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)