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? Yeah...me 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?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I can't find this on my TV! Help!

I have been searching for the past few days for Steven Seagal: Lawman on my television. I was led to believe that it started this week. But I haven't found it! Can someone help me, tell me when it begins? I'm too excited to think straight...

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.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Football picks week 3

I like to get my picks in early...some may change if some players get better and rejoin their teams. Or if Adrian Peterson suffers a lawnmower accident and is out for Sunday. Barring that, here goes...(by the way, I'm 24-8 straight up so far, and 19-13 against the spread)

Cleveland at Baltimore (13.5): The Browns were embarassed by Denver last week. Hammered. By the Broncos. That indicates to me that they are an absolutely dreadful team, and I think that their QB situation is still not fully decided. That, and the Ravens are possibly the best team in football right now. I think this one's a lock, but I'm not picking it in my suicide pool because anything can happen in a division game. Ravens to cover and win big. Ravens, 33-14. Verdict (Ravens, 34-3): Ravens won, covered spread, hammered the Browns. How did the Browns even score three points against this defense? Derek Anderson had 92 yards passing. And his completion percentage was above 50. The Ravens really are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, even this early in the season.

Tennessee at New York Jets (2.5): There are serious problems with the Titans. Who would have thought that the team with the best record last season would be 0-2? Or that the Jets, who lost Favre and are starting a rookie QB, would be 2-0? I certainly wouldn't. But I'm not entirely sold on the Jets yet. I think they spent the entire offseason preparing for the Patriots, and they caught them at a great time as New England is still trying to find their way. I think this game will be a matter of pride for the Titans. Titans, 21-20. Verdict (Jets, 24-17): I really think the Titans outplayed the Jets throughout most of this game. But they couldn't close, they turned the ball over in the worst spots imaginable, and they were down 14-0 before the game really began. The Titans will be OK this year, they will win their share of the remaining games, but the playoffs are looking to be more and more distant already. I'm still not entirely sold on the Jets.

New York Giants (7.5) t Tampa Bay: I hate to take a road team as my suicide pool pick, but I think I will here. The Giants are as good as they were (right now at least) in their Super Bowl winning season, and the Buccaneers are simply abysmal. Don't start Cadillac in your fantasy pools this week. Giants, 28-17. Verdict (Giants, 24-0): Well, the Giants won, and they covered. And then some. And I remain alive in my suicide pool (although I wager everyone else is still in as well, what with no massive upsets this week). This game said nothing about either team, except that which we already knew. New York is very good. The Bucs are abysmal.

Green Bay (6.5) at St. Louis: Was last week an aberration? Or was it indicative that the Packers are still having trouble feeling out the 3-4 defense they installed for the first time this season? I don't yet know. But it doesn't matter against the Rams, who would have trouble beating my high school team. Packers, 26-13. Verdict (Packers, 36-17): And...it doesn't matter. But giving up 17 to the Rams indicates to me that the Packers are still feeling out that defense a little. Nice to be able to tune it up against St. Louis, though, eh?

Kansas City at Philadelphia (no line): Another terrific idea for a pick in a suicide pool. I have no idea whether McNabb will be back for the Eagles. Or whether Michael Vick will see the field more than twice. Or whether Jeff Garcia will get into the mix. Or whether I'll even remember the name of that other guy three weeks from now. Again, it doesn't matter. Philadelphia can hammer the Chiefs with their fourth-string QB. And they likely will. Eagles, 35-10. Verdict (Eagles, 34-14): So they won by 20, not 25. I'm not psychic, ok? I would have thought the Eagles would put Vick in a little more simply because they were playing the Chiefs, and it's kind of like a scrimmage. So I still have no idea how dangerous Vick will be this season. But Kolb looked pretty good, at least until he is gone forever next week.

Atlanta at New England (4.5): I'm not ready to give up on New England yet. Yes, Brady appears to be tentative, and he isn't the same QB in the last two minutes of the game as he once was. Well, yet. He will get there, and although Atlanta poses a serious test, I think Brady will get it done here. Barely. Patriots, 23-22. Verdict (Patriots, 26-10): I am still not entirely back on the New England bandwagon. I'm still not sure they can beat an elite team at this point. Atlanta proved one thing - and that is that they are not yet an elite team. That's all. But they are above-average in the NFC, and this year I think that means they are very good.

