Rock News Randoms 8-15-11

Rock News Randoms 8-15-11

Gene Simmons was invited to be on “Dancing with the Stars”, but he turned them down. In a tweet, he said “Wouldn’t be fair to the other contestants. I won the Twist contest back in the Stone Age”. 

Members of the British Parliament are calling on Queen Elizabeth to recognize Black Sabbath as the pioneers of heavy metal. 

Over the weekend, South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert aired on Comedy Central, and is now available for streaming on Paramount+. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took part in a show at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, teaming up with Primus and South Park co-creator Matt Stone for a version of “Closer to the Heart”.

Metallica’s James Hetfield and his wife of 25 years are getting a divorce. And METALLICA will perform at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, September 24 in NYC’s Central Park.

New Bon Scott and Angus Young action figures are coming out this fall.

Coming September 23, a 30th-anniversary vinyl edition and box set of ALICE IN CHAINSDirt. The band got their 2022 tour underway last week, playing their first shows since the pandemic began.

Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee posted his naked man parts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter last week.  It was eventually removed from Instagram and Facebook, but was still up on Twitter, where that sort of thing is allowed.  No word yet why he did it.

There’s a 25-foot Ozzy Osbourne inflatable touring the country right now.  It’s traveling until September 9th to promote his new album “Patient Number 9”.   

Enjoy fan filmed video of Ace Frehley performing in Niagara Falls on August 13.

YouTube has a new feature called “Most-Replayed” where you can see which scenes are watched over and over.  Out of the most popular rock videos, the most-replayed scene is Slash’s solo in the desert in Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”.

On September 23rd, Niji Entertainment & BMG will release two legendary live performances from DIO at the Donington Festival in the UK. DIO AT DONINGTON ‘83 captures the original DIO lineup on the HOLY DIVER TOUR and captures a young, hungry band 3 months after the release of their debut album. The set features classic tracks from Ronnie James Dio’s already amazing career as vocalist for Rainbow and Black Sabbath, alongside soon to be classics like “Holy Diver”, “Rainbow In The Dark”, and “Stand Up And Shout”. More info:

Dio at Donington ’83:

Dio at Donington ’87:

Here’s a new Megadeth track, “Soldier On”.

Eric Clapton joined Reprise Records in 1983, launching a prolific period that spans 30 years and encompasses some of his most celebrated work. An upcoming limited edition, 12-LP boxed set revisits Clapton’s first six albums for Reprise along with an LP exclusive to this collection that features rarities from the era, including a previously unreleased remix of “Pilgrim” by co-writer and long-time Clapton producer Simon Climie. 

THE COMPLETE REPRISE STUDIO ALBUMS – VOLUME I will be available on September 30 for $249.98, with pre-orders available now. It contains newly remastered versions of six studio albums pressed on 180-gram vinyl: Money and Cigarettes (1983) as a single LP, Behind the Sun (1985), August (1986), Journeyman (1989), From the Cradle (1994), and Pilgrim (1998) as double-LPs. Behind The Sun and August were originally released as single LPs; both are now 3-sided double albums to avoid long LP sides and to maximize the audio quality. 

The final LP in the collection, Rarities (1983-1998), brings together eight rare recordings from this era, including live versions of “White Room” and “Crossroads” that were both featured on the B-side of the 1987 single “Behind The Mask.” Another B-side, “Theme From A Movie That Never Happened” (Orchestral), appeared in 1998 on the Grammy®-winning single, “My Father’s Eyes.” A cover of Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” (an outtake from Grammy® winning album From The Cradle) is available on YouTube. Click HERE to listen now.