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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

John Paul Jones confirms that he, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham are looking for a singer to replace Robert Plant for a tour. Over the weekend at an English Guitar show, Jones said, "As soon as we know who it is, we'll let you know who it is." The names that have been floated include Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He sang with Zeppelin when he inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Spokesmen for Zeppelin and Tyler were unavailable for comment. Jones also said that they would work again with Plant in "a couple of years." He added that their reunion show last December at the O2 Arena in London may be headed to DVD.

Britain's News of the World is reporting that The Rolling Stones will perform at the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. A source tells the paper, "Mick Jagger feels the Olympics coming to London is a huge honor and wants to make his own gesture with the band. It's early stages, but Jimmy Page, David Bowie and Van Morrison are already involved, although no one is quite sure yet how the show will play out in its entirety." There's also talk that Elton John, Phil Collins, Sting and David Gilmour will be part of the festivities. Page performed at the closing ceremony in Beijing this summer.

Looking for a Christmas gift for the Beatles fan in your life? Bloomingdale's is selling the limited edition Beatles iPod. But before you shell out the 795 dollars, you should know you'll have to load the music onto the device yourself. The 120-gig iPod is black and is etched with the Beatles' logo on the front and Abbey Road on the back. It comes with the 13 original Beatles CDs, the two Past Masters collections, the Love CD and an engraved guitar pick. Only 25-hundred will be sold. Also available is the Beatles Monopoly set. The properties on the board represent Beatles albums and points of interest, and the pewter game pieces are based on their songs: Walrus ("I Am the Walrus"), Sun ("Here Comes the Sun"), Raccoon ("Rocky Raccoon"), Octopus ("Octopus's Garden"), Strawberry ("Strawberry Fields Forever") and Hammer ("Maxwell's Silver Hammer").

Slash doesn't know which will come out first in 2009 -- a new Velvet Revolver album or his first solo album. Either way, the guitarist plans to be very busy. He tells Billboard he's done demoing songs for his solo disc and hopes to start recording early next year...but that plan could get pushed back if Velvet Revolver find a new singer soon. Slash won't be singing on his album...he plans to recruit a different singer for each song. But he's not revealing any names yet.

The Grateful Dead Family is mourning yet another keyboard player. Bob Weir has issued a statement regarding last week's death of keyboard player Merl Saunders, who was never a member of the Grateful Dead but did extensive work with the Jerry Garcia Band back in the day. Weir called him "the sun rising over the keyboards every time I looked over at him.".

Alice Cooper will host The Monstrous Munster Mash, an eight-hour Halloween marathon of Munsters episodes, on the WGN America cable network Friday night. Cooper says, "I grew up on The Munsters. 'Herman' taught me everything I know, and 'Grandpa' taught me all the other things I wasn't supposed to know. I remember meeting Herman (actor Fred Gwynne) at one of those Hollywood parties back in the day and he said, 'Alice, I am your father.'"

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman threw himself a 72nd birthday party last week at his London home. Among the guests were Jerry Hall and Ronnie Wood's estranged wife Jo Wood -- both of whom gave Wyman plants...


The Cosmos Rocks by Queen (their 1st album without retired bassist John Deacon, and 1st with Paul Rodgers)
David Arnold's Soundtrack for Quantum of Solace
Runnin' Down a Dream (2 DVD version) by Tom Petty and Peter Bogdanovich
Elton John has teamed with Best Buy for another exclusive release following the success of his 2004 DVD set, Dream Ticket. On sale today is The Red Piano collection, a CD and DVD set of his shows at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas. Elton is currently in Vegas doing a run of 13 more Red Piano shows that wind up November 9th.
Tinker Bell new cartoon movie
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Limited-Edition 2-D and 3-D with Glasses)
The Flintstones: The Complete Series