Thursday, December 04, 2008

Page Attends Funeral For Michael Lee

Guitar legend at funeral of drummer

7:56am Thursday 4th December 2008

A ROCK legend was in the North-East yesterday to say farewell to one of the most talented drummers of his generation.

More than 150 mourners, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, braved the arctic conditions to pay their respects to drummer Michael Lee, who played with bands including the revived Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith and Guns ‘N’ Roses.

Darlington-born Mr Lee, 39, who was born Michael Gary Pearson, played with Page when he reunited with Led Zeppelin’s front man Robert Plant.

The funeral was held at Darlington Crematorium.

Mr Lee, who was epileptic, was found dead at his flat on Tuesday last week. A postmortem examination revealed he died of a seizure.

Floral tributes were left by Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant, who wrote: “What a waste. Too soon. I’m so sorry, I always enjoyed your enthusiasm and ideas. Robert P”.

Tony Jepson, lead singer of the Little Angels – the Scarborough band Mr Lee started his professional career with – was among mourners who gathered for the service, which was taken by lay preacher Lesley Stegner.

John Sykes, of Thin Lizzy, and rock band the Quireboys also left floral tributes.

At yesterday’s service, Mr Lee’s cousin, 50-year-old Steve Metcalfe, paid tribute to the self-taught drummer.

“He was one of the most determined, ambitious, talented men I have ever known.”

He recalled how, despite playing with some of the world’s most famous rock and roll artists, the Grammyaward winning drummer was just as happy to spend the evening drumming at an open mic night at the Quaker House pub, which Mr Metcalfe runs in Darlington.

“I just hope the good Lord has a decent drum kit for him to play,” he added.

The service, which included prayers and a reading of Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, ended with Aerosmith’s Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.

He also leaves a brother, Tony, and a sister, Janet.

Mr Lee is best known for his work with Page and Plant after he landed a gig in Plant’s solo band in the early Nineties and stayed with the singer when he reunited with Page in 1994.

The drummer toured extensively with the Zeppelin duo and was credited on every song on their 1998 Walking into Clarksdale album.

Mr Lee also drummed for the reformed version of Thin Lizzy, The Cult, Little Angels, The Quireboys, Echo and The Bunnymen, and Lenny Kravitz.

After the service, Daniel Stanton, of Coallier Entertainment, a company which worked with Thin Lizzy in the past, said: “Michael will sadly be missed by so many.

“I have received endless calls from fans, friends and family members surrounding Michael’s death.

“The guys in Thin Lizzy are crushed, I have spoken to people in the Robert Plant camp who have also expressed the same. We will all miss him.”

● The Northern Echo was given permission to attend the funeral of Mr Lee


Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Crowes Writing For Next Album

Black Crowes Writing For Next Album

by Tim Cashmere - November 28 2008

The most rock n` roll rock n` roll band in the world, The Black Crowes have begun thinking about their next album.

In an interview with, guitarist Rich Robinson said “We still want to do this. Having all this sort of new enthusiasm and this newfound sense of identity as a band, I think we want to put it to good use and make another great record and really do some different and interesting things.

“Right now I'm just writing what I write, and Chris is writing what he writes," the guitarist says. "When we get together and put all of our songs together, I think it'll dictate what common direction it's going to go. Once that happens, that's when I think everyone's gonna come in and we'll solidify everything.”

The band have twelve shows left in the USA from December 5, but no new shows will be announced as recording is a priority for them for now.

Check the band out in the States at:


5 – The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
6 – Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI
7 – Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
9 – The Venue, Fargo, ND
10 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
11 – Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA
13 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
15 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
16 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
18 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
19 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
20 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, November 20, 2008



Late rock legend JIM MORRISON is to be honoured by the Los Angeles eatery where he once urinated on the bar.
The Doors frontman's public urinating episode is to be remembered with a new plaque at Barney's Beanery on what would have been his 65th birthday.
The plaque will be situated at the exact same spot of his lewd act in the late 1960s.
Morrison would have turned 65 on 8 December (08). He died in Paris, France in 1971


{Only Morrison could get away with a public stunt like that and get honor with a plague on the spot which it was done, LOL. The original rebel of rock!! :)}

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Doors Throw A Party for Jim Morrison 65th

The Doors Throw A Party for Jim Morrison 65th

by Paul Cashmere - November 19 2008

So Jim Morrison is about to turn 65. That is retirement age in Australia and a few years past retirement in the USA. Jim isn`t retiring just yet. He is making too much money to slow down. Not bad for a dead guy.

On December 8, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Kreiger will be at Barney’s Beanery for the Morrison party.

So will Jim Ladd. Ladd will broadcast his KLOS night show from the party.

Barney’s Beanery was special for Jim. He used to hang out there in the 60s with Janis Joplin.

“We decided to celebrate this occasion because Barney’s is a place where Jim Morrison hung out often,” says Barney’s Beanery principal David Houston, who bought the place in 1999 from Erwin Held “Whatever point in time you go back to, whoever was making history in pop culture, they seemed to have a foot in the Beanery.”

As well as Jim’s 65th, there is a new Doors album. ‘Live at The Matrix 1967’ is the 4th album in the Bright Midnight archives. It features liner notes from all three surviving members of The Doors.

Barney's Beanery

{Wish I could be there! No doubt I'll be throwing my own Morrison party as well :) }

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mystic Rock

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Deftone's Bass Player in Coma

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is believed to be in a coma after a serious car crash earlier this week. Deftones singer Chino Moreno posted the following on the band's Web site yesterday: "It deeply saddens me to inform you all that our brother Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car accident last night. He is currently in a Northern California hospital in serious, but stable condition. I am on my way up north right now to be by his side, along with the rest of our bandmates and family. Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I'm praying that his strength will get him through this. Please say a prayer for him as well." The Deftones have been working on their sixth album, Eros, for the past year.

(prayers, good wishes, and healing energy to Chi Cheng.)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Beatles Cut Rock Band Deal

The Beatles Cut Rock Band Deal

October 30, 2008

Through a partnership between Apple Corps Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a Beatles video game will invade the U.S. in 2009. This partnership marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Harrisongs Ltd. and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive video game format. Published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the Beatles "Rock Band" game will offer a history and progression through the music of the Fab Four. The game was conceived with input from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles LOVE project, will serve as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.

"The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music," said McCartney. "I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out." Starr added, "It gives me great pleasure to be part of The Beatles / Apple and Harmonix / Rock Band partnership. The Beatles continue to evolve with the passing of time and how wonderful that The Beatles’ legacy will find its natural progression into the 21st century through the computerized world we live in. Let the games commence."

"People are having so much fun playing Rock Band. Combined with The Beatles tracks, it is a great way to either listen or participate,” commented Olivia Harrison. "If you like the music, it doesn't take much persuasion to get you to play."

Van Toffler, MTV Networks Music and Logo Group President, stated, "Many of us have been part of a generation that has long enjoyed an enduring love affair with The Beatles and now we're looking to extend that love affair for future generations to enjoy. Our inspiration for this project comes from a keen sense of history and a place of utmost reverence and respect for the band, their music and their heritage."

Zep on Sirius XM Radio

Sirius XM Radio will broadcast a new channel dedicated to the music of Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin Radio will air on Sirius channel 12 and XM channel 39 and will launch on Saturday, November 1 through December 31. Led Zeppelin Radio will be a non-stop broadcast of virtually every song from Led Zeppelin’s catalog. The channel will also provide fans with archived interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, as well as unique content that celebrates Zeppelin’s contributions to Rock music.

(How cool is that!!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Zep to Go Back on the Road

Zeppelin to go back on the road

Rock legends Led Zeppelin are planning to tour and record but without frontman Robert Plant.

Bassist John Paul Jones told BBC Radio Devon that a new singer was being sought after Plant ruled himself out.

The last time the band performed together was at the O2 arena in London in December 2007.

Speculation has since been rife that the surviving members of the band, with Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer John Bonham, would go back on the road.

It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there
John Paul Jones

Jones, speaking at a guitar show in Exeter, Devon said: "We are trying out a couple of singers.

"We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."

He said that he and guitarist Jimmy Page along with drummer Jason Bonham did not want a replica of Plant.

He said: "It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert.

"You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band.

"There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."

He described the one-off show at the O2 as "wonderful".

He said: "The most pleasure is making music. I love listening to it, but nothing as much fun as having an instrument in my hand and communicating with people."

