Archive for August, 2011

Tony Iommi Denies Black Sabbath’s Reunion especulation

On his official website, Tony Iommi denies Black Sabbath’s Reunion rumor:

Black Sabbath Reunion

I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.

At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, “Are you getting back together?”

Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of “official” statement on my part, absolute nonsense.  I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.

to my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.

All the best, Tony

Via: Tony Iommi Website

 


Listen to Pearl Jam’s CROWN OF THORNS here

 

 

 

Pearl Jam’s cover of Mother Love Bone’s “Crown Of Thorns” is now streaming online.

“Crown of Thorns,” the first track to be released from the upcoming Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack, was recorded live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 10/22/2000.

Excerpted from PJ20 CD Booklet: Cameron Crowe: “I asked Vedder about Andrew Wood, the late singer-songwriter of Mother Love Bone, whose passing left the place that Vedder would later fill. Though Vedder chose not to name the song, he did say there was one Wood composition he would be honored to sing ‘one day.’ He declined to say more.”

Listen here


Black Sabbath’s original lineup to reunite for New Album and Tour

The original lineup of Black Sabbath has reunited and will release a new studio album, the first to feature vocalist Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s ‘Never Say Die’, next year. The foursome are also currently in rehearsals for a new tour.

Guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed the news to the Birmingham Mail, revealing that he and Osbourne met this past June to write material for a new album, which he says is scheduled for a 2012 release. “I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,” he states. “It’s more back to the old original stuff.”

Fans have been clamoring for a full-fledged Sabbath reunion ever since Osbourne was fired in 1979. The band — Osbourne, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — did get together in 2007 to headline Ozzfest, and mounted several other tours after that, even recording a pair of new songs for 1998′s ‘Reunion’ live album.

But Ozzy soon returned to his ultra-successful solo career, then Iommi and Butler formed Heaven & Hell with Ronnie James Dio, the first singer to replace Ozzy in Sabbath. The band released an excellent studio album, ‘The Devil You Know,’ and had much success on tour, but Dio’s death in 2010 once again left Iommi and Butler without a frontman.

Well, they seem to have found the best possible man for the job now, and Iommi reports the hardest part was keeping Ozzy quiet as the secret plans formed: “It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back… he told me ‘I don’t know what to say.’”


Watch here Warrant – Live in Japan 1991

Video Thanks to: rockandroller321

Warrant – Live In Japan 1991 (Cherry Pie Tour)

01. So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)
02. Down Boys
03. Thin Disguise
04. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
05. Sometimes She Cries
06. Heaven
07. Love In Stereo
08. Song And Dance Man
09. I Saw Red
10. Joey Allen Guitar Solo
11. Train Train (ZZ Top cover)
12. Mr. Rainmaker
13. Sure Feels Good To Me
14. Cherry Pie
15. Big Talk
16. Baby Loves To Rock (Elvis Presley cover)
17. Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley cover)


HEAVEN ISN’T TOO FAR AWAY… Warrant Singer Jani Lane was found dead

Former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Thursday (Aug. 11). No cause of death has been released for the rocker, who was 47 years old.

Lane, who had battled alcohol problems, was the singer of Warrant during the band’s formidable years in the late ’80s and early ’90s. During his tenure with the group, the hair-metal band released such hits as the ballads ‘Heaven’ and ‘Sometimes She Cries’ off the band’s debut disc, 1989′s ‘Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich,’ and the ubiquitous title track to the band’s 1990 album, ‘Cherry Pie.’

Lane left and rejoined Warrant a few times over his career, most recently parting ways with the band in 2008. He also released a solo album and a disc with an all-star side project Saints of the Underground.

More recently, Lane appeared on the VH1 reality show ‘Celebrity Fit Club.’ He also made headlines last year when he was busted for DUI and sentenced to 120 days in jail.

Only a few weeks ago, Lane taped an episode of VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ set to air on Oct. 1

Via: UltimateClassicRock


Listen to the Noel Gallagher’s debut solo single “The Good Rebel”

‘The Good Rebel’, the B-side to Noel Gallagher’s debut solo single ‘The Death Of You And Me’.
The track is the taken ever solo track unveiled by the former Oasis man, but will not be featuring on his debut solo album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.

