GABRIEL GATHERS ENOUGH COURAGE TO ISSUE REMIX OF SO OUTTAKE
Always a perfectionist though not always prolific, Peter Gabriel has once again revisited a song he long ago left off his 1986 classic album So. “Courage” was finally released just a couple of years ago on the 25th anniversary expanded edition of So, but now it’s available as a download in an all-new form: completely remixed and produced by Tchad Blake and featuring new backing tracks added by Gabriel and guitarist David Rhodes.
GARCIA GETS ANIMATED FOR PBS INTERVIEW SERIES BLANK ON BLANK
Late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia is the latest celebrity to be featured on the ongoing PBS series Blank on Blank which digs up lost interviews buried at the Library of Congress and syncs them with creative animation. PBS animated a segment of a 1987 interview with Garcia in which he details the band’s days playing music at Ken Kesey’s infamous LSD parties, commonly known as the Acid Tests. At one point, Garcia recalls, “We just set up the equipment, everyone got high, and stuff would happen. We were having the most fun we’d ever had…it was just incredible.”
CROSBY SETS RELEASE DATE FOR FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN TWO DECADES
Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby is looking ahead to releasing his first solo album in around two decades. Croz, due January 28, features 11 tracks including “What’s Broken” featuring former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler on guitar. Of recording an all-new album at this stage of his career, Crosby told Rolling Stone, “I wanted to challenge myself. Most guys my age would have done a covers record or duets on old material. This won’t be a huge hit. It’ll probably sell nineteen copies. I don’t think kids are gonna dig it, but I’m not making it for them. I’m making it for me. I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest.”
YES SET TO FILL CHRISTMAS DAY WITH 13 CD’S WORTH OF MUSIC
Progressive rock royalty Yes has set a December 24 release date for any fan’s ultimate stocking stuffer, the 13-CD box set The Yes Studio Albums1969-1987. As its title implies, the colossal collection contains remastered and expanded versions of 13 of the group’s studio sets, starting with their 1969 self-titled LP through the U.S. debut of a remastered and expanded edition of 1987’s Big Generator.
NEIL BRINGS TATTOOS, TEQUILA, TUNES TO CIRCUS CIRCUS
Hoping to bring some of the old school Sunset Strip rock and roll vibe to the Las Vegas Strip, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is set to open Vince Neil’s Tatuado (Tattooed) Eat-Drink Party! and Party Bus Bar at Circus Circus . The new venue opens this Saturday and marries Neil’s triple passions for tattoos, tequila and tunes under one roof where, as he says, “People can come have a great time and enjoy my signature line of spirits while they party.”
JOPLIN RECEIVES STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
A long-overdue tribute was paid to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Janis Joplin Monday when she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The acknowledgment came exactly 43 years and one month after she died and the ceremony was highlighted by an acoustic performance of “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson, the man who wrote the tune that became synonymous with Joplin.
FOGHAT FLINGS INSTRUMENTAL HOLIDAY TUNE “WINTER WONDERLAND”
Blues rock connoisseurs Foghat hope to accent a white Christmas with some blues via their brand new holiday instrumental “Winter Wonderland,” available now in digital-only format on their official website Foghat.net, iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. “Winter Wonderland” marks only the second instrumental Foghat has ever recorded, with 2010’s “495 Boogie” being the first.