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October 01
  • Alice Cooper's McCartney tribute (video)



  • Sabbath plans final album and tour


    Ozzy Obourne says Black Sabbath has a farewell tour and one last album in the works.  Speaking with Metal Hammer, the Sabbath front man said his wife got busy after he told her '...I ain't f&*^ing 21 any more, if wed're going to do it I want to do it before I'm 70!'  She quickly confirmed that the label wanted another album and that other members were on board with the idea of recording and doing a final tour.  Whether Bill Ward gets invited to participate remains to be seen.  He was left off the last album and tour after reportedly finding fault with Osbourne making much more money under the arrangement than he would.  Rick Rubin is expected to guide the project.  The final release will be album #20 for the fabled Heavy Metal group.  Work will begin on the new album as 2015 gets underway.



  • Allmans & Stones keyboard veteran offers online lessions

    Chuck Leavell is responsible for a lot of great piano playing heard in Rock thoughout his years as a member of the Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones as well as in his work with other artists, including Eric Clapton.  Along the way, the keyboard veteran says, plenty of fans have told him they'd love to be able to play like he does. Now, Leavell is giving them the opportunity to learn from him online.  He has launched IROCKU, a web site that will provide aspiring pianists with sheet music, instructional video, music theory and improvisational tips from Chuck.  His ultimate objective is to, '...make learning to play rock piano easy and fun.' It's working for students in New York City.  The Board of Ed has used the Leavell lessons in city schools and both teachers and students have praised it as life changing.  Want to try your hands at it?  A free lesson is available here.


  • U2 readies another album

    Apple and U2 have both been stung by criticism over the joint venture that saw the Irish group's recent album released exclusively through the iTunes store.  The computer, phone and tablet behemoth also had its sterling image tarnished by bugs in its latest operating system and a big and tall version of its popular phone that is susceptible to bending from the pressure of being in some pockets when owners sit down.  The band has been criticized for releasing a second consecutive lackluster album.  Songs Of Innocence has been dubbed Songs of Mediocrity by some and while an improvement over No Line On The Horizon, the recent release falls far short of measuring up the the group's powerful releases of the late 70's and the 80's.  Whether the end product would have been stronger had the group not been under the gun to get it done in time for the album's simultaneous release with the new Apple phones is something only band members know - and they're not talking.  The Edge is saying that an additional album is expected to emerge from the sessions that produced Songs Of Innocence, one the band is calling Songs Of Experience.  He also says a 2015 tour is being planned that will be less over-the-top than the last tour that featured the band playing stadiums on an enormous claw-like stage.



  • Hagar moves birthday bash to Vegas

    Hurricane Odile damage has forced Sammy Hagar to relocate the annual birthday party and concert he stages at his Cabo San Lucas resort to Las Vegas.  The four October concerts scheduled for Cabo will be rolled into one bigger show at the Las Vegas Events Center October 18 that features Sammy & The Circle, a lineup that includes the Red Rocker along with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson.  They will be joined by Joe Satriani and Chad Smith with Chickenfoot.  Sammy says the response to the severe weather caused havoc to Cabo is 'inspiring' and adds it is, '...amazing how much progress has been made.'  As for his Cabo facility, Hagar says, 'Hoping to re-open soon along with airport and other businesses.  Thank you to all of you that have sent good wishes.  All of our staff is safe and we are working hard to assist on thei needs.'



  • Short Takes

    John Mellencamp tells Billboard, 'Meg and I never really break up'.

    Family confirms dementia has disabled Malcolm Young.

    Neil Young announces Storytone album