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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Birthday Boys: AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is 56, Fabulous Thunderbirds singer-harmonica player Kim Wilson is 58 and Pink Floyd singer-guitarist Syd Barrett would have been 63 today.

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson had a falling out when the Gloved One outbid him for publishing rights to The Beatles songs written with John Lennon. And if the London tabloid The Daily Mail is to be believed, Jackson is now considering returning the rights to McCartney -- as a bequest in his will. Paul of course has had nothing to say to his former friend and collaborator for years since Jackson outbid him, and The Gloved One reportedly wants to heal the rift. Jackson's annual royalties from the Lennon-McCartney catalogue are said to be worth 60-million dollars. Some of that, of course, is paid by Paul...whenever he performs one of the songs controlled by Jackson or includes it on a compilation. Like any artist, he has to pay Jackson to do so.

The medal of honor John Lennon returned to the British government in 1969 is back in the spotlight. 40 years after the outspoken Beatle sent the M-B-E back to Queen Elizabeth as a protest against British policies in Vietnam and Africa, it has been found at Saint James Palace in London, along with the letter in which John gave his reasons. The question is now where the medal goes next. Some Beatles fans in Britain would like to see it displayed at Lennon's childhood home, which was purchased several years ago by Yoko Ono, who then donated it to a national trust. There's also a suggestion it be given to the soon-to-open Museum of Liverpool. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said the medal remains property of John Lennon's estate. "It has been retained since the day Mister Lennon returned it, but in order to decide whether the medal could go on display in a museum, we would have to establish ownership first. It could be up to Yoko Ono as she is the custodian of John Lennon's estate." Yoko was unavailable for comment.

Eddie Van Halen is selling two of his cars -- a 1956 Chevy 210 and a '56 Chevy Nomad -- along with matching, one-of-a-kind E-V-H Brand "Wolfgang" guitars and a pair of red, white and black E-V-H striped sneakers. They'll go under the gavel during the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 11th to the 18th. The Nomad is restored to original specifications, and the 210 is a custom-built street rod with modern performance gear pumping out more than 600 horsepower. Van Halen says, "Out of all the cars I have owned over the years, I hung onto the '56 Sedan and Nomad because I was closely involved in restoring and building them, so they are very special to me. I almost hate to let them go, but I don't have the time to drive them." The cars, which will be sold with no reserve, can be seen on the Van Halen website. Dude: you're Eddie Van Halen. Make time...

The members of U2 seem pretty convinced that their new album, No Line on the Horizon, could be the best of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. The Edge tells Q magazine, "I think we've learnt a few things over the years... I think it could be a bringing to bear of all those eureka moments from the past." Larry Mullen Junior adds, "I think there is experimentation in there, it's just a different animal. It's not quite what people would expect a U2 experimental thing would be. I mean, if you think of Zooropa, or Passengers, this is not that. This has got a lot of weight -- I think it's some of the best music we've ever written." No Line on the Horizon is due out March 3rd.

R.E.M. are taking a break for the first half of this year, but that doesn't mean they won't have new product out in 2009. A 25th-anniversary reissue of Reckoning is due in the first half of this year, and their manager Bertis Downs says, "There might also be some sort of live show digital release forthcoming."

Jon Bon Jovi is helping Hillary Clinton finally wrap up her presidential campaign. The Bon Jovi frontman is the headliner at a benefit January 15th at New York's Town Hall that's being called "a final evening in support of Hillary Clinton for President Debt Relief." Tickets for the show run from 75 to one-thousand dollars and go to paying down Clinton's six-million dollar campaign debt.

Bruce Springsteen is offering another free download from his new album, Working on a Dream, in stores January 27th. "Life Itself" is the second song made available through Amazon-dot-com following "My Lucky Day." The title track was made available on I-Tunes. "My Lucky Day" and "Born to Run" will be available as free downloads on the X-Box 360, PS3 and Wii versions of Guitar Hero: World Tour from January 27th to February 4th, three days after his appearance on the Super Bowl half-time show, February 1st in Tampa, Florida.


Sultans of Swing (Live in Germany) (2 CD Set) by Dire Straits
Battlestar Galactica - Season 4.0 DVD
Pineapple Express (Single-Disc Unrated Edition) DVD
Righteous Kill DVD (DeNiro/Pacino)
Bangkok Dangerous (Single-Disc Edition) DVD (Nick Cage)
Transformers: Season Two Cartoon DVD
And from the Unneccesary Sequel To An Unnecessary Sequel file...Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, which has the balls to actually charge you 20 bucks to one you've ever heard of (except that Wrestling Dude)