RUSH READIES REMIXED VAPOR TRAILS; 7-DISC BOX SET
Freshly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush will once again show why they are more than worthy of the honor with two separate but simultaneous releases this fall. On October 1, the iconic Canadian trio will issue a newly remixed version of their 2002 album Vapor Trails (available on CD, double LP and digital download), which will also be included in the aptly titled seven-disc box set The Studio Albums 1989-2007. The additional six discs in the box set include Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, Test for Echo, the covers EP Feedback, and Snakes & Arrows.
GILLAN BLACK AND WHITE ABOUT NOT REUNITING WITH BLACKMORE
Knowing the deep personal division between former Deep Purple bandmates Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore, one reporter practically took his own life in his hands when he asked Gillan about the possibility of asking Blackmore to rejoin the band. Gillan snapped, “If you want to talk about Ritchie, I guess we have to – not many people do these days. But…from a historical point of view, the band was dying. If Ritchie had stayed in the band, it would have been the end of Deep Purple. The situation ended, and we’re all glad it ended, and we had to rebuild. I have no desire to pick up the phone to Ritchie, or have dinner with him… I hope he’s well, and I hope he’s happy. And that’s the end of it.”
JETT PREPS NEW ALBUM UNVARNISHED FOR OCTOBER 1 RELEASE
The sixth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival paid special tribute to Joan Jett Thursday night at the House of Blues in Hollywood, naming her this year’s special honoree for her contribution to the long and rich history of the famed Sunset Strip music scene. After being recognized as an icon of the Sunset Strip, Jett and her band the Blackhearts performed for a packed house. Meanwhile, Jett announced she will release her first album in seven years on October 1. She describes Unvarnished as the most autobiographical collection of songs she’s ever assembled, adding, “It’s a real band album. Everybody was involved.” She and the Blackhearts will debut the first single “Any Weather” this Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
RICHARDS NAMED AMONG YEAR’S BEST-DRESSED CELEBRITIES
It’s official; the world is coming to an end. Vanity Fair has just listed Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards among the year’s best-dressed celebrities in the glamor magazine’s 74th annual International Best-Dressed Poll. The 69-year old rock and roller, known for his pirate-like look, appeared to be just as stunned as the rest of us that his name would be among the finest dressers in the world. When asked where he shops for his threads, He replied, “I don’t shop!” Asked who his favorite style icon is, he answered, “I am one!” When asked about his favorite accessory, he said, “My silver.”
RICHARDS, REED ATTEND CLIMAX OF 5-DAY BREAKING BAD MARATHON
Bad boy rockers Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed of Velvet Underground fame were among the celebrity fans who attended the final night of the New York Film Society’s five-day marathon viewing of the much-lauded AMC television series Breaking Bad, which will end its run this fall. Richards was spotted on the red carpet with his wife Patti Hansen, daughters Alexandra and Theodora, and granddaughter Ella, while Reed posed for pictures alongside actor/comedian Richard Belzer. The sixth and final season of Breaking Bad premieres Sunday, August 11.
DAVIES-HYNDE DAUGHTER ARRESTED DURING ANTI-FRACKING PROTEST
The daughter of The Kinks singer Ray Davies and Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde was arrested Wednesday while engaging in a bizarre form of protest during an anit-fracking rally in West Sussex, England. Natalie Hynde, 30, a longtime environmental activist was arrested after reportedly super-gluing herself to her boyfriend at the entrance of a rural drilling site targeted for potential fracking. Hynde and her boyfriend, known eco-warrior Simon “Sitting Bull” Medhurst, 55, had clued their hands together in an attempt to form a “human lock” at the gate. The couple was eventually freed by police using glue thinner.
WEILAND HAS NO BEEF WITH BENNINGTON OVER JOINING STP
Fired Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland says he has no issue with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington agreeing to take over his old job, instead aiming his ire squarely in the direction of ex-bandmates Robert and Dean DeLeo. Weiland told Billboard, “I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive…I guess nothing is totally shocking…” He went on to say, “I’m surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the (STP) name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with the name that I still am an owner of.”