Billy Joel vows that he will do a concert a month at Madison Square Garden in New York until fans stop coming. The 'as long as there is demand' commitment will open with a previously announced date on January 27. Joel has made close to 50 concert appearances at the landmark arena in Mid-Town Manhattan, including a run of a couple of dozen sold-out shows in 2006. His Tuesday press conference announcing the open-ended series in New York even drew an appearance by NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
PostedTuesday, December 3rd, 2013 7:28ambyROCKinsights
Guns N' Roses has been a soap opera from its inception and just as it was starting to seem like a new episode was overdue, up stepped guitarist Ron Thal. It seems the spur-of-the-moment mode GNR seems to constantly operate in is getting in the way of Bumblefoot's solo aspirations. Talking with Radio Future, the guitarist complained that there's too much truth behind the comic remark 'If you want Guns N' Roses to hit the road, all you have to do is book your own tour.' He claims that very scenario played out, forcing him to cancel his own tour and causing him to incur '...a very big loss' and damage to his rep with agents and promoters - something he vows he '...can't let happen any more'.
PostedMonday, December 2nd, 2013 6:54ambyROCKinsights
Van Halen fans will have to wait until mid way through 2015 for a new album David Lee Roth says ground work is underway for. Roth told BoneYard that the group is getting together to play a few times a week at Eddie Van Halen's house. Roth says deciding which songs to use and arranging and recording them is only a part of why a new album will take so long to get done. The front man says every band member participates in every aspect of the album, including artwork and the development of any and all merchandise associated with the album and the stage set-up for tours. 'Any idea you have is 85 phone calls'... and, '87 phone calls that are about to follow to make sure it came out the way we decided.' ClassicRockMagazine.com
PostedMonday, December 2nd, 2013 6:36ambyROCKinsights
Todd Rundgren has started a foundation to channel support to programs and events that will increase opportunities for young people to enjoy and participate in music. In a video post announcing the organization on his Facebook page, the veteran performer-producer said the object is to '...provide support and funding to school programs and other sorts of organizations who are trying to bring music to people who don't have it, especially in terms of learning how to play instruments.' A more formal introduction for the foundation will take place next month at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show and convention. Noise11.com
PostedFriday, November 29th, 2013 9:45pmbyROCKinsights
Sothebys will offer a hand written work-in-progress manuscript for the album that became Bruce Springsteen's 1975 break-out album Born To Run at auction on December 5. The once spiral bound lined notebook 8.5x11" piece of paper includes a significant number of the lyrics that made it into the final version of the title track of the album, along with margin entries of several words he appears to have considered using in the song. Pollstar.com
PostedFriday, November 29th, 2013 9:25pmbyROCKinsights
Phil Collins has suggested that a Genesis reunion might not be out of the question. The Guardian reports that a recent conversation between the former drummer turned vocalist and German media had Collins saying that his 8 and 12 year-old sons are encouraging him to resume performing. Collins announced the year before last that nerve damage had forced him to stop drumming and that he wanted to spend more time raising his sons. Collins was quoted as saying, 'I've started thinking about doing some new stuff. Some shows again, even with Genesis.' Nothing he said made it seem possible Peter Gabriel would be involved if a Genesis reunion were to materialize.
PostedWednesday, November 27th, 2013 11:22pmbyROCKinsights
Record Store Day, the annual event to encourage support of locally owned, independent music shops, will offer Rock fans plenty to choose from Friday (11/28). Included in the bumper crop of instant collectibles being made available are limited edition releases from Metallica, (Through The Never Soundtrack on vinyl), the Rolling Stones (Got Live If You Want It on 7" vinyl), three Paul Simon lps (self titled, There Goes Rhymin' Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years), The Doors (a curated by Record Store Day lp), Bob Dylan (Side Track lp), the Grateful Dead (Family Dog at the Great Highway on vinyl), Jethro Tull (Benefit on vinyl), Jimi Hendrix (Fire and Foxey Lady 7") and Ordinary Love, U2's new song on vinyl. Those looking for something oddly unique will want to snap up the John Denver - Muppets A Christmas Together picture disc.
