EAGLES BOX UP STUDIO ALBUM FOR OCTOBER RELEASE
Every Asylum Records studio albums the Eagles issued between 1972 and 1979 will soon be housed in one amazing limited edition(5,000 copies) box set, available October 29. The aptly titled six LP collection, The Studio Albums 1972-1979, will feature 180-gram editions of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s self-titled debut, Desperado, On the Border, One of These Nights, Hotel California and The Long Run. The band’s current History of the Eagles tour continues tonight in Calgary, Canada and the long run wraps with a three-night stand at the newly refurbished Forum in Los Angeles January 15, 17 and 18.
PAGE BLOCKED LED ZEPPELIN REUNION FOR 12-12-12 BENEFIT CONCERT
If Hollywood heavyweight film producer Harvey Weinstein’s account of trying to get Led Zeppelin to reunite for the Hurricane Sandy 112-12-12 benefit concert is accurate, then guitarist Jimmy Page was the one responsible for not making it happen. Weinstein, on hand for a screening of the 12-12-12 documentary ay the Toronto International Film Festival, told reporters, “We got an OK from [Robert] Plant if Page will do it…Jimmy Page doesn’t want to do it.” He said Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama both tried to twist Page’s arm, but to no avail. Weinstein added, “Bill talked to the group and Jimmy told him no. Jimmy Page struck out Obama and Clinton…that will live on in infamy.
LONGTIME BEATLES SECRETARY SUBJECT OF NEW DOCUMENTARY
The new documentary, Good Ol’ Freda, puts the spotlight squarely on Freda King, hired by Brian Epstein to be the Beatles secretary, a position she held for all 11 years the band spent together. The film, which opens tomorrow in New York and nationwide over the next several years, devotes all its attention to the first few years of Beatlemania. Following years of keeping her stories to herself, King finally decided to break her silence, though she says she kept certain things private. King said, “I tried to get over that they were just four ordinary guys from Liverpool with their feet on the ground, that they stayed normal through all this madness. They’re entitled to part of their lives that people really shouldn’t invade.”
QUEEN MAY RELEASE ALBUM OF UNEARTHED MERCURY MATERIAL
In a recent interview, Queen guitarist Brian May hinted an album’s worth of previously unreleased tracks featuring Freddie Mercury vocals could be on the way. He said, “We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on. But since then a number of things have come to light from various sources… Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought, “Maybe we shouldn’t be just working on odd bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album? It just might be.”
BOWIE BAGS MORE UK AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Reclusive rocker David Bowie returned to the spotlight in March with the release of his studio album, The Next Day, which is garnering a boatload of nominations for various UK awards. On Wednesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s latest studio effort was nominated for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Best British and Irish Album of the Year. The 12 nominees will compete for a $30,000 prize, which will be handed out in London on October 30.
BON JOVI NIX MEXICO GIG OVER DRUMMER’S APPENDIX SURGERY
New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi were forced to scarp their planned Tuesday night concert in Mexico City after drummer Tico Torres had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency appendix surgery. The band was pressed to make the decision just hours before they were scheduled to hit the stage after doctors determined Torres had to undergo the emergency procedure. A makeup date will be announced soon.
JOHN GIVES FANS EARLY CHANCE TO DIVE INTO THE DIVING BOARD
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Elton John is giving loyalists an opportunity to dip into his upcoming album, The Diving Board, almost a full two weeks before its official release on September 24. John’s 30th studio album is currently streaming in its entirety on Amazon. Earlier this year, the living legend described The Diving Board by saying, “It’s got everything I love about American music – gospel, soul, country. It’s the most piano-oriented record I’ve ever made… It’s the most adult record I can make at my age.”
THE CLASH BASSIST BASKS IN SUCCESS OF LATEST BOX SET
The new Clash box set, Sound System, arrived in stores on Tuesday, and former bassist Paul Simonon says he’s very proud of the fact that the compilation was personally overseen by the surviving members of the band. He told Billboard, “The band have actually been involved in this creation. It hasn’t been put together by a record company or somebody that was paid to design it. It was put together by the band itself. That doesn’t happen often.” Asked what he thought late frontman Joe Strummer would think about the package, Simonon said “I think he’d be very proud of it.”
JOEL TAKES PART IN 9/11 MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Native New Yorker Billy Joel joined one of many 9/11 memorial ceremonies that took place all across the country on Wednesday. The Bronx-born singer/songwriter led a convoy of firefighters in a motorcycle parade to Ground Zero, site of the 2001 terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Joel told the New York Daily News, “It’s an honor. I was at Ground Zero a few days after 9/11 and it was the worst thing I ever saw in my life. To be asked to do this is very moving.”