CLAPTON’S 2013 CROSSROADS GUITAR FEST COMING TO CD, DVD, BLU-RAY
Highlights from the 2013 edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival which took place last spring at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, and for the first time, on CD, on November 19. The individual collections feature performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, B.B. King and Los Lobos, just to name a few.
DEF LEPPARD’S CAMPBELL SAYS PLAYING WITH CANCER “LIKE THERAPY”
Longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says being able to perform onstage during chemotherapy sessions to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma “was good therapy for me.” The musician says he received his diagnosis on “the first day of rehearsal” earlier this year for the band’s residency in Las Vegas, and admits, “(It) was just a little bit weird for me being in Vegas and doing these shows…and playing rock ‘n’ roll and knowing that I’ve got cancer…but it’s good mentally to keep moving forward…”
OSBOURNES WAGED EPIC BATTLE BEFORE RECONCILING
In her autobiography Unbreakable, Sharon Osbourne describes a violent physical altercation she and her husband Ozzy had on their way to avoiding divorce following his relapse into drugs and drinking last year. Sharon writes that during a meeting in Los Angeles, during which she asked for a divorce and half of Ozzy’s fortune, she tossed a cup of coffee at his head. “Then I grabbed him and pulled at his precious hair with one hand, while trying to yank off his jewelry with the other. He went for me, trying to grab me in a headlock.” The two eventually worked out their differences, with Ozzy completing another stint in rehab. Sharon recalls their first post-rehab meeting, writing, “It seemed like forever since I’d looked into my husband’s eyes, but now I was looking into sober eyes. The man I loved was present. I could tell he was relieved to be sitting next to me. I put my hand on his, took him in my arms and we cried.”
BOWIE RELEASING EXTENDED VERSION OF LATEST RECORD
David Bowie is re-issuing his March 2013 release The Next Day with four new tracks. The Next Day Extra will feature, “the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus tracks and a DVD of the four promotional films made for the album.” The 10-track bonus CD will include four previously unreleased songs, as well as two new mixes and “Bless The Girl,” which was only on the Japanese issue of The Next Day. The re-issue is due out November 5th.
CLAPTON CULLS CLASSIC 70S CUTS FOR BIG BOX SET
Christmas will come one month early this year for hardcore Eric Clapton fans who, rest assured, will rush out on November 25 to snap up God’s gigantic six-disc box set, Give Me Strength. Strength is what fans will need just to lift this colossal collection which includes a tracklist that features remastered and unreleased tracks from the sessions and live tours surrounding three of Slowhand’s stellar albums, 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One in Every Crowd and E.C. Was Here.
CHRISTINE MCVIE REUNITES WITH FLEETWOOD MAC IN LONDON
Fans of Fleetwood Mac finally saw their dream of having former member Christine McVie join her bandmates onstage come true Wednesday night in London when she joined the group for a rousing version of “Don’t Stop.” Fan footage captures the long-awaited reunion which took place at London’s O2 Arena. McVie left the band in 1998 and up until now remained adamant that she was retired and had no interest in returning to the stage.
GRAMM MORE THAN READY TO REUNITE WITH FOREIGNER’S JONES
The long-awaited, though up until now highly unlikely, Foreigner reunion between former frontman Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones appears to be way more likely now that Gramm has indicated he is once again ready to rock. During a recent interview, Gramm said, “Mick and I have renewed our friendship. So I think, to me, that’s the most important thing. I’m wide open to any plans. I would love to do something with my old bandmate again. I think it would be fun.”
RUSSIAN PARENTS’ GROUP PROTESTS JOHN’S UPCOMING CONCERTS
A parents’ group in Russia is up in arms over Elton John’s scheduled concerts there I December over the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members is gay. The committee has petitioned President Vladimir Putin to pull the plug on the performances planned for December 6 in Moscow and the following day in Kazan, claiming that John’s homosexuality is a violation of the country’s anti-gay legislation which bans “homosexual propaganda.” Unlike other artists, John has vowed to perform in Russia as opposed to boycotting the country.
LIVERPOOL’S CAVERN CLUB ON THE MARKET
The Beatles made history at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and now it’s up for sale. The legendary venue where the Fab Four got their start in the early ‘60s (and played almost 300 shows) is currently on the market for more than a million U.S. dollars. The club was demolished in 1973 and rebuilt next door using the original bricks. Today, it’s part of the Cavern Walks Shopping Centre, and continues to function as a concert venue.
PERRY PROFESSES “LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP” WITH HIS VOICE
Reclusive rocker Steve Perry made a rare public appearance last week at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala in Los Angeles, where the former Journey frontman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why he’s stayed out of the spotlight. Perry, now, 64, said, “This love-hate relationship that I have with my voice is a tumultuous thing. You love music, but it’s a tough relationship. I walked away from all of it. I jumped off the Journey merry-go-round when it was still selling large venues. I got burned out and had to leave. I did become a bit of a recluse.”