Yesterday on its official YouTube channel, legendary rock band Deep Purple posted a video announcing the upcoming rerelease of its Made in Japan album in various formats, which include previously unseen footage on DVD, bonus material and mixes, memorabilia, and a hardback book.
Made in Japan was recorded in Osaka and Budokan between August 15 and 17, 1972, and boasted such classic Purple tracks as "Highway Star", "Space Truckin'", "Strange Kind of Woman", "Lazy", and the inimitable "Smoke On the Water".
A speech about homophobia and gay rights by Irish drag queen Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) at Dublin's Abbey Theatre took went viral in February.
The passionate speech was a response to backlash to O'Neill's January 11 appearance on The Saturday Night show during which he called several Irish journalists homophobic. Those named threatened legal action for defamation. The state-owned broadcaster apologized and issued payments as settlement.
There’s been some pretty sweet concert Blu-rays released in the last little while. Hugely impressive was last week’s Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration–Deluxe Edition, from Legacy Recordings, the same folks who gave us recent killer boxed sets by Johnny Winter and Mike Bloomfield.
Did you know you can busk without a license in Vancouver?
(Okay, maybe you did, smarty pants. But I didn't.)
You need a street entertainment permit to perform on most Vancouver's sidewalks, but considering a yearly permit costs $117.14 and the city requires all kinds of personal info (and valid ID) to issue one to you, I'm all about finding free spots to hang out and peddle my musical wares.
Here's where you can busk license-free (or, conversely, how to avoid buskers in Vancouver who are too cheap to buy a permit):
The hard-rock/metal world is all a-buzz with today's news that the mighty Black Sabbath will release a CD boxed set containing the band's first eight albums—the ones it recorded before Ozzy Osbourne got the boot and was replaced by Ronnie James Dio in 1979.
That's all well and good. The more masterful Tony Iommi riffs circulating around the globe the better, in my books.
Tassa is a major figure in Isreal’s rock scene and one of the country’s most prominent singer-songwriters. His musical journey began with his grandfather and great uncle, known as the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers. With his explosive stage presence and unique mix of Iraqi, Middle Eastern, and Israeli rock sound, Tassa creates an innovating, joyous musical experience at his live shows.