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April 24
  • William Hurt pulls out of Allman biopic

    We had been looking forward to seeing William Hurt in the role of the contemporary Gregg Allman in the upcoming biopic about the founding Allman Brothers Band keyboard player.  That won't happen,  The LA Times has learned that Hurt has decided against keeping the part even if filming resumes after a crew member was killed and several others injured February 20th when a train plowed into a filming scene being staged on a bridge in rural Georgia.  The Times site quotes a representative of ICM, the agency that has Hurt on its roster, as saying' 'I can confirm he's out of the movie'. Reports had emerged that the actor had expressed concerns about the safety of the shoot prior to the accident.  The future of the project is very much in doubt.  Investigations into the accident are going forward on multiple fronts and criminal charges are possible depending on their outcomes.



  • A Motley Arena League team

    Vince Neil has bought himself an Arena League football team. The self-professed big fan of the indoor pig skin game hopes he'll be able to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas within a couple of years, telling the Las Vegas Sun, 'I sense the city would love it. I know that because it's on my home turf.'  The move by the Motley Crue veteran sets the stage for a Rockin' rivalry with the Arena League franchise KISS recently acquired in Los Angeles.



  • Wrist injury sidelines Gregg Allman

    Fans Down Under looking forward to a rare opportunity to catch Gregg Allman live will have to wait longer.  A broken wrist has forced the Allman Brothers Band veteran to cut-short his Australian tour.  The injury occurred shortly before the start of his solo tour dates Down Under, but Allman avoided bowing out of dates until his injury '...unexpectedly worsened leaving him in severe pain and unable to perform', according to tour promoter Bluefest Touring.  Fans willing to settle for extended sets by Warren Haynes and Gregg's son Devon can still attend the shows, but those wanting refunds will have them granted.



  • Bruce serves up nuggets in Charlotte (video)

    Bruce Springsteen and his band covered a number of songs originally long recorded before there was an E Street Band Sunday night (4/20) in Charlotte, NC.  The 30 song set included versions of Louie, Louie, Mustang Sally and Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl. Iceman, an out-take from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town opened the marathon performance of Bruce and his freshly inducted Rock Hall Of Fame group.  A cover of the Dave Edmunds song From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) alos made it into the set.



  • Door open on Genesis reunion

    Peter Gabriel's reluctance has always been the sticking point to Genesis reuniting.  The recent solo inductee to the Rock Hall Of Fame sent word through Rolling Stone that it migh be a good time for the others in the group to ask him again. Saying he will '...never say never', Peter called chances of it ever happening 'small'.  As for his opinion about becoming one of Rock's elder statesmen, Gabriel to RS, 'There are very few good things about getting old except you care less about what people think.'



  • Neil Young Kickstarter campaign nets $6.2 million

    If the success of his Kickstarter campaign is any indication, plenty of people share Neil Young's low opinion of the sound quality of mp3 music files.  Young's online campaign to raise backing money for his new ultra-quality file format and player kicked off with a goal of reaching $800,000. It closed-out Tuesday (4/15) with a total of $6.2 million.  The 128GB Pono player will reportedly be able to store more than 1,000 albums.  The $399 player is scheduled to start shipping to early adopters in August.



  • Cream reunion scuttled


    A Cream reunion that Jack Bruce says was in the works fell apart because Ginger Baker said or did something that angered Eric Clapton.  Talking with Rolling Stone, the bassist/vocalist had little good to say about Baker, who he said, '...from what I've heard, is a bitter old man'.  While he hasn't ruled out participating if something comes together, Bruce  calls his relationship with other members of the trio remote, saying, 'It's like I don't have anything to do with them actually'.



  • Neal Schon solo track debuts (video)

    Here's an advance taste of what to expect on So U, the solo album Journey guitarisst Neal Schon releases May 19.



  • AC/DC future uncertain


    A spate of rumors about Michael Young facing a health crisis has prompted AC/DC to release a statement acknowledging that the guitarist is sick.  The band's  message to fans reads, 'After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's legions of die hard fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.  In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.'



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  • Indy record retailers prepare for vinyl fans

    April 19 is the date for this spring's Record Store Day.  Here's a list of highlights most likely to interest ROCKinsights visitors.


    Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty 10" EP (4,000 copies)

    R.E.M. Unplugged: The Complete 1991 & 2001 Sessions (4 LP Box Set)

    Soundgarden - Superunknown: The Singles

    Neil Young - Cow Palace 1986

    Allman Brothers Band - Beacon Theatre 1992 (4,000 copies)
    Black Crowes & Jimmy Page - Live At The Greek (3LP set on red, blue & clear vinyl. 2,00copies)

    Marc Bolan - BBC Electric Sevens Part 2

    David Bowie - Rock N Roll Suicide (Picture disc)
    Byrds - Straight For The Sun

    Elvis Costello - She Used To Love Me A Lot (7" single)

    Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Volume 4 (4LP box set, 2,000 copies)
    Fleetwood Mac - Dragonfly

    Grateful Dead - Live At The Coliseum (2LP set
    Jimi Hendrix - Live At Monterey (LP 6,000 copies)
    Nirvana - Pennyroll Tea (Single)
    Frank Zappa - Don't Eat Yellow Snow (Single)
    Bob Dylan & The Band - Basement Tapes (140g 2LPset)


  • May not be end of the line for Allmans

    Gregg Allman contested previous reports that the Allman Brothers Band is calling it quits while talking with about the upcoming tribute album to him titled All My Friends.  How emphatic was he? Try this... 'We are not breaking up. We are replacing Derek Trucks.'  The obvious question that statement raises is what about Warren Haynes? Both Trucks and Haynes released a joint statement several weeks ago announcing ther would leave the group after fulfilling 2014 commitments.  That was followed a couple of weeks later by an announcement that the group would disband at the end of the year but would probably still get together in future years for special occasions.  Now, it appears it's anybody's guess as to whether the Allmans carry on in 2015.


  • Boston Strong version of Dream On (video)

    April 15 marks the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry recently recorded a new version of Dream On, the song Aerosmith perfromed during thee Boston Strong benefit concert last May that raised millions to help the hundreds that were injured when a bomb exploded near the finish line of the marathon.  The stripped down version features Tyler at the paino, Perry on guitar and the backing vocals of the Southern California Children's Chorus.   The full version airs as part of ESPN's Dream On: Stories From Boston's Strongest, a 3 hour special the network airs starting Saturdy (4/12).





  • Springsteen honors E Strett's past & present

    Bruce Springsteen summed up the importance of his group during his Rock Hall Of fame  induction speech for the E Street Band Thursday (4/10) by saying,'I told a story with the E Street Band that was and is bigger than anything I could hvae told on my own.' He also took a moment to bestow individual recognition on each, starting with original drummer Vini, Mad Dog Lopez.  Bruce says they may never have been an E Street Band had Lopez not asked him to get together a band with him so the two could, '...make a few extra bucks on the weekend.'   Also in attendance and credited was original keyboard player David Sancious, who Springsteen said, '...crossed the tracks in search of musical pleasure.  He was my roomie... and the only member of the group who actually lived on E Street.' Clarence Clemons and Danny Federrici were represented by their widows, Victoria and Maya.  Bruce said he knew his life had been changed to first moment he met his future sax player.  He gave props to Steven Van Zandt for being, 'My dependable devil's advocate whenever I needed one and fan number one.' Of his wife and band member Patti Scialfa, Bruce said she brought a voice that evoked Ronnie Spector and Dusty Springfield that also had '...something that was very much her own. We met, we talked for an hour or another 30 years or so. We enjoyed health and we've suffered illness and aga and death together. But in the end, we kept the faith together.'
    Interim E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello inducted KISS, saying he had to defend himself when school bullies went after him for going to a KISS concert (his first concert!).  Morello proclaimed, 'Tonight proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the high school bullies and critics were wrong, KISS fans were right.' KISS members stuck with their refusal to perform at the ceremony due to a dispute about whether current members deserved to participate.
    Bass player Krist Novoselic said everytime fans walk up to him and thank him for the music he made with Nirvana 'I think of Kurt Cobain'.  R.E.M's Michael Stipe credited the group during his induction remarks as '...true artists, not just musicians', adding, 'This is not pop music. This is something much greater than that.' Joan Jett performed Smells Like Teen Spirit with Novoselic and Dave Grohl.



