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*Billy Joel is on track to set a record for the most lives performances by any artist or act Madison Square Garden when he plays his forthcoming 65th show scheduled for next summer. Joel’s record-breaking show will take place on July 1, 2015. The concert will see Joel break Elton John’s longstanding record, and fans can purchase tickets for the historic show starting Saturday. Joel’s 65th time playing at the iconic venue will be his 19th performance of his residency there, which was announced last December when he became MSG’s first ever music franchise – a position only previously held by sports teams – playing monthly shows since January 27, 2014. Before breaking the record for most performances, Joel will have his first record-breaking show on January 9th as this will mark his 13th in a series. His previous record was 12 shows in a series from 2006. Although there is no indication on how many live performances Joel will actually complete, MSG officials have previously stated that the venue will keep adding more dates “as long as there is demand for it.”

 

*In an attempt to boost ticket sales, Sting is joining the cast of the Broadway musical “The Last Ship,” starting December 9th. Sting, who wrote the lyrics and music for the show, will star as the lead through January 10th. Since its premiere September 29th, “The Last Ship” has lost $75,000 a week by not selling enough tickets, The New York Times reports. The musical’s lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, thinks Sting will also help bring in award nominations. “Our goal is to win the Tony,” he said.

 

*The long-awaited Janis Joplin biopic project finally appears to be ready to take off, with Amy Adams playing the influential blues-rock singer.  Deadline reports that Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee has agreed to take the helm of the movie, which has a working title of Get It While You Can and is slated to begin shooting in the middle of next year. The production features a script by Ron and Theresa Terry, although Dallas Buyers Club screenwritersCraig Borten and Melissa Wallack are in negotiations to revise it, according to Deadline.  Adams has been attached to the project since 2010, when Fernando Meirelles, director of 2002's acclaimed City of God, had been lined up to direct the flick.  The Oscar-nominated actress is planning to do her own singing in the film.

 

*The star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend's songs by such luminaries as Bob DylanBilly JoelBrian Wilson,Roger Daltrey and many many more.  During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself talked about the compilation, praising the "amazing people" the producers got to take part in the project. One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to the record was Dylan, although he admitted that the lauded singer/songwriter's weathered vocals might not be everyone's cup of tea. "[With] his croaky old voice…he's doing one of my songs called 'Things We Said Today,'" Sir Paul pointed out in the interview, before proceeding to imitate Bob's rendition.  Macca added, "I think I was saying…'If I started singing like that they'd shoot me.'  Bob's great, you know.  I love it…It's just, you're either a fan or you're not, and I'm a big fan of his.

 

*Members of three big rock bands of the '80s, Journey drummer Deen CastronovoNight Rangersinger/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints.  Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat. Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24.  The band was the brainchild ofSerafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen's vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members' other groups are known. Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download.  The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.

 

*This past year saw the Steve Miller Band mount a major North American tour with two other famed San Francisco-based acts: Journey and Tower of Power.  Now, that same bill is set to hit the road again in 2015. Miller and his group currently have five dates scheduled with Journey and Tower of Power, running from a March 5 show in Austin, Texas, through a March 15 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Prior to those gigs, the Steve Miller Band has two 2015 headlining shows that will take place on February 19 in Durant, Oklahoma, and February 22 in San Antonio.  The group also is set to wind down its 2014 tour this week.

 

*Birthdays:

Music:

Pete Best 73/drummer, lost his Beatles job to Ringo Starr

Clem Burke 59/drummer, Blondie

Chad Taylor 44/guitarist, Live

General:

Billy Connolly 72/Scottish actor-comedian, The Boondock Saints

Dwight Schultz 67/actor, Murdock on TV's The A-Team

Denise Crosby 57/actress, TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation

Colin Hanks 37/actor, TV's RoswellKing Kong, son of Tom

Katherine Heigl 36/actress, TV's Grey's Anatomy and State of Affairs, Knocked Up

And the late:

William F. Buckley - 1924-2008/author, columnist

 

 

 
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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