Freddie Mercury Book, The Great Pretender

UK publishers Goodman Books is releasing a tribute to Queen front man,Freddie MercuryTitled, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, the book is told entirely in photos coupled with captions, and it celebrates the iconic performer in his 20 years on the rock and roll scene with the famous group. As a Mercury fan myself, I have to say this looks like a pretty cool project, and I can’t wait to check it out!

The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be officially released on September 13th, 2012.

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One Album Wonders: Coverdale Page

coverdale page

In 1993 Jimmy Page was a guitarist in desperate need of a singer. I know because his manager had asked me to help find him one. I wish I could say teaming up with David Coverdale was my suggestion, but that brainwave was Geffen executive John Kalodner’s.

The result was exactly what everybody secretly wanted: a Zeppelin album from the band’s earliest, sexed-up days. Opening with blues rock colossus Shake My Tree, it was sheer bombastic bliss, from the mystic blues of Don’t Leave Me This Way to grand finale Whisper A Prayer For The Dying – where Stairway To Heaven met Kashmir, no kidding.

COVERDALE PAGE
1993, GEFFEN

Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day”

Led Zeppelin Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin will release the movie of their 2007 reunion show under the title Celebration Day on DVD and as a cinema feature.

The 2hr4min production will play in selected theatres across the world on October 17 following premieres in London, New York, Los Angeles and other major cities. Tickets for the public screenings will be available on September 13 via LedZeppelin.com.

Celebration Day will then go on sale in video and audio formats on November 19.

Over 20 million people applied for 18,000 tickets when Led Zeppelin announced they’d play London’s O2 Arena to celebrate the life of Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun.

Drummer John Bonham’s son Jason performed with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, leading to plans for further shows together, which then ground to a halt when frontman Plant decided not to remain involved.

The Celebration Day announcement came after Led Zeppelin spent five days teasing fans with online countdown images and teaser sound clips.

Meanwhile, the band have been named as recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. The organisation says the band “transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands.”

Celebration Day track list

01. Good Times, Bad Times
02. Ramble On
03. Black Dog
04. In My Time Of Dying
05. For Your Life
06. Trampled Underfoot
07. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
08. No Quarter
09. Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains the Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll

Black Sabbath

Black SabbathThe first Black Sabbath studio album to feature vocalist Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s ‘Never Say Die!’ will likely come out next fall, which leaves even skeptical fans crossing their fingers, hoping to hear Ozzy’s trademark howl with Tony Iommi’s legendary crunchy, downtuned minor-key riffs.

On Nov. 11, the original members — Osbourne, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Wardannounced in a press conference that they were working on new material for the album, which will be produced by Rick Rubin (Slipknot, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

There was a time when it looked like it would be a cold day in hell before Ozzy and Sabbath worked together again. The bad vibes started when Black Sabbath (sans Ozzy) reunited with ’80s-Sabbath singer, the late Ronnie James Dio and formed the band Heaven & Hell. Lawsuits and saber-rattling followed before Heaven & Hell toured a bunch, recorded their sole album, ‘The Devil You Know,’ and released a couple DVDs. Meanwhile, Ozzy continued on his solo career with ‘Scream.’ Tragically, Dio died from stomach cancer at age 67, on May 16, 2010.

After taking time to mourn, Iommi, Butler, and Ward entered conversations with Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon, and following a series of baby steps, announced their efforts to work together. The as-yet-untitled album will come out on Vertigo/ Universal Republic in North America and Vertigo in Europe and is expected for release in the fall.

Ozzy last performed with Black Sabbath during 1999′s Ozzfest. The band started working with Rubin on new songs in spring 2001, but the sessions were halted when Ozzy returned to work on his 2001 solo album ‘Down to Earth.’

During the Nov. 11 press conference, Iommi said, “It’s now or never. We are getting along great. Everything’s really good. We know that this time it’s going to happen.” Osbourne weighed in on the new music falling into place, saying, “It’s just time. This time, for some magical reason, we have written about seven or eight songs so far and they’re really good.”

Soundgarden

Soundgarden reveal track listing, trailer and artwork for new album ‘King Animal

The grunge band’s first album in 16 years is due out in November

‘King Animal’ is the grunge veterans’ first album since their 1996 effort ‘Down On The Upside‘, which came out in the same year they split up. The band have been working on its follow-up since they reunited in 2010.

It is confirmed for release on November 12 in the UK and November 13 in the US. It contains a total of 13 tracks, with a new single ‘Been Away Too Long’ due for release on September 27.
Chris Cornell said: “We have an album coming out in the fall. It’s kind of hard to describe, it’s sort of picking up where we left off. There’s a lot of different feels on the album. We’re a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It’s a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it.”
Soundgarden headlined London’s Hard Rock Calling Festival earlier this summer.

The tracklisting for ‘King Animal’ is as follows:

‘Been Away Too Long’
‘Non-State Actor’
‘By Crooked Steps’
A Thousand Days Before’
‘Blood On The Valley Floor’
‘Bones Of Birds’
‘Taree’
‘Attrition’
‘Black Saturday’
‘Halfway There’
‘Worse Dreams’
‘Eyelid’s Mouth’
‘Rowing’