He said preparation for the London show had been "very hard work", but everything had clicked on the night.

"It felt like the next night of the last tour."

Story from BBC NEWS:

Zep to Go Back on the Road

Zeppelin to go back on the road

Rock legends Led Zeppelin are planning to tour and record but without frontman Robert Plant.

Bassist John Paul Jones told BBC Radio Devon that a new singer was being sought after Plant ruled himself out.

The last time the band performed together was at the O2 arena in London in December 2007.

Speculation has since been rife that the surviving members of the band, with Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer John Bonham, would go back on the road.

It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there
John Paul Jones

Jones, speaking at a guitar show in Exeter, Devon said: "We are trying out a couple of singers.

"We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."

He said that he and guitarist Jimmy Page along with drummer Jason Bonham did not want a replica of Plant.

He said: "It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert.

"You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band.

"There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."

He described the one-off show at the O2 as "wonderful".

He said: "The most pleasure is making music. I love listening to it, but nothing as much fun as having an instrument in my hand and communicating with people."

He said preparation for the London show had been "very hard work", but everything had clicked on the night.

"It felt like the next night of the last tour."

Story from BBC NEWS:


The Cure Crowned Godlike Geniuses

The Cure to be crowned Godlike Geniuses

by - October 29 2008

The Cure are to be crowned Godlike Geniuses at the Shockwaves NME Awards in February.

The 'Just Like Heaven' rockers will perform live after accepting the honour at the ceremony, which will take place at London's Brixton Academy on February 25.

Frontman Robert Smith has promised the band will play a career-spanning special set at the event.

He said: "The Godlike Genius award is given to the band, and as a band we are honoured.

"I think it is a recognition of all The Cure has done over the years, so it would be pretty dumb to accept the award with a, 'Hey! Have you heard our new stuff?' So we won't be doing that.

"It's all a question of balance. We are not going to turn up and start being weird! We'll play some new stuff, some old stuff and some stuff from in between, trying to distil 30 years into 30 minutes!"

Explaining the magazine's decision to honour the band, NME editor Conor McNicholas said: "For 30 years The Cure have been both uncompromising and hugely successful.

They are the beating heart of indie music having penned some of the darkest albums and most sparkling British pop of their era.

"Their music brings a glow to my heart, I want to the new generation of music fans to have an opportunity to feel it too. They're going to make our awards a very special night indeed."

Previous winners of the award include Manic Street Preachers, The Clash and New Order.

(Nice one for The Cure and well deserved.)

AC/DC Set List

This is the full setlist for the Black Ice world tour, starting tonight:

01. Rock 'N Roll Train (from Black Ice, 2008)
02. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
03. Back In Black (from Back In Black, 1980)
04. Stiff Upper Lip (from Stiff Upper Lip, 2000)
05. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (from Dirty Deeds, 1976)
06. Thunderstruck (from The Razors Edge, 1990)
07. Hard As A Rock (from Ballbreaker, 1995)
08. The Jack (from TNT, 1975)
09. Hells Bells (from Back In Black, 1980)
10. Shoot To Thrill (from Back In Black, 1980)
11. You Shook Me All Night Long (from Back In Black, 1980)
12. TNT (from TNT, 1975)
13. Whole Lotta Rosie (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
14. Let There Be Rock (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
15. Highway To Hell (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
16. For Those About To Rock (from For Those About To Rock, 1981)
17. Anything Goes (from Black Ice, 2008)
18. Big Jack (from Black Ice, 2008)
19. War Machine (from Black Ice, 2008)
20. Black Ice (from Black Ice, 2008)
21. Bad Boy Boogie (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)

Zep Without Plant

Led Zeppelin go ahead without Plant

by - October 29 2008

Its official Led Zeppelin are to tour without their curly haired frontman.

The band are currently auditioning frontmen to replace Robert Plant before getting into the studio to record a new album and plan a world tour.

Bassist John Paul Jones told BBC Radio Devon the band were auditioning singers ahead of a world tour, as well as what would mark their tenth studio album.

He said: "We are trying out a couple of singers. We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."

Speculation has long been rife over who would front the reformed superstars, including White Stripe Jack White and Alterbridge singer Myles Kennedy.

Speaking at a guitar show in Exeter, Jones admitted neither he, guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer Jason Bonham want a replica of Plant.

"It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."

(Well this is getting more interesting by the minute! I agree with JPJ that whom ever they actually get as their frontman should not be a copy of Robert Plant. I will be happy to hear what they will be creating as I know it will be magickal with or without Robert.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

John Paul Jones Interview Vid

See and here JPJ chat about possible new music from Jones, Page, Bonham!

John Paul Jones/Chris George

(Is there any better bassist than John Paul thinks not, listen to his groove all over this clip!!)

Bon Scott Statue Unveiled

Bon Scott Statue Unveiled

A statue honouring AC/DC’s Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia on Saturday.

Although born in Scotland, Bon Scott grew up in Fremantle. Bon was born in 1946 and the family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Little Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne. The family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle.

Bon Scott was born in 1946. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery.

The Bon Scott statue was first revealed in February this year. The Mayor of Fremantle Peter Tagliaferri did the official unveiling on Saturday.

A concert for Bon featuring original AC/DC singer Dave Evans happened in February. Immediately afterwards, Dave went into the studio to record his just released album ‘Judgement Day’.

Coincidentally, as just as Dave was starting work on his album, his former band AC/DC reunited to start work on their just released album ‘Black Ice’.

Evans was the first singer for AC/DC and sang on the band’s very first hit single ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’. Bon Scott sang a new vocal for the song that appears on the ‘TNT’ album.

Check out Dave’s original version

Slash Action Figure

Slash The Action Figure

McFarlane Toys will release a Slash action figure next February.

The Slash figure will resemble the Slash likeness used in Guitar Hero III.

It will stand six-inches tall, have 15 moving parts and a removable guitar.

Slash will be the next figure in a Guitar Hero collection that includes the fictional characters Lars Umlaut, Johnny Napalm, God of Rock and Axel Steel.

McFarlane Toys have produced action figures for Kurt Cobain, Kiss, AC/DC and The Beatles.

(Cool...I have a Jim Morrison and Jimmy Page Figure which are really made quite well!)

Monday, October 27, 2008

More Zep Reunion Rumors

Another week, another Led Zeppelin reunion rumor. John Paul Jones spoke at a Q&A session at the Manson's Guitar Show in England over the weekend and again floated the possibility of some sort of Zep reunion, with or without Robert Plant singing. Jones reportedly said, "As you probably know, Jimmy [Page], Jason [Bonham] and I are actually rehearsing and we've had the odd singer come in and have a bash. As soon as we know — which we don't — we will let you know. But we really hope that something is going to happen soon because we really want to do it and we're having a lot of fun just rehearsing. Jason is actually tremendous... And what we've done so far sounds absolutely fantastic. When it does come, it will come, and you'll know about it. We really wanna do something and Robert doesn't want to do this, at least for the moment. I don't really know what his plans are. He really doesn't want to make loud music anymore. We do. I mean, I love acoustic music, but it doesn't stop me from turning something up." Jones also suggested their reunion show from earlier this year could be released on DVD.

(Well this is music to my ears :) hope Jonesy and the boys do Rock Us soon with something totally out of this world with or without Robert!!)


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Guns n Roses New Single!

Chinese Democracy Single To Be Rush Released
by Paul Cashmere

The first single from the forthcoming Guns `n Roses `Chinese Democracy’ album will be the title track.

`Chinese Democracy` the single will be rush-released to radio tomorrow.

The album will be released in Australia on November 22 and in the US on November 25.


1. Chinese Democracy
2. Shackler's Revenge
3. Better
4. Street Of Dreams
5. If The World
6. There Was A Time
7. Catcher N' The Rye
8. Scraped
9. Riad N' The Bedouins
10. Sorry
11. I.R.S.
12. Madagascar
13. This I Love
14. Prostitute

(I'm sure all GnR fans can not wait but then again we've waited soooo long what's a few more weeks!)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Possible New Zep Singer

Alter Bridge singer Myles R. Kennedy may be the new singer for the much mooted Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones project.

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant put an end to the Led Zeppelin reunion stories last week when he announced that he would not be working with anyone for at least two years when he finishes up with Alison Kraus.

However, he added “I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects.”

As it turns out, that project may be with the Alter Bridge singer.

