ROBERT PLANT: Welcome to His Journey
Tuesday 11-12-2013 9:21am ET
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Robert Plant is finally releasing footage of his 2003 trip to Mali when he performed at the Festival in the Desert. He has taken the footage and will release it in eight installments through his website and YouTube. Episode one is now up and it shows him watching the locals do a late night street dance and ends with him sitting around a campfire singing a Ben E. King song with African blues artist Ali Farka Touré.
Plant says, "[The trip] took us from the scurry and bustle of our world into the homeland of the Tuareg, the Sahel of Mali, Timbuctoo, and north to Essakane. A journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures… sharing outside of language."
KEITH MOON: Will His Story Finally Be Told?
Tuesday 11-12-2013 9:20am ET
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Is the long awaited movie on the life of the late Who drummer Keith Moon, which is being put together by Roger Daltrey, one step closer to being made? It seems to be it is earmarked as the first project slated to be developed under a new development and financing agreement between Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures.
Daltrey says, "The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it and grateful to [my partners] for their enthusiastic support." Daltrey has been working on this project for more than 10 years.
He goes on to say, "I don't care if this film, if we try and try and try and try and it never gets made because we can't achieve what we're setting out to achieve - I don't care if that happens. But what I do care about is that we stop anybody making some flippant, buddy-buddy rock and roll schlock film about a guy who throws TV sets out of windows and is just a funny guy. Because Keith Moon was much, much, much, much, much more than that."
AC/DC, ZEP & STONES: Who Would You Rather Hear Live?
Tuesday 11-12-2013 9:18am ET
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Vivid Audio, a high-end speaker manufacturer in the U.K., has put together a list of 80 songs in an effort to find out which one their customers would like to hear live more than any other.
Design engineer Laurence Dickie says, “Music is so important to so many people, so we want to find out which song the U.K. would like to hear played live. Creating the list was difficult but we managed to cover all eras from the sixties to the modern day. We also decided to launch the survey to emphasize the fact that listening to music on a Vivid Audio speaker is as clear as hearing the track played live.”
Among the songs on the list are:
AC/DC:"Back in Black"
Aerosmith & Run DMC:"Walk This Way"
Bob Dylan:"Like a Rolling Stone"
Bruce Springsteen:"Born to Run"
David Bowie:"Space Oddity"
Def Leppard:"Pour Some Sugar on Me"
Derek & the Dominos:"Layla"
Fleetwood Mac:"Go Your Own Way"
Guns N’ Roses:"Sweet Child O’Mine"
Led Zeppelin:"Whole Lotta Love"
Lynyrd Skynyrd:"Sweet Home Alabama"
Pink Floyd:"Comfortably Numb"
Rod Stewart:"Maggie May"
The Beatles:"Strawberry Fields"
The Clash:"London Calling"
The Rolling Stones:"(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction"
The Who:"My Generation"
And one last thing, Vivid Audio speakers start more than eight-grand. Hey, do me a favor, comment below with the song YOU would like to hear on these pricey speakers. Thanks!
RUSH: Peart Hits the Road Again
Monday 11-11-2013 9:12am ET
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Rush drummer Neil Peart recently returned home to his family in California from the band's Clockwork Angels tour, but he didn't stay there for long.
Writing in the third person on his website he says, "Some months ago his wife Carrie announced that she was planning a trip to Chicago and New York City with her mother and their daughter to visit friends of hers, and asked him to join them. When he thought about airports, luggage, hotels and big cities, he said, 'You know what? I’ve had enough of all that for a while. You girls go and have a good time. I’ll stay home — maybe go on a road trip for a few days.'"
And so he did, spending five days hiking, exploring and visiting the national parks of Southwest Utah. But unlike his usual travels by motorcycle, this time he set out in his new Aston Martin Vanquish (base price just under $300 grand), which he ordered last year and had delivered during a break in the tour.
LOU REED: His Last Recorded Words
Monday 11-11-2013 9:11am ET
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Lou Reed’s last interview was on September 21st, a little more than a month before his death, and it's now online. It was done during a photo shoot in New York City for Parrot Zik headphones. WARNING: Video contains an expletive.
THE WHO: Yes Tommy, We Can Hear You Again
Monday 11-11-2013 9:08am ET
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The Who are releasing today (Monday), yet another version of their first rock opera, Tommy.
This time out it has been remastered with 20 unreleased demos and a full live version of the album, and it's being presented in 5.1 Surround Sound. Eighteen of the previously unheard and thought to be long-lost live tracks are taken from a show at the Capital Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on October 15th, 1969. Three others -- “I’m Free,” “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” -- were lost because tape reels were being changed during the show, so those songs are taken from later shows of the same era.
The package will be available in numerous configurations, with the Super Deluxe version containing an 80-page full-color book and a rare facsimile Tommy poster housed in a hard-back deluxe slip-case.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: C'mon Bruce, Put Out a DVD!
Friday 11-08-2013 9:38am ET
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Bruce Springsteen has posted another concert video from this year's Wrecking Ball tour.
BOSTON: Music Died in 1974 -- Boston Born in 1976
Friday 11-08-2013 9:37am ET
We can't blame the delay in Boston albums over the years on Tom Scholz wanting to sound different from anything else being played on the radio, because, believe it or not, he says he has not listened to "any other music since about 1974."
He was recently asked what he thought about The Edge or Andy Summers, guitar players who, like Scholz, "also utilize guitar effects in a very unique way." He says, "I have to confess: I don’t know who they are. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but..the only times when I’ll hear other music will be at the ice skating rink or the gym -- you know, if I go out and somebody’s playing something. I don’t listen to the radio in the car, and I do that because I don’t want to be influenced. I do hear a little bit here and there -- I know what modern rock and current pop sounds like because I’m exposed to it a little bit. The closest I can come to answering that question is, I can probably tell you when it’s an old Jeff Beck song or early Led Zeppelin -- I can recognize Jimmy Page."
He also confesses to knowing who Nirvana was. They used to do the opening of "More Than a Feeling" before launching into "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Scholz says, "It’s been debated whether it was homage or thumbing their nose. [Laughs] Regardless, Nirvana was, from what I’ve heard, a great band. I was really impressed by the couple of things I heard. Regardless of what the context was, it’s an honor to be heard in the same airspace as Nirvana.”
Boston will release their sixth studio album, Life, Love & Hope, on December 3rd.
MICK JAGGER: Remembers Lou
Friday 11-08-2013 9:36am ET
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The new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands today (Friday), features a tribute to Lou Reed who died on October 27th from liver disease at the age of 71.
Among those sharing their memories is Mick Jagger who says, "He had style -- that attitudinal New York hipster style. He was quite rude in interviews, but in person he was actually quite friendly -- just not over-effusive. He wasn't a schmoozer, which was good. Everyone talks about punk, but to me he was the Johnny Cash of New York rock; he was always the man in black. I used to have him over occasionally in New York, and later he used to come and visit Mustique [in the West Indies], which is not the most obvious place for Lou Reed to go on vacation. Lots of posh English people. But when I would see him there, he still had that style going on..."