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Monday, May 11, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Allman Brothers Band start their 40th anniversary tour tonight with the first of two shows in Oakland, California. In addition to An Evening With... shows, they are doing six nights with the Doobies Brothers, one with The Dead, and the August through October dates will feature Widespread Panic. The tour hits Chicago in September at the Charter One Pavilion on the 2nd & 3rd.

Alice Cooper will perform at the commencement exercises for Arizona State University tomorrow in Phoenix. He'll perform his start-of-summer anthem "School's Out" backed by Runaway Phoenix. That band features his son, Dash Cooper, who will graduate from Arizona State next year. President Obama will deliver the commencement address. Cooper says, "Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest rock star... I'd like to thank him, in advance, for changing the national anthem to 'Schools Out.'" The 1972 song will also be featured in the film I Love You Beth Cooper, which comes out in July.

A discarded lyric written by George Harrison in 1967 went on display Friday at the British Library in London. Author and Beatles biographer Hunter Davies found it while doing research for the new edition of the biography, which has just been re-published more than 40 years after its original publication. In the book's introduction, Davies writes about how he used to collect lyrics that the band tossed to the floor as garbage while recording at Abbey Road. The lyric is as follows:

I'm happy to say that it's only a dream,
When I come across people like you,
It's only a dream and you make it obscene,
With the things that you think and you do.
You're so unaware of the pain that I bear,
And jealous for what you can't do.
There's times when I feel that you haven't a hope,
But I also know that isn't true.

Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares Musicians Assistance Program (MAP) Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process. In his speech, he compared giving an award to a drug addict for getting sober to "giving a man an award for running out of a burning building." He and bandmate Chad Smith, also there, as was bassist Flea, said that the Chili Peppers expect to start working together again sometime this fall for the first time since '07.

Jimmy Buffett's empire now includes Miami's pro football team. On Friday, Florida's most famous musical personality debuted a re-worded version of "Fins" as the Dolphins' fight song, and their stadium was renamed for Buffett's Landshark beer. The deal, running through year's end, doesn't involve a specific fee paid by Buffett or Anheuser-Busch. Instead, he'll make appearances on behalf of the team, possibly perform at the stadium and provide unspecified "marketing opportunities."

21st Century Breakdown by Green Day CD
Townes by Steve Earle (Audio CD - 2009) CD and LP
Angels & Demons by Hans Zimmer (Audio CD - 2009) - Soundtrack CD
Devil You Know-Limited (CD + DVD) by Heaven & Hell
Wheatfield Soul by The Guess Who 40th Anniversary CD
Taken (Single-Disc Extended Edition) DVD (Liam Neeson) and on Blu-Ray, also a 2-Disc edition
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans DVD
Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] and DVD
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Fifth Season DVD
Taking Chance ~ Kevin Bacon DVD
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Blu-ray]