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Rocknotes for Friday March 7, 2014

03/07/14 08:14 AM
Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist says the singer wants to do another solo album. Gus G., who joined Ozzy's solo band five years ago, tells Noisefull, “As far as I know he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don’t know when he will finish them, if he’ll do them and if I’m going to be a part in it. I certainly know that he wants to do one more solo album.”  Black Sabbath has shows booked through the end of June, so any return to Ozzy's solo career will have to wait until then. Black Sabbath's 2004 box set will be reissued April 15th in a smaller package, retitled The Complete Studio Albums Black Sabbath (1970–1978).
 
Roger Daltrey says he's always been baffled by when Pete Townshend has come up with elaborate concepts for The Who. Daltrey tells Q magazine that when Townshend first explained some of the ideas behind Tommy or Quadrophenia, he was lost. Daltrey says, "Did I have to ask him what the hell he was on about? All the time!... But equally, there's always one sentence that comes out of that rambling brain of his that you can grasp. With Tommy it was: 'Imagine living life where you can only feel vibrations,' and I could latch on to that."
 
A clip from the upcoming Jimi Hendrix bio-pic All Is By My Side has hit YouTube. The clip features Hendrix, played by OutKast rapper Andre Benjamin, flirting with Imogen Poots's Linda Keith, the onetime girlfriend of Keith Richards who inspired songs by both men. The film, which debuted last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, will have its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. It was written and directed by 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Thursday March 6, 2014

03/06/14 11:28 AM
Iron Maiden's Trooper Ale is proving to be a huge hit in the U.K. The brew, named after the band's 1983 single, has sold an estimated 3.5 million pints. And that's even though its brewer, Robinsons Brewery, hasn't spent any money on advertising. Morning Advertiser reports that British pubs offering Trooper Ale have experienced an eight percent sales growth since it was released in May 2013.
 
Slash is giving fans an inside look at the making of his third album. He's launched a weekly online video series called Real to Reel that includes footage from the studio with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The second episode, which is on YouTube now, focuses on the band's bass player, Todd Kerns.
 
It's Roger Daltrey's turn to tell his story -- he says he's begun work on his memoir. Daltrey will be the second and final member of The Who to give his side of the story following Pete Townshend's 2012 book Who I Am. Sadly, the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle never got around to writing autobiographies. Daltrey also has his annual week-long Teenage Cancer Trust shows coming up the last week of the month at London's Royal Albert Hall. On April 2nd, he sets sail on The Moody Blues Cruise as one of the special guests. Then on April 8th, Going Back Home, his album with Wilko Johnson, will be released. And finally, he says The Who will start recording a new album in the summer.
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Wednesday March 5, 2014

03/05/14 08:58 AM
Good news -- Metallica are bringing their all-request show to North America. Bad news -- it's for one night only. The band has signed on to headline the Heavy Montreal Festival August 9th and 10th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. The band is doing a series of these By Request shows in South America and Europe starting March 16th in Bogota, Columbia, but apparently the United States won't get to experience it. Other bands playing Heavy Montreal Festival include The Offspring, Three Days Grace and Bad Religion.
 
Roger Daltrey has landed some big names for his annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows over the years, but there are two fish he's failed to reel in yet. He says, "I’ve tried to get The Rolling Stones for years. They’ve never given me a no. I asked again this year, but they’re in Australia. Imagine The Rolling Stones in the Royal Albert Hall, where they can be the Stones they were in 1963, a great British blues band, rather than tarty, farty and running around the stage. After that, Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham. That’s still not out the window. Pink Floyd of course. Then you get down to the U2s.” Daltrey and The Who have the same manager as Zeppelin.  Daltrey's annual weeklong run of shows -- with The Cure, Ed Sheeran and One Republic on the bill -- gets under way on March 24th at London's Royal Albert Hall. Daltrey is not among those scheduled to perform, although he may put in a surprise appearance or two.
 