The album, which features a number of tracks that were written during his years as a member of Oasis, will be released on October 17 through Sour Mash Records. The LP was recorded over the past year in London and Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy.

A second album, recorded with psychedelic collective Amorphous Androgynous, is due to come out sometime in 2012.

Gallagher sold out his first solo tour in six minutes last Friday (August 5), with over 5,000 tickets being shifted for three live dates in October.

Via: NME


Beatles historic date is wrong

Original Quarrymen banjo player says first Cavern show anniversary is a mistake – and remembers how McCartney took his job

Banjo player Rod Davis, who was replaced by Paul McCartney soon after the Quarrymen started gigging, agreed with archivists who suggested the group first performed in the LIverpool venue on August 7, 1957.

But he recently realised the date was wrong: the skiffle group had already played the Cavern by then.

Davis tells the BBC: “No question about it: I played three or four times at the Cavern and is was definitely before August.

“I have my dad’s passport which says, ‘Entry to Bolougne, July 29, 1957,’ so I was definitely not at the Cavern on August 7.”

He has photographic evidence too, in a roll of film shot by his dad which recorded the Quarrymen’s first ever show at a church fete a few weeks earlier.

“On the same strip of film was my family with my uncle who lived in Epping – we stayed the night with him before we went to France,” Davis says.

“Despite telling Beatles biographers that I remembered the gig, I didn’t, so I’m as much to blame as everybody else.

“Some biographers say they’ve gone by adverts in the Liverpool Echo, but there were skiffle sessions where only the leading group was named. We played dates at the Cavern at which the Quarrymen were not advertised by name.”

Davis recalls the moment he realised McCartney had taken his place in the band. “The famous meeting with Lennon and McCartney was on July 6, and a couple of weeks after that I remember practising at John’s Aunt Mimi’s house.

“I turned up and there was a guy there I didn’t know. I said to John, ‘Who’s this?’ and he said, ‘That’s Paul – he’s come to listen to us practise.’

“By then they’d obviously offered him the banjo player slot. If I hadn’t been such a rubbish banjo player, Paul McCartney wouldn’t have been in the group.”

Via: RockNewsDesk


Former Guns n’ Roses members of illusions era play a charity event

As this year’s Road Recovery honoree at their annual concert in New York City next month, Slash will be performing with former GNR members Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, as well as Wayne Kramer and more, to support the charity.

Road Recovery is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.

With support from the mental health field, Road Recovery provides hands-on mentorship training, educational/performance workshops, peer-support networking, and “all access” to real-life opportunities by collaborating with young people to create and present live-concert events.

Road Recovery empowers young people of all backgrounds to face their struggles and helps them develop comprehensive life skills, guided by professionals and supported by a community of like-minded peers.

This year’s Road Recovery annual concert happens September 13 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 10 at NOON EDT through Ticketmaster here.

To learn more about Road Recovery, and/or to assist the cause with a donation (if interested), click here.

Via: Hennemusic


Megadeth’s new album, TH1RT3EN, will be released on November 1

Megadeth have made it official: Their 13th studio album, TH1RT3EN, will be released on November 1, 2011. Says singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine, “This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded. There are moments on TH1RT3EN that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed! My proudest moments of my musical career are captured on TH1RT3EN.”

TH1RT3EN also marks the recorded return of bassist Dave Ellefson, who was part of the band’s classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band’s legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002′s Rude Awakening.

The album’s title has several layers of meaning, which leader and guitar deity Mustaine, who first picked up an axe at the age of 13, revealed in a recent chat with RollingStone.com, saying, “I was born on September 13th; this is my thirteenth record. It just seemed like it was the right thing to do to call it TH1RT3EN.”

The band has spent the summer killing it on the main stage of the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, and they’ll cap that off by performing as part of “The Big 4″ once again, this time in New York at Yankee Stadium alongside Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. The only previous “Big 4″ show in the U.S. took place in April in Southern California.

The band recorded an original track, “Never Dead,” specifically for the NeverDead action-adventure video game franchise; that song will appear on TH1RT3EN, as will “Sudden Death,” which the band recorded for Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.

