Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today's Breaking Rock News - check out Rock And Roll Hall of Fame story, Metallica, and Beatles. All cool stuff.

Once again, I have no idea how to put stuff on Breaking Rock News any more. So, once again, I will put all the stories here on my blog. Enjoy!

Unconfirmed reports are still circulating that AC/DC is planning a major box set release sometime next year. Those reports have not been confirmed or denied, but AC/DC is adding to the excitement with a new website they have created. On the band's MySpace site, they have posted the following announcement: "AC/DC have launched a special website called www.ACDCBacktracks.com and tells fans that they'll be making an "exciting announcement on September 29th."

Pearl Jam looks set to grab top spot on the Billboard album charts for the first time in 13 years. Their latest record, Backspacer, hit stores on Tuesday and prognosticators in the industry believe it will sell between 175,000 and 200,000 copies by week's end.

Metallica just played two sold-out shows over the weekend at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The band has taken money from the Saturday and Sunday shows and donated it to a local charity. $21,462 has been given to Sun Youth, a local Montreal community service organization on behalf of Metallica.

The Uncut Music Award is given every year to the artist whose album is the "most inspiring and rewarding" of the year. There have been 25 acts nominated this year, including Bob Dylan, Madness and the Kings of Leon. The list will be trimmed down to 8 on October 27th, and the winner will be a month later.

Former KISS member Ace Frehley has a brand new album, Anomaly, and it has done well. Frehley debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200, #2 on the Independant Chart, and he hit the ground at #7 in his hometown of New York.

A report from Rhino: "Following the reissue of the 14 Genesis studio albums in the stunning boxed sets Genesis 1976 – 1982 and Genesis 1983 – 1998 in 2007, and Genesis 1970 – 1975 in 2008, on September 29, Rhino will release Genesis Live 1973 – 2007, a boxed set gathering the four live albums recorded by the legendary British group from 1973 to 1992. Featuring brand new stereo mixes, the boxed set also includes the long-awaited release in stereo and 5.1 of Live At The Rainbow 1973 only available with this collection. Genesis Live 1973 – 2007 is a sumptuously presented boxed set that includes: Genesis Live, the band's first Top 10 album in the UK, recorded in Leicester and Manchester and issued in 1973, and featuring the classic line-up of Tony Banks (keyboards), Phil Collins (drums, vocals), Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute), Steve Hackett (guitars) and Mike Rutherford (bass, guitars). Genesis Live, for this box-set release, has been extended to feature five bonus tracks recorded at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles on January 24, 1975 and the full album is also presented in 5.1 for the first time. The double set Seconds Out, a Top 5 entry in 1977 that documented the group's Paris dates as a quartet with Collins on lead vocals following Gabriel's departure in 1975. The tour featured touring drummers Bill Bruford and Chester Thompson. Exclusive to this boxed set, Seconds Out is presented in stereo and 5.1 versions."

From MVD video: "Sexy Intellectual and MVD Visual are proud to announce the DVD release of The Who, The Mods and The Quadrophenia Connection on November 17th in North America. There's barely any misinformation out there regarding the astonishing career path of The Who: the band formed 1964, were adopted as figureheads by the British mods, they continued through the 1960s and 1970s making extraordinary record after extraordinary record [with a couple of 'rock operas' thrown in for good measure], Keith Moon their madcap drummer died in 1978 - and then it all went a bit pear shaped. The remaining members haven't made a standout track since Moon passed on. But as far as the Mod movement which had guaranteed The Who's early success, and the Pete Townsend composed musical depiction of that movement, Quadrophenia are concerned, the story has been twisted, complicated and misunderstood, but remains endlessly fascinating. The band, the movement, the album, the second wave, the movie and now the 30th anniversary of the latter two, all make for a story that needs to be told in depth. That is exactly what this film does."

David Crosby is ill. Crosby Stills & Nash were scheduled to play a show on Tuesday night in Santa Barbara, California but were forced to postpone the show after Crosby became sick. No further details about his illness are available, the Santa Barbara show has been pushed back until October 1st. It can't have been that serious.

As the Philadelphia Spectrum prepares for demolition, many acts have come together to bid farewell to the historic arena. Pearl Jam will be the final band to play there, having booked a four-night run to close out the building. Now, Bruce Springsteen is set for a four-night run of his own beginning October 13th. Springsteen's shows will be the first of ten final concerts at the Spectrum in October.

The ballot for this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction class is a diverse one. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J and KISS are all on the ballot for the first time. Also up for induction are Genesis, ABBA, the Stooges, Donna Summer, Jimmy Cliff, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, the Chantels and the Hollies. Last year, Gene Simmons was sour that KISS had not been included on the ballot, saying “There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss. I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.” The final list of inductees, chosen from this ballot, will be announced in January.

When Joe Perry revealed a while ago that he and Steven Tyler hadn't spoken since Tyler's stage fall that forced the cancellation of the rest of Aerosmith's summer tour, rumours of the band's breakup began to take off all over the internet. But Perry says that is merely speculation, and that Aerosmith is in no danger of splitting. He told the Boston Herald, “maybe we have three more records in us. Maybe we have five [and] seven years of touring." He said the band were merely "taking a breather", and said that although he and Tyler haven't spoken in almost two months, that “that day will come. Whether it’s him calling me or me calling him, it will happen." Perry also addressed the fact that he and Tyler have not written a song together, in the same room, in at least ten years. He acknowledged that the main reason is that Aerosmith began outsourcing the task of writing songs to other writers. Perry said that he feared the use of outside songwriters meant that the band was deviating from their classic sound [Diane Warren, for example, wrote "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"], and said “I don’t mind using outside songwriters but I’d still like to see an Aerosmith where the core of the music comes from the guys in the band".

Slash has been jamming in the studio with his former Guns N Roses bandmate Duff McKagan and the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. They are putting together a track for Slash's upcoming solo album, which will feature a plethora of guest artists on just about every track. Grohl played drums on the song, and Slash tweeted “Great jamming w/Duff & Grohl tonight, the track is a killer instrumental, very heavy.”

The magazine which quoted John Lennon as saying the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" recently sold for an exorbitant amount of money. Now, some 40 years later, it has been proven to be true. Google confirms that in this past month, queries for "The Beatles" on their search engine outnumbered those for Jesus by a considerable margin. So...it's official.

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