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Denis Leary To Play Early 90’s Rocker In FX Series "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"

Denis Leary, who starred for seven seasons on FX’s Rescue Me, created and stars in the series which premieres July 16 at 10 PM. Leary stars as “Johnny Rock,” lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album…until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons – like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock ‘n’ roll history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. http://tinyurl.com/q92wz2y (Courtesy Laura Prudom News Editor/Variety Magazine)  Photo Getty/FX

Set List: AC/DC Open Their Rock Or Bust Tour At Coachella

AC/DC have officially launched the Rock Or Bust world tour with the first show in five years at the Coachella music festival in California. The set only featured three songs from the recent Rock Or Bust album including the title track, Play Ball and Baptism of Fire. The band dug into the archives to perform Have A Drink On Me for the first time since 1985 and Sin City for the first time since 2001.High Voltage, a staple from the Black Ice tour has been retired from the set and songs from Black Ice including the title track, Big Jack and War Machine have also been dropped from the Rock Or Bust tour.

ROLLING STONES: Sticky Fingers’ Zipper Is Stuck — Reissue Pushed

Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones have pushed back the on-sale date for the deluxe reissue of their classic 1971 album.
Originally scheduled to be released on May 26th, it will now be out on June 9th. Some of the formats will once again contain the hand-made zipper that was on the original release, and that is taking a bit longer than expected to manufacture.

Today Is Terry Knight’s Birthday (Who)

I remember Terry taking ticket at Mt Holly on the the weekends for local and even some national bands.  Saw Seger at Mt Holly several times.  The onetime lead singer of Michigan’s Terry Knight & the Pack became the manager of Grand Funk Railroad (whose rhythm section came from The Pack) and guided them to massive success in the ’70s. He was murdered in Texas on November 1st, 2004 at 61.

"Buy Buy Lots Of New Chevrolets"

Don McLean’s original handwritten lyrics to “American Pie” sold this morning for $1.2 million. That’s actually a bit below pre-sale estimates.
The item, sold by Christie’s auction house in New York, also includes notes which finally reveal the story behind the ’70s classic. Always reluctant to focus on the back-story in interviews, McLean describes it as “a morality song that charts the decline of the USA and its loss of innocence.”
In a catalog description, McLean writes, “Basically in ‘American Pie’ things are heading in the wrong direction… It is becoming less idyllic. I don’t know whether you consider that wrong or right but it is a morality song in a sense.”
McLean doesn’t believe the world has moved in the right direction since then. “I was around in 1970 and now I am around in 2015… there is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of ‘American Pie’.”
The notes also include a final — and typically cryptic — pair of verses not included in McLean’s recording: (Premiere/ Photo Getty)

Now Where Did I Leave All Those Demos?

Van Halen didn’t initially want to put out Tokyo Dome – In Concert.
We’ve all lost our keys, cell phone even our cars.  But all of your early demos?  Eddie Van Halen says that instead of a live album, they were hoping to release their original 25 demo songs from the ’70s, but the “tapes are lost.” This led him to turn his attention to bootlegs from their club days, but “the quality of the recording was so bad that we tried to enhance them and make them better. Once we made them better, you lost that fly-on-the-wall aspect of it. It just didn’t jibe. So we decided, ‘How about a live record?'” (Photo and some text courtesy Washington Post)