LED ZEPPELIN UNRELEASED STUDIO MIXES TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION
A number of tape boxes up until now stashed in the vaults belonging to legendary engineer Ron Nevison will be sold at auction next month. Among the 53 treasured items to be sold are two previously unheard rough mixes of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and “Custard Pie,” both recorded during the Physical Graffiti sessions. Additional Nevison nuggets to be sold at New Hampshire’s RR Auctions from March 13-20 include rough mixes of songs by Eric Clapton, The Who and Bad Company, among others.
SAMBORA SOUNDS OFF ON BON JOVI’S SOUND WITHOUT HIM
There has been radio silence for some time now in the ongoing rift between Bon Jovi and exiled guitarist Richie Sambora – until now. In a new interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, Sambora slammed his former band and band namesake Jon Bon Jovi by basically saying the current lineup is a fraud without him. Sambora said, “At the end of the day, if you’re going to buy a can of Coke, you want the real thing. I know Mick Jagger wouldn’t tour without Keith Richards and call it the Rolling Stones.”
PRODUCTION ON ALLMAN BIOPIC SUSPENDED
The producers of the forthcoming Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider have stopped production in the wake of last week’s deadly train accident that killed one crew member and injured several others. Authorities are currently investigating the incident and reviewing the footage from the scene to determine what occurred. So far there is no word on when filming will resume.
SUMMERS SURMISES A NEW POLICE ALBUM “WOULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING”
In a new interview, former Police guitarist Andy Summers sympathized with fans who’d hoped the reunited trio would have recorded a new album following their 2007-2008 tour. Summers said, “That sure would have been great. I’m sure it’s what a lot of people wished for, but that wasn’t going to happen. It would have been amazing. I certainly don’t think Sting would have been up for doing something like that – to be blunt.”
DAVE DAVIES PREPS HIS FIRST UK SHOW IN 13 YEARS
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies of The Kinks has announced plans to perform his first concert in 13 years in his native UK. The iconic and influential guitar player will appear on April 11 at Barbican Hall in London where he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band he co-founded with his brother Ray in North London in 1964. Fans are still holding out hope that Dave and Ray will finally put aside their differences long enough to see a Kinks reunion happen in time to mark their milestone anniversary.
DEEP PURPLE PREPARES DELUXE EDITION OF MADE IN JAPAN
Classic rock royalty Deep Purple will continue to milk celebrate the success of their wildly popular 1972 live album Made in Japan with the release of yet another bolstered edition of the original two-LP set. On May 19, Universal Music will serve up a special deluxe edition of the Machine Head tour tour de force, and as with many of the previous reissues, fans will have a laundry list of options at their disposal. The upcoming collection will be available as a two-CD set, a 180-gram double-vinyl package, Blu-ray audio and a four-CD box set that also includes a DVD with a new documentary featuring previously unreleased footage, a 7” vinyl single, more memorabilia and a hardback book. If you’re still not happy with your choices, perhaps the super deluxe limited edition nine-LP box or a number of digital download options will suit your needs.
HAMMETT HAS HAD IT WITH SOCIETY’S OBSESSION WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
If you’ve ever found yourself saying “I don’t know anybody who’s not on Twitter of Facebook,” meet Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. In a recent interview, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist hammered social media, saying, “Well personally, I don’t give a f*** about social media. I’m not on Facebook, I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on Instagram, I’m not on all these other f***ing things that I don’t even know about, and I don’t give a f***. I don’t care. I don’t f***ing care!” And he wasn’t done. Hammett added, “Social media can be extremely effective for whatever thing you’re doing or whatever cause so I think it’s important, but personally, I don’t give a f***.”