Friday, September 25, 2009

Today's Breaking Rock News

Once again, I am not computer-savvy enough to navigate my way around the Breaking Rock News section of the internets. It's up and running again, but my login is screwed up, or I'm screwed up, and somehow nothing is doing what it should be. So I am forced, hopefully for the last time, to clog up my blog with a bunch of Rock N Roll News! Here goes...

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have confirmed that they will be playing a concert together in February of 2010. The pair announced yesterday that they will be playing a one-off gig on February 13th at London's O2 Arena. The show will come one year after Clapton and Beck shared the bill for the first time ever, at a pair of concerts in Japan in February of this year. In a statement released yesterday, Clapton said “I’ve always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He’s a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again." Beck added “Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans. Looking forward to the show in 2010." Thanks for the insight, Beck.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley sure don't like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Although they do mince words. Stanley and Simmons made some thinly veiled comments, without naming names, about the 1996 KISS reunion which produced the Psycho Circus album. Stanley tells the Detroit Free Press, "What I learned towards the end of the farewell was, I didn't want to say farewell to Kiss – I wanted to say farewell to some of the members." He went on to say "it was magical at the beginning. But ultimately the only magic I wanted was to make certain people disappear. It had the potential to be much more than a reunion tour but it quickly became clear it couldn't progress.... I think we had people who were delusional about their songwriting and musical abilities." By that of course, he means they were members of KISS.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will release a multiple-disc box set called Live Anthology November 22nd. The recordings are taken from thirty years of live performances. Several configurations of the anthology will be available, including a Best-Buy exclusive 5-disc edition which features a first-of-it's-kind audio-only Blu-Ray disc. Then, Petty and the Heartbreakers are embarking on a virtual tour. PR reports: "The Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers SuperHighway Tour is a first of its kind, online-only music experience that delivers 24 of the 48 Live Anthology tracks as high-quality digital downloads and on-demand streams over 8 weeks in advance of the Live Anthology's release. Ticketholders will receive an insider's view of those 24 tracks, through archived memorabilia reproduced on the site, new band commentary, classic reviews, and curated content from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vaults. Fans will also be able to share their photos and stories from their favorite Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers shows. Then on the album's November 24th release, ticketholders will receive the remaining 24 tracks on The Live Anthology, thereby completing the digital album." Got it? either.

There is a deluxe edition of Chickenfoot coming out in October. The eponymous deubt album by Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith will come packaged with an extra DVD containing behind the scenes footage, live performances, videos and interviews.

The Faces are reuiniting, for one show only. But they will be missing their most famous Face. Rod Stewart will not be involved in the reunion show, but Ronnie Wood, drummer Kenney Jones and keyboard player Ian McLagan will be at the Royal Albert Hall on October 25th to play a benefit show for the Music Members Benevolent Fund. A number of special guests will appear to provide vocals, and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones will replace the late Ronnie Lane on bass. Even sans Stewart, the Faces are still damn cool.

The Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful will be going straight to cable TV. It will premiere Saturday, October 24th on Showtime at 9 p.m. The documentary tells the story of the band in the words of the band members themselves. "We're terrible" is not expected to be the way they describe their band.

On Friday, September 11th, legendary music executive Bob Greenberg passed away from a stroke in West Hills, California. Greenberg worked with Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Genesis, Foreigner and the Rolling Stones, among many others. He was 75 years old.

Northern Ireland band The Answer have been chosen by AC/DC to open the final leg of the North American Black Ice tour. They will be with AC/DC from October 1st in Phoenix to November 8th in Houston, and will be headlining club shows on their nights off from the tour.

From Conqueroo: "On November 3, Fantasy Records will release The Singles Collection, a two-CD, one-DVD box with a slip case, containing all of [Creedence Clearwater Revival]'s U.S. singles -- 30 songs in all. Top 5 smashes like "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Run Through the Jungle," "Up Around the Bend," "Long As I Can See the Light" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" are joined by seldom-heard singles that never charted ("Porterville" and "Call It Pretending" on Fantasy's Scorpio subsidiary, and later singles "Tearin' Up the Country" and "45 Revolutions Per Minute [Parts 1 & 2]").
The 30 songs, (which are presented in their original single mixes, many of them in mono --- are making their CD debut), housed on two CDs, will be joined by a DVD containing four never-before-available, long-pre-MTV music videos: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "Bootleg," "I Put a Spell on You" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door." Also included in the package are a poster featuring the dozens of international single sleeves, and a 16-page booklet with liner notes by former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres, who lived and wrote in the Bay Area during CCR's golden half-decade."

Stephen Stills had a short-lived band called Manassas in the 1970s which released two albums in the early part of that decade. On Tuesday, Rhino Records released a new CD of previously unreleased material from Manassas. Pieces features 15 unreleased songs recorded for those two early-70s albums. And that's pretty cool. I think. I've never heard Manassas. It could be awful.

Elton John has come out against file sharing. As British musical artists line up on either side of the issue, John has written a letter to British Business Secretary Peter Mandelson advocating British government action against file sharing. The British government is currently debating whether they will get involved in the matter.

Bono is among 500 artists and performers who will be meeting with the Pope at the Sistine Chapel on November 21st. The meeting is part of a concerted, directed effort by the Roman Catholic Church to re-establish the link between the church and art. The group of artists will also include representatives from the literary, art and theatre communities. How much do people want to bet that 496 of those other artistic figures will be more excited about meeting Bono than they will about meeting the Pope?


  1. Manassas was the best band Stephen Stills was ever in, except for the very 1st CSN album.

  2. I'll second that. I have a vinyl copy of the first Manassas LP and it contains some of the best songs that Stills ever laid down. Chris Hillman was the co-captain in the group and the players that he assembled were all first rate. The second album isn't as good, but it's respectable.

    A must-listen if you like Stephen Stills.