MONDAY, MARCH 25
LED ZEPPELIN LAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GERMANY
The mighty Led Zeppelin were handed the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at Germany’s ECHO Awards, held last Thursday in Berlin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the band; Robert Plant was unable to attend due to a performance in Singapore that same night. After receiving the award, Page told reporters, “As long as we can be an inspiration, either as a group or individually…as far as I’m concerned, that’s my lifetime achievement: that people will be inspired by the music.”
AUDIO SURFACES OF EDDIE VAN HALEN-LL COOL J COLLABORATION
Last week, a photograph of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen and veteran rapper LL Cool J sitting in a recording studio together sent a strong signal that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame axeman would show up on the LL’s next album. On Friday, irrefutable audio evidence of the rocker-rapper teaming on the track “We’re the Greatest” surfaced online in the form of a 30-second YouTube clip. Reportedly, Van Halen will also be featured on “Not Leaving You Tonight,” with both tracks destined for the rapper’s 13th album, Authentic, due April 30.
UK PRODUCER PROUD TO BE WORKING ON NEXT MCCARTNEY ALBUM
British producer/songwriter/DJ Mark Ronson said it is “insane” to be collaborating with none other than Paul McCartney on the former Beatles next studio album. The 37-year old Ronson, who was the DJ at Sir Paul and his wife Nancy Shevell’s wedding in 2011, has worked on three songs with the living legend, and told Billboard, “He understands that you’re so nervous to be working with Paul McCartney ‘cause everyone is.’ He gives you a lot of leeway, but then at the end of the day you need to deliver the goods.” Ronson also added, “It’s really good. He writes really good songs.”
BIDS SOARING FOR SIGNED BEATLES SGT. PEPPER’S ALBUM
The Fab Four sang “money can’t buy me love” but it appears it’s going to take a whole lot of money to buy a signed copy of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album at auction. Representatives at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX say pre-sale bids on the coveted item have already climbed way past the estimate, with the actually auction scheduled to begin this Saturday, March 30. Experts anticipated the album would go for around $30,000, but eager bidding beavers have already pushed the price past $110,000. Meanwhile, the BBC reports a rare group of photographs taken of the Beatles during their 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York just sold at auction for a little under $47,000. The pictures were taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, who used a fake press pass to get backstage.
SO-CALLED ‘STEVEN TYLER ACT’ HITS ROADBLOCK IN HAWAII
The so-called “Steven Tyler Act,” named after the Aerosmith frontman who lobbied a Hawaii State senator to introduce the privacy bill, sailed through the Senate but has stalled in the House. Rep. Angus McKelvey, chairman of the first of three panels the bill needs to pass to get to the House floor, said he won’t hold a hearing on the bill, saying, “There is zero support for that legislation in the House of Representatives.” Meanwhile, Tyler’s lawyer, Dina LaPolt, is prepared to push forward. She said, “I was very surprised we got out of the Senate on the first run. If it had passed through the House, I would have been shocked.”
MARLEY’S KAYA TURNS 35; DELUXE EDITION TO MARK THE MILESTONE
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the original release of the classic Bob Marley & the Wailers’ 1978 album, Kaya, and the occasion will not pass without a celebration. On April 23, Universal Music Enterprises will release Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, a double-disc collection featuring 24 remastered tracks, including the 10 original songs, plus a second disc containing the previously unreleased live concert, Live at Ahoy Hallen, recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands on July 7, 1978.
ALICE IN CHAINS REVEALS TRACKLIST, COVER ART FOR NEXT ALBUM
The devil is indeed in the details of the album cover for the upcoming Alice in Chains release, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, available May 14. A Photoshop-savvy fan studied the new album cover, and after a few clicks uncovered what appears to be the Devil’s head. Fans more interested in the sounds found on the album and less in Satan were pleased to see the album’s 11-song tracklist, which includes “Voices,” “Stone,” “Hollow,” “Hung on a Hook,” “Choke” and the title track.