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November 20
  • Eddie Vedder releases solo live material from benefit

    A solo set Eddie vedder performed in front of about 100 fans at the Microsoft HQ near Seattle is being offered to fans in exchange for a suggested donation to the EB Research Partnership, an organization that treats and hopes to cure Epidermlysis Bullosa, a painful and potentially deadly blistering disorder that attacks young children.  The 20 song set included a smattering of interesting originals, including Neil Young's The Needle & The Damage Done and Rockin' In The Free World, Dylan's Girl From The North Country, Imagine from John Lennon, Trouble, a Cat Stevens song and Take It With Me, a Tom Waits tune.



  • Angus & Brian Johnson talk post Malcolm AC/DC (video)

    Loudwire scored an interview session with Angus Young and Brian Johnson and got the AC/DC members to chat briefly about Malcolm Young.



  • Bob Marley branded weed (video)

    With a growing number of states decriminalizing marijuana, the estate of the musician universally associated with hemp is positioning itself to take advantage of the expanding recreational pot market.  Marley Natural, a 'consumer cannabis brand' of paraphanalia and lotions containing cannabis and other Jamaican 'botanicals' is poised to launch in 2015.  In a video promoting the upcoming line of Marley branded products Marley's widow, Rita, says, "You don't say 'herb' without 'Bob Marley', and his daughter chimes in by saying, 'Daddy was very mindful of the plant's connection to the Earth, and to the positive benefits that came from something so pure.'



  • Metallica Lights-out on The Late Show (video)

    With U2 knocked out of NBC's Jimmy Fallon lineup due to Bono's bike accident injuries (story), Craig Ferguson's Late Show has network television's sole rock band residency this week with Metallica.  Here is the band tearing through Hit The Lights.



  • Bono's bike accident did serious damage

    Injuries caused by the bicycle crash Bono had in Central Park Sunday were not limited to his arm.  Doctors at the Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan spent five hours operating on the U2 front man.  The bulk of the work invovled the arm, which required three metal plates and 18 screws to repair,  but the singer also suffered a fracture of the skull surrounding one eye.  Truama surgeon Dean Lorich of the hospital told Rolling Stone that recovery from the arm fracture and the nerve damaged when it became trapped as a result of that break will require, 'intensive and progressive therapy.'


    The accident forced U2 to postpone its scheduled residency on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. As predicted (story), Fallon wasn't about to go about his Monday show without delivering a send-up to Bono.



  • Allman Brothers 1970 Fillmore East show hits the web (video)

  • Springsteen making concert recordings available

    Authorized bootlegs of a number of Bruce Springsteen concerts are available through an online store.  The launch features 30+ recent concerts and includes a complete live rendition of the Born To Run album performed in New Zealand.  While some of the recordings have been previously available, the new site expands the format option to include CDs.  Fans eager to get high quality recordings of earlier tours will have to wait.  Brad Serling, the guy that manages the release of the recordings, says, '...what I've found with any actively touring artist, big or small, is that recent always trumps older in the artist's mind.  There's an afterglow of big moments in the near-rear-view mirror that are more meaningful to them than the glories of the distant past.'  He promises there will eventually be shows from as far back as 1973 added to the mix.  Could the hard-core fan favorite Union College Chapel (Schenectady, NY) concert make it? 'Nothing's off the table', according to Serling - and that includes fan recordings.



  • Who book Hyde Park concert

    The Who will play Hyde Park in London on a Friday in early summer.  The June 26th appearance will make the group's 4th time performing in the London park.  The day-long session of music will also include performances by Paul Weller, the Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr.



  • Bono suffers spill while cycling

    Just a couple of days after a close call at 8,000 feet in Germany, Bono crashed to earth while cycling in New York City Sunday (11/16), forcing U2 to postpone a week long residency on the Tonight Show. The U2 front man will reportedly undergo surgery... and be subject to a good ribbing from Fallon.

  • Joe Walsh guests with Foo Fighters (video)

    The Foo Fighters have been doing club concerts to showcase music on their new release, Sonic Highways.  The group's Friday (11/14) show at the Roxy in LA included Joe Walsh joining them on stage for the live premier of the song Outside.



