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Friday, September 7th, 2012
Five years after Led Zeppelin reunited for the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, there’s a new rumor that the concert is set to be released this fall. A Belgian classic rock radio station reported that the December 2007 show at London’s O2 Arena will be released on DVD and CD in November. The posting, which has since been removed from the site, cites Warner Music sources as saying that a double DVD set, accompanied by two CDs, will be made available. The reunion marked the first full-length by the band concert since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, with his son, Jason, featured behind the kit.
Early recordings made by Ringo Starr with his first band, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, have been unearthed after 50 years. The tapes, which were made in March 1960, were found in the cellar of Storm’s sister’s home. Starr became a member of The Hurricanes in 1959, three years before Beatles manager Brian Epstein convinced him to join The Beatles. Led by a charismatic frontman – Storm, born Alan Caldwell, – The Hurricanes were among England’s most popular bands during the early Merseybeat era. Included among the unearthed tapes are tracks recorded at the Jive Hive club north of Liverpool, and recordings made at Storm’s house, where groups–including The Beatles—often gathered for night sessions. The recordings will be released as Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ first and only album later this month.
Eddie Murphy is heading to CBS. Reports say the network has ordered a pilot from Murphy that would bring his Beverly Hills Cop franchise to TV. Although Murphy would reprise his role of Axel Foley in the pilot, the show would focus on Axel’s blue-collar Detroit police officer son, Aaron. Murphy would serve as an executive producer and appear as a recurring character through the series.
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will release his autobiography, “Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss” on October 23 and he is offering up a an excerpt from the first chapter. The memoir is billed as being “from sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll to multiple brushes with death, ‘Makeup to Breakup’ will be Peter Criss’ unvarnished and eye-opening life story.” Here’s a snippet:
I entered the world on December 20, 1945, feet first, ass backward, a breech baby. They didn’t have C-sections in those days so they had to take me out with a forceps, like you would use for salad. My mom, Loretta, said the whole process was so painful that she didn’t want any more kids after me. Of course, she had four more.
I was also impatient, exiting my mother’s womb two months prematurely, a tiny little thing with long black hair down my neck. The nurses would dote over me; they had never seen a baby with that much hair. The cool thing is that I was a love child. My mom got pregnant, and then she and my dad got married a few months after. But my dad, Joe, wasn’t really ready to settle down. He was a handsome young Italian guy who loved ballroom dancing. My mother told one of my sisters that my father left for three years when I was young and then came back to the family. But I was never told that.
What a family. I was named Peter after my father’s father. He and his wife, Nancy, moved to the U.S. from Naples and settled in Hartford, Connecticut, where they had a farm. Besides their own kids, they adopted a bunch, so there were something like twenty kids in the family. My dad was born on the farm, but eventually his dad bought a six-family tenement building in Brooklyn, where he got a job as a mason. He was a real Italian who spoke only Italian, so one of the guys on the job, to bust his balls, would teach him English phrases like “F*** you. Kiss my a**. I’d like some p****.” He didn’t understand what it meant. One day he came home from work and my grandmother was cooking and he said, “Hey, f*** you, eat my dick.” My grandmother flipped out and my father had to tell him that wasn’t nice stuff to say, so the old man got furious and the next day he went to work and kicked the s*** out of his coworker.
I loved to visit my grandfather. In his backyard he grew grapes, eggplants, and tomatoes. I’d sit on his lap in the yard and he was like the Godfather. He’d have the big hat, the big pants with the belt, and the big sweater with the holes in it. He was tall, about six foot one, a really good-looking man. He kept pigeons in the back, and in the cellar he had all these rabbits in cages that I used to play with. My mother told me that one day she was eating his pasta sauce and she said, “That’s delicious, Pa. A little greasy, but tasty.” Then she found out it was made with rabbit, and she never ate the sauce again.
He was a tough man. He didn’t believe in doctors. He used to pull his own teeth with pliers. He was a religious Catholic until one day he went to church and caught a priest screwing a nun, and that was it. He gave up his religion after he got a real dose of reality. I really loved him, and I was proud to be named after him.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Michael Clarke Duncan, star of such movies as “The Green Mile” and “The Whole Nine Yards,” passed away Monday morning. He was 54. Sadly, his passing came very suddenly. We’re told his fiancee, Omarosa Manigault, was with him in his hospital room and left for a short period of time. When she returned, he had died. Duncan’s rep says Duncan never fully recovered from the myocardial infarction he suffered on July 13.
Late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been made an honorary member of the Angry Birds family for the Freddie For A Day campaign. To start the week in which Freddie’s memory is celebrated with Freddie For A Day on his birthday, September 5, yesterday the creators of Angry Birds released an all-new animation of Freddie the Angry Bird riding his bicycle to the track “Bicycle Race.” To further raise additional awareness for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Angry Birds will be releasing a limited-edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird T-shirt which will be made available from the Angry Birds webstores. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust. T-shirt numbers are limited.
Iron Maiden toured North America, with a stop in Winnipeg, on a trek billed as “Maiden England” after their 80s era concert video release. In terms of production and content, the 2012 live show closely mirrored the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour.” Now, bassist Steve Harris has confirmed that “Maiden England” will be re-released next year. Harris says the rerelease will be expanded to comprise the show’s encores, which were not included in the original VHS.
Metallica just played two shows in Edmonton as the band wound down its summer concert activity. The band brought along its extensive, career-spanning stage from the recent 8-show run in Mexico City, which featured a variety of props and effects used over the past 30 years. Metallica are sharing footage from the second Edmonton date, on August 18, including video of the tuning room and the 1991 “Black” album classic track, “Wherever I May Roam,” from the concert. Check it out!
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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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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Legendary Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died Monday from a health complication as a result of his fight with cancer. He was 71. Last year he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth most-common type of the killer disease – but vowed to return to health, saying music would play a major part in his recuperation. An official press statement says: “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16 July, at the London Clinic after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.” Take a moment to honour him with a song he helped co-write, which will go down in history as one of the most iconic rock songs of all time.
Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant has confirmed the rumors that he married Patty Griffin last year. He said he eloped and ran off to Texas, spending half of his time there and half in the UK. In Texas, the couple lives in what Plant describes as “an old crack house in Austin,” a rented place infested with termites. He says, “I tap my hand on the table and they fly out the walls in this huge cloud, like something from a Disney film.” Wouldn’t you think he’s got at LEAST enough money to call an exterminator?
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been voted the UK’s favorite Number 1 single of all-time. The Official Charts Company and ITV conducted a nationwide poll in honor of 60 years of the Official Singles Chart. Queen’s 1975 classic was revealed as #1, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was at Number 2, while Adele’s “Someone Like You” (Number 3), Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” (Number 4) and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (Number 5) completed the Top 5.
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Friday, July 13th, 2012
Motley Crue are back, and are giving fans a preview of their new single, “Sex” (what? Motley Crue singing about SEX?) The track was written when the band was together during their residency in Las Vegas last February. Go HERE to get that snippit!
Steven Tyler is done with American Idol after serving as a judge for two seasons on the show. He announced his departure on Thursday, saying that he wanted to refocus on his music career. Tyler said in a statement, “After some long . . . hard . . . thoughts, I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit. I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back, but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.” Thank God. I don’t want to use the words SELL OUT, but…..
When Slash was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame earlier this week, he was accompanied by his friend Charlie Sheen. In a speech, Sheen couldn’t resist taking a pot-shot at Slash’s former Guns N’ Roses band-mate, Axl Rose. Sheen said: “You know, it’s quite fitting, I think, that Slash is getting a star on the very street that Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.” Yup…Charlie’s still got it.
And if you think you want to live a life of crime, don’t be this dumb. Dan and Laura Dotson — the auctioneers from “Storage Wars” almost lost their life’s savings when a couple of cyber criminals hijacked their financial accounts last week. The Good news: The thieves were REALLY dumb. Apparently the hackers remotely broke into their home computer and stole all sorts of critical information, including credit card and bank account numbers. But the Internet thieves pulled a rookie mistake and tried to make some MAJOR purchases all at once, which immediately raised a red flag with the credit card’s security team. Once the Dotsons were alerted to the situation, they obviously denied the charges — and quickly cancelled their cards and changed their account passwords. But hold on, it gets worse…while still connected to the Dotson’s computer, the perps began to chat over instant message about the heist in progress. Laura, thinking quickly, took a screen grab of the convo. Laura and Dan tell us they’ve already reached out to authorities and hope to press charges as soon as cops can identify the culprits. What a couple of doughheads!!
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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Aerosmith’s new album, Music From Another Dimension, is out in a couple of months…the first single is called Legendary Child. The new video is out TODAY! And if you like hot chicks on roller skates, this is the video for you!
Slash is getting his due with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today…he’ll get the honour at 12:30p our time, and you can watch the ceremony LIVE by going HERE.
Scarlett Johansson has apparently been offered $20 million to reprise her role as Black Widow in The Avengers sequel. That sum is a cool $1 million more than Angelina Jolie earned for The Tourist and nearly $8 million more than Forbes’ highest-paid actress, Kristen Stewart, banks per film. The Avengers, however, is now the third-biggest global box office draw in history, having brought in over $1.355 billion worldwide.
And leave it to some eggheads to punch holes in something we’ve all come to love and accept is a normal fact of life…a group of British physics students have determined that Batman would be able to fly, but he would crash and probably die from the impact. Four students from the Masters of Physics program at the University of Leicester said that Batman could glide, calculating that if he jumped from a 492-foot building, the 15-foot wingspan of his cape would allow him to glide 1,148 feet. However, he would reach a speed of 68 miles per hour before hitting the ground at 50 miles per hour, which would likely prove fatal. Student David Marshall said, “If Batman wanted to survive the flight, he would definitely need a bigger cape.”
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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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