Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 3:36ambyROCKinsights
Dave Grohl, already widely considered one of the most down-to-earth good guys in Rock, scored even more points on that count by showing up with his band to play live at a music shop in Niles, Ohio on Record Store Day Saturday (4/19). The 9 song set included a trio of songs included on titles that can be heard on From The Laundry Room, the Foo Fighters limited edition release made available for RDS2015. Grohl arrived and departed on a motorcycle, headed for the Rock Hall Of Fame induction, where he sat in with Joan Jett's band during her performance. HenneMusic.com
Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 5:08pmbyROCKinsights
Drummer Phil Rudd apparently feels he has been though enough already and did not want to endure the spectacle of being on trial. Already drummed out of his position in AC/DC, Rudd elected to enter guilty pleas on drug posession counts and admit to threatening to kill an acquaintance and his daughter. The charges were filed against Rudd in December of last year. He could be sentenced to almost 8 years of jail time, but was released on bail until June 26th. Independent.co.uk
Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 5:56ambyROCKinsights
Hardly any of the most avid Led Zeppelin collectors can boast that they have an original pressing of Led Zeppelin Past Present And Future. That's because the limited edition promotional album prepared by Swan Song records to send to radio stations and critics never went out. One of the few copies of the album to be produced as a test pressing is up for bids until SUnday (4/26). Starting bid for the vinyl pressing is $6,000. The album features an interview with Robert Plant and John Paul Jones done in August, 1979 by KLOS air personality JJ Jackson as the band was coming off consecutive weekends of concerts at Knebworth. More details about the album are available here.
Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 5:55ambyROCKinsights
On April 20, 1979 fans attending the Allman Brothers Band's concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey witnessed one of the more unique guest appearances with that band when Saturday Night Live's John Belushi joined the band on stage for a version of Hey Bartender, the song he and Dan Ackroyd had a big run with as the Blues Brothers.
Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015 7:37ambyROCKinsights
Other than swapping out The Jack for High Voltage, AC/DC replicated its first set at the Coachella Festival on Friday night (4/17). The band was in fine form, with Steve Young doing a commendable job in place of Malcolm and Chris Slade pounding away in place of the legaly compromised Phil Rudd.
Posted Saturday, April 18th, 2015 8:05pmbyROCKinsights
Mick Taylor walked away from one of the best gigs a musician could have when he left the Rolling Stones at the end of 1974. Four years after leaving, Taylor released a self-titled solo album. He recently discovered more than 60 demo tracks in various stages of development that he'd set aside over the years. Impressed with what he heard, Taylor decided to revive his solo career. A 13 track album titled Back To Basics will come out June 22. The disc features the former Stone with Guy Fletcher, Graham Bond, Terry Taylor and Robbie McInstosh.
Lots of sources have been reporting that Ringo Starr is being inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame Saturday (4/18). While the Beatle drummer will command a good deal of attention during the ceremony in Cleveland, his entry into the Hall is a backdoor one. Ringo was not on the ballot and will be 'introduced' as a Lifetime Achievement winner, not as a full fledged member. Some say the fact he's being honored at all is only due to Paul McCartney's insistance.
Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 5:59ambyROCKinsights
Whether he knew the true story behind the song or was just bored and wanted the impromptu interview to end, Kevin Cronin's son can be credited with turning an otherwise inane clip into a viral monster.
Posted Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 6:11ambyROCKinsights
Pete Townshend's decades long commitment to raising money to fight cancer has resulted in a number of noteworthy concerts, most of them in London. On May 14, US fans will have the opportunity to attend one on this side of the pond when Pete combines with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder in a concert at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago being dubbed Celebrating The Who. Backed by recent Who regulars Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino, Peter and Eddie will dive into an evening of Who classics to raise money for Teen Cancer America, an organization that provides support services and programs for patients through the University of Chicago Medicine.
Director Ivo van Hove told the BBC that David Bowie does not plan to appear in Lazarus, his upcoming musical based on The Man Who Fell To Earth. He does call the music David is providing for the production 'classics', saying that even some of the new songs Bowie has written, '...sound as if you have heard them forever'. The singer did appear in the 1976 screen version of the sci-fi film based on the 1963 novel.
Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015 2:13pmbyROCKinsights
The woman that played a big part in helping Guns 'N Roses land its national recording contract in the mid 80's thinks she might be able to get Axl Rose and Slash to agree to a reunion. Vicky Hamilton is convinced she could get the two estranged musicians to get set aside their differences if she could get them both in the same room to talk things through. She feels the mutual respect and trust each of them developed for her during the period before the band made it big gives her a chance to succeed where others have failed. Speaking with the Daily Mail, Hamilton said, 'They know I love them for who they are. I loved them when they were nobody. I didn't have an ulterior motive other than to help them be as good as they can be and I think I was Successful in that', adding, 'I saved them from making major mistakes.'
Posted Sunday, April 12th, 2015 10:31ambyROCKinsights
TWC Dimension has inked a deal with Jon Bon Jovi for a new reality series called If I Wasn't a Rock Star. The concept is simple - get big name Rockers to return to the city or town they grew-up in to stroll it's streets, visit sites important to them as a kid and speculate about what they might be doing today if they'd hung around. Jon tells Variety he loves the idea of the series because '...it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country. They are the real rock stars.' No date for the series to begin its run has been set. We presume episode one will feature the producer returning to Perth Amboy, New Jersey to speculate on what might have become of John Francis Bongiovani if he'd spent more time going to class and doing homework instead of hanging around clubs and his cousin's New York City recording studio.
Ringo Starr told the Times Of London that he spent most of the 70's and 80's upset and angry over the break-up of the Beatles. The drummer said he spent a good deal of time drunk enough to have made it difficult to remember much of anything during the period, calling some of those years '...absolutley gone' to him. Ringo and his wife went through rehab together in 1988. He emerged with a determination to live a healthier life. Ringo will be introduced to the Rock Hall Of Fame this week in Cleveland by Paul McCartney.
An Indiana court sentenced one of John Mellencamp's sons to spend four days behind bars. 19 year-old Speck Mellencamp and his 20 year-old brother Hud will also serve a year on probation. The sentencing came after guilty pleas were entered on charges stemming from an altercation in 2013 involving the Mellencamp brothers and a third young man in the beating of a 19 year-old in Bloomington. The Mellencamp boys had been facing felony battery charges. Those were reduced after it was determined that the injuries sustained by the victim did not support the more serious charge.
1923 Albert King born… 1945 Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Stu Cook born… 1974 Allman Brothers Band stages surprise gig when all band members come out for encore during Gregg Allman solo show in Cincinnati… , Jim Morrison’s wife Pamela dies of a drug overdose… 1981 Denny Laine leaves Wings… 1993 John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bryan Adams play Farm Aid 6 in Ames, Iowa… 1997 U2 opens Pop tour 2000 Neil Young releases Silver & Gold… 2004 Billy Joel crashes car into a house on Long Island… 2006 Bruce Springsteen releases The Seeger Sessions…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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… 1979 John Belushi sings Hey Bartender with the Allman Brothers at the Capittol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey... 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… 2015 Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd enters guilty pleas on drug charges and threatening to kill a man and his daughter...
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