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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd is 55. ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill is 60. Pete Townsend is 64.

In the summer of 2007, former Blind Faith bandmates Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood got together for a charity show in England, followed by Clapton's Crossroads benefit in Chicago. Both shows went so well that they booked three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York in February 2008 and the results are Live From Madison Square Garden, a double CD and double DVD, both in stores today. The DVD includes a documentary called The Road to Madison Square Garden, and on it Clapton says he suggested they pick each other's songs, which is how they came up with the set list.

AC/DC started their outdoor European tour last Thursday in Germany, and it didn't take long for people outside the show to complain about the noise. That happened on Friday in Munich, when more than 100 people as far as 12 miles away called police to say the show was too loud.

Finally, Craig, I've discovered the dark side of Twitter: Yoko Ono is one of the judges of the world's first interactive poetry competition, which started in London yesterday. People are asked to submit haiku-style poems on the subject of the British summer from their mobile phones, using Twitter, the free social blogging site. Haikus are a form of Japanese poetry.

Pearl Jam will be the first musical guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, which debuts on June 1st.


Paul Blart: Mall Cop is new to DVD and Blu-Ray today. Kevin James (from T-V's King of Queens) stars as mall cop who has a hostage situation when Santa's helpers turn savage. It comes with outtakes, deleted scenes, commentary, making-of specials and a digital copy of the film.

Valkyrie stars Tom Cruise in the based-in-fact attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard and Terence Stamp co-star. Extras include commentary, a making-of featurette and a documentary.

My Bloody Valentine 3D is also available. The remake of the 1981 cult classic about a killer who slashes sweethearts features Jensen Ackles (from T-V's Supernatural) and Jaime King (SinCity). It comes with a 2D version of the film, commentary, deleted and extended scenes, an alternate ending, a gag reel and two making-of featurettes.

TV that's gone digital includes the first season of the HBO vampire series True Blood, the third season of Friday Night Lights and the just-ended seventh season of 24...which I wish I had followed, because everybody raved about it last night online.