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*Casey Kasem has finally been laid to rest. He was buried on December 16th in a cemetery in Oslo. This sparked criticism from Kerri Kasem, his daughter from his first marriage. “This morning my family and I learned that my Dad’s abusive wife Jean Thompson Kasem and their daughter Liberty conned a cemetery in Norway into burying my Dad there,” she posted on Facebook. She went on, “Even with ALL the letters … from my father’s friends and family stating that he wanted to be buried in the UNITED STATES, the country in which he was born and raised, his wishes were, once again, ignored by his unfaithful wife.” Jean who was married to Casey for 30 years was in a legal fight with his children from a previous marriage over who had the right to care for the DJ who had been suffering from dementia. He died June 15th at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington, at the age of 82. 

 

*Keith Richards sends out a holiday message to fans in a new video posted on his official website,YouTube channel and Twitter account.  In the brief clip, the Rolling Stones guitarist appears to be hanging out backstage at a show, where he's shown holding a lit cigarette, giggling and swinging around a Christmas tree ornament. "To everybody, have a good one. You know, Christmas and whatever," he declares.  "Happy holidays to everybody and see you next year.  All right?" In the background, you can hear Keith's version of Chuck Berry's classic Christmas tune "Run Run Rudolph" playing. The Rolling Stones have yet to announce whether they will be touring in 2015, but Richards comment seems to suggest that may be the case.

 

*Bono has teamed up with guitar makers Gretsch to create the GRETSCH (RED) guitar.  The signature guitar takes its name from the U2 frontman's charity (RED), which raises money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. "The GRETSCH (RED) guitar is a guitarist's dream," says Bono in a statement.  "And the reality is that every time someone buys one, it's raising money to fight AIDS.  That money can buy life-saving medicine for pregnant mothers living with HIV, and prevent their babies being born with the virus.  They're the same pills that will help deliver an AIDS Free Generation." The guitar, officially titled the GRETSCH (RED) G5623 Electromatic Center-Block Bono "Signature" Model, sports a double-cutaway design, a maple neck and a 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard. Additionally, its pick-guard is adorned with the official (RED) logo. Five percent of the wholesale price from each guitar sold will go to the Global Fund.

 

*The Jefferson Starship is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its predecessor group, The Jefferson Airplane, during its 2015 tour dates.  The band currently has more than two dozen confirmed North American concerts on its schedule, stretching from a January 16 show in Belleville, Canada, through a July 31 appearance in Costa Mesa, California. The Bay Area rockers also have a brief U.K. trek lined up in late January and early February. The current Jefferson Starship lineup includes founding members Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, who also both played in the Jefferson Airplane.  Kantner co-founded the Airplane in 1965 with singer Marty Balin, while Freiberg briefly joined the group before its 1972 breakup. The Jefferson Starship recently posted a tribute to the late Joe Cocker on its official Facebook page Tuesday.  Along with a message that reads, "We lost a great one yesterday," the band linked to a 2009 video of a Cocker-inspired performance of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends," that featured members of The Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and the Holding Company.  The clip was shot in Bethel, New York, at the site of the Woodstock Festival.

 

*Forget about running out to your local independent cinema tomorrow to catch The Interview -- starting at Noon today, you can watch it in the comfort of your own home. Sony has announced that the controversial Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and at the websitewww.seetheinterview.com, for $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99. In a statement, Michael Lynton, the chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment said, "It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film. With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners...December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today."

 

*Birthdays:

Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)-69
Clarence Gilyard (Matlock: Conrad)-59
Mark Valley (Boston Legal: Brad Chase)-50
Diedrich Bader (Drew Carey Show: Oswald)-49
Ricky Martin-43
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol and successor host of Dick Clark's "Rockin' New Year's Eve")-40

 

 
Those fans will be well served with ‘A Passion Play: An Extended Performance,’ a 2-CD/2-DVD package that offers Steven Wilson stereo mixes of the original album as well as the Chateau d’Herouville sessions, plus 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo mixes of all the tracks and video footage from the era. The package is presented as a case-bound book, which includes an extensive article by Martin Webb on the preparation and recording of the album and the Château sessions that preceded it, in addition to an assortment of other essays and recollections. For listeners who prefer an analog experience, the stereo mix will also be available on 180-gram vinyl.

Read More: Jethro Tull's 'A Passion Play' Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jethro-tull-passion-play-reissue/?trackback=tsmclip

Jethro Tull’s ‘A Passion Play’ Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment

Jethro Tull, 'A Passion Play'
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Jethro Tull‘s 1973 album ‘A Passion Play’ is returning to stores this summer, with a fresh remastering job and loads of bonus material in tow.

Originally released in July 1973, ‘Passion’ served as the proper follow-up to 1972′s smash hit ‘Thick as a Brick,’ and found the band working overtime to come up with new material before a scheduled tour. The pressure was on after initial attempts to record a double LP at the Chateau d’Herouville in France ended in ruin.



Read More: Jethro Tull's 'A Passion Play' Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jethro-tull-passion-play-reissue/?trackback=tsmclip

Jethro Tull‘s 1973 album ‘A Passion Play’ is returning to stores this summer, with a fresh remastering job and loads of bonus material in tow.

Originally released in July 1973, ‘Passion’ served as the proper follow-up to 1972′s smash hit ‘Thick as a Brick,’ and found the band working overtime to come up with new material before a scheduled tour. The pressure was on after initial attempts to record a double LP at the Chateau d’Herouville in France ended in ruin.

Halford will need to cope with that British reserve a little more often in the near future; he can expect to hear a few more screams next month, when Priest’s new album ‘Redeemer of Souls‘ arrives in stores.

Read More: Judas Priest's Rob Halford Explains 'Metal God' Trademark | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rob-halford-metal-god/?trackback=tsmclip

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Explains ‘Metal God’ Trademark

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford made the news a few years back when word got out that he’d applied for a trademark covering his ‘Metal God’ nickname. During a recent appearance on the long-running BBC talk show ‘Later with Jools Holland,’ he opened up about the reasons why.

“I would never put myself on that pedestal,” explained Halford when Holland broached the subject. “That’s the title the fans started to give me after the famous ‘British Steel’ album, where we had ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight.’” Nevertheless, he added, “It’s something I really cherish, and I don’t want anybody else to be the Metal God but me.”



Read More: Judas Priest's Rob Halford Explains 'Metal God' Trademark | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rob-halford-metal-god/?trackback=tsmclip
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