KISS and Motley Crue are going on tour together this summer!
And while we’re thinking of KISS, now open is KISS by Monster Mini Golf across from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. It’s a custom-designed, indoor, glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole miniature golf course – which also features a state-of-the-art arcade, the largest KISS gift shop in the world, a KISS Gallery, the “Hotter Than Hell” Wedding Chapel, a private VIP Room, KISS-themed event rooms and the “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite” Café. As Paul Stanley asked, “It’s great to hit a ball through a windmill, but wouldn’t you rather hit it through one of my boots, especially with the black lights and everything glowing? It’s very, very cool.” Go HERE for details.
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony next month is shaping up to be the hottest ceremony in years. Rolling Stone reported that Steve Van Zandt of the E Street band will induct the Small Faces/Faces, John Mellencamp will induct Donovan, Chris Rock will induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill will induct blues legend Freddie King in the Early Influences category, with Carole King inducting Don Kirshner, who’ll receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non performers. A presenter has yet-to-be announced for Guns N’ Roses.
There’s been a buzz for some time now about new music from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and now the details have been confirmed. Neil and Crazy Horse will release their new album “Americana,” on June 5th. It’s their first album together since 2003′s “Greendale,” and their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro since “Broken Arrow” in 1996.
A new live package from Triumph is on the way. The tentatively titled “Live at Sweden Rock Festival” set will consist of a DVD and CD, with a release date targeted for later this spring. After 20 years apart, the long-awaited Triumph reunion of vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore took place at Sweden Rock Festival, on June 7, 2008. Now, the band is putting the finishing touches on the DVD of that historic performance. No word on the final track listing.
There is a May 22nd release date for the DVD version of “The Strange Case of Alice Cooper.” The film was originally released on VHS and hasn’t officially been available for 30 years. According to Amazon, “The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper is more than a concert film. It is the warped tale of one man’s descent into madness, a theatrical rock ‘n’ roll spectacle that could only emerge from the twisted imagination of Alice Cooper.” It was filmed during a stop on the Madhouse Rock Tour in 1979 and was inspired by Alice’s stay in a New York sanitarium and the people he encountered there. Vincent Price introduces the proceedings as ghoulish doctors and transvestite nurses cross paths with dancing bottles of alcohol. All the while, Alice performs songs off his album From The Inside, as well as many of his most well-known hits. Here’s a taste:
Coming on May 29th is the Beatles’ legendary 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release — along with it’s long out of print “songtrack” CD. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame. Bonus features include a short making-of documentary titled Mod Odyssey, the film’s original theatrical trailer, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos. Both packages will include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by Yellow Submarine aficionado John Lasseter — the Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
Pink Floyd’s 1973 masterpiece, “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” has reached a new milestone on the US charts. Currently sitting at #137 on this week’s Billboard 200, Billboard reports the album has extended its record-setting run to 800 weeks on the chart – roughly the equivalent of about 15 years and five months. Floyd’s chart record is far ahead of the second place album in this category, “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” by Johnny Mathis – which clocks in at 490 weeks.
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