Although KISS have refused to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10th in Brooklyn, New York, all 10,000 seats made available to the public sold out in minutes Monday. It's the first time the event has been opened to the public in New York. The previous three ceremonies that were open to fans were two held in Cleveland and last year's show in Los Angeles.  This year's other inductees are Hall and Oates, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, The E Street Band and Cat Stevens.
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Tuesday March 4, 2014

03/04/14 11:02 AM
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Rush will reissue he original Moon Records vinyl release of their self-titled debut album. It will come packaged in a sturdy, custom box with a lift-off top, and is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters. It also features the original Moon Records jacket art, a reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and original drummer John Rutsey, a digital download card for a free digital copy and other goodies. The re-issued package comes out on April 15th.
 
A former roommate of Kurt Cobain has decided to sell some items he claims belonged to the late Nirvana frontman. In case you don't believe this man named Alex, his very poorly written and not spell-checked Craigslist ad states. "i have pictures of kurt with some of it and i have som friends that will talk to you that will say that this is kurts stuff. we lived together in capitol hill and for a short time in olympia, i was in some very popular bands back then but now i am not playing any music anymore, but if anybody reading this wants to jam, let me know heh heh." The ad says that Cobain left a bunch of stuff in a box when he moved out, including skis, a phone and a video game. Alex is looking for $55 for the phone, because "i think [Kurt] used to talk on the phone to people in LA. that is why it is expensive." The skis -- which don't come with poles -- cost $80, and the video game called “Kingman” runs $25.
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Monday March 3, 2014

03/03/14 10:56 AM
Def Leppard are in Dublin, Ireland, where they're starting work on a new album. Guitarist Vivian Campbell says, "We're putting in about four to five weeks here total, and then we'll get together again in May and do another three weeks or so. It will be probably next year before it's all done." When completed and released, it will be their first studio album since 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.  Def Lep just released a deluxe version of their 1996 album, Slang, and they plan to tour this summer.
 
Richie Sambora is working on re-launching his solo career and shows no signs of returning to Bon Jovi. And though he claims it was his decision to leave the group last year to help raise his daughter, he doesn't feel it's Bon Jovi without him. Richie says, "At the end of the day, if you’re going to buy a can of Coke, you want the real thing. I know Mick Jagger wouldn’t tour without Keith Richards and call it The Rolling Stones. Jon just has a different mentality... For the longest time, even now, I’m considered Bon Jovi’s side-arm or something. Hey, I built this band too.” Unfortunately, he doesn't sound as optimistic as he once did about re-joining the group. "I’m not saying the band will not get back together at some point, [but] there will have to be a lot of communication, a lot of talking.” Sambora is on tour in Australia through Monday.
 
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Monday March 3, 2014

03/03/14 10:56 AM
Def Leppard are in Dublin, Ireland, where they're starting work on a new album. Guitarist Vivian Campbell says, "We're putting in about four to five weeks here total, and then we'll get together again in May and do another three weeks or so. It will be probably next year before it's all done." When completed and released, it will be their first studio album since 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.  Def Lep just released a deluxe version of their 1996 album, Slang, and they plan to tour this summer.
 
Richie Sambora is working on re-launching his solo career and shows no signs of returning to Bon Jovi. And though he claims it was his decision to leave the group last year to help raise his daughter, he doesn't feel it's Bon Jovi without him. Richie says, "At the end of the day, if you’re going to buy a can of Coke, you want the real thing. I know Mick Jagger wouldn’t tour without Keith Richards and call it The Rolling Stones. Jon just has a different mentality... For the longest time, even now, I’m considered Bon Jovi’s side-arm or something. Hey, I built this band too.” Unfortunately, he doesn't sound as optimistic as he once did about re-joining the group. "I’m not saying the band will not get back together at some point, [but] there will have to be a lot of communication, a lot of talking.” Sambora is on tour in Australia through Monday.
 
