Posted Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 7:15pmbyROCKinsights
The heart attack Gary Rossington suffered in early October (story) resulted in several Lynyrd Skynyrd postponements While the sole founding member still in the band is getting better, his recovery has not been as rapid as hoped. As a result, the Southern Rock band has decided to cancel all of the the remaining dates on their 2015 schedule. The abnd and Rossington's daughter remain confident that the guitarist will make a full recovery. HennMusic.com
Posted Monday, November 23rd, 2015 7:00pmbyROCKinsights
U2 has announced rescheduled concerts in Paris to take the place of the group's two performances cancelled after the November 13th terrorist attacks on the city. The Irish Rockers plan to take the stage December 6 & 7 at the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy. The second night will be recorded for an HBO special. In making the announcement, Bono referenced the tragic and barbaric events of the night of November 13 in Paris by saying, 'For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind - but they could not steal the spirit of that city.'
Posted Monday, November 23rd, 2015 7:14ambyROCKinsights
A month ago, the Foo Fighters posted a countdown clock on the band web site. The zero point coincided with the release of Saint Cecelia, a free album recorded at the Austin, Texas hotel of the same name. The 5 song relese is dedicated to victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. The series of shootings and bombings on 11/13 caused the band to abruptly cancel the remainig dateson their Europen tour. The 14 room Boutique hotel in the Texas capitol is named for the patroness Saint of Music, according to Dave Grohl. The recording was done using the Hotel's small office as the control room. Band members played in the bar area and amplifiers were situated in the kitchen. The free download is available here.
Bob Seger fans thinking the 2015 tour was a victory lap might be in for a surprise. Reports have surfaced that Seger enjoyed having new material and being out on the road in support of it so much that a 2016 album and tour coud be in the offing.
Posted Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 12:24pmbyROCKinsights
She was bawdy, raucous and wild, but beneath the self assured bravado and dynamic on-stage presence that was Janis Joplin was a shy, gentle soul that desperately wanted the love of parents that had no idea of how to deal with the public persona of the little girl they'd raised in Port Arthur, Texas. Little Girl Blue seeks to tell both stories. This glimpse makes us think film maker Amy Berg pulled it off.
Posted Saturday, November 21st, 2015 11:52ambyROCKinsights
Fans attending an all-star tribute to Jimmy Page at the Experience Music Project in Seattle Thursday (11/19) got the added treat of seeing the honoree in action, too. The evening of Led Zeppelin songs performed by a rotating lineup of players including Kris Novoselic of Nirvana, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, saw Page himself take the stage with Free and Bad Company veteran Paul Rogers and former Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagan on a version of Zeppelin's Rock & Roll that followed a version of Radioactive, a song Page & Rogers teamed-up for in the short-lived band The Firm. (cue in around 5 minutes to get right to the finale)
Posted Thursday, November 19th, 2015 9:24ambyROCKinsights
The latest example of shameless commerce is the release of a vodka and cognac concoction dubbed Hendrix Purple Haze Liqueur. The Tiger Paw Beverages product was developed in association with Leon Hendrix, the late guitarist's brother. The drink, Leon says, is his way of honoring his late brother, who he says he is convinced would be enjoying the liquid tribute were he alive today. Initial distribution of the beverage will be limited to Atlanta, Savannah and Athens, Georgia, with plans to make it also available in California by the end of this month.
Posted Thursday, November 19th, 2015 9:12ambyROCKinsights
The debilitating wrist injury that forced Tommy Lee to miss a number of dates on the Motley Crue farewell tour has mended to the point that the drummer says he's good to go. Talking with The National, Lee credited cortisone and a wrist machine he used to exercise it for the recovery. Lee says he's abck to 100% a looking forward to rejoining the Crue on remaining dates. Glen Sobel, Alice Cooper's stick man, filled in while Tommy was sidelined.
Posted Thursday, November 19th, 2015 9:01ambyROCKinsights
Bob Dylan has elected to continue his European tour despite the threat of an escalation of attacks by terrorists in countries supportive of strikes against them. The International Business Times reports that Dylan tour officials plan to deploy armed guards in the venues the veteran musician is scheduled to play. Others will be stationed at entrance points and some will be dispersed within the audience. ConsequenceOfSound.net
Grace Slick, singer with the voice and looks that propelled Jefferson Starship to great heights, thinks it is past time for Fleetwood Mac to join her in retirement. Speaking with WENN, Slick said the only band of her contemporaries she thinks should still perform live is the Rolling Stones. She bases that on having seen the vitality the band still has on stage. As for Fleetwood Mac, Grace thinks they still sound great, saying, "...I was okay as long as I didn't look at 'em", and added, 'There's something about old people singing Rock 'n Roll lyrics that bothers me. It just doesn't match.' Slick thinks she should have hung up the mic a decade sooner than she did, herself. The Starship phase of her career seem convinced her of that, Grace saying that the songs she sang in that spin-off group 'gags me'.
Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 7:09pmbyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will wedge themselves into the cramped quarters of the Saturday Night Live stage on December 19. The appearance on the multi-decade late night weekend staple will be the first by Springsteen since an October 2005 performance he did on the show. The episode is the last live SNL show of the season and will be hosted by former cast members Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The announcement immediately spurred speculation that Springsteen will tour with his band in 2016.
Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 7:50ambyROCKinsights
Kirk Hammett has added cred to rumors that Metallica was considering firing Lars Ulrich from the band. Speaking with WPYX-FM, the guitarist said the rumors circulating in the mid to late 80s that the drummer might get replaced had some basis in fact. Hammett downplayed the prospect of his ouster actually coming about, saying, 'We were unhappy, and we might have grumbled someting to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was.' That someone could be Scott Ian, the drummer of Anthrax, who claimed that Cliff Burton and Hammett told him that they were fed up with Ulrich.
Posted Saturday, November 14th, 2015 10:29ambyROCKinsights
The Foo Fighters concluded that the 11/13 terror attacks on Paris and the resulting measures being taken throughout the continent made continuing their European tour out of the question. In announcing the decision, the band wrote, 'It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Out thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.' U2 also announced the indefinite postponement of their Paris concerts (Story).
1939 Tina Turner born… 1945 Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie born… 1968 Cream does Farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall… 1971 Kinks release Muswell Hillbillies… 1981 Rush vans tear gassed before a Hollywood, FL concert… 2005 Defense contractor throws party for his daughter in New York that includes performances by Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Tom Petty, Don Henley & Joe Walsh. He is indicted in 2010… 2007 Surviving Led Zeppelin members reunite with Jason Bonham at tribute concert to Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun…
2010 Willie Nelson charged with possession of 6 ounces of pot when his tour bus is stopped at border checkpoint west of El Paso…
1965 Kinks release Kontroversy… 1969 John Lennon returns his MBE award to Buckingham Palace to protest UK support of Vietnam War… 1975 Allman Brothers Band plays fund raiser for Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign at Providence, RI Civic Center… 1976 The Band stages Last Waltz concert at Winterland in San Francisco… 1991 Mark Ford replaces Jeff Cease in the Black Crowes… 1994 Sheryl Crow does an acoustic set with the Rolling Stones in Miami 2008 Jeff Beck releases Live At Ronnie Scott’s…
1941 Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn born… 1946 Bev Bevan of Electric Light Orchestra born… 1948 Lee Michaels born… 1976 George Harrison releases 33 1/3… 1991 Eric Carr of KISS dies of cancer… 1991 Freddy Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS… 1992 Pink Floyd releases Shine 8 disc set… 1997 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland makes solo debut in LA… 2008 Rock Hall Of Fame opens Annex in New York City… 2009 Tom Petty releases Live Anthology…
1954 Bruce Hornsby born… 1964 The Beatles Story released in US… 1964 BBC bans Beatles airplay after band shows up late for Top Gear show appearance… 1972 Filming of Bob Dylan for Pat Garrett movie begins in Durango, Mexico… 1976 Jerry Lee Lewis arrested outside Graceland carrying a gun and demanding to see Elvis… 1995 Junior Walker dies of cancer… 1999 Metallica releases S&M… 2009 Eric Clapton plays a Swiss children’s charity event. Autographed guitar raises $150,000… 2009 Genesis Movie Box set released…
1941 Jesse Colin Young born… 1949 E Street Band’s Steve Van Zandt born… 1950 Talking Head’s Tina Weymouth born… 1965 Bob Dylan marries Sarah Lowndes on Long Island… 1967 Arlo Guthrie releases Alices Restaurant… 1968 Kinks release Village Green Preservation Society … 1981 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards join Muddy Waters on stage at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago… 1990 Lawyer for Bill Wyman announces the end of the Rolling Stones member to Mandy Smith… 1991 Alice Cooper shows up at the home a Riverside, CA couple that painted his face on their house to sign autographs to help them avert foreclosure… 1991 Smithereens join the Kinks on Lola at the Boston Garden… 1997 Michael Hutchence of Inxs hangs himself in Sydney hotel room… 2009 Bruce Springsteen closes 2 year Working On A Dream tour in Buffalo, the E Street band’s last concert with Clarence Clemons…
1941 Dr. John born… 1968 Beatles release White Album in the US… 1970 Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Duane Allman perfrom in the WBCN Boston studios… 1975 KISS Army fan club formed… 1980 Don Henley arrested after a naked 16 year-old girl on drugs is found in his house… 1982 Joni Mitchell marries bass player Larry Klein in her manager's Malibu office… 1988 Pink Floyd releases Delicate Sound Of Thunder… 1990 Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall have unofficial wedding in Bali… 1991 Aerosmith guests on The Simpsons… 1995 Bruce Springsteen releases Ghost of Tom Joad 2005 Ozzy Osbourne sings Beatles song In My Life backed by Slash on guitar at concert in Wales… 2005 Hand written Bob Dylan poems sell for $78,000 in New York City auction… 2006 Doors box set Perception released…
1942 Norman Greenbaum born… 1946 Duane Allman born… 1947 James Gang & Eagles Joe Walsh born… 1973 Fan fills in for Keith Moon after he collapses during Who San Francisco concert… 1976 George Harrison & Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live… 1991 Rolling Stones sign Virgin Records deal worth $45 million… 1993 Stone Temple Pilots play Saturday Night Live… 1994 David Crosby gets liver transplant… 1997 Canned Heat's Henry Vestine dies of heart failure 1997 Live concert in Olean, NY stopped after Ed Kowalczyk is hit by a flying shoe thrown from the crowd on St. Bonaventure College campus…