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Monday, September 22, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations for 2009 includes Jeff Beck and Metallica. Beck, who was inducted as a member of The Yardbirds in 1992, Metallica's nomination comes in only their second year of eligibility. Also nominated are Chic, not Rush, Wanda Jackson, not Rush, Little Anthony and the Imperials, not Rush, Run-D-M-C, not Neil Peart, The Stooges, not Geddy Lee, War, not Alex Liefson, Bobby Womack, and not Rush.

Led Zeppelin was up for Best Reunion at last week's Vodafone Live Music Awards in London, but the prize went to the Spice Girls, who reunited for a world tour. I submit this as further proof that the English are just...odd. The latest Led Zep rumor has Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones looking for another singer if Robert Plant doesn't make up his mind soon about a reunion. A source tells The Sun, "They've been rehearsing frequently in London and the band is really gelling. There's an American guy who has been standing in for Robert regularly and doing a great job. Obviously they want the original frontman to join them on the road but he still won't commit. They will be finalizing plans for shows over the next couple of months and will tell Robert that if he doesn't want to be involved they will go ahead without him." A spokesman for the band was not available for comment. Plant starts the next round of dates with Alison Krauss tomorrow night in Kansas City, Missouri.

Just six months after they started recording their first album together in London, Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson have put the project on hold. In February, Robertson told us they were "feeling pretty ambitious" about the disc. But now a source close to Robertson says the project is on the shelf and that no reason has been given, and a spokeswoman for Clapton offers up a "no comment."

AC/DC is streaming another song from their forthcoming album, Black Ice. "War Machine" can be heard on the band's MySpace page. Black Ice will be released on October 20th exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and AC/ VH1 Classic is celebrating the release of Black Ice with a 24-hour marathon on October 19th starting at 6:00 am. They'll show videos, archival footage, BBC concerts, and their legendary Live at Donnington show, which is a cornerstone of every good Rock DVD Collection.

Rush...who were not nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame again...will release a DVD documenting their 2007-2008 Snakes and Arrows tour on November 25th. The 3-disc set was filmed with 21 high-definition cameras over two nights in October 2007 in the Netherlands, with additional footage shot this past July in Atlanta.

Yes singer Jon Anderson is "disappointed" that the band will tour this fall without him. Yes canceled their 40th anniversary tour this summer because Anderson had suffered a severe asthma attack and acute respiratory failure was diagnosed. But earlier this month, bassist Chris Squire announced that they will tour this fall with an Anderson sound-alike he'd found on YouTube fronting a Yes tribute band. Anderson, whose voice is too weak to do an interview, sent us an E-mail saying this is "not Yes... I feel very disrespected, having spent most of this year creating songs and constant ideas for the band." To add insult to injury, Anderson says that with the exception of one phone call from drummer Alan White, no one in the band has called to see how he is feeling. "I'm disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I was fully recovered. Getting sick was not on my radar... Of course I wish the guys all the best in their solo work, but I just wish this could have been done in a more gentlemanly fashion -- after all, this is not Yes on tour. I send best wishes to one and all."

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has broken his silence on last week's death of keyboard player Richard Wright telling Entertainment Weekly that "Pink Floyd wouldn't have been Pink Floyd if we hadn't had Rick. The sound of Pink Floyd is more than the guitar, bass, and drum thing. Rick was the sound that knitted it all together. Losing Rick is like losing a family member, he's been in my life longer than my wife and kids." The surviving three members of the band are considering a tribute event.

The annual Farm Aid concert was held Saturday at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, its first time in New England. There are 28,000 farms in New England, 85% of which are family-owned and operated. In addition to Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, this year's line-up included Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Matthews, perennial Tommie Lee favorite Steve Earle, and not-as-good-as-his-Dad singer Jakob Dylan.

Mick Jagger can take part of the credit for getting Metallica into the studio to record their new album, Death Magnetic. Drummer Lars Ulrich says Mick's people called Metallica's people in the fall of '05 to see if the band would play with The Rolling Stones in San Francisco. Lars told an AustralianWe met up a week before the shows after the better part of a year off and started rehearsing and hanging out. We had such a good time that literally the day after the Stones show, we went in and started going through the demo tapes."

Def Leppard will provide the entertainment at NHL Face-Off Rocks 2008, the opening-day spectacular for the National Hockey League's 2008-2009 season. They will perform their new song, "C'Mon, C'Mon," at the Fox Theater in Detroit before the Red Wings-Maple Leafs game at the Joe on October 9th, where the Wings will raise (wince) their Stanley Cup banner.

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson came to the rescue last week after a number of UK tourists were stranded in Egypt and Greece following the collapse of the XL tour operator. Dickinson, a pilot, chartered a jet and flew the vacationers back to England. When Maiden tours, Dickinson flies the band's Boeing 747, which is named Ed Force One after their mascot Eddie.


David Gilmour, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash each have new albums in stores today.
Gilmour's release, his second live album, is from his 2006 tour. Live in Gdansk, recorded in the Polish port city in August 2006, will be available in 2, 3, 4, and 5-disc sets. The extra discs include DVD of show footage, a documentary, a surround sound mix of his On an Island album, and a disc of bonus live cuts. It will also be available in vinyl, and each version comes with a 12-page booklet. Recently deceased Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright was in Gilmour's touring band.

Nash is reissuing his first solo album, 1971's Songs for Beginners. In addition to the re-mastered stereo mix, there is also a surround-sound mix and a new interview with Nash. The album -- which features appearances by David Crosby, Neil Young and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh -- was written after his break-up with Joni Mitchell. In early 2009, Rhino will release a three-C-D retrospective box set spotlighting Nash's career.

Browne's Time the Conqueror is his first studio album since 2002's The Naked Ride Home. He's currently on tour in support of the album, which includes a stop tonight on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

The Sex and the City movie is new to DVD and Blu-Ray today.
George Clooney's football comedy Leatherheads
Run Fatboy Run (the story of an overweight guy who runs a marathon to win back the love of his life.).

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Giftset, also on Blu-Ray
No particaularly important TV is on digital today, except maybe the fourth seasons of Boston Legal, CSI: NY and Two and a Half Men.