Real Rock Today: September 5, 2015

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Aerosmith frontman speaks of Slavic roots, love for Russian borscht

MOSCOW, September 4. /TASS/. Steven Tyler, frontman of legendary American rock band Aerosmith, declared himself a fan of Russian cuisine at a Moscow news conference ahead of a concert marking the Russian capital’s 868th anniversary.

The Boston-based band, founded in 1970, will give a 90-minute concert on a huge 50 metre-wide stage installed on Lubyanka Square in central Moscow in the form of a Moscow “Stalin skyscraper” and likened by the musician to a Hollywood film set.

Read More: TASS: Non-political – Aerosmith frontman speaks of Slavic roots, love for Russian borscht

 Scorpions celebrate a half-century, on record and onstage

A funny thing happened on the way to the finish line for the Scorpions, a German heavy-metal institution on a farewell tour that was set to conclude at the end of 2012. Poring through the archives in search of fodder for a “bonus-tracks” collection of material left over from albums made during the group’s ’80s heyday — “Blackout,” “Love at First Sting,” “Savage Amusement,” and “Crazy World” — guitarist Rudolf Schenker uncovered a book that his mother had given him in September 1965: a ledger tallying the money his father had loaned him when he founded Scorpions that month.

“I went with this book down to the studio and said, look, guys, next year is our 50th anniversary. This is something very special,” Schenker said in a recent telephone interview. “Our manager immediately said, ‘It would be fantastic if you would celebrate that, because there is no other German band who can celebrate this.’ ” Indeed, he noted, only a handful of groups anywhere have hit that elite mark: hallowed names like the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Beach Boys.

Read More: Scorpions celebrate a half-century, on record and onstage – The Boston Globe

AC/DC ain’t noise pollution in the Glebe

>As it turns out, some residents of the Third Ave. building were bummed Thursday night when they hardly heard a lick from the AC/DC concert only a few blocks away at TD Place.

The incredible length of fencing used to keep people off the grass came down as vendors at the farmers market set up their tables outside Aberdeen Pavilion.

In one doorway off the sidewalk, a partially eaten Pizza Pizza pepperoni pie was in an open box, alongside a couple concert tickets and a half-spent cigarette.

Read More: AC/DC ain’t noise pollution in the Glebe | Ottawa & Region | News | Ottawa Sun

Keith Richards brands fellow Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger a ‘snob’ and a ‘control freak’

They’ve previously discussed feuds that nearly split them up, but it seems that Rolling Stones rockers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger will be squabbling for a long time yet.

The 71-year-old blasted his 72-year-old bandmate for being ‘preoccupied’ with the boring things and getting ‘lost’ in the nitty gritty details of life.

Still squabbling: Keith Richards (left) has said that his Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger (right) is a ‘snob’ and a ‘control freak’ in a new interview

Read More: Keith Richards brands fellow Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger a ‘snob’ and a ‘control freak’ | Daily Mail Online

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center: First look

Per the name of Motley Crue’s ongoing farewell tour, “All bad things must come to an end.” After 35 years of rowdy, raunchy and rude rock ‘n’ roll – along with enough debauched offstage antics to fill an especially entertaining, best-selling oral history, “The Dirt” —  Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee are finally hanging up the leather pants and calling it a career. Their contractually obligated farewell tour is set to conclude on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, where the band first started out.

And so, if that contract proves to be as binding as they promised, their show at the Smoothie King Center on Friday (Sept. 4) was their final appearance in New Orleans. For those keeping score, it falls 31 years after Motley Crue, touring in support of the breakthrough “Shout at the Devil” album, opened for Ozzy Osbourne at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

Read More: Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center: First look | NOLA.com

Review: Hot playing wins the night for Van Halen at DTE

It was a testament to the strength of the veteran hard rock quartet’s catalog and the clearly evident love the boomer-dominated crowd that packed DTE had for Van Halen that Friday’s the two-hour, 23-song concert worked as well as it did despite that last factor. Thanks to dynamic musicianship and a setlist drawn from a Van Halen’s devotee’s dream, Friday’s show offered an exuberant kick-off to the holiday weekend for anyone who was there.

The group’s first DTE performance since 1998 was marked by a slew of welcome rarities from a catalog that dates back to 1978, starting with the opening “Light Up the Sky” and digging deep for fare such as “Drop Dead Legs” and “Dirty Movies,” both of which Van Halen has never played live before its current tour. “Feel Your Love Tonight” and “In a Simply Rhyme” returned to the show after long absences, though Roth wasn’t quite up to delivering the latter, an ambitiously arranged 1980’s “Women and Children First.”

Read More: Review: Hot playing wins the night for Van Halen at DTE

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