The source of the rumour has come from Twisted Sister Dee Snider who told MuchMoreMusic, “he can sing the shit out of Zeppelin”.

All shall be revealed soon.

(While everyone would love Robert to sing and make new music with Led Zeppelin, this could be very interesting! Needless to say Myles will be trying hard to fill some big shoes.)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Click n Shop Rocktober!

Click n Shop Rocktober!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Robert Plant Calls Zeppelin Rumors "Ridiculous"

Robert Plant Calls Zeppelin Rumors "Ridiculous"

Ever since Led Zeppelin's one-off reunion show last December in London, rumors have been flying that the band will reunite for a tour and maybe an album, with Jason Bonham on drums, of course. However, Robert Plant may have dashed those hopes once and for all with a message on his Web site. Plant and Alison Krauss are currently finishing up the last leg of their Raising Sand tour, which wraps on October 5 in Saratoga, CA. After that, says his Web site, Plant has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years. "Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets," reads the site.

"It‘s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," Plant said. "I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

Back in August, Bonham announced on WCSX/Detroit that he was working on new material with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. "I've been over [to England] a couple of times. I've been working with Jimmy and John Paul and trying to do some new material and some writing," Bonham said. "I don't know what it will be, but it will be something. At the moment, all I know is I have the great pleasure to go and jam with the two guys and start work on some material. When I get there, I never ask any questions. If I get a phone call to go and play, I enjoy every moment of it."

(Well I'm not at all happy with this news. I feel quite let down by Robert. Been a fan of his for years and years, always supporting all his artistic efforts. Here is one chance for him to create some more magick with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham and he chooses to just not even be involved. I know it's his right as an artist to do as he pleases and best of luck to him in all he does do. Just wish that for once artist looked at it from the fan's point of view. I believe if you are doing the art for your own pleasure than keep it for your own pleasure, once you share your art with the public and they love your art and hence make you a star, you should be grateful and remember why you are where you are and give a little back. I'm not asking Robert to have a massive tour with Led Zeppelin. What I would have loved to have seen as a fan is some new music that's it and if they wanted to do a few dates to support their new endeaver well that would be icing on the cake.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Guns N Roses Album A November Release

Guns N Roses Album Prepped For November Release

by Paul Cashmere - September 27 2008

The wait for Guns N Roses `Chinese Democracy` will be over on November 25. Andy Gould, of Azoff Management, has previewed three tracks from the album for the staff of the Best Buy retail chain in the USA and indicated the long overdue album will be out by the end of November.

Gould played Best Buy employees the songs ‘Chinese Democracy’, ‘If The World’ and ‘There Was A Time’.

Best Buy will have exclusive rights to the sale of the G’n’R album, a sales strategy first used by Azoff for the release of the Eagles ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’.

Azoff, who is also masterminding the roll-out of the new AC/DC ‘Black Ice’ album, did a similar deal for Acca Dacca with Wal-Mart.

G’n’R fans got their first official taste of `Chinese Democarcy’ this week when the song ‘Shackler’s Revenge’ was released on the Rock Band 2 game.

Fans will also preview the ‘If The World’ track if they head to the new Russell Crowe movie ‘Body of Lies’. The song is played over the closing credits.

‘Chinese Democracy’ is more than a decade overdue. I believe that this time the release is going to happen.

(Well I've heard of artists taking their time to get the music out, but really I never thought that I'd take this long! Here's to GnR's Chinese Democracy getting out on time and that it was worth the long wait!!)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Zeppelin to Reunite

Led Zeppelin to Reunite

ROCK legends LED ZEPPELIN are set for a reunion tour after singer ROBERT PLANT finally caved in and agreed to join them.

Guitarist JIMMY PAGE, 64, bassist JOHN PAUL JONES, 62, and drummer JASON BONHAM, 42, had resigned themselves to touring without Plant.

They even rehearsed with stand-in singers - and one American was so impressive they were confident they could hit the road next year without Plant.

That was what finally persuaded him to return.

A source revealed: “The rest of the band had all but given up on Robert joining them, but they were determined to go ahead so had started to seriously explore other avenues.

“When Robert realised the band were serious about doing it without him, it made him think long and hard.

“He realised he couldn’t face the thought of not being involved.

“The band were over the moon when he told them the news.

“They are now forging ahead with the tour plans and they can’t wait to get on the road.”

The tour, set for next summer, follows the massive success of their one-off reunion show at London’s O2 Arena in December.

Led Zep, who have sold more than 300million albums worldwide, formed in 1968 and split up in 1980 when drummer John Bonham - father of Jason —-died aged 32.

Rolling Stone magazine dubbed them the biggest band of the ’70s.


(One can only hope that it really does happen. For me I would be happy with new music from them.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pink Floyd's Richard Wright Joins Syd Barrett

One of Pink Floyd's founding members, keyboardist Richard Wright, has passed away at the age of 65. Wright died Monday at his home in Britain after a battle with cancer. Wright first met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Sigma 6 eventually became Pink Floyd and Wright wrote some of the band's key songs, such as "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them." He left the group in the early '80s but rejoined Pink Floyd for the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason and also contributed heavily to latter day Floyd records like The Delicate Sound of Thunder and The Division Bell. He last performed with the group in 2005 for Live 8. Additionally, has set up a guest book for fans to express their condolences. You can sign a guestbook for Richard here

(This news is so sad...Richard was always so humble and he was such a great musician and contributor to Pink Floyd. He will be missed and thought of fondly. Rest in peace sweet Richard.)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

AC/DC Tour Dates

Here they are the AC/DC Tour Dates for the U.S. thus far!

As expected, iconic rockers AC/DC have rolled out plans for a massive North American tour in support of their forthcoming album, "Black Ice."

Tickets will begin hitting the box office Sept. 20, according to a press release, and additional tour dates in North and South America, Europe and Asia will be announced "shortly."

As previously reported, guitarist Angus Young has already promised that despite being 53-years-old, he will still wear the schoolboy suit onstage. "At first, when I think about 'Hey, I haven't worn it in a while,' it takes me a little bit of psychology to get into it," he recently told Rolling Stone. "But I promised myself I'm not gonna think — I'll just put it on."

AC/DC's new album, Black Ice, will be unleashed on October 20 exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the band's Web site. The video for the first single, "Rock 'N Roll Train," will debut September 19 on and

28 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Wachovia Arena
30 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena

3 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
5 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
7 - Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre
9 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
12, 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
15 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
19 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
21 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
23 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center
25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
28 - Vancouver, British Columbia - General Motors Place
29 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
30 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

2 - Oakland, CA - ORACLE Arena
6 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
10 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
14 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
16 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
18 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Making-of Vid Zep's Mothership

Led Zeppelin's Mothership Special Edition Vinyl 'Making-of' video

Here is a cool video where they show what it takes to get out a vinyl record pack set. Lot of work but very worth it for the art! I wish today's music had such works of art like they once did in the earlier days of rock.
watch here: vid

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Zep Music?

New Zep Music?

Drummer Jason Bonham announced on WCSX/Detroit on Friday that as of September 1, he will be leaving the band Foreigner. But that is not the really big news. Bonham also mentioned that he has been working on new material with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. "I've been over [to England] a couple of times. I've been working with Jimmy and John Paul and trying to do some new material and some writing," Bonham said. "I don't know what it will be, but it will be something. At the moment, all I know is I have the great pleasure to go and jam with the two guys and start work on some material. When I get there, I never ask any questions. If I get a phone call to go and play, I enjoy every moment of it." He said it's too early to tell what will become of these jam sessions, but admitted that the "possibility of doing something is in the cards. I really felt it was in the cards from the moment we walked offstage at the [Led Zep reunion concert in London]." Bonham also explained that, before there could ever be a new Zeppelin album, "lots of politics [would need to] get ironed out." There was also no mention of Robert Plant being on board for the project.

Source: FMQB Radio Industry News

(I can see it happening. All that needs to be done is to get and convince Robert Plant that it's the right thing to do :) Robert will have to be inspired by something, so it had better be really good what the J's do to get ole Robert into the groove but when he gets into that groove watch out cause no other will groove you quite like Mr. Plant!!)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Page Gives Olympics A Whole Lotta Love

Page Gives Olympics A Whole Lotta Love

by Paul Cashmere - August 25 2008

China was given a dose of Led Zep overnight when Jimmy Page, the guitarist for the legendary band, performed the Led Zeppelin classic `Whole Lotta Love`at the closing ceremony for the Olympics in Beijing.