  • Fogerty drops Beverly Hills home for $18.6 million

    He may wear flannel and denim, but John Fogerty prefers living in the lap of luxury, The Beverly Hills mansion the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man picked up for just under $3 million 14 years ago has reportedly been sold for $18.6 million.  Originally listed for $23 million, the already lavish residence was expanded from 5 t0 12 bedrooms during the years Fogerty owned it.



  • Joplin musical put on hold

    Just one day before the planned off-Broadway opening of A Night With Janis Joplin an announcement has been made that the curtain will not go up Thursday (4/10).  Production issues are being blamed for the postponement of the scheduled opening night in the Gramercy Theatre.  The press release offered no firm new date for a premier.  The production had a 162 engagement run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre.



Noteworthy Then
  • 4-24

    1945 Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Doug Clifford born…     1947 Jethro Tull’s Glenn Cornick born…     1968 Apple Records rejects David Bowie…     1970 Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane gets turned away at the White House Gate after being invited to a tea hosted by Tricia Nixon…     1975 Badfinger’s Pete Hamm hangs himself…    1977 Talking Heads open first tour of Europe…     9886 Bruce Hornsby releases The Way It is…    1992 David Bowie marries model Inman…     1996  Scott Weiland enters rehab, Stone Temple Pilots tour postponed…     2010 John Fogerty plays Tropicana Field after Tampa Bay Rays game against Toronto…  , Bruce Springsteen joins Young Rascals on Good Lovin’ at a reunion concert in New York City…

  • 4-23

    1936 Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison born…     1960 Def Leppard’s Steve Clark born…     1976 Ramones release debut album…     2008 Sotheby’s auctions Eric Clapton’s Rolex watch for $505,000…     2009 The Dead appear on the David Letterman Show…     2011 John & Julie Fogerty spend 20th anniversary rollin’ on a Mississippi river boat…

  • 4-22

    1950 Peter Frampton born…   1951 Roxy Music, Ace and Mike & The Mechanics vocalist Paul Carrack born    1978 John Belushi & Dan Ackroyd debut their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live…     1980 J. Geils Band releases Love Stinks…     1981 Eric Clapton crashes car in Seattle, hospitalized briefl…  y   1984 Rush releases Grace Under Fire…      2010 Derek Trucks breaks his led in a softball game, but plays the following night with the Allman Brothers Band in Macon, GA…

  • 4-21

    1947 Animals John Weider & Iggy Pop born…   1990 Paul McCartney performs for 180,000 in Rio…   1990 Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo Flagship bar opens in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…   1993 Drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead rescues a drowning 17 year-old swimming of the northern California coast…, former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman marries Suzanne Accosta in France   2001… Peter Buck of REM charged with air rage during a British Air flight from Seattle…   2005 Bruce Springsteen does a tour warm-up set for a few hundred at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park…   2007 Jimi Hendrix guitar brings high bid of $407k at auction in New York to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief…

  • 4-20

    1967 Beatles start recording Magical Mystery Tour…   1968 Deep Purple makes concert debut in Denmark, Rolling Stones record Jumpin’ Jack Flash in London…   1976 Rolling Stones release Black & Blue…   1991 Former Faces member Steve Marriott killed in a house fire…   1992 Guitarist Vivian Campbell does his first concert with Def Leppard during Freddie Mercury tribute at Wembley Stadium   1998 Pearl Jam announces Jack Irons will be replaced by former Soundgarden member Matt Cameron… 

  • 4-19

    1928 Alexis Korner born…   1941 Alan Price of the Animals born…   1944 Mark Volman of the Turtles born…   1979 Actress Kate Hudson, former wife of Black Crowe’s Chris Robinson, born…    2006 10 page notebook of drawings and notes kept by 12 year-old John Lennon auctioned for $225,000  2012 Levon Helm dies of cancer at 71 in New York City…

  • 4-18

    1983 Mountain’s Felix Pappalardi shot & killed by his wife…   2000 Elton John plays the OnCenter in Syracuse…    2006 Auction of Elton John memorabilia raises almost $750,000 for his AIDS Foundation…   2009 Patti Scialfa bruises ribs after being thrown from a horse, misses most of the remaining dates on the Bruce Springsteen tour…

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