Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Music News & Notes

Billy Corgan Collapses On Stage

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan collapsed on stage during a Florida concert last Thursday night. The singer fell down while performing the bands's hit, "Bullet with Butterfly Wings."

Corgan explained the fall on Twitter: "That wasn't a stage move or clumsiness. That was me blacking out and wiping out. I have no memory of falling against the drum riser and my guitar cabinet, but I can tell you I've got quite a good bruise [and] am moving slow."

- Andrew Vaughan of Gibson.com


Gary Numan Box Set

The Vinyl 180 has announced a Gary Numan box set containing "Replicas" and "The Pleasure Principle" as well as the brand new release of the self titled debut album from Tubeway Army and a bonus disc, "The Plan."

If you're thinking "Hang on... I've already bought the other Gary Numan re-issues", don't panic! "Tubeway Army" is available as a special deluxe edition with the presentation box and The Plan so collectors won't find that they have to buy copies of albums they already own. The boxes are very limited however, with only 500 copies being available worldwide.

The Vinyl 180 label produces new vinyl editions of classic 80's post-punk albums, remastered from original analogue tapes and pressed onto 180g heavyweight vinyl to capture the warmth and depth of sound that currently only vinyl can offer... just as they were meant to be heard. All releases are packaged in deluxe gatefold sleeves on heavyweight cardboard stock. The titles are distributed domestically through ADA. - http://www.vinyl180.com/



TMD unearths a rare audio clip from 1990 of legendary rock act KISS doing an interview in a New York City rehearsal studio right before the start of the band’s infamous “Hot In The Shade” tour. At the start of the clip is Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons trying their hand at some classic songs by THE BEATLES. The first one is “Help!” and the second is “Please Please Me”. In the KISS lineup at this point in time was Bruce Kulick on lead guitar and the late great Eric Carr on drums.


Official Cover Art and Tracklisting for Usher's 'Versus' Revealed

Aceshowbiz : A month before "Versus" is released, Usher unleashes official cover art and tracklisting.

The artwork features a side-look at him wearing sunglasses, and the tracklisting reveals nine songs, including a remixed version of Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love".

The lead single is a floor-filler "DJ Got Us Fallin In Love" which features Pitbull. Another song which has been embraced by music fans is titled "Get in My Car" which has Usher teaming with Bun B. Also lending their vocal in this extended play are Jay-Z and Ciara.

Usher will drop "Versus" in United States on August 24, less than 6 months after his new album "Raymond vs. Raymond" was released. There is no particular reason explained on why he rushes another set but it might have something to do with "Raymond" success.


AC/DC Celebrating 30th Anniversary Of 'Back In Black'

On July 25, 1980, AC/DC released "Back In Black" in the U.S., followed by the album's U.K. release on July 31. It was the band's first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier after passing out and choking on his own vomit following a long night of drinking.

The group quickly decided to press on and hired Brian Johnson from the band GEORDIE to take over on vocals, and they headed to the Bahamas for about six weeks to do the album. AC/DC had made some serious headway in America before Scott's death, but no one knew how "Back In Black" would be received. The album took off, and eventually sold over 21 million copies in the U.S.

Johnson told The Pulse of Radio that he didn't have a clue how successful "Back In Black" would turn out to be. "I'd just melted me brain in there, and I didn't know if it was good or bad," he said. "That was the first time I'd been in the Bahamas, anyway, or near America, you know, and you (have to) remember, I was just fascinated by the whole culture and all, and I had no idea what the hell I was doing! And (laughs) lucky, really — I was a bit lucky, I think."

"Back In Black" included the singles "You Shook Me All Night Long", which peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Back In Black", which peaked at No. 37.

Despite its massive success, it never got higher than No. 4 on the album charts. The band's next album, "For Those About To Rock", reached No. 1.

"Back In Black" is tied for fifth place with BILLY JOEL's "Greatest Hits Vols I & II" on the list of the biggest selling albums in the U.S.

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