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Little St. Nick….Revisited

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We might be past Christmas, but if you loved the Beach Boys Christmas Album as much as I did, you'll want to check this out.

From Brian Wilson's website:

This version of “Little St. Nick” was recorded in October 1963, several months before the 1964 Christmas album sessions, and wasn’t used at the time. Brian later took this backing track and used it as the foundation for the song “Drive In” for the 1964 “All Summer Long” album.  This version with the “Little St. Nick” lyrics remained unreleased until Mark Linett discovered it while preparing the first CD releases of the Capitol Beach Boys catalog, and it first saw the light of day as a bonus track on a now out of print CD edition of the 1964 Beach Boys Christmas Album.

Listen here

The remaining Beach Boys will reunite next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a tour and new album. While I'm still kicking myself for missing the chance to see them back in the day with Carl Wilson still in the lineup, I think that chances are good that I'll probably go out for this one.

Former Beach Boy David Marks will be back in the lineup for the tour and I recently grabbed his book 'The Lost Beach Boy' to do some advance reading.


Van Halen to tour in 2012.

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For real, apparently.  New album?  Details on that remain in the "TBA" category.

With both VH and Springsteen on the road, it's going to be an expensive year!


Duff and GNR rock it.

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Pretty cool to see Duff join Axl on stage for last night's Guns N' Roses show in Seattle. Perhaps it wasn't that surprising since his current band Loaded opened the show - which for those in attendance, it probably made a jam seem like a lock. Duff's appearance might suggest (or it might not) that we'll see him on stage with Axl at the Rock Hall inductions at the very least.

He addressed that subject in his latest column for the Seattle Weekly:

I've done my best to avoid doing any interviews that pertain to our induction, and maybe this column will serve as all I really need to say for now. I am a grown-up now, and hope that we can achieve some grace and class when that ceremony comes. But in the end, I am only responsible for myself.

Tickets for the induction ceremonies (happening next April here in Cleveland) went on sale this morning and sold out (of course) in minutes. For those lucky enough to snag tickets, it should be a good night. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with GNR and I'll also enjoy seeing Rod Stewart participate in the Faces/Small Faces induction (among many other things).


Del Amitri At Woodstock ’94 +

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Former Dels drummer Ashley Soan is the source of these videos from the 'Twisted' era....and indeed, how "twisted" it is to see Del Amitri performing with such a happy backdrop behind them.

This apparently was one of Soan's early gigs with the band - on a tour that I was lucky enough to see several times and each time, they killed. Vocally, Justin Currie seems a bit off his game here, but he was rock solid every time I saw the Dels, which always made me happy - their ability to reproduce the songs in a way that was true to the album, but pleasantly rough enough around the edges to make it rock and roll.

I went to Youtube in search of audio for 'It Might As Well Be You' to post here and while I didn't find that, I did come across these instead, which was a happy surprise.

Here's the "+" part of this post.


A Hard Day’s Night: The REAL First Chord

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For all of the times that I heard this as a kid, I never really gave a thought as to how it was manufactured. I LOVE this...and if you're a Beatles fan, chances are good that you will too.


Anthrax and Testament announce 2012 tour dates

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Good news if you missed Anthrax and Testament - they'll be continuing their run with additional tour dates together in 2012.

“The first leg of the tour with Testament and Death Angel was an amazing way to end a great year for Anthrax,” remarks Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, “and it went above and beyond my expectations! Sold out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances! So, we figured what better way to start 2012 than to continue this thrash-fest into the new year!!! Thank you all for giving us this privilege to come and play for you. See you soon!”

Here are the tour dates:

1/22 — House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nev.
1/23 — House of Blues, Anaheim, Calif.
1/24 — Marquee Theatre, Tempe, Ariz.
1/27 — Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
1/28 — Piere’s Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
1/29 — Expo Five, Louisville, Ky.
1/30 — The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.
2/2 — Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
2/3 — Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/6 — Crocodile Rock, Allentown, Pa.
2/7 — Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, Md.
2/8 — Best Buy Theatre, New York, N.Y.

