April 4, 2001

OLD TURKS

On the verge of possible THE FACES’ re-union, Rod Stewart and his twin nosey Ron Wood, who worked together in JEFF BECK GROUP, THE FACES and the last time on Rod’s “Unplugged” show, are together again. Having released lately the “Human” album, Rod The Mod plans to record two more – one being a collection of Cole Porter and George Gershwin standards, and the second, tentatively titled “You Strum, I’ll Sing”, a collaboration with Ronnie.

On March 27th, the duo came in Wood’s British studio and recorded the title track with Woody playing all the instruments. Stewart is excited as the work processes and said that they have unearthed some unreleased FACES tracks, that they have “made into a sort of Moby thing”.

EMBARKING ON THE SEA OF LIGHT

After two amazing releases, "Future Echoes Of The Past" and "Acoustically Driven" URIAH HEEP don’t lay on the laurels and present a new project, “Sailing The Sea of Light”. The unique edition includes a complete recording on CD of the now legendary London Astoria concert on March 23rd 2001, which marked the HEEP’s triumphant homecoming, DVD version of the event plus digitally re-mastered footage from the historic Moscow shows and an abridged version of the major new book specially commissioned by the band from Classic Rock journalist Dave Ling. The video and book represent the history of the most stable line up in the band’s history, since 1986 onwards.

The subscription list is now open on the HEEP website. By subscribing for the limited edition in advance, the fans may help URIAH HEEP to pay for the cost of having this unique package written, produced, filmed and and published. In return, the first 1000 subscribers will be listed in the roll of honour printed in the book – as it was with "Acoustically Driven". Subscriptions for the limited edition close on April 30th, so keep on heepin’.

NO? YES!

YES run an online poll, asking fans if they wanted the band to tour with a symphony orchestra this summer. 51% of fans said “NO!” to the idea. The band – what a bunch of guys! – is doing it anyway. The first symphonic tour in YES’ 32-year history kicks off in July.

Meanwhile, the band is in the process of recording the backing tracks for the next album.

WATERLOO SUNRISE

There’s THE KINKS long-deserved tribute coming in July 24th on Praxis Recordings, entitled “This Is Where I Belong”. The major surprise is Ray Davies taking part in it and singing “Waterloo Sunset” with BLUR’s Damon Albarn, although nothing’s finalized by now. Davies heard some tracks from the record and felt pleased – up to contributing to the album’s liner notes.

Here’s the artists and tracks and recorded to the moment:
Matthew Sweet – “Big Sky”
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE – “Better Things”
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – “Who’ll Be The Next In Line?”
WILCO – TBA
YO LA TENGO – “Fancy”
Ron Sexsmith – “This Is Where I Belong”
LAMBCHOP – “Art Lover”
Jonathan Richman – “Stop Your Sobbing”
MINUS 5 – “Get Back In Line”
Bebel Gilberto – “No Return”
Steve Forbert – “Starstruck”
Bill Lloyd and Tommy Womack – “Picture Book”
Tim O’Brien – “Muswell Hillbilly”

The choices seem quite interesting, being focused on obscure tracks rather than on big hits.

April 4, 2001

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