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As promised, The Rolling Stones have indeed announced more 2014 tour dates this week, albeit Down Under.
In addition to the previously announced show in Adelaide, they'll hit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hanging Rock, and Auckland in New Zealand. Dubbed the 14 on Fire tour, this run gets under way on March 19th in Perth and runs through April 5th in Auckland. Former guitarist Mick Taylor will once again be joining them.
Keith Richards will reprise his role as Captain Teague, father of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, in the next and fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Filming will begin next October. Richards has also appeared in 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Well, if Led Zeppelin can't decide to reunite, someone else will do it for them.
There is now a website claiming to have three new songs by Zeppelin, which it says are recording and touring next year, as well as making a documentary. The site, which looks as if it was developed by a child, claims the album is called χυμεία3 and the three songs they've posted are "Single Eye Son of Man," "Never So Far" and "528 Nothing." There is also a notice saying, "The Royal Courts of Justice also ruled that under the Copyright Code 153B-20 this Copyright Act releases all musical rights to Bain Capitol who will decide how the album will be released and under what label. The Royal Courts also has authorized to release the Led Zeppelin 2014 album titled χυμεία3 to the general public under section 1501 B- 27 F."
The website, Led Zeppelin 2014.com, also has a photo of what they claim is the album cover along with videos for the songs.
For now we'll stick to what Jimmy Page told us last month regarding Zeppelin doing anything together in 2014 - "Why don't you ask Robert Plant?"
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Joe Perry is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography.
Perry tweets that he and David Ritz are "putting the last edits on my book" today through next Wednesday, and "then all of the writing will be accomplished." It is scheduled to be published by Simon and Schuster on October 7th, 2014.
Perry is the third member of Aerosmith to write an autobiography, after Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler. The band's autobiography, Walk This Way, was published in 1997.
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Somewhere in this world exists a tape of AC/DC jamming with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The session took place in 1977 at Skynyrd's rehearsal facility in Jacksonville, Florida during an AC/DC tour stop. Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington tells Classic Rock magazine, "Jamming with them was so cool. Both bands had really just made it and we were celebrating all that hard work."
And, Rossington adds, the tape machine was rolling. "Kevin Elson, our mixing guy, recorded it. I don't know what happened to that tape, but I'd love to hear it now. We might have jammed on 'Sweet Home Alabama,' I think... I wish we could do a gig together now... I wish they would read this and call... We were the same kind of band -- they were cocky Australians and we were cocky Southern rebels."
The best I could come up with was this "fan made" tribute song on YouTube…
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Boston is back with their first album in 11 years as they release Life, Love and Hope today (Tuesday), the sixth album of their 37-year career.
The set contains 11 songs and their late singer, Brad Delp, can be heard on three of them -- "Didn’t Mean to Fall in Love," "Sail Away" and "Someone." Both "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" and "Someone" were released on Boston's last studio album, 2002's Corporate America, but they have been re-worked for this release. The remaining vocals are handled by Tom Scholz, which marks his first lead vocal on any Boston album, bassist Kimberley Dahme, Delp impersonator Tommy DeCarlo and their other new singer, David Victor.
When asked why it takes him so long to release Boston albums, Tom Scholz told us, "I have too many ideas. I get in and I start on a song and then I have, you know, a different idea for the chorus, and a different idea for the harmonies, and wonder if I should play the chords with a different voicing, maybe I shouldn't put that lead line in over the top, I should try it an octave lower -- hundreds, thousands of ideas per song and I want to try them all. Ninety-nine percent of what I do in the studio goes in a box and nobody ever hears it. I'm actually right on my average -- four to five years in a studio is about what it takes for a Boston CD."
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U2 have posted on their website a lyric video for their new song, "Ordinary Love," which they wrote and recorded for the new movie about former South African President Nelson Mandela called Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. It was released on 10-inch vinyl last Friday to mark Record Store Day. It will be available on iTunes today (Tuesday).
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This past Friday marked the 12th anniversary of the death of George Harrison from cancer. He was 58.
It has long been believed that he wrote "Something" for his first wife, Pattie Boyd, but it turns out that the song, off of The Beatles' Abbey Road album, wasn't for her. In a recently unearthed interview from 1993 he says, "I just wrote it, and then somebody put together a video. And what they did was they went out and got some footage of me and Pattie, Paul and Linda, Ringo and Maureen, and John and Yoko, and they just made up a little video to go with it. So then, everybody presumed I wrote it about Pattie, but actually, when I wrote it, I was thinking of Ray Charles... I could hear in my head Ray Charles singing it."
But all is not lost for Pattie -- she still has "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight," which were written for her by her second husband, and Harrison's best friend, Eric Clapton.
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Bob Dylan is being sued by a Croatian community association in France that accuses him of being racist.
It stems from an interview in Rolling Stone last year in which he was asked about the parallels between the 1860s and present-day America, responding that the U.S. is "too [screwed] up about color. It's a distraction. People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back -- or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery -- that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."
That last line, about Serbs sensing Croatian blood, has the Council of Croats in France up in arms. Vlatko Marić, secretary general of the organization, says, "It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer." Because of stricter speech laws in France than here in the U.S., Dylan could face a fine if it believed his comments are wrong.
No surprise -- Dylan, who wrapped up his 2013 tour Thanksgiving night in London, is unavailable for comment.
What a great night!
I'd like to thank all of our veterans and volunteers who came to the PYX 106 Studios to participate in our first Stars For Our Troops event. This is a great cause. We take decommissioned American Flags and give them one more chance to honor our Country. Each star from a decommissioned flag is carefully cut out, packaged in a bag along with a note that reads, "I am a part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten."
The Stars For Our Troops organization then sends these "stars" to American Soldiers, Veterans, and Service Families. We are planning on having a monthly "stars" event. I'd love to save a table for you or your group next month. Feel free to email me for more info.