Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday's Rockin' Roundup - Good Friday Edition

Today is Good Friday, the beginning of the end for the season of Lent. This year, Cathy and I gave up beef and pork for Lent, so we are going to be oh, so happy to see Easter arrive. My mother-in-law is making a huge ham and I plan to devour a large portion of that all by myself.

Easter Sunday will bring with it our normal traditions of Easter baskets with our daughter, calling Mom, and attending Church. I’m hopeful that my Easter basket will have some new music in it (I did drop a rather large hint to the Easter bunny on which CDs I currently don’t have but would like), but we shall see.

And of course the arrival of Easter means that Spring is in the air. The weather is just starting to warm up here in New Jersey. It’s not warm yet, but the chill is out of the afternoon air, so it’s getting better. I hope you all enjoy your holiday, whether it’s Passover, Easter, or any other spring ritual being celebrated. We can all raise a toast to one common theme – rock and roll.

And here’s what’s going on in the world of rock:

Kiss wants you to vote on where they will play for their autumn tour. This confirms at least one thing, they will be touring this fall. It looks like with the makeup too (unfortunately). As you all know, I love Kiss, but I really do think it’s time to lose the makeup. The effect is not the same as it was 30 years ago. Want Kiss to play your town? Get more details here:

AC/DC is coming back to North America in the summer. This time they will be playing stadiums in support of Black Ice. For the stadium portion of the show, the ticket prices are two-tiered, but still too expensive for your cousin Ryo. $68 for the “no air up here” seats and $92 for the rest (before fees of course). Metal Eddie is going to have to really talk me into this one. Tickets go on sale Saturday for most shows. You can get tickets, where else, at ticketmaster.

Sleaze Roxx has the scoop on the latest offering from Ace Frehley, including the title of his soon to be released CD (Anomaly) and a pair of videos from the forthcoming CD. Check it out here:

Time magazine lists the top 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubs. Kiss made the list, but of course the writer took his pot shots while saying they deserved to be in the hall. Why can’t anyone recognize the influence that Kiss had over a plethora of bands without taking a swipe at them? And when are critics going to recognize that some of Kiss’ work was actually good both musically and lyrically? You can see the rest of the snubs here:

And lastly, Eddie Vedder is planning another quick solo tour. I missed his last outing on the East Coast, but perhaps I’ll have to travel to Philly to check this one out.

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