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Friday February 28, 2014

02/28/14 10:22 AM
U2 and Elton John will be taking part in Oscar festivities Sunday in Los Angeles. U2 will be part of the ceremony as they will perform their nominated song, "Ordinary Love," which they wrote for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela's daughters,Zindzi and Zenani, have been invited to attend the Academy Awards to watch U2 perform the song written for their father.  And Elton, an Oscar winner himself, will once again host his 22nd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party. This time it will be at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. All the proceeds will go to his AIDS Foundation. Among the event's numerous co-chairs are Steven Tyler and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
 
Soundgarden will perform Superunknown in its entirety next month. The set will take place at the iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas on March 11th. It's the first time the band has played the 1994 straight through album. And drummer Matt Cameron, who isn't touring with the band this go-round, will play with them at this performance. Superunknown will be reissued in multiple formats to mark its 20th anniversary on June 3rd.
 
Producer Ron Nevison is cleaning out his closet, and among the items he's putting up for bids are unreleased demos of Led Zeppelin's "Custard Pie," "Kashmir" and "In the Light" from the sessions for their Physical Graffiti album, which he was the engineer on. Also up for sale are demos from Bad Company's self-titled 1974 debut, a 1973 Eric Clapton demo reel, and John Lennon's 1965 Rolls Royce registration and famous wire-rim glasses. The Marvels of Modern Music auction runs online from March 13th to the 20th at RRAuction.com.
 

Rocknotes for Thursday February 27, 2014

02/27/14 10:09 AM
Bono says U2 "didn't phone in" "Ordinary Love," because "a whole lot of our life is wrapped up" in it. Speaking to the L.A. Times, the singer describes early versions of the song as "more literal" than the one that ended up in the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and is up for an Oscar on Sunday. After he read the love letters Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie exchanged while Mandela was in prison, Bono decided that the lyrics should be more emotional and universal. He says what he read gave him "a clue as to the kind of language to use in the song." Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani have been invited to attend the Academy Awards to watch U2 perform the song written for their father. Deadline.com ran a statement from the two about how honored they were by the invitation. The Academy did not respond to our attempts to confirm that they've actually accepted and are coming.
 
Motley Crue is getting the country treatment with a tribute album set for release this summer. Singer Vince Neil says, "This is a first for me, that's for sure. I think it was somebody's crazy idea that turned into reality... The more I thought about it, the cooler it got, especially after Carrie Underwood did 'Home Sweet Home,' and that was so good. I'm thinking to myself, 'How cool would it be to hear these other acts' renditions of the songs?' ... I think it's going to bring a lot of fans that aren't Motley fans in. It will make them go, 'Oh yeah, I've heard that song before.'" Underwood’s version will not be on the album, but it is available on iTunes. The tribute album includes Rascal Flatts singing “Kick Start My Heart,” Justin Moore on “Home Sweet Home" and the Eli Young Band doing “Don’t Go Away Mad.”
 
 
 

Rocknotes for Tuesday February 25, 2014

02/25/14 10:49 AM
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has gotten engaged. Lee announced on Twitter that "There comes a time in a man’s life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!! Say hello to my fiancé and soon to be wife" singer and dancer Sofia "Sofi" Toufa. This will be fourth marriage for the 51-year-old Lee, who was previously married to model Elaine Starchuk and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.

Soundgarden's Superunknown will be reissued in multiple formats to mark its 20th anniversary. Up first is a vinyl box set for Record Store Day on April 19th called Superunknown: The Singles that will feature 10-inch versions of all five singles from album. Then on June 3rd Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions will be released. The Deluxe Edition adds a second disc with demos, rehearsal tracks, B-sides and live songs. The Super Deluxe Edition is a fiv-disc set with a disc of B-sides, a disc of demos, a disc of rehearsal tracks and a Blu-ray with the album remixed in 5.1 surround sound.
 
It's not looking as though Richie Sambora will be returning to Bon Jovi anytime soon. He's trying to kick start a solo career by bringing on board Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi for his first post-Bon Jovi tour and a new album. Orianthi, who has played with Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper, met Sambora at a New Year’s Eve charity concert, and they've been working together ever since. On tour this week together in Australia, Sambora says, "The chemistry was there... What’s interesting about it when you consider the age difference is we have the same musical background, and that’s rock and the blues. Orianthi and I have a musical conversation when we play, and she just happens to be one of the best players on the planet.” Sambora and Orianthi plan to hit a studio in Los Angeles in April.
 