PostedWednesday, November 27th, 2013 11:08pmbyROCKinsights
Rock To The Rescue was hatched by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and Tommy Shaw from Styx as a fund raising concert to provide assistance in the aftermath of the 2011 World Trade Center attacks. The MidWestern artists will convene a number of artists on December 4 in Bloomington, Indiana for a concert to raise money to help people closer to home. REO, Styx, Survivor, Ted Nugent, Head East, Richard Marx and Larry The Cable Guy are slated to perform during the concert to raise money to help the region recover from the devastating outbreak of tornados November 17 that rampaged through the area, killing six and destroying or damaging close to 2,500 homes. HenneMusic.com
PostedMonday, November 25th, 2013 6:36ambyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen has confirmed a release date of January 14 for a new album that will include both new and reworked tracks. The album, the first studio effort Springsteen has recorded while touring, will feature 12 songs. Previously released titles on the record include the title song, High Hopes, a track that appeared in a 1996 documentary, an updated take on The Ghost of Tom Joad featuring Tom Morello on guitar, American Skin (41 Shots) and a cover version of Dream, Baby, Dream, a song by the group Suiside. Rounding out the album are tracks titled Harry's Place, Just Like Fire Would, Down In The Hole, Heaven's Wall, Frankie Fell In Love, This Is Your Sword, Hunter of Invisible Game and The Wall. The release will be Springsteen's 18th studio album.
PostedMonday, November 25th, 2013 6:13ambyROCKinsights
It took less than 45 seconds to sell every ticket to the first Monty Python reunion performance in 2014, a disappearing act that prompted the group to add four more dates at London's O2 Arena. Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones last got together to perform as Monty Python in 2009 in New York City. The Python troupe burst onto the scene in October, 1969 when Monty Python's Flying Circus made its BBC debut. Their first big screen success, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, paved the way to other films and the hit stage production Spamalot.
Former member Graham Chapman passed away in 1989. BBC.co.uk
PostedSunday, November 24th, 2013 11:10ambyROCKinsights
An early Saturday morning (11/23) crash of a bus carrying Willie Nelson's band members about 80 miles north of Dallas resulted in a broken hip for drummer Paul Nelson and and minor injuries to two other band members. The legendary Country-American singer was on another bus that was not involved in the crash. The accident happened at around 3:30am during heavy rains on Route 30 near the town of Sulfer Springs, Texas when one of the tour busses being buffetted by high winds in the rain reportedly left the highway and struck a bridge column. The band was en route to a casino engagement in Mississippi when the wreck took place. That show and and other dates have been put on hold.
PostedSunday, November 24th, 2013 10:51ambyROCKinsights
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford stood in with the Roots, Jimmy Fallon's house band, and got a nice plug from the host of the late night entertainment program for his new book featuring rare guitars and the players that own them. Guitar Aficinado - the Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World includes some instruments from his own considerable collection, as well as guitars owned by Jimmie Vaughan, Metallica's James Hetfield, Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick and a number of others. Here's Brad dropping some Aerosmith licks in with the band and bantering with Fallon.
PostedSaturday, November 23rd, 2013 10:19ambyROCKinsights
The experience of returning to the stage with her former band mates when Fleetwood Mac played London in September appears to have ignited an interest in returning to the group in Christine McVie. Speaking with the Guardian, McVie says she's gottoen over the '...deleusion that I wanted to be an English Country girl', and called her brief reunion, '...amazing, like I'd never left' and then added about the prospect of becoming a full-fledged member again, 'I miss them all. If they were to ask me, I would probably be delighted... but it hasn't happened so we'll have to wait and see.'
The group cancelled remaining dates on their recent tour so McVie's former husband, Joh, could undergoe treatments for an unannounced form of cancer he was diagnosed with. Contactmusic.com
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