Popstar Leona Lewis sang while Page played.

Lewis had to modify the lyrics for the show. In the original, sung by Robert Plant, Plant sang, “I’m gonna give you every inch of my love”. Lewis sang “every bit” instead.

The 8-minute piece started with a London double-decker bus driven into Bird’s Nest stadium, with London-Beijing-London written on the side.

As the top of the bus opened, Page kicked off his signature riff on his Gibson guitar.

Unfortunately, there were some serious sound problems and a lot of Page’s intro was drowned out.

Page was picked to perform during the handover of the Olympics from China to England.

London will host the 2012 Olympic Games.

(Well what can I say Page was great as usual. Looking mighty fine with his white ponytail which makes him look like a real wizard :) Leona did a fine job, but of course is NO Robert Plant!! It's great seeing Jimmy playing again...go Jimmy!! Now about that tour, LOL Robert can you hear me calling?? :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Metallica Annouce Shows

Metallica announce O2 shows

by - August 22 2008

Metallica announce O2 shows, announce single and play us a Little Taste of Death...

Metallica have officially announced that they will be playing the 02 World in Berlin and 02 Arena in London on September 12th and 15th 2008 respectively. The shows are only available to the band’s fan club members, and those people who subscribe to Tickets are £5 and all ticket proceeds will be donated to various charities, which the band will be revealing over the next two week.

And, for those of you that simply can’t wait Metallica have put a couple of small excerpts from their forthcoming album, Death Magnetic, on their sites, and

There will be more excerpts coming soon so please keep your eyes peeled in the meantime..

The band will be making the first single 'The Day That Never Comes' available on iTunes from August 22nd, and as a physical release sometime in September. The video for the track was filmed in the desert outside L.A with director Thomas Vinterberg. UK fans will be able to hear the track exclusively on Zane Lowe’s Hottest track on Radio 1 tonight - 21st August, between 7 – 8 p.m. BBC2’s The Culture Show will be airing a 30 minute Metallica special on 31st August at 11.20 pm.

Metallica headline Reading and Leeds festivals this coming weekend (Leeds on Friday 22nd Aug and Reading on Sunday 24th Aug) in addition to the O2 shows in Berlin and London.

The album 'Death Magnetic’ is released worldwide on Friday September 12th 2008.

(I've heard that the new album is going to be back to old school Metallica and very heavy!! I think they better make good on this one after their last album even their die hard fans didn't like it all that much. Rock on dudes \m/ )

Doors Close On Manzarek and Krieger

The Doors Close On Manzarek and Krieger

by Paul Cashmere - August 22 2008

Doors` founders Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger have been stopped from The Doors name again.

The California Supreme Court has issued a ruling stopping Manzarek and Krieger from promoting their band with any name that includes ‘Doors’.

The pair can no longer tour as The Doors of the 21st Century and cannot use any likeness to Jim Morrison in their promotion.

Manzarek and Kreiger’s troubles started when they dumped original member John Densmore from their touring line-up. Densmore aligned with the family of Jim Morrison to take action against the two remaining members, claiming that their continuation in any form using The Doors name watered down the legacy of the band.

In an interesting turn of events, the California Supreme Court agreed.

Manzarek and Krieger have been ordered to pay damages and costs estimated at $5 million for Densmore and Morrison family for using images of the original band during their tours that have grossed more than $8 million.

Manzarek and Krieger no longer tour as The Doors of the 21st Century. You will find them listed in your gig guide as Riders On The Storm, a reference to another great Doors song (but legal).

(Wow that's a whole lotta dough they have to pay Densmore and the Morrison Family! So what kind of damages are we talking about when using a legit band photo is what I wonder. In hindsight they shouldn't have used the photo, but I don't see the damage done. Wish Densmore would stop the fighting with his band members and just make music with them... enough all ready!! I'm sure Jim would NOT want them all bickering and fighting over things especially not money. I can almost hear Jim saying 'hey man hey man let just make some music, something meaningful, peace man'.)

Monday, August 18, 2008

AC/DC Album & Vid on the Way

AC/DC will release their first studio album in eight years, Black Ice, via Columbia Records on October 20, and as expected, it will be a Wal-Mart exclusive. The new album from the legendary rock band features 15 new tracks produced by Brendan O’Brien and recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC. The first single, "Rock N’ Roll Train," will debut on August 28 and the video will premier in September. AC/DC will hit the road this October for their first world tour since 2001.

Earlier this year, bassist Cliff Williams told "[When] the last tour ended in early '01, you'd see kids on their dads' shoulders. And these kids were like 10, 12 years old. It will be tremendous to see that again. And it's very cool - younger kids getting into older music."

Much like The Eagles and Journey, AC/DC has opted to sell Black Ice exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs stores for the price of $11.88. The album will also be sold online through, and


AC/DC Catch The Train In London
by Paul Cashmere - August 18 2008

AC/DC filmed their ‘Runaway Train’ video in London on Friday. The song will be the first taste of the new ‘Black Ice’ album, due in October.

There is still some confusion about the title of the song. Fans at the shoot also seem unaware of the proper song title with some talking it up as ‘Runaway Train’ and others calling it ‘Rock 'N' Roll Train’. They sing ‘Runaway Train” in the chorus but the title will be ‘Rock 'N' Roll Train’.

For the record, the Australian label told Undercover that it is ‘Runaway Train’ at the time when we were the first to publish the album title ‘Black Ice’ back on July 2nd but we later learned that the title and the chorus are two different things.

Fans in London met at a film studio around 3pm Friday and were ushered inside at around 5.30pm.

One fan at the shoot said in a posting, “We were played the new song `Rock n Roll Train` or possibly called `Runaway Train`. They ain`t decided yet apparently. It has a heavy driving drumbeat with bass being loud n hard to me. It sounded like a cross between `Hard As A Rock` and `All Screwed Up`.

The fans were told to jump and wave their arms while they were filmed for the chorus of the song which goes ‘Runaway train, running off the track”.

The set looked something like ‘Terminator’ with big cogs turning and flaming flying out.

Fans from the shoot are reporting a typical AC/DC sound.

AC/DC will begin their `Black Ice` world tour in Wilkes Barre, Pa in October, according to Billboard.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Madonna at 50

Madonna Turns 50

by Paul Cashmere - August 16 2008

Madonna is half a century old today. The material girl has become a material matriarch.

The most famous female pop star in the world will start her Sticky & Sweet tour in Wales next week.

Being a popstar is secondary to her real job as a businesswoman. Madonna is one of the savviest businesspersons in the world. In the last year, she severed ties with her long-time label Warner and signed up for what is referred to as a 360 deal with Live Nation.

Her new deal grossed her an instant $120 million and for that Live Nation will have rights to all of her tours, merchandise and recording.

Madonna has always been a barometer of public tastes and knows exactly how to push the envelope.

She plays the “shock” card with her audience, by using sex to shock them and then when they are convinced she is a slut, pulls right back and plays the mother card. The Madonna media manipulation is legendary. She shocks by doing the complete opposite of what people expect her to do.

It is a pretty simple formula. Just juggle sex, religion and the family and you are always in the newspapers.

And what a media mole she is. Madonna is an expert at dropping rumours and then having her bulldog Liz Rosenberg deny them. Once again, it keeps her name in the public eye.

Madonna learned how to play the controversy card at the start of her career when she had hit with `Like A Virgin`. It worked wonderfully. She then played the religion card with `Like A Prayer`. More press.

Mind you, sometimes she has not read the audience. She miscalculated the impact of her anti-Bush sentiment on the American Life album. She had the right message, but at the wrong time.

Her movie Swept Away was a major mistake as well. Right now, he current alleged affair with sportsman A-Rod in America is not giving her the press she wants, but that was nothing another planted story about another African baby won`t solve.

Happy birthday Madonna, you play the game well.

(Whether you get good or bad press the fact that you are talked about keeps you where an artist needs to be, front and center! I for one admire Madonna, I think she is a super savy, sexy, strong, and commanding go girl...Happy Birthday!)

Elvis 31 Years Gone

Elvis: It Was 31 Years Ago Today

by Paul Cashmere - August 16 2008

Elvis Presley died 31 years ago today.

As has become tradition, fans have been gathering outside Graceland, his home in Memphis, to pay their respects to the man they called The King.

