Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 7:11pmbyROCKinsights
As unsettling as the prospect of Lady Gaga performing in tribute to David Bowie is, there are a few potentially redeeming reasons to watch or check back here for other performances at the Grammys honoring BB King, Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister and Glenn Frey. Frey's band mates will be joined by Jackson Browne in tribute to the Eagles guitarist and songwriter. Bonnie Raitt will participate in the BB King tribute and Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Johnny Depp will do the dust up for Lemmy. The CBS telecast of the ceremony kicks off at 8pm (Eastern) on Monday (2/15).
Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 6:49ambyROCKinsights
Carlos Santana took to his Facebook page to express his disappointment that no Bay area musicians were invited to perform during halftime at the Super Bowl. The guitarist, who did get a slot to deliver some firey riffs for television viewers of the game, wrote, 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both (NFL & CBS) for including me as a part of your Super Bowl entertainment. I do feel compelled to point out to you that the halftime show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the world would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly.' Metallica did perform live the night before the game in a concert at AT&T Park, but was not offered the opportunity to play during the game break in San Jose, a snub the band took in stride.
Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 4:12ambyROCKinsights
The latest band to receive Legends Of Rock treatment by the Rock Hall Of Fame will be Guns N' Roses. The exhibit to coincide with the heard Rockin' bands 2016 reunion will open on February 26, but a GNR themed reception will take place at the Hall on the 17th. Among the things visitors to the exhibit will see are instruments. clothng, including a signature top hat belonging to Slash, and one of his pinball machines. The reunited Guns N' Roses tour featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagen is slated to begin with a pair of concerts in Las Vegas in April. Mexico City and Coachella performances are also taking place that month and additional stadium dates are evidently in the works. HenneMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 3:42ambyROCKinsights
Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Shine hit the pavement in search of the perfect car to restore to the road in the premier episode of Rockin' Roadsters, a new Discovery Channel series featuring the ZZ Top guitarist and the custom car builder. Finding the ramblin' wreck of their dreams in the California desert is just the start. Can Jimmy and his team restore it in time for a big Hollywood event in less than a month - and include a signature 'Billy-ism'? Find out starting Feb. 29th at 10.
Posted Monday, February 8th, 2016 6:07ambyROCKinsights
Rick Wakeman, the keyboard wizard on some of the greatest Prog Rock songs of all time with Yes, also played on songs recorded by David Bowie. In discussing those sessions with the BBC following Bowie's death, Wakeman recalled having told friends he ran into shortly after leaving a recording session with David that he'd just recorded perhaps the best song he ever would get the chance to play on. Wakeman's tribute to Bowie in the form of his own versions of Space Oddity and Life On Mars, two of the songs he was featured on the originals of, will raise money to help fight cancer. Here's a look and listen to his BBC visit.
Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2016 5:45ambyROCKinsights
Metallica unveiled a new touring stage for a hometown crowd that packed AT&T Park in San Francisco the night before the Super Bowl was played in nearby San Jose. The concert, which sold out less than 1/2 hour after tickets wen on sale, featured the band ripping through a multi-era set of material and was streamed live.
Posted Saturday, February 6th, 2016 8:50ambyROCKinsights
Beyonce and Coldplay got the half time entertainment slot, but Classic Rock remains the soundtrack of choice for more advertisers during the Super Bowl. The 50th go round for the game includes commercials featuring a host of core artists of Classic Rock radio.
Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2016 6:18ambyROCKinsights
The Rolling Stones included a song the group had only played 10 times live in the set list for the opening night of their South American tour Wednesday (2/3). The band did She's A Rainbow from Their Satanic Majesty's Request.
Van Morrison has an appointment at Buckingham Palace Thursday (2/4). Van will be Knighted by the Prince of Wales during the London ceremony.
Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 8:06pmbyROCKinsights
A suit filed almost two years ago (story) by the estate of Randy California claiming that Led Zeppelin lifted the melody of Stairway To Heaven from a song California's band Spirit moved into the deposition phase recently. Surviving members of Zeppelin were questioned separately about aspects of the band's creative process and business during the period they and Spirit did some dates together. The estate's lawyer requested more time to look into specifics after each former member of Zeppelin indicated they new little about group finances or earnings during the period in question. The attorney for Spirit's estate filed papers in the aftermath of the deposition of Jimmy Page indicating that the Zeppelin guitarist claims he '...remembers nothing about the 1960s or 1970s despite many public interviews concerning Spirit where he stated that he listened to the band's albums and that they struck him on an emotional level'. The album containing the epic Zeppelin song that the suit contends contained a melody lifted from Spirit's song Taurus has sold close to 40 millions copies since its 1971 release.
Cancer claimed Canadian guitar great Jeff Healey at the age of 41 in 2008. Some of the most powerful material by the blind six string prodigy never saw the light of day. His family will release a number of those tracks on an album titled lHeal My Soul, due out March 25th on what woud have been Healey's 50th birthday. Here's a taste.
Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 5:40ambyROCKinsights
The campaign trail is littered with empty promises by just about every candidate, but one in particular got our attention. Ohio Governor John Kasich went on CNN with a claim that, as President, he would reunite Pink Floyd. Kasich, a self described big fan of Roger Waters, vowed to '...once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple of songs.' When you have about as much chance of winning the election as Pink Floyd does of reuniting, you can say just about anything. And if Kasich was a real contender, the other candidates would be tearing him apart over Waters' controversial statements about Israel.
