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*Alice Cooper’s former guitarist Dick Wagner has died just two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. He was 71. Wagner, who wrote the power ballads “I Might as Well Be on Mars” and “Only Women Bleed,” checked into a hospital in Phoenix earlier this month after experiencing breathing difficulties. He developed a lung infection after doctors cleared his arteries. Dogged by health woes in recent years – he previously suffered a heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure, and fell into a coma – Wagner passed away yesterday. Wagner also worked with Lou Reed, KISS and Aerosmith, among others, and he was also a member of the groups The Frost and Ursa Major, which briefly featured Billy Joel. However, he was perhaps best known as a member of Cooper’s “Welcome to My Nightmare” band.  He co-wrote six tracks on that album, and toured extensively with Alice throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. He teamed up with Cooper again in 2011 for “Welcome 2 My Nightmare.”

 

*Former Queensryche star Geoff Tate will no longer be touring under his old band’s name starting in September after announcing a new moniker yesterday. His ex-bandmates agreed Tate could continue touring as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate until the end of the summer in a settlement that ended a year-long legal battle between the rockers, and now the singer has agreed to move on with a new touring act. Beginning in September, the band he now fronts will be known as Operation: Mindcrime. Tate’s final tour as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate kicked off in California last night.

 

*The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are teaming up with Simon West, the director of action/adventure films such as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will highlight the London music scene during the mid-1960s.  British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers. Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley.  The setting of the series apparently will be the same as that of the film adaptation of the band's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.

 

*If you're a Led Zeppelin fan, you know by now that the chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so you likely won't be surprised by Robert Plant's latest comments about the matter.  In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn't want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion. "I feel for the guy," the famed frontman declared.  "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them.  But I don't know what he's trying to do.  So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled." Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page "a couple of years ago" and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed. "I said [to Jimmy], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know.  I'll give it a whirl," he recalled.  "It was hands across the water.  But he walked away.  Just walked away." As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, "[W]e couldn't do anything proper.  The weight of expectation is too great." Plant's new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, is set for release on September 9.

 

*Don Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during a special benefit concert The Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston.  Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project's 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates "represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges."The show will take place at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project.  That's the organization Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by 19th century author Henry David Thoreau.  The charity also supports various environmental initiatives that are in line with Thoreau's naturalist beliefs.

 

Birthdays:

Gary Lewis-69
Michael Biehn (Aliens: Cpl. Dwayne Hicks)-58
Bill Berry (R.E.M.)-56
Mark Cuban-56
Wesley Snipes-52
Chad Brock-51
J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)-49
Robert Telfer (Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Scott Erikson)-37
B.J. Novak (The Office: Ryan Howard)-35
Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family: Manny Delgado)-16

 

Loverboy will return later this summer with the band’s first album of previously unreleased material in seven years.

The new LP, titled ‘Unfinished Business,’ has been a long time coming in more ways than one: The track listing brings together songs written throughout the band’s career — including one song, ‘Come Undone,’ first penned by guitarist Paul Dean some four decades ago. Befitting the disparate origins of the material, the album was recorded at various locations.

Dean contrasted the group’s current studio method with the painstaking way they cut 1985′s ‘Lovin’ Every Minute of It



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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.

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.”



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