Archive for August, 2012
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
The Rolling Stones are on the verge of announcing some type of 50th anniversary event. The band posted a new uView app for downloading on it’s official Facebook page, which will keep fans informed on all the latest news as it happens. The message read, “It’s our 50th anniversary year and we have some big news coming soon! To get involved, download the free uView app and follow the instructions posted across our sites for a teaser. Stay tuned for our announcement!”
On September 4, Judas Priest will release the “Screaming For Vengeance Special 30th Anniversary Edition” package which will feature not only the remastered original album plus bonus tracks, but also a live DVD from the 1983 US Festival show, filmed in San Bernardino, CA on May 29, 1983. The US Festival live DVD was filmed on Heavy Metal Day, which was headlined by Van Halen. It set the single-day concert attendance record for the U.S. with an estimated 375,000 people. “On the day that we performed, we flew in by helicopter — and the first sight we saw was that of thousands of abandoned cars piled up around the crests of the hills that surrounded the festival arena, which as we went over took our breath away,” said Priest in a statement. “For there, below us, spread throughout hundreds of acres was a massive crowd — over three hundred thousand strong! The summer heat was raging and combined with the hot Santa Ana winds made for a scorching metal furnace on stage.” Priest have offered up a preview of their US Festival performance, as they rock through the opening numbers of their set – “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye.” Check it out here.
Jimmy Kimmel is joining the late night wars. ABC announced that they are moving Jimmy Kimmel Live up to 11:35 p.m., which means it will square off directly against The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Show With David Letterman. The network made the move to capitalize on Kimmel’s increasing popularity. He had his most-watched season in five years during the 2011-12 season, and the show was the only late-night broadcast talk show to grow year over year in total viewers. Jimmy is also set to host the Emmy Awards next month. The move will go into effect on January 8th.
A new Green Day-themed version of the popular video game Angry Birds is on its way. The Angry Birds Friends game features 10 never-before-seen levels, as well as all new Green Day pig characters. Fans can also unlock the new song, “Troublemaker,” off the band’s upcoming album “¡Uno!,” which is due next month. “We’re all fans of Angry Birds,” said Billie Joe Armstrong. “It’s such an addictive game that when we first started playing it we couldn’t stop.”
It’s looking as though a DVD and Blu-ray release of the Beatles third film, the long out-of-print Magical Mystery Tour, will finally see release — possibly on John Lennon’s birthday, October 9th. According to the British Board of Filmmakers’ entry for the movie, new bonus features are included in the listing, such as “Nat’s Dream,” “I’m Going In A Field — Ivor Cutler,” “The Making Of ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’” “Ringo the Actor,” “The Cast” and “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush — Traffic.” Most interesting is the listing of a new commentary by Paul McCartney.
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Friday, August 17th, 2012
A rare Van Halen video from 1981 has surfaced online. A few weeks after the band completed the North American tour for “Fair Warning”, they were in Italy to film a tv spot to promote their European leg. This video was recorded on November 14, 1981.
The A&E Network is kissing Gene Simmons and his family goodbye. The network and Simmons said that the “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” show is ending after seven seasons. Simmons said that with KISS on tour and his other business commitments, he and his family have decided to move on from the show.
The long-awaited new Soundgarden is on its way this fall. The album is due for release on November 13. In the upcoming August 30 issue of Rolling Stone, guitarist Kim Thayil talks about the project, saying “It re-establishes that we still rock, we’re still heavy, and we’re still a little weird.” Thayil also confirmed that tracks titled “Blood On The Valley Floor” and “A Thousand Days Before” will appear on the record. Speaking about the latter, Thayil described it as “a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin. We call it ‘country and eastern.’”
The Surrey mansion that Beatle John Lennon called home between 1964 and 1968 has been listed by U.K. estate agents Frank Knight for a cool $25 million. Apparently Lennon bought the house for just $20,000 in July 1964. The agents representing the property describe it as: “Luxuriously finished family home, formerly owned by John Lennon, set in about 1.5 acres of exquisite gardens within the renowned St George’s Hill Estate.” You can check it out HERE. It is AMAZING!
A judge plans to dismiss part of Axl Rose’s lawsuit against the makers of the video game Guitar Hero III, which included a Guns N’ Roses track but included Slash, which pissed off Rose. Rose claims that the game’s maker Activision Blizzard Inc. told him during negotiations for use of the song that the game would not contain any reference to \Slash. The game was released with Slash as an active avatar and featured him on the cover and also included music from Slash’s post GNR band Velvet Revolver. Rose claims that Activision “fraudulently induced him” into agreeing to feature “Welcome to the Jungle” in the game. At a hearing on Tuesday in Los Angeles the judge indicated that Rose’s fraud claim was going to be tossed out but his claim of breach-of-contract could go forward.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
KISS and Motley Crue are donating money to support those affected by the Colorado movie theater shootings. The bands told the crowd at their concert in suburban Denver on Wednesday night that they would donate $100,000 to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund. The fund was set up to help victims and families who were hurt when a man opened fire July 20 at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora. Twelve people were killed, and 58 were injured. Paul Stanley says, “The terror these innocent victims of the Aurora massacre must have experienced and the profound loss their families now face is unimaginable. We hope that our small gesture helps inspire others to band together in compassion and financial support for all involved in this unspeakable tragedy.”
Guns N’ Roses will launch its first-ever residency on Wednesday, October 31st when the band plays the first of 12 shows at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The “Appetite For Democracy” run will last through Saturday, November 24th, with the band playing a set list exclusively created for these shows. Tickets go on sale this Friday (August 17th) at the Hard Rock box office and all Ticketmaster locations, with prices starting at $45.
The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour enters its eighth year and is proud to announce the first of 2012′s winners: ZZ Top. The biggest award of the night – Living Legend – will be presented to ZZ Top at the awards ceremony in November. The Living Legend Award has become one of the most coveted awards in the music industry. It is only ever awarded to those artists who have truly cemented their place in the rock pantheon – with past winners including Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop.
Slash has done it all: played in one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, shared the stage with Michael Jackson, paid tribute to Van Halen at that band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, but there’s one gig he’s never been able to land: Sesame Street. In an interview Slash, “Sesame Street have never approached me, though I would do it and I love kids. There’s no way I’d ever turn Sesame Street down, but I don’t know if parents would think I’m the best public influence on little kids.”
Charlie Sheen has had a major change of heart and has decided to re-open his Twitter account because “he misses his fans.” Sheen quit Twitter in July after 16 months because he just didn’t feel like he was getting anything out of the Social Network anymore. But now, sources say he just re-activated his account and plans to reach out to his 8 million followers ASAP because “He misses interacting with his fans, and really wants to talk to them about important things in his life.” Among Charlie’s list of important things — we’re told he’s pretty fired up about an upcoming episode of ‘Anger Management” which guest stars his famous father Martin Sheen. We’re told Charlie wants to try and keep his tweeting “professional” going forward … but he’s Charlie Sheen, so crazy isn’t exactly off the table.
Former Winnipeg Jet and current Nashville Predators backup goalie Chris Mason has unveiled a new mask for the 2012-2013 NHL season. Mason’s move from the Jets to the Preds meant new gear was in order, so he hooked up with Steve Nash of EyeCandyAir. The mask is inspired by the Egyptian-themed cover of the Iron Maiden’s 1984 album, “Powerslave.” Maiden’s album covers were created originally by artist Derek Riggs, who has inspired Nash throughout his own career.
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
KISS will release their 20th studio album, “Monster,” on October 16 and the band revealed the cover for the project, which was unveiled piece-by-piece over the course of the past week. Using the group’s recently launched “Monster Hunt” Facebook app, they’ve been exposing portions of the image at various web sites around the Internet so that fans could put it together themselves. And here’s what it’s going to look like!
A new Ronnie James Dio box set, “Dio: The Singles Collection,” is due August 31st. “Dio: The Singles Collection” compiles a box of the band’s classic singles in replicas of the original release, along with a DVD featuring all of the videos. The 14 CDs include 48 songs from 14 previous singles, while the DVD presents 12 music videos. The package comes with a reprint of a UK tour poster and Dio family tree (subject to change), as well as 32-page complete discography.
What do Katie Couric, Gloria Estefan, Jamie Lee Curits and Dennis Rodman all have in common? If you said “They’ve all been photographed in a wedding dress!” … you’re correct. But we also would have accepted they have all written children’s books. That’s right…the NBA Hall of Famer and occasional crossdresser is releasing his own book for kids called “Dennis The Wild Bull” set to be released sometime later this year. Dennis and his people are tight-lipped about the premise, but the book’s website says it will “convey good lessons to children based on Dennis’ own experiences as a world class athlete while overcoming obstacles as a child.” Dennis recently reconnected with his father, and we’re told he’s been re-motivated to strengthen his relationship with his own children and believes this book will help the process. And they all lived happily ever after…hopefully.
And get the birthday cake out! Happy birthday to Joe Elliot of Def Leppard…he turns 53 today!
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