Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 6:11ambyROCKinsights
The Core Four of the Grateful Dead have announced plans for an additional date at Madison Square Garden and plan to give away 10,000 seats for the November 7 concert. Facing a chorus of criticism from fans after adding tour dates after having charged exorbitant fees for tickets sold during their supposed farewell concerts in Chicago and California, the Dead & Company will have to hope secondary market outlets and scalpers don't figure out ways to snatch-up 'free' tickets to sell as they did during the Pope's recent US visit. Fans unable to get tickets won't be entirely shut out. The concert will be streamed under the American Express Unstaged series of web casts.
Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 5:52ambyROCKinsights
A judge has ruled against Phil Rudd in the former AC/DC drummer's bid to have his house arrest ended. Rudd, who is serving time at home in lieu of behind bars after being convicted of threatening to kill a man and drug possession, contended that being restricted to his mansion was preventing him from being able to resume his career. Noting that his former band has replaced him and has given no indication they want him back, the judge rejected the contention. Rudd's attorney argued that the sentence was 'massively excessive'. The drummer will have another day in court in November when he appears to try and avoid having to spend even more time at home as a result of allegations that he broke the terms of his confinement by having alcohol on the premises.
Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 5:38ambyROCKinsights
Director Martin Scorcese and Mick Jagger have teamed to create an HBO drama focused on the 1970's music industry. Vinyl launches on the cable network in January and features the Rolling Stones front man's son, in the role of Kip Stevens, the lead singer for a band known as the Nasty Bits. The show is being guided by Boardwalk Empire and Sopranos veteran Terrence Winter.
Posted Monday, October 5th, 2015 5:04ambyROCKinsights
Got Love if you Want It is one of the songs Billy Gibbons covers on his first solo album, Perfectamundo, out November 6th (more info). The track was also the first song its writer, Slim Harpo, released. The 1957 single got eclipsed by its B Side, I'm A King Bee. In the video Below the track, the ZZ Top guitarist talks about the approach he took when concocting this Rock/Blues/Cuban fusion. ClassicRock.TeamRock.com
Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 7:52ambyROCKinsights
In a role tailor made for him, Bill Murray assumes the role Richie Lanz, a has-been Rock manager looking to make a career comeback with the discovery of Salima Khan, a golden voiced teenager he encounters in a cave in Afghanistan. Add Kate Hudson as a hooker and Bruce Willis in the role of a mercenary and the improbable story line gets even richer for director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Diner, Toys, Wag The Dog), who shoots the film mockumentary style.
Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015 5:53ambyROCKinsights
Mick Jagger spent part of his Thursday night (10/1) in Nashville hangin' out in an alley - a bowling alley! The Stones front man posted a pic on his Twitter account of him holding a bowling ball immediately adjacent to the pair he spends every day with, captioned 'Don't ask me my score!'. Jagger's extended visit to Music City has us wondering whether he's thinking about following the lead of Steveny Tyler, Don Henley and Robert Plant into the Country cross-over ranks. Tennessean.com
Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2015 10:29pmbyROCKinsights
Sammy Hagar shares more than recipes in his upcoming cookbook, Are We Having Any Fun Yet? The Cooking and Partying Handbook. The Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot veteran packs the book with plenty of his kitchen specialties, but he gives also dishes out a number of tips for making the before, during and after portions of meals and life in general more enjoyable. Hagar, the life of any party, loves hosting them and threw a lot of legendary bashes at the Cabo Wabo Cantina, the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico eatery and watering hole he originally partnered with other Van Halen members in but took over ownership of in exchange for his share of the Van Halen trademark when he left the band. The food and philosophy of the Red Rocker revolve around the notion that simple pleasures can be just as enjoyable as more extravagant ones. Dishes don't have to be filled with expensive or hard to find ingredients any more than you need a lavish home with a private water park to enjoy life. Talking with Rolling Stone about the book, Hagar said, '...if you don't have a swimming pool or a beach in front of your house, turn on the damn sprinkler and fire up the grill. A billionaire doesn't have a better time doing that than a guy broke off his ass.'
Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 6:16ambyROCKinsights
The only document know to have been signed by all four Beatles and Brian Epstein brought proved to be a very good investment for the collector that paid a bit more than $364,000 for it 7 years ago. The Sotheby's auction of the contract the group and its manager signed in 1962 was purchased for $554,000. A page extracted form the detention records of John Lennon while he attended high school was bought for $3,873. The bargain of the sale was a batch of manuscripts, clothing and instruments belonging to Jack Bruce of Cream which brough a top bid of just over $1,000. BBC.com
Posted Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 6:50pmbyROCKinsights
The Who were forced to postpone dates last week after doctors advised Roger Daltrey that full recovery prospects from his bout with viral Meningitis would be much better if he got R&R instead of barnstorming around North America on tour (story). The lead singer complied and the net result seems to be that he is feeling better fast enough for his band to go ahead and release an updated Spring 2016 tour. The rescheduled tour will open in Detroit on February 27 and continue through the end of May, winding down in Las Vegas.
Posted Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 7:06ambyROCKinsights
Led Zeppelin fans converged on Redditch, UK on the 35 anniversary of drummer John Bonham's death for a weekend of remembrances of Bonzo. Several musicians donated their time to entertain crowds and help raise funds toward creating a permanent memorial to the drummer.
