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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

So...curious why Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson shelved the album they started working on in the spring of 2008? There was speculation as to what happened, including them not seeing eye-to-eye on its production. But, according to Robertson's son Sebastian, Clapton wanted to spend more time with his family. Clapton does make an appearance on Robertson's fifth solo album, which he's currently working on.

Once again an attempt will be made to break the Guinness World Record for the largest guitar ensemble. The promoter of West Fest, the free San Francisco concert on October 25th celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, is asking three-thousand guitar players to simultaneously play Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze." The current record was set last year when just over two-thousand guitarists came together in Concord, California to play Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." In 2007, 18-hundred people played Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" in Germany. If you're interested in joining in the Hendrix jam, you can learn more at

It has just been reported that Robert Plant was involved in a car accident on July 2nd in northwest London. Plant's Audi A-8 collided with a Mercedes S-L 300 driven by Richard Grant, who tells the Telegraph, "I went to the hospital for five hours and luckily there were no broken bones, but I was badly bruised on the arm and had whiplash. My Mercedes is smashed up and I'm not in a good way." 34 years ago next week, August 4th, 1975, Plant and his family were seriously injured in a car accident on vacation on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes, forcing Led Zeppelin to postpone their fall U-S tour.

The latest edition in the Madden video game franchise features a mixture of hard and classic rockers. Madden NFL '10 includes classic rock: namely Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," Iron Maiden's "Aces High," and Judas Priest's "Painkiller" Madden NFL '10 is due out August 14th.

Steely Dan starts a run of eight shows at New York's Beacon Theater tonight. The first show will feature Aja in its entirety, followed by Gaucho tomorrow, The Royal Scam on Friday and an Internet request night on Saturday.


HITTING DVD & BLU-RAY (audio)(Posted 3:00 AM, 7/28/2009)

Fast and Furious, the 4th installment, hits D-V-D today. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker get back behind the wheels as a crime brings the old road rivals together to face a common enemy.
Dragonball Evolution stars James Marsters (from T-V's Smallville), Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) and martial-arts legend Chow Yun-Fat.A small group of fighters with the ability to summon a deadly dragon battles alien invaders in the action flick.
Miss March with Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore (both from T-V's The Whitest Kids U Know). Hugh Hefner has a cameo for a Playboy Mansion party crashing. Extras include actor audition tapes and a special on the film's music.
T-V that's gone digital includes the final half season of Battlestar Galactica, with commentary and unaired footage, and the first season of Dollhouse.


Moore, Gary
Essential Montreux: Live at Montreux (5 CD box set)

Quicksliver Messenger Service
Castles in the Sand

Thorogood, George & the Destroyers
The Dirty Dozen