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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.
 
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