LED ZEPPELIN CATALOG NOW HAS A PRESENCE ON SPOTIFY
Music streaming service Spotify has announced it has reached an agreement to add a whole lotta Led Zeppelin; in fact, the band’s entire catalog. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s first two albums are on the service now, with the full catalog scheduled to be online by this Sunday. Meanwhile, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek confirmed the service’s smartphone and tablet apps are now available for free, while the premium subscription version continues to serve up ad-free listening.
CLASSIC ALBUMS AND SONGS HEADED INTO GRAMMY HALL OF FAME
A new batch outstanding albums and superb songs will be enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame as part of the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony set for January 26 in Los Angeles. Albums to be inducted include George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory, Chicago’s Chicago Transit Authority, U2’s The Joshua Tree and the Woodstock soundtrack. They’ll be joined by stellar songs such as CCR’s “Fortunate Son,” the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and War’s “Low Rider.”
KISS LENDS NAME TO SEGA’S DEMON TRIBE GAMING APP
More Kisstory has been made now that Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have licensed the name and their likenesses to Sega’s Demon Tribe game, which recently debuted as a free download for iOS devises. The seemingly never-ending torrent of Kiss tie-ins continues with the band giving Sega permission to create a pair of “rare demons” based on Simmons and Stanley, which gamers can earn by completing a tutorial and “[sharing] the exciting launch of Demon Tribe to your Facebook or Twitter profile from within the game.”
DYLAN DID NOT JOIN TWITTER, SPOKESPERSON CONFIRMS
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Bob Dylan did not open a Twitter account on Wednesday, despite someone posting tweets as Dylan on the new account @BobDylanTweets, the first of which read: “My First Tweet. Hi! Bob.” A spokesperson for Dylan confirmed to Rolling Stone that @BobDylanTweets is “definitely a fake account.” However the icon does have his own official promotional Twitter account @bobdylan.
HENDRIX HABERDASHERS SOON TO SELL ICON’S CLOTHING LINE
It seems you can’t walk into a mall, Walmart or Target without seeing a healthy selection of Jimi Hendrix t-shirts, but soon wealthier Hendrix devotees will get to pick up more upscale garments bearing the late guitarist’s name. Designer John Varvatos has just introduced a limited-edition Hendrix collection featuring silk shirts, gilded military jackets, fringed shoulder bags, leather accessories and a “Hendrix Sharpei Boot.” Asked by Rolling Stone whether he was surprised when the Hendrix estate tapped him to launch the line, Varvatos said, “I was more immediately honored… He is my number one music icon, and a lot of peoples’, so…you don’t want to f*** with that the wrong way. But we’re not trying to be 1960’s. Everything is about the fit.”
SCORPIONS UNVEIL TRACK LIST FOR MTV UNPLUGGED CD/DVD
While still on its self-admitted “no end in sight” “Farewell Tour,” the Scorpions took time to divulge the songs that will appear on their upcoming MTV Unplugged CD and DVD, both available on January 14. In addition to Scorpions staples such as “Wind of Change,” “No One Like You,” “Big City Nights,” “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Still Loving You” and “Blackout,” both the CD and DVD will feature five brand new tunes, including “Dancing with the Moonlight,” “Delicate Dance,” “Rock ‘N Roll Band,” “Follow Your Heart” and “Love is the Answer.”
VEDDER HEADING DOWN UNDER FOR SHORT SOLO TREK
Four Australian cities will play host to a total of eight Eddie Vedder solo shows this February. On Wednesday, the Pearl Jam frontman announced he will spend most of February down under on a solo trek that will begin with two gigs in Perth on the 7th and 8th, followed by a pair of performances in Sydney on the 11th and 13th, two more concerts in Melbourne on the 16th and 18th and two final sets in Brisbane on the 22nd and 23rd. A ticket pre-sale drawing for Pearl Jam Ten Club members only got underway Tuesday.