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Monday, April 06, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Beatles will make a major announcement this morning. They'll announce the re-release of their catalog in September to tie in with the release of Rock Band: The Beatles.

KISS plan to hit the road in North America this fall -- and they're asking fans to pick where they play. By partnering with Eventful, the leading social media company for events, fans will "Demand" where KISS will perform -- from stadiums to cornfields. And if there are enough votes, KISS will be there. In order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes. Fans can cast their votes at, and they can check which cities are in the lead at, as well as KISS's MySpace and Facebook pages, Ticketmaster's KISS page,, and many other sites. KISS are currently on tour in South America with a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil tonight.

Yesterday afternoon, AC/DC announced a third leg of dates in the US for this summer for their Black Ice tour...including the Palace Of Auburn Hills on August 16th, and the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids two days later. No word yet when those seats are on sale.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its 24th annual induction ceremony Saturday night in Cleveland. The first induction ceremony where tickets were sold to the public saw Jeff Beck, a previous inductee in 1992 with The Yardbirds, inducted by his former Yardbirds bandmate Jimmy Page. And Metallica were inducted by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. One of the most talked about moments came from former bassist Jason Newstead, invited to perform again with the band, and what he had to say after years of strained relations with the rest of group:

Audio: Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted thanks his former bandmates during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. OC:...thank you for that. (Applause out) :23

There's several plans in the works regarding a 40th anniversary tribute to Woodstock. The latest comes from New York's Daily News, which reports on a proposal to stage the show in Brooklyn, New York. The paper says Michael Lang, organizer of the 1969 festival, is hoping to hold the show at that borough's Prospect Park -- if he can draw enough sponsorship money.

George Harrison will become the 2382nd to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one week from today...but only the second Beatle. The ceremony will be in front of Capitol Records, who will announce a long-overdue re-issue of Harrison's music. George's widow Olivia and son Dhani [pr: Danny] will be on hand for the 11:30 a-m event. The Beatles (collectively) have a star, and John Lennon was given one years ago, but so far neither Paul McCartney nor Ringo Starr has been so honored.

Don't look for Aerosmith's next album anytime soon. Guitarist Joe Perry tells us they've halted their sessions with producer Brendan O'Brien until after their tour with ZZ Top, which could run through the fall. The sessions were initially pushed back because Perry underwent knee surgery. But then Steven Tyler came down with pneumonia last month and Perry says Tyler "wasn't able to record for the next few weeks so we put it on hold. So I'm day-to-day working on my solo record." Aerosmith's last album of original material was 2001's Just Push Play.

John Mellencamp is hard at work on his next album. Tentatively titled No Better Than This, he has demoed 20 of the 30 songs he has written, with still more songs to come. Working again with producer T-Bone Burnett, Mellencamp plans to record the album in old buildings across America, such as the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, where blues legend Robert Johnson recorded such classics as "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Crossroad Blues." He hopes to have the album out in January or February. Mellencamp will tour minor league ballparks this summer with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.


Fork In The Road (CD/DVD) by Neil Young
To Terrapin: May 28, 1977 Hartford, CT by Grateful Dead CD
Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings by Grateful Dead CD Box Set
Life and Times by Bob Mould CD (former Husker Du)
Doubt ~ Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams (DVD - 2009)
Bedtime Stories ~ Adam Sandler, et al. (DVD - 2009)
Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) ~ Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, and Jaden Smith (DVD - 2009) and 3-Disc BluRay
Yes Man (Single-Disc Edition) ~ Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, and John Michael Higgins (DVD - 2009)
Tango & Cash [Blu-ray] ~ Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, and Jack Palance (Blu-ray - 2009)
Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game ~ Phil Mickelson (DVD - 2009)
Beverly Hills 90210: Seventh Season ~ Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, and Jennie Garth (DVD - 2009)