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March 02
  • Dead Chicago tickets sell out within an hour


    Mail order ticket requests for the three Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago in July exceeded the total number of tickets for the concerts, leaving no doubt that a lot of those seeking to buy them online Satruday (2/28) would be shut out.  The Ticketmaster allotment was gone less than an hour after the on-sale started and the after market is already seeing a surge one StubHub agent told Mashable was unprecedented for a concert event. Forbes was reporting Saturday that tickets are commanding $700-$2,000.  Hard core Deadheads without tickets determined to witness the last appearance together of the surviving members of the group are faced with having to fork over big bucks or hope that the group elects to add more shows.



  • John Lodge of Moody Blues announces solo album

    Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues are also featured on 10,000 Light Years Ago, the solo album John Lodge will release on May 5th.  The 8 song project also includes guitarist Chris Spedding.  Lodge, a founding member of the Moodys, attributes the title to the theme of time having run consistently through both the band's work and his solo material. It has been quite some time since his last solo album.  Natural Avenue was released in 1977.


    Song Titles
    In My Mind
    Those Days in Birmingham
    Simply Magic

    Get Me Out Of Here

    Love Passed Me By


    Lose Your Love

    10,000 Light Years Ago


  • McCartney's boyhood home gets bought

    A bidder has acquired the Liverpool boyhood home of Paul McCartney for just over $230,000.  The auction was conducted Thursday (2/26) in the Cavern Club. McCartney lived in the house from age 4 - 11.  George Harrison's home sold for slightly more in 2014.  The year before that, the house John Lennon grew up in was purchased for more than twice those amounts.



  • Aerosmith Donnington performance preview (videos)

    The Aerosmith set at the 2014 Download Festival at Donnington hits theaters Thursday (2/26).  Here's a look a what's in store.




  • Bad Company revisiting first two albums


    April 7 brings a pair of expanded edition reissues featuring a couple of the most impressive back-to-back albums of the mid 70's, the self-titled debut album by Bad Company (1974) and the following year's follow-up, Straight Shooter.  In addition to the original tracks, each reissue will feature a disc of previously unreleased songs.  The debut album's bonus disc includes a dozen songs, 8 of them available for the first time.  The supplement to Straight Shooter features 14 tracks, all but one of which are being released for the first time.  Both of the original releases got 180 gram vinyl re-releases in 2014.


  • Last Hendrix interview animation (video)

    Jimi Hendrix was as imaginative and creative in thought as he was as a guitarist, something that comes through in an interview he did with Keith Altham in September of 1970, just a few days before he and his guitar went silent.



  • Little Top in Billy Gibbon's solo effort

    Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame is heading in a different direction for the solo album he's working on.  As the engineers lined-up for the guitarist's solo album describe it, '...Gibbons is going to go Havana on us.'  Speaking with Rolling Stone, the ZZ Top axe grinder confirmed that the record will lean heavily into a Cuban music inspired sound.  At 13, Gibbons studied percussion with none other than the great Tito Puente.  While a release date hasn't been locked down, the record is largely done.  What should Top fans expect of it?  Hard to tell. Billy only described the sound by saying ''s turning out to be such an obtuse, oddball, unexpected left turn from ZZ Top's blues background' and adds, 'But there is something to it.'



  • Def Leppard vocalist tells Rock Hall to stick it (video)

    Def Leppard recently let us know touring will be a bigger priority for the group than finishing up their 9th studio album. The group will co-headline one of the bigger triple bills when it hits the shed circuit with Styx and Tesla once the warm weather sets in.  Dates will start in the south June 23 with a concert in Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, migrate north in July and head west in August.  During a HuffPost interview this week, lead singer Joe Elliott was asked whether being overlooked by the Rock Hall Of Fame has irritated the group.  Elliott said he thinks his band is in some pretty good company because he could name a hundred more deserving of induction than his own band that are not members either. Pressed a bit, Elliott then said he and the other band members sort of came to the conclusion that they should decline induction should the invitation ever come along.



  • Zeppelin classics get xylophone remake by pre-teen ensemble (video)

    A collection of Louisville, Kentucky area middle school kids has the kind of instructor that would have made school music lessons a whole lot more appealing for a lot of us.  The 55 strong group known as the Louisville Leopard Percussionists features xylophones, an assortment of drums, vibraphone and marimbas.  Their performance of Zeppelin tracks has impressed not only fans of the band but Jimmy Page himself. 



  • Early Hendrix sideman recordings remastered


    After years of legal wrangling, material a young Jimi Hendrix recorded with Curtis Knight & The Squires will finally get an official reissue in March.  Hendrix reportedly signed-on as guitarist in 1965 for $1 and a 1% royalty cut.  Angry at having agreed to a contract that would short change him so badly, Hendrix later sought to prevent the label from using his name in promotional materials related to the recordings.  The Hendrix estate eventually managed to secure the rights to the material, paving the way for its remastering and release.  The collection of songs being released on March 24  includes material recorded between 1965 and '67, among them the first songs the young Hendrix got writing credits on.



  • Lou Reed disses Doors & Beatles (Listen)

    Never one to reign-in his opinions while he was among us, Lou Reed would probably have been fine having this interview circulated right after it was recorded in 1987.  We're not sure whay it took so long to surface - or surprised that Lou despised the Beatles & Doors.  Those and other comments from the PBS interview seal the deal for him to be seated at the head of the dinner table of the most arrogant people in Rock.


