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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, and Yoko Ono were on hand yesterday as Microsoft unveiled some of the graphics and songs that will appear on The Beatles: Rock Band when it's launched on October 9th. Ringo asked Paul, "What do you think of the game?" when they briefly took the stage at LA's Galen Center to help kickoff this year's E3 computer and video game expo. McCartney replied, "I love it." Giles Martin, the son of Beatles' producer George Martin, is serving as music supervisor and creative producer for The Beatles: Rock Band. He announced the names of 10 of the 45 songs that will be included in the game -- "I Saw Her Standing There," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Feel Fine," "Taxman," "Day Tripper," Back in the USSR," "I am the Walrus," "Octopus's Garden," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Get Back."

Pearl Jam have struck a deal to sell their next studio album through Target. It's the first time they're releasing an album without a label, but Target won't be the exclusive distributor of the album, which rumored to be titled Backspacer. Pearl Jam's manager, Kelly Curtis, says they've made or are close to making deals with an online retailer, a mobile partner, a gaming company and a network of indie stores. The first single is due out late next month, with album out in the fall. The new song last night on the Tonight Show was pretty solid.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will release an album mixing new and out-of-print material on July 18th. The Dirty Dozen includes six newly recorded tracks, three previously released songs and three long out-of-print tunes, including a cover of Chuck Berry's "Hello Little Girl."

Lynyrd Skynyrd have added Rob Zombie to the list of artists they've collaborated with. The singer-horror film director wrote on his Twitter page Sunday, "Just left studio. Recorded vocals for new Lynyrd Skynyrd track called 'Floyd.' Heavy swampy track." The track is set to appear on Skynyrd's new album God and Guns, which will be out on September 29th.


A Deep Purple double DVD hits stores today. History, Hits and Highlights chronicles the band's career from 1968-1976 and includes performances from all four line-ups of the band. The set also includes a documentary on the band during this time and previously unreleased rehearsal footage.

Early versions of "Long Time Gone," "Marrakesh Express," "Almost Cut My Hair" and "You Don't have to Cry" are featured on Crosby, Stills and Nash's new Demos collection, in stores today. The album compiles early versions of CSN and solo songs by the trio from 1968 to 1971.

Weeds - Season 4 DVD
Prison Break: Season 4 DVD
He's Just Not That Into You DVD
Defiance DVD (Daniel Craig movie)
Army Wives: The Complete Season 2 DVD
Revolutionary Road DVD (Leo DiCaprio)
Live from Madison Square Garden [Blu-ray] Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
Last Days of the Fillmore ~ Various Artists (DVD - 2009)