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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

A two-minute eight-millimeter color film of The Beatles performing in Kansas City, Missouri in 1964 sold at auction last week in Reading, England. The group's company, Apple Corps, reportedly bought it for close to seven-thousand dollars. The seller of the film, who was 15 when he attended the concert, smuggled in his father's movie camera with hopes of filming the show from the front of the stage. He was sent back to his seat, but gave the camera to a journalist who filmed it from the press pit.

Paul McCartney is happy Barack Obama won the election. Macca, who owns a number of homes in the U-S, says, "I think he's sincerely the man for the job. I think it's a legendary occasion and I wish him the very best." He also says he'd love to sing The Beatles song "Michelle" to Obama's wife, Michelle.

Journey has no reason to stop believing. Their 1981 song "Don't Stop Believin'" is the first catalog track to record two-million sales via download. In the past three years, the song has received great exposure. The Chicago White Sox adopted it as their theme song during their 2005 World Series championship run. Two years later, it was used in the series finale of The Sopranos.

KISS's Paul Stanley says fans shouldn't fret that they only played four U-S dates on their 35th-anniversary tour this year. He tells us they plan to tour North America in 2009. They're also lining up more European dates because their tour of Europe this year was "hugely successful." Meanwhile, Gene Simmons won 500-thousand dollars for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics AIDS Foundation on FOX's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader last Friday. That's the most a celebrity has ever won on the show.

Bruce Springsteen's new song, "Workin' on a Dream," will accompany the halftime highlights of next Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys - Washington Redskins game on N-B-C. The song, which he debuted at a rally for Barack Obama last week in Cleveland, will be on the new album he is currently working on with producer Brendan O'Brien. It will be out in January just before Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa (which will of course be a home game for The Bucs...)

As of yesterday, both the Best Buy website and I-Tunes are taking pre-orders for Guns n' Roses' Chinese Democracy...and if you preorder the album, you'll immediately be able to download a copy of the title track. This essentially guarantees that Chinese Democracy will indeed be released on November 23rd, which also means that everyone will be able to get a free Doctor Pepper, too.

Pink Floyd has teamed with Converse for a line of Chuck Taylor All-Star and Jack Purcell sneakers. The Floyd line will feature designs from their Dark Side of the Moon, Animals and Wish You Were Here album covers. Who and Ozzy Osbourne sneakers are also in the pipeline. Look for them in March. You can preview the Floyd sneakers at

Aerosmith will back on the road next year with their first date announced for February 1st in Caracas, Venezuela. Hopefully that will kill the Steven Tyler-fronted-Led Zep Tour rumors for a bit.

Paul McCartney is rumored to be writing the soundtrack to Shrek Four -- and to have a small speaking part in the animated film.


BUDOKAN!(30th Anniversary DVD+3CDs) by Cheap Trick (Audio CD - 2008) - Box set
Genesis Box Set 3 (1970-1975)[12 Disc Set] by Genesis (feat. all the Gabriel albums)
Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection by John Williams
Mudcrutch Extended Play Live EP by Mudcrutch (featuring Tom Petty)
The Sound Of The Smiths: The Very Best o the Smiths(2 CD Deluxe Edition) by The Smiths
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (3 Disc Special Edition) DVD
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2 Disc Special Edition)
Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season DVD
Smashing Pumpkins - If All Goes Wrong ~ Smashing Pumpkins DVD
The Sopranos - The Complete Series