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*Billy Joel fans will have one other reason to give thanks...you'll get to spend your holiday on Thursday watching The Piano Man instead....over and over again. Starting at 8 a.m. The MSG Network is airing A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon, an entire day's worth of programming dedicated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  You can watch six concert events, as well as a 30-minute documentary about Billy's residency at Madison Square Garden.  This summer, he'll set the record for most shows performed at the legendary venue by a single artist: 65. Among the concerts that will be airing are Live from Rome, The Last Play at Shea, Live from Yankee Stadium, Live from Long Island, The River of Dreams and Live from Shea.  Each special will be repeated throughout the day, and the whole thing wraps up at 2 a.m. on Friday.

 

*The idea was floated earlier this month, but now it's a reality: Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship, in an effort to help boost ticket sales. The news was confirmed on Sting's website: he'll take on the role of Jackie White, the foreman of a British shipyard, in the musical.  His run starts December 9, and he'll do eight shows a week through January 10. The New York Times reports that in his role as White, he'll be in  "about 40%" of the show. Despite decent reviews, The New York Times reports that the show has been losing $75,000 per week since it opened September 29.

 

*Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11th at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.  The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education." Tyler says in a statement, "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists." The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area.  Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartneyStingSantanaWillie NelsonAnnie LennoxBon Jovi and A-ha.

 

*There are few people who can claim they experienced a person concert from a music legend...But on Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played what had to have been the most intimate show he's ever done, performing a short set of cover tunes with his backing band to one person -- a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson.  The event was organized and filmed for an ongoing Swedish movie series titled Experiment Ensam -- translation:Experiment Alone -- which captures an individual taking part in an activity usually experienced by crowds. Wikingsson tells Rolling Stone that Dylan's set featured renditions of Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Chuck Willis' "It's Too Late (She's Gone)" and a blues jam that he couldn't identify. "I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy," he admits.  "My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn't stop smiling." To make the amazing private show happen, Wikingsson says the filmmakers set things up through Dylan's representatives and paid the legendary singer/songwriter an undisclosed fee. "I realized I had to say something.  It was just too weird," he points out.  "I screamed out, 'You guys sound great!'  That caused Dylan to burst out laughing." Following the third song, Dylan played an impromptu harmonica solo that Wikingsson says touched him so much that he almost began crying.  After Bob finished his last song, he jokingly said to Wikingsson, "Swing by anytime." The show was captured by eight cameras, and the documentary about the event, which will be 15 minutes long, will premiere on December 15th on YouTube.

 

*The two surviving Beatles have lent a hand to help raise money for an effort to build affordable homes for local military veterans in the New Orleans area. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both autographed a restored piano decorated with painted images of the Fab Four. The piano is scheduled to be auctioned off soon to benefit an effort of a branch of Habitat for Humanity. Kim Bergeron, a freelance public-relations strategist who worked pro bono for the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in Slidell, Louisiana, was instrumental in getting the rock legends to sign the piano -- no easy task since McCartney and Starr rarely autograph items these days.  NOLA.com reports that Bergeron contacted McCartney first, hoping that Sir Paul would lend his signature when he played an October 11 show in New Orleans.  That couldn't be arranged, but she was able to get Ringo to agree to sign the instrument when he and his All-Starr Band performed in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 17th.

 

*Birthdays:

Kathryn Crosby 81/actress, Anatomy of a Murder

Ben Stein 70/economist, actor Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, TV's Win Ben Stein's Money

John Larroquette 67/actor, TV's Night CourtBoston Legal  

Jill Hennessy 45/actress, TV's Crossing Jordan

Christina Applegate 43/actress, TV's Married...With ChildrenUp All Night

Eddie Steeples 41/actor, TV's My Name Is Earl

Katie Cassidy 28/actress, TV's Melrose Place

And the late:

Joe DiMaggio -1914-1999/Joe helped take the Yankees to nine World Series titles and also hit successfully in 56 straight games one season.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. - 1961-1999/lawyer, son of JFK

Ricardo Montalban - 1920-2009/actor, TV's Fantasy IslandStar Trek: The Wrath of Khan

 

 

 
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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