Posted on: September 11th, 2009 September 11, 2009
An American Tune for 9/11.
“If I had my way I'd never
get the urge to roam
A young man serves his country
and an old man guards the home”
- The Band, “Twilight”
An American Tune for 9/11.
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrator James Braithwaite have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short. (Text taken from YouTube info.)
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the brain trusts go back and try to pin point why, where and how The Beatles broke up 40 years ago. They devote a cover story to this riddle. ROCKHEAP also solved the mystery and we can sum it up in one line. They fucking hated each other. Up next, ROCKHEAP will solve the mystery of Loch Ness and The Yetti.
Bob Dylan is in talks with multiple car companies to possibly voice their GPS system. Good luck understanding that nasally mumble on the way to grandma’s for Thanksgiving.
On record, at least. Apparently Ray Manzarek has gotten his head out of his ass and stopped embarrassing himself by touring with a Doors cover band and gotten back to the real Doors. The final NYC concerts recorded with Jim Morrison before his death, will be released in a six-disc collection on November 10th. The shows were recorded on January 17th & 18th, 1970 at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum. Man, that takes it back. The Felt Forum was awesome. Sorry, got side tracked. In more Doors news, Rhino Records will also re-release all The Doors albums on vinyl on September 15th. Click through to the track listings for the live box set.
“Due to unforeseen medical reasons, the “In The Present Tour,” featuring Yes’ Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Alan White is cancelling shows through February 24″. Good. End this sham of a tour right now. The lead singer is Benoit David. The keyboardist is Oliver Wakeman. Stop. It. Now.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Paul McCartney revealed that he is trying to release a Beatles song that some swore didn’t exist and from the sound of it Rockheap wishes it didn’t. “Carnival of Light” is supposedly a 14 minute improvised psychedelic jam the band recorded in 1967 and was left off of the Anthology releases because it was “too adventurous.” “The time has come for its moment,” said McCartney, who is looking into getting approval from Ringo Starr and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison to release the track. “I like it because it’s like the Beatles free.” Let’s hope it’s not free of any musical value.
Apparently Jimmy Page does have a shred of self respect and reverence for Led Zeppelin. Through his management company QPrime, Page has issued the following statement about his new “project”. “Whatever this is, it is not Led Zeppelin,” “Not without the involvement of Robert Plant.” Oh really? Thanks for the heads up Jimmy. Rockheap has an idea, why not dig up the corpse of David Coverdale and call it Coverdale/Page Part 2, since that went over so well. What? Coverdale is still alive? That makes it even easier. Page, Jones and Bonham have been holding rehearsals with singers including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Word on the street is that experiment didn’t turn out too well. Myles Kennedy, lead singer of Alter Bridge also known as fake Creed, is also a possibility. A suggestion on what to call this mockery…Led Shitlin.
Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel this morning. The unofficial cause of death has been ruled natural causes. Mitchell along with bassist Noel Redding were “The Experience”, Jimi Hendrix’s brilliant rhythm section from 1966 until 1969. Mitchell was the last surviving member of the band, Noel Redding passed away in 2003 and Jimi died back in 1970. In a statement from the Hendrix estate, Janie Hendrix (Jimi’s sister) said, “We’re all devastated to hear of Mitch’s passing. He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend.”
At a recent awards ceremony a drunk or senile or probably both Jack Bruce fired off a harsh critique of Led Zeppelin’s career. Apparently Jack Bruce forgot it was 2008 and not 1968. Bruce said about Zeppelin’s one-off reunion gig “Fuck off, Zeppelin, you’re crap”. “Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig — one fucking lame gig — while Cream did weeks of gigs”. He went on to say, “You’ve always been crap and you’ll never be anything else. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.” Hmmm I wonder if Jack thinks Zeppelin is crap. Bruce is still bitter that Zeppelin and not Cream (as had been scheduled), became the headliner of the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at the O2 Arena in London in December 2007. Bruce, obviously realizing he himself is the fucking loser backtracked from his comments by saying “I was just having some fun with the press gallery, really” but then couldn’t keep is old ass quiet by adding, “The thing about Zeppelin is that obviously it’s a little bit of jealousy on my part — or more than a little bit — because the audience was created by Cream and Jimi Hendrix…this sort of very large audience. Then Zeppelin came along and had a very easy ride in that way. We were the pioneers and pioneers don’t always get the recognition they deserve, maybe.” As for Led Zeppelin’s decision to tour with a replacement for Robert Plant, Bruce added “Well, I always thought Robert Plant used the wrong kind of fertilizer, anyway, so I think he might be an improvement…I’m just joking.” Asked about Page vs. Clapton’s guitar gifts, “Let’s face it: Jimmy Page ain’t no Eric Clapton, no matter what anybody thinks,” Bruce said. Bitter much? Seems like the only fertilizer is coming out of ol’ Jack’s mouth.