Elvis died of a heart attack at the age of 42.

At the time of his death, his career was in a lull. After his divorce from Priscilla in 1973, Elvis became more and more addicted to prescription drugs. Ironically, just three years earlier, the singer had met with then President Nixon to offer his services as a special agent to help wipe out what he called “the hippie drug culture”.

In life, he was extremely right wing, reporting to the President that The Beatles were promoting anti-American feeling in the UK. It was as a result of these outrageous claims that the equally deluded Nixon had John Lennon tracked by the FBI and attempted to have him deported.

Elvis spent his latter years as Fat Elvis doing the Vegas circuit and at the time of his death had just scored his first hit in half a decade with `Moody Blue`.

Death has been a great career move for the one-time superstar who was all but washed up at the time of his death. He was elevated to a saint-like stature after he died and his become more of a legend in death became far bigger than the character in life.

Elvis` last performance was on June 26, 1977. His next scheduled show was to be on August 17, 1977, the day after his death.

Elvis now lives on in legend but the perception now far out-weighs the reality.

(Time waits for no the Stones say in their song. Imagine that 31 Years Gone!! RIP Elvis)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

New David Harrison Songs

New David Harrison Songs!

David Harrison has put up two brand new songs 'I Don't Know' and 'Love Rash' - so went to hear them and all I can say is I LOVE them!!

His vocals are gorgeous, almost crooner - reminicent to me personally like Jim Morrison, when Jim sang certains songs (which I love). The songs have a 60's trippy vibe to them, very cool and totally fresh sounding.

Both these songs are expected to be on his newest album 'Creative Garden'. If this is any indication of what the whole album will be like I dare say it's going to be quite spectacular!

You can go have a listen for yourself here: LastFM

AC/DC to Tour

AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour beginning in October. Creative Artists Agency managing partner Rob Light confirmed the news during a touring panel at the 83rd annual IAAM conference and trade show in Anaheim this week. As previously reported, AC/DC's upcoming album will be a Wal-Mart exclusive release and a new single is expected to hit radio in August. AC/DC has been pretty tight lipped about their new work, except to say that they recorded it in Vancouver with producer Brendan O'Brien.

( I'm sure it'll be a massive tour and success, it's long over due. So lock up your daughters, lock up your wives LOL!)

Foo Fighters DVD Featuring Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones

The Foo Fighters' massive Wembley Stadium gigs from last month will appear on DVD by the end of the summer. The NME reports that Foo Fighters: Live At Wembley Stadium will be out in late August and include the appearances by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on the Led Zeppelin classics "Rock And Roll" and "Ramble On."

(Cool least we get to see Page and Jones on stage yet again - I'm just waiting for the Zeppelin reunion of December 10 2007 to official be out in DVD form. I still can't believe Led Zeppelin played on my birthday!)

The Beatles Let it Be

The Beatles Let It Be Will Be Released

by Paul Cashmere - August 4 2008

Reports stating that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have blocked the release of The Beatles Let It Be DVD are completely untrue.

Steve Marinucci from Beatles site AbbeyRd`s Beatles Page has confirmed with Apple that there are plans to release the long awaited movie, but just not right now.

Marinucci pointed out in an email that the story circulating last week claiming McCartney and Starr were blocking the release came from a blog at the Chicago Tribune.

After the original story requested the release of Let It Be, bloggers added their bits to the point were the truth certainly got in the way of a good story.

Marinucci set about to debunk the story. The official word from Apple, The Beatles record company is “we do have plans to release it some time in the future”.

`Let It Be` was filmed in 1969 and released to cinemas in 1970. The movie was meant to document The Beatles recording but instead captured the destruction of the band. However, the movie is historic as it is the most complete look inside The Beatles inner sanctum and despite the results, shows the fans what went on during the recording process.

In 1971, the film won an Academy Award for Best Music Score and a Grammy Award for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.

While last week`s story is now proven completely unfounded, there is still no official time-line for the release of the movie on DVD.

(Bands are like a marriage or any other relationship, there is always internal stuff going on, the trick is to keep the communcation lines open so that things don't fester and get blown out of sorts; hurt feelings and misunderstandings. I'm not surprised that it wasn't all happy all the time for The Beatles)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

David Harrison 'Creative Garden' EP Coming Soon!!

David Harrison 'Creative Garden' EP

Due out this Fall the awaited NEW tracks for 'Creative Garden' EP. The artist has been hard at work getting these fresh new & exciting tracks ready to be released. The EP will feature new songs and a cool new video for a song from his other brilliant album 'Hum'.

Will post tracklisting as soon as it becomes available to us.

For more information on where to buy the new EP when it's released and David's albums/CDs check his website. Mention that you heard about it from Mystic Rock!

David Harrison Myspace Page
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Madonna/Guy No Prenup

Madonna Didn't Have A Prenup

by Paul Cashmere - June 26 2008

The Madonna / Guy Ritchie divorce is going to hurt the pop star. The word is that Madonna and Guy Ritchie do not have a prenuptial agreement.

Under UK law, the general rule is that in divorce, the assets are split 50/50.

This is indeed going to be costly for the material girl.

Madonna's is estimated to be worth more than $600 million dollars. Guy, while successful, is not worth anything near that figure.

The Ritchie's' divorce will be a major lottery win for Guy, no matter what happens.

The couple married 7 years ago.

This week, Madonna is reported to have hired Fiona Shackleton to represent her in the divorce.

Shackleton was the one who made sure Heather Mills didn't have a leg to stand on after her divorce with Paul McCartney.

Shackleton also represented Prince Charles in his divorce from Diana.

( So the rumours were true that there was trouble in the Ritchie family. Another marriage bites the dust, sad but things happen.)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Page Confirms Zep Shows

Jimmy Page Confirms More Led Zeppelin Shows
by Paul Cashmere - June 9 2008

Led Zep guitar legend Jimmy Page has confirmed that there will be more Zeppelin shows.

Speaking to the Telegraph after the Foo Fighters Wembley gig on the weekend, Page said that the band is ready to reunite and perform more live events.

Led Zeppelin reformed for a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London last December to pay tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

A fully-fledged world tour for 2008 was out of the question because of prior touring commitments for lead singer Robert Plant. Plant is currently touring the US in support of his album with Alison Krauss.

Page suggested that the Led Zeppelin tour won't happen until the second half of 2009.

Meanwhile, Robert Plant is performing a number of Led Zeppelin songs with Krauss on their current tour. 'When The Levee Breaks', 'Black Dog', and 'The Battle of Evermore' have been played on this tour.

{ This is exciting news! Though we have to wait quite a bit. In the meantime we just might get a new release from the guys :) }

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

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No Gilmour at Glastonbury

David Gilmour Not Snubbed By Glastonbury Boss

by Paul Cashmere - June 3 2008

A report suggesting that Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis snubbed a request from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour at this year's Glastonbury Festival by The Sun was not accurate.

The Sun reported that Gilmour contacted Eavis directly and offered to perform 'Dark Side Of The Moon' in its entirety at this year's festival. Eavis confirms that that part of the story is true.

However, he was not able to accommodate the Gilmour offer as the line-up for the festival had already been locked in and published. It is now also less than a month away until the Festival.

Eavis emailed The Sun to say "We've got a wonderful line-up and I couldn't bump one of the artists off, even for him. Hopefully we'll be able to arrange it for another year."

Glastonbury will take place between July 27 and 29. Jay-Z is this year's headline act. Just a few weeks ago, it was also announced that Amy Winehouse will perform at the festival.

{ What a bummer, I'd make room for Gilmour anyday! I think it was a mistake on their part, as Gilmour would have brought in even more to the Festival. Hopefully he will want to do it next year. David come to the states we'd make room for you! }

David Gilmour To Perform Atom Heart Mother

David Gilmour To Perform Atom Heart Mother Suite

by Paul Cashmere - June 3 2008

David Gilmour has accepted an invitation to perform the Atom Heart Mother Suite in London later this month.

Ron Geesin, who composed the original piece with Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright, will stage the performance with a 10-piece brass ensemble from the Royal College of Music, a 40-piece choir and Italian band Mun Floyd, at Cadogan Hall in London on June 14 and 15.

Pink Floyd released 'Atom Heart Mother' in 1970. The album was engineered by Alan Parsons and reached number one on the UK chart.

The cover of the album was a cover in a paddock with no text.

