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Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band’s new single, a version of “Downtown Train” has a backstory with Rod Stewart

by on Feb.28, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band’s new single, a version of “Downtown Train” has a backstory with Rod Stewart

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band have a bit of a backstory regarding the new track released today "Downtown Train".

Seger recorded “Downtown Train” in early ’89, and mentioned it to Rod Stewart during a visit to London that summer.
"The next thing I knew,” Seger told Billboard, “a month later he recorded 'Downtown Train' in London, and two months later, he recorded it in the same studio I recorded it in Los Angeles." Once Stewart’s version was released and became a hit, Seger was pretty much forced to bury his version, for the time being; more than 20 years have passed since then.

Seger's current version of "Downtown Train," freshly recorded for an upcoming new album, will be released to radio Monday morning.

Billboard reports that Stewart and his representatives have long denied that he stole the idea to record "Downtown Train," and any hard feelings have settled over the years. Stewart offered an olive branch, of sorts, by recording Seger's "Still the Same" as the title track of his 2006 covers album "Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time."

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are currently rehearsing for a US tour, which kicks off March 26 in Toledo.

Listen to the new track here: Bob Seger \"Downtown Train\"

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Deep Purple hold press conference announcing short tour of Mexico, possible new album

by on Feb.28, 2011, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Deep Purple hold press conference announcing short tour of Mexico, possible new album

Deep Purple held a press conference last Tuesday, February 22, in Mexico City ahead of the group's short tour of Mexico.

When asked if there are any plans for Deep Purple to record a new studio album soon, vocalist Ian Gillan, replied, "I guess it's about time, isn't it?! So we're gonna get together and have a writing session quite soon. And if we get excited, then we'll probably have another [album finished and ready for release] shortly after that. We'll see how it goes. But there's no plans. But I think we're getting poked by various connections who would like to see another Deep Purple record. So I think it's about time."

Deep Purple released a live album last year called "Space Truckin' Round the World Live 68-76". The two-disc set features rare live recordings from various concerts all over the world, including gigs in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego. The compilation, which features multiple band lineups, also features a detailed history of the group, individual concert details and photos. It was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Purple Records — the label that handles the band's music.

Deep Purple's 18th studio album, "Rapture of the Deep", was released in November 2005. It is the fourth studio CD from Deep Purple since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.

Here's two clips from separte TV stations in Mexico, also featuring bassist Roger Glover's comments


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Def Leppard and Heart team up for big U.S. summer tour

by on Feb.28, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Def Leppard and Heart team up for big U.S. summer tour

Def Leppard, will make its triumphant return to the U.S. with a summer tour beginning on June 15th in West Palm Beach, Florida. Joining Def Leppard for this highly anticipated tour are Seattle rock legends Heart. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour will go on sale on beginning March 4th at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

"After having had the last 18 months off, Leppard are ready to get back on the road! Add Heart to the bill and it truly makes for a special evening," says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott.

"Nancy [Wilson, Heart guitarist] and I are really excited to be bringing Heart to the stage this summer with Def Leppard. It's going to be a powerful, monster show. The real thing. The summer of 2011 will be amazing," says Heart singer Ann Wilson.

Def Leppard has partnered with I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages for the show, including premium seats, pre-show parties and more.

Def Leppard's U.S. tour dates with Heart are as follows (with more shows to be announced):
Jun. 15 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Jun. 19 - Orange Beach, AL - Amphitheater at the Wharf
Jun. 22 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun. 24 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Jun. 26 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Jun. 29 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
Jul. 2 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 3 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
Jul. 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul. 12 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 15 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 17 - Cadott, WI - Rockfest
Jul. 20 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul. 24 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Aug. 8 - Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip
Aug. 10 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 13 - Des Moines,IA - Iowa State Fair
Aug. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 26 - St Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 27 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Aug. 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Sep. 14 - Portland, OR - Sleep Country Amphitheater

Def Leppard will release a brand new live album, "Mirrorball," this summer, featuring a mix of live Def Leppard classics, three brand new studio songs and a bonus DVD that contains energetic live performances and intimate backstage footage captured on the road. Also due this summer is the band's first coffee table book titled "Def Leppard - The Definitive Visual History," with exclusive photos by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin.

