*Led Zeppelin is getting ready to roll out the reissues of two more albums. Like their first three releases, "Led Zeppelin IV" [[ Led Zeppelin 4 ]] and "Houses of the Holy" will be available as single CD remastered versions of the originals, and as two disc deluxe editions featuring a CD of previously unreleased bonus material relating to the album.
They'll both also be issued as super deluxe box sets, featuring all the deluxe edition's music on CD and vinyl, along with alternate cover art, a hard-bound book featuring rare photos and other memorabilia, and other extras. The albums will also be available as vinyl-only releases and digitally. Zeppelin's remastered fourth album and "Houses of the Holy" will arrive on October 28th.
*AC/DC's Brian Johnson is hitting the road again. According to “The Chronicle,” he's set to compete in one of the Nostalgia Weekend car races at the Croft Circuit in northern England this weekend.
Johnson says the venue near Darlington is special to him, because it's where he went to his first auto race. Johnson recalls he was a 17-year-old kid with nothing to do when he heard about the event, so he and his friends piled into his Ford Popular and went out there in the rain. He adds that they actually "drove straight past the lady on the gate" because they couldn't afford the price of admission.
Johnson will be behind the wheel of a vintage 1964 Mini Cooper at this weekend's race, which he says he's heard is "quite a challenge."
*Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett shared the stage at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia Monday night for a rousing take on the classic, "Summertime Blues.
The pair performed individual sets before joining together for the surprise duet on Eddie Cochran’s 1958 Top 10 hit. Fans said Daltrey delivered an energetic and youthful performance, while Jett held her own as the two traded lines and dance steps.
Why were they even there? The concert was a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to help fund a new wing for teens in the hospital. Daltrey and his Who bandmate Pete Townshend are both involved with Teen Cancer America, a non-profit organization.
*Given that Jethro Tull‘s ‘Thick as a Brick’ was written as a sort of musically hyper-literate parody of the concept-album format favored by prog rock acts like Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that Tull frontman Ian Anderson is well aware of prog’s reputation for musical bloat.
As he explained during a recent conversation with Something Else!, that reputation isn’t entirely undeserved, even if it does stem from a certain amount of misunderstanding. “I still like the original term that comes from 1969: progressive rock — but that was with a small ‘p’ and a small ‘r.’ Prog Rock, on the other hand, has different connotations — of grandeur and pomposity,” he argued.
*Extravagant rider demands made by members of the Scorpions have reportedly blown the winds of change through Finland, leaving inflated ticket prices in their wake.
The band’s mid-July appearance at the Finnish Lahden Yot festival reportedly came with a whole bunch of strings attached — so many that promoters say they were forced to add roughly $40 to the price of a single-day ticket, bringing the total cost to nearly $100. The backlash that followed prompted Allu Koskinen, the organizer of Finland’s RockCock Festival, to go public regarding his own struggles with the Scorpions’ rider in advance of the band’s appearance at the event.
*In his 1994 book ‘Brian Jones: Who Killed Christopher Robin?,’ writer Terry Rawlings asserted that the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Rolling Stones co-founder’s death were a cover-up for murder — and he’s renewed those allegations in a recently released updated edition.
MOJO spoke with Rawlings for a cover story about the reissued book, and he doesn’t mince words in the interview, flatly stating that Jones “was definitely murdered and there was a cover-up.” Aware that some have questioned his findings, Rawlings added, “It’s not a crackpot theory; it’s what happened.”
Jones — who’d been fired from the Rolling Stones a few weeks before — drowned in his pool on July 3, 1969, following an evening during which he played host to a group of guests that included a contractor named Frank Thorogood.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.