The 'Atom Heart Mother Suite' took up side one of the album.

While Gilmour is happy to perform the piece, Roger Waters called it a "pompous" in a 1984 interview. It said it should be "thrown into the dustbin and never listened to by anyone ever again!"

In a 1994 interview, even Gilmour bagged the album, calling it "pretty horrible". He said in 2001 that it "was a good thing to have attempted, but I don't really think the attempt comes off that well".

Floyd's Nick Mason said, "it's an averagely recorded album but a very interesting idea".

A year after Floyd released 'Atom Heart Mother', they released 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.

{ Well I don't care what they think of the album I happen to really like Atom Heart Mother. Yeh think the horns/brass on the song they could have done without. }

Friday, May 30, 2008

Shirley Manson Is Terminated

Shirley Manson Is Terminated

by Paul Cashmere - May 30 2008

Shirley Manson is going into acting. The Garbage singer has scored a gig in the Fox Networks 'Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles'. She will play Catherine Weaver, the CEO of Cyberdyne.

Shirley will be part of Season 2 of the show, based on the Arnold Schwazenegger movies.

'Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles' is set after 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day'.

The original 'Terminator' movie was released in 1984. It is set in the not-to-distant future of 2029. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the terminator in the movie. Linda Hamilton was Sarah Connor.

The forth movie, 'Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins' will be released on May 22, 2009.

Shirley Manson has been working on her debut solo album since 2006, but it is yet to arrive. She has collaborated with Jack White, Billy Corgan and Beck, as well as James Bond soundtrack composer David Arnold for the record.

A release date is still to be decided

{ My favorite Scottish woman Shirley Manson, if she stars in this for sure it will be cool! }

Patti Smith Doco To Get Theatrical Release

Patti Smith Doco To Get Theatrical Release

by Tim Cashmere - May 30 2008

A documentary that chronicles eleven years of Patti Smith's life (from '96 – '07) will get a theatrical release later this year in the United States.

The film, 'Dream of Life' was directed by Steven Sebring and features interviews with composer Phillip Glass and playwright Sam Shepard.

It follows Smith around live gigs, at her home, hanging out with her parents and just generally existing.

New Yorkers can check out the film at the New York Film Forum from August 6 – 19, and the rest of the country (but no word on the world, yet) can see it in September.

A DVD release is mooted for 2009.

{(Pretty cool, I was lucky to have met Patti Smith in NYC in 1978. She was just like in her photos slim skinny pale and high as a kite, and of course very COOL... those were the days :)}

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Jim Morrison Joins Doors Drummer For His Solo Debut

Jim Morrison Joins Doors Drummer For His Solo Debut

by Paul Cashmere - May 22 2008

John Densmore, the founding drummer for The Doors, has released his debut solo album 'TribalJazz' and the late Jim Morrison makes an appearance.

Morrison, who died in 1971, seems only too happy to add vocals to his old band-mates first solo project. He is heard on a new version of the Doors classic ' Riders On The Storm'.

Michael Franti, who unlike Morrison still has a pulse, features on 'Violet Love'.

'TribalJazz' is a departure from what Doors fans would be used to. For thirty years I've been saying I was a jazz drummer before I got into The Doors," Densmore muses in a statement. "Finally I am putting my sticks where my mouth is. I joined forces with Art Ellis. Art had been producing his original Afro/Jazz music, as well as performing as (an) opening act in festivals with Sting and many others. We began reworking the wonderfully melodic lines of Art's music into a synthesis of world rhythms and acoustic classic jazz that pleases us both."

Densmore goes on, "I have a global village in this band... We're playing music for today about today, trying to mix cultures and create some healing. Look at how the planet is these days. I want to build bridges, not bombs. If we don't even start thinking about unity, we'll never truly conceive it. What better way to do it than through music."

The album has been released digitally through

(Bet this will be a cool album to listen to. Am interested in hearing the new version of Riders with Jim, how different is it from the original I wonder.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Red Hot Chili Peppers Disband For A Year

Red Hot Chili Peppers Disband For A Year

by The Celebrity Truth - May 21 2008

Frontman for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, has revealed that the band are taking a 12-month break following their last album and world tour, to "just live and breathe and eat and learn new things."

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Keides explains, "We're disbanded for the moment. We actually took a very long time to make the 'Stadium Arcadium' record, because we wrote a lot of songs and then got way too married to them and decided we need it to be a double album. Which was a great experience, but it took forever. It was really a grueling, long haul and it followed two other very long hauls, 'Californication' and 'By The Way'."

He continues, "So we kind of started in 1999 with the writing and the recording of 'Californication' and we didn't really stop until the tour ended last year. We were all emotionally and mentally zapped at the end of that run. Cooler heads prevailed and the discussion at the end of our last tour was, "Let's not do anything Red Hot Chili Peppers-related for a minimum of one year, and just live and breathe and eat and learn new things."

As for what the band planned to do when they agreed on a self-imposed hiatus, Kiedis says, "I was about to have a brand new son. Flea is very inspired to re-up his musical direction and ability and skill and he wants to learn new stuff. John [Frusciante] has been firing away on his own, making different solo projects. And Chad [Smith] joined a jazz band and went to Japan. I'm just home, hanging out with this really cool little kid, learning how to surf."

However, despite the break, the rocker says that the urge to record with his bandmates is starting to brew saying, "But I'm starting to get just a little bit of a tingle that it would be nice to start thinking about songs and pieces of music. But just pieces."

The Celebrity Truth

(Well guys take your needed break get inspired and do it again.)

John Lennon Artwork in Liverpool

Liverpool To Showcase John Lennon Artwork

by Paul Cashmere - May 21 2008

The City of Liverpool will exhibit the complete collection of John Lennon's artwork later this week.

The exhibition features Lennon's works dating back to 1968 and through to his death in 1980.

John's wife Yoko Ono has organized the exhibition through her company Bag One Productions.

Lennon attended the Liverpool School of Art between 1957 and 1960.

Jonathan Poole, exhibition organiser, comments:
"It is very exciting to have the Complete Collection of Lennon's work, and fitting that it should be showcased in his home city, during a year highlighting Liverpool's cultural position in Europe. I began my career exhibiting works by John Lennon and, personally, I am a huge fan of his works. This exhibition gives people the chance to see a different side of John in terms of his artistry and also his unique personality."

The exhibition will run until June 2.

Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday, 12:00am – 8:00pm.
Admission is free.

(Very cool, another good reason to get on to Liverpool)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Hendrix Family Denounce Hendrix Sex Tape

Hendrix Family Denounce Hendrix Sex Tape

by Paul Cashmere - May 2 2008

The estate of Jimi Hendrix, Experience Hendrix, have made a statement to denounce the Jimi Hendrix Sex Tape that is being released in the USA.

In a statement at the Jimi Hendrix website, Janie Hnedrix, brother of Jimi and head of the company that controls Jimi's assets has published "We, Experience Hendrix, the family company of Jimi Hendrix are aware of the release of the adult videotape which alleges to contain illicit footage of Jimi Hendrix. We strongly dispute the claimed authenticity and affirmatively state that Experience Hendrix is neither involved in, nor have we authorized the distribution of this film. Further, we deplore this obvious exploitation of Jimi Hendrix. We view the release as nothing more than a callous attempt to trade on the image and reputation of a deceased artist who is unable to defend himself against such an outrageous and baseless assertion. We are highly offended by the disgraceful portrayal. ??While we do not wish to call undue attention to this desecration, we reserve all rights and remedies under the law to protect the character and legacy of Jimi Hendrix with which we have been charged and legally possess".

The Jimi Hendrix Sex Tape is being released by Vivid DVD.

In a statement this week. Co-chairman Steven Hirsch said "This new movie shows that Jimi Hendrix could have been as great a porn star as he was a rock star. He could clearly play more than just his guitar. It's easy to see that he turned women on with his music and his passion."

Professional groupie Pamela Des Barres says "The footage proves that Hendrix was fabulous in bed and really wanted to please his partner."

She features in an interview in the bonus material.

In her commentary she says "Hendrix liked to be filmed having sex. He's the ultimate adult film movie star. I understand why everyone wanted to sleep with the guy. He played like an all-encompassing rock orgasm. He reeked of sex. You wanted to strip to keep up with him when he played 'Foxy Lady.'"

The tape will be released on May 6th.

