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Led Zeppelin Present Second Wave Of Reissues

>>> Stef Lach, TeamRock.com - 08/29/2014

Led Zeppelin have launched a trailer for the second wave of their reissue campaign - featuring a previously unreleased version of classic track Black Dog.
Following the huge success of the first phase - which saw Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III land in the US top 10 - Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy will be available on October 27.
Both albums have been remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, and come with a companion disc of unreleased related material.
Each will be available in single CD, deluxe 2CD, single LP, deluxe 2LP and digital formats. Super deluxe box set editions contain CD, LP and digital formats, 80-page hardback book and a high-quality print of the original album cover - the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
Originally released in November 1971, Led Zeppelin IV has been certified 23x platinum and entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Houses Of The Holy, launched two years later, has sold more than 11 million copies.

Perry: Aerosmith Could Tour Rather Than Record

>>> Scott Munro, TeamRock.com - 08/28/2014

Joe Perry says he doesn't know if recording a new Aerosmith album is worth it, saying the band might be better touring and playing songs the fans know and love instead.
Aerosmith are currently on the road with the Let Rock Rule tour, supporting 2012 album Music From Another Dimension, and the guitarist says fans want to hear the classics rather than newer material.
Perry tells Boston magazine: "When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear anything unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and got some polite applause."
"Before the tour, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends what song you have to take out of the set.' That really put things into perspective."
"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs people want to hear. It's an interesting position to be in."

Lennon Killer Chapman Refused Parole Again

>>> Martin Kielty, TeamRock.com - 08/24/2014

Mark Chapman, who shot John Lennon dead in 1980, has been denied parole for the eighth time.
The killer, now 59, gunned down the ex-Beatle outside his New York apartment as he and wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session. He was later handed a sentence of 20 years to life.
The three-man parole board noted that Ono had once again sent a letter asking that Chapman was not released - but that, along with others letters supporting her position, they'd also received notes from those who believed he should be granted freedom.
Further noting that his prison behaviour sheet had been clean for over two decades, the board said: "There is a reasonable probability that you would not remain at liberty without again violating the law. Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society, and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."
Chapman may apply again in two years' time.

Hendrix Records Set For Reissue

>>> Stef Lach, TeamRock.com - 08/20/2014

Jimi Hendrix's first two posthumous albums are set for reissue next month.
The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats on September 16. Both have been remastered by Bernie Grundman and are available now for pre-order.
Originally released in 1971, The Cry Of Love was compiled and mixed by Hendrix's long-time engineer Eddie Kramer and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The bulk of the tracks were recorded between December 1969 and the summer of 1970 at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and were intended to be part of a double LP tentatively titled First Rays of the New Rising Sun.
Rainbow Bridge was also compiled and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell in 1971, with the help of Electric Lady Studios engineer John Jansen. Most of the tracks were recorded in 1969 and 1970, during the same sessions that spawned The Cry Of Love.