Wednesday, July 30th
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On July 30th, 1988,Steve Winwood started a four week run at number one on the singles chart with “Roll With It.” It seems Steve is always trying to help his listeners get through hard times whether they “roll with it” or stay positive, as he told us (AUDIO).
Then, in 2002, Bruce Springsteen released his 12th studio album, The Rising.
And in 2003, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who and others played a benefit concert in Toronto to prove that the city was safe from SARS. 450-thousand people attended the show making it the largest concert in Canadian history.
DETAILS ON LED ZEPPELIN’S NEXT REISSUES
Hot on the heels of the release of the deluxe sets of their first three albums, Led Zeppelin have announced details to the reissues of 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses of the Holy. Like the first three deluxe sets, these will include the newly mastered original LP with unreleased audio. Among the bonus material are previously unreleased versions of all eight tracks on Led Zeppelin IV including alternate mixes. There are also in-progress mixes of tracks from Houses of the Holy and a couple songs with varied instrumentation. They’re out on October 28th.
McCARTNEY ANNOUNCES WINGS REISSUES
Paul McCartney has announced plans to reissue Wings’ mid-70s albums Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound. Both releases will include the original albums remastered plus a second disc of demos and previously unreleased tracks. There will also be deluxe editions available that feature a third disc with videos plus a hardback book of unpublished photographs, new interviews with Paul, expanded track-by-track info and more. It’s all out on September 23rd.
SIXX: A.M. ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR THIRD ALBUM
Nikki Sixxmight be busy on Motley Crue’s final tour, but the bassist still had time to do a new album with his other band, Sixx: A.M., and we now know when that will come out. The band’s as-yet-untitled third album hits shelves on October 7th. Tentative song titles include “Stars,” “Let It Haunt You,” “Hyperventilate” and “Relief,” plus the set’s first single, “Gotta Get It Right,” which the guys filmed a video for in June. Stay up to date with the group at SixxAMMusic.com.
METALLICA TALK ABOUT RIDE THE LIGHTNING
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Metallica’s sophomore album, Ride the Lightning, and the guys spoke to RollingStone.com about that classic effort. Drummer Lars Ulrich explained the record “was the first time that the four of us wrote together and we got a chance to broad our horizons. I don’t think it was a conscious effort to break away from anything musically.” Lars also said that after three decades, the record “holds up very well.”
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On July 29th, 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, England.
The next year, in 1967, The Doors’ had the top song in the country with “Light My Fire.”
And in 1974, “Mama” Cass Elliotdied of a heart attack in London at age 32. A coroner mistakenly said she died of choking on a ham sandwich.
DOOBIE BROTHERS REVEAL COUNTRY COLLABORATORS
For their next album, The Doobie Brothers plan to re-record some of their biggest hits with a bunch of country music stars and now, the guys have let us in on the list of guests on the effort. The record is called Southbound and will feature the likes of Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band and more. There is no word on who plays on which tracks, but we do know that former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald will also appear on the effort. Southbound is due out on November 4th.
NEIL YOUNG URGES FANS TO SUPPORT RAINFOREST CAMPAIGN
vNeil Young is no stranger to activism and his latest cause is the rainforest. The rocker has teamed up with Rainforest Connection to create a KickStarter campaign aimed at raising funds for a project that retrofits old cell phones with solar powered energy sources and puts them on trees around the rainforest. When the phones pick up the sounds of chainsaws or animals in distress or gunshots, they alert authorities in real time. The only current alert system is satellites which take days at best to make authorities aware of issues. Check out a video of Neil explaining the need for the project at KickStarter.com.
NIKKI SIXX’S HOUSE IS FOR SALE
Nikki Sixx’s wife, Courtney Bingham, recently revealed the couple’s plan to have kids, and it seems they are setting things in motion by buying a bigger home. The pair just plunked down 4.125-million bucks on a ten-thousand square-foot house in Westlake Village, California. Since they are moving, Nikki has listed his old place, a four-bedroom, five-bath place in a gated Calabasas community. It boasts a pool, a spa, a barbecue center and a garden with a waterfall and can be yours for 2.4-million bucks.
DAVE MUSTAINE TALKS ABOUT HIS CARS
Before Dave Mustaine was in Megadeth, he was in Metallica, and before that, he was a car mechanic in California. Even though he’s made it big, his love of automobiles hasn’t gone away and the rocker recently chatted with Motor Trend about his car collection. Dave discussed his 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish, his 2006 Bentley Continental GT, his 2006 Mercedes CLS500 and his 2010 Range Rover.
GEDDY LEE NOT THINKING OF RETIRING
On Tuesday (7/29), Rush singer Geddy Lee turns 61 years old. Since the rocker is getting up there in age, does he ever think of retiring? He filled us in.
“Not really because we are rock and rollers at heart, we like to make a lot of noise. We speak softly but we make a big bam boom.”
Geddy is resting now that the band has wrapped up their Clockwork Angels Tour, but Rush will be back on the road soon with plans to do a 41st anniversary tour next year. Stay up to date at Rush.com.
HOW PATTI SCIALFA MAKES MUSIC
Guitarist Patti Scialfa turns 61 on Tuesday (7/29). She’s not only a prominent member of the E Street Band, she’s also married to Bruce Springsteen. They’ve made some sweet music together and Patti spoke to us about how they do it.
“Well I think that old fashioned thing of just making music for music’s sake, having nothing to do with the big arm of commerce and just making music because you want to express yourself in that really simple, the pure form of it.”
Patti, Bruce and the rest of the band recently finished up their latest world tour. Stay up to date with them at BruceSpringsteen.net.
MORE DETAILS ON NICKS’ NEW SOLO ALBUM
Stevie Nicks has announced the details of her upcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault. The set, which is made up of tracks Nicks mostly wrote between 1969 and 1987, is due out on October 7th, but it will be available as a limited-edition double LP on September 29th. Stevie produced the record with Dave Stewart and guitarist Waddy Wachtel. Along with music, the package boasts never-before-seen Polaroids Nicks took throughout her career. Pre-orders will be available on August 5th and also on that day, Stevie will start to preview the album on her new Instagram account. Keep an eye on it at Instagram.com/StevieNicksOfficial.