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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

On Friday, drummer Jason Bonham told a Detroit radio station that he is leaving Foreigner at the end of the month. Since Jason filled the seat once occupied by his late father John Bonham at the Zeppelin show in London last December, does this raise the likelihood of a full-fledged Led Zeppelin reunion? Jason says, "I've been working with Jimmy [Page] and John Paul [Jones] and trying to do just do some new material and some writing. I don't know what it will be, [but] it will be something." A source close to Zeppelin tells us there is "nothing to add" to this story. Jason says his first priority is to "go and watch my kids grow up because they've grown up way to fast in the last four years."
Jimmy Page was in Beijing, China to take part in Sunday night's closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. In a segment where the Olympic flag was officially passed to London, the host city for the 2012 Games, Page rose out of a double-decker bus to accompany singer Leona Lewis on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." The British newspaper The Telegraph reports that Leona changed the second verse because she felt they would not work for a female singer. She changed "I'm gonna give you every inch of my love" to "every bit" of my love. And for the heinous crime of altering the legendary lyrics...Leona Lewis must of course be destroyed...
Pink Floyd will come together today in Stockholm, Sweden to receive the Polar Music Prize. The annual Swedish award recognizes artists for their contributions to their musical genres. Floyd will receive a cash prize of 168-thousand dollars. Previous winners include Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.
Today marks the 38th anniversary of the last public performance of Jimi Hendrix, which took place at the Isle of Wight festival in the U-K. In celebration, Experience Hendrix, which is run by his estate, is releasing its 10th "official bootleg" today. Live in Paris and Ottawa 1968 contains nine songs from a show at the L'Olympia Theater and three previously unreleased tracks from a show in Canada's capital including a cover of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Paris performance was first released as part of the 1991 Stages box set.
Starting today, Rush's 1981 album, Moving Pictures, will be available for download through the Rock Band video game. There are seven songs on the album, which brings the total number of Rush songs available through the game to 12. Among the songs on Moving Pictures are "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer", and rival Guitar Hero favorite "YYZ".
Songs by Bruce Springsteen and U2 were heard Saturday when presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced Joe Biden, his vice presidential running mate. Biden took the stage in Springfield, Illinois to the strains of Springsteen's "The Rising" and finished up to U2's "Beautiful Day." Springsteen was also heard in Beijing Sunday as "Born in the USA" was played at the conclusion of the US basketball team defeating Spain for the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.
You have to be gay to be the singer in Judas Priest says frontman Rob Halford, who turned 57 yesterday. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Halford recently said: "To be brutally honest, Jugulator and Demolition [the two Priest albums made with singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens] were affected by my not being in the band, much like when Bruce Dickinson went away from Iron Maiden, the way Van Halen [was] affected when David Lee Roth left. But I don't think a straight man can do my job in Judas Priest. I've never said that before. I'm sorry, but they can't."
You can hear 30 seconds of "Rock n' Roll Train," the first single from AC/DC's forthcoming album, Black Ice, on the band's My Space page -- My Space-dot-com-slash-ACDC.
One Kind Favor CD by B.B. King
Motorizer CD by Motörhead
Mothership [Vinyl] by Led Zeppelin (LP Record - 2008)
Farewell Tour CD by The Doobie Brothers
Gold CD by Tesla
North Hollywood Shootout CD by Blues Traveler
And on DVD:
What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher-Moore
Dog The Bounty Hunter: The Best Of Season Four (no word on whether he himself is arrested on it)