Via: RoadRunnerRecords


Lollapalooza 2011 highlights (Videos)

The 20th annual Lollapalooza music festival held in Chicago ended day three with a downpour soaking attendees and a memorable performance by the Foo Fighters.

While weather held up for the first two days, the last day of the festival resembled a modern-day Woodstock, with Chicago’s Grant Park turned into a massive mud slide as an estimated 90,000 concert goers were caked in filth from a heavy rainstorm.

Over 140 musical acts graced the 8 stages at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza, including Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Cee Lo Green and Deadmau5, to name a few. Foo Fighters closed the show during a rainstorm playing tracks from their new album Wasting Light along with older hits.

Founded in 1991 by Perry Farrell, frontman of the alternative rock group Jane’s Addiction, the sold-out Lollapalooza 2011 had a record number of attendees, estimated at 270,000. The event has since expanded to Chile and will launch its first show in Brazil next year, with more expansion in the future.

Muse – Uprising

Coldplay – Every tear is a waterfall

Foo Fighters – Bridge Burning

Foo Fighters – Learn to fly

via: ibtimes For more pictures and videos


Sebastian Bach: Skid Row should change their name

Sebastian Bach wants Skid Row to change their name – because the longer they continue without him the more damage they’re doing to the band’s reputation.

The singer was fired in 1996 and Johnny Solinger was eventually hired as his replacement. The only two remaining members from their classic era are bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave Sabo.

Bach and Bolan have repeatedly said there’s no chance of a reunion. But now Bach underlines his belief that his former band shouldn’t be using the name he helped make famous.

The singer tells Sonic Shocks: “It bothers me, because they’re wrecking the name.

“If they called themselves something different then we could save the name of Skid Row as something cool. But whatever – I can’t control it.”

Bach is poised to release new solo album Kicking and Screaming in September, in which he records how he’s learned the importance of love through a difficult divorce with childhood sweetheart Maria Bierk.

He says of the album cover: “It’s the goddess Kali: she’s got eight arms and she’s dragging me into hell and cutting me with knives, and that’s kind of what the divorce feels like.

“A lot of rock’n’roll songs were written about girls and relationships, and a lot of the songs on this record have to do with breaking up or finding love.

“My parents got divorced when I was 10 years old and I swore to God it would never happen to me. Now it’s happening, and that’s just life. As you get older you find out that love is the most important thing. It is to me, and that’s what I was writing about on this record.”

And the singer reveals he has to work on his trademark voice to keep it on form: “When I have a gig I start two weeks before, getting my voice ready. I do scales – Italian opera scales. It’s a style of singing that goes back to the 1700s and it keeps my voice ripping. It really makes it strong. The more you sing properly the stronger your voice gets.”


The Darkness: New album inspired by AC/DC, Aerosmith and Queen

Hot off their face-melting reunion at this year’s Download Festival, The Darkness are back in the studio. The Lowestoft-based group are looking to pick up where they left off in 2006, when they broke up on the heels of their second album, One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back. Now, the boys who belted “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” are putting the finishing touches on their third album, a disc singer Justin Hawkins links to some of rock’s heaviest hitters.

Hawkins told Total Guitar, “Home is where the heart is. When you write songs, you need a grounding to set the stories in. There’s a lot about small-town life. The album has songs about stuff that’s happened to us in the town. It’s AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, etcetera.”

Regarding the group’s most noticeable influence, Queen, Hawkins said that the band put a lot of thought into just how much of Freddie Mercury and company they can wear on their proverbial sleeves. “We could do all those big Queen arrangements,” he pondered. “It’s just whether we want to. Do you overblow it? Do you underblow it?”

The as-yet-untitled album is set for release later this year.

Via: Gibson


Motley Crue’s Vince Neil announce solo tour

Motley Crue’s summer tour with Poison and the New York Dolls continues to roll along across North America.

Now comes word that Crue singer Vince Neil has scheduled some 2011 solo tour dates of his own.

Motleyshout.com has confirmed the following Vince Neil solo tour dates in between breaks from the Crue’s current world tour, which will take them to Japan and Australia later this year.

