December 9, 2001
NO MORE BLACK SKIES
It was several times that there was news on upcoming "Ozzy’s Black Skies" PC game. It's not upcoming at all, as it turned out. The game is crossed off the iROCK production list and was returned its original title, "Savage Skies". No Ozzy, that means. Right, let the Ozzman do the rocking!
It's all in a family, but the Bonham clan is not only drummers: the great late Bonzo's sister, Debbie Bonham, is an artiste in her own right. Deborah's a singer, and now she's going to have a new collection out with some famous covers - HUMBLE PIE, FLEETWOOD MAC, MOODY BLUES - among them. "The Old Hyde" is to be released through N-M-C Music and will feature Robbie McIntosh, Mo Foster, Mick Fleetwood and nephew Jason. Also there are extensive sleeve notes by Debbie herself and a limited edition bonus CD containing additional tracks performed with Jason Bonham for an LA radio station.
The song list reads like this: Shit Happens, Anything, Go Now, Need Your Love So Bad, Black Coffee, No Angel, Devil's In New Orleans, What We've Got Ain't For Sale, Open Up Your Heart, Without You, Religion, Ten Steps Back; bonus disc: Battle Of Evermore, Superstition, Songbird.
GEORGE'S UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Possibly, there will be a new album from the great late George Harrison, who had finished the recording before his untimely passing. One of the musician's on the recording is drummer Jim Keltner, who worked previously with Harrison, Lennon and McCartney, and here are Jim's words: "The CD is very close to finishing. There is a certain soulfulness about George’s music that doesn’t need a lot once he has put that voice on. There will be people who argue that it is underproduced and maybe there should be more on it. Knowing George, I have a feeling he would rather it be as simple and as direct as possible". All in all, there reportedly are 25 unreleased tracks, some dating back to the '80s, in George's vaults. Surely there are much more, as rumours circulated about some kind of "Anthology" project to be done.
Condolences and warm words towards late ex-Beatle are endless. That's what Ringo said: "George was a best friend of mine. I loved him very much and I will miss him greatly. Both Barbara and I send our love and light to Olivia and Dhani. We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter". Both Queen Elizabeth and George W Bush said they where saddened by the death of George; Bush said he considered THE BEATLES "one of the greatest groups of any time in music".
And now, talks abound about the musician's dying hours and his last will. In reality, in time of his death, Harrison was surrounded by his wife Olivia and son Dhani and his Hindu mentor and friend Ravi Shankar. Also there were Hare Krishna devotees Shyamasundar Das and Mukunda Goswami. who flew in respectively from London and New Zealand to help George on his way "into reincarnation". Harrison spent his dying moments chanting the "Hare Krishna" mantra which, in his words, helped him "see God". He chose his favourite pictures of Krishna and Rama to be positioned around his bed surrounded with incense and candles. After Harrison's death, in his mouth were placed sacred leaves, he was garlanded with orange-coloured flowers and sprinkled with holy water. Later his shawl-wrapped body was covered with holy oils and earth and cremated with ashes to be reportedly taken to India and scattered in the River Ganges.
ROCKIN' ALL OVER - THIS IS STATUS QUO
"Rockers Rollin' - Quo In Time 1972 - 2000" is the title for the STATUS QUO box set released on December 3rd and featuring all the hit singles, classic tracks, 17 previously unreleased tracks and 9 other rarities, plus a 48-page booklet with many previously unseen photos and band memorabilia.