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August 29
  • Springsteen targets kids with new book

    Bruce Springsteen conjures a pint-sized band robber named Outlaw Pete for a new children's book that will be published November 4.  Bruce drew on the song of that title on his Working On A Dream album.  Illustrations for the book are provided by Frank Caruso who credits Springsteen for writing that, '...cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters'', and says reading the book brought Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and Popeye to mind for him.  Springsteen has said that a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill had a role in inspiring the album with the song his new character sprang from.




  • Robert Plant to Jimmy Page should '...get on and do something'

    Robert Plant says Jimmy Page is a 'superb talent' and adds he wishes his former guitarist would '...get on and do something' with it instead of spending time critcizing him.  Plant is 'fed up' with Page badgering him through the media about Zeppelin reunion prospects.  Plant prefers to focus on his new group and thinks his former band mate would do well to do the same, challenging Page to '...take off your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world.  You f&*k them out of the way and have a good time.'   Daily Telegraph


  • Epic Stevie Ray Vaughan Vaughan collection announced

    We think often about Stevie Ray Vaughan in August.  It was the month the guitar legend lost his life in the crash of a helicopter following a concert with Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Amphitheatre in Wisconsin.  Epic Records will release a comprehensive set of the studio and live recordings Vaughn recorded during his career spanning stretch with the label on October 28.  The 12 disc set will include A Legend In The Making, a Double Trouble performance at the El Macombo Club in Toronto  in the summer of 1983 that was only released to radio stations.  Several other rare tracks are featured on two of the discs in the collection.



  • Rudd psyched about AC/DC album

    Saying he has '...never played better', AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd called the next AC/DC album '...pretty damn good' and says it is better than Black Ice, the group's last studio album. No release date or title has been set for what will the the Thunder From Down Under's first post Malcolm Young album.  Rudd will have new work of his own available August 29 with the release of Head Job, an album he describes as 'All Phil, no filler' he recorded with Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin.



  • Kinks reuniting without Dave Davies?

    The contentious relationship between Ray and Dave Davies has simmered and flared throughout their lives and even erupted on occasion on stage.  It has also thwarted several attempts to reunite.  Ray indicated during a recent conversation with Mojo that a Kinks 50th reunion tour will go on even if his brother elects not to participate.  The Kinks Facebook page countered quickly with a post claiming, 'MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion tour without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.'


  • Top-Jeff Beck tour dates drop after Dusty Hill falls

    Dusty Hill sustained a hip injury in a fall on a ZZ Top tour bus, forcing the Texas trio to drop a series of dates with Jeff Beck.  Tour promoter Live Nation announced that the hip the bass player injured Tuesday (8/26) needed '...immediate attention'.  Whether the dates getting scrubbed will be rescheduled was not announced.  Beck plans on doing some of the 13 remaining ones on the schedule, including Friday (8/29) in Salamanca, NY,8/30 in Atlantic City and 8/31 in Mashantucket, CT.



  • Alice Cooper unleashing live German performnce

    Raise The Dead - Live From Wacken, a 22 song Alice Cooper concert captured in northern Germany in August of 2013, gets its US release in DVD and CD form on October 21.  A foundation named for the city helps foster the development of emerging Hard Rock and Metal artists.  A euro from the sale of every copy of the release in either format will be donated to the organization.



  • Neil Young files for divorce

    Rolling Stone has revealed that Neil Young filed for divorce on July 29th in a Marin County court.  Married 36 years, Neil and Pegi Young have collaborated musically and together founded the Bridge School to provide improved educational opportunities for special needds children.  A mid December hearing has been scheduled in the case that will apparently end one of Rock's longest unions.


  • Genesis R-Kive mined

    R-Kive, a triple disc, 37 song compilation of Genesis material that will also include solo offerings from the group's former members gets released September 22.  The chronologically sequenced set draws from all eras of the band's history.



