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September 02
  • Heart attack fells Survivor singer


    Jimi Jamison was not the lead singer on Survivor's biggest hit, Eye Of The Tiger, but he had the range and chops to mask that fact and was the front man for several other songs that gained mainstream radio traction, including The Moment of Truth fromt he Karate Kid soundtrack, Burning Heart from Rocky IV, Is This Love and The Search Is Over.  The 63 year-old singer died of a heart attack on Sunday (8/31), according to a report by TMZ attributed to Jamison's agent.  He had just returned to his Memphis home after a Survivor concerrt in California.

  • Neil Young goes orchestral

    Neil Young has a project in the works that apparently includes an orchestra.  The expected November 4 release titled Storytone involves the composer-arranger Chris Walden. Conductor Gina Zimmitti's Facebook page included photos of Young in a studio with her.  Niko Bolas is evidently producing the sessions.  He has worked with Young on a number of prvious albums, including This Note's For You, Fork In The Road and Living With War.  Young tipped his hand in a  Billboard interview when he discussed his interest in doing a minimalistic session with an orchestra - one that used a single microphone to capture all of the instruments.



  • U2 ties up Dublin

    A 'U2 project' has been confirmed as the reason a bridge and some roads in Dublin were shut down Sunday  (8/24). A confidentiality agreement prevented officials from revealing the basis of the closures, wihich took place despite increased traffic on the roads due to an Irish railways strike.  Nonetheless, word did leak and crowds of U2 fans stood in a soaking rain in hopes of seeing the band.   Filming was reportedly done by Pull The Trigger, the company that produced the video for Sweetest Thing.  The shoot last weekend was apparently being done for a new song titled Summer Nights.  No word on whether any band members were on the scene.



  • Billy Idol gets in gear

    October 21 has been set as a release date for the first new album from Billy Idol in more than a decade.  With the exception of a couple of tracks,  Kings & Queens Of The Underground was produced by Trevor Horn.  Idol will also publish a new book October 7 that takes its title from one of his biggest songs, Dancing With Myself.  The album and book releases coincide with plans to hit the road.  A tour of Europe kicks off in November.


  • Def Leppard in NFL Wembley Stadium lineup

    A Def Leppard set will be an added attraction for UK NFL fans attending the September 28 game between  the Oakland Raiders - Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium.  Joe Elliot is psyched.  The DL front man recently took in a Sheffield United FA Cup semi-final on the Wembley pitch and says, 'I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for our football, so I'm really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game. of course, soaking up the excitement of the actual match. I can't wait!'  CBS will carry the London game at 1pm (Eastern).




  • Beatles Corn Maze opens


    The traditional corn maze at Lyman Orchards farm in Middlefield, Connecticut takes on a British Invasion theme this season with a labrynth dedicated to the Beatles.  The four acre field opened Saturday (8/30) with 2 miles of paths through the stalks and trivia questions to be answered along the way.  $1 from each admission ($5 ages 4-12, $10 13 and older) goes to the American Cancer Society.  Nearly $450,000 in donations have been generated during the 14 years Lyman Orchards has been doing mazes.



  • Springsteen targets kids with new book

    Bruce Springsteen conjures a pint-sized band robber named Outlaw Pete for a new children's book that will be published November 4.  Bruce drew on the song of that title on his Working On A Dream album.  Illustrations for the book are provided by Frank Caruso who credits Springsteen for writing that, '...cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters'', and says reading the book brought Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and Popeye to mind for him.  Springsteen has said that a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill had a role in inspiring the album with the song his new character sprang from.




