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*An astrophysicist claims that ADAM LAMBERT can reach vocal heights that FREDDIE MERCURY never could. That wouldn't mean much . . . except that the astrophysicist is QUEEN guitarist BRIAN MAY.  Yes . . . Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics.  Adam has been touring with Queen in place of Freddie . . . who died when Adam was nine years old. Brian said, quote, "We didn't look for this guy, but suddenly he's there . . . and he can sing all of those lines.  They're difficult songs to sing, Queen songs. "There's too much range, so many people can't sing them in the original key . . . even if they are good singers.  Adam comes along, and he can do it easy.  He can do it in his sleep!  He can sing higher than even Freddie could, in a live situation . . ."Adam also has this presentation thing, he is a showman, and he doesn't have to try.  He's a natural.  In the same way that Freddie was."  

 

*The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced its 2015 inductees. The late Lou Reed, Green Day, punk disciples Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, soul legend Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band beat out other worthy shortlist contenders like N.W.A., Kraftwerk, and The Smiths to join next year’s class. They will be honored next April in Cleveland for the Hall’s 30th annual induction ceremony, along with former Beatle Ringo Starr, who will earn an Award of Musical Influence. 

 

*JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS just scored a spot in the Rock Hall . . . and now, they're opening for THE WHO on their 50th anniversary tour next year. Joan will join The Who when they begin their North American tour dates on April 15th.  That's just three days before Joan is inducted into the Rock Hall . . . but since The Who have a night off on the 18th, Joan might not have to miss any shows. Speaking of missing shows, The Who were forced to cancel a few dates on their U.K. tour this week, because ROGER DALTREY is dealing with a throat infection.

 

*In a new video interview with the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine, Jimmy Page gives a little insight into his upcoming musical plans for next year.  The Led Zeppelin guitarist doesn't get too specific about his new project, but he promises that it will be something "sparkling…stimulating all the senses." He tells the magazine, "I'm playing guitar at the moment, because I'm getting ready.  I'm starting to get ready." Page explains that his game plan was that after he finished preparing the deluxe Led Zeppelin reissues, which he's done, "at the end of that was gonna be what would manifest as me playing live." Jimmy adds that whatever his next move is, he's planning to defy expectations. "Whatever I do, I don't want everyone to have made up their mind what I'm doing before I've done it," he insists. "I mean, they already have.  On the Internet, people are telling me that, 'Oh, you're doing this, and you're doing that,' and I'm [saying,] 'Am I?  Just wait and see what I do.'"

 

*ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks will be honored for their contributions to American art and culture at a star-studded benefit concert scheduled for January 12 at the famous Sunset Strip venue the Roxy in West Hollywood, California.  The event will raise money for Adopt the Arts, a charity co-founded by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum that helps fund music-education programs in L.A.-area elementary schools. Gibbons, Trucks and Sorum all are expected to perform at the concert, along with such other famous musicians such as Slash, founding Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKaganToto guitarist Steve LukatherEdgar Winter and Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino.  Serving as the evening's backing band will be The Disreputable Few, a group featuring a lineup of surprise rockers.

 

*Lynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release.  The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973's Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974's Second Helping"We've been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time," Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant tells the Florida-Times Union.  "We decided to come back to our hometown, Jacksonville, and play at the legendary Florida Theatre.  Can't wait to rock it." The shows also will include performances of other fan favorites from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's career.

 

*George HarrisonThe Bee Gees and blues great Buddy Guy are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Harrison, The Bee Gees and Guy will receive the honors as part of the organization's Special Merit Awards ceremony, a special invite-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th.

 

*Paul McCartney dropped by The Tonight Show Wednesday to plug his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny. Paul also admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that while it wasn't hard for him to write the music for a video game, he's pretty clueless when it comes to playing them. When Fallon brought up playing the popular video game Rock Band, which contains some songs from McCartney's former band The Beatles, the 72-year-old rock legend confessed he's not very good and added, "It's very hard." With Christmas right around the corner, Fallon asked Paul to name some of his favorite holiday songs.  The veteran rocker said "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole and "'Wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney."

 

*Birthdays:

Music:

The late:

Zal Yanovsky - 1944-2002/guitarist, Lovin’ Spoonful

General:

Cicely Tyson 81/actress, The Help

Tim Reid 70/actor, Venus on TV's WKRP In Cincinnati

Elaine Joyce 69/actress, TV’s Match GameMr. Merlin

Mike Lookinland 54/actor, Bobby Brady on TV’s Brady Bunch

Jennifer Beals 51/actress, Flashdance

Criss Angel 47/magician

Kristy Swanson 45/actress, Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer film

Tyson Beckford 44/model

Alyssa Milano 42/actress, TV's CharmedWho's the Boss?

Jake Gyllenhaal 34/actor, Brokeback MountainNightcrawler

Marla Sokoloff 34/actress, TV’s The Practice

And the late:

Robert Urich - 1946-2002/actor, TV's VegasSpenser: For Hire

 

 

 
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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