    Disc 1
    The Knife

    The Musical Box

    Supper's Ready
    The Cinema Show

    I Know What I like

    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    Back In N.Y.C.

    The Carpet Crawlers

    Ace Of Wands (Hackett)



    Disc 3

    Invisible Touch
    Land Of Confusion

    Tonight Tonight Tonight

    The Living Years (Rutherford)
    Red Day On Blue Street (Banks)

    I Can't Dance
    No Son Of Mine
    Hold On My Heart

    Over My Shoulder (Rutherford)
    Calling All Stations
    Signal To Noise (Gabriel)

    Wake Up Call (Collins)

    Disc 2



    Solsbury Hill (Gabriel)

    Follow You Follow Me

    For A While (Banks)

    Every Day (Hackett)
    Biko (Gabriel)
    Turn It On Again
    In The Air Tonight (Collins)


    That's All
    Easy Lover (Collins)

    Silent Running (Rutherford)





  • Plant talks-up new album (video)

    Robert Plant has filmed a sequel to an earlier video about the upcoming album he's releasing with the Sensational Shape Shifters titled Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar.  Get some insights into what to expect form the former Zep front man and the band below.  The album drops on September 8 in England and the following day in the States.








  • Doobie Brother joins Cannonball Endurance Run

    Motorcyclists taking on the Cannonball Endurance Run from Daytona, Florida to Tacoma Washington in September will have a Rocker in their ranks.  Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers will straddle a 1929 Harley JD for the more than 4,000 mile trek.  His wife, Cris, is onboard, too. She'll be only slightly less retro on her 1934 Harley.  The couples son, Pat Jr., who finsihed in the top 20 of riders taking the first Cannonball vintage motorcycle challenge four years ago, was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year but has responded well to treatment.  The couple is doing the ride to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.



  • Alice Cooper adds to ALS Challenge (video)

    Alice Cooper's participation in the ALS Bucket Challnge will benefit the organizatioon beyond the Shock Rocker's own donation. The US flag shirt and robe that was used after Cooper met the challenge on stage during a concert in Virginia Beach Wednesday (8/20) are being sold on Ebay to raise more.  Bidding on the items closes 8/31.



  • Lennon killer shot down again for parole

    Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the 8th time. The now 59 year-old who murdered John Lennon outside the builsing the former Beatle and Yoko Ono lived in will be eligible to reapply in two years.  As it has in the past, the board considerg the application concluded Chapman's release would be '...incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law'.




  • Small Town Rocker big city actress split

    John Mellencamp's 3 year romance with actress Meg Ryan is apparently over. US Magazine maintains that the Small Town Rocker and big city actress are no longer a couple.  Mellencamp and the former wife of Dennis Quaid got together not long after Mellencamp ended an 18 year marriage to Elaine Irwin Mellencamp in 2001.


  • Slash talks World On Fire (video)

Noteworthy Then
  • 8-29

    1966 Beatles close US tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco…   1976 Boston releases debut album…   1976 Spirit reunites for a concert in Santa Monica, CA…   1989 Axl Rose joins Tom Petty on Knockin' On Heaven's Door at Syracuse Fairgrounds concert…   1990 Former Tubes member Vince Welnick joins the Grateful Dead…   1995 Two killed in helicopter crash during Meat Loaf video shoot in California   2006 Bob Dylan releases Modern Times…

  • 8-28

    1964 Beatles meet Bob Dylan for first time   1965 Bob Dylan booed off stage for playing electric at concert in Forest Hills, NY   1972 David Bowie debuts Ziggy Stardust at Carnegie Hall show in New York    1978 Television breaks-up   2005 Jonathan Caine of Journey has emergency appendectomy after Long Island concert   2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artimus Pyle found not guilty on charges he failed to register as a sex-offender after previous conviction for having had improper contact with a minor…

  • 8-27

    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…

  • 8-26

    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…

  • 8-25

    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

  • 8-24

    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

  • 8-23

    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

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