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Thursday, December 11, 2008

A few quick rock notes from Premiere this morning:

John Mellencamp's Homeward Bound special premieres on A-and-E's Bio channel tonight. The 90-minute program visits Mellencamp's hometown of Seymour, Indiana and features the people who inspired his music. It features commentary from Mellencamp, archival footage, personal photos and interviews with childhood friends, band members and other key people in his life. It also includes concert performances of several songs, including cuts from his latest album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom. You can preview the special at UK-dot-YouTube-dot-com. It airs tonight at 9:00 and 10:30 [ET] with repeat broadcasts on Friday at 1:00 a-m and 2:30 a-m [ET] and Sunday at 1:30 p-m [ET]. Biography: John Mellencamp will precede tonight's premiere at 8:00 [ET]. What's next for Mellencamp? He tells us he had planned to do more shows, but with the bad economy he doubts that will happen. He also says T-Bone Burnett, who produced Life, Death, Love and Freedom, wants to do another album, and Mellencamp still has the musical he's working on with author Stephen King. "I haven't had any time for the last three years. I don't know I just might stay home for a couple of years till my kids get out of high school or quit or whatever they do." --Sal Cirrincione

Rush have pushed back the release of their next Retrospective collection from January 27th to February 24th. Retrospective Three will be a C-D/D-V-D set with 27 songs from their Atlantic albums spread over 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." --Sal Cirrincione

In addition to Comin' Down the Road, a D-V-D of his show last June at London's Royal Albert Hall, John Fogerty will release a new album next year. The Return of the Blue Ridge Rangers is a sequel to his 1973 album The Blue Ridge Rangers, his first following the demise of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty says, "This seems like the right time for the Blue Ridge Rangers to come back. The last time around, it represented something of a clean slate for me and that country rock sound is still something I hold dear. We're really excited about revisiting the whole sensibility that Blue Ridge Rangers represent." Unlike the original Blue Ridge album, in which Fogerty played all the instruments, he'll be backed on this new one by a number of top players, including his touring drummer, Kenny Aronoff. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett and Lenny Waronker. It should be out in mid-2009. --Sal Cirrincione

Despite numerous published reports, Axl Rose has no plans to reunite the most successful Guns n' Roses line-up. Guns' co-manager Irving Azoff says, "There are no plans of a reunion, nor have there been any discussions of a reunion, with former Guns n' Roses band members. In the future, we hope that if media have any questions concerning G-n-R, they'd at least check their facts before running inaccurate stories for their own benefit." The most successful line-up of the band -- Slash, Gilby Clarke, Izzy Stradlin, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan -- began splintering in the mid-'90s with McKagan the last to leave in 1998. McKagan, along with Slash and Sorum, formed Velvet Revolver in 2002. --Sal Cirrincione

The long-rumored deluxe re-issue of Pearl Jam's Ten will finally be released on March 24th. The re-issue will come in four different versions, each of which will feature the original 1991 album remastered and a new remixed version by the band's frequent producer Brendan O'Brien. The Vinyl Collection version features both mixes of Ten on separate pieces of vinyl. The two-disc Legacy Edition adds previously unreleased takes on "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust" from the Singles soundtrack and four previously unreleased songs. The Deluxe Edition adds special packaging as well as a D-V-D of Pearl Jam's 1992 M-T-V Unplugged performance in surround sound. The Super Deluxe Edition combines the Vinyl Collection, the Deluxe Edition, a vinyl-only live disc called Drop in the Park recorded in Seattle in September 1992 and a cassette replica of the original "Momma-Son" demos. This cassette is a copy of the original three-song demo that Eddie Vedder was sent in 1990 and that he quickly wrote the lyrics for -- the songs became "Alive," "Once" and "Footsteps." Pearl Jam are expected to release a new studio album produced by Brendan O'Brien next year as well. --Steve Reynolds