  • Robert Plant to Jimmy Page should '...get on and do something'

    Robert Plant says Jimmy Page is a 'superb talent' and adds he wishes his former guitarist would '...get on and do something' with it instead of spending time critcizing him.  Plant is 'fed up' with Page badgering him through the media about Zeppelin reunion prospects.  Plant prefers to focus on his new group and thinks his former band mate would do well to do the same, challenging Page to '...take off your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world.  You f&*k them out of the way and have a good time.'   Daily Telegraph


  • Epic Stevie Ray Vaughan Vaughan collection announced

    We think often about Stevie Ray Vaughan in August.  It was the month the guitar legend lost his life in the crash of a helicopter following a concert with Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Amphitheatre in Wisconsin.  Epic Records will release a comprehensive set of the studio and live recordings Vaughn recorded during his career spanning stretch with the label on October 28.  The 12 disc set will include A Legend In The Making, a Double Trouble performance at the El Macombo Club in Toronto  in the summer of 1983 that was only released to radio stations.  Several other rare tracks are featured on two of the discs in the collection.



  • Rudd psyched about AC/DC album

    Saying he has '...never played better', AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd called the next AC/DC album '...pretty damn good' and says it is better than Black Ice, the group's last studio album. No release date or title has been set for what will the the Thunder From Down Under's first post Malcolm Young album.  Rudd will have new work of his own available August 29 with the release of Head Job, an album he describes as 'All Phil, no filler' he recorded with Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin.



  • Kinks reuniting without Dave Davies?

    The contentious relationship between Ray and Dave Davies has simmered and flared throughout their lives and even erupted on occasion on stage.  It has also thwarted several attempts to reunite.  Ray indicated during a recent conversation with Mojo that a Kinks 50th reunion tour will go on even if his brother elects not to participate.  The Kinks Facebook page countered quickly with a post claiming, 'MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion tour without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.'


  • Top-Jeff Beck tour dates drop after Dusty Hill falls

    Dusty Hill sustained a hip injury in a fall on a ZZ Top tour bus, forcing the Texas trio to drop a series of dates with Jeff Beck.  Tour promoter Live Nation announced that the hip the bass player injured Tuesday (8/26) needed '...immediate attention'.  Whether the dates getting scrubbed will be rescheduled was not announced.  Beck plans on doing some of the 13 remaining ones on the schedule, including Friday (8/29) in Salamanca, NY,8/30 in Atlantic City and 8/31 in Mashantucket, CT.



  • Alice Cooper unleashing live German performnce

    Raise The Dead - Live From Wacken, a 22 song Alice Cooper concert captured in northern Germany in August of 2013, gets its US release in DVD and CD form on October 21.  A foundation named for the city helps foster the development of emerging Hard Rock and Metal artists.  A euro from the sale of every copy of the release in either format will be donated to the organization.



  • Neil Young files for divorce

    Rolling Stone has revealed that Neil Young filed for divorce on July 29th in a Marin County court.  Married 36 years, Neil and Pegi Young have collaborated musically and together founded the Bridge School to provide improved educational opportunities for special needds children.  A mid December hearing has been scheduled in the case that will apparently end one of Rock's longest unions.


  • Genesis R-Kive mined

    R-Kive, a triple disc, 37 song compilation of Genesis material that will also include solo offerings from the group's former members gets released September 22.  The chronologically sequenced set draws from all eras of the band's history.



    Disc 1
    The Knife

    The Musical Box

    Supper's Ready
    The Cinema Show

    I Know What I like

    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    Back In N.Y.C.

    The Carpet Crawlers

    Ace Of Wands (Hackett)



    Disc 3

    Invisible Touch
    Land Of Confusion

    Tonight Tonight Tonight

    The Living Years (Rutherford)
    Red Day On Blue Street (Banks)

    I Can't Dance
    No Son Of Mine
    Hold On My Heart

    Over My Shoulder (Rutherford)
    Calling All Stations
    Signal To Noise (Gabriel)

    Wake Up Call (Collins)

    Disc 2



    Solsbury Hill (Gabriel)

    Follow You Follow Me

    For A While (Banks)

    Every Day (Hackett)
    Biko (Gabriel)
    Turn It On Again
    In The Air Tonight (Collins)


    That's All
    Easy Lover (Collins)

    Silent Running (Rutherford)





