David Letterman's go-to musical guests for his final show turned out to be the Foo Fighters. The band was on the set but only briefly seen by viewers Wednesday (5/20) as it played Everlong as the soundtrack to a highlights collection of images from Dave's long late night TV career. The host has held the song and the group dear since he used it as inspiration to bounce back from his multiple bypass heart surgery in 2000.
Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 5:45ambyROCKinsights
The Rolling Stones, notorious for doing pre-tour warm-up dates for small audiences, did it again Wednesday (5/20), delivering a 90 minute set for a delirious crowd of about 1,000 packed into the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Code named Zip Code 90028, the free show required the purchase of a $5 ticket that was reimbursed by the band. Among the high-profile fans spotted at the show were musicians Steven Van Zandt, Ben Harper, Leonard Cohen and Dave Stewart. Hollywood types included Bruce Willis, Patricia Arquette and Jack Nicholson. U2 has also announced plans to do a concert at The Roxy.
Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 6:18ambyROCKinsights
David Crosby inferentially labeled Darryl Hannah a 'poisonouspredator' after learning that Neil Young was taking up with the actress after leaving his wife of 37 years. Speaking with Howard Stern, Young's on-again, off-again CSN&Y band mate said he was wrong to have '...shot off my mouth when I shouldn't have', adding that his own track record makes it obvious that he is '...screwed-up way worse than that girl'. No word on whether Hannah has accepted Crosby's apology. If it ever comes down to a fight, bet on Hannah. She came out looking much better than her previous musical beau Jackson Browne after the couple reportedly had an altercation a number of years ago.
Eddie Vedder in a suit coat? Now that's a measure of respect for his departing host, David Letterman. The Pearl Jam front man was the musical guest on Dave's next to, next to last show on Monday night (5/18). Despite breaking a string mid-song, Vedder turned in a solid performance on Better Man.
Posted Monday, May 18th, 2015 6:15ambyROCKinsights
The version of Panama Van Halen did at the Billbaord Music Awards Sunday (5/17) is an improvement over the one they released on the Live in Tokyo concert album several weeks ago. Cue to 1:30 to skip the drivel.
Posted Sunday, May 17th, 2015 6:40ambyROCKinsights
A guitar George Harrison borrowed from a repair shop and liked so much that he continued using it after his own instrument had been fixed brought a mega-buck bid of $490,000 from an anonymous collector during the Jullien's auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City Friday (5/15). The Mastersound electric guitar was played by Harrison during a number of early Beatle performances. A Jimi Hendrix vest sold for just shy of $60,000, a Vegas worn jumpsuit belonging to Elvis brough a top bid of $122,000 and the marriage certificate from when The King & Priscilla hitched in 1967 sold for $40,000. The event's king-sized collectible; a totally tricked-out tour bus Elvis bought for his backing band the year before his death, complete with chandelier-like lighting fixtures and the TCB lightening bolt Elvis log on the side, complete with the $25,000 check Presley wrote for it the day it was delivered.
Posted Saturday, May 16th, 2015 8:28pmbyROCKinsights
David Letterman's exit from the late night hosting spotlight will bring out some heavy weights from the musical guest ranks. Eddie Vedder will be with Dave Monday. Tuesday, Bob Dylan makes a rare appearance. A tight lid has been in place about guests for his final show on Wednesday, but expect several big names to make the scene.
Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015 10:05pmbyROCKinsights
A Chicago concert Thursday (5/14) to raise funds for Teen Cancer America brought Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Joe Walsh and Joan Jett together for a 17 song set of Who classics including Won't Get Fooled Again, Eminence Front, The Kids Are Alright and Summertime Blues, along with a cover of Pearl Jam's Better Man.
Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015 6:29ambyROCKinsights
Riley B. King passed away Thursday night (5/14). The guitar legend born to sharecroppers in Mississippi in 1925 gained world-wide recognigtion, becoming one of the most revered musicians in American musical history. The 89 year old, known and loved as BB King, had been in hospice care at his Las Vegas home following a rapid decline in his health in recent months. King's edaly love of music inspired him to become a disc jockey on WDIA in Memphis where he acquired the nick name Beale Street Blues Boy, later abreviated to just BB.
A station encounter with T-Bone Walker is said to have convinced King to become an electric guitarist. Under the early guidance of Sam Phillips, King's recording career began in 1949. Relentless touring (he logged 342 performances in 1956 alone and routinely did around 300 concerts a year for decades) propelled BB to wider recognition, better recording contracts and bigger touring opportunities. King opened dates on the 1969 Rolling Stones tour. The following year, he won a Grammy for The Thrill Is Gone. The doors to three halls of fame opened to King, the Blues Hall Of fame (1980), the Rock Hall Of Fame (1987) and the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame (2015). He also earned the National Medal of Arts (1990) and a Presidential Medal of Freedom (2006). The Thrill is gone, but BB King has and will continue to inspire guitarists for generations.
Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015 6:13ambyROCKinsights
The Edge took a frightening fall off of U2's new touring stage during the opening night of the Irish band's 2015 world tour on Thursday (5/14) in Vancouver. Ironically, the fall came as he meandered along the edge of the stage's runway while playing I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Evidently, that would be the edge. He later posted an Instagram photo of a scrape on his arm the fall caused.
