Thursday, December 4, 2008

Breaking rock news! Fleetwood Mac edition!

Fleetwood Mac is coming to Ottawa! And I'm a little excited. I like the Mac, and it should be a monster show. The only problem I have with it is that it's going to be a "Greatest Hits" tour, which means I won't hear any of the deep album cuts I could hope for. But all the same, Fleetwood Mac hasn't toured at all in five years, and I don't ever remember hearing about them coming to Ottawa before. March 24th is the date, and the details about tickets and pre-sales and so forth will be coming up at CHEZ soon.

Dr. Pepper has responded to Axl Rose and his lawyers and their lawsuit. They have changed a few things - extended the deadline so everyone who wants one can still get their free Dr. Pepper - setting up a toll-free hotline, fixed up their website. They say that it was Axl and his people who approached them before their big Chinese Democracy promotion and giveaway, and that they are disappointed that GNR is suing them, and so forth. The key here is that although Rose and the lawyers have "demanded an apology", their press release clearly, in no way, was an apology. So basically, it says "screw you, Axl Rose". The funniest line in the press release - "we’re happy we were able to satisfy the thirst of so many Dr Pepper fans". Dr. Pepper has fans? Who, really, is a fan of a soft drink?

U2 have premiered a video, a cover of "I Believe In Father Christmas", to launch their new (RED)WIRE internet download site, which helps support the fight against HIV and malaria in Africa. Which is a great cause, and it's a great site, but...a Christmas song? Really?

The Grammy nominees have been announced, with their unnaturally awkward category names - Best Pop/Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals And Instruments, and such like. If anynoe cared abuot the Grammys any more, they could tune in to see Robert Plant go up agains Lil' Wayne and Ne-Yo, or Springsteen take on Death Cab For Cutie. But they won't because thankfully no one cares about the Grammys any longer.

KISS is working on a new album. It wil be out in summer of 2009, and will be supported by a mini-tour. Because a new KISS album warrants a mini-tour. Then, that mini-tour will be followed by a mega-tour, which Gene Simmons says will likely last "a year and a half". That mega-tour is to support the new line of KISS bath soaps, out in September.

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