  • Jethro Tull inspiration getting Rock Opera

    Most Jethro Tull fans know that the group was named for the inventor of an agricultural implement, but few know much more than that about him.  Ian Anderson will tell his story in a Rock Opera of sorts.  Rather than approach the story in its historical context, Anderson will reveal it as a future occurrence. Tentative plans call for the production to debut in September in England before touring Russia, Europe and South America.  A more conventional Tull project is also in the works.  On May 4, an expanded edition of Minstrel In The Gallery will be released.



  • Eddie Van Halen's Smithsonian appearance (video)

    Eddie VanHalen made a guest interview appearance at the Smithsonian Thursday (2/12). The interviewer is a bit ditsy and Eddie's uncomfortably out of his element, but the session provides some interesting insights into one of Rock's best axe men.


  • Janis Joplin's guitarist dies


    Ten weeks after being stricken by a heart attack, Sam Andrew died in his wife's arms on Thursday (2/12).  Andrew was the co-founding guitarist of Big Brother & The Holding Company in 1965.  The following year, the primarily instrumental group's manager recruited Janis Joplin to become the band's lead singer, persuading the dynamic, young Texan to choose the San Francisco band over one from her home state, Austin's 13th Floor Elevator, that also sought her as their lead vocalist. Andrew wrote several songs on the Holding Company's 1967 self-titled debut album and Cheap Thrills, the release of the following year that established Joplin as one of the greatest lead singers for all time.  She kept Andrew with her when she split with Big Brother and formed the Kozmic Blues Band later that same year.  Andrew returned to Big Brother in 72 and was also active with them during a late 1980's reunion.



  • Bill Walton's ESPN Dylan & Dead tangent (video)

    As probably the tallest and a very big Grateful Dead fan by conventional standards,  fans have come to expect passing references to the group from NBA veteran Bill Walton, but Monday night (2/9), the ESPN hoops analyst worked his way into a long tangent involving the Dead and Bob Dylan during an Oregon - USC telecast that left the game without any of the usual play-by-play and analysis for several minutes.  Since we often watch sports while listening to something totally unrelated it was no big deal, but Ducks, Trojan and sports fans expecting to hear the game call musta gone nuts.






Noteworthy Then
  • 2-28

    1942 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones born   1943 Donnie Iris born   1970 Led Zeppelin performs as The Nobs because after Eva Von Zeppelin sues them to prevent their use of her name   1972 George Harrison and wife Patti injured in car wreck in London   1977 Keith Richards busted for heroin and cocaine in Toronto   2007 Doors star unveiled on Hollywood Walk Of Fame   2010 Neil Young closes Winter Olympics ceremony in Vancouver with Long May You Run

  • 2-27

    1954 Journey’s Neal Schon born   1992 David Bowie attends actress Elizabeth Taylor’s 60th birthday party at Disneyland   1996 Jackson Browne releases Looking East   1996 Eddie Vedder walks out on David Letterman when the host starts singing the Pearl Jam song Black during his interview   1997 35 injured when a sound tower collapses during a Deep Purple concert in Chile   1998 U2 does at tribute to Michael Hutchence of INXS during Sydney, Australia concert   2001 Carlos Santana statue unveiled in the guitarist’s hometown of Autlan, Mexico   2009 U2 does a four song set on roof of the BBC broadcast building in London

  • 2-26

    1945 Bob The Bear Hite of Canned Heat born   1950 Journey’s Jonathan Caine born   1970 Beatles release Hey Jude    1996 Peal Jam wins Best Hard Rock Grammy, Eddie Vedder says ‘I don’t think this means anything’ during acceptance

  • 2-25

    1954 George Harrison born...   1975 Led Zeppelin releases Physical Graffiti...   1977 Kinks release Sleepwalker...   1985 U2 opens first full US tour, Reunion Arena, Dallas... 1993 Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band dies... 2003 Doobie Brothers release Divided Highway

  • 2-24

    1969 Jimi Hendrix does last concert with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, London   1993 Eric Clapton collects 6 Grammy awards   1998 Elton john knighted at Buckingham Palace   1998 Tommy Lee arrested for assaulting Pamela Lee. She files for divorce   2009 Neil Young releases archive 1963-1972 box set 

  • 2-23

    Johnny Winter born   1952 Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford born   1964 Queensryche’s Michael Wilton born   1965 Beatles start filming Help in the Bahamas   1971 Speeding charge costs George Harrison his UK license for a year   1979 Dire Straits open first US tour in Boston   1993 Van Halen releases Right Here, Right Now   1996 Carlos Santana and Bill Graham awarded Hollywood Rock Walk stars   2000 Carlos Santana picks-up 8 Grammys in LA    2006 Lou Reed performs at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy

  • 2-22

    1978 Sid Visious of the Sex Pistols arrested with his girlfriend on drug charges at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City   1980 Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones picked up on cocaine charge on St. Martin   1989 Jethro Tull wins Heavy Metal category Grammy   1990 Bob Seger goes to Khatmandu as guest of the government of Nepal for the Special Olympics 

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