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*Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden appears to be progressing well with treatments for a cancer on his tongue. The band writes on Iron Maiden’s website that Dickinson has seen his specialists recently and the situation is optimistic. He won’t know for sure if the cancer has been eradicated until he gets an MRI in May. Dickinson has been as active as he can be while he recovers. He visited the Iron Maiden office, checked out his airplane hangar and paid a visit to his local pub. He has also grown a mustache.

 

*Rockstars sometimes act like, well, jerks...But at least Scott Weiland has issued an apology to fans he met at a meet-and-greet in Boston. Weiland writes on his Facebook page he’s embarrassed by his behavior and some of the things he said. Fans had complained that Weiland said crude things to them and grumbled it was taking too long to take photos with fans. Weiland says he had put everything into his show that night and was “beyond exhausted” –but he still acted like a jerk.

 

*The 911 calls from David Crosby indicate he was genuinely concerned for the jogger he hit. The California Highway Patrol has released the calls Crosby made after hitting Jose Jimenez with his car on Sunday. In the first call, Crosby says he’s the one who hit Jimenez and he asks for an ambulance right away. He tells a dispatcher the sun was in his eyes and he couldn’t see Jimenez. After the dispatcher tells Crosby help is on the way, Crosby hangs up, but he called a second time asking how fast the ambulance will be there. Jimenez is hospitalized with broken bones, cuts and bruises, and he is expected to survive.

 

*As The Who gear up for the first of its two scheduled North American tour legs this year celebrating the band's 50 anniversary, frontman Roger Daltrey is insisting that this will indeed be the British rock legends' final major tour. "I do know this is the last big tour we'll ever do," he recently said in an interview with Rolling Stone,  "We have to be realistic.  I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do." The 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has struggled with voice problems over the years, but he says he's currently in fine shape thanks to "the genius Dr. Steven Zeitels up in Boston," who also has treated Aerosmith's Steve TylerKISSPaul StanleyLionel Richie and other stars. For The Who Hits 50! Tour, the band's sets are made up mostly of classic songs, but the group also is adding in a number of rarities it hadn't performed in many years, "to please our hardcore fans," as Daltrey points out.  Among these are "So Sad About Us," "I Can See for Miles," "Pictures of Lily," "Slip Kid" and the mini rock opera "A Quick One, While He's Away." The Who has more than 50 dates on its 2015 tour itinerary, which currently is scheduled through a November 4 concert in Philadelphia.

 

*Everyone knows that KISS puts on one hell of a show, from pyrotechnics to lasers to fake blood, but Gene Simmons insists that there's one thing the band's shows won't feature -- backing tracks to augment the music.  In a new interview with Australia's news.com.au, Simmons maintains that his group is among the only rock acts who don't use pre-taped recordings to help fill out their live sound. Talking further about his aversion to the practice he claims is so common, Simmons says, "I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks…It should be on every ticket -- you're paying $100, 30 to 50 percent of the show is [on] backing tracks and they'll sing sometimes, sometimes they'll lip synch.  At least be honest." KISS recently announced plans to tour Australia this October.  Prior to that, the band is scheduled to embark on a South American trek in April, and also has a European outing lined up from late May to late June.

 

*Some disconcerting news has emerged about founding Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner.  A message on the band's official Facebook page reports that the 74-year-old musician has been hospitalized and is "undergoing tests to find out exactly what's going on," adding that doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack. The message says Kantner is in stable condition and is "in the best possible care."   The band adds that "we are sending him all of our best wishes, good thoughts and healing vibes." The Jefferson Starship also reveals that it plans to continue touring without Kantner.  As the note explains, "[W]e have to honor our contracts and our fans who bought tickets and put on the best show possible.  We will dedicate every show to Paul until he is well enough to rejoin us onstage." During its 2015 tour dates, The Jefferson Starship has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its predecessor group, The Jefferson Airplane.

 

*Birthdays:

Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men: Berta)-72
John Evan (Jethro Tull)-67
Max Perlich (Homicide: Life on the Street: J.H. Brodie)-47
Vince Vaughn-45
Julia Stiles-34


 

 
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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