(Least it portrays him as being the cat's meoooowww in bed. I'm sure lots are gonna want to have a peek at this film.)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

AC/DC-New Album & Tour Coming

AC/DC Are Back
by Paul Cashmere - April 20 2008

It's been eight years since the release of AC/DC's last album 'Stiff Upper Lip' but a new album is on the way.

At the band's official website. AC/DC has announced that "the waiting is almost over! AC/DC fans can expect the band's next album of new material sometime later this year. The band are currently recording in Vancouver with producer Brendan O'Brien and long time audio engineer Mike Fraser".

Undercover can also add another piece of news. Plans for a major world tour are underway to coincide with the release of the album and the tour will been announced shortly.

This new album has been a long time coming. AC/DC has been in and out of studios for the last few years trying to get the formula right for the next record.

For the last album 'Stiff Upper Lip', the band reunited with original producer and former Easybeats member George Young (the brother Angus and Malcolm Young). That album was also recorded in Vancouver in Bryan Adams' The Warehouse Studio.

The studio is in the basement of Adams former house at Mathers Avenue in West Vancouver. It has also been used for albums by REM, Slayer, Nickelback, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.

Since the release of 'Stiff Upper Lip', AC/DC has signed a long-term deal with Sony BMG for everywhere except Australia where they are still on Alberts Productions. Sony has since reissued remastered editions of the entire back catalogue.

In July 2003, the band performed in Toronto with the Rolling Stones on a benefit gig following the SARS outbreak. The DVD of that performance was released as 'Toronto Rocks'. The following year, they performed with the Stones again, this time in Sydney.

While the band has remained pretty much out of the spotlight for most of the decade, the AC/DC brand has been kept alive via DVD. While the band has never released a greatest hits album, the greatest hits DVD 'Family Jewels' from 2005 'Family Jewels' achieved 10x platinum status in the USA.

Last year's 'Plug Me In' was also a success. It went 5x platinum in the USA.

At the time of publication, the title of the forthcoming album has not been announced.

(Well one thing for sure it will ROCK hard! AC/DC's brand of rock is one that will get you tapping your toes and then some!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Motley Crue Get Game

Motley Crue Get Game

by Paul Cashmere - April 16 2008

Motley Crue will release their new single 'Saints of Los Angeles' through a game. The single was made available today through Rock Band.

Crue fans can grab the track from Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Store.

It is the first time that a major band has bypassed the major labels and released a song via gaming companies.

'Saints of Los Angeles' is the title-track from the forthcoming Motley Crue album, their first with all original band members in more than a decade.

Motley Crue also today announced a US tour. Crue Fest '08 will also feature Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:AM.

The 40 city tour will feature a stage where fans will have the chance to play Rock Band as a guitarist, bass player, drummer or singer. A local winner will be announced at each show.

(I think it's smart for artists to look for anyway to get their music out. Lots of young music lovers start really liking certain bands because of video games. It's a good way to market to more people that possibly will become fans.)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Ringo Starr Decapitated In Liverpool

Ringo Starr Decapitated In Liverpool

by Tim Cashmere - April 9 2008

Ringo Starr has been decapitated in Liverpool in a revenge attack on the star for negative comments he made about the city.

Starr was sitting behind a drum kit in topiary statue form in Liverpool with the rest of his former band mates in The Beatles when vandals came and chopped off his head.

It is believed to be in retaliation for comments he made on the BBC program 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' in January. When asked what he (who now lives in Los Angeles) misses about Liverpool, he replied, "nothing".

Apparently this was taken none-too-kindly by the Liverpuddlians, who feel that their industrial port town is a world-class destination.

(Oh boy don't mess around with the Scouse, or it's off with your head, LOL. Actually I think Liverpool is quite an exciting cool city with lots to offer anyone that's hip, loves art & music. I hope to someday go there.)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Velvet Revolver Will Continue

Velvet Revolver To Continue Without Scott Weiland
by Paul Cashmere - April 2 2008
photo by Ros O'Gorman

Scott Weiland's recent mouth-off with fellow Velvet Revolver member Matt Sorum has proved fruitless. Weiland's announcement that Velvet Revolver is over has ended with his departure from the band and the promise of the band to continue without him.

In an announcement today, Velvet Revolver founding members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner announced today that they are parting ways with singer Scott Weiland.

"This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn't 100% committed to either," said Slash in the statement. "Among other things, his increasingly erratic on-stage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on."

Weiland is back with his old band Stone Temple Pilots who will tour the North America in May.

As for Velvet Revolver, it is unknown who will be recruited as lead singer at this stage.

(Scott Weiland was like a noose around their neck, so unpredictable! Any guesses as to whom might fill his shoes? I've no clue at this point.)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Madonna Again a Dominatrix

Madonna Gets Slutty (Again) For Hard Candy Cover

by Paul Cashmere - March 27 2008

Madonna is going back to her old dominatrix image on the cover for her new album 'Hard Candy'.

The pop superstar, who turns 50 in August, will grace the cover of her album wearing dark blue silk underwear, leather boots and with a strap in hand.

'Hard Candy' is Madonna's 11th studio album and will be her last for long-time label Warner.

The first single from the album, '4 Minutes' featuring Justin Timberlake, was released on March 17th.

'Hard Candy' will be released on April 26th in Australia and April 29th in the USA.

Most of the tracks were written by Madonna with Pharrell Williams. '4 Minutes', 'Dance2night' and 'Miles Away' were written with Justin Timberlake while 'Devil Wouldn't Recognize You' and 'Voices' are both Madonna only compositions.

The tracklisting is:

1. Candy Shop
2. 4 Minutes
3. Give It 2 Me
4. Heartbeat
5. Miles Away
6. She s Not Me
7. Incredible
8. Beat Goes On
9. Dance 2night
10. Spanish Lesson
11. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
12. Voices

(The song titles on her new album appear to be quite hot. I like Madonna's dominatrix image, very cool & sexy...glad she's going back to it. Curious to hear it and see the lyrics.)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

End Of Velvet Revolver

Scott Weiland Announces End Of Velvet Revolver

by Paul Cashmere - March 22 2008

As we expected, Velvet Revolver is about to call it a day, but the announcement seemed to come as a surprise to come of the band members.

Singer Scott Weiland dropped the announcement on the audience in Glasgow this week, much to the intrigue of the other members of the band.

"You're at something special really tonight," Weiland said. "This is the last ever Velvet Revolver tour".

The band then played the appropriately titled 'Fall To Pieces'.

We already know that Weiland's former band Stone Temple Pilots will shortly reform for shows. How long the reunion lasts is anyone's guess.

In a statement after the gig, drummer Matt Sorum published at his website the following:

"So last night was interesting. Had a little band turmoil on stage as you probably all could tell. Being in a band is a lot like being in a relationship. Sometimes you just don't get along. I guess there has been more turmoil lately I guess with the cancellations and all".

"It has been frustrating I am not going to lie. My career and life in Rock n Roll has come with its ups and downs. Unfortunately some people in this business don't realize how great of a life they have. Touring the world, meeting great people and fans all over the world. And just playing music for a living. I feel truly blessed. But sometimes the road can be draining for some, being away from home and family does grind on you sometimes. With all the traveling and different beds. Personally I Love this Shit and sometimes can't believe I am so lucky to still be doing what I do for a living".

"Everybody could see who was unhappy last night but all I can say is Let's keep the Rock alive people!!!! In this life u just pick up and keep moving. And don't ever let anybody stand in your way. The Truth Rock On!"

The last scheduled show for the band is April 1st in Amsterdam.

(This is very interesting, it opens the door for possibilities. Would Slash go join Axl again? Will Weiland record new music with Stone Temple Pilots again? Will Slash record a solo album? Anyone's guess what might happen. I did like some of Velvet Revolver's music especially 'Head Space')

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Roger Waters Final Gig of Dark Side

Roger Waters announces final Dark Side gigs

by - February 28 2008

Roger Waters has revealed that he will perform the final two performances of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' in the UK in May.

Following previous performances Waters will play the album in its entirety, as well as playing a mixture of Pink Floyd tracks and his own solo material.

The final two performances will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on May 15th and the O2 Arena in London on May 18th.

