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.
They don’t call him the Boss for nothing. Bruce and The E Street Band will be following up 2007’s kick ass “Magic” with “Working On A Dream”, slated to hit stores on January 27, 2009. The album will be Bruce’s 24th and was produced and mixed by Brendan O’Brien, who also helmed “Magic”. Springsteen is quoted as saying “Towards the end of recording Magic, excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing,” “When my friend, producer Brendan O’Brien, heard the new songs, he said, ‘Let’s keep going.’ Over the course of the next year, that’s just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year’s tour. I hope Working on a Dream has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we’ve ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.” Check out the track listing after the jump.
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.
After a massively successful reunion tour last year featuring Genesis’ most popular line-up, the band is setting it’s sites on a full scale reunion featuring original lead singer/freakshow Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett. Genesis is releasing a box set of Gabriel-era reissues and the band hopes to bring it’s reluctant and reclusive original lead singer back in the fold. “We’ve never said never about it, you know,” Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks told Billboard. “I know Phil (Collins) would be quite happy with the idea of just playing the drums; it would be quite fun for him. Mike (Rutherford) and I are certainly happy to do it. I know Steve (Hackett) is keen as well. I think it’d be down to Peter (Gabriel) more than anyone else.” Gabriel first suggested the idea of a Genesis reunion back in 2004, when he wanted the group to play the classic album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway live. When Genesis finally did reunite, Gabriel being Gabriel, decided to work on a solo album. “I think we should do this before one of us dies; we’re not getting any younger, to quote one of the songs, so maybe one day it’ll happen,” Hackett said of a reunion. Gabriel was too busy speaking Klingon to a tree in his backyard to comment.