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KISS: KISS ARMY…this is the BOMB!!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

KISS will make recordings of each of the shows on their Alive 35 tour available for sale immediately after each performance. You’ll be able to buy the authorized bootleg as a U-S-B leather wristband with a KISS metal buckle or as a two-C-D collector’s box. The Alive 35 tour starts Friday in Detroit; November 9 they’ll be in Winnipeg!  What…no tickets?  ALL-ACCESS VIPs go to the home page and exchange your rock points for a ballot to qualify!  Not yet a VIP?  It takes but a few minutes, and you get a thousand points for signing up!  That’s good for two ballots right there!

BRUCE SPINGSTEEN: “…happy birthday to you…”

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The pride of Freehold, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, hits the big six-oh today and he’s showing no signs of slowing down, as he says he has toured more between the ages of 50 and 60 than at any other point in his career. But he won’t be celebrating the big occasion on the road — he and The E Street Band are off until next Wednesday when they start a five-night run at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the final concerts at the 33-year old venue.

BEATLES: Never more popular…

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Beatles re-masters have been selling well in the U-S and U-K, but also worldwide. Sales in North America, the U-K and Japan account for two-point-two-five-million copies, and the discs have topped the charts in 17 other countries, including Korea, Australia and Argentina. And in France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Poland and Switzerland, they’ve set records for the most simultaneous chart entries.

JIMI HENDRIX: From the vaults…

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Jimi Hendrix‘s sister Janie Hendrix says there’s plenty of unreleased material from her late brother still to come. She says, “We probably have another decade of music, including video. Every 12 to 18 months, we’ll continue to have new releases and official bootlegs. Jimi was a workaholic. After Electric Lady Studios was built, he was able to record constantly for as many hours as he wanted to. It’s almost as if he knew he had only four years to accomplish everything that he did.” Among the projects to be released is a film of his 1969 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Those of us who won’t be attending either of the biggest shows in recent memory happening at New York’s Madison Square Garden next month, should tune into H-B-O November 29; performances from Bruce Springsteen, Crosby-Stills & Nash, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, U2, Metallica, Van Morrison, and Sting amongst others will be edited down to a 4-hour special!

RUSH: If you’re a fan, go to ebay right now!!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Rush have launched an auction of memorabilia to raise monies for the Grapes Under Pressure organization, a charity that supports humanitarian causes around the world through the international wine community.

On the auction block right now are a few autographed guitars, signed by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, members of the Jam, Judas Priest and others.  Neil Peart has also contributed a signed symbol from his drum kit.

AC/DC – New Box Set in the planning…

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Wow…this is cool!  AC/DC is reportedly working on a new box set set…three cds…two dvds…and a vinyl disc with both studio and live rarities.  Set will include a 164 page book, lithographs of unpublished photos, a flyer from the band’s 1976 “Lock Up Your Daughters” tour, and a poster from their 1977 European “Let There Be Rock” tour.  The best part, is the box enclosure will resemble an amplifier that actually works! 

Also in the works is a three-disc box version called Best of the Box Set , which will have the studio rarities cd, one cd of live rarities, and the Family Jewels part-three dvd.

Price and eta have not yet been disclosed.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

1968 Truth, the debut album by The Jeff Beck Group–featuring singer Rod Stewart and bassist Ron Wood–enters Billboard‘s Top 40.

For the record, Jeff Beck and company’s rendition of “You Shook Me” was released prior to Led Zeppelin.  Enjoy this one!

1974 Eric Clapton‘s rendition of Bob Marley‘s “I Shot the Sheriff” hits number-one in Billboard.

BIRTHDAYS TODAY (Monday September 14, 2009)

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Paul Kossoff
1950 -
1976
The Free and Backstreet Crawler guitarist died of heart failure March 19th, 1977 while sleeping on a plane flight from L-A to New York. His heart had stopped once before, a year earlier, due to a drug overdose, but that time doctors were able to revive him. He was 25 when he died.
Steve Gaines
1949 -
1977
The Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist died in the October 20th, 1977 plane crash that also took the life of singer Ronnie Van Zant. He was 28.
Ed King
1949 Ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd/ex-Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist (Age: 60)
Pete Agnew
1946 Nazareth bassist (Age: 63)

STEVE MILLER: PBS “Soundstage”

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Steve Miller will head back to Chicago, where he got his start in the mid-’60s, to film an episode of P-B-S’s Soundstage. Miller will put in four days of rehearsals — October 30th and 31st and November 2nd and 3rd, and the high-def cameras will be rolling on November 4th at Grainger Studio for broadcast next spring.

Miller will precede his Soundstage performance with shows in the Midwest and West Coast in October, and then follow it up with shows on the East Coast in November.