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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

When Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth in 2007, Roth said, "The idea is that this will continue on and on and we're all together with this..." Apparently Eddie Van Halen is on the same page. He tells Spinner magazine, "Dave, Wolfie, Alex and I are a band. I hope that after Janie and I get married [in June], and Wolfie graduates [from high school], that we sit down and discuss recording new music, which I have tons of. Actually, Wolfie, Alex, and I are gonna start jamming [this month]. Maybe we'll give Dave a call and see what he's up to. He's off, always doing his own thing, and he checks in every now and then to see how we're doing." Van Halen's last album with Roth was 1984. Alex Van ordained minister...will preside over the wedding of Eddie and his girlfriend.
The 51st annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the classic rock nominees are the Eagles, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel, AC/DC, The Who, Rush, Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
Jimmy Page's solo in "Stairway to Heaven" is the best ever, according to Guitar World magazine. Page has three solos on the list -- the other two are "Heartbreaker" at #16 and "Whole Lotta Love" at #38. At number-two is Eddie Van Halen and his fancy fret work on "Eruption," followed by the dueling solos of Allen Collins and Gary Rossington on Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird." Jimi Hendrix has the most solos on the list with four.
Last year, the UK's English Heritage society decided not to honor the late Who drummer Keith Moon with a blue plaque -- placed on buildings the honorees are connected with -- because "further time should be allowed to pass so he can be considered alongside his contemporaries."So in March, the Heritage Foundation will honor him with a plaque in front of the Marquee Club, where the Who did some of their early shows, 29 in all. The plaque will be unveiled by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey on March 8th.
In case you haven't heard, there's been some debate over the similarities between "Outlaw Pete," the lead track on Bruce Springsteen's new album, Working on a Dream, and "I Was Made for Lovin' You," from KISS's 1979 album Dynasty. There are similarities in the chord progressions and melody. Spokespeople for Springsteen and KISS were unavailable for comment. Hear 20 seconds of both on the usPod and see what YOU think...
Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens died fifty years ago this early morning in the plane crash referred to as The Day The Music Died.
A helicopter carrying Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was forced to land at California's Van Nuys Airport Sunday after it flew too close to a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter over Glendale. The pilot told cops he was drinking. I won't even get on a helicopter that's on the ground.
Jon Bon Jovi has been elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on May 3rd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Last year's inaugural class included Bruce Springsteen.
Dave Davies of The Kinks is 62 today.
Graham Nash releases a career-spanning box set today. Reflections is a 3-disc set that covers his entire recording career -- from The Hollies through various Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young lineups, to his solo work. Nash says: "It was an interesting journey to plot... I had a good time. I think if you listen to this and read the book you'll find out a lot about me." There are 64 songs, half of which are unreleased mixes, alternate versions and unreleased tracks. There is also a 150-page booklet with 75 photos and liner notes by Nash.
Ted Nugent is re-releasing six of his albums today.
A couple of kid movies are hitting DVD today: Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa (Widescreen) and Space Buddies, which seems to be about puppy astronauts.
The first 3 Friday the 13th movies are being re-released, along with a new 30-year retrospective about the Jason Franchise called His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIV DVD including the classic "Manhunt In Space"