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Ozzy Osbourne named April 16th Record Store Day Ambassador 2011; Some fantastic vinyl releases!

by on Feb.28, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Ozzy Osbourne named April 16th Record Store Day Ambassador 2011; Some fantastic vinyl releases!

Ozzy Osbourne has been named as the Record Store Day Ambassador 2011. "I now have the power to command you to attend Record Store Day, April 16th. Be there!"

Go to recordstoreday.com to hear a message from Ozzy himself.
"The Record Store Day Ambassador's main purpose is to claim the mantle of greatness that conveys the majesty of the amazing array of releases made on the world's only holiday devoted to music. We were thrilled when the inaugural position was held in 2009 by the Eagles of Death Metal front man Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes, and was then followed in 2010 by Queens Of The Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures' Joshua Homme," says Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz. "We really didn't know who could top this trajectory of camp and circumstance and, needless to say, we were gobsmacked when Ozzy stepped up to the plate."

Ozzy fans who come out to support Record Store Day will have the first chance to purchase a special 7" vinyl single of Diary of a Madman's "Flying High Again" (with a live version of "I Don't Know" as the B side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" albums.

Other highlights include rare releases by Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Derek and the Dominos, Franz Ferdinand, Pearl Jam, Deftones and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Among the special releases: a 7” single from Derek and the Dominos that features the unreleased “Got to Get Better in a Little While” with “Layla” on the other side; Hendrix’s “Fire” on 7” of red vinyl or on a three-track CD single; AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill” and “War Machine” on a 7” vinyl single; and full-length vinyl LP versions of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’s self-titled debut and "You’re Gonna Get It." Deftones will release "Covers", and it will be limited to 5,000 copies. On the album, the band take on such diverse tracks as The Cars’ “Drive,” The Smiths’ “Please Please Let Me Get What I Want,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.” Many of the songs on the album have been previously available as B-sides or iTunes bonus tracks, but they will be compiled for the first time on the vinyl LP.

Another interesting releases is a Franz Ferdinand EP that features covers of their songs by other artists, including LCD Soundsystem, Debbie Harry and Peaches. In other cases, bands have teamed up to “split” a single, which is the case with Green Day and Husker Du (“Don’t Know if You are Lonely”), Mastodon and ZZ Top (“Just Got Paid”) and Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Ramones (“Havana Affair”).

Other items include the previously announced Flaming Lips vinyl album box set and a replica of the original vinyl EP for The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar.”

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Def Leppard will headline 2011 Download Festival in UK June 10-12

by on Feb.28, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Def Leppard will headline 2011 Download Festival in UK June 10-12

Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Alice Cooper, Alter Bridge, Buckcherry, Cheap Trick, The Cult, Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry, Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Hollywood Undead, Thin Lizzy, Mr. Big, System Of A Down, Korn, The Damned Things and many more have already been announced for Download Festival 2011. Held in Donnington Park, Leicestershire, UK; the festival is probably the biggest rock show of the year in the world

Here's the lineup so far:
ALICE COOPER
ALL THAT REMAINS
ALTER BRIDGE
ASKING ALEXANDRIA
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
BLACK STONE CHERRY
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
BOWLING FOR SOUP
BRING ME THE HORIZON
BUCKCHERRY
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CHEAP TRICK
CLUTCH
DANZIG
DEF LEPPARD
DEVIL WEARS PRADA
DISTURBED
DOWN
DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED
ESCAPE THE FATE
FM
FRANK TURNER
GASLIGHT ANTHEM
GHOST
GWAR
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD
JAMESON RAID
KORN
LINKIN PARK
MADINA LAKE
MASTERS OF REALITY
MR BIG
PENDULUM
RISE TO REMAIN
ROB ZOMBIE
SACRED MOTHER TONGUE
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
THE CULT
THE DAMNED THINGS
THE KING BLUES
THIN LIZZY
TRASH TALK
TURISAS
TWISTED SISTER


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