Quick Hits: Led Zeppelin, Keith Richards, KoRn, Virgin Festival, Spice Girls, Smashing Pumpkins, Liars
July 27, 2007
Led Zeppelin will release a new best-of collection titled Mothership on November 13. The two-disc set will also be available in a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD, a collector's edition and on vinyl. Additionally, a deluxe, re-mastered edition of the film The Song Remains The Same is also on the way on November 20, along with its soundtrack. The soundtrack includes six songs that were not in the original release, along with liner notes from Cameron Crowe.
Keith Richards (photo: Jim Rinaldi)
There is a bidding war for Keith Richards' memoirs, according to the New York Post. HarperCollins and Little Brown are vying for the Rolling Stones guitarist's life story, with the advance reportedly up to $7.3 million. According to the Post, Richards merely wanted his advance to top the $5 million that Eric Clapton received for his own book, which is due this October.
KoRn will play a free show on Tuesday, July 31 in New York City to celebrate the release of their new album. The show will take place at the South Street Seaport and be followed by an album signing at J&R Music World in New York. The band has also put a new episode of their Devolution: Nature's U-Turn online at evolutiondevolution.com. In related news, Devo singer Gerald Casale is accusing KoRn of ripping off his band's concept of "devolution." Casale told Rolling Stone, "Gee, I’m sorry we thought all this up thirty years ago and have been putting it out there and preaching it ever since." He says he hopes for at least a nod from the KoRn camp to Devo's ideas, but adds, "We live in a subhuman mean-ass society where everyone has learned to be totally disgusting and spiritless. It starts at the top and trickles down. When you have an administration like we have, everybody learns that ‘f**k you’ is the rule of the day."
The Spice Girls have added more dates to their reunion tour, with new gigs announced for Vancouver (December 2), San Jose, CA (December 4) and Shanghai, China (January 10). In total, the group will now play 14 shows in December and January.
Smashing Pumpkins are the latest band to allow fans to create a music video using green screen technology. Footage from the "Tarantula" video shoot is available for fans to remix. The winning entries will receive a Mac Pro or a Zeitgeist-themed iPhone.
Indie rockers Liars have been tapped to open for Interpol on their fall tour, beginning September 10 in Albany. The band will release their eponymous fourth record on August 28. The video for the lead single, "Plaster Casts Of Everything," features a cameo from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.