Vince stated last week that Motley’s current tour is scheduled to last until fall of 2012.

Vince Neil
2011 solo shows

Aug 28 – Casino del Sol – Tucson, AZ
Sep 01 – DTE Energy Music Theater – Clarkston, MI
Sep 03 – Speaking Rock Entertainment Center – El Paso, TX
Sep 16 – Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB
Sep 17 – Deerfoot Inn & Casino – Calgary, AB
Oct 14 – Eastside Cannery Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Nov 17 – Showcase Live – Foxborough, MA


Guns N’ Roses add dates to fall tour

More dates for the upcoming fall tour by Guns N’ Roses have surfaced.

This week, the band has posted news of shows in La Paz, Bolivia (Oct 12), Guadalajara, Mexico (Oct 22) and Asuncion, Paraguay (Oct 14).

These concerts all fill in around GNR’s headlining slot on the closing night of Rock In Rio on October 2.

Guns N Roses
2011 Fall tour

Oct 02 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio
Oct 05 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
Oct 08 – La Plata, Argentina – Estadio Unico
Oct 12 – La Paz, Bolivia – Hernando Siles Stadium
Oct 14 – Asuncion, Paraguay – Jockey Club
Oct 18 – Mexico City, Mexico – Sports Palace
Oct 22 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Telemex Arena
Oct 23 – Monterrey, Mexico – Arena


Alice Cooper is set to lauch his own horror maze in Universal Studios

Alice Cooper is set to launch his very own theme park ride at the Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles.

Welcome To My Nightmare is a ‘spooky’ maze and will only be a temporary attraction, forming part of the theme park’s Halloween celebrations, running from September 23 to October 31.

Universal Studios’ creative director John Murdy has said of the ride:
As a life-long Alice Cooper fan who’s been motivated and inspired by his craft, I am absolutely thrilled by this incredible opportunity. It’s a nightmare come true.

The attraction has been co-designed by Cooper and it incorporates guillotines, spiders, electric chairs and snakes, reports The Guardian, as well as playing host to songs from Cooper’s forthcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’, the sequel to 1975’s ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’.

Alice Cooper has said that the ride “is a nightmare that will haunt visitors’ dreams for a long time to come… [It's a] living horror movie, so there’s no place more appropriate to offer a preview of the new [record].”

Alice Cooper will release ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ on October 17. Produced by Bob Ezrin, the album features a guest appearance from Ke$ha – on ‘What Baby Wants’ – as well as original Alice Cooper bandmembers Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith, who are reunited for three album tracks.

Alice Cooper also plays a six date UK Halloween tour following the album’s release.


Paul McCartney appears to be a victim of phone hacking

Sir Paul McCartney has told US media he appears to be a victim of phone hacking and will go to the police.

It comes after his ex-wife Heather Mills alleged a senior Mirror Group journalist admitted hacking into voicemail messages left by him.

The former Beatle said he expected to learn more when he talked to police in the UK once his US tour was over.

Speaking from Ohio, he told journalists phone hacking was “a horrendous violation of privacy”.

“When I go back [to Britain] after this tour, I am going to talk to the police because apparently I have been hacked,” he said.

“I don’t know much about it because they won’t tell anyone except the person themselves. So I will be talking to them about that.

“I do think it’s horrendous violation of privacy. I do think it has been going on for a long time and I do think more people than we know knew about it.

“But I think I should just listen and hear what the facts are before I comment.”

Via: BBC UK


Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson: “Iron Maiden Will Make At Least one More Album”

The next album will be the follow-up to last year’s ‘The Final Frontier’. No further details have been revealed yet, but Dickinson says: “Things have been going a bit more prog-rock on our recent albums and the fans seem to love that.”

In the interview with the Daily Star Dickinson spoke about the band’s very British politeness during the writing process. “Being English, we still have some reserve when we’re communicating ideas to each other”. He also said that back in the early days, the band would “have a stand-up, knock-down fight about anything. But we know each other better now and people do mellow. We know the boundaries of what we can do musically.”