San Francisco at Minnesota (7): The Niners are not getting much credit here. They are 2-0 now. And a win against the Seahawks is no gimme, nor was their season opener against the Cardinals. The Vikings, so far, have been a second half team, and no one is going to slow down Adrian Peterson, but the Niners are not a touchdown worse than the Vikes, even on the road. Not right now. Vikings, 28-23. Verdict (Vikings, 27-24): Well, I was right about the win and the spread. But wow. So, Brett Favre, eh?

Jacksonville at Houston (4): The close-fought loss to the Colts in Week One appeared to take a lot of the wind out of the sails of the Jaguars. I am predicting it will take them one more week to get it back, and the Texans are flying high after their win over Tennessee. I hate betting big on the Texans, because they will always have the capacity to lay a giant egg, but I don't think it will happen this week. I think. Texans, 31-21. Verdict (Jaguars 31-24): I think wrong. It did happen. It happened this week. The Texans laid a giant egg. It doesn't matter how you lose, but a fumble recovery in the end zone? That's a pretty bad way to do it. Look for the Texans to spend the rest of the year covering the spread against every good team and not covering the spread against the bad ones.

Washington (6) at Detroit: All those McDonalds-working Washington fans won't be around to boo their team this week. The Lions fans will be around to boo theirs, though. This could be the one game in the past 20 where the Lions have a legitimate chance to win, taking advantage of a team that is playing very poorly. The Skins beat the Rams by 2 points, and I think the Lions are at least as good as the Rams. Redskins, 14-12. Verdict (Lions, 19-14): Who woulda guessed? The Lions are better than the Rams. And the Skins have been over-rated this season. Not any more. They will now be rated accurately - as an awful team.

New Orleans (5.5) at Buffalo: I know the Bills are 1-1 (and should be 2-0), but is anyone really looking that hard at their almost-win against New England now? Like that makes them that good? Terrell Owens will have a monster day against the porous Saints defense, yes. So will every other member of the Bills offense. But it will not matter. Drew Brees will throw for four more touchdowns, the Saints will rush for 150 yards, and they will batter Buffalo. Saints, 44-30. Verdict (Saints, 27-7): Well, they certainly beat the Bills by a bunch. But seriously, Buffalo? You could muster a mere seven points against this defense? And even that came on a fake field goal? Really? And holding that offense to 27 points is actually fairly impressive. It would have been more so had the Bills' offense come along for the ride. No TDs for Brees, but 190 yards on the ground.

Chicago (1.5) at Seattle: The Seahawks, so far this season, have shown nothing of interest. They have done nothing to indicate that they are able to take the next step and get back to the middle of the pack. The Bears bounced back from a disasterous opening week, they pulled together without Brian Urlacher, and if Jay Cutler has found his rhythm (and I think he has) they ought to dismantle Seattle. Bears, 23-17. Verdict (Bears, 25-19): Well, the Bears didn't exactly dismantle Seattle. And toward the end, the Bears really looked as though they were desperate to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. But on the plus side, I managed to accurately predict the spread, and was almost bang-on with the score.

Pittsburgh (4.5) at Cincinnati: Was last week an aberration? For either team? Do the Steelers miss Polamalu that much? Are the Bengals really capable of beating a top-tier team? Are the Packers even a top-tier team at all? I think Pittsburgh really is in trouble, and they need to find their running game desperately. And I think the Bengals have a lot of confidence right now. Not enough to win, but enough to make it close. Steelers, 22-20. Verdict (Bengals, 23-20): Well, I was right about Cincy covering the spread...at least...the thing is, Pittsburgh really did find their running game in this one. At least for a while. But the Bengals have that heart, they have that confidence, and that last-minute drive for a touchdown was the kind upon which this team might be able to build a season.

Denver at Oakland (1.5): The Broncos are 2-0 now. Seriously. And I still think they are the worst team in football. Oakland has actually looked fairly good in the first two games. And although the schedule remains incredibly easy, as easy as is possible in the NFL, this week, they will not go 3-0. God, I hope not. I would be so wrong if they did! Raiders, 23-15. Verdict (Broncos, 23-3): I am so wrong! The Broncos, who I thought would be the worst team in football, are 3-0. They are still dreadful. I am still convinced of this. All it means is that Denver has beaten three really really lousy teams. And one decent one on one of the world's all-time flukes. And the Raiders are even worse than they once appeared.

