Beatles video game coming next year… Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy getting stacks of airplay… Kiss’s Gene Simmons to relaunch Simmons Records…
MTV Networks and Harmonix – the game developer behind the Rock Band video-game franchise – are developing an entirely new interactive music game based solely and exclusively on the entire Beatles catalogue. The game is designed to take users on journey through The Beatles’ career. Surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, are involved in the creative direction. the game is likely to be released in late 2009.
released in late 2009.
Guns N’ Roses‘ Chinese Democracy (the song, not the album) has made a big impact on Billboard’s and Radio & Records’ rock airplay charts, after only five days of airplay. We at the Clog had no idea there were so many of these stoopid charts, but for the record: Chinese Democracy has debuted at No. 12 on Mainstream Rock, No. 15 on Active Rock, No. 37 on Modern Rock and No. 7 on Rock. On Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, which began in 1981, it’s the band’s best debut since 1991 when ‘Don’t Cry’ opened at No. 4.
In further Guns N’ Roses news, federal authorities are reducing the criminal charges levied against Kevin Cogill, the Los Angeles man accused of uploading nine pre-released GN’ R tracks from the upcoming Chinese Democracy album. Los Angeles federal prosecutor Craig Missakian declined to say why the US attorney’s office has changed the charges from a felony to a misdemeanour, a move limiting Cogill’s maximum prison exposure from five years to one. Cogill’s attorney, David Kaloyanides, said prosecutors “decided that a misdemeanour was more appropriate.” The authorities and Kaloyanides are expected to pick a trial date next Tuesday (November 4). However, “A deal may be in the offing,” Kaloyanides said. Read more here.
Viking Skull – who recently inked a deal with Classic Rock’s new Powerage record label – will tour Britain in December. The dates are: 1 Dec Academy 2 Bristol; 2 Dec Academy 2 Newcastle; 3 Dec Sugarmill Stoke; 4 Dec Rock City Nottingham; 5 Dec Corporation Sheffield; 6 Dec Hard Rock Hell Festival (w/Clutch, Black Label Society, Orange Goblin, The Wildhearts, Hawkwind) Prestatyn, North Wales; 7 Dec Music Box Manchester; 8 Dec Cathouse Glasgow; 9 Dec Fibbers York; 10 Dec Queens Hall Nuneaton; 11 Dec The Park Peterborough;12 Dec Borderline London; 13 Dec Sawyers Kettering. Viking Skull’s new album, Doom Gloom Heartache & Whiskey, is released on Powerage on November 3.
Miami metallers Black Tide have inexplicably launched an animation series titled The Warriors Of Time. The six-part series, which makes Hanna-Barbera look like high art, is described by the band as follows: “Our Hero, known as The Bastard, is a living embodiment of metal music. We pit him against a robotic legion whose influence spans all of time and space. The song speaks to the urge in everyone to rage and rock out against all outside expectations. It is a call to arms against a mundane existence, and The Bastard is always there to answer in force, slaughtering the robot conformist authority for the sake of youth, rebellion, and the undying spirit of true metal.” The first in the series can be viewed here.
Gene Simmons has decided to relaunch his legendary Simmons Records label. The Kiss bassist explains: “The history of Simmons Records dates back to Bob Buziak, former head of RCA Records. I signed House Of Lords, Silent Rage and Gypsy Rose. Music was going through a revolution and grunge and Seattle snuffed out most of the rock bands of the day. For the most part, I lost interest in fighting an uphill battle with my label. Then by early 2000, I met and liked the nice folks at Sanctuary and over there, I re-launched the Simmons Records label for two releases: my solo album, Asshole, and a Canadian one-man-band named BAG. Eventually, Sanctuary went under and that forced us to shut our doors yet again. This time, we have two majors who want to do this the right way.”
Neil Young postponed a Los Angeles concert last night out of respect to a planned union picket. The show was set to take place at The Forum, an indoor arena whose striking workers are engaged in a contract dispute with the venue’s owner. Because Young and his wife are honorary members of the workers’ union, the International Association Of Theatrical Stage Employees, he decided not to cross the picket line by playing. “I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE,” Young said in a statement. The show will be rescheduled for next year.