Via: Metal Hammer


JANE’S ADDICTION: Official ‘Irresistible Force’ Lyric Video Released

The official lyric video for “Irresistible Force”, the new single from alternative rock pioneers JANE’S ADDICTION, can be seen below. The song, which is available through all digital outlets, is taken from the band’s much-anticipated new album, “The Great Escape Artist” (Capitol Records). Marking the first new studio album by in eight years by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins, it is due out Tuesday, September 27. The album also features “End To The Lies”, a pre-single teaser track which the band made available to their fans as a free download this past April.

For “The Great Escape Artist”, JANE’S ADDICTION joined forces with producer Rich Costey (MUSE, FRANZ FERDINAND, INTERPOL), with TV ON THE RADIO’s Dave Sitek on the team. Sitek, best known for his production work on TV ON THE RADIO, YEAH YEAH YEAHS and THE FOALS, is writing, programming, and playing bass on the album. The band, with Chris Chaney on bass, will be touring throughout 2011.

JANE’S ADDICTION announced an exclusive show at Koko in London on August 30, to follow their headline appearance on the Radio 1/NME stage at Reading and Leeds festivals. The concert sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Via: Blabbermouth.net


Coheed and Cambria to continue without bassist Mic Todd

Coheed And Cambria have parted company with bassist Mic Todd following his recent arrest on July 10.

Todd is said to have entered a pharmacy in Attleboro, Massachusetts at around 1pm, and according to police reports, “threatened a pharmacist with a bomb threat and demanded Oxycontin” before being given six bottles of pills.

Police pursued a taxi en route to the Comcast Centre, where the band were supporting Soundgarden that evening. Todd, who has a history of drug abuse, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance. He is currently awaiting a trial.

Coheed And Cambria have since decided to move on without Todd. A statement posted on their official site reads as follows:

“After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed And Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd. We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties. Michael was a great contributor; our hearts go out to his family and to all those who appreciate his talents. We wish him nothing but the very best.

“We are currently writing and recording songs for a new album, as well as a couple compilations this fall. We are very excited about how the songs are shaping up and can’t wait to share them with you.

“We’d like to thank Wes Styles for filling in for the live gigs in the interim, including the upcoming South America and Mexico shows. A belated thanks to Rob Gill for covering in Boston; and the biggest thank you to all of you for your unwavering support.

A new chapter awaits. Love, Coheed and Cambria”

Via: Kerrang!


Watch Foo Fighters Garage Tour in Full

Foo Fighters have posted a 40-minute documentary about their recent tour of fans’ garages. Dave Grohl and Co.’s tour was part of promoting their recent, chart-topping album Wasting Light.

The Foos petitioned for fans to host the band in their garages and, in April, they played to the competition’s winners and their friends. From New York to Seattle, they played new and old tracks. It’s one hell of a garage jam.

And now you can see it online. Enjoy Foo Fighters’ Garage Tour below.


 


Tony Iommi Autobiography: New Details

According to the unofficial Black Sabbath website Black-Sabbath.com, Tony Iommi’s memoir, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath will be released in the U.S. on November 1. It will debut in Europe before then, on October 13.

Publishers Da Capo reportedly paid a six-figure amount at auction for the rights to the 352-page book, which was described as “Angela’s Ashes meets The Ground Beneath Her Feet meets Spinal Tap” by Peter McGuigan, who completed the North American rights deal for the memoir.

Iommi has, until now, been reluctant to open up. In a recent interview with Guitar World magazine, Iommi explained how his autobiography came together.

“I had a chap called T.J. Lammers, who I met many, many years ago when he used to work at Phonogram Records,” Iommi said. “He later became a journalist and he had his own magazine. He lives in Holland and we’ve stayed in touch over the years. I’ve had a few people say, ‘Oh, I can write a book for you,’ but I wanted a different outlook to the normal music journalist, and that’s what happened. He came over to England and stayed with me for a few days. Then he’d write it up, come back again and do more. The whole thing took a couple years to finish.”

Will it be different to the usual rock bio? “I don’t know!” Iommi says. “I don’t read rock biographies, so it could be the same, it could be different. It’s just my life, really. I’ve been meaning to do it for many, many years but never got around to it.”

Via: Gibson


Damon Albarn to perform with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea in London

Damon Albarn is set to appear alongside other musicians, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, at a special show at the London Barbican.

