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*The man who wrote and performed one of the most recognized sax solos in rock has died. Raphael Ravenscroft died of a suspected heart attack on Sunday at the age of 60. Ravenscroft is best known for the sax solo on “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. Ravenscroft also played sax on the Pink Floyd album “The Final Cut” and worked with artists like Marvin Gaye, ABBA, Duffy and Daft Punk.

 

*Billy Joel says he won’t release another album because he’s had his say. The 65-year-old musician detailed his reluctance in an interview with The New Yorker. Joel last released “River of Dreams” in 1993, and while fans remain hopeful for a new album, the singer told the magazine he is done recording. “I’m not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again,” he said. “Or taking on another project where there’s other people involved – arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers. I don’t want to deal with it.” Joel debuted his first album, “Cold Spring Harbor,” in 1971, and released 11 more studio records over the next 22 years. The singer has achieved much in his career, with 33 Top 40 hits, six Grammy awards and over 150 million records sold as of 2012. Although Joel has no plans to record a new album, he continues to perform live. He took up residency at Madison Square Garden in January, and regularly plays to sold-out crowds.

 

*Elton John has lined up another three years of “Million Dollar Piano” shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live announced the extension of John’s current three-year residency. “The ‘Million Dollar Piano’ features iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton’s incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly-acclaimed 16-times-platinum remastered album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary,” a news release said.

 

*For ALICE COOPER, a normal day at the office includes being hanged AND beheaded while thousands of people demand his blood.  And over the years, he's had a few close calls with his stage props. But if one of those props should fail FATALLY, that would probably be okay.  Alice says, quote, "You mean I might actually get beheaded?  C'mon, that's the way Alice would want to die.  Right there on stage in front of 10,000 screaming fans."

 

*Birthdays:

Philip Kaufman (Movie director)-78
Ang Lee (Director)-60
Dianne Reeves-58
Nancy Grace-55
Weird Al Yankovic-55
Sam Raimi (Producer/Director: Spider-Man 3)-55
Robert Trujillo (Metallica)-50
Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern: Green Lantern)-38
Bradley Pierce (Beauty And The Beast: Voice of Chip)-32
Jessica Stroup (The Hills Have Eyes 2: Amber)-28

 


 



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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.

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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.

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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.”



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