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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Pink Floyd has filed a lawsuit against EMI over unpaid royalties. The band claims that the royalties paid to them for their back catalog were miscalculated and that they are owed more.

Pete Townshend is working on a stage production of The Who's 1973 album, Quadrophenia. In the UK's Times Online, Townshend says, "I am involved in the production of the show, the casting, the way the band works and will do some work during rehearsals... 'Austin Powers' has done a lot of damage to the image of swinging London, parodying what had already been parodied by lazy American newsreels over the years. So in a sense my mission is to bring back some of the grayness, the bleakness of those years, and demonstrate to the cast that what happened simply had to happen, otherwise we would all have gone nuts. It wasn't an optional outing of boys playing on scooters -- it was a vital rebellion." Quadrophenia will open in Plymouth, England on May 9th and will tour the U-K until October.

More details have emerged regarding the Malibu, California land that The Edge wants to develop, much to the chagrin of town executives and some of his celebrity neighbors. The U2 guitarist plans to build five mountaintop mansions in Malibu with ocean views above properties owned by Dick Van Dyke, Kelsey Grammer and James Cameron. Malibu councilman Jefferson Wagner tells the LA Times, "For somebody so revered even to be orchestrating this type of development in such a sensitive area is hypocritical."

The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle, out on September 9th, will include a replica of Paul McCartney's Hofner bass and Ringo Starr's Ludwig drums, complete with a pearl finish and Beatles kick drum head. It will also include a microphone, mic stand and "additional special content." It will retail for 250-dollars.


Great White is putting out a CD today called Rising.

Mickey Rourke got a Golden Globe for playing a down-and-out wrestler in the drama The Wrestler with Marisa Tomei. It comes with a making-of featurette, the Bruce Springsteen title video and a special with real pro wrestlers, including Diamond Dallas Page and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Frost/Nixon is also available. Ron Howard directs the re-telling of the post-Watergate interview sessions between Richard Nixon and David Frost, played by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) and Sam Rockwell co-star. Extras include commentary with Howard, 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a making-of special and a seven-minute segment on the actual Frost/Nixon interviews.

Notorious stars acting newcomer Jamal Woolard as Notorious BIG in the tale of the murdered rapper's rise from Brooklyn crack dealer to hip-hop sensation. Angela Bassett and Derek Luke co-star. It comes with a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, casting sessions and Notorious BIG concert footage.

TV specials new to DVD this week include the feature-length kickoff to the Battlestar Galactica spin-off Caprica, and the stand-up special Ron White: Behavior Problems. Classic TV that's gone digital includes the first season of Rhoda, the sixth season of Hawaii Five-O and the 11th season of Dallas.