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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Happy 59th Birthday today, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.

According to the New York Post, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will provide the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl 43 on February 1st in Tampa, Florida. A spokesman for Springsteen was unavailable for comment.

John Lennon's killer, whose name I will forever refuse to say, is up for parole this week for the fifth time. With any luck at all, a sniper will take him out on the way to the hearing.

Convinced The Who are just in it for the cash? The're donating all their earnings from the first show of their upcoming North American October 21st concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban area charities. Roger Daltrey says, "The first gig we ever played in the US was in Detroit, and we have always had an affinity with this part of the country. Pete and I are very aware of the problems people are having in Michigan and feel we should give something back for all the support we have had over the last 40 years."

After re-releasing their first three albums last month, U2 will now re-issue their first video, Live at Red Rocks, and the live album Under a Blood Red Sky on September 30th. The famous show from the Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver in 1983 has never been availible on DVD, and this new version will include five previously unreleased songs, a director's commentary, digitally re-graded pictures and surround-sound mix. Under a Blood Red Sky, first released in November 1983 and recorded at three shows during the band's 1983 tour, has been remastered and will also be available on vinyl. A deluxe edition will contain both CD and DVD.

It's the end of an era: Rolling Stone magazine is planning to switch to a smaller page size, starting with the October 30th issue. The new format, with nice shiny gloss paper, will also be glued together instead of stapled.

Metallica have announced a lengthy American tour, beginning October 21st in Glendale, Arizona. The band is famous for not having an opening act, but the each stop of the tour will feature two from a rotation of four bands, depending on the month. The tour hits Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago in January. Metallica's new album, Death Magnetic, comes out September 12th.

Bad Company reunited Friday night for a one-time show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. It was the first time since 1999 that all the living original members...Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke...performed together. Bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006. The 100-minute show was documented for a CD and DVD to be released later, because releasing it earlier would just be silly as well as impossible.

You've heard the album a thousand times, but chances are you never SAW the show that put Cheap Trick on the map. Cheap Trick's legendary concert album Live at Budokan is being re-released again. A deluxe edition two-CD and DVD set of the 1978 concert at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo has been remixed and remastered, and the DVD contains the concert, which originally aired on Japanese TV in 1978 and hasn't been aired since. There is also a Making of Live at Budokan documentary with new interviews with the band and road crew. It will be out on October 28th.

ZZ Top will continue their tour into the fall. Calling it the In Your Face Tour, they'll visit some of the more intimate venues they played early in their career. Guitarist Billy Gibbons explains that playing a fill-in gig at a little old theater in Knoxville, Tennessee. The experience reminded them of their roots, and they decided to do more stripped-down shows with a more direct connection with their fans. The extended tour hits the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on October 11th.

If you can believe the reports from Down Under, Billy Joel has a feud going with a music critic from New Zealand. Grant Smithies, a critic with the Sunday Star-Times down there in Diet Australia, says that Joel threatened him over an article in which Smithies called the Piano Man's biggest hits "sentimental rubbish" and "abominations". He also compared interviewing Joel to "sleeping with an inflatable girlfriend." In a letter that Joel reportedly sent Smithies, the rocker writes, "You didn't bring any of this up during the interview, and I certainly would have welcomed the opportunity to discuss those kinds of things, person to person. I believe that it's always best to be upfront with someone when you have strong opinions about their work or their image, simply as a gesture of respect, or if the respect isn't there, then purely as professionalism. You are still welcome to attend our concert in Auckland, but just as a safety precaution, please wear a hockey mask." Smithies responds, "It's actually made him go up in my estimation. He just wants respect for his work and I think good on him for making direct contact." For what it's worth, Smithies won't be attending the concert, and notes that Joel, a former amateur boxer, was undefeated in 21 bouts.

Iron Maiden have asked to have their name removed from the Vodafone Live Music Awards list of nominees for Best Live Return. A post on their website says, "We are not quite sure where we are returning from." Vodafone has honored their request.


Saudades de Rock CD by Extreme, as lead singer Gary Cherone continues to wait for Eddie Van Halen to call him back...
Greatest Hits CD by New Kids on the Block
The Wire - The Complete Fifth Season DVD
Prison Break - Season 3 DVD
South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season DVD
Smart People DVD w/Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Thomas Haden Church