Tomorrow (4/17) is Record Store Day. It’s the one day of the year we get to celebrate the independent record store and remember how important they are to the community. As record store day has been gaining in popularity (or would that be notoriety?), more and more bands have been issuing exclusive releases to the independent shops. This year, The Rolling Stones are releasing a single from the upcoming Exile On Main Street remastered exclusively to record stores. Avenged Sevenfold has a special 12” album, Bruce Springsteen is releasing Wrecking Ball live, and the Flaming Lips are releasing their cover of Dark Side Of The Moon, just to name a few.
For a complete list of what stores are in your area, what exclusive albums are going to be released, and which stores will have in-store live appearances, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/. You should always try to support your local record store. They have knowledge and passion that can’t be found anywhere else.
Here’s what rocked this week:
RUSH Tour 2010
Rush has announced a summer tour for 2010. While there is no new album to promote, the band has decided that they will perform Moving Pictures in its entirety, along with other Rush classics. I’m very interested in seeing what songs they choose to go alongside Moving Pictures. I’m also curious to know at which point in the concert will the performance of that album come out. Will it open the show? Close it? Tickets for the first group of shows go on sale tomorrow (4/17).
Roger Waters The Wall Tour
As expected, Roger Waters has announced a tour performing The Wall in its entirety. However, this time around it will be performed indoors at arenas, as opposed to the stadiums Pink Floyd performed at all those many years ago. No word on when tickets go on sale or how much they will cost, but I know Waters charged a lot for his Dark Side of the Moon tour in 2007. I’m sure this will cost even more.
Hear Ratt's New Album In It's Entirety
Ratt is streaming their new album, Infestation, over at their website. If you want to hear it before you buy it, head on over there and give it a whirl. The first single, Eat Em Up Alive is a rocking song with some massive guitar riffs. It gives me a lot of hope for the rest of the disc. The new album goes on sale April 20th.
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