  • Neil Young kicks his Starbucks habit

    Neil Young doesn't strike us as the kind of guy that would go to Starbucks for his coffee anyway, but he won't cross the threshold of another for sure if the coffee giant supports a lawsuit seeking to block a Vermont law that will require foods with genetically modified organisms include that on the labeling. In a 'GOODBYE STARBUCKS!!!' letter on Young's web site, Neil said he'd lined up for his last latte because he thinks the firm is involved in the suit and it sends the signal that, 'Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee.'  Young says aligning with Monsanto in 'Hiding behind the shadowy Grocery Manufacturers Association' in its attempt to block the labeling requirement means the coffee company is backing the wrong side, a decision he calls especially disappointing and objectionable in light of its history of being pro-actively supportive of consumer and labor issues.

    Starbucks has fired back that Young has it all wrong - claiming the firm is not a participant in the suit and has no objections to the producers of products containing genetically modified organisms being required to include that info on package labels.



  • Rudd's status in AC/DC in question

    The other members of AC/DC say they have neither made or gotten contact with their drummer since authorities implicated Phil Rudd in drug murder-for-hire charges.   Rudd, who recently released a solo album, was portrayed as difficult to get to the studio while AC/DC was working on their new album, ironically titled Rock Or Bust.  Speaking during a promotional appearance in New York for the pending album, Angus Young said, ' was hard to even get him to do the recording. And then he was supposed to show up to do promos with us, to do video shoots and a few other things, and he never showed up for that either.'  While the charge Rudd had sought to set up a contract killing has been dropped, he still could get up to a 7 year sentence if convicted on the pending charges and threatening to kill someone.  As for where he stands with the group, Young says, ' this stage, it's a pretty tough call for us.'



  • Will 2015 bring a new dawn of The Dead?

    The announcement that Furthur, the band that reunited Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, was disbanding included a tidbit that fans of their original band are taking as an indication The Dead could rise again.  "We'll all be keeping very busy over the foreseeable future" were the words used.  Other considerations pieced together that could lend credence to the idea of a 50th anniversary for one of San Francisco's seminal bands: 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death.  Bob Weir, who recently re-emerged following a long stretch staying off the radar, canceled his tour with Ratdog.  The guitarist also used words in a Rolling Stone interview early this year that some interpreted as an indication that the Dead could reconvene when he said, 'If there are hatchets to be buried, then let's get to work'.  An entry in the group's almanac on referencing the approaching milestone reads, "We do not yet know the exact form the commemoration of this auspicious anniversary will take, but this remarkable journey is something worth celebrating, and celebrate we will."  Whether that is just to exhort fans to mark the occasion themselves or means something more is in the works remains to be seen.



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  • Stones win settlement in insurance claim

    The Rolling Stones will receive an undisclosed amount of money from the firm that insured the group's Australian and New Zealand tour dates that got cancelled following the death of Mick Jagger's lover, L'Wren Scott.  The band had to provide a basis for the claim and is  steamed by the fact personal information provided by the insurance company was made public. In the filing, it was revealed that Mick Jagger had been diagnosed as suffering from acute traumatic stress in the aftermath of Scott's suicide (story).  A spokesperson for the lead singer said, "We are deeply upset that confidential medical and other private information about the group and their immediate family and loved ones has entered the public domain as a result of a US court filing initiated by the insurers four weeks ago.  This was done without the knowledge of the band or reference to their legal representatives."



  • Did Yoko secretly buy Lennon's childhood home?

    A 2013 auction held at the Cavern Club saw an 'anonymous American Beatles fan' pay more than $750,000 for a Liverpool home valued at less than 1/3 that amount.  A report now says it is widely known that Yoko Ono was behind that bid.  The small home that occupies 9 Newcastle Rd. in the Wavertree section of Liverpool was the house John Lennon first lived in. Just around the corner from Penny Lane, the small house is undergoing restoration, supposedly by the same crew that Ono had refurbish another Lennon home that Ono donated to the National Trust.  At least one tourism source in Liverpool expects the Newcastle Rd. house will also be restored to how it would have looked inside when John was young so it, too, can be eventually be open for public viewing.



