*As Led Zeppelin continues to roll out their reissues, the band is sharing another bonus track. An alternate take of "The Rain Song" from "Houses of the Holy" has been posted on Billboard.com.
Jimmy Page says "The Rain Song" really captures the group's strengths and explains that it's "the sort of piece of music that Zeppelin could approach and do so successfully and so masterfully," which is something he's "always been very proud of."
The track is from the deluxe edition of "Houses of the Holy," which features the remastered original album and a second disc of previously unreleased bonus material relating to the release. "Houses" will arrive along with "Led Zeppelin IV" [[ Led Zeppelin 4 ]] on vinyl and digitally on October 28th.
*Fleetwood Mac is returning to the road. But this trek, which gets under way tonight in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a little more significant than the band's other treks in recent years. Their "On With The Show" tour marks their first series of dates since bassist John McVie's cancer battle, and it's their first with keyboardist Christine McVie since their 1997 "The Dance" tour. Drummer Mick Fleetwood says things couldn't be better.
He tells the Minneapolis "Star Tribune" that just 18 months ago a reunion with Christine "was unthought of," and it's "unfolding with some wild angel with a magic wand hovering over" them. He adds that with Christine back in the fold, "the chemistry and the emotional balance of the band is complete."
*As fans digest U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” the band has revealed their touring plans for the coming year – and it’ll run through indoor arenas.
The move marks a scaling-back for the band, whose last major tour was the “U2 360° Tour,” which lasted from of 2009 to 2011. During that time, the band played 110 shows in outdoor arenas and stadiums around the world in support of 2009's “No Line on the Horizon.” They performed in the round from within a bespoke, four-legged structure nicknamed 'The Claw', which had a wraparound video screen and multi-directional sound system.
*When it comes to the bookies' favorites to headline Glastonbury 2015, three names are clear favorites being wagered on: AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac and Muse.
No headliners for the event have been confirmed yet but bookmaker William Hill has revealed its latest odds, with Fleetwood Mac the 4/1 favorite to headline on the Sunday night of this year's festival. The band has strongly been linked to a Pyramid Stage slot in recent years and have said they will headline if Michael Eavis provides them with wellies. AC/DC and Muse both have odds of 5/1 to play the legendary festival, while those wanting to bet on Kate Bush and Oasis can get 8/1 odds. Further down the list? U2, The Stone Roses, Coldplay and Noel Gallagher while Adele and Robert Plant remain outside bets with 25/1 odds.
*John Fogerty says he’s celebrating "one extraordinary year" – and that’s why he’s taking audiences back to 1969 with his latest tour, packing his shows with Creedence Clearwater Revival hits from 45 years ago. He's also planning to take his show across the globe.
Fogerty is launching his "1969 World Tour" with a three-week Canadian trek later this fall. He's announced a 17-date run, beginning with a two-night stand in St. John's Newfoundland on November 7th and 8th. Fogerty is expected to venture outside North America to continue the tour next year, though his 2015 dates haven't been announced yet. And considering Fogerty performed across the U.S. over the summer, it’s not surprising that he not saying yet if the trek will also include more U.S. shows next year.
*As it turns out, the members of Black Sabbath DO have another album in them! Ozzy himself has confirmed to "Metal Hammer" that he and fellow Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will team up with producer Rick Rubin once again to record a follow up to last year's album "13."
Recording is expected to begin early next year with plans for a tour to follow, although Osbourne acknowledges their timetable will depend on Iommi's availability with the guitarist's cancer treatments in play. For his part, Ozzy said he didn't know if they would be writing in England or Los Angeles but said he would fly to the moon for it if he had to. Last year's "13" was Sabbath's first studio album since 1995's "Forbidden."
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.