not sure if that includes Jacko's collection of llamas and tigers and bears.


Eagles - The Long Road Out Of Eden (2 CDs, Available at Wal-Mart & Sam's Club)
Britney Spears -
Blackout CD
Spider-Man 3 DVD
Talk to Me DVD with Don Cheadle as a Radio Talk Show Host
El Cantante DVD with Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony in the story of the far more talented Hector Lavoe
License to Wed DVD with Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, and Jim from The Office
The Other Side of the Mirror- Bob Dylan Live at Newport Folk Festival DVD
Angel - The Complete Series DVD
CSI: Miami - The Fifth Season DVD
The Three Stooges Collection - Volume One - 1934-1936 DVD
Family Guy - Freakin' Party Pac DVD
Magnum P.I. - The Complete Seventh Season DVD
Scrubs - The Complete Sixth Season DVD
Looney Tunes - Golden Collection - Volume Five DVD
Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition DVD