According to the Darker Than Blue web site , EMI will celebrate the U.K.’s “Record Store Day” in April by releasing a retro DEEP PURPLE single containing “Hush” — recorded for Chris Grant‘s “Tasty Pop Sundae” in early 1969 — and “Speed King”, recorded for Stuart Henry‘s “Noise At Nine in October that same year. Both are from the upcoming BBC Sessions” project. The picture sleeve is based on the original Harvest art and will be unveiled next week. The single will only be distributed to the participating indie shops in the U.K. and the pressing run is low at around 1400 copies.

“Record Store Day” celebrates the continued existence of independent record stores, mostly through live in-store appearances, performances and special limited-edition releases that will only be sold through participating stores on the day itself, which is April 16 this year.

For a list of participating stores, go to this location.

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson revealed in a new interview (see video below) with OversteetTV.net that the band’s new live album, and accompanying concert video, will be released “in about six weeks.” The set is expected to contain footage of AC/DC‘s three sold-out shows at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on December 2, December 3 and December 6, 2009 (65,000 capacity each).

“We’ve got a new live album which we shot in Argentina at the end of the last tour, which was about September,” Johnson said during the interview. “There was 300,000 people there, and it was just wonderful. We had about 12 cameras there and a great sound crew, and we just enjoyed the heck out of it.

“The live album comes out, with the video of those concerts, in about six weeks or something. So I’m looking forward to that.”

He added, “After that, we haven’t made any plans; we just wanted to have a rest, ’cause we were on the road for two years. We played in front of five million people. and we deserve a rest, I think. We’re pretty pooped. I know that sounds horrible to people that work hard, but believe me, it is hard work.”

Footage from AC/DC‘s Buenos Aires concerts was previously used in the video for the band’s classic album cut “Shoot To Thrill”, which served as the first single from AC/DC‘s Iron Man 2″ soundtrack (featuring catalog material from the mid-1970s onwards). The video also incorporated exclusive footage from “Iron Man 2”.

The Buenos Aires concerts were part of AC/DC‘s highly acclaimed “Black Ice World Tour”, the second-highest-grossing world tour of 2009, according to concert industry trade publication Pollstar.

AC/DC‘s setlist for the Buenos Aires concerts was as follows:

01. Rock N’ Roll Train
02. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
03. Back in Black
04. Big Jack
05. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
06. Shot Down In Flames
07. Thunderstruck
08. Black Ice
09. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. T.N.T.
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock

Encore:

18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Never-before-seen footage from MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s second concert (see below) has been unearthed to promote the hard rock/heavy metal-themed auctions of eBay seller EliteWorks.

On April 25, 1981 MÖTLEY CRÜE was opening for Y&T at The Starwood, and their manager at the time (Allan Coffman) hired Bell Piper to videotape the performance which featured the CRÜE‘s unrecorded cover of THE BEATLES 1966 classic “Paperback Writer”. The song was dropped quickly thereafter and replaced with “Jailhouse Rock”.

Dozens of MÖTLEY CRÜE collectables are featured are featured among the 84 auctions, including a newly added, promotional-only Umatic videotape master of the band’s first two music videos (“Take Me To The Top” and “Public Enemy#1”).

Vintage memorabilia from KISS, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN, SCORPIONS, DIO, THE CULT, GUNS N’ ROSES, TESLA, QUIET RIOT, RATT, W.A.S.P., MR. BIG, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KING DIAMOND and even lesser known cult acts such as WARLOCK, FATES WARNING, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, DIRTY LOOKS, TORA TORA, SACRED REICH and OLIVER MAGNUM are also featured among this week’s 84 auctions which may be viewed at this location.

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