Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2015 9:38ambyROCKinsights
DJ Ashba is joining the ranks of former Guns N' Roses members. Sixx: AM, the group fronted by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx that Ashba also plays guitar in, is gearing up for a lengthy world tour and plans to prep a pair of albums for release next year. Faced with having to choose which band to commit to for the next couple of years, Ashba decided to go with Sixx, ending his six year run with GNR. Unlike some other former Guns members, Ashba has nothing but praise for Axl Rose. In announcing his departure on social media the guitarist wrote that he leaves Guns N' Roses '...with a very heavy heart and yet great pride', adding for Axl, 'You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans.'
Bono took the role of spectator, letting Bruce Springsteen take the lead in starting I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For during U2's last performance in an 8 run series of dates in Madison Square Garden on Friday (7/31). The pair let the audience deliver the chorus for that and Stand By Me, The Ben E. King classic that sometimes gets folded into Still Haven't Found during concerts.
Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2015 7:28ambyROCKinsights
On Jerry Garcia's birthday, we share a world wide group of musicians that contributed to a remake of the Grateful Dead song Ripple to support the music education and opportunity efforts of the Playing For Change Foundation.
Posted Friday, July 31st, 2015 5:44ambyROCKinsights
Bob Weir plans to ride back in time to the early 70's, when Grateful Dead albums and set lists included songs like Cumberland Blues, Me & My Uncle, Jack Straw, Deal and El Paso. Relix magazine talked with Weir about the project, the idea for which developed out of some recent work he's done with Josh Ritter. The plan is to, '...downplay the emphasis on the playing and pay up the emphasis on storytelling', according to Weir. The bi-coastal recording of the album will include Scott Devendorf of The Nationals,The Walkman's Walter Martin and former Yellowbirds guitarist Josh Kaufman.
Outdoorsman, hunter and unfiltered opinionist Ted Nugent has taken to Facebook to discount stories about the shooting of a lion apparently lured outside the safe confines of a preserve. Calling the accounts of the story 'a lie', the Nuge went on to contend that the animal ventured into an area where '... hunting is legal and essential' because animals would '...run out of room/food to live without hunting.' Nugent also apparently plans to deliver what he called a 'full piece on this joke ASAP', adding, 'God people are stupid.'
Hard to tell whether it's a case of Cat Scratch Fever or just Ted campaigning to be Press Secretary if The Donald makes it to the White House.
Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 4:05pmbyROCKinsights
A Doobie Brothers cover band stands to get a big profile boost thanks the original band's contention that the faux Doobie band's name is similar enough to their's to confuse fans. A suit filed by the Doobie Brothers Corporation and Doobro Entertainment seeks to bar the Doobie Decibel System from continuing to use that name. The claim is the similarity is intended to '...trade on the fame and reputation, or to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers.' We have a hard time believing that fans of the real band would be fooled by the name into thinking the Doobie Brothers is now playing happy hours. If they got a cease and desist notice, The Doobie Decibel System might consider enlarging it for poster purposes or putting it on the front of their bass drum. Oh wait, IT's A DUO... there is no drummer! If they're forced to change it, Doobious Claim might be an appropriate one to go with.
Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 3:50pmbyROCKinsights
Dave Grohl is doing three sessions daily playing air drums in synch with John Bonham on Led Zeppelin songs. the Nirvana and Foo Fighters veteran says that down time since the fall from a stage that resulted in a broken leg has turned his once oversized right calf has dwindled to a '...sad little chicken wing'. He's getting his kick drum pedal leg back in shape by wailing away on Zep tracks. No doubt Bonzo would be happy to hear that his awesome drum parts are helping restore strength to Dave, who told Q magazine, 'Sports doctors, take note.'
Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 5:44ambyROCKinsights
With the remastered, expanded edition Led Zeppelin albums project behind him, Jimmy Page says he is looking forward to performing live again. The guitarist told the Toronto Star that the all consuming process of putting together the Zep reissues was undertaken with the goal of being able to redirect his energy into performing live again once they were finished. He also said what he will be playing will draw in part from things he heard while working on the Zeppelin sets. The final trio of Zeppelin reissues comes out July 31. TheStar.com
Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015 6:31ambyROCKinsights
The annual Newport Folk Festival attracts an eclectic group of performers. This year's lineup included My Morning Jacket and Amy Helm, the daughter of the late Band drummer Levon Helm, who has just released her solo debut. Both groups had guest appearances by Pink FLoyd's Roger Waters during their Friday (7/24) sets.
The market for one-of-a-kind documentable Beatle items continues to sizzle. The double-breasted suit coat Ringo sported in scenes on the set for the movie Help! sold Friday (7/24) for a high bid of $46,500. The undisclosed owner is a high-power collector in Rhode Island. The same RR Auction's sale saw other collectors fork over almost $31,000 for an autographed copy of a Jimi Hendrix Eperience album cover, close to $20k for a signed Janis Joplin photo and a figure just shy of $12,000 for the contract Jim Morrison signed for an appearance on American Bandstand. Billboard.com
Condolences to Gregg Allman, whose mother, known as Mama A, passed away Friday (7/24). The spirited and determined Geraldine Alice Allman raised Duane and Gregg on her own in Daytona Beach, Florida after her husband died when both boys were quite young... no small task, and one that earned Gregg's eternal admiration and appreciation. News-JournalOnline.com
Posted Friday, July 24th, 2015 5:48ambyROCKinsights
Ann Wilson will release some new solo songs and head out on a short solo tour in September. The Ann Wilson Thing,as the side project is known, does not signal a rift between Ann and her sister Nancy; Heart will continue, but the small venue dates Ann has planned give her chance to, '...rock the blues up close and personal', as she puts it. Fans attending shows will also hear some fresh arrangements on songs she sings in Heart. Dates set so far include the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach CA (9/21), City Winery in New York City (10/7), Rams Head in Annapolis, MD (10/9 & 10), Wolf Trap Barns (10/12 & 13) and City Winery in Nashville, TN (10/15). HenneMusic.com
Posted Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 6:25ambyROCKinsights
Jimmy Fallon's guest performances with artists on his own show have become a staple of his late night slot. Wednesday night (7/22) at Madison Squaare Garden, the roles were reversed when Bono brought Jimmy on stage at Madison Square Garden to join U2 on a couple of songs, including Desire.
Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2015 12:00ambyROCKInsights
1963 Collective Soul's Ed Roland born.. 1963 Metallica's James Hetfield born.. 1971 Paul McCartney forms Wings.. 1974 Jeff Baxter leaves Steely Dan to join Doobie Brothers.. 1987 Def Leppard releases Hysteria.. 1991 Animal rights activists confront Ted Nugent in New Hampshire.. 2009 Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann plays drums with Phish during Red Rocks, Colorado concert...
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