Archive for May, 2012
Monday, May 28th, 2012
Roger Waters is FINALLY in Winnipeg this week, bringing with him The Wall, this Thursday and Friday. If you still have a bit of money left in your pocket, and you want a REAL spectacle, how about this: Roger Waters has added one last date to his world tour, promising to shake fans with the biggest outdoor set ever. The last show of his tour was to take place in Philadelphia on July 14. But now he’s announced he’ll appear in Quebec a week later – and the outdoor performance will rival the one he put on 22 years ago to the day. He says, “The Wall in Berlin was on the 21st of July 1990. This one will be different. It’s going to be 800 feet wide, to make it the widest wall ever. When we did it in Berlin the end of the wall tapered off. Here it’s going to look like it disappears, so we get a Great Wall of China effect.” Meanwhile, the shows will rock the MTS Center this week, and Shadoe Davis will take the Backseat Drive live before the show…keep it on 92 CITI FM for details.
In other Pink Floyd news, David Gilmour and his wife were forced to flee their home after an unexploded World War II incendiary device was unearthed nearby. Their six-storey mansion in East Sussex is midway through extensive renovations, during which builders discovered a 150cm pipe-shaped device which caused alarm. The area was evacuated and a Navy bomb disposal team were called in. They identified the German weapon and removed it safely. No one was injured.
On May 19, a mostly-reunited Black Sabbath rocked their hometown of Birmingham. Multi-cam video of the complete Birmingham concert has surfaced. The event marked the first time the band had played the city in more than a dozen years, and acted as a warm up show to the group’s upcoming headline appearance at Download next month. Original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were joined by Ozzy’s drummer Tommy Clufetos for the show as Bill Ward released a statement declining to participate in the reunion based on a current contract offer. Watch the show HERE.
Bruce Dickinson has hailed fan power after Iron Maiden’s 1983 album The Number of the Beast came top in a vote over the best British records of the past 60 years. The album scored higher than the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Beatles and Queen. HMV ran the poll to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee and Maiden’s loyal followers came out in droves, securing more than nine percent of the entire vote. Around 55,000 people made their choice from 60 albums online.
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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
On this day in 1991, Nirvana booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, for 16 days. On a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing, the band started recording what would become the Nevermind album. Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991. American record stores received an initial shipment of 46,251 copies, while 35,000 copies were shipped in the United Kingdom, where Bleach had been successful. The band set out on a short American tour four days before the release date to support the album. Geffen Records hoped that Nevermind would sell around 250,000 copies. It became Nirvana’s first number one album on January 11, 1992, replacing Michael Jackson at the top of the Billboard charts. By this time, Nevermind was selling approximately 300,000 copies a week.
Time to set your PVRs…Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has composed two exclusive instrumental tracks to air during CSI: Crime Scene Investigation tonight, Wednesday, May 2 on CBS. “It was really exciting that CSI gave me this opportunity to contribute to the show,” said Perry. “The first piece is pure adrenalin rock ‘n roll. The second gave me a chance to work for my DJ son Roman, who contributed some of his electronic dance music.” Perry’s music will be heard in the first act of “Dune and Gloom,” in which off-road trucks are engaged in competition when a bomb goes off mid-race. The CSI team then arrives to investigate.
After the “appearance” of late rapper Tupac Shakur via hologram at the Coachella Festival, fans have been chatting about who they’d like to see resurrected for a live show. According to Billboard.com, when asked at a press conference about the possibility of Freddie Mercury getting the same treatment with Queen, Roger Taylor said: ”I don’t think I want to. Were somebody else to use a hologram of Freddie, I would have no objection… It just doesn’t sit too well with me. I don’t want to appear with a hologram of my dear friend. It’s the real one or no hologram for me. But I think it’s an amazing effect when used properly – obviously in darkness.”
Mike Myers is working on another Wayne’s World script. A source says, “Mike is looking for backing for the project but he loves the idea of picking up the Wayne’s World story with Wayne and Garth in their fifties, married and with kids. The idea is to have them come back on the web rather than TV. He’s hoping Dana Carvey will agree to come back as Garth otherwise there wouldn’t be a movie.”
And from the WTF file…a Czech Republic gang, claiming to be a demolition crew, showed up at a train station in Slakov and stole an entire 10-ton footbridge and 650 feet of railroad track. The group presented forged papers claiming that the bridge had been condemned and that the track was supposed to be torn up. A spokesman for Czech Railways said, “It was only after they had gone that checks were made and we realized we’d been had.” Replacing the bridge will reportedly cost millions.
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