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QUICK TAKES: NICK MASON, BILLY GIBBONS, IRON BUTTERFLY, PEARL JAM, SLASH

12/27/2012

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason came to the rescue of his childhood music store, Foote's, by purchasing the shop rather than see it go under. Mason bought his first drum kit at the London store back in 1958 for about $12, and started up his first band, the Hot Rods. Foote's sales director Rob Foote will continue to manage the shop, and told mi-pro-co.uk, "At the eleventh hour, our business loan was turned down by our bank. It was a major blow to our plans, but Nick came to our rescue. Without him, and our collective of generous investors, Foote's would be no more." (Noise 11)

ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons will reunite with his psychedelic early band, the Moving Sidewalks, for a single New York City show. The Houston band's original lineup -- Gibbons, bassist Don Summers, drummer Dan Mitchell, and keyboardist Tom Moore -- will perform in the heart of Times Square on March 30th at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. The band, who released one album, 1968's Flash, made a local name for themselves opening for such major acts as Jimi Hendrix and the Doors, among others. The upcoming show is a tie-in for their new compilation, called, Moving Sidewalks: The Complete Collection. (Gibson.com)

Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman died of a suspected heart attack on December 21st at age 70. Dorman played on the band's 1968 album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 1969's Ball, and the band's two 1970 albums, Live and Metamorphosis. Barring a few hiatuses, following their split in 1977, Dorman remained a principal in the band's ongoing career. (Vintage Vinyl News)

Pearl Jam have released a pair of recordings from last year's PJ20 20th anniversary concert as a gift to members of their fan club. The first is a B-side from the Binaural album called "In The Moonlight," featuring Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age, while the second is a live version of "All Night" featuring Glen Hansard and others. Pearl Jam is expected to get back to work on its next album in March. (Consequence Of Sound)

Slash and former Screaming Trees/Queens Of The Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan have streamed a track that they recorded together called "So Long Sin City." The song was recorded for the little-seen 2011 film This Is Not A Movie. Slash has already begun working on his third solo album, the follow-up to this year's Apocalyptic Love, saying recently, "I definitely feel like I'm cresting a wave in my career where I'm having a really great time, I love what I'm doing, I love the people I'm working with and I'm feeling very energized. I haven't had that feeling since when Guns (N' Roses) started." (Classic Rock)


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