Short Takes for February 20-26, 2011

A compendium of the short takes published daily in the right column of VVN Music.

Monday, February 21

John Paul Jones is currently appearing at the Royal Opera House in London playing in a jazz trio for the opera Anna Nicole. The opera is based on the life of the infamous Anna Nicole Smith.

Deep Purple is releasing a special vinyl single for April 16's Record Store Day. Containing the 1969 versions of Hush ad Speed King, the pressing will be limited to 1,400 copies.

Tuesday, February 22

Metallica has announced that the vinyl version of Garage Inc. will be released on February 24 as a 3-LP set at 33-1/3 or a 6-LP set at 45 RPM.

Madonna has announced that her third Hard Candy Fitness Center will be in St. Petersburg, Russia with an opening set for sometime mid-year.

is releasing a "new" single to tie in with the opening of their Stormtroopers in Stilettos gallery exhibition in London. The single will have a unreleased versions of the songs Stone Cold Crazy and Keep Yourself Alive. A vinyl 45 version will be released for Record Store Day on April 16.

James Taylor will appear on the March 16 episode of ABC's Mr. Sunshine where he'll duet with Allison Janney on A Song For You.

You can hear a stream of Lucinda Williams latest album, Blessed at NPR.

Nick Cave is teaming up with Guillermo Del Toro on a new, creepier, version of Pinocchio.

Terry Clements, who has been the guitarist with Gordon Lightfoot for years, passed away on Sunday after a stroke.

Wednesday, February 23

Alice Cooper has completed his new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare. It is being billed as the sequel to his 1975 album of (nearly) the same name, bringing the story of "Steven" forward thirty years.

First it was the Pet Shop Boys and now Paul McCartney has written a ballet. The New York Times reports that Ocean's Kingdom will be in four acts over 45 minutes with a cast of about forty. It will premier at the New York City Ballet's fall gala on September 22.

A statue of Doc Watson is being erected in Boone, NC. Watson's only request was that it read "Doc Watson: Just one of the people."

Ozzy Osbourne has been named the official ambassador for the April 16 Record Store Day. He says it gives him "the power to command you to attend Record Store Day."

Friday, February 25

NPR will be streaming the entire new R.E.M. album Collapse Into Now this coming Tuesday, March 1 at 2 PM ET.

The soundtrack album to the upcoming British film Killing Bono includes a previously unreleased track by U2's first incarnation, The Hype, called Street Mission.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil was released from a Las Vegas jail on Friday after serving ten days of a fifteen day sentence for drunk driving. He now has to serve the balance of his term (20 days...5 left from jail plus 15 days additional sentence at his residence) under home arrest.

Willie Nelson will duet with Snoop Dogg on a track for Snoop's upcoming album.

The music site Music2Nite is giving away a copy of the Aretha Franklin album The Great American Songbook starting Sunday and every day for the next week. Click here to enter.

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