More Jackson tickets released: As the start date for Michael Jackson’s historic 50-show run at London’s O2 Arena draws near — the shows are scheduled to kick off on July 13th — “rehearsals are underway with the full production staged,” according to an e-mail sent to those who registered to buy tickets. The note informed recipients that AEG Live is releasing a limited number of production tickets, though dates are not specified. A password will be sent to those who successfully registered for the ticket lottery at the Michael Jackson Live Website, and seats will go on sale tomorrow (June 24th) at 8 a.m. GMT. VIP packages that run from £770 to £790 per person are still available.
Guitar Heroes: Jack White is one of the stars of a new film about guitar gods, but six-strings are fundamentally unimportant, he surprisingly tells Rolling Stone after a screening of It Might Get Loud. "It doesn't matter if it's a guitar or a sitar or a keyboard or a synthesizer," he says. "We're getting into something better than that, deeper than that." (Check out the film's trailer below.)
It Might Get Loud is the stirring new documentary on three master guitarists of different generations: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge, and the White Stripes' and the Raconteurs' White. Both Page and White attended the film's premiere Friday at the Los Angeles Film Festival (ahead of its official August 14th release), where it was met with a standing ovation. The doc was directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won a 2007 Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, and examines the work and inspirations of these rock guitarists, culminating in a three-man "summit" on a Warner Bros. soundstage early last year where they chatted passionately about music and jammed on one another's signature tunes. In one scene, all three play wild bottleneck slide guitar on Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying."
"You could find other guitarists that were virtuosos, and you could find other guitarists that are legends, but you may not find three that are all searchers," Guggenheim said of his subjects. "Each one of them is still searching and still trying to figure out what it means to make music."
The film also follows each of the players to the sources of their inspiration. Page is shown at home playing air-guitar to an old 45 of Link Ray's "Rumble." The Edge is seen listening to old The Joshua Tree demo tapes in his kitchen, then at U2's studio in Dublin working on new material, heavy with gadgets and effects — the scenes also reveal the guitarist's creative struggle and thoughtfulness during the writing process. And White is a biting, almost surly presence, preferring guitars that are bent, broken or cheap. "I want it to be a struggle," he tells Page and the Edge in the film. "Technology is the big destroyer of emotion and truth."
Friday, Page and White held a press conference in Beverly Hills with the director and producers. "What was really fascinating about this was that we were all really self-taught guitarists so we'd all have interesting characteristics," said Page, in a black leather jacket. "It's not like where you're part of an orchestra, where everyone has been taught the same way. This is really strong with character."
View the trailer here