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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Big news for Boss fans: another track from Springsteen's upcoming album Working on a Dream went up for download yesterday. "My Lucky Day" will be available exclusively through Amazon until just before Christmas. And the bonus track "A Night With the Jersey Devil", which he gave away on Halloween as a free download from his website, has been removed from the track listing. Working on a Dream is still scheduled for January 27th.

The new additions to the Grammy Hall Of Fame have been announced. Queen will be honored for 1977's "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions". CSNY for 1970s "Ohio". Jimi Hendrix for his version of "The Star Spangled Banner". Lynyrd Skynyrd for "Sweet Home Alabama". And The Police are going in for their Synchronicity album. The Grammy Hall Of Fame was created in 1973 "to honor recordings of lating significance".

The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger plans on releasing a solo album early next year. Krieger says the disc is a mostly instrumental affair that is heavily influence by Spanish flamenco guitar. Krieger adds that Little Feat's Richie Hayward plays most of the drums on the as-yet-untitled disc, which Krieger hopes to put out in late January or early February.

Yoko Ono is doing a little something for the troops this Christmas. She says, "While I'm making Christmas packages for my friends, I'm adding packages to go to Walter Reed Hospital as well, for the veterans. I hope you will do the same. They need all the love they can get and just getting your Christmas card will mean so much to them."

Paul Stanley has shed more light on KISS recording their first studio album in 10 years. On the band's website, he says, "It's going to be very much a vintage, classic '70s KISS album without much regard to what's happened since then. It's back to the roots." Their last studio album was 1998's Psycho Circus with the original line-up.

Van Halen's concert rider from their recently completed reunion tour with David Lee Roth has been published on The Smoking Gun. Unlike the early '80s, where they specified that all brown M&M's be removed, this time they asked for a "study room" for Eddie's son Wolfgang to do his school work with his tutor. Roth's room was to not contain any kind of floor covering to he could do his martial arts exercises, and it needed to be "far away from" his bandmate's dressing rooms. As for Eddie, despite a stint in rehab, which delayed the start of the tour, he requested "mini bottles" of Gallo Twin Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in his onstage cooler.

Jethro Tull was scheduled to perform in Mumbai, India on Saturday, but postponed the show until this Friday due to the terrorist attacks. Despite the attacks, Tull's Ian Anderson says he won't back down. "The threat of terror is palpable everywhere all the time -- every time I take the underground in London, terror is on my mind. India does not scare me in any way more than anywhere else. I don't think the Mumbai attacks will stop me from visiting this country in the future.

Plans for a movie about the life of late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott have been derailed because the remaining band members are upset by the script. The bio-pic had former CSI star Gary Dourdan signed on as Lynott, but guitarist Scott Gorham will not approve use of the band's name and music unless the script is completely rewritten. Gorham says the script leans too heavily on just Lynott's drug use, and not enough on who Phil really was.

While America was celebrating Thanksgiving, Heaven and Hell, a.k.a. Dio's Black Sabbath, started recording in Wales, England last week. The disc, which is expected out in the spring, would be the first full length studio release for the quartet since 1992's Dehumanizer...which was one of the worst albums ever released by anybody.


Sugar Mountain-Live At Canterbury House 1968 (CD/DVD) by Neil Young
Allies CD by Crosby Stills & Nash
Vol. 2-Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco 1967 CD by Quicksilver Messenger Service
11 (Deluxe Edition) (Incl. Bonus DVD) CD by Bryan Adams
One With Everything [Blu-ray] by Styx
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian DVD and a 3-disc version
Wanted DVD
Step Brothers DVD
Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews DVD by David Frost...I saw him talk to Jon Stewart about this on The Daily Show...looked really interesting if you're into history.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe DVD and a 3-disc version
Saturday Night Live - The Complete Fourth Season (1978-79) DVD
Law and Order: The Sixth Year DVD
Austin Powers Collection: Shagadelic Edition Loaded With Extra Mojo (BD) [Blu-ray]
Casablanca (Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] also on DVD
Mythbusters: Big Blasts Collection DVD