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Pink Floyd ‘Behind The Wall’ clip and TV commercial for ‘The Wall’ Immersion box set released (video)
On February 28th in North America (Feb. 27 in Europe), EMI will release Immersion and Experience edition of Pink Floyd's The Wall. It will be the final installment of the recent 'Why Pink Floyd?' reissues and extended releases. The band have now released a TV promo for the set, and a clip from the documentary 'Behind The Wall' from it. Check them both out below.
The Wall remains Pink Floyd's biggest-selling release after 1973's legendary The Dark Side Of The Moon.
Here's a another promo for the set.
Sample the set
Here's a U.S. trailer for the sets
Released in November 1979, The Wall topped the album charts in the US, France, Germany, Sweden and Australia. 'Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2' - Pink Floyd's first UK single since 1968 - became a #1 hit, selling more than one million copies within weeks of its release.
Between 1980 and 1981, Pink Floyd staged 31 performances of The Wall in the US, UK and Germany. It was a spectacular show that included a 40-foot wall, constructed, brick by brick, across the front of the stage during the performance. In 2010 and 2011 Roger Waters toured a new production of The Wall to huge international acclaim. He was joined onstage in May 2011 at London's 02 Arena by guitarist, David Gilmour and drummer, Nick Mason. He continues to tour in the Southern Hemisphere and North America in 2012.
The Wall Immersion 7-disc edition includes a DVD featuring a film clip from the 1980 tour and a Behind The Wall documentary, plus, for the first time, CDs of excerpts from Roger Waters' original demos and work-in-progress versions of songs on the final album. Additionally, among these previously unheard versions are David Gilmour's original demos of 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Run Like Hell'. The Immersion set also includes The Wall Live, compiled from the 1980-1981 original tour.
Both The Wall Immersion box set and Experience edition include a rare recording of 'Another Brick In The Wall Part 1'. A highlight for fans, this demo showcases the evolution of the final track. Additionally, The Doctor explores the origins of the landmark track 'Comfortably Numb', giving further insight into Pink Floyd's early demo recordings.
Following on from the Immersion and Experience editions of The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, these new versions of The Wall offer listeners a unique insight into another hugely successful chapter in the Pink Floyd story.
In 1978, after finishing Pink Floyd's Animals stadium tour, Roger Waters devised the concept for the album The Wall. The album is a partly autobiographical story about a fictional rock star named Pink looking back at his early life and reflecting on the nature of fame and success.
Waters presented his band mates David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason with an extensive demo of songs. Pink Floyd recorded their eleventh album The Wall throughout 1979 in France, New York and Los Angeles, assisted by co-producer, Bob Ezrin and engineer, James Guthrie.
An adjunct to the sessions was the famous addition of a group of pupils from London's Islington Green School, who recorded their backing vocals ("We don't need no education...") on 'Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2' at Pink Floyd's own Britannia Row Studios in London. This became the world's introduction to the album with the release of its first single, an instant success, accompanied by a promotional film which included several of the groundbreaking images from the story, including Gerald Scarfe's brilliantly realized marching hammers.
Pink Floyd: The Wall Immersion box set, Experience edition and Collectors 180g 2LP Vinyl edition will be released February 28th through EMI. The 2CD remastered Discovery edition is out now.
The 35th anniversary deluxe edition of the classic KISS album 'Destroyer' is set to be released in Europe on Feb. 27 and in North American on Feb. 28. The two-disc set will contain remixes of the LP by producer Bob Ezrin as well as outtakes from the recording sessions, and it will also feature the 'Destroyer' LP’s original cover art. At the time ‘Destroyer’ was released, he cover was deemed “too violent.”
The album was Kiss’s fourth studio record, and their second consecutive disc to reach the Top 20 in the U.S. It later went on to become the band’s first platinum studio record. Destroyer was released on March 15, 1976 and peaked at #4 in Sweden, #6 in Austria and Canada and #11 in the US. The album is certified double-platinum (two million units) in the US.
Ken Kelly's original version of the album cover for 'Destroyer' was rejected by the record company because they felt the scene was too violent looking with the rubble and flames. Also, the original version had the members of KISS wearing the Alive costumes.
The Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards were held Wednesday night (Nov. 9) at the world-famous Roundhouse in Camden, England and there were many highlights. Guitar legend Jeff Beck was awarded the highest accolade of the evening, The Living Legend Award. Presented by Roger Taylor from Queen, the announcement was met with a standing ovation from a room full of his peers. Previous winners of this coveted award include Rush, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop.
Jeff then took to the stage for a performance with guests Joss Stone (now in SuperHeavy) and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde for a unique never-to-be-seen-again performance. Beck commented on his award, stating: "It's a bit overblown, it's a bit over the top, I am me and I am never going to forget who I am and I am glad I am rooted on the ground and my mum would never have tolerated that rubbish."
Fans voted Queen's reissues package of five albums the best reissues of the year, fighting off competition from The Who's "Live at Leeds" and David Bowie's "Station to Station" deluxe.
"It's a very nice surprise to me," Queen guitarist Brian May told BBC 6 Music. "You do beaver away on these projects and a lot of time and effort went into this and you think will anyone actually notice how brilliant they are and appreciate them and the good news is they do."
When asked how he felt about being host of the 2011 Roll Of Honour Gene Simmons said: 'A privilege and an honour wouldn't cover it. For me this will be a memory of a lifetime. Signed by the God Of Thunder."
The Living Legend Award (sponsored by Orange Amplification)
Event Of The Year
Roger Waters' 'The Wall Live Tour'
Breakthrough Act Of The Year (sponsored by Universal Music)
Black Country Communion
The Spirit Of Prog (sponsored by EMI)
The Innovator Award (sponsored by Rimowa)
Musicians' Union Maestro Award
Tommy Vance Inspiration award
Classic Songwriter (sponsored by Fender)
Manic Street Preachers
Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio)
Metal Guru Award (sponsored by Mascot Label Group)
Classic Album Award (sponsored by Ear Music)
The Who's 'Quadrophenia'
VIP Award (sponsored by currencies.co.uk)
Best New Band (sponsored by Kraken)
Also nominated: Rival Sons, Von Hertzen Brothers, Saint Jude, The Treatment, Wolf People.
Album Of The Year (sponsored by Eagle Vision)
Michael Monroe for 'Sensory Overdrive'
Also nominated: Alter Bridge - ABIII, Black Country Communion 2, Black Spiders - Sons of the North, Black Stone Cherry - Between the Devil., Foo Fighters - Wasting light, Graveyard - Hisingen Blues, Jeff Beck - Rock 'n' Roll Party, Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl, Journey - Eclipse, Motorhead - The World is Yours, Rival Sons - Pressure And Time, Whitesnake - Forevermore.
Re-issue Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy)
Queen 'Re-Issues' package of their five albums
Also nominated: David Bowie - Staion to Station Deluxe, Deep Purple - Come Taste the Band 35th Anniversary, Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink Deluxe, King Crimson Reissues, Pearl Jam - Vs/Vitalogy Deluxe, QOTSA - Rated R Deluxe, Bruce Springsteen - The Promise The Edge of Town Story, The Who - Live at Leeds 40th
Anniversary Deluxe, Thin Lizzy Reissues
Lemmy for 'Lemmy'
Also nominated: AC/DC Liver at River Plate, Black Sabbath Classic Albums: Paranoid, The Rolling Stones - Ladies and Gentlemen, Deep Purple - Phoenix Rising, The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.
Band Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation)
Alice Cooper to help design Universal Studios Halloween Maze, new ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare” out Sept. 13
Alice Cooper will help design a theme park maze for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights. Cooper is the second celebrity that the park has tapped to help create horror-inspired mazes for the annual Halloween celebration that runs on selected nights from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.
Horror movie director and actor Eli Roth, who produced the 2002 horror film "Cabin Fever" and 2005's "Hostel," among others, will design a maze called Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season. Other celebrities who have agreed to design mazes will be announced over the next few weeks.
The mazes are usually temporary structures installed at the theme park among the other rides and attractions. Guests walk through the dark mazes, past scenes of gore and costumed actors that jump out from the shadows.
According to Universal Studios Hollywood, Cooper's maze will include "guillotine decapitations, electric chairs, a sadistic insane asylum, predatory snakes and giant Black Widow spiders that have helped make his imagery timeless and indelible."
Alice Cooper's widely anticipated new album, 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', will be released September 13, 2011, by Universal Music Enterprises. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum 'Welcome To My Nightmare' album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
The original release is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneering U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.
