A great deal of fun was had by the Monkees and their fans during the course of the group’s 2014 official convention this past weekend, including Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork all being on hand to receive their plaques certifying the Monkees’ induction into the American Pop Music Hall of Fame. Arguably the most tantalizing tidbit to emerge from the event, however, was the announcement that the trio would be kicking off a new tour in May, one which would be taking them along the east coast and through the Midwest.
We know you’ve been chomping at the bit to find out if the Monkees will be coming and walking down your street on their way to a venue in your neck of the woods, but you need wait no longer: here’s where the group’s tour schedule will be taking them throughout late May and early June.
We don’t know how many of you caught the premiere of NBC’s new series Crisis last night, but if you did, then you may well have walked away from the proceedings wondering who was responsible for the haunting version of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” that came within an inch of being even creepier than the original.
Say hello to Scala & Kolacny Brothers, a Belgian women’s choir conducted by Stijn Kolacny and arranged and accompanied by Steven Kolacny on piano. Formed in 1996, Scala have actually released five studio albums during the course of their existence, starting with 2002’s On the Rocks, sung entirely in Belgian. (An international version of the album came out in 2005.) While decidedly still more of a cult phenomenon than a mainstream success, they’ve nonetheless had their music spotlighted in several high-profile places, with their cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” earning prominent placement in the trailer for 2010’s The Social Network, their covers of the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and U2’s “With or Without You” finding their way into trailers for Downton Abbey, and their take on Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” in TV spots for “Beautiful Creatures.”
We hate to interrupt your Sunday with bad news, but we’ve just gotten the word ourselves, and we knew that Rhino’s readership would want to know: Scott Asheton, drummer and founding member of The Stooges, died yesterday.
Word of Asheton’s death came courtesy of Iggy Pop himself, who offered the following statement via his official Facebook page:
My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.
Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton's have always been and continue to be a second family to me.
My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.
The First Three Albums Newly Remastered, Each With An Additional Disc Of Previously Unreleased Companion Audio. Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including A Super Deluxe Boxed Set, Available June 3
No matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you've never heard Led Zeppelin like this before.
Beginning with the June 3 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," says Page. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."
Each album is now available for pre-order in the following formats: