Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 11:33ambyROCKinsights
The custom built Yellow Cloud guitar Prince considered one of his favorite instruments and locks of David Bowie's hair held onto by a 1980's stylist on a movie set brought a top bids of $137,500 and $18,750 respectively. Jim Irsay, the new owner of the unique collectibles, also owns the Indianapolis Colts and has made other substantial investments in Rock memoribilia. The guitar was expected to bring bids in that range, but the clump of Bowie's hair bettered estimates by 4 fold. Irsay's willingness to put bundles of money into collecting one-of-a-kind Rock artifacts was on display twice within the last year when he dropped millions to acquire Beatles instruments (story).
Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 11:09ambyROCKinsights
Eric Clapton has done a video for Stones In My Passway, a Robert Johnson song included on I Still Do, EC's recently released album. Speaking with Guitar World, Clapton admits that Johnson's original of the song includes simultaneous but differing guitar and vocal parts that he's tried unsuccessfully to master doing together. 'I can't sing it and play that phrase, and I never will do it, I don't think. I've tried all my life to figure out how to do that. - because the time signature of the singing is one way and the playing is another.' The album reunited Clapton with producer Glyn Johns for the first time in the studio since 1977's Slowhand album. ABC Radio
Posted Saturday, June 25th, 2016 1:58pmbyROCKinsights
Artimus Powell is in the middle of writing and preparing to produce a biopic about his life and years as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The former drummer for the Southern Rock institution called the project a '...much deserved movie for fans of Skynyrd' while taliking with Deadline about the project, which is tentatively titled Free Bird. Powell plans to closely chronicle the last hours of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve & Cassie Gaines, the band members killed in a 1977 plane crash. Pyle says Van Zant was someone he '...loved like a brother and still miss to this day.' It is uncertain whether Pyle will be granted rights to use recordings of the band he played in from 1974-1991 for the film. He hopes to because he wants the film to convey '...my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.' He added that the story of the band is '...incredibly personal and passionate to me and I want the movie going public to be able to share the laughs and the tears.'
Posted Friday, June 24th, 2016 6:36ambyROCKinsights
Axl Rose is back with Guns N' Roses following his stint fronting AC/DC for the Aussie Rockers make good dates after losing front man Brian Johnson. GNR opened their Not In This Lifetime tour at Ford Field in Detroit with a 24 song set. Here's a look in on Out ta Get Me.
Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 1:39pmbyROCKinsights
A Los Angeles jury has returned a verdict worth millions in saved royalties to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The unanimous decision by jurors found the pair not guilty in a suit cllaiming that they had lifted a key part of the melody in Stairway To Heaven from an instrumental on the debut album by Spirit, a band they performed with during Zeppelin's first US tour. The similarities of portions of the two songs were striking, but the jury struck down the contention that Page & Plant had violated copyright law after the pair insisted they had no recollection of having heard the song until the similarity was brough to their attention more than 4 decades after Stariway was written and released on the group's 4th album. Michael Skidmore, a trustee of the estate of the Spirit musician that wrote Taurus, brough the suit in an effort to gain a share as high as $40 million in past royalties and a writing credit that would secure a share of the song's future royalties.
Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 6:29ambyROCKinsights
The dilemma of Axl Rose not being able to be in two places at once could be solved by putting AC/DC and Guns N' Roses on the same bill. GNR's former manager reportedly said on the Let There Be Talk podcast that it's going to happen after the two groups finish up their respective summer tours.
Posted Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 6:44ambyROCKinsights
Leave it to Steven Tyler to phrase an apparent announcement that Aerosmith will call it quits in terms that are totally ambiguous. Speaking with SiriusXM's Howard Stern, Tyler said he wants to '...squash every thought that anybody might have that the band is over', but then added, 'We're doing a farewell tour but it's only because it's time.' Making the statement even more ridiculous and impossible to decipher, Tyler then said the farewell tour would probably last 'forever'. When the host jokingly mentioned that it sounds like Aerosmith is approaching the farewell tour the way the Who have, Tyler responded, 'What about KISS? They did 19 farewell tours!'
Posted Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 6:07ambyROCKinsights
Dozens of artists have more than one live album out, but ZZ Top hasn't ventured there at all. Two live DVD's were released in recent years, but the group went 45 years without putting out a live album. Their first will get released this summer when the Texas trio releases Greatest Hits Live on August 12. Rather than pulling all of the songs on it from one or two concerts, Billy and the boys decided to feature what they consider the best performances of their best songs. Each of the 13 tunes on the album comes from a different concert. Preview the version of Rough Boy from it, performed with Jeff Beck, below.
Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 7:00ambyROCKinsights
Claiming that the palintiff has failed to establish the basis of the case of copyright infringment filed against Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the legal team representing the Led Zeppelin members Monday (6/20) requested the trial against them be halted by the judge. The standard motion for a dismissal of the proceedings followed the presentation of their side of the case by the lawyer representing the estate of the late Randy Wolfe, writer of the instrumental by Spirit, that a key portion of the melody in Stairway To Heaven was lifted from the song Taurus. Testimony presented by an economist in the trial indicates that Stairway has generated nearly $60 million in earnings in the last 5 years alone. Unless the judge grants the motion to halt the trial, Page & Plant's legal team will begin countering the claim in court. Billboard.com
Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 6:47ambyROCKinsights
Farm Aid officials announced Tuesday (6/21) that the annual concert to raise money and awareness in support of family farms will take place September 17 just outside of Washington, DC. The day-long musical event will be hosted at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. Tickets go on sale Monday, 6/27. As in past years, the day will include performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Joining them in toe 2016 lineup are Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Carlene Carter, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots.
The 5 apartment building Jim Morrison last resided in before moving to Paris is being put up for sale. The Doors lead singer shared unit 8216 1/2 Norton Ave. in West Hollywood with his girlfriend Pamela Courson in 1970 & '71. The Spanish-style stucco building will be marketed as a B&B or business rental building. Ben Fong-Torres interviewed Morrison in his apartment in February of '71 for Rolling Stone. A small statue of a lizard adorns an exterior wall of the building and a bust of the singer is displayed in a brick courtyard. Owned since 2003 by Cheri Woods, the building's interior has changed little since Morrison was a resident. She has opened his s top floor apartment to those wanting to see it for $10 and it is listed as available for daily, weekly and longer term rentals, with month long stays advertised as $3,000. The building is located within minutes by foot of Morrison's Sunset Strip haunts.
Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2016 12:10pmbyROCKinsights
Tom Petty is on tour with his pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch this summer. During the group's Boston concert Wednesday (6/15), Tom added a specific reference to the kind of guns wielded in so many mass killings. (cue to just before the 4 minute mark if you want to get there sooner).
Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 6:49ambyROCKinsights
Phil Collins has been writing an autobiography he describes as being embarrassingly honest. The book chronicles his early years as a child actor right through his time with Genesis and emergence as a solo artist. Speaking of the book and his life, Collins says, 'In many respects I've had a dream life. I've been incredibly lucky, but I've also worked extremely hard. I've collaborated with some of my heroes, written songs that people have liked, and wildly surpassed my initial hope to make a living as a drummer.' In addition to covering all of the phases of his musical career, Not Dead Yet will delve into his fascination with the Alamo, his three marriages and his struggle to overcome a drinking problem. The book is due on October 20 and will also be available in an audio edition read by Collins.
Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys born… 1969 Jimi Hendrix. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter and frank Zappa play the Denver Pop Festival… 1971 Fillmore east in New York closes with a show featuring the Allman Brothers Band, the J. Geils Band and Mountain… 1974 Grateful Dead release From The Mars Hote…l 1978 Peter Gabriel II released… 1989 Don Henley releases The End Of The Innocence… 1989 The Who perform Tommy for the first time in 17 years… 2009 Paul McCartney a surprise guest on A Day In The Life as Neil Young closes the Glastonbury Festival… 2009 Eddie Van Halen marries Jane Liszewski in LA… 2014 Bobby Womack dies of a heart attack...
1957 Mick Jones of the Clash born… 1957 Patti Smyth of Scandal born… 1964 Beatles release A Hard Day’s Night in the US… 1973 Mick Jagger named in a maternity suit filed by Marsha Hunt… 1976 Grateful Dead release Steal Your Face… 1979 Queen releases Live Killers… 1992 Van Halen sued by an Oklahoma family whose home phone number was the same as the one used on the cover of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album… 1996 Van Halen announces David Lee Roth will rejoin the band… 2012 20 year old that attended party Bob Seger’s 16 year old daughter threw at Bob’s house while her father was on tour turns himself in for stealing several items including his 1978 Les Paul guitar… 2014 Like A Rolling Stone lyrics sell for $2 million in Sotheby’s auction
1945 Carly Simon born… 1946 Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier born… 1946 Foreigner & King Crimson veteran Ian McDonald born… 1952 Tim Finn of Crowded House born… 1967 Eric Clapton guests on All You Need Is Love during a Beatles world-wide live broadcast of the song… 1969 Mick Taylor does his first show as a member of the Rolling Stones… 1984 Patti Scialfa joins the E Street Band… 1988 Red Hot Chili Pepper Hillel Slovak dies of heroin overdose in LA... 1993 Bruce Springsteen a surprise guest on the final David Letterman Show on NBC… 2009 Michael Jackson dies in LA…
1942 Drummer Mick Fleetwood born… 1944 Traffic’s Chris Wood born… 1945 Zombie’s Colin Blunstone born… 1948 Yes and Moody Blues member Patrick Moraz born… 1949 John Illsey of Dire Straits born… 1952 Jeff Beck born… 1967 Jeff Cease of the Black Crowes born… 1995 Neil Young fills in for Eddie Vedder after the Pearl Jam front man is unable to continue a San Francisco concert due to the flu… 2009 Big Brother & the Holding Company release lost recordings featuring Janis Joplin... 2011 Glastonbury festival security prevents a group from inflating a sign protesting that U2 are Irish tax evaders for moving their business operations to the Netherlands during the band’s set…
1941 Jerry Garcia writing partner Robert Hunter born… 1975 Alice Cooper breaks 6 ribs when he fall off the stage during a Vancouver concert… 1980 Rolling Stones release Emotional Rescue… 2010 Gregg Allman gets a liver transplant… 2010 Pete Quaife of the Kinks dies of kidney failure… 2016 Jury sides with Led Zeppelin members in suit claiming Stairway To Heaven melody was lifted from Taurus, a Spirit instrumental released two years earlier
1936 Kris Kristofferson born… 1948 Todd Rundgren born… 1968 Jeff Beck Group does first US concert at the Fillmore East… 1969 Blind Faith releases self-titled and only studio album… 1970 Pete Townshend detained after using the word ‘bomb’ in describing something while on a plane… 1978 Cream reunites at Ginger Baker’s polo club… 1981 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty in shooting of John Lennon… 1990 Billy Joel headlines the first concert at Yankee Stadium… 2009 Styx members visit the White House… 2010 Bruce Springsteen releases previous year's Hyde Park concert on DVD... 2010 Ozzy Osburne release Let Me Hear You Scream
1944 Ray Davies of the Kinks born… 1947 Joey Molland of Badfinger born… 1950 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith born… 1951 Nils Lofgren of the E Street band born… 1966 Rolling Stones sue New York City hotels for banning the group… 1972 Led Zeppelin opens 8th US tour… 1975 Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow… 1981 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the end for Steely Dan… 1990 Bono joins David Bowie on stage in Cleveland on a version of Gloria… 1994 John Mellencamp releases Dance Naked… 1995 Dan Rather of CBS News sings during REM soundcheck in new York on What’s The Frequency Kenneth? … 2009 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith invites 20 wounded veterans to his birthday party when Aerosmith plays Washington… 2011 Bruce Springsteen eulogizes Clarence Clemons and does a sole version of Tenth Avuenue Freeze-Out at a memorial service in South Florida…