Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Because Breaking Rock News still doesn't work...

The website for Breaking Rock News is still not letting me access it. So here are today's top stories, read 'em if you care:

Mark Knopfler is going on tour to support his new album Get Lucky. Knopfler, the former frontman for Dire Straits, will begin the tour April 8th in Seattle, and then hit Los Angeles, Vancouver, Denver, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, New York, Montreal and Toronto. The tour is scheduled to wrap up in Philadelphia on May 7th.

Bobby Graham, the legendary session drummer whose best known work came on the Kinks' hit "You Really Got Me", passed away this week following a four month battle with stomach cancer. Graham also played on the Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and Petula Clark's "Downtown". He was 69 years old.

With Steven Tyler still sidelined, Joe Perry is taking his solo act on the road. The Joe Perry Project has been scheduled for three shows in smaller venues at the end of September and the begining of October. They played Plymouth, Massachusetts over the weekend, are scheduled for Foxboro on September 26th. They'll also be playing the Viper Room in Los Angeles on October 6th.

John Fogerty was honoured by the Americana Music Association last week. The group presented Fogerty with a Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledging his work as a songwriter both with Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo artist.

After Jack Osbourne appeared on the TV show Armed And Famous, a reality show filmed in conjuction with the Muncie, Indiana Police Department, Jack has convinced his father Ozzy Osbourne to adopt a dog. What that means is that Ozzy will be donating $10,000 to the Muncie police department. They will use that money for the purchase and training of the new dog in their K-9 unit. The dog will be named Ozzy.

Them Crooked Vultures have announced their first New York City show, at the Roseland Ballroom on October 15th. Their website has announced a presale September 24th at 4 p.m.

Bob Dylan appears to be alerting fans to secret shows via Twitter. Last night he tweeted about a previously unannounced show in Seattle on October 4th at the Moore Theater, writing “On sale 9/23 at 5:00 PDT. Find password then at”

The Beatles, it appears, will never stop breaking records. Almost forty years after breaking up, the group sold 2.25 million records, worldwide, in just five days following the release of their remastered CDs on September 9th. Most of the records the band broke were for the most albums in an album chart at the same time. The highest-selling remastered record remains Abbey Road.

Aerosmith seems to be able to play shows, just one at a time. The band, currently on hiatus as Steven Tyler recuperates from a number of injuries, has announced that they will be performing in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on November 1st. The concert will mark the finale of Formula One's Grand Prix event.

Metallica's concert to benefit the Marin Rocks project netted $200,000 for the music museum in Marin. Now, their show has the potential to raise even more money, as it is being offered as an mp3 download on their website for a fee of $9.95.

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