Miami at San Diego (6.5): The Dolphins are getting little respect here, I guess because they are 0-2. But they showed some serious offensive capabilities in that Monday nighter against the Colts, and I really think San Diego doesn't care much about games outside their division. They win their division games, they win their division. It's that simple for them. Dolphins, 32-30. Verdict (Chargers, 23-13): When Pennington went down, it was all over. Without him, the Dolphins will not win this game. Although they showed a little grit toward the end. It does show, however, how much the wildcat relies on the people who know it best staying healthy.

Indianapolis (1.5) at Arizona: The toughest game of the week to call, I think. The Colts have that incredible quick-strike offense, but the Cardinals do too. The Colts have looked a little porous on defense this season, but then so have the Cards. I think this game will come down to the last possession, and I think Peyton Manning has a little bit more of a shot to put that final possession in the end zone than does Kurt Warner. Colts, 29-27. Verdict (Colts, 31-10): Just like last season, when the Cardinals look bad, they look awful. Now, Manning and the offense look like they are in full form - Addai and Wayne and Brown and Garcon look amazing right now, and I just don't see anyone beating the Colts in the coming weeks. Also amazing - Dwight Freeney and that front four.

Carolina at Dallas (9): Seriously? I know it's Monday night, in that new Dallas stadium and all, but NINE points? Against a Panthers team who was far better than the Cowboys were last season? I highly doubt it. I think the Cowboys must win this game, for their own pride. But I'm not sure they have a huge amount of that. I'm betting they don't. Panthers, 16-14. Verdict (Cowboys, 21-7): I am still not buying into the Cowboys. And I still don't think they are nine points better than the Panthers. But Delhomme needs to show that he isn't inept, and that Panthers defense needs to stiffen up long before their opponents get into the end zone. If Julius Peppers really gets going, this season could look a whole lot different after the bye week. But boy, do they need that bye week.

This week, I am 9-7 straight up, and 10-6 ATS. That makes me 33-15 straight up and 29-19 ATS so far this season. I'm pleased with the spread numbers, but not so much with the straight-up ones.

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 http://bobdylan.com/tour.”

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 livemetallica.com for a fee of $9.95.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Look out, Leafs!

I read in the paper this morning that the Toronto Maple Leafs were engaging in various bonding rituals, one of which involved a "wilderness outing". Now, I find the idea of any company thinking they can work more productively as a team thanks to some paintballing in the woods, but I'm more worried than that about this. Team-building excercises that involve wilderness outings almost always end in tragedy, unless movies and TV have lied to me. There is a 90 percent chance that some survivalists running a meth lab will go on the attack, or that you will stumble across some kind of sadistic, human-sacrificing, murderous religious cult. If you value your season, don't go!

My favourite stat right now

Yes, I am geeky enough to have a favourite statistic. And I am also geeky enough to be a student of baseball history, which is why this statistic excites me so much. Albert Pujols is in the running for baseball's triple crown this season. He won't get it, of course. It's nearly impossible now to win a batting triple crown (although a few pitchers still have a shot). After all, the last guy to do it was Yastrzemski in 1967. But Jayson Stark of ESPN has pointed out something far more amazing than winning a triple crown in a single year. Pujols is on pace to win baseball's triple crown - for the entire decade. He's currently first in homers, first in RBIs and second in batting average this season in the NL.


But over the past decade, from 2000-2009, he is far and away first in homers (366 to Barry Bonds' 317). He is also first in RBIs (1,101) and first in batting average (.334 to Todd Helton's .331). There is no way he'll be overtaken in any of those categories before the end of this season, and by extension the decade. Read the full ESPN article here, it's fascinating.

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Today's Breaking Rock News

Because the Breaking Rock News machine is screwed up and not doing anything, I have decided to post today's stories here on my blog. Enjoy...in as much as it's enjoyable.

