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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Metallica's Kirk Hammett, a genuinely nice guy, is 46 today.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will release a new album called Working on a Dream on January 27th. It's the Boss' 24th album, and the recent website-exclusive release A Night With The Jersey Devil will be included as one of two bonus tracks on the album.

The lowest-numbered copy of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 album, known as the "White Album," is up for bids on E-Bay. The album, with the number-five stamped on the cover, was given to an unknown musician by John Lennon while visiting the Beatle at his London apartment in late 1968. There was a stack of the discs on a table and Lennon told the musician to take one, but not to take number-one because he wanted it. Numbers one through four were given to each of the Beatles and have never made it to market. The number-five mono album has changed hands a few times since then and is for sale until November 23rd with the bidding currently at 62-hundred pounds.

Paul McCartney confirms that there is still one unreleased Beatles song, the 14-minute "Carnival of Light." Recorded for an electronic music festival, the song was considered for the group's Anthology collection in the mid-'90s, but was vetoed by George Harrison and Ringo Starr. When they recorded the song in 1967, Paul told his bandmates, "All I want you to do is just wander around all the stuff, bang it, shout, play it, it doesn't need to make any sense. Hit a drum then wander on to the piano, hit a few notes, just wander around. So that's what we did and then put a bit of an echo on it. It's very free." The song was played just once, at the festival, and never releasaed.

John Lennon will be remembered on the eve of the 28th anniversary of his assassination with a free two-hour tribute concert in New York's Central Park on December 7th. For the Love of Lennon, which is being organized by New Arts N-Y-C, will be held in the band shell and feature a number of professional musicians leading fans in a sing-along of Lennon and Beatles songs.

Motley Crue will kick off a brief February-March North American tour to get ready for the summer CrueFest, and among the dates are a show in Grand Rapids on February 13th at the Van Andel.

There's a new live Doors album today. The Doors were still working on arrangements and feeling out their moves when they played the Matrix Club in San Francisco for four nights in March, 1967- just two months after the release of their revolutionary self-titled debut album. These two seminal gigs were captured on tape but were previously unreleased until this new two disc set. Live at the Matrix features over two hours of early performances from the legendary band and the late Jim Morrison.

Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, who's perhaps better known these days for appearing on VH1's Celebrity Rehab reality show, pleaded no contest last week to drug possession charges in a Los Angeles court. He hopes the judge will order him to drug treatment instead of jail. But that's not all he's hoping for. According to his attorney, Adler also hopes to get back into GNR someday. His excessive drug use got him kicked out of the band in 1990. He's scheduled to hear the judge's ruling on December 12th. This for me hearkens back to Dave Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica in the early 80's. If your partying is too much for Metallica or GNR, chances are you have some issues...


Live At The Matrix by The Doors
Dark Horse by Nickelback
Cosmic Universal Fashion by Sammy Hagar
The Definitive Rod Stewart (Deluxe)(2 CD/1 DVD) by Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart spent the bulk of his career at Warner Brothers Records, which is releasing this set today. It has 30 of his biggest hits, and is available in either a 2CD set or a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD featuring 14 videos.
The Who At Kilburn: 1977 by The Who on DVD
Wall-E (up to a three-Disc Special Edition) DVD
Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director's Cut) DVD
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Widescreen Edition) DVD
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson DVD with Johnny Depp, who portrayed him in the Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas Movie...and was a friend of his in his final years
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 Remastered DVD
Bones - Season 3 DVD
Gene Simmons Family Jewels: The Complete Season Three DVD
Monty Python Holy Trinity (Monty Python and the Holy Grail / Monty Python's Life of Brian / Monty Python's the Meaning of Life) (6 discs) DVD