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*The city of L.A. marked George Harrison’s birthday Wednesday by planting a tree to replace the one that had been destroyed, coincidentally, by beetles. A yew pine was planted near Griffith Observatory in Harrison’s honor. It replaced the original, a Canary Island pine tree, which was planted a few months after Harrison’s death in 2001. It was destroyed by a beetle infestation last year.

 

*Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool will be auctioned on February 26th at a starting price of £100,000 (approximately $154,000). The former Beatle lived in the Western Avenue home with his parents from 1947 until the mid-1950s. He has referred to the three-bedroom property as “the first house I remember.” The auction will take place at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club.

 

*John Lodge of The Moody Blues will release his second solo album in 38 years. Lodge will release “10,000 Light Years Ago” on May 5th. His last solo album, “Natural Avenue,” came out in 1977. Former Moody Blues members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder are guest musicians. Lodge and The Moody Blues will tour the U.S. in April and May.

 

*Bono continues to recover from his serious bike accident a few months ago, but he admits to Rolling Stone that "it'll be a battle to be match fit" when U2's upcoming tour kicks off May 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In an email to the magazine, the 54-year-old U2 frontman notes, "My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure." Bono was cycling in New York's Central Park November 16 when he collided with another cyclist.  He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket. As for the tour, Bono promises, "We've got something beyond incredible planned. And I'm ready to fight for it." So far, 19 dates in Europe and North America are confirmed for U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, which, according to Rolling Stone, will feature alternating set lists each night.

 

*A new multifaceted exhibition featuring artifacts from Elvis Presley's Memphis home, Graceland, soon will be taking up permanent residence in the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's home away from home -- Las Vegas. The attraction, dubbed "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition -- The Show -- The Experience," is set to open on April 23rd at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, and will include a display of memorabilia never before shown outside of Graceland, plus video presentations, a variety of live shows celebrating the performer and more. The exhibition's location was chosen because it's the site of the International Hotel, where Elvis gave more than 600 performances between 1969 and 1976.  The exhibit will encompass more than 28,000 square feet and will take visitors on a journey through Presley's life and career. 

 

*Birthdays:

Joanne Woodward-85
Ralph Nader-81
Barbara Babcock (Dallas: Liz / Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Dorothy)-78
Howard Hesseman (WKRP in Cincinnati: Johnny Fever)-75

Neal Schon (Journey)-61
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)-58

Johnny Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)-56
Donal Logue (Gotham: Harvey Bullock)-49
Bobby Valentino-35
Chelsea Clinton-35
Kate Mara (House of Cards: Zoe Barnes)-32

 

 

 
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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