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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Summer means rock on the road: Judas Priest kicked off their tour in Indianapolis last night, and tonight U2 gets underway in Barcelona, Spain. Bob Dylan starts his summer tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp tomorrow in Milwaukee. Mellencamp joins them on Thursday in Illinois. Paul McCartney is getting ready for a series of stadium shows in July and August.

Despite denials from his publicist, Paul McCartney has had to reiterate that he has no plans to write or record with Bob Dylan. He told the UK Telegraph, "No, that's a newspaper thing. He just said some very complimentary things about me in some interviews and I love him. I think he's a great poet and writer, so I've always admired him. I don't rule it out... But we're not the kind of people who would ring each other up."

In other Beatle news, Ringo Starr is working on a new album. There's no title or release date yet, but the disc will feature vocal performances by Joss Stone. Ringo's last studio album was Liverpool 8, which came out last year.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is the first member of the band to write his autobiography with today's publication of Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top. In addition to his close to 40 years in Aerosmith, Kramer also covers his bout with anxiety, depression and substance abuse; a nervous breakdown; a near-fatal car crash and fire; and his tumultuous relationship with his father. He tells us, "The book is about me, it's not about the band... [It's] about me and my life and how I feel about things." He also talks extensively about his drug abuse, and the effect drugs had on the band.

Jazz musician Stanley Clarke, one of my favorite bass players, is 58 today. A couple of his albums helped me learn to play bass when I was a teenager. And this is the 32nd anniversary of the first Kiss Comic Book by Marvel.

  • Brand new music from Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
  • Several Woodstock Experience albums 2 CD sets by Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana, Johnny Winter, and Sly & The Family Stone
  • Ted Nugent is releasing a version of Motor City Mayhem on 2 CDs and DVD & Blu-Ray editions
  • Rod Stewart has 2 CD Collector's Editions of Atlantic Crossing and A Night on the Town
  • Whitesnake also have reissues: the Slide It In: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on CD & DVD, and the 20th Anniversary Deluxe edition of Slip Of The Tongue on CD and DVD
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is new to DVD and BluRay today. Kristin Kreuk (from TV's Smallville) stars as the title female fighter on a butt-kicking journey for justice.
  • Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is also available. Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas take us on a behind-the-scenes look at their Burning Up tour. Extras include four pairs of 3D glasses, but no earmuffs.
  • A princess learns to live like a regular girl in the Disney TV movie Princess Protection Program.
  • 12 Rounds stars WWE superstar John Cena as a New Orleans cop who has to complete 12 tasks to win the freedom of his kidnapped girlfriend.
  • And in Two Lovers, Joaquin Phoenix is a photographer in a love triangle with Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw (from The Hills Have Eyes). Extras include commentary, deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.
  • TV that's new to DVD includes the first season of the HBO comedy Eastbound and Down and the fifth seasons of Entourage and Stargate: Atlantis.