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Friday March 6



Paul McCartney Duets With Alice Cooper On Supergroup Project

Paul McCartney has added even more star power to Alice Cooper's new supergroup Hollywood Vampires which also features Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp. Perry revealed last year that he had recorded with McCartney as part of a secret project and now he has provided more details in an interview with Rolling Stone, explaining that the collaboration is part of the cover album being made by the new supergroup led by Alice Cooper. The Aerosmith guitarist says that they worked with McCartney on a cover of Badfinger's "Come and Get It," which the Beatles legend wrote and produced for the group in the late 1960s, with McCartney and Cooper sharing the lead vocal duties on the track. McCartney "knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything," says Perry. "He didn't have any cheat sheets. It was like he'd been playing it his whole life." He also explained what it was like to be in the studio with McCartney, "[We] were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you -- if there's any ego-lever in a room, it's Paul. It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done. If Paul's in the room, he's there. It was hard to focus on playing." The song was recorded for the album project that will pay tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires, which was a group of rock stars that gathered together at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood during the 1970s. The original Hollywood Vampires included late rockstars like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and The Who's Keith Moon. The Badfinger cover was recorded in tribute to late members Pete Ham and Mark Evans who both committed suicide. Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983.

Read more: Friday March 6

Thursday March 5



Metallica 'Close To Being Done' Creating New Album Songs

(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the band have written close to 20 songs for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magenetic" and he says the "creative elements are getting close to being done". Ulrich gave Rolling Stone an update on the progress of the songwriting for the new album, "We are f***ing in it. We've got lots of songs, and we're honing them and tweaking them. It's pretty close." He then defined what he meant by close. "The creative elements are getting close to being done," the drummer says. "Just remember, this is still 'Metallica time.' When I say we're close to being done, it means the next month or so. There's a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events.... But we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day." While the band has yet to choose a producer for the project, Ulrich reveals the group are likely to debut some of the new material during their 2015 live shows.

Read more: Thursday March 5

Tuesday March 3



Metallica Releasing Earliest Recordings For RSD

(Classic Rock) Metallica has confirmed special releases for this year's Record Store Day. The annual event takes place on April 18 and aims to offer additional reasons to visit independent retail outlets on the day. Metallica will launch a reissues series with an exact replica of demo cassette tape No Life 'Til Leather, recorded in July 1982 and featuring frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich along with future Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney. It carries six tracks including Hit The Lights, Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia and Phantom Lord. Ulrich tells Rolling Stone: "It's time for us to put out some next-level reissues and do the song and dance of the catalogue that everyone else has done. Instead of starting with Kill 'Em All in 1983, we figured we'd go back another two years to when the band was formed." The RSD special will be followed by an expanded edition in the summer.

Read more: Tuesday March 3

Monday March 2



Led Zeppelin Event Coming To Movie Theaters

(hennemusic) A compilation of live Led Zeppelin performances will be screened in US theaters on March 30th as the legendary band continued their extensive reissues series with last week's expanded reissue of their 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti." The second evening in the Fathom Events Classic Music Series - the first featured the premiere of "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" last week - will deliver footage of Led Zeppelin live performances from two previously released sources: 1976's "The Song Remains The Same" concert film and the 2003 "Led Zeppelin" DVD. Fathom Events have pulled clips of the band at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, their July 1973 shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, their five-night run at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and their two performances at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979.

Read more: Monday March 2

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