Archive for September 13, 2007

From Bravewords.com

Columbia Records will release Plug Me In – the ultimate career-spanning DVD box set of live performances, interviews and more from AC/DC, the world’s most electrifying rock & roll band – on Tuesday, October 16.

AC/DC - Plug Me In front artwork

The complete tracklisting is as follows:

AC/DC DVD 1 (2 hours 22 mins):

‘High Voltage’ (King Of Pop awards) – October 1975 – 4.02
‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)’ (Bandstand) – 4.41
‘School Days’ (St Albans) – March 1976 – 5.40
‘TNT’ (St Albans) – March 1976 – 4.46
‘Live Wire’ (Rollin Bolan) – July 1976 – 6.12
‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’ (Rollin Bolan) – July 1976 – 4.14
‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ (Melbourne) – December 1976 – 11.49
‘Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be’ (Sight & Sound) – October 1977 – 5.13
‘Rocker’ (Sight and Sound) – October 1977 – 8.10
‘Rock ‘n Roll Damnation’ (Apollo) – April 1978 – 3.44
‘Dog Eat Dog’ (Apollo Glasgow) – April 1978 – 4.26
‘Let There Be Rock’ (Apollo) – April 1978 – 8.27
‘Problem Child’ (Rock Goes To College) – October 1978 – 4.44
‘Sin City’ (Rock Goes To College) – October 1978 – 5.23
‘Bad Boy Boogie’ (Rock Goes To College) – October1978 – 9.06
‘Highway To Hell’ (Veronika) – July 1979 – 4.12
‘The Jack’ (Veronika) – July 1979 – 5.19
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ (Veronika) – July 1979 – 5.19

DVD 1 Bonus Footage
Band Interview at Airport 1976 – 2.16
Band Interview at Covent Garden – 2.27
‘Problem Child’ – Melbourne – 3.56
‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ (Germany, incomplete) – 2.10
‘Dirty Deeds’ on Network Sounds – 0.40
Bon Scott Interview – 15.11
‘Rock n’ Roll Damnation’ – TOTP – 2.47
Australian Music to the world i/v in Atlanta – 1.31
Nice Super 8 movie – 3.34

AC/DC DVD 2 (2hours 30 mins):

‘Shot Down In Flames’ (Tokyo) – February 1981 – 3.27
‘What Do You Do For The Money’ – (Tokyo) – February 1981 – 2.38
‘Shook Me All Night’ – February 1981 – 4.55
‘Let There Be Rock’ (Tokyo) – February 1981 – 5.29
‘Back In Black’ (Largo 81) – December 1981 – 3.34
‘TNT’ (Largo 81) – 3.39
‘Shoot To Thrill’ (Houston) – October 1983 – 5.23
‘Guns For Hire’ (Detroit) – November 1983 – 5.24
‘Dirty Deeds’ (Detroit) – November 1983 – 4.12
‘Flick Of The Switch’ (Largo 83) – 3.27
‘Bedlam In Belgium’ (Largo 83) – 3.24
‘Back In Black’/ Doco (USSR) – September 1991 – 2.15
‘Highway To Hell’ (USSR) – September 1991 – 3.36
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ (USSR) – September 1991 – 4.16
‘For Those About To Rock’ (USSR) – September 1991 – 6.52
‘Gone Shooting’ (VH1 Session) – July 1996 – 6.03
‘Hail Caesar’ (Sydney Screen Mix) – 1996 Tour – 5.43
‘Ballbreaker’ (Sydney Screen Mix) – 1996 Tour – 4.29
‘Rock N Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’ (Sydney Screen Mix) – Tour 1996 – 6.34
‘Hard As a Rock’ (Stade De France) – June 2001 – 5.02
‘Hells Bells’ (Stade De France) – June 2001 – 5.49
‘Ride On’ (Stade De France) – June 2001 – 6.27
‘Stiff Upper Lip’ (Munich) – June 2003 – 3.54
‘Thunderstruck’ (Munich) – June 2003 – 5.24
‘If You Want Blood’ (Toronto) – July 2003 – 5.35
‘The Jack’ (Toronto) – July 2003 – 9.50
‘You Shook Me All Night’ (Toronto) – July 2003 – 4.27

DVD 2 Bonus Footage
Beavis and Butthead intro to Ballbreaker tour – 1.16
‘Hells Bells’ in Brussells – 3.40
Donnington BBC interview with Angus – 1.03
Warmup for VH1 – 4.20
‘Rock Me Baby’ – jam with THE ROLLING STONES – 6.43

AC/DC DVD 3 (BONUS DVD) (2 hours 7 mins):

‘Girl’s Got Rhythm’ (Australian TV) – 1979 3.30
‘She’s Got Balls’ (St. Albans High School 76) 6.20
‘Long Way To the Top’ (St Albans High School 76) 7.08
‘Let There Be Rock’ (BBC Sight & Sound 77) 5.57
‘Bad Boy Boogie’ (Apollo Glasgow 78) 7.49
‘House Is On Fire (Detroit 83) 3.06
‘Guns For Hire’ (Band rehearsals 84) 3.50
‘Bogey Man’ (Sydney 96) 10.49Girl’s Got Rhythm (Sydney 96) 4.08
‘Highway to Hell’ (Dublin 1996) 7.01
‘Let There Be Rock’ (Stuttgart 2000) 10.55
Angus Statue Intro (Stiff Upper Lip Tour Film 2001) 1.26