(Very cool places to end his run of Dark Side at Liverpool and London. I caught his show when it came to Boston, MA the first time around and it was magnificent to watch and hear Dark Side played live...only wish was that David Gilmour would have been with Roger, as I've never been lucky enough to see and hear David Gilmour play live. But hey the band was just fantastic ;)

Black Crowes Don't Accept Maxim Sorry

Black Crowes Don't Accept Maxim Sorry

by Paul Cashmere - February 28 2008

The Black Crowes manager Peter Angelus has rejected the apology from Maxim magazine after the publication was caught out reviewing an album they had not heard.

Angelus called the apology "self serving damage control".

In a statement he said, "In my opinion, Maxim's fabrication of an album review is highly unethical and indefensible. This issue potentially pertains to all artists and their craft, and a publication which apparently has no respect for either."

Maxim's Editorial Director, James Kaminsky, issued this statement to the media: "It is Maxim's editorial policy to assign star ratings only to those albums that have been heard in their entirety. Unfortunately, that policy was not followed in the March 2008 issue of our magazine and we apologize to our readers."

Angelus responds, "Maxim seems to continue in their attempt to deceive the public with their usage of the word 'entirety.' At the most, Maxim could have only heard the one complete song that has been released to radio, before publishing their 'album review.' It comes as no surprise that Maxim has elected to apologize to their readers now that the world has been informed of their deception; however, that is not full accountability."

In closing, Angelus said, "In my opinion, Maxim's 'apology' is self-serving damage control by failing to mention The Black Crowes. The appropriate action from Maxim is to immediately issue a public apology to The Black Crowes for disparaging both the band and their soon to be released new album 'Warpaint' without having heard the material."

'Warpaint', the first Black Crowes album in 7 years, will be released in March.

(Right on Black Crowes! I dont go much by what reviewers say anyway. I do know that some people do get swayed either way by what some top guy writes. Word of mouth is best. Hope The Crowes album sells even more than it would have :)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Plant/Krauss US Tour Dates

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Featuring T Bone Burnett

2008 Raising Sand World Tour: US Dates

April 19 - Louisville, KY - The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
April 20 - Louisville, KY - The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
April 22 - Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
April 23 - Chattanooga, TN - Memorial Auditorium
April 25 - New Orleans LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 26 - Birmingham AL - BJCC Arena

June 2 - Roanoke VA - Roanoke Civic Center
June 4 - Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun
June 5 - Boston MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
June 7 - Canandaigua NY - CMAC
June 8 - Atlantic City NJ - Borgata
June 10 - New York NY - Madison Square Garden Theatre
June 13 - Columbia MD -Washington - Merriweather Pavilion
June 14 - Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
June 15 - Manchester TN - Bonnaroo
June 17 - Detroit MI - Fox Theatre
June 19 - St. Louis MO - Fox Theatre
June 21 - Denver CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 23 - Los Angeles CA - Greek Theatre
June 24 - Los Angeles CA - Greek Theatre
June 25 - Santa Barbara CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
June 27 - Berkeley CA - Greek Theatre
June 28 - Lake Tahoe (Stateline NV)- Harvey's
June 30 - San Diego CA - Humphrey's
July 1 -Phoenix AZ - Dodge Theatre

More dates will be announced soon.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on Crossroads

Led Zeppelin frontman and legendary rocker, Robert Plant, and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss share the stage in the new episode of CMT Crossroads, which premieres Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. They perform their own classics as well as songs from their new album, Raising Sand. Plant and Krauss were recently nominated for a Grammy in the best pop collaboration with vocals category for the song "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" from the same album.

On CMT Crossroads, Plant and Krauss combine his rock intensity with her angelic grace. The two music icons perform songs from the new album including "Please Read the Letter" and "Rich Woman." They also perform Alison Krauss and Union Station's "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," as well as Led Zeppelin classics "Black Dog" and "When the Levee Breaks." The pair pays homage to the Everly Brothers with their version of "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)." Special guest, T Bone Burnett, acclaimed songwriter, performer and Raising Sand producer, joins in the onstage collaboration.

Don't miss this unique show and check out photos from the taping.

(I just love these two artists together, you can feel the spark between them.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Zep Tour Might Happen

Led Zeppelin Will Tour … But Not Now

by Paul Cashmere - January 29 2008

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has confirmed that a Led Zeppelin world tour will happen, but not until after a few solo things are out of the way.

Speaking at a press conference in Japan, Page admitted that he would like to take Led Zeppelin on a world tour.

However, an announcement for the tour is unlikely before later this year. "Robert Plant also has a parallel project running, and he's really busy with that project, certainly until September, so I can't give you any news," Page said at the conference.

Jimmy also said that the amount of work that went into the one-off O2 gig in London last December was the equivalent of what a band does for a world tour.

Plant will be touring his latest album 'Raising Sand' with Alison Krauss in the USA and Europe from April.

(Good news, it's looking more and more like a reality of a Zep tour coming late in the year or possibly in '09! Sometimes you just have to believe and things do happen even the unthinkable sometimes ends up happening!!)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Version Of Doors Classic

Ray Manzarek Records New Version Of Doors Classic

by Paul Cashmere - January 27 2008

Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek has recorded his all-time favorite Doors song 'Riders On The Storm' with slide guitarist Roy Rogers.

The track will appear on the instrumental album 'Ballads Before The Rain'. It also features 'Crystal Ship', another Doors' song.

'Ballads Before The Rain' features songs by both Manzarek and Rogers.

Rogers has two Grammy nominations to his name and has produced John Lee Hooker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

The pair took to the stage last week in Redwood City, California to perform the album live.

As well as the two Doors tracks on the album, there are seven other originals.

'Ballads Before The rain' will be released on Friday Music through the Warner imprint Ryko in the USA, by Universal in Canada and through Pinnacle Entertainment in other territories.

(This should be a good listen. I love slide guitar so will be interesting to hear what this version of the songs will be like. I love Riders On the Storm and Crystal Ship. I do love it when artists re-vamp and use songs that they love again in a new way or form.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Vids

Enjoy these Vids from Robert n Alison, they make such beautiful music together :)

Rich Woman

Stick With Me Baby

Fortune Teller

Gone Gone Gone

Polly Come Home

Trampled Rose

Killing The Blues

Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

Robert Plant Rants

VETERAN LED ZEPPELIN rocker ROBERT PLANT doesn’t have a Whole Lotta Love for all this new music nonsense.

And the grumpy singer made his feelings well known in a bar in Camden, North London, last week.

Chilis ... like 'nursery rhymes'

Wrinkly Robert showed his age with the rant at two of the world’s biggest bands as they were played over the stereo at Fifty Five Bar.

He rubbished RADIOHEAD and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS — and then demanded to hear weirdo rocker CAPTAIN BEEFHEART instead.

A source said: “He was drinking with a woman and didn’t like the choice of tunes playing.

“Radiohead was on and he started complaining. He said, ‘What’s this rhyming c**p?’

Strange ... Captain Beefheart

“The staff were obviously keen to please him so they changed the music. They put on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who they thought might be more up his street. But he didn’t like their stuff either and said it was like a ‘nursery rhyme.’

“He then said he wanted to listen to Captain Beefheart.”

Led Zep’s brilliant reunion at London O2 Arena last year won them a new generation of fans.

I was gutted when I had to miss it to watch the SPICE GIRLS launch their tour in America. But it seems Robert doesn’t have much time for modern-day musical heroes.

Okay, so he might not like po-faced Radiohead and I don’t think they and Led Zep have much in common.

The 1970s rockers travelled the world in their fuel-guzzling jet — while THOM YORKE’s lot would probably prefer transport fuelled by recycled teabags.

But comparing Chili tracks to nursery rhymes? Has old Percy finally lost the plot?

Radiohead ... not good enough

You’re unlikely to hear Beefheart — AKA DON VAN VLIET — in your average bar. He wrote strange songs with odd timings and surreal lyrics.

His best-known album was 1969’s Trout Mask Replica, considered a masterpiece by fans.

He recorded with his Magic Band and also collaborated with fellow oddball FRANK ZAPPA.

But if Radiohead and ANTHONY KIEDIS and the Chilis, are c**p, I would hate to hear what Robert has to say about most of the rest of the current chart. He obviously judges everyone by his own band’s high standards.

source added: “Radiohead and the Chilis are two of the biggest and best groups in the world. But it seems they don’t compare to Beefheart in Plant’s mind.”

(Go Robert :) glad to hear him speak his mind! He's right on about the sad state of todays music. We need artists that can weave good poetry into their lyrics and showcase those words against a beautiful backdrop of interesting musical instruments.)