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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Joe Perry tells a St. Louis radio station that the surgery Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford recently had was on his head after banging it getting out of a car. Perry says, "It was enough to cause a little bleeding and he had this terrible headache. Not unlike what happened to Keith Richards when he fell out of the coconut tree." Whitford has been in intensive care and is expected to be off the road for six-to-eight weeks with his guitar tech, Bobby Schneck, sitting in for him while he's on the DL. With this, Whitford is no longer the only member of the band not to suffer a serious medical malady in the last few years: Joe Perry had emergency knee surgery earlier this year. Last year, Steven Tyler checked into rehab, as well as having surgery on his knee and foot. And, before that, bassist Tom Hamilton had a bout with throat cancer and drummer Joey Kramer had shoulder surgery and a nervous breakdown.

Alice Cooper has been reunited with his carry-on bag that contained his laptop and stash of obscure horror movie D-V-Ds. The bag, which had no I-D tags on it, went missing last week when he landed in London, and was discovered in a holding area at Heathrow Airport. Cooper started a tour last night in Russia on a bill with the Scorpions, and he brought the films because of the lack of English language T-V and movie theater options.

Burton Cummings says he's finally quit smoking. He writes on his Twitter page, "No tobacco for months now. I expect to be singing like a bird this summer on stage. Expect to have much more wind. Notes are already stronger!"

Alice Cooper's long-time archivist and personal assistant Brian "Renfield" Nelson died suddenly on Friday.

Yesterday marked the 365th straight day that Judas Priest fan Jim Bartek of Cleveland listened to Priest's 2008 album, Nostradamus, in its entirety. That means he spent approximately 624 hours, or 26 days of his life, listening to the concept album. When asked why, he said, "It just grabs me... The flow of the record and the way you can just feel what the guy (Nostradamus) was going through from the way Priest play and sing it. Rob [Halford]'s vocals tell you exactly how the guy is feeling at a particular moment." Bartek says he will end the streak after seeing Priest on July 15th in Cleveland.


Let It Roll: Songs of George Harrison CD
The Very Best of Don Henley CD & DVD
Punk in London DVD featuring The Clash, The Jam, Boomtown Rats, etc
Friday the 13th (Extended Killer Cut) DVD as well as reissues of the first six films in the series
Family Guy, Vol. 7 DVD
The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 6: 1949-1951 DVD
Burn Notice: Season Two DVD
And making their debuts on BluRay are Dr. Strangelove [Blu-ray], Ghostbusters [Blu-ray], and Seasons 1 & 2 of Lost.