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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

AC/DC were shut out at the Grammy and Brit Awards, but they were winners Saturday night at the ECHO German Music Awards, that country's equivalent of the Grammys. They won in the Best Rock/Alternative/Heavy Metal International category. The Scorpions were honored at this year's ceremony in Berlin with a lifetime achievement award.

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Grand Funk Railroad, but original lead singer Mark Farner says there's no chance he'll reunite with his ex-bandmates. Strong (and unspecified) animosities remain between Farner and drummer Don Brewer and bassist Mel Shacher, who continue to tour as Grand Funk. The Brewer-led version of the band is celebrating the anniversary on a tour they're calling The American Band Tour 2009.

Woodstock's 40th anniversary promises to be one of this summer's most notable landmarks. Warner Home Video will re-release the Academy Award-winning documentary about the iconic festival on D-V-D at a date to be announced. The 40th anniversary edition will add two hours of bonus performances, some only recently discovered.

Van Morrison will be the first musical guest when Jimmy Fallon takes over for Conan O'Brien on NBC's Late Night on March 2nd. And the next morning, Van will be on the syndicated Live With Regis and Kelly. Morrison will be in New York to do four of his Astral Weeks shows. Jon Bon Jovi will be one of Fallon's guests on Tuesday, March 3rd. His new album hits stores today.

Yoko Ono started recording a new album last week and says she is working on it every day from 3:00 pm to midnight.

Men at Work lead guitarist Ronald Strykert was recently jailed in L-A for making "criminal threats" against original frontman Colin Hay. Both "Down Under" band members now live in the US...Hay works as a solo artist. Strykert is supposedly still behind bars, apparently unable to post 50 grand in bail.


Van Morrison - Astral Weeks Live CD
Rush - Retrospective 3 CD/DVD
Rod Stewart - Playlist Your Way CD
JJ Cale - Roll On CD (he's the guy who wrote Cocaine and After Midnight for Clapton, and also wrote Call Me The Breeze for Skynyrd...Neil Young is a big fan, so is Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits)
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (DVD - 2009)
NFL Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers Champions DVD
Breaking Bad - The Complete First Season DVD
Sex Drive with Seth Green DVD
Ironweed with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep DVD
Just Shoot Me: The Complete 3rd Season DVD
Dirty Jobs Collection 4 DVD
The Red Green Show: 2001 Season DVD
The French Connection [Blu-ray] and the sequel as well.
The Who Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 [Blu-ray]