Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Breaking Rock News today.

A recording of John Lennon, drunk, singing Lloyd Price's song "Just Because", has sold at auction over the weekend for $30,000. The big question is "why would the studio engineers continue recording something like this at the time (in 1973)"? But an even bigger question - is it possible that this drunken, silly recording would fetch more money than that new Beatles track McCartney is constantly trying to downplay?

Brian Johnson of AC/DC is writing a book. Every report of this news involves a McCartney-like disclaimer: "It won't be like Motley Crue's The Dirt". "It won't be that interesting". "Johnson says he never did drugs much, or drank much, and his book will be mostly about cars." So...it will be boring. On that same subject - anyone other than me ever make it through that Paul McCartney 1,500-page autobiography?

There will be no Zeppelin reunion, says Robert Plant. The fact that he is still being asked this question, and of course still denying it, must mean that it could happen!

There will be five different editions of the new U2 album, No Line On The Horizon, when it gets released in March of next year. Three of these editions will be massive versions, with books, magazines, and posters. Most exciting though is that all three massive editions will feature a film by Anton Corbijn, whose credentials are impeccable. Recently, he directed a magnificent movie called Control, about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. It was the best musical biopic of the decade. Here is a link to a review from a respected movie critic:

http://blog.rogersradiointernet.com/cynicalcinema/2008/06/16/control-out-tomorrow-best-musical-biopic-of-the-past-ten-years-take-that-walk-the-line-910/

Bruce Springsteen is following in the footsteps of AC/DC, and releasing an album exclusively through Wal-Mart. The album will be a Greatest Hits compilation from his work with the E-Street Band, basically a bargain-basement cheapie, that will seek to cash in on the spike in sales that will surely accompany his halftime performance at the Super Bowl. Springsteen should have thought of that himself! Trust Wal-Mart to think of the cash-in opportunity instead. Springsteen's new album comes out two weeks later, on the 27th. Bad planning, Boss!

And in a story that didn't make BRN, but I thought was worthwhile, Melissa Etheridge has posted on her blog - kind words about Rick Warren! The pastor who is going to be speaking at Barack Obama's inauguration, which has caused so much controversy. This is the guy who famously banned homosexuals from his church unless they were "repentant". The guy who was the driving force behind the passing of the dreadful Proposition 8 against gay marriage on California ballots during the election. A guy who has come to symbolize the intolerance that afflicts gay people in the United States. Writes Etheridge: “He explained in very thoughtful words that as a Christian he believed in equal rights for everyone. He believed every loving relationship should have equal protection. He struggled with proposition 8 because he didn't want to see marriage redefined as anything other than between a man and a woman.” The lesbian icon went on to say, “maybe in our anger, as we consider marches and boycotts, perhaps we can consider stretching out our hands. Maybe instead of marching on his church, we can show up en mass and volunteer for one of the many organizations affiliated with his church that work for HIV/AIDS causes all around the world.” Colour me incredibly surprised!

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