Neil Young's concerts to provide funding for the special needs Bridge School this fall will include a number of musicians that have made previous appearances at the annual event. The 30th anniversary edition includes Young performing with Promise of the Real, Metallica, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, Nils Lofgren, Cage Tthe Elephant and Norah Jones. The dates for the shows are October 22 & 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview, California
Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 5:59ambyROCKinsights
Lakeside Camera Photoworks is marketing a 3 day turnaround service that will convert a ticket stub from a concert or other event into a coffee mug or a doormat. Size options for the mats are 60"x 36" or #6"x 24". The smaller size mats are priced at $34, plus $15 for shipping. The ticket stub or concert photo can be sent to them and will be returned with the order, or a high resolution scan file can be submitted through the site with the order. Lakesidephotoworks.com/site/concert_mats
Posted Sunday, August 21st, 2016 7:13ambyROCKinsights
TMZ is reporting that former 3 Doors Down member Matt Roberts has died. The guitarist was in Milwaukee to perform at a charity event. After rehearsing on Friday night (8/19), Roberts headed to his room. Detectives called to the hotel after the discovery of the body in a hotel hallway contacted his father at about 9am on Saturday. Prescription pills were found at the scene. His father thinks that if Matt's death was due to an overdose, it would not have been intentional. Roberts parted ways with the Mississippi based band due to health complications related to blood circulation.
Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016 5:14ambyROCKinsights
The label that released Beatles and Paul McCartney solo material in the US will now be Paul's label on a global basis. Capitol Records has announced the signing of McCartney. His first album under the deal is already a work in progress and a major reissue campaign is being designed for the McCartney catalog with a 2017 launch anticipated. Chairman Steve Barnett clearly can't be more pleased about the arrangement. He said, 'Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people.' Paul calls the return to Capitol '...extremely exciting for me', adding, 'Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's B--Bop-A-Lula on the Capitol label.'
Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016 4:48ambyROCKinsights
Metallica's first album of new material may have taken twice as long to come along than most fans wanted it to, but their wait will be rewarded with a double disc set. Hardwired To Self-Destruct comes out November 18th. Hardwired To Self-Destruct, the group's first album of new material since 2008's Death Magnetic, has been produced by Greg Feldman, who handled engineering and mixing on the last release. Here's the title track.
Unless Head Job means the same thing Down Under as Head Case. Phil Rudd has either gotten his head together or picked the wrong title for his first solo album. Rudd, whose off-the-wall conduct during a several month span cost him the spot he'd held in AC/DC for decades, will release Head Job on September 30th. The drummer says 'My hellraising days are over'. In a short span of time, Rudd managed to get mixed up in an alleged murder for hire scheme, get busted for drugs and placed under house arrest, get popped for violating the terms of his sentence and lose his status as AC/DC's drummer. Malcolm Young fell victim to dementia and had to retire before Rudd's travails began. Since his ouster, the group has lost Brian Johnson due to the risk of permanent hearing loss and has been notified by bassist Cliff Williams that he intends to retire after this tour. That would seem to make rehiring Rudd tempting to Angus Young intends to attempt to extend the AC/DC legacy. Rudd admits to the hope he could play in his former band again, but questions whether AC/DC can exist without the members its lost.
Posted Sunday, August 14th, 2016 7:07ambyROCKinsights
The Peach Festival in Pennsylvania produced some cool combinations Saturday (8/13), including members of the Allman Brothers joining String Cheese Incident on Ain't Wastin' Time No More and moe doing a Pink Floyd set. Here's some of the jamming that went on while Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jack Pearson and Marc Quiñones were on stage with STI.
Posted Friday, August 12th, 2016 6:04ambyROCKinsights
Green Day's first album in 4 years has a title and release date. Revolution Radio will come out on October 7th. The lead track from the effort is Bang, Bang, a song Billie Joe Armstrong called the band's response to, '...the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media' in a recent discussion about the album with Rolling Stone. The group is also in the planning stage for another world tour.
Posted Thursday, August 11th, 2016 6:42ambyROCKinsights
NME is reporting that Bob Daisley, the former bass player for Ozzy Osbourne, is suing Ozzy and Blizzard Music Limited for $2 million in unpaid royalties for the song Crazy Train, a track Daisley has a writing credit on. The suit contends that a 2014 audit indicates that Osbourne's music publishing entity improperly deducted fees prior to distributing royalties on the song, resulting in what the filing calls a systematic short changing of Daisley. Daisley was the original bass player in Osbourne's solo band, Blizzard Of Ozz. He was dismissed after the recording of Diary Of A Madman (1981), but participated in sessions on other Osbourne albums through 1991's No More Tears. Osbourne's organization has responded to the claims by Daisley with a statement saying the bass player has received statements and checks from Blizzard Music accounts in totaling millions and adds, "Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment", and goes on to characterize the motivation behind the suit as an "...unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success."
Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 6:20ambyROCKinsights
People Magaine is reporting that the year-long romance of John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley has reached its end. A rep for the couple told the publication that career demands and the distance between their respective homes make it impossible for the relationship to continue but says both intend to remain very close friends. When last asked by People about the prospect of marriage, Brinkley had said, 'You never really know what's going to happen. John and I are two people that have very full lives. We're just trying to enjoy each other when we can see each other.'
Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 5:55ambyROCKinsights
Led Zeppelin's attempt to force the party that lost the case against them in a copyright claim against the group over a chord progression in Stairway To Heaven to reimburse them for the $630,000 in legal fees they incurred plus another $170,000. The judge ruling on the matter says there was no evidence that the case had been filed as an attempt to 'shake down' Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The attorney on the losing end of the original claim that Zeppelin had lifted a chord progression from a 1968 Spirit instrumental has indicated that he intends to appeal the decision in the copyright case. RollingStone.com
Posted Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 5:18ambyROCKinsights
Jimi Hendrix and The Band of Gypsys did two New York City concerts a day on New Years Eve and New Years Day of 1969 & '70. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 will be released September 30th. The CD/LP release marks the first time the inagural live set by the group Hendrix formed after disbanding the Experience will be available. The 11 song 75 minute set recorded that Wednesday night includes Power Of Soul. Lover Man, Hear My Train A Comin', Changes, Izabella, Maching Gun, Stop, Ey Rider, Belleding Heart, Earth Blues and Burning Desire.
Posted Sunday, August 7th, 2016 1:37pmbyROCKinsights
Pink Floyd veteran Nick Mason and Jay Leno share a passion for exotic cars. The drummer and the former Tonight Show host will be among those tasked with deciding which high-end entry at the Peninsula Classics car show in Monterey, California August 16th should be crowned the world's top classic car. Each auto in contention for the has already won top honors in one of a half dozen other highly prestigious auto shows. They include production, limited edition and race cars. Other judges atthe event include Henry Ford III, Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni, GM head designer Anne Asensio, Peter Brock, a man closely associated with the Shelby Daytona Cobra and Corvette and fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
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…
1970 Duane Allman starts recording with Derek & The Dominos… 1970 Jimi Hendrix plays Isle Of Wight Festival… 1973 10cc makes live debut… 1978 Triumph headlines Canada Jam… 1979 Phil Collins joins Peter Gabriel for Lamb Lies Down On Broadway at Reading Festival… 1980 Tom Petersson quits Cheap Trick… 1993 Aerosmith honored with brass star at entrance to Tower Records in Boston… 2000 Allman Brothers Band & G'ovt Mule's Allan Woody dies in hotel room… 2003 Warren Zevon releases The Wind…
1950 Gene Simmons of KISS born 1951 Judas Priest's Rob Halford born 1954 Elvis Costello born 1962 Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell born 1970 Elton John makes US debut at the Troubadour in LA 1973 Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band breaks leg in a car wreck in Macon, GA 1975 Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run 1986 Paul Simon releases Graceland 1990 Alice Cooper gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 1994 Jimmy Buffett ditches plane in Atlantic after taking off from Nantucket 1994 Jimmy Page & Robert Plant do MTV Unplugged session in London 1996 David Byrne takes legal action to prevent use of 'The Heads' by other former Talking Heads members 2009 Cheap Trick releases Sgt. Pepper covers album
1943 Quicksilver Messenger Service's John Cipollina born 1944 Traffic's Jim Capaldi born 1945 Uriah heep's Ken Hensley born 1967 Beatles meet Maharishi in London 1968 Keith Moon drives Lincoln into hotel swimming pool in Flint, Michigan 1974 Traffic does last concert, Reading, UK 1979 Cars play for 500,000 in Central Park 1981 Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20-Life for murder of John Lennon 1992 Grateful Dead cancel European tour due to Jerry Garcia health issues 1994 Bob Dylan threatens legal action against Apple Computer over plan to use his name in a program 2008 Jimmy Page plays Whole Lotta Love from top of double-decker bus at Beijing Olympics closing to promote London 2012 Summer Games
1947 Who's Keith Moon born 1961 Stone Temple Pilots Dean Deleo born 1962 Joh Nleenon marries Cynthia Powell in Liverpool 1963 Gary Hoey born 1968 Ringo Starr quits Beatles during White Album sessions, returns 11 days later 1970 Emerson Lake & Palmer debut in Portsmouth, UK 1989 Ric Ocasek of the Cars marries Paulina Porizkova 1996 1 millionth visitor to Rock Hall Of Fame in Cleveland is awarded 1965 Ford Mustang 1996 Matt Walker does first concert with Smashing Pumpkins
1920 John Lee Hooker born 1947 Grateful Dead’s Donna Jean Godchaux born 1958 Living Colour’s Vernon Reid born 1967 Alice In Chains Layne Staley born 1968 Cynthia Lennon files for divorce from John after returning home to find him with Yoko Ono 1969 Beatles photographed together for the last official time 1970 Neil Young releases After The Gold Rush 1979 Led Zeppelin releases In Through The Out Door 1986 Paul McCartney releases Press To Play 1987 Bruce Springsteen joins Levon Helm on Up On Cripple Creek at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park Knack’s Bruce Gary dies 2010 Jimmy Buffett & Paul McCartney attend Bill Clinton’s 64th birthday party on Long Island
1952 Clash’s Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellors) born 1952 Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes born 1954 Journey’s Steve Smith born 1972 Police mace Grace Slick at Jefferson Airplane concert in Akron, OH when she tries to prevent the arrest of bass player Jack Casady 1973 Allman Brothers Band awarded gold album for Brothers & Sisters 1976 Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, 10cc play Knebworth Festival REM files suit against Hershey for doing an unauthorized REM concert sweepstakes to promote one of its candy bars 2005 Rolling Stones open Bigger Bang tour at Fenway Park in Boston