Noteworthy Then
  • 11-20

    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…

  • 11-19

    1960 Guns n’ Roses Matt Sorum born…   1965 A furious Roger Daltrey storms off stage during Who London concert because of sound problems…   1979 Chuck berry released after serving 80 days of a 4 month sentence for tax evasion   1984 Kinks release Word Of Mouth…   1991 U2 releases Achtung Baby! …   1994 Dave Grohl plays drums with Tom Petty during Saturday Night Live appearance…   1997 Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joins the Rolling Stones on Waiting On A Friend during Stones Oakland concert…   2001 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland jailed for 12 hours after police are called in on a dispute between the singer and his wife at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel…


  • 11-18

    1950 Graham Parker born…   1953 Clover & Doobie Brothers John McFee born…   1960 Kim Wilde born   1962 Metallica’s Kirk Hammet born…   1971 Procol harum records album with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra…   1972 Danny Witten of Crazy Horse dies of heroin od…   1974 Ringo Starr releases Goodnight Vienna…   1975 Bruce Springsteen opens European tour in London…   1983 Badfinger’s Tom Evans commits suicide…   1987 U2 opens for themselves disguised as country band in LA…   1997 AC/DC releases Bonfire box set…   1997 Gary Glitter arrested when child porn is discovered on his computer while it is undergoing repairs…   1997 Metallica releases Reload…

  • 11-17

    1938 Gordon Lightfoot born…   1941 Byrds Gene Clark born…   1943 Director Martin Scorcese born…   1944 Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels born…   1946 Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre born…    1966 Jeff Buckley born…   1970 Elton John records 11/17/70 at WPLJ-Fm in New York…   1979 Jethro Tull’s John Glascock dies following heart surgery…   1986 Kinks release Think Visual…   1990 David Crosby breaks leg, ankle and shoulder in motorcycle crash…   1993 Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell arrested for public drunkenness in New Orleans…   2006 Peter Gabriel given Man Of Peace award by Gorbachev Foundation in Rome…    2006 Bono & The Edge jam with Pearl Jam on Rockin’ In The Free World during Melbourne, Australia concert…

  • 11-16

    1973 Kinks release Preservation Act 1…   1978 Queen has topless bicyclists ride out on stage as the band plays Bicycle during New York City concert…   1985 U2 launches Mother Records…   1987 Lenny Kravitz marries Lisa Bonet (divorce in ’95) …   1988 Former Beach Boys manager and father of member Mike Love gets 5 year suspended sentence for bilking the band out of $300k…   1992 Genesis releases The Way We Walk…   2005 UK Hall Of Fame inducts Who, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Kinks, Bob Dylan and Black Sabbath…   2010 Bruce Springsteen releases multi-disc expanded edition of Darkness On The Edge Of Town…   2010 Beatles songs finally available on iTunes…  Bono injures arm in Central Park bicycle spill. U2 postpones Tonight Show residency...

  • 11-15

    1969 Janis Joplin arrested in Tampa for use of ‘vulgar and obscene’ language during Curtis Hixson Hall concert…   1971 Grand Funk Railroad releases E Pluribus Funk…   1977 Elvis Costello opens first US tour, San Francisco…   1978 Grateful Dead release Shakedown Street…   1980 John Lennon & Yoko Ono release Double Fantasy…   1986 Keith Richards joins Eric Clapton on Layla and Cocaine at the Ritz in New York City…   1992 Black Sabbath reunites during Ozzy Osbourne concert in Costa Mesa, California…   2005 Jimmy Buffett Live at Fenway Park DVD released…   2005 Stevie Nicks Cup race run at Melbourne, Australia race course she later records a concert DVD…   2008 Rod Stewart performs at the 60th birthday party for Prince Charles…

  • 11-14

    1948 Styx’s James Young born…   1967 Yardbirds Keith Relf electrocuted on stage (dies in 1976 from amplifier shock) …   1970 Santana releases Abraxas…   1978 Queen releases Jazz…   1990 Pete Townshend says he is bisexual in Newsweek magazine interview…   1991 Aerosmith inducted into Boston Garden Hall of Fame during Bruins game…   1992 John Cascella of John Mellencamp’s band dies of heart attack in his car on way home from watching pay-for-view telecast of Holyfield-Riddick Bowe fight…   1995 Rolling Stones release Stripped…   2005 Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run 30th anniversary collection…

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