Posted Monday, May 11th, 2015 6:52ambyROCKinsights
A group of young Louisville, KY percussionists that posted a version of Crazy Train on YouTube have earned a $10,000 donation toward more instruments from the man who made the song famous. Ozzy Osbourne accompanied the check with a note to the Louisville Leopard Percussionists that read, 'Myself, ny whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of Crazy Train. Keep up the good work.' The group's instructor, Diane Downs, told the Louisville Courier-Journal she really appreciated the generosity and encouragement of Osbourne because she wants her students '...to feel like rock stars' and realise '...this is why we work so hard in rehearsals', adding that, 'Hopefully they're going to carry that over into their lives once they grow up'. ClassicRockTeamRock.com
Posted Sunday, May 10th, 2015 6:11ambyROCKinsights
Director Ron Howard wants his documentary about the Beatles to make people seeing it feel as though they've been transported back to the very years they are viewing. The yet-to-be titled film will debut at the Cannes Film Festival. It covers the years from the group's inception through their final full scale concert in 1966. At the time the documentary plan was first announced, Howard said his goal was to have film goers '...actually feel like you're somewhere in the 60's seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it.' Both surviving members of the band approved the film, as did Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
1950 Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin born 1965 Bob Dylan releases Bringin' It All Back Home 1966 Bruce Springsteen records his only single with the Castilles in Bricktown, NJ 1980 Jimi Hendrix gold album awards stolen from Electric Ladyland Studio in New York 1997 Fleetwood Mac reunite to record MTV special 2007 Ozzy Osbourne releases Black Rain 2010 Bono undergoes emergency back surgery in Munich, Germany, next US Leg of 360° tour delayed 2010 Clarence Clemons of E Street Band performs and gets degree during graduation at University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1943 Animals Hilton Valentine born 1955 Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's Stan Lynch born 1968 Rolling Stones Brian Jones arrested on marijuana charges in London apartment 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record Ohio in LA 1996 Soundgarden releases Down on The Upside 1997 USC Marching Band does Louie Louie with Stone Temple Pilots before San Diego concert
1944 Joe Cocker born 1949 Fabulous Thunderbirds Jimmy Vaughan born 1967 Jimi Hendrix signs recording contract 1968 Peter Cetera of Chicago beaten by fans at Dodger Stadium because of his long hair 1968 Pete Townshend marries Karen Astley 1970 Let It Be premiers in New York 1995 Don Henley marries Sharon Summerall, Eagles, Springsteen, Sting, Bob Seger attend Malibu wedding 1998 Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan attend Frank Sinatra funeral 2006 Ozzy Osbourne plays Prince's Trust 30th anniversary concert in London 2009 Santana, Queen and KISS appear on season finale of American Idol 2012 Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies of cancer
1945 Who's Pete Townshend born 1949 ZZ Top's Dusty Hill born 1952 Joey Ramone born 1954 AC/DC's Phillip Rudd born 1975 Guess Who & Strawbs Syracuse War 1978 Kinks release Misfits 1997 Billy Joel delivers commencement address at Hofstra, gets honorary degree 2001 Eddie Van Halen reveals he is undergoing cancer treatment 2007 U2 does unannounced red carpet performance at Cannes Film Festival 2009 Drummer Liberty DeVito sues Billy Joel over royalties claim 2009 Mike McCready of Pearl Jam does National Anthem Hendrix style before Angels-Mariners game at SafeCo Field 2012 Mick Jagger hosts and is musical guest on Saturday Night Live
1949 Rick Wakeman of Yes born 1968 Doors, Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Jefferson Airplane play northern California Folk Rock Festival 1980 Yes replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman with Trevor Horn & Geoff Downs 1991 Elvis Costello plays Saturday Night Live 1993 Clay County Florida dedicates Ronnie Van Zant Park in honor of the late Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist 1999 Jimmy Buffett releases Beach House On The Moon 2006 Beatles Apple Corp. loses trademark infringement case against Apple Computer 2007 Roger Waters opens US tour doing Dark Side Of The Moon during second set.
1948 Yes & King Crimson's Bill Bruford born 1964 Pearl Jam's Dave Abbruzzese born 1971 Paul McCartney releases Ram 1975 Mick Jagger cuts hand in fall through restaurant window in New York 1980 Peter Criss of KISS goes solo 1987 Tom Petty loses LA house to arson 1989 Doobie Brothers release Cycles 1989 Bill Wyman opens first Sticky Fingers restaurant
1951 Jonathan Richman born 1966 Beach Boys release Pet Sounds 1969 John lennon declared 'inadmissable immigrant' by State Department 1969 Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane arrested on drug charge in New Orleans hotel 1969 Pete Townshend jailed for hitting plain clothes cop who went on stage during Who Fillmore East concert to tell audience to evacuate due to a fire next door 1970 Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane busted on drug charge in Bloomington, Indiana hotel 1974 Queen cancels US tour when Brian May comes down with hepatitis 1975 Kinks release A Soap Opera 1986 Elvis Costello marries Caitlan O'Riordan of the Pogues 2010 Ronnie James Dio dies of stomach cancer in Houston hospital