Posted Monday, September 28th, 2015 10:39pmbyROCKinsights
Richard Fortus broke his shoulder blade, his collar bome a half dozen ribs and is toe in a motorcycle crash on Spetember 17 that also caused a liver laceration. Fortus, who also plays guitar in the Dead Daisies, says doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Posted Sunday, September 27th, 2015 7:24ambyROCKinsights
On a weekend that saw more than one unexpected combination of Rockers with Pop stars, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl hatched a supprise appearance by pop crooner Jewel on a Led Zeppelin classic during his group's Friday (9/25) set in Phoenix. Both Mick Jagger and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler teamed up with Taylor Swift during the cousre of the weekend. There are some Zeppelin songs Jewel's range and style are more suited for, but she apparently wanted to tackle Whole Lotta Love. Here's the result.
Posted Saturday, September 26th, 2015 7:00ambyROCKinsights
At least a couple of decades late in our opinion, but Gregg Allman is finally in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The 37th annual induction ceremony took place Saturday (9/26) in Atlanta. Allman was not in attendance due to a medical matter we hope is nothing more serious than being sick of waiting. Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame and the Peach State based band Drivin' N' Cryin' were also inducted by the Hall, which also honored the sardonic musical comedian Tim Wilson, who passed away last year.
Fans hoping to see the Who live this fall won't get the chance after all North American tour dates were postponed because Roger Daltrey needs time and rest to recover from viral Meningitis (story). The next best option will be to catch the movie of legendary band's concert in Hyde Park. Nearly 70,000 gathered in the London park to take in a decades spanning set list and performance that provided compelling evidence of why the group has legions of fans in multiple generations, all of them glad the My Generation wish to die before growing old went unfulfilled for Townshend and Daltrey.
1943 Quicksilver Messenger Service's Dino Valenti born… 1945 10cc's Kevin Godley born… 1949 Dave Hope of Kansas born… 1951 John Mellencamp born… 1970 Janis Joplin cremated in LA, ashes scattered along California coast line from airplane… 1975 John Lennon deportation order overturned on appeal… 1977 David Bowie releases Heroes… 1977 Steve Hackett leaves Genesis… 1978 Rolling Stones play Saturday Night Live… 1982 Genesis releases Three Sides Live… 1996 Stone Gossard's guitar stolen after Miami Pearl Jam concert… 2008 Bob Dylan releases Tell Tale Signs…
1951 REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin born… 1978 Mick Jagger apologizes to Jesse Jackson for the lyrics on Some Girls… 1994 Glenn Frey has abdominal surgery, delaying Eagles Hell Freezes Over tour… 1998 John Mellencamp releases self-titled album… 1998 Johnny Winter releases Masters… 2005 Bomb threat interrupts Rolling Stones concert in Virginia… 2008 Peter Green Anthology released… 2009 Joe Perry Project releases Have Guitar, Will Travel…
1943 Steve Miller born… 1945 Sweet's Brian Connolly born… 1949 AC/DC's Brian Johnson born… 1954 Bob Geldof born… 1966 Jimi Hendrix plays with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding for the first time… 1969 Monty Python's Flying Circus has BBC premier… 1969 The Who play the Ed Sullivan Show… 1970 Papa John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane… 1993 Def Leppard releases Retroactive… 1999 Who reunion announced… 2005 Robert Plant joins Pearl Jam on Rockin' In The Free World during Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in Chicago… 2015 Appeal of house arrest sentence by Phil Rudd shot down by judge...
1968 Cream opens Farewell tour… 1970 Janis Joplin dies of an overdoes in Hollywood hotel… 1975 The Wailers last concert with Bob Marley takes place in Kingston, Jamaica… 1980 Fleetwood Mac award the USC Marching Band a platinum album for playing on Tusk… 1996 Van Halen announces Gary Cherone is new lead vocalist…
1938 Eddie Cochrane born… 1947 Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham born… 1952 Stevie Ray Vaughan born… 1962 Motley Crue's Tommy Lee born… 1980 Bob Seger joins Bruce Springsteen on Thunder Road at River tour opener in Ann Arbor, Michigan… 1989 David Bowie releases Sound & Vision box set… 1996 Van Halen fires David Lee Roth - again… 2000 Ben Orr of the Cars dies of pancreatic cancer…
1950 Mike Rutherford of Genesis born… 1951 Sting (Gordon Sumner) born… 1960 Robbie Neville born… 1964 Kinks release self-titled album… 1965 The Who make US TV debut on Shindig… 1967 Grateful Dead members busted at 710 Haight Street home in San Francisco… 1975 Bomb threat delays Springsteen Milwaukee show. Bruce gets loose at hotel bar and rides to venue on roof of a car 1976 John Belushi impersonates Joe Cocker on Saturday Night live… 1994 John Mellencamp confirms he had a heart attack and vows to cut back on cigarettes… 2007 John Fogerty releases Revival, Bruce Springsteen releases Magic…
1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles… 1965 The Band makes official debut as Bob Dylan's backing up group, Carnegie Hall… 1967 Pink Floyd arrives in US for first tour… 1967 Traffic does first concert… 1970 Jimi Hendrix buried in Renton, Washington… 1976 David Bowie becomes a tax exile when he moves to Berlin… 1979 Elton John does first of 8 sold out nights at Madison Square Garden… 1983 Genesis releases Genesis… 1994 Bonnie Raitt appears on Saturday Night Live… 2004 Buffalo Springfield's Bruce Palmer dies of heart attack… 2005 ZZ Top Hurricane Katrina benefit concert at Reliant Stadium cancelled because of threat of Hurricane Wilma…