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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

If you're looking for Paul McCartney's London home on Google Street View, you're out of luck. His security detail complained to Google and it has been removed. London's Sun quotes a source who says, "He was unsettled when he heard Google users could get a 360-degree view of the property." A spokesman for Google says anyone can remove his or her house from the site by clicking a button, but adds, "Since the launch of Street View, millions have used it and the vast majority are very happy to have their house included." The house, in the St. John's Wood section of London near Abbey Road Studio, is where Macca wrote such songs as "Penny Lane," "Getting Better" and "Hey Jude." He bought the property in 1965.

Ringo Starr has been trashed by Piers Morgan, the UK journalist-turned-reality show participant. While at the Chelsea Flower Show in London last week, Morgan reportedly observed Ringo refusing to sign an autograph for an elderly woman. This didn't sit well with Morgan, who says, "Ringo was always the least talented, ugliest, jammiest member of The Beatles. We can now add the words disgusting, selfish, greedy and thoughtless to the list, too." Last year Ringo announced that he would no longer be signing things sent to him. A spokeswoman for the drummer was unavailable for comment.

Billy Joel's former drummer Liberty DeVitto has filed suit against the Piano Man seeking overdue royalties on such songs as "Uptown Girl" and "Movin' Out." DeVitto, who hasn't worked with Joel since 2005, claims he was responsible for helping to craft some of Joel's albums. His lawyer says he doesn't know how much DeVitto is owed, adding that Joel's sales are subject to an audit. Since parting ways with Joel, reportedly over money, DeVitto has worked as a studio musician and instructor. In a recent BBC Radio Two documentary celebrating his 60th birthday, Joel said that the end of his relationship with DeVitto was strictly professional. "I don't think I'll ever work with Liberty again. There are some personal issues there." Joel is on another Face-to-Face tour with Elton John right now, with a stop in Toronto tonight.

The Styx/REO/38 Special show Saturday night in Kelseyville, California was canceled after part of the Konocti Harbor Amphitheater's roof collapsed. Kevin Cronin writes on REO's website, "Tommy Shaw and I were having a relaxed, pre-show dinner when all hell broke loose... 38 Special had played a few measures into their first song when the sound of twisting metal drowned them out. Right before our eyes, the roof of the outdoor stage buckled, and the down stage right corner dropped about 10-feet above a band members' head. Quickly the band was herded off stage and the audience was cleared from the floor and into the bleachers." The show was immediately canceled and a new date will be announced. The Can't Stop Rockin' tour is in Seattle tomorrow night. Maybe they should change the name to Can't Stop Rockin' Unless It Might Kill Us tour...

Looks like that guy who named Bruce Springsteen as the other man in his divorce case may have just been going for the publicity. New Jersey man Arthur Kelly alleges that his wife Ann and Springsteen, who trained at the same gym, had an affair. But her attorney argues that Kelly made it all up for money, telling her, "True or not, the celebrity would want this to 'go away.'" Her attorney, Noel Tonneman, writes in the papers filed, "The allegations of adultery were filed for no purpose other than to harass, annoy and harm the defendant. The only purpose of filing such a pleading was to either obtain the media attention he did receive or to embarrass and/or harass the defendant."

Are Brian May and Roger Taylor already looking for someone to replace singer Paul Rodgers in Queen? May and Queen performed last week with singer Adam Lambert on American Idol, and in an interview with Rolling Stone, May says, "Roger and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point. It's not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn't that easy. But I'd certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there." After four years, a few tours, a studio album and live releases, Rodgers decided to leave Queen to concentrate on his solo career and a brief Bad Company reunion tour this summer.

Chickenfoot -- the new group with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith -- will perform on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on June 5th. That's the day their self-titled album is released exclusively at Best Buy stores. Chickenfoot performs in Cambridge, Massachusetts tonight.


The Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog re-issue project continues today with the release of a newly re-mastered version The Concert, their 1970 live album, and a new compilation called Creedence Covers the Classics. The latter includes songs from most of the band's studio albums, as well as versions of Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q," Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" and Ray Charles' "The Night Time Is the Right Time."
The Johnny Winter Anthology by Johnny Winter (Audio CD - 2009)

Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 by The Moody Blues (DVD - 2009) - Best of
Procol Harum: In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra & Choir by Procol Harum (DVD - 2009) and CD
Much of Prool Harum's back catalog is being rereleased today, as is Dr. Feelgood from Motley Crue, which has five live tracks added to it.
The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season ~ Kyra Sedgwick DVD
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Ninth Year DVD
Killshot ~ Mickey Rourke DVD
Powder Blue ~ Ray Liotta DVD
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 ~ Top Cat, Atom Ant, The Peter Potamus Show, and Quick Draw McGraw DVD
No big surprise: Land of the Lost: The Complete Series ~ Spencer Milligan DVD
Zabriskie Point DVD - a bizarre, previously hard-to-find movie from the 60s that includes original music from Pink Floyd in it.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus ~ Deborah Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas DVD