And so, after a gap of a quarter of a century Roger Waters is releasing an album of new material. Yes, I know about his opera in French some years back, and the odds and sods of new songs that have appeared over the years, so I should probably have said "his first album of new rock and roll material" for a quarter of a century. Yesterday his people released a teaser track called 'Smell the Roses' and................um it's OK.
The trouble with our Rog is that one has such high hopes for him, that whatever he does, his legend casts such a long shadow, he will never live up to the reality of it. I remember when 'Amused to Death' came out. It was an OK album, but it fell so far short of my expectations that I quite unfairly maligned it. So I am prepared to be disappointed when the record itself comes out in June.
No, damn it. 'Smell the Roses' is growing on me, and I am sure the album will be the new 'Dark Side of the Wall' or 'Wish you were Wassname' or whatever. Oh, and congratulations to Max on his new job. I never tell him to his face but I am very proud of him.
And now, here is the news:
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FRANK ZAPPA IN THE NEWS
YES IN THE NEWS
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Gonzo Magazine #231
THE BALTIC BOOGIE ISSUE
And so, in this especially poignant issue, we say goodbye to Allan Holdsworth, explore the wilder side of Balkan street art with Alan, muse about Auld Man's Baccie, discover why The Grateful Dead did NOT sponsor the Lithuanian Basketball Team, we go to Dreadzone with John, and read books about The Beatles, The Bay City Rollers, and Brian Jones.
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruit. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Auld Man's Baccie, Prince, Ann Wilson, Dean Wetter, Heart, Radiohead, David Bowie, V&A, Yes, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Allan Holdsworthy, Sylvia Rose Moy, Bruce Langhorne, Barry ‘Frosty’ Smith, Pat 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick, Cuba Gooding Sr., Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman, Supertramp, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Alan Dearling, Lithuania, John Brodie-Good, Dreadzone, Kev Rowland, Soniq Theater, The Hollowmen, Overkill, Mr. Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Olivia McCarthy, Martin Springett, Bay City Rollers, The Beatles, Brian Jones, Woodstock, Fender, Gwen Steffani, Neil Nixon, Culturcide
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 230 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
Issue 224 (Hibernal)
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
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