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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Sting says that The Police now have "closure" after wrapping up their reunion tour in August. He tells The Sunday-Mail in Australia, "It was a great farewell. I don't think we overdid it. My instinct that it would be timely was correct... I think we got to achieve what the Americans call closure because the Police never really finished -- we just did other things. I think we have done it now." Up next for Sting is a limited engagement in an opera with his friend Elvis Costello.

As a part of their deal with concert promoter Live Nation, U-2 are about to get 19-million dollars worth of company stock. In exchange for equity in the firm, U-2 allows Live Nation to handle their touring, merchandising and website. Last week, the company registered a little more than one-point-five-million shares of stock in a regulatory filing, which triggered the windfall for Bono and company. U-2's last tour, the 2005-2007 Vertigo outing, grossed close to 400-million dollars.

Ozzfest will make a return for a 14th year next summer, according to Sharon Osbourne. But how, is still uncertain. 2007's tour was free, and 2008's was a one-day event. But one thing is for sure, tickets to the 2009 edition will have a price tag. Sharon told MTV that with the struggling economy, there's no way they'll put the show on for free.

Jimmy Page has said thanks, but no thanks to a California man who started a petition to honor Led Zeppelin with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Page's spokesman has sent a letter to Rocky Dickerson saying, "Jimmy has asked me to thank you for this interest, but he does not feel that this is something he can endorse." Dickerson says he will keep the petition going and will continue trying to get the band's approval.

Rush plan to release a third in their series of Retrospective albums, this one focusing on their recordings for Atlantic Records. Retrospective Three will be a CD/DVD set with 27 songs spread over the two discs. Among the tracks are "One Little Victory," "Roll the Bones," "Ghost of a Chance" (live), "Show Don't Tell," "The Seeker" and "Driven." According to Amazon, it will be out January 27th. Rush will release a DVD documenting their 2007-2008 Snakes and Arrows tour on November 25th.

The Who start a nine-city, 10-show North American tour tonight in Detroit.

A two-disc 25th anniversary deluxe edition of REM's Murmur will hit stores on November 25th, the debut album will be repackaged with a previously unreleased concert recorded at Larry's Hideaway in Toronto in July 1983.

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx recently had a portrait of his bandmate, guitarist Mick Mars, tattooed on his leg.

Guns n' Roses fans will be able to purchase Chinese Democracy from somewhere other than Best Buy -- the long awaited album will go on sale at I-Tunes on November 25th, two days after it hits shelves at the electronics giant. Of course, as with anything decided by frontman Axl Rose, this could all change at any time.


Incredible Hulk [Blu-ray] & DVD
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 6 ~ Looney Tunes DVD
One Live Kiss ~ Paul Stanley DVD
James Bond finally debuts on Blu-Ray with Dr. No, Die Another Day, Live And Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, and Casino Royale
The Strangers ~ with Liv Tyler DVD
According to Jim: The Complete First Season DVD
Ikons [4 CD Set] by Kiss - CD Box Set
Genesis 1970-1975 by Genesis - CD Box set
Live in Gdansk (Limited Edition 5 Disc Set) by David Gilmour - CD Box set
The Doors release another box set today. Perception is being re-issued without any of the DVD material in the 2006 edition.