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Rush's MOVING PICTURES Tracks Available For Rock Band Video Game

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 9, 2009 at 1:10 PM

We encourage you to pick up a real guitar and play along to your favorite songs, but if you're not quite ready for the limelight, Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the addition of seven new tracks from progressive rock band Rush to the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content for Wii home videogame console from Nintendo.

The lineup features master recordings from Rush’s most successful album, Moving Pictures (1981), including "Tom Sawyer," "Red Barchetta," "YYZ," and "Limelight." Other tracks include "The Camera Eye," "Witch Hunt," and "Vital Signs." These tracks will be available tomorrow (February 10) for just $2.00 (200 Wii points) each.

To view a complete list of the more than 550 tracks available in the Rock Band music back catalog please visit www.rockband.com/music.  

PAUL MCCARTNEY Shows the Kids How It's Done

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 9, 2009 at 11:34 AM

It seems it was "generational collaboration" night at last night's Grammy Awards, and in most instances, it was fun and entertaining. Anyone who witnessed Sir Paul McCartney rock the house down with "I Saw Her Standing There" saw just why he is still the man. At age 66, and with much of the room young enough to be his grandchildren, Macca owned the place. And did you seeDave Grohl pounding the skins the way someone granted the opportunity to play with a legend ought to pound? Going out there and giving 110% to the performance was the ultimate sign of respect. Kudos, Mr. Grohl!

Conversely, was it me, or were the Jonas Brothers too busy trying to be cool that they didn't realize the enormity of the privilege they had to play with "cool" personified, Stevie Wonder? Whereas Macca brought out the best in Grohl, here it seems the JoBros made Stevie look more like a prop than the icon he is.

While this next one isn't exactly a "collaboration," it's certainly generational. Congratulations to guitarist Dweezil Zappa for winning Best Rock Instrumental Performance, for his version of father Frank's "Peaches In Regalia," from the album Zappa Plays Zappa.

And in our final generational pairing: Congratulations to Robert Plant and Allison Krauss on winning five well-deserved Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Raising Sand. In this age of sampling, studio miracles, and canned music, it's refreshing to see this music get the critical recognition it deserves.

IRON MAIDEN To Conclude Massive Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Rock legends Iron Maiden have confirmed that the final show ever of their massive Somewhere Back in Time World Tour 2008-2009 will be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the April 2nd at the BankAtlantic Center. This, the band's first show in Florida in 13 years, will definitely be the last show of one of the most ambitious rock tours ever undertaken, and promises to be a big party night for both the band and audience. 

Says drummer and local Florida resident Nicko McBrain, "We'll be arriving right in the middle of Spring Break, so this really promises to be a huge party for everyone. And I'm sure there will be more than a few sore heads in Fort Lauderdale the following day! The whole tour has been an amazing experience and this final leg back on Ed Force One promises to be crazier than ever!"

The Somewhere Back in Time Tour revisits the band's history by focusing almost entirely on the 80's—in both choice of songs played, and the stage set, which is based around the legendary Egyptian Production of the 1984-85 Powerslave Tour and featured on the recent DVD Live after Death. This is arguably  the most elaborate and spectacular show the band has ever presented, and will include some key elements of their Somewhere In Time tour of 1986-1987, such as the Cyborg Eddie character.

Fans around the world will be able to see what it was like flying on Ed Force One in the recently announced movie FLIGHT 666, which will play in selected cinemas around the world on Tuesday, April 21. Fan club members will able to access an exclusive first pre-sale on Thursday, February 12, from 10:00am to midnight. They will also be able to be eligible to enter the "FIRST TO THE STAGE BARRIER" privileged first-access draw.

For details on tickets, fan club, the new movie FLIGHT 666, tour updates and up-to-date Maiden news, please visit www.ironmaiden.com.

TODD RUNDGREN Joins Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Legendary rockstar/producer Todd Rundgren is coming to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, April 29 to May 3, in Hollywood, California. Rundgren, one of the most versatile and innovative producers of our time, will conduct master classes and jam sessions, as well as rehearse with each band at the upcoming camp. Other newly announced guest counselors and instructors include Earl Slick, who has played with David Bowie and John Lennon; legendary guitarist and record producer Bob Kulick; and super-chef Guy Fieri, who will not only be a camper but will also cook up some great meals for us. Previously announced participants include Steve Lukather, Duff McKagan, and Alan White, among many others.

For all the details, visit the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp web site

ALBERT CUMMINGS Voted Blueswax Artist of the Year

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 6, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Albert CummingsReaders of Blueswax, a weekly e-newsletter that is the largest subscribed blues publication in the world, have spoken, and guitarist Albert Cummings is their Artist of the Year. They also voted Kenny Neal's acclaimed CD, Let Life Flow, as the Album of the Year.

Cummings—one of the nicest guys you'll meet in the music business—released Feel So Good in late 2008, a live recording on which the guitarist "effortlessly shifts from chimey subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines." (Guitar Edge)

For Neal, Let Life Flow marks a triumphant return to recording after a long line of painful experiences over the past couple of years. It is an inspired set that draws musically from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana, while striking a deep, emotional resonance in response to those personal trials he endured.

Congratulations to both bluesmen!

All Shall Perish Part Ways With Guitarist

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 6, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Oakland CA's extreme metallers All Shall Perish have parted ways with guitarist Chris Storey. According to the band, both sides felt it was time due to many long standing internal issues. The band has issued the following statement:

"We will be doing all upcoming tours and fests! We have an unbelievable replacement named Jason Richardson. Can't wait to see everyone on the road! We will be doing a small headliner, the Atticus Clothing tour, and then a ton of major fests in Europe. We have some surprises in store as well!"

For more, visit the band's web site here.
 

For a good time, call 867-5309. Ask for Jenny!

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Some of you may remember Tommy Tutone's 1982 one-hit wonder "867-5309/Jenny" (get the guitar tab here. Thanks to Tutone's #1 hit, the phone number became the most famous in history. Even today, 26 years later, it still receives between 8,000 and 10,000 calls per year. Well, if you like to answer a lot of calls, and you've got an extra half a million in cash laying around, you can own a piece of pop culture history.

That's right, Jenny's digits are for sale on ebay, where the bidding currently sits at $369,100, with just under four days left on the auction. According to the owner, Spencer Potter, it is one of the last remaining 867-5309 number in service. The number is registered with Vonage and will work anywhere in the U.S. Since it's technically illegal to sell a phone number, the owner is selling it as part of his DJ company. No word as to whether an original vinyl 45 of the song comes with the DJ business.

Good luck and happy bidding!

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