I had the chance to catch the "remastered" version of the Anthrax 'Behind The Music' over the weekend - not sure how I missed it the first time around but as the BTMs go, it's a good one - it made me want to pull out a bunch of my Anthrax albums after the fact, so I'd say that's a job well done.


2012 Rock Hall Inductees Announced

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I'm mostly okay with this list, when considering the slate of nominees (yes, there are lots of bands that should have been nominated), but I think it's a shame that Heart didn't make the final list of inductees. I would have happily swapped out the Red Hot Chili Peppers to make room.

John Soeder has a good analysis of the 2012 inductees here.

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its inductees for 2012, and the inductees are:

Performer Category:

Beastie Boys
Guns N’ Roses
Laura Nyro
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Small Faces/The Faces

Early Influence:

Freddie King

Ahmet Ertegun (nonperformer) Award:

Don Kirshner

The Award for Musical Excellence:

Cosimo Matassa
Tom Dowd
Glyn Johns

The ceremonies will be back in Cleveland this time around and tickets will go on sale 12/16 for members and 12/17 to the general public. Here's the general on-sale information:

Tickets to the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on-sale to the public on Saturday, December 17, 2011 beginning at 10 a.m. EST. To purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 212-8898 (please note, this number will not be activated until 10 a.m. EST on 12/17). Tickets are expected to sell-out quickly. Individual tickets to the Induction Ceremony are available for $50 and $100. There will be a two ticket limit on all orders.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum members can purchase Induction 2012 tickets in advance, beginning Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. EST. To purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 212-8898 (please note, this number will not be activated until 10 a.m. EST on 12/16). There will be a two ticket limit on all orders. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, fans must become members by 11 p.m. EST on December 12, 2011 and have a valid Member ID.  To join please call (216) 515-8425 or click here.

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Tom Petty to headline Isle of Wight in 2012

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
will be the Friday night headliner next year at Isle of Wight on June 22nd. Considering that Bruce Springsteen and some bunch of guys that call themselves the E Street Band will also be there headlining on Sunday, June 24th, a trip to Isle of Wight is looking mighty attractive right about now.

I wonder if Brian can drive us there? (The tired Bonnaroo jokes live on....)

According to an official dispatch from Petty's email list, the Isle of Wight appearance is a big deal - it's the first major European concert for Petty and the Heartbreakers in 20 years!

It's certainly exciting news, because it indicates that we can definitely expect significant activity (and hopefully new music) from Petty next year.

Vinyl lovers - hopefully you got your hands on a copy of the wax-exclusive 'Kiss My Amps' live release that Petty released for Record Store Day's Black Friday a few weeks ago.

It's worth the purchase based on the title alone, right?


The Muppets….Yaaaaaaay!

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I had a chance to go see 'The Muppets' over the weekend and how cool is it that we can have a Muppet movie in 2011 that actually doesn't suck?

It's pretty great to see the positive reception to this movie and whether or not it's something that your kids will enjoy, I guess that's debatable - it's going to be a total winner with some....and for others, it might be a bit over their head or out of their personal interest zone.

There's no doubt though that if you're an adult who grew up with Muppets, chances are very, very good that you'll love this movie to pieces.

I certainly did.

My good buddies over at Popblerd have a group hug review of all of the Muppet action for your enjoyment.



Pearl Jam fans…dig this!

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If you've held off on purchasing the deluxe editions of 'Ten,' 'Vs.' and 'Vitalogy,' today is your lucky day, because you can get all of them from Pop Market for $34.99.

It's certainly a nice price if you've been wanting to upgrade your PJ holdings.

Me - I've already got 'Ten' - perhaps someone who is in the reverse situation will purchase this and send me their copies of 'Vs.' and 'Vitalogy!'

That's the Jedi mind trick that I'm attempting to wrangle here...