AC/DC Live at Houston Summit 83 (Whole Concert segment runs 53 mins):
‘Guns For Hire’ 5.31
‘Shoot To Thrill’ 5.32
‘Sin City’ 5.24
‘House Is On Fire’ 3.58
‘Back In Black’ 4.12
‘Bad Boy Boogie’ 14.33
‘Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’ 5.07
‘Flick Of The Switch’ 3.25
‘Hells Bells’ 5.24

You can pre-order the box set at Amazon.com

From Bravewords.com:

Los Angeles Superior Court Document No. BC372846, dated September 11, 2007, filed by attorneys for Mötley Crüe Inc., Red, White & Crue Inc., Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars reveals that Mötley Crüe had four members: Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee. Lee recently informed Sixx and Mars, the shareholders of MCI, that he was resigning from the band and his resignation was accepted.

This comes as a direct result of the plaintiffs demanding a jury trial to resolve actions brought against the defendants, citing breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud. Specifically, Tommy Lee’s manager, Carl Stubner, is accused of orchestrating, devising and implementing a self-serving scheme promoting Lee’s solo activities to the harm and detriment of the band. During the times relevant to this action, band members Lee and Neil were employees and/or agents of MCI.

Additionally, following the Red, White & Crüe album and 2005 tour, Mötley Crüe entered into a deal with Wal Mart. Wal Mart paid Mötley Crüe a $900,000 advance to record a new studio album, of which $300,000 was dispersed to the band and $600,000 kept for the production of the album. The new album was scheduled to be recorded in 2006 for release in 2007. An international tour in support of the new album was also planned. This deal with Wal Mart was designed to generate a new album and result in higher album, ticket and merchandise revenue. It is the band’s first full-length studio album with all-new material in ten years.

Ultimately, because Defendants influenced and persuaded Lee to engage in individual projects and not perform with the band, Mötley Crüe was forced to cancel its Southeast Asia tour in August 2006. Mötley Crüe was also forced to miss numerous dates on the band’s tour with Aerosmith from September through December 2006. As a result, Mötley Crüe lost over $8,000,000 in ticket, merchandise and album sales associated with those tour dates.

Despite continuous requests from other band members to “get Tommy into the studio” to record the new album, Defendants withheld his services. Defendants convinced Lee to refrain from recording the new album as part of their extortive scheme to obtain more money from their other fiduciary, Mötley Crüe. These actions by Defendants have significantly delayed the release of the band’s new album resulting in more than $1,500,000 in lost album sales. Additionally, Mötley Crüe was forced to pay taxes on Wal Mart’s $600,000 album advance because the money was not used for recording the new album.

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If you didn’t see this one coming, then you haven’t been paying attention. I’ve been to every Motley Crue tour since GENERATION SWINE (1997) and the writing on the wall has become clearer every tour about Tommy’s involvement. The guy has given 100% at each show but he’s also tried to incorporate his passions for DJing and Hip-Hop into his Crue performances. Tommy’s left once already (replaced by the late Randy Castillo) to pursue his current musical interests…..it wasn’t as successful as he’d hoped. I can’t fault the guy for wanting to do something he enjoys but, when you add in all these legal details, it’s obvious a split needs to happen for Tommy and the band to continue forward.

BTW, isn’t it the Motley Crue/Wal-Mart pairing a little odd? One of the most notorious Hard Rock bands of all time partnered with a retail outlet that prides itself on family values?

— Steve

From Bravewords:

LED ZEPPELIN will reform for a one-off show at the O2 arena in London it was confirmed today (September 12th).

The band will reunite for the show on November 26th, topping a bill that also includes PETE TOWNSHEND, FOREIGNER and PAULO NUTINI with BILL WYMAN AND THE RHYTHM KINGS backing those three acts as well as playing themselves.

The show is being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the UK, US and Turkey.

The fund was created in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun who died last year. He worked helped further the career of a host of acts including Led Zeppelin.

“During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord. For us he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator,” explained Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant of the band’s decision to reform. “This performance stands alone as our tribute to the work and the life of our long standing friend.”

Tickets for the show cost £125 each and they are limited to two per person and will be distributed by ballot only.

Those wishing to go must register on Ahmettribute.com to be in the ballot. Registration closes on Monday (September 17th), while any tickets that appear on online auction sites afterwards will be immediately cancelled.

A big after show for the gig is set to take place on the night at the O2′s Indigo venue.

Led Zeppelin will feature original members Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, while Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, will play with the band.

The band will also release a new best of compilation, Mothership, on November 13th.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said at the moment the band “have no plans to tour but hopes they will”. He added they were enjoying working together again and were currently planning a two hour for the gig.

Led Zeppelin’s three original members – singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones – will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer John Bonham.

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The inevitable has happened! This is the only reunion, aside from any Beatles configuration, that everyone has been waiting for. Ever since the Live Aid performance in 1985, fans have been hoping for Led Zep to take the stage.

I’ve never been a huge Zeppelin fan. I know all the songs, I know the band history, but they have never been at the top of my favorites list. I like the band and I’m glad that I will be able to catch a glimpse of Rock history (when they release the DVD that has to be coming) but I really hope they do a one-off and not a full tour. There has always been a mystery to Led Zeppelin, and an anticipation, that only adds to their legacy. I’d hate to see that tarnished.

—- Steve