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April 21
  • 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.



  • Slash & Myles Kennedy dish on new material

    The next Slash, Myles Kennedy album finds the guitarist and singer with a comfortable working understanding of how to get the most out of each other musically.  The mutual respect the two share has them both sounding confident that the new album draws strength from the way the two of them are able to work together.



  • Early Stones manager rebuffs Rock Hall

    Andrew Loog Oldham has issues with the Rock Hall of Fame.  The man who guided the Rolling Stones during their emergence in the early 60's notified induction organizers that he did not plan to attend without elaborating on why. Asked by the Los Angeles Times, Oldham replied that the decision to skip his own induction was one made on equal measures of disappointment about the overall direction of the Hall and the handling of his induction.  A representative of the Hall notified Oldham that he and Beatles manager Brian Epstein would be inducted simultaneously by Peter Asher.  Without disparaging Asher, Oldham  commented that he found it inappropriate the Hall would deny him the opportunity to engage in what he called the '...spirit of discussion as to securing an appropriate, connected party to handle such a personal moment', he says other inductees get to participate in.  As for his opinion of the institution's overall direction, Oldham wrote, '...I do understand that the Hall has to dance to a new beat o survive but it's hardly rock 'n roll.'



  • Springsteen covers Van Halen in Dallas (video)

    Fans willing to stand through a chilly drizzle were treated to a scene never likely to be repeated during the Final Four Music Festival in Dallas Sunday. Emerging to strains of Sweet Georgia Brown, theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters, Bruce Springsteen and Nil's Lofgren staged a mock tip-off before the E Street Band launched into a cover of Van Halen's Jump. The performance, delivered on an evening that started in the upper 40's and stayed cold and damp throughout, marked the first time in more than a year and a half that Patti Scialfa did a full concert with the band. Other than the first ever rendition of Jump and Patti's appearance, the just under 3 hour set had no big surprises. Bruce and his wife closed the chilly night out with an acoustic version of Thunder Road.





  • Joe Cocker selling Colorado estate

    Mad Dog Ranch is the name Joe Cocker and his wife gave the home the couple built in Crawford, Colorado about twenty years ago. "Mansion" is a term more likely to be used to describe the place by Rocky Mountain residents. The nearly 16,000 square foot main house featuring French windows and doors, seven bedrooms and 10 baths, a gourmet kitchen, a billiards room and five acres of gardens nestled into the 240+ acre spread is being listed for sale at $7 million.  The new owners will likely still have Joe and Pam Cocker as neighbors. The couple reportedly plans to build a smaller place on nearby property they will retain.

     Photo: Joshua & Co.

  • Kinks brothers play together

    Recent evidence that Ray and Dave Davies might be willing to put their mutual animosity aside long enough to do some live dates together got an additional bit of good news.  Dave says the two of them recently played together behind closed doors.  The subject of a series of a Kinks 50th anniversary tour as well as the possibility of writing some new tunes got discussed a couple of months ago when Dave dropped by Ray's house.  Dave doesn't see the tension between the two dissolving anytime, but adds that their issues with one another, 'Maybe the dynamic of why it works', adding, 'It did work when we played, for a bit''  As for reunion prospects, he says, 'Yeah. It'll be great. I think.'



Noteworthy Then
  • 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…

  • 4-17

    1969 The Band does first concert not as Bob Dylan’s backup band…   1970 Paul McCartney releases self-titled solo album…  1998 Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer…  2007 Eric Clapton, Genesis, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Stevie Nicks play memorial for Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun. Mick Jagger does the Eulog…y   2008 E Street Band organ player Danny Federici dies…

  • 4-16

    Tubes Bruce Spooner born   1953 Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett born…    1966 Rolling Stones release Aftermath…   1971 Rolling Stones release Brown Sugar…    1972 Electric Light Orchestra does first concert…   1976 Boz Scaggs knocked out by security when he tries to get backstage to see Bobby Bland at an Austin, TX concert…   1993 David Lee Roth busted buying pot in Washington Square Park in New York City…   1994 Pearl Jam plays Saturday Night Live…

  • 4-15

    1944 Dave Edmunds born   1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Second Helping   1978 Elvis Costello releases This Year’s Model   1982 Billy Joel seriously injured in motorcycle crash   1983 Former Pretenders members Pete Farndon dies of an overdose   2006 Pearl Jam plays Saturday Night Live   2010 Bruce Springsteen joins Rosanne Cash during her concert at Duke University.


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