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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Robert Plant has issued a statement putting to bed the recent spate of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors. He says, "It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward. I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

Paul McCartney will release a new album on November 18th, but don't look for it under M on music store racks. Electronic Arguments is his third disc under his dance music alter-ego, The Fireman. Macca wrote all 13 songs, and unlike earlier Fireman releases, this one has vocals. Some of the song titles are "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight," "'Two Magpies," "'Sing the Changes," "Travelling Light" and "Lifelong Passion." The last Fireman album, Rushes, was released in 1998.

There's word that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are recording a new album and that it will be released in the new year, prior to the band playing halftime at the Super Bowl on February 1st in Tampa. The Boss...said to be on an amazing creative roll at the moment by some insiders...plans to follow the album with a tour in the spring.

Best Buy has snagged exclusive rights to sell the long-awaited Guns n' Roses' album Chinese Democracy. Billboard says the disc will be released before Christmas, but we've heard that every year since 1995, so take it as you please. Still, the announcement of a specific marketing deal suggests that this winding saga is nearing a conclusion. Irving Azoff, who took over GNR's management earlier this year, set up a similar exclusive deal between the Eagles and Wal-Mart, which sold more than three-million copies of that band's Long Road Out of Eden.

Just days after the loss of keyboard player Richard Wright, Pink Floyd is now mourning the loss of their early manager Bryan Morrison, who died over the weekend, two years after falling into a coma following a polo accident. He was 66. Morrison is the second manager of Floyd to die. Steve O'Rourke, who also worked with Morrison, passed away in 2003.

Deep Purple were joined on stage the other night on five songs by their former keyboard player Jon Lord at a U-K benefit. Singer Ian Gillan had the flu and as a result they reshuffled the set list to include more instrumental numbers. Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson also joined in on three songs, including "Smoke on the Water."

REM guitarist Peter Buck has been reunited with his prized Rickenbacker guitar, which was swiped following a concert in Helsinki, Finland on September 9th. An anonymous source heeded Buck's online plea and returned it late last week.


Re-mastered versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival's first six albums are in stores today. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory and Pendulum each contain studio and live bonus tracks, plus new liner notes. The albums are being rereleased in celebration of what would have been C-C-R's 40th anniversary

Covers by James Taylor CD
Arena by Todd Rundgren material
Under a Blood Red Sky - Deluxe Edition CD/DVD by U2
Live at Red Rocks [Remastered] by U2 DVD
Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Collectors' Edition) DVD
Chapter 27, which I will never, ever watch
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Three-Disc Unrated Collector's Edition) DVD
2008 Olympics: Beijing 2008 Complete Opening Ceremony DVD
2008 Olympics: Michael Phelps - Inside Story of the Beijing Games DVD
My Name is Earl - Season Three DVD
Season One of Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil
CSNY / Deja Vu DVD
Sports Night: The Complete Series 10th Anniversary Edition DVD HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!
NUMB3RS - The Complete Fourth Season DVD (Solving crimes...with MATH!)
My Three Sons: The First Season, Vol. 1 DVD