Music News Weekend Roundup 3/19

Jimmy Page to Debut Previously Unreleased Material

Jimmy Page at Mojo Awards

Plenty of good news this weekend for anyone interested in all things Led Zeppelin, as Jimmy Page is set to debut previously unreleased material the rock legend had made for Kenneth Anger’s movie, “Lucifer Rising.”

Page released all the details via Facebook this weekend.

 "On March 20, the Spring Equinox 2012, the title music for 'Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks' will have its premiere and release. The title music, along with other musical pieces recorded at my home studio in the early Seventies, have been revisited, remixed and released for the first time.

"There will be a standard release on heavyweight vinyl. In addition there will be a special run of 418 numbered copies. The first 93 copies will be signed and numbered."




Zakk Wylde Talks Randy Rhoads' Impact 30 Years After Guitarist's Death

Randy Rhoads

Exactly 30 years ago today, guitar phenomenon Randy Rhoades passed away in an infamous airplane crash that has since gone into rock and roll infamy. In honor of the unforgettable talent the world lost too soon, Zakk Wylde recently spoke to about the immense influence the late guitarist had on him.

"The testimony to Randy's greatness is the fact that we all still remember. Whenever my buddies and I get together, we can't help but talk about Randy Rhoads," Wylde said. "Let's say he didn't have to go up to God's tavern when the good Lord needed him. Let's say he just walked away from it all and went back to teaching, which he was thinking of doing; he wasn't all that comfortable with the fame thing and playing big places. He'd still be a total legend for what he did on those first two Ozzy Osbourne records. What he achieved in just a couple of years is right up there with the best of the best. He did on two albums what most guys can't do on 20. That's pretty remarkable."

Along with great praise on the late guitarist’s contribution to Osbourne’s albums, Wylde went on to discuss the impact of Rhoads' technique and the longevity of his influence.

“He had unbelievable technique and could do all the things on the guitar that are astounding,” he said. “His scales, the diminished scales he used – unreal. But it was his writing and the way he composed his solos – I mean, his solos were songs within the songs… He was way ahead of what everybody else was doing.”



Although They Can't Always Get What They Want, Richards and Jagger Reconcile

From Left; Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

Rolling Stones bandmates Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have reconciled their differences after Richards’ new autobiography caused friction between the two rock legends.

In an interview with The Daily Mirror, Jagger said of Stones' guitarist that “in the 1980s, for instance, Keith and I were not communicating very well. I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested. But it's plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity. Time, I reckon, to move on.”

 Richards added that “as far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be. But I know that some parts of it, and some of the publicity, really offended Mick and I regret that. What some of our detractors forget is that although we look like old codgers living an ocean apart we are still at bottom the boys on platform 3 at Dartford station.’’




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