Peter Buck says the upcoming reissue of R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People will include some cool things that fans have never heard.
Buck tells Stereogum, "I just OK-ed an 80-minute CD of, I guess, the demos, but they were just things we were recording, building up to the record. There’s some cool instrumentals. There’s some cool vocals. I think there’s one or two songs that no one has heard. I think it’s a cool package. I think there will be something live on there, too. It’s a record that I really like."
The reissue will be out in the late fall. What you won't see is the band getting back together to promote it. Buck was asked, "How soon after R.E.M. ended did you start getting offers from Coachella and other festivals seeing if you would reunite?" He replied, "Our manager handles all that and I have never seen an offer, so I am assuming they must come, but he knows that we’re not really that interested. I haven’t heard anything at all really. My assumption is that if we made a couple phone calls we could make something happen, but that’s just not something we’re interested in."
Just days before Steppenwolf celebrate their 50th anniversary, they're mourning the death of founding keyboardist Goldy McJohn.
Frontman John Kay tells us that McJohn, whom he first played with in Toronto when in their days as The Sparrow, had a massive heart attack on Tuesday. He was 72. Goldy's keyboards helped power such Steppenwolf classics as "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Born to Be Wild."
Kay admits that they'd been estranged for many years -- and McJohn was not expected at any of the Steppenwolf-related events in Nashville this weekend -- but his loss casts a bit of a shadow over things. "Even though he and I had not been in touch for many years, that's not material. His great role in [Steppenwolf] will be always be remembered."
Steppenwolf fans are converging on Nashville for several events capped by a Saturday night show at the Ryman Auditorium.
Mick Fleetwood says he enjoyed having Fleetwood Mac be part of Classic West and Classic East last month in Los Angeles and New York. While he adds that is was a strange for the band to prep for only two shows, he felt they played well, especially in L.A. Fleetwood Mac will start a world tour next June.
Today (August 3rd) marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Def Leppard's fourth album, Hysteria.
The album that spawned seven singles, including "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Rocket," "Animal," "Love Bites," "Armageddon It" and the title track has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the U.S.
Hysteria followed up the band's breakthrough album, 1983's Pyromania, but it took a while for it to gain any traction. The first two singles, "Animal" and "Women" peaked at numbers-19 and -80, respectively.
To mark Hysteria's 30th anniversary, it will be re-released in an expanded edition tomorrow (Friday). It will be available in numerous configurations with loads of extras, such as alternate mixes, live tracks, B-sides, videos and more.
Singer Joe Elliott says, "It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since the release of Hysteria... In some respects it really does seem like only yesterday. So to mark this milestone, we wanted to do something very special for our fans and give them the definitive version of the album, one that incorporates all of the memories and milestones that we caught on tape and some of the madness that we got up to on the road."
Also helping the band celebrate the milestone are Brian Johnson and Sammy Hagar who have cut short video testimonials congratulating the band. The clips are posted on Def Lep’s Facebook page.
Show Biz Buzz...
Two summers ago, Donald Trump was nearly cast as president of the United States in Sharknado 3.
Their first choice was former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who balked at the idea. Trump jumped at the opportunity to be in a TV movie. The movie's producer recalled, (quote) “The Donald said yes. He was thrilled to be asked.”
However, negotiations fell through because The Donald started to consider a real run for the White House. So the role went to Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban. The producer recalled to The Hollywood Reporter (quote) “We immediately heard from Trump’s lawyer. He basically said, ‘How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We’re going to sue you! We’re going to shut the entire show down!’”
Trivia from the Sharknado franchise:
More than 100 actors were approached and rejected the offer before Ian [pr: EYE-un] Ziering took the leading role.
Ian Ziering needed the gig, which paid 100-grand the first year, due to financial desperation. Being cast meant his pregnant wife was covered under his Screen Actors Guild health insurance.
Ian Ziering suggested Donald Trump based on their relationship forged on Celebrity Apprentice.
Tara Reid earns just one-quarter as much as Ian Ziering, who’s now taking home half a million dollars per Sharknado.SyFy channel airs Sharknado 5: Global Swarming on Sunday.
ABC has announced that The Middle will end will with the upcoming ninth season.
Miami Vice could be returning to TV. NBC is working on a reboot of the '80s cop drama with Vin Diesel’s production company, One Race Television.
The release date of Pacific Rim: Uprising has been delayed again. It's been moved back from February 23rd to March 23rd. The sequel stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Detroit).