 

Rocknotes for Monday February 24, 2014

02/24/14 10:13 AM
For whatever it's worth, the business magazine Fortune has created a list of KISS's top merchandising and marketing efforts:
 Makeup: "Never allowing themselves to be seen by the public outside of their sci-fi kabuki get-ups, the members seemed somehow more than human and helped add a bit of mythical heft to their unpretentious musical arrangements and frequently juvenile lyrics. Without the makeup, KISS could have been successful, but they never would have been as big as KISS."
Comic Books: "While the stage personas were only vaguely sketched out, they were more than enough for the creative staff at Marvel Comics to develop them into full-on comic book superheroes in 1977, complete with superpowers and interactions with the X-Men and Dr. Doom. Twenty years later, KISS collaborated with Image Comics on a series tied into their Psycho Circus album that ran for an impressive 31 issues."
Action Figures: "A band more concerned with their critical reputation wouldn't have signed on to release action figures through the Mego company in 1978, but KISS was strictly focused on the commercial end and embraced the segment of their audience that happened to overlap with Saturday morning cartoons..."
Pinball: "In 1978 pinball still had a juvenile-delinquent edge, so it was perfectly synergistic to give the band that confused and outraged parental types more than any other of the era its own machine. From a strictly pinball perspective it wasn't anything special, but the fact that it had the faces of KISS plastered all over it has meant there are still a remarkable number of them that fanatic owners have kept in playable condition."
Live Albums: "The live album had been around for ages by the time KISS released Alive! in 1975, but few acts before or after exploited the format as effectively as they did. Although the rumors about tapes being tinkered with extensively in the studio afterward call into question whether or not it technically qualifies as a live recording, Alive! managed to finally capture the band's on-stage energy that the previous three studio albums couldn't, and finally got them a break with a mainstream pop audience. Considering its massive success, it's not surprising that they've released six more live albums since."
Solo Albums: "Musicians in popular acts release solo albums all the time, but only an act as willing to push the limits of their audience's budgets as KISS would contrive to release one solo album per member (complete with coordinated sleeve art) on the same day. That there was only about one LP's worth of good material spread over four of them seriously tested their fan base's limits, but the sheer hubris of the act has made it a legendary moment in music business history."
KISS Army: "Pop culture fan clubs are mostly aimed at teenage girls and sci-fi geeks, but when the KISS marketing machine was at the peak of its powers it transformed a two-man fan club in Terre Haute, Indiana called the KISS Army into an organization with an estimated 100,000 members that allegedly brought in $5,000 a day, whose emblem hardcore rock fans proudly displayed on their jean jackets."
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park: "KISS was a multi-media entertainment company before 'multi-media' even existed. It only made sense that at some point they'd try their hand at filmmaking. Produced by Hanna-Barbera (the studio best known for making Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones) and aired on NBC, 1978's KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park was a complete mess that would eventually become legendary among pop culture aficionados for its all-encompassing badness, but even in its massive failure it's a tribute to the band's willingness to think big."
Removing the Makeup: "When your brand identity is so intrinsically tied to one element, like only appearing in public wearing full-face makeup, when the gimmick's novelty runs out the smart move is to make a big deal out of getting rid of it. That's what KISS did in 1983 when they released Lick It Up, appearing on the album cover and in public au natural (or as close as 1980s rock got to it) for the first time in the band's existence and causing a brief but massive media explosion. Although it only gave a temporary boost to a band that was faltering (Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had left by then), the spectacle the act generated is an excellent lesson in PR judo."
KISS Kaskets: "From the start, KISS's commercial ambition was considered unseemly, even by the crass standards of the 1970s music industry, and that reputation has remained one of the only constants in its existence. In 2001 they stirred up a fair amount of popular outrage by unveiling the KISS Kasket, a KISS-themed coffin retailing for nearly $5,000 that wasn't intended strictly as a novelty item but as a legitimate option for devoted KISS fans to be buried in. It's proven so popular that the band now sells two different designs, and for those who'd prefer to be cremated there's also a KISS urn."
Apparently Fortune is not a fan of the KISS Kondoms.
 
 
 
 
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