SPIN DOC­TOR

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - IAIN SHED­DEN

THE count­down is well un­der way for the rock ’ n’ roll re­vival of the year, when gods of the 1960s and ’ 70s Led Zep­pelin re- form in Lon­don for one night only as part of a trib­ute con­cert for for­mer At­lantic Records boss Ah­met Erte­gun. But the con­cert, which will also fea­ture per­for­mances by Pete Town­shend, Bill Wy­man and the Rhythm Kings, For­eigner and Paolo Nu­tini, has been be­set by prob­lems, not the least of which is the scam­ming of tick­ets, with scalpers de­mand­ing as much as £ 4000 ( about $ 9280) for just one. The Zep re­union has been trou­bled from the off. It was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Novem­ber 26 but had to be post­poned for two weeks while gui­tarist Jimmy Page re­cov­ers from break­ing his fin­ger in a gar­den­ing ac­ci­dent. The band has de­nied that their per­for­mance at Lon­don’s O2 arena will be the pre­lude to a full- scale Zep­pelin re­vival but, given the suc­cess of tours by rock ’ n’ roll di­nosaurs in re­cent years, it shouldn’t be ruled out en­tirely. SPEAK­ING of rock ’ n’ roll di­nosaurs, they don’t come much more thick- skinned than Ozzy Os­bourne, for­mer Black Sab­bath front­man and fron­tispiece for the re­al­ity television ex­trav­a­ganza The Os­bournes . The man with whom bats get edgy, who is tour­ing Aus­tralia next year, got him­self all hot and both­ered last week in the US when po­lice in North Dakota in­vited 500 peo­ple with out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rants against them to a party they said Os­bourne would be at­tend­ing. Sure enough the party, held be­fore Os­bourne’s show, at­tracted a whole stack of ne’er- do- wells, 30 of whom were ar­rested. The singer said he was in­sulted by the idea that his name had been used to bring crims out of the wood­work, but re­ally you have to hand it to the cops for us­ing a bit of ini­tia­tive. Per­haps Aus­tralian po­lice could use the same cun­ning plan to nab a few bad­dies by ar­rang­ing a party of their own. But which Aus­tralian rock star would be likely to at­tract the most crim­i­nals? An­swers grate­fully re­ceived. ONLY one week to go un­til the re­lease of Kylie Minogue’s latest mas­ter­work, X, which, coin­ci­den­tally, is also the name of an INXS album. Next week is also the 10th an­niver­sary of the death of Minogue’s one- time squeeze, Michael Hutchence. Hard to say from lis­ten­ing to it whether th­ese de­tails are in any way re­lated, but Spin Doc­tor ’ s sneak preview did re­veal a smor­gas­bord of tal­ent in the cred­its for the pop princess’s first album since her ill­ness. No less than 30 song­writ­ers were in­volved in the album’s cre­ation, seven of them, in­clud­ing Kylie, on the one song, called The One. Given that it’s a straight- ahead dance tune, it’s hard to imag­ine what they all did to get their names in the cred­its.

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