Monday, October 12, 2009

Music News & Notes


The Misfits are getting ready to release their first studio recordings since 2003's MISFITS PROJECT 1950, and their first original material in over a decade.

The horror rock icons will release 2-new tracks, "Land of the Dead" and "Twilight of the Dead" digitally beginning October 27th (just in time for Halloween!), before offering them on vinyl in several limited-edition configurations.

They will also press the two songs in a limited edition (1,000 copies) 12" maxi single in clear red vinyl with a cover by Arthur Suydam in a salute to George A. Romero's films. Those that attend Misfit shows during the balance of the year will also have an opportunity to buy a copy on clear orange vinyl.


Jon Anderson Once Again Criticizes Yes Bandmates

A little over a year ago, Jon Anderson wrote a cutting post on his website about how he felt disrespected by the other members of Yes for their lack of communications after he became ill and his replacement in the band by a singer they found on the internet.

Rock Radio is now reporting that he has once again come out with criticisms of his bandmates over their current tour with Yes tribute band singer Benoit David up front when he was healthy enough to do the tour with them.

"I'd actually been ill for about five years and it got to the point where I couldn't continue. I had to take a complete break - and ended up having six operations."The band recruited a guy from a Canadian Yes tribute band and went on the road with him. I felt they could have waited until I'd recovered.

"I said to them I was available, but they said they were contracted to Benoit. It's a complicated situation.

"I think it's inappropriate and not respectful to the fans. People have bought tickets thinking I'm performing on the tour.

"I would like everybody to know that, as much as I wish the band well, they should not tour as Yes. The fans should be advised that I'm not part of the tour."

While the announcement may not be part of Yes' tour advertising, the following statement is prominent on the front of their web page:

Yes will be Europe starting in late October. Steve, Chris, and Alan will once again be joined by Benoit David on vocals and Oliver Wakeman on keyboards. All dates can now be found on the Europe Tour page. Jon Anderson is not part of the lineup on this tour...


King Crimson Listen

Seven of the early members of King Crimson reunited on Friday night, not to play. but to listen to remastered versions of their albums In the Court of the Crimson King, Lizard and Red. Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Pete Sinfield, Bill Bruford, Mel Collins, David Cross and John Wetton gathered at Air Studios in North London to hear selections from the albums, recently remastered by Fripp and Steven Wilson and released on Britain's Panegyric label. The balance of the group's works are schedule for remastering and release next year.


Lucy In The Sky Song

Julian Lennon has recorded a tribute to his childhood friend, Lucy Vodden, who passed away recently from lupus. A drawing of Vodden by Julian inspired John Lennon to write Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds for the Beatles.

Lennon was in the studio working with new artist James Scott Cook on Cook's new album for Lennon's theRevolution Records. Originally, Julian was to sing background vocals on Cook's song Lucy, but the circumstances of Vodden's passing turned the record into a duet that is being released as a charity single to benefit lupus research.

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