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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

It was a Sunday, Happy Sunday for U2: Bono says their performance Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC as part of the inauguration celebration was "an unforgettable experience," adding that he'd love to play there every Monday night. U-2 did two songs -- "Pride (In the Name of Love)" and "City of Blinding Lights," which was one of the songs Barack Obama used during his campaign. The quartet's new single, "Get on Your Boots," was premiered on Dublin radio this morning, and is now available to hear on the band's website at
More than two decades after his tragic death in a Swedish bus accident, the life of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton will be memorialized in a book titled To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton. Written by Joel McIver, the book will arrive on shelves in June. The foreword was written by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.
Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was recently schooled by a child in a game of Rock Band Two. Novoselic says he tried to play Nirvana's "In Bloom" during a recent trip to a department store and couldn't keep up. He writes in his Seattle Weekly blog, "I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn't quite master this new, different way of playing it. The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up." A frustrated Novoselic handed the controller to a kid who showed him how it was done. Novoselic says, "I handed it to him, and he proceeded to jam on the song and was really good. He had no idea that I was the musician he was emulating on the game, and I didn't tell him. Life goes on. I walked away."
Steve Van Zandt tells Esquire magazine that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been asked to do the Super Bowl halftime show for "literally for 25 years -- since Born in the U-S-A. You can only do it once, I guess. You want to save some things." They will do it this year, February 1st in Tampa.
The Who "The Kids Are Alright" Special Edition DVD