More than 35 years later, Alice and Ezrin have resurrected the horror and humor for a new generation.
"This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later," explains Alice, "Bob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us."
There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on 3 tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice "dad"; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice's current touring band and featured prominently on the first Nightmare album.
Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number, very much in the spirit of the Rolling Stones. And then there's the ballad "Something To Remember Me By," described by Alice as "the prettiest song we have ever released."
Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice's nightmare.
From the opener, "I Am Made Of You," through the already established live favorite and first single "I'll Bite Your Face Off," to the surprising duet with Ke$ha, "What Baby Wants," this album is a reminder that albums just aren't made this way anymore.
And musicians do not play together like Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith anymore. "I wanted a '70s feel for 'When Hell Comes Home,' says Alice, "and I didn't even have to ask for it, it's just how they play and they did it live in the studio. When they got done playing the basic track, Bob and I just looked at each other, that sound is built into their DNA. We didn't need to go and fix anything. The way they finished was a little bit ragged, and that's the way we used to finish songs, that's what I like about it."
Co-writers on various songs include the aforementioned Bob Ezrin, Ke$ha, Dunaway, Bruce and Smith, plus Buckcherry's Keith Nelson, Desmond Child (who famously co-wrote and produced "Poison" with Alice), longtime collaborator Dick Wagner, current touring band member Chuck Garric, and film composer Jeremy Rubolino.
"That's my rebellion," says Alice of the more surprising guests, "I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head off until it does then shove it down your throat."
"I think a lot of my audience is going to go 'KE$HA!?', but she probably wrote the most wicked lyrics in the song -- we had to rein her in. I like people to know that just because artists are put in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are. Give people a little room."
With Steve Hunter, one of rock's great guitarists, added to the band's lineup of guitarists Damon Johnson and Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, Alice has been tearing up venues worldwide on his 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" tour.
Alice gave fans an up close and highly personal experience in June with a surprise performance at London's legendary 100 Club, when actor Johnny Depp joined the band on guitar. Alice showcased the powerful band that had blown away the Download Festival crowd the previous weekend.
This year, the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and Alice was honored with both the Kerrang! Icon Award in the U.K. and the Revolver Golden God Award in the U.S.
'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Tracklist:
1. I Am Made Of You
3. The Nightmare Returns
4. A Runaway Train
5. Last Man On Earth
6. The Congregation
7. I'll Bite Your Face Off
8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
9. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture
Alice Cooper to play benefit show for January’s shooting victims in Tuscon; “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” due this summer
Alice Cooper will be performing at a concert to benefit the victims of January's shooting rampage in Tucson. Alice Cooper joins an all-star line-up of musicians at the Tucson Convention Center, (who have donated the building), on Thursday, March 10, 6PM.
The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, benefiting the newly established Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding. The Fund will support individuals and families affected by the January 8th shooting in Tucson, and will promote civility and respect in public discourse, schools, and the community. The fund will also work to increase awareness of mental health symptoms, prevention and treatment services. Other performers set to appear include Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Sam Moore, Nils Lofgren, Keb' Mo', Jerry Riopelle, Dar Williams, Ozomatli, and Calexico. The event will also feature speakers including Ron Barber, who was among those wounded on January 8, NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly (Giffords' husband), Lea Marquez Peterson (president of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup (who introduced a nation-wide Civility Accord at the winter legislative meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. on January 18, which has since been signed by almost 200 mayors).
Tickets are on sale through the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office 260 S. Church Ave., on the web at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone (800)745-3000 and all Ticketmaster Outlets.
Alice has announced that "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" is done. The album is, like the 1975 original, is produced by Bob Ezrin and in an interview last year Alice revealed the story behind the new album.
"I'm very happy with working with Bob again. It's 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', and it's the next nightmare. Thirty years later, he has another nightmare, and this one is even worse than the last one. . . I haven't worked with Bob in a long time. After the 35th anniversary of 'Nightmare', I said, 'Why don't we start writing something else?' And he said, 'Why don't we just do part two?' We'd never done part two, so I went, 'That's a great idea. Let's get me and you together, I think we can still get Steven Hunter and Dick Wagner. We'll put some of the original people on it and add some new people."
There is no release date slated for the new record yet, but expect it at some point in the summer when Alice hits the road once more for a European tour, including a show at the Download Festival.