The Stone Temple Pilots are going back on tour. The trek begins October 2nd in Alabama and is scheduled through November 21st in Kingston. No Ottawa date, but two in Ontario. Here are the dates we know so far:

October 02, 2009 - Mobile, AL @ Bayfest
October 03, 2009 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 04, 2009 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 06, 2009 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
October 07, 2009 - Greensboro, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
October 09, 2009 - Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
October 10, 2009 - Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theater
October 11, 2009 - Columbus, OH @ LC Ampitheatre
October 13, 2009 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
October 15, 2009 - Fresno, CA @ Fresno Fair
October 18, 2009 - Phoenix, AZ @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 20, 2009 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
October 22, 2009 - San Manuel, CA @ San Manuel Bingo & Casino Hall
October 23, 2009 - Primm, NV @ Star of the Desert
October 25, 2009 - Concho, OK @ Lucky Star Casino
November 07, 2009 - Victoria, BC @ Save on Foods Memorial Centre
November 09, 2009 - Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
November 11, 2009 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
November 14, 2009 - Regina, SK @ Brandy Centre - Evraz Place
November 15, 2009 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
November 19, 2009 - London, ON @ Labatt Centre
November 21, 2009 - Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre

There has been a little acrimony between Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde since Ozzy told a reporter that Wylde was out of his band before telling Wylde. Now, Ozzy has opened up (a little) about the firing. He says, "I haven't fallen out with Zakk; he's a very good... Our relationship goes way beyond music...I just wanted to... He's got his own thing now, he's got his own band, he's got his own career — he don't need me anymore."

Alice In Chains have a new album coming out at the end of the month (September 29th), which features Elton John on one song. The band recently sat down for an extensive interview with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, for some reason. To learn more, click here: http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=1510213&spid=783

The concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will be televised. HBO will carry the show and air a four-hour special on November 29th. The concerts will take place October 28th and 29th at New York's Madison Square Garden, and will feature performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Metallica and Aretha Franklin.

There is a Ben-Hur Live musical. And the music for it has been composed by Stewart Copeland, the drummer for the Police. Copeland also serves as the narrator for the show, which opened September 17th in London. The show played at the O2 arena until the 20th, and now it's on a tour of Europe.

Leonard Cohen, suffering from food poisoning, collapsed on stage in Valencia, Spain on Friday night. He spent a short time in the hospital over the weekend, but was released and is said to be doing fine. Cohen was scheduled to perform again last night in Barcelona, a concert that would mark his 75th birthday.

Steven Adler is not yet done with rehab. The former Guns N Roses drummer will be appearing as a "special guest" on season three of Celebrity Rehab. Adler recently recorded a track with Slash and Flea for Slash's solo record, which marked their professional reunion. Adler is also finalizing a book deal for his tell-all autobiography, and will be releasing his first instructional drumming DVD in 2010.

Metallica has managed to raise $200,000 for the "Marin Rocks" project in Marin County. The show, held September 11th at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, charged fans up to $350 per ticket. The money will go to the Marin Rocks project, which is an interactive museum detailing Marin's musical history.

Gotta love Jack White

No joke about Kanye West will top that.

New Cynical Cinema reviews

All new releases today

Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past - It's a Matthew McConaughey movie. Ergo, it's really, really bad.

Easy Virtue - It's clever, and has some very funny moments, and Colin Firth is terrific. But Jessica Biel is all wrong for the role of the star.

The Very First Alvin Show - The first ever Alvin And the Chipmunks episode, from 1961. How did this show ever take off?

Alvin and the Chipmunks Go To The Movies: Star Wreck - They confuse Star Wars and Star Trek in the very first scene. It goes downhill from there.

The Silence - A really well made movie from Australia with a really awful script. Stylish, but bad.

Mitch Fatel Is Magical - Mitch Fatel talks about sex and women for an hour. It's really funny and good for 55 minutes.

Ghost Whisperer Season Four - Jennifer Love Hewitt is on my list of Top Five Women Whose Bath Water I Would Drink. I have no idea what her show's about.

Brotherhood Final Season - I'm pretty sour that this excellent show was canceled after three seasons. It means there's a pretty weak wrap-up to the whole thing. But awesome nonetheless.

Star Trek Original Series Season Two Blu-Ray - You have to make a pretty impressive Blu-Ray edition to satisfy the techno-geeks who love their Star Trek. Thankfully, they have.

CSI Season Nine - Grissom is gone. Sara is gone. Warrick is dead. I guess Gary Dourdan burned more bridges than Jorja Fox and William Petersen. Laurence Fishburne is here now. That's positive.