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Thursday March 19



Led Zeppelin Movie Details Revealed

The song listing for the special one night only Led Zeppelin movie theater event has been revealed. Movie theaters across the United States will screen the movie on March 30th. The film will include live performance footage that span the legendary band's entire career (not including special reunions) that will be presented in chronological order. Things will kick off with two performances from the band's January 9th, 1970 performance at Royal Albert Hall: "Communication Breakdown" and "Bring It on Home/Bring It on Back". Next up will be "Immigrant Song" from Sydney Showground on February 27th, 1972, followed by three songs from July of 1973 at Madison Square Garden: "Black Dog", "Misty Mountain Hop", and "The Ocean". The film will then jump forward to May of 1975 with three songs from when the band played Earls Court: "Going to California", "In My Time of Dying", and "Stairway to Heaven". The finale of the film will include songs from the group's August 4th, 1979 appearance at the Knebworth Festival which was the band's second to last live performance in the UK (which was at the same festival on August 11th): "Rock and Roll", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Kashmir" and "Whole Lotta Love".

Read more: Thursday March 19

Wednesday March 18



KISS Slammed By Twisted Sister's Dee Snider

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is slamming KISS for its reuse of original makeup by non-original band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Thayer dresses in original lead guitarist Ace Frehley's makeup and stage outfits while Singer does the same with original drummer Peter Criss' gear, while each perform songs by their original counterparts. "I don't see how people could accept this," Snider tells Eddie Trunk. "Tommy Thayer? I'm sorry. It's insulting. Not only did he play with a tribute band of Kiss, he's imitating Ace in his entire act!" Snider takes particular exception to Thayer performing Frehley's track, "Shock Me", from 1977's "Love Gun." "Oh, my God, that's disgraceful," adds the singer. "When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys (drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent) who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters." The pair discussed the difference between longtime fans who care to differentiate between the men behind the makeup and those who simply want to see the KISS live experience regardless of which musicians are involved. "My theory is, they forgave Kiss for 'I Was Made for Loving You,' and anything is acceptable after that," says Snider. "It was a disco song, people! It's not okay! It was never okay, and they're playing it live now. Unbelievable. They play 'I Was Made for Loving You,' a fricking disco song!" Last fall, frontman Paul Stanley defended the use of original makeup by Thayer and Singer.

Read more: Wednesday March 18

Tuesday March 17



Original Guns N' Roses Members Record New Song

(hennemusic) Duff McKagan has revealed that he and his former original Guns N' Roses bandmate Izzy Stradlin hooked up to record a new song in the studio last month. McKagan first shared word that he was recording on his 51st birthday on February 5 with Stradlin and his longtime drummer Taz Bentley, tweeting "Spent the first part of my birthday with @tazbentley and Izzy...rocking!" Now, McKagan shares more details in a new interview with Argentina's Vorterix. "[Izzy and I] recorded a song that day," says the bassist. "We were talking on the phone, and he said, 'Let's go record a song.' And we used Josh [Homme] from Queens of the Stone Age's studio; it was open. "So we just went it - Izzy and I and Taz - and just had a blast. We recorded a song. I have it. It just got mixed. It's a super kick-ass song. And we just had fun, and we'll probably do it some more." "We've always kind of done [stuff like that], but usually on his records," McKagan continues. "This was just like this open thing. And I had a riff, and he had an idea, and we recorded it in half a day."

Read more: Tuesday March 17

Monday March 16



Rolling Stones To Announce Tour This Week?

This weekend The Rolling Stones started hinting at a big announcement via teases posted to their Facebook page with the hashtag #SatisfactionThursday, leading many to believe that the group will be announcing their North American summer tour this Thursday. The new online teases come after guitarist Ronnie Wood said in two recent interviews that the band was planning to launch a North American tour this summer. Over the weekend, the band made several Facebook postings including the first post that featured a video showing the members rehearsing while their classic song "Miss You" plays in the background, according to ABC. The video and subsequent posts directed fans to a website called JustAKissAway.rocks that includes the band's lips and tongue logo above the words "Get What You Need" and the #SatisfactionThursday hashtag, as well as a signup box for email alerts asking for fan's email address and zip code. As we previously reported, Ronnie Wood broke the news of the Rolling Stones tour plans in two recent interviews. Woods told Radio.com, "We're coming to North America in the summer." Wood also confirmed the plans in a separate interview with GMI Rock News. "Oh yeah, we had a meeting in New York with the boys, and we're gonna come to North America again in the summer."

Read more: Monday March 16

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