Ringo Starr is touring the U.K. this summer, and Gregg Bissonette is once again sharing the drum chair in the All-Starr Band. Also, the Beatles have three remastered Anthology music collections making their worldwide digital debut exclusively in the iTunes Store. Anthology Vol. 1, 2, and 3 have been digitally remastered by the same team of engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios responsible for remastering the Beatles’ original U.K. studio albums. The collections feature original collage artwork by bassist Klaus Voormann, a longtime friend of the band’s. The Beatles have sold more than 8 million songs and 1.3 million albums on iTunes so far. For more, visit www.thebeatles.com.
More Beatle-related news: MPL and the Concord Music Group have announced McCartney and McCartney II as the next releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Paul McCartney plays drums on both solo efforts and personally supervised the reissues. The remastering was also done at Abbey Road Studios, by the same team that recently remastered the complete Beatles catalog. The albums are available in a variety of formats, including as CD/DVD packages with bonus material. For more, visit cdn.topspin.net/api/v2/widget/73521 and cdn.topspin.net/api/v2/widget/73524.
Speaking of reissues, Rhino has released the two-set disc Chicago Live in ’75, featuring original drummer and cofounder Danny Seraphine. For more info, visit www.rhino.com/shop/product/chicago-live-in-75.
An Oscar winner for the 2009 film Crazy Heart, actor, songwriter, and musician Jeff Bridges will release his self-titled debut on August 16 on Blue Note Records. Grammy-winning songwriter, musician, and producer T Bone Burnett produced, and Jay Bellerose is featured on drums. For more, visit www.jeffbridges.com.
Styx drummer Todd Sucherman was the featured clinician at Cascio Music Company in New Berlin, Wisconsin, this past May 7, with his new Pearl RFP Reference Pure kit. Sucherman kicked off his set by playing along to new tracks from Styx and then played an open solo. Aside from touring and recording with Styx, Todd has been editing his new book/DVD, Method and Mechanics II. For more information, visit www.toddsucherman.com/news.html.
Tico Torres is on the Best of Franke & the Knockouts: Sweetheart Anniversary Edition, featuring nineteen remastered tracks, including the Top 40 hits “Sweetheart,” “You’re My Girl,” and “(Without You) Not Another Lonely Night.” The disc also features two bonus tracks and the original demo version of “Hungry Eyes,” which Franke Previte wrote and recorded for Franke & the Knockouts before the song became a Dirty Dancing soundtrack smash for Eric Carmen. Previte is donating his portion of the proceeds to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford Cancer Center, in memory of his friend. The CD also features original drummer Claude LeHenaff and Jeff Porcaro. To watch a clip of Torres before his Bon Jovi days, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwz81LhfHIw.
Shahzad Ismaily played drums and coproduced the new one from Jolie Holland, Pint of Blood. For more, visit www.jolieholland.com.
Gene Lake has a new solo CD titled Here and Now. For more, visit genelake.com/?p=1.
Percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia has a DVD out with Drum Channel titled Play Cajon Now. For more, visit www.gajate.com.
Taku Hirano and Jonathan Moffett are touring as part of Michael Jackson: the Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. For more info, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-tour/default.aspx.
When he’s not touring with Frankie Valli, Craig Pilo is out promoting his latest solo CD, Unsupervised. Check it out here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/craigpilo2.
Will Hunt is on Crossfade’s latest, We All Bleed. Mark Castillo is touring with the band. For more, visit www.crossfadeband.com.
Check out the second solo CD by the Spin Doctors’ Aaron Comess, Beautiful Mistake. Comess is touring this summer with the Spin Doctors, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Pocket Full of Kryptonite. For more, visit www.aaroncomess.com. Look for a feature on Aaron in an upcoming issue of MD.
Nazareth cofounder Pete Agnew’s son Lee Agnew, who took the drum chair after the death of founding member Darrell Sweet in 1999, is on the latest from the band, Big Dogz. For more, visit www.nazarethdirect.co.uk/nazareth.
Paul Motian is on Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian’s Live at Birdland. For this and more releases, check out www.ecmrecords.com.
Gavin DeGraw cowriter and producer Ryan Tedder plays drums on the first single, “Not Over You,” from DeGraw’s upcoming Sweeter. Stacy Jones, Aaron Sterling, and Matt Chamberlain are also on the disc. For more, visit www.gavindegraw.com.
Larry Donahue is on Christine Ohlman’s latest, The Deep End. Levon Helm is a guest on one track. For more, visit christineohlman.net.
Peter Kaszas and Peter Erskine are on Al Di Meola’s latest, Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody. Mino Cinelu is on percussion. For more, visit www.aldimeola.com.
Jose Pasillas is on Incubus’s upcoming If Not Now, When? For more, visit www.enjoyincubus.com/us/ifnotnowwhen.
Russell Gilbrook is on Uriah Heep’s latest, Into the Wild. For more, visit www.uriah-heep.com/newa/index.php.
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan have reunited for a two-single all-star project, WhoCares. Money generated from the Internet release of the singles will benefit the music school of Gyumri, Armenia, an area that has not recovered from a massive 1988 earthquake. The first track, “Out of My Mind,” features Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and HIM guitarist Mikko Lindström. The second track, “Holy Water,” features Gillan and Iommi with guitarists Steve Morris and Michael Lee Jackson, drummer Randy Clarke, bassist Rodney Appleby, and keyboardist Jesse O’Brien. EarMusic, in cooperation with the Eagle Rock subsidiary Armoury Records, is releasing the two songs and a thirty-minute documentary.
Canada’s Saga is back with new drummer Brian Doerner and the new CD Heads or Tails Live. For more, visit www.eaglerockent.com.
Shane Cooney is on Kopek’s White Collar Lies. For more, visit www.kopekofficial.com. To watch the video for the single “Love Is Dead,” go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr3D0bYrcZY. Also check out Cooney’s blog at www.moderndrummer.com.