CLAPTON’S UNPLUGGED DUE AS DELUXE EDITION OCTOBER 15
The fine folks at Reprise Records will reprise Eric Clapton’s classic Unplugged album as a new two-CD/DVD expanded edition appropriately titled Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered, available October 15. Highlights in the forthcoming collection include six unreleased outtakes, and the DVD boasts a newly restored version of the original concert, as well as over an hour of previously unreleased footage from the rehearsals leading up to the historic show.
JETHRO TULL’S BENEFIT BENEFITS FROM EXPANDED REISSUE TREATMENT
Fans of Jethro Tull will be ecstatic to hear the legendary group’s third album, Benefit, is alive and well and now living in Collector’s Edition form. On October 29, Chrysalis Records will release Benefit : Collector’s Edition, as a two-CD/DVD package as well as a digital download. The set comes with a new 5.1 surround mix of the original album, plus a number of bonus tracks.
JAGGER TAPS UK DIRECTOR MACDONALD TO HELM PRESLEY FILM
Taking his role as film producer seriously, Mick Jagger has hired British director Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland) to steer the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, Last Train to Memphis, which is being produced through the Rolling Stones frontman’s Jagger Films company. The film is based on the 1995 Peter Guralnick biography of the same name. An open casting call has been issued for actors between 18 and 22 to play a young King of Rock.
ROLLING STONES SUBJECT OF ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME EVENT
Fittingly, the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the Rolling Stones, will be the focus of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 18th Annual Music Master Series, which runs October 21-26 in Cleveland. Named “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of the Rolling Stones,” the event will include interviews, panels, films, a series of educational programs, a conference discussing the impact the band’s music has had on music and a tribute concert at the Playhouse Square’s State Theatre.
HENDRIX DOCUMENTARY, LIVE ALBUM ON THE WAY
The seemingly bottomless Jimi Hendrix vault will swing open once again on November 5 with the simultaneous release of a new documentary and a live album featuring previously unreleased performances. The documentary, Hear My Train A Comin’, will also air on PBS as part of the network’s American Masters series on the same day of its release, and the CD holds two shows from the Miami Pop Festival on May 18, 1968.
BOWIE NABS SIX NODS AT UK’S Q MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARDS
After reemerging from 10 years of semi-retirement, David Bowie has scored six nominations at the well-respected British music magazine Q Awards, scheduled for October 21 in London. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer leads all nominees with a half a dozen nods in categories that include Best Solo Artist, Best Video, Best Track, Best Act in the World, Best Event and Best Album, all tied to the release of his comeback album, The Next Album.
TYLER SURPRISES NASHVILLE CLUBGOERS WITH TWO TUNES
One of Boston’s finest Steven Tyler stunned the crowd inside Nashville’s tiny Bluebird Café Tuesday night when he jumped onstage to sing two songs. The Aerosmith frontman was in the club to watch four Nashville songwriters, including Aerosmith producer and co-songwriter Marti Frederiksen, perform in the round. Frederiksen invited Tyler to sing the Aerosmith tune “Jaded,” which Frederiksen co-wrote with Tyler. Then, Tyler tore into his band’s smash hit “Dream On.”
QUEENSRYCHE DRUMMER WORRIED ALBUM WOULD BE A PIECE OF CRAP
As ongoing legal battles between Queensryche and former frontman Geoff Tate rage on, original drummer Scott Rockenfield has confessed he worried the band’s current self-titled would fall on deaf ears as a result of the fallout between band members. Rockenfield told Jam magazine, “While working on it [the album] we’d joke, ‘Are we putting out a turd? You can’t polish a turd and you can’t convince people to buy a turd.” That said, he adds that the self-titled album “feels like a rebirth.”