Taking place on October 29, Another Honest Jon’s Chop Up! will also see Tony Allen performing with the pair, playing songs from their new project, which was announced last year. Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Detroit techno man Theo Parrish and more acts yet to be announced will also be appearing on the night. The evening is named after the record label and West London shop that Albarn co-owns.

It was also recently announced that the Blur/Gorillaz mainman will write and record a new album in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Albarn, who recently appeared his Doctor Dee opera in Manchester, will travel to the African country with a team of producers and other artists with the intention of recording an album in a week.

Confirmed to accompany Albarn, are Kwes, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Franz Ferdinand producer Dan The Automator, hip-hop producer Jneiro Jarel, XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine and Jo Gunton.

The project has been put together in collaboration with Oxfam, who are also likely to receive the proceeds from the project.

Via: NME


U2 details ACHTUNG BABY reissues

U2 has released drool-inducing photographs and early format information about the 20th anniversary re-release of their landmark ‘Achtung Baby’ album, which will be available on November 1.

Robert Hilburn of the LA Times called the 1991 album “U2’s daring descent into darkness. there’s no question that the album ushered in a whole new era for the band, both from a sonic and visual perspective.

Described by U2 frontman Bono as “the sound of four men chopping down ‘The Joshua Tree,’ ‘Achtung Baby’ was produced by the dream team of Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite, with engineering by Flood. The album snared a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, amongst many other accolades.

20 years on, it’s become an important album for several generations of music fans and the new anniversary edition offers a lot for both novice and hardcore fans of the album to dig into.

Five different editions of ‘Achtung Baby’ will be made available, including CD, Vinyl, DVD and digital options. An extensive trip through the band’s archives yielded a wealth of material for the release. The larger editions of the set will include a full album of early demo versions mirroring the original album’s track listing, as well as a large amount of additional unreleased material, video, remixes, B-sides and documentary footage from the era.

The crown jewel of the available options is the limited/numbered ‘Uber Deluxe Edition,’ which features six CDs of material, including both ‘Achtung Baby’ and the band’s not-to-be-ignored follow-up release ‘Zooropa,’ plus four additional CDs of material. Four DVDs are also included in the package.

‘From The Sky Down’ documentary, which features U2 discussing ‘Achtung Baby,’ is one of the four DVDs included in the anniversary edition. Recorded earlier this year in Berlin, the film was directed by Davis Guggenheim (‘Waiting For Superman,’ ‘An Inconvenient Truth’). The new documentary will premiere initially this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Videos for ‘Achtung Baby,’ additional bonus material and the previously released ‘Zoo TV: Live From Sydney’ concert film are among the added video content for the set.

This incredible package is rounded out with a ton of additional extras, including five clear 7″ vinyl singles in their original sleeves and an 84 page commemorative book. The U.K. edition of this is available for pre-order for 385.99 pounds, which translates to a hefty $630.47 in U.S. dollars. A U.K. pre-order for the slightly scaled down ‘Super Deluxe’ version lists at $173.12.

More details, photographs and pre-order links are available at achtungbaby.u2.com.

Via: UltimateClassicRock


Beatles Musical Coming Soon

A musical version of the 1994 movie Backbeat is set to open at London’s Duke of York Theater in October. The original movie tracked the birth of The Beatles from their early days in Liverpool to their formative gigs in Hamburg, Germany. It also detailed the romance between the band’s original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and German photographer Astrid Kirchherr.

The stage version premiered, low-key, in Glasgow in 2010, but it’s now set for a West End theater run.

According to producer Karl Sydow, “It will allow people the experience of being at the birth of The Beatles. It tells a story that many music fans may not know, set to a musical backdrop that absolutely defined the early ’60s. Next year will mark 50 years since The Beatles released their first single, and I am proud to be bringing their early days to life in [London’s] West End.”

The soundtrack for the movie Backbeat was possibly even better than the film. Dave Grohl, Thurston Moore and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills all played on the Backbeat soundtrack, covering The Beatles’ raw versions of “Twist & Shout,” “Rock & Roll Music,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Please Mr. Postman” and more.

Via: Gibson


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