Posted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 5:17ambyROCKinsights
A reported attempt by the ex-wife and the son of Scott Weiland to remove one of his guitars from a Burbank, California studio resulted in an argument that police were called to quell. TMZ says a law enforcement source tipped them to the story. According to the story, Mary Forsberg and the couple's son attempted to take the guitar from the studio when a studio employee intervened. An argument apparently broke out between the parties and the call to the police went out. A battle has been brewing over the estate of the former Stone Temple Pilots singer. Forsberg claims that Weiland wanted her to be his executor, not Jamie Weiland, Scott's wife at the time of his death.
Posted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 5:01ambyROCKinsights
On doctor's orders, Def Leppard has announced that the US tour due to start Tuesday (2/2) in San Antonio be put on hold. Joe Elliot has been experiencing voice problems that require rest to avoid the singer doing permanent damage, according to a tweet from the band's Rick Allen. That resulted in the postponement of all dates from the opener through a 2/17 show scheduled for Allentown, PA. The dates are expected to be made up.
Health issues also derailed some Black Sabbath farewell tour dates after Ozzy Osbourne came down with a severe case of Sinusitis.
Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2016 9:00ambyROCKinsights
The operation Phil Collins underwent last October has him optimistic about playing the drums again. Collins had the back surgery to relieve severe pain he had been experiencing. In addition to addressing the discomfort, the operation has relieved the nerve problem that caused him to quit playing the drums. While he looks forward to regaining his percussion form, Collins doubts that he would be capable of doing a full tour as drummer if Peter Gabriel was to agree to the idea of a Genesis reunion tour. Given Gabriel's past resistance to the idea of touring with his former band mates, the prospect of a reunion that includes him is a long shot, but Collins says he and the others still '...get on great'. While nothing has firmed up yet, it suggests that the he, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett may get back together for another go round.
1962 Sheryl Crow born 1963 Beatles record 10 songs in 10 hours for Please Please Me album 1964 Beatles do first US concert at Washington, DC Coliseum 1965 Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox 1972 David Bowie Debuts Zigg Stardust on stage in Tolworth, UK concert 1983 Rolling Stones Let’s Spend The Night Together documentary opens 1990 George Thorogood files suit against a bootlegger 2007 Police reunite to open Grammy Awards show in LA
1974 Producer Phil Spector badly injured in a car wreck 1977 Peter Gabriel releases his self-titled solo debut, 1978 Van Halen releases debut album 1986 John Lennon’s Live In New York City released 1991 Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis play the national anthem before the NBA All Star game in Charlotte 1998 John Fogerty plays Fords Theater in Washington in tribute to Bill Clinton 2006 Neil Young Heart Of Gold documentary premiers 2009 Van Morrison releases Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl
1964 73 million tune in to watch the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show 1981 Bill Haley dies 1993 Mick Jagger releases Wandering Spirit, Paul McCartney releases Off The Ground 1997 The Simpsons airs 167th episode, beating the record for an animated series held by The Flintstones 1997 Soundgarden does last concert before breaking up, Brian Connolly of Sweet dies 2010 John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez perform at the White House in a tribute to Civil Rights songs
1969 Blind Faith forms, George Harrison has his tonsils removed 1973 Max Yasgur, owner of the Bethel, New York farm where the 1969 Woodstock festivals was staged, dies of a heart attack in Florida 1974 Bad Company makes live debut in Newcastle, UK 1980 David and Angela Bowie divorce after 10 years of marriage 1994 Motley Cure’s Tommy Lee arrested for carrying a loaded gun at the Los Angeles Airport 2013 Bruce Springsteen receives MusiCares Person of the Year award in LA 2015 AC/DC plays Grammy Awards show with former member Chris Slade (1990-94) on drums in place of Phil Rudd
1949 Wings drummer Joe English born 1962 Jon Bon Jovi born 1964 Beatles arrive in New York for fist US visit 1970 Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson marries Jennie Franks 1971 Tom Fogerty quits Creedence Clearwater Revival 1979 Stephen Stills become first Rocker to record in digital, but does not release the song 1980 Pink Floyd opens first of 7 nights at LA Sports Arena 1979 Tom Petty closes out 20 night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco with a live broadcast 1997 Carlos Santana and BB King perform for inmates at San Quentin 2000 Foghat’s Dave Peverett dies of cancer 2006 Cream and David Bowie get Lifetime Achievement Awards during the Grammys 2010 Who perform at half time during Super Bowl in Miami
1945 Bob Marley born 1962 Guns N Roses Axl Rose (William Bailey) born 1989 Bob Dylan releases Dylan & The Dead 1990 Billy Idol breaks wrist and leg in motorcycle crash in LA 1993 Mick Jagger performs on Saturday Night Live and does a skit impersonating Keith Richards 1995 Neil Young joins Pearl Jam at concert in Seattle’s Moore Theater 1998 Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys dies of cancer 2001 Don Felder leaves the Eagles 2011 Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore found dead in his hotel room while on vacation in Spain, Slash plays guitar on Sweet Child of Mine during Black Eyed Peas medley during half time at the Super Bowl in Dallas 2015 Bob Dylan accepts MusiCares Person Of The Year Award in LA
Guns N Roses Duff McKagan born 1968 Spin Doctors Chris Barron born 1986 Bob Dylan & Tom Petty open world tour in New Zealand 1991 Queen releases Innuendo 1992 John Mellencamp does a free concert in Johnson City, Tennessee to protest cable company dropping MTV 2006 Rolling Stones perform during half time at Super Bowl in Pontiac, Michigan 2012 Madonna performs at Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis 2015 Historic marker placed at train station platform where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met on October 17, 1962