Posted Friday, July 29th, 2016 6:44ambyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen will mine his archives for a release titled Chapter and Verse that will get released the same week his autobiography, Born To Run, gets published. Two previously unreleased songs from his early days in the Castilles and one while in the band Steel Mill will be included on the album, along with a song he did in 1972 in the brief period performing as The Bruce Springsteen Band. Plans call for the release to be available four days before the September 27 publication of the book. HenneMusic.com
Posted Friday, July 29th, 2016 6:27ambyROCKinsights
On March 25th of this year the Rolling Stones made history in Cuba plyaing in front of a crowd estimated at more than a million fans in Havana. Havana Moon, a film documenting this concert will be shown worldwide in theaterss on September 23rd. Here's a preview.
Posted Thursday, July 28th, 2016 6:28ambyROCKinsights
The verdict (story) in the trail over whether Led Zeppelin viiolated copyright law in Stairway To Heaven by using a chord progression in an instrumental by the band Spirit is apparently being challenged. The Courthouse News Service contends the plaintiff representing the original claim on behalf of the estate of the late Randy California of Spirit is filing an appeal of the decision that exonerated Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Requests for comments to both parties in the original trial by CNS have apparently not brought responses.
Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 7:11ambyROCKinsights
Pattie Boyd, the inspiration for George Harrison's song Something and Eric Clapgton's Layla and Wonderful Tonight, is, in addition to being a model, quite an accomplished photographer. Several of her pictures of her former husbands are currently on exhibit in conjunction with The Beatles Story in a Liverpool. George, Eric and Me offers fascinating personal photos of Clapton and Harrison, and Boyd's interview gives added context to some of them.
Without going into much detail, Bruce Springsteen's manager has confirmed a solo album will come out from The Boss next year and told Billboard that the release will be a '...very different kind of record.' Jon Landau says he doesn't mean acoustic, but one that's 'a very expansive record, a very rich record'. That certainly opens the floodgates for speculation. Orchestra backing, a concept album, a Rock Opera... sounds like anything's possible. As for now, Landau will only say it will rank as one of Bruce's most creative albums.
Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016 7:51ambyROCKinsights
A guitar Eric Clapton played during his 70th birthday concert at London's Royal Albert Hall was donated to former Asleep At the Wheel guitarist Johnny Nicholas by EC to help him offset medical bills incurred when his wife was stricken with Leukemia. The custom made sunburst Stratocaster was auctioned for $45,000, just about double the expected top bid. Brenda Nicholas passed away from the disease in June.
Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016 6:26ambyROCKinsights
Joe Perry was back in the lineup with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp when the Hollywood Vampires hit the stage at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, California on Friday (7/22). Perry, who had been out of action since an on-stage collapes attributed to exhaustion and dehydration on July 10, is expected to remain with the group for the duration of its tour and then rejoin Aerosmith for South American dates.
Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016 5:51ambyROCKinsights
The Allman Brothers Band disbanded in 2014, but members of the last iteration of the legendary Southern Rock group remain active in other musical ventures. Oteil Burbridge was welcomed as a member of the Dead & Company. In a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, the bass player drew some parallels between the two groups. 'The Dead tends to be the avant garde side, a little more freewheeling, with a wide breadth of different scopes of music. But they definitely have some similarities.' He also let fly some news that will be welcome to fans of his former band when he said, 'Gregg (Allman) texted us not long ago, saying: 'Hey, maybe we should start thinking about getting something together in 2017.' Burbridge says, 'I'm always waiting for that call.'
Posted Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 11:54ambyROCKinsights
The estate of the late George Harrison took issue with the playing of Here Comes The Sun when Donald Trump's daughter strode on stage to introduce her father at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Thursday (7/21). The unauthorized use of Harrison's song prompted a pointed Twitter post the day after the song was played. It read: 'The unauthorized use of #HereComesTheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive and against the wishes of the Gorege Harrison estate. If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we may have approved it #TrumpYourself".
The decision to postpone Lynyrd Skynyrd dates (story) so that guitarist Gary Rossington could be treated for chest pains he was experiencing was wise. The guitarist flew to Atlanta for an evaluation by doctors who discovered he needed surgery to address artery blockages. The sole remaining original member in the band had a bypass procedure in 2003 and suffered a heart attack last October that nearly claimed his life. Hopes are he will be ready to resume playing as soon as August 4th. Skynyrd has a round of dates scheduled with Peter Frampton into the fall. TeamRock.com
Close to 400 pieces of art collected by David Bowie will be put up for bids during a three stage auction being conducted by Sotheby's in November. The collection includes a range of items from both well known and relatively obscure artists in styles ranging from Surrealism to Contemporary African and is described be the auction house as a collection of "unparalleled ececticism". The works will be on exhibit at Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries in London from November 1-10. Between now and then, a tour featuring highlights from the collection is scheduled to make stops in Los Angeles (September 20 & 21), New York City (September 26-29), Hong Kong (October 12-15). The auctions will be conducted at the Sotheby's New Bond Street location November 10 & 11.
Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016 4:54ambyROCKinsights
Joe Perry's on stage collapse on July 10th while the Hollywood Vampires was doing its cover of David Bowie's Rebel Rebel triggered initial speculation that the Aerosmith guitarist may have suffered a heart attack. After an oddly long delay, word finally emerged that the cause was dehydration and exhaustion. Perry was admitted first to a Coney Island hospital and later transferred to Columbia Presbyterian before being released. As of this writing, the only information related to the incident on Perry's official web site is a July 11 post reading, "Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the best of care."
Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 6:19ambyROCKinsights
The touring life-span of the Beatles was very brief and did not make a very favorable impression on Keith Richards. Speaking with Radio Times Magazine, the Rolling Stones guitarist said, 'Musically, the Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there.' In their defense, the limited period in which they toured was at the height of Beatlemania, when screaming girls often drowned out the sound of the band in the venues they played and on stage monitors were of little use.
Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 6:30ambyROCKinsights
Concern about chest pains Gary Rossington is experiencing has caused Lynyrd Skynyrd to pull out of a concert Tuesday (7/19) in Lewiston, NY. The lone original member of the legendary Southern Rock band suffered a heart attack last fall. The guitarist has headed to Atlanta to be evaluated by his doctor. The band's Thursday date in Hyannis, MA was still on as of this report. Skynyrd has several shows with Peter Frampton scheduled into the fall.
Posted Sunday, July 17th, 2016 7:01ambyROCKinsights
Guns N' Roses North American reunion tour only included one stop north of the border. It's a good thing the band elected to enter Canada the day before the concert because it ended up being a lenghty border crossing after Canadian officials found a gun on a tour bus. Before launching into Out Ta Get Me Saturday night (7/15) at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Axl Rose told the crowd, "Driving into Canada, we get to the border and we get off the bus. They take our passports, they take our phones, and then they come over and say 'We found a firearm on your bus'. " Rose added, '...we weren't exactly arrested, we were detained for a while. It was kind of fishy. They were very nice.'
1936 Buddy Guy born… 1946 Jethro Tull's Jeffrey Hammond born… 1970 Beatles close Apple Boutique in London… 1970 Rolling Stones fire manager Allen Klein… 1973 Led Zeppelin films The Song Remains The Same in New York City… 1996 Sammy Hagar plays with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bruce Hornsby & Mickey Hart at Furthur Festival… 2011 U2 ends the 360° tour with a rain soaked performance in Moncton, CA. Tour grossed $736 million…
1946 REO Speedwagon's Neil Doughty born… 1953 Rush's Geddy Lee born… 1956 Patti Scialfa of E Street Band born… 1959 Thin Lizzy & Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes born… 1966 Bob Dylan injured dumping his motorcycle near Woodstock… 1973 Led Zeppelin loses $180,000 in New York hotel safe robbery following concert 1974 Cass Elliot of Mamas & Poppas dies… 1987 Suit by Jerry Garcia against Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream over Cherry Garcia flavor settled … 2007 Carlos Santana autographs the first 300 'Carlos' shoes being sold at Macys in Las Vegas mall 2009 Bob Seger and Tiger Woods play a round together at Michigan Pro-Am at Warwick Hills Country Club… 2014 Neil Young files for divorce from Pegi after 36 years as a couple
1945 Pink Floyd's Richard Wright born… 1948 Bad Company's Simon Kirke born… 1954 Kansas, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple's Steve Morse born… 1973 Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead & The Band play Watkins Glen… 1975 Bob Dylan starts recording Desire… 1979 Aerosmith, Journey, The Nugent play World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium… 1987 Beatles sue Nike over use of Revolution in sneaker commercial… 1993 Roger Waters of Pink Floyd marries Priscilla Phillips… 2005 John Lennon's hand written lyrics for All You Need Is Love bring close to $1 million at London auction… 2007 Police play Fenway Park in Boston 2009 Gov't Mule releases By A Thread…
1976 Bruce Springsteen sues manager Mike Appel, dispute sidelines the Boss for more than a year… 1977 Grateful Dead release Terrapin Station… 1979 Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ firebombed… 1981 Stevie Nicks releases Bella Donna… 2006 Axl Rose faces charges in Stockholm after being accused of punching a security guard and biting his leg… 2009 Protesters over disruptions caused by 2 day set-up and tear-down of U2 stage in Dublin block tour trucks causing them to miss ferry to get the stage to Stockholm concert site…
1943 Mick Jagger born… 1949 Queen's Roger Taylor born… 1977 Robert Plant's 6 year old son dies of respiratory failure - Zeppelin tour canceled… 1991 Pee Wee Herman (Paul Rubens) busted for exposure in Sarasota, FL adult theater… 1992 Paul Stanley of KISS marries Pamela Brown… 2007 Jimmy Page testifies against an accused Led Zeppelin bootlegger in Glasgow…
1943 Yardbirds Jim McCarty born… 1965 Bob Dylan goes electric at Newport Folk Festival… 1966 Rolling Stones last US appearance with Brian Jones… 1968 Janis Joplin and Big Brother release Cheap Thrills… 1969 Neil Young plays with Crosby, Stills & Nash for first time, Fillmore East… 1980 AC/DC releases Back In Black… 1980 Eric Carr plays with KISS for first time, New York City… 1990 Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead dies of morphine/cocaine overdose… 1990 Son Evan born to Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa… 2006 Tom Petty releases Highway Companion… 2010 John Fogerty performs Centerfield at Baseball Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown and donates guitar modeled on Lousiville Slugger to the Hall…
1961 Extreme & Van Halen's Gary Cherone born… 1964 Crowd surges onto stage during Rolling Stones Blackpool, UK concert… 1978 Sgt. Pepper movie with Peter Frampton opens… 1990 Trial blaming teen suicide on music of Judas Priest opens in Reno, NV (later dismissed) … 1992 Black Crowes Johnny Colt arrested fro trying to prevent police from taking drunken concert fan into custody… 2010 19 killed in stampede at Love Parade festival in Germany…