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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Big Pink, the modest house in West Saugerties, New York where The Band lived and rehearsed, is featured in the fall issue of Oprah Winfrey's O at Home magazine. It's part of a multi-issue feature about the most influential homes in history. Keyboardist Garth Hudson and the home's present owners were interviewed for the piece. The Band recorded The Basement Tapes with Bob Dylan in the basement of the house.
It looks like the makers of Doctor Pepper are going to follow through on their promise of a free can for everyone in the US if Guns n' Roses release Chinese Democracy in 2008. With a November 23rd release date set, Doctor Pepper exec Tony Jacobs tells the New York Post, "If the rumors are true, we're putting the Dr Pepper on ice." Jacobs hasn't explained how the free Doctor Pepper will be distributed if Chinese Democracy actually sees the light of day this calendar year, and though I don't drink much pop anymore...there's ALWAYS room for a Dr. Pepper...
Like the rest of their albums, AC/DC's new one, Black Ice, will not be available for download when it is released on Monday. The band has resisted offering their catalog digitally and they don't need to. Since 2003, their catalog has sold 18-million copies making them the best-selling catalog act behind The Beatles and ahead of the Eagles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. One of the reasons AC/DC has resisted I-Tunes in particular is because guitarist Malcolm Young thinks the head of Apple, Steve Jobs, is "arrogant... I don't really like him." Black Ice will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and AC/DC dot com. Of course, if they were to make their music available for download...they'd make money hand over fist. There's a report out that says the album has been leaked and has already been downloaded more than 400-thousand times from Bit Torrent alone.
Neil Young kicks off a North American tour tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota. Unlike during last year's Chrome Dreams Two theater tour, Young will be hitting arenas and doesn't have a new album to promote.
Ringo Starr has posted a video on his website announcing that he wants his fans to stop sending him letters requesting autographs. He says, "After the 20th of October please do not send fan mail to any address that you have. Nothing will be signed after the 20th of October. If that has a date on the envelope, it's gonna be tossed. I'm warning you with peace and love I have too much to do. So no more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love." You can see the video at RingoStarr-dot-com.
Multi-Dimensional Warrior by Santana (Audio CD - 2008) brand new double album
At Folsom Prison Legacy Edition (2CD/1 DVD) by Johnny Cash (Audio CD - 2008)
26 Letters 12 Notes by Dave Mason (Audio CD - 2008) 1st new album in 20 years from former Traffic Guitarist