Thursday, May 20, 2010

Music News & Notes

METALLICA: 'Load' Vinyl Release Pushed Back To June

The release date of the vinyl version of METALLICA's 1996 album "Load" has been postponed until June 15 from the previously announced May 18. The LP will be made available outside North America on July 5.

Commented the band: "If you've been following along, you know the drill — there will be two packages, a two-disc gatefold package for the 33.3 version, and a box for the four-disc, 180-gram, 45-rpm deluxe edition.

"All the music was half-speed-mastered from the original analog tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, California to bring you audiophile quality.


REM to reissue 'Fables Of The Reconstruction' with bonus rarities disc

REM have announced details of the reissue of their third studio album 'Fables Of The Reconstruction'.

Due out on July 13, the '25th Anniversary Edition' of the group's LP will include a remastered version of the original album, plus a 14-track disc called 'The Athens Demos', which features early recordings of songs like 'Driver 8', 'Can't Get There From Here' and the unreleased track 'Throw Those Trolls Away'.

The album will be issued on double CD, 180-gram vinyl LP and as a digital download.


Ronnie James Dio Public Memorial Set For May 30

Ronnie James Dio’s life is to be celebrated at a public memorial service in Los Angeles later this month, it’s been announced. The former Black Sabbath vocalist passed away on Sunday following a battle from cancer. He was 67.

Fans have been asked to gather at The Hall of Liberty in Hollywood from 2pm (local time) on May 30.

A statement on Dio's official Facebook page said: “This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.”

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