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Def Leppard's new DVD, Viva Hysteria, will have its broadcast premiere on AXS TV on December 29th. Captured this past April at their residency in Las Vegas, it will be the finale of the "Day of Hysteria" marathon that will also include the broadcast premiere of Cheap Trick at Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance – Live From the El Rey Theatre, as well as concert films featuring the New York Dolls, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar and KISS. It all gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with Viva Hysteria coming on at 8 p.m.
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With Keith Richards turning 70 on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal decided to ask him about The Rolling Stones writing and recording "Street Fighting Man." Not sure why, as Keith has told the story hundreds of times, including to us, but nonetheless one little nugget from the interview was that he felt it was a shining moment for Stones' drummer Charlie Watts.
"I think 'Street Fighting Man' is Charlie's most important record. Listen to him on there — he has this Wall of Sound thing going the way he's hitting that snap kit and the bigger drum. When you experiment the way we did as a band, the smallest little things can happen that turn out to be a big deal. You just need the determination to go there. It's amazing what can happen when you have the right instruments—and the right amount of echo [laughs]. To his credit, our producer, [the late] Jimmy Miller, brought incredible enthusiasm to what we were doing on 'Street Fighting Man.' He was one of the warmest guys and an incredible friend. We made our best records with him..."
"Street Fighting Man" was included on the Stones' 1968 album, Beggars Banquet.
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Get ready, this Sunday is when Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his reality actress fiancé, Michaele Salahi, will exchange their wedding vows, and don't forget, you are invited. Dubbed the Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event, it will be televised live on pay-per-view from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the first time a wedding has been held at this historic location. This is also the first time that a wedding event will be carried live and unedited on pay-per-view.
Schon says the event will not be "cheesy" and can't understand why people are ripping him for having it broadcast. He says, "I've got a full on symphony, I've got gospel choirs -- it will be spiritual... Journey will play as well... And then we got Tower of Power. It doesn't get funkier than that. It's turned into a bigger wedding event and it's going to be a great evening for us." Carlos Santana will also be on hand to serve as Schon's best man.
More than 400 people will be in attendance. This will be Schon's fifth marriage and Michaele's second. It gets underway Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on pay-per-view and part of the proceeds will go to the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines, home of Journey singer Arnel Pineda.
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For a moment there it looked like Bob Dylan was the latest artist to jump on the Twitter bandwagon as @BobDylanTweets started posting messages.
The first one said, "My First Tweet. Hi! Bob," followed by "Joining Twitter today. First time." More than 5,000 people soon followed, but lo and behold it is a hoax. Dylan does have a Twitter account for promotional messages -- @BobDylan
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Add Cheap Trick to the list of artists who are refusing to take part in SeaWorld's annual Bands, Brew and BBQ concert series. They have scrapped their February 8th appearance at the theme park's Orlando location after nearly 2,000 people signed a petition at Change.org in the wake of Blackfish, a documentary released earlier this year that focused on the captivity of killer whale Tilikum and its role in the deaths of three people, and SeaWorld's treatment of its other marine animals.
The other acts to pull out are Heart, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies and Joan Jett. REO Speedwagon, 38 Special and others are still scheduled to perform.
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Heart tapes their Christmas special, Heart & Friends: Home For the Holidays, today in Seattle.
Joining them will be Sammy Hagar, Shawn Colvin, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train and they'll be doing holiday songs by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Hagar, as well as some of Wilson sister's favorites. It is being staged at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle and shown on AXS TV on Christmas at 8PM.
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Joan Jett may love rock and roll, but she's not as fond of Sea World -- and she's demanding the theme park stop playing her music in its shows.
Jett, a longtime animal activist, is joining a boycott of Sea World that gained steam after the release of the documentary Blackfish, which shows many cases of whale and dolphin abuse. She wasn't scheduled to perform at the park, but is asking that her hit "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" be removed from the "Shamu Rocks" killer-whale show.
Joan wrote an open letter saying, "I'm among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals."
Heart, Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies are among the artists who've canceled performances at the park.
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Peter Gabriel has added some more fuel to the Genesis reunion-rumor fire.
As we reported a few days ago, Phil Collins is planning to get back into music and would even be open to getting the old band back together. And now Gabriel says, "It’s never been ruled out. I’m trying to picture a time when it would top my priorities list, though."
However, he does realize that time is of the essence. "If you’re gonna do it, you gotta do it before you’re all dead, right? I was thinking about that the other day. We’re quite lucky -- looking back at other bands of our generation, there’s usually one or two missing now. So you do get a sense of the clock." The other members of that classic Genesis lineup are Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett.
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Brian May and Ronnie Wood are both fighting to save animals.
The Queen guitarist will be in London tomorrow (Wednesday) for a "pre-debate meeting in the Commons building." He says, "Wednesday is debate day on the future of the badger kill. There is no vote. This debate is in Westminster Hall -- not on the floor of the House. These debates are less formal -- the idea being to inform."
Meanwhile, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has written a piece for the U.K.'s Independent newspaper asking politicians to step in and stop the slaughter of elephants in Africa. He writes, "What if we made examples of poachers by making jewelery from their bones –- and see how their families like it?... It’s not too late to do something, but it will be soon. The first step seems obvious: a ban on legal ivory. Everywhere ivory is sold legally in Asia, illegal ivory is hiding behind it... [U.K. prime minister] David Cameron and Prince William have invited the Chinese, the Vietnamese and 50-odd more countries to London in February to find a resolution. In the meantime, we need a holding position. Secure elephant sanctuaries will save the species... I hope the politicians do come, and I hope a solution is found. The alternative is heartbreaking."