Rock News Randoms 4-16-21

Rock News Randoms 4-16-21

Coming November 9, a new book by Bob Spitz – “Led Zeppelin: The Biography”.

Another KIRK HAMMETT guitar is on the auction block.

Somebody mashed up VAN HALEN‘s “Panama” with METALLICA‘s “Enter Sandman”.  Did it work?

MICK JAGGER isn’t interested in writing an autobiography.  He tried in the ’80s, but he quit because he found it “dull and upsetting.”  He says, quote, “I really didn’t enjoy it . . . reliving my life, to the detriment of living in the now.” Oh, and MICK JAGGER has turned his DAVE GROHL collaboration “Eazy Sleazy” into an NFT

BLACK SABBATH was embroiled in a protracted legal battle with its former manager in 1975 when the band started recording its sixth studio album, Sabotage. The group felt sabotaged at every turn – hence the album’s title – but that feeling helped fuel the intensity of the new music they were making. In spite of the distractions, the band created one of the most dynamic – and underappreciated – albums of its legendary career. Rhino pays tribute to the patron saints of heavy metal with a collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a complete live show recorded during the band’s 1975 tour. SABOTAGE: SUPER DELUXE EDITION will be available on June 11 as both a 4-CD set ($49.98) and a 4-LP set on 180-gram vinyl ($109.98), with the latter including a bonus 7-inch with the single edit for “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” and “Hole In The Sky” on the flipside with artwork replicating the very rare Japanese release of the single. Both the 4-CD and 4-LP versions are available for pre-order now at the store. The newly remastered version of the original album will be available via digital download and streaming services on the same day. Click HERE to listen to the newly remastered version of “Am I Going Insane (Radio),” available digitally. SABOTAGE: SUPER DELUXE EDITION introduces 16 live tracks (13 of which are previously unreleased) that were recorded in 1975 during the quartet’s U.S. tour for the album. The performances include songs that span the group’s career, from the title track to its 1970 debut Black Sabbath to “Spiral Architect” and “Sabbra Cadabra” from its previous album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973). Sabotage is represented as well with live takes of “Hole In The Sky” and “Megalomania.” The music is accompanied by in-depth liner notes that tell the story of the album through quotes from band members and the music media along with rare photos and press clippings from the era. Also included is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and Sabotage 1975 tour color poster.

September 7 is the release date for “Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin”, the first-ever biography of the late Zep drummer. 

TOTO‘s new line-up will take center stage on June 25, with the release of the live album With a Little Help From My Friends. It was recorded during livestream event last year. Here’s a taste.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu was the most-anticipated new album in America in 1970. More than 50 years later, it’s one of the most famous albums in rock history with legendary songs, including “Carry On” and “Teach Your Children,” that still resonate today. Rhino will honor the intense creative journey that led to this milestone album with an expansive 4-CD/1-LP collection that includes a pristine version of the original album on both 180-gram vinyl and CD, plus hours of rare and unreleased studio recordings that provide incredible insight into the making of the record. DÉJÀ VU: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available from Rhino on May 14 for $99.98. Presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, the collection comes illustrated with rarely seen photos from the era and annotated by writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe, whose revealing liner notes recount the making of the album through stories told by the people who were there, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. On the same day, a deluxe vinyl version will also be available with the full content across 5 LPs of 180-gram vinyl. The deluxe vinyl version is available for pre-order exclusively at and for $249.98. The music will also be available on digital download and streaming services and in high-resolution audio at Customers that purchase any version of the release at and will receive a high-resolution download version as well. A new line of CSNY Déjà Vu-themed, organic merch made from sustainably sourced materials is available now exclusively at and