Noteworthy Then
  • 9-2

    1970 Phil Collins answers ad for drummer in Melody Maker placed by Geneisis…   1971 Drummer Mickey Hart's father charged with keeping $70 k of the band's money…   1986 Justin Hayward hospitalized for exhaustion after Moody Blues concert in LA…   1988 Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel play Amnesty International benefit in London…   1989 Ozzy Osbourne arrested for threatening wife, charges later dropped…   1995 Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, the Allman Brothers play opening concert for Rock Hall Of Fame at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium…   1996 Styx does National Anthem before Bears-Cowboys game at Soldier Field in Chicago…   2006 Bob Dylan plays Doubleday Field in Cooperstown…   2009 John Fogerty does free concert with Blue Ridge Rangers at South Street Seaport in New York City…

  • 9-1

    1956 Elvis Presley buys his mother a pink Cadillac…   1967 Boz Scaggs joins the Steve Miller Band…   1969 Isle of Wight Festival opens…   1975 Grateful Dead release Blues For Allah…   1979 INXS has live debut in Sydney…   1983 Clash fires Mick Jones…   1989 Adam Clayton of U2 acquitted on marijuana charges in Dublin…   2007 Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett jam during Labor Day weekend party at Jon Bon Jovi's Long Island home……   2009 Black Crowes release Before The Frost and Until The Freeze…

  • 8-31

    1945 Van Morrison (George Ivan) born   1948 Scorpions Rudy Schenker born   1957 Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook born   1971 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein for $29 million   1971 Security guard stabbed to death during Who concert at Flushing Meadows, NY   1973 Rolling Stones release Goat's Head Soup   1976 George Harrison loses plagiarism suit over He's So Fine riffs in his song My Sweet Lord   1988 Bob Seger and wife Annette Sinclair divorce   1989 Rolling Stones open Steel Wheels tour at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia   1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan memorial draws 25,000   2005 E Street Band's Little Steven stages concert and rally to save New York punk club CBGB

  • 8-30

    1969 Led Zeppelin, Santana & Janis Joplin play Texas Jam   1972 John Lennon & Yoko Ono stage One To One benefit at Madison Square Garden   1973 Doors announce break-up two years after Jim Morrison's death   1978 Joe Jackson does first concert   1981 Rolling Stones release Tattoo You   1988 John Hiatt releases Slow Turning   1988 Julianne Phillips fils for divorce from Bruce Springsteen   1989 Izzy Stradlin of Guns N Roses arrested for smoking and disrupting airline flight   1995 Coroner's report says Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia died of heart failure

  • 8-29

    1966 Beatles close US tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco…   1976 Boston releases debut album…   1976 Spirit reunites for a concert in Santa Monica, CA…   1989 Axl Rose joins Tom Petty on Knockin' On Heaven's Door at Syracuse Fairgrounds concert…   1990 Former Tubes member Vince Welnick joins the Grateful Dead…   1995 Two killed in helicopter crash during Meat Loaf video shoot in California   2006 Bob Dylan releases Modern Times…

  • 8-28

    1964 Beatles meet Bob Dylan for first time   1965 Bob Dylan booed off stage for playing electric at concert in Forest Hills, NY   1972 David Bowie debuts Ziggy Stardust at Carnegie Hall show in New York    1978 Television breaks-up   2005 Jonathan Caine of Journey has emergency appendectomy after Long Island concert   2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artimus Pyle found not guilty on charges he failed to register as a sex-offender after previous conviction for having had improper contact with a minor…

  • 8-27

    1953 Alex Lifeson of Rush born…   1965 The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at Graceland…   1967 Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies in London home of sleeping pills overdose   1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan catches a ride on Eric Clapton’s crew helicopter after performing at Alpine Meadows in East Troy, Wisconsin and dies along with three of Clapton’s crew when the chopper collides with a hillside in thick fog…   1991 Pearl Jam releases Ten…  John Lennon’s hand written lyrics to A Day In The Life auction for $100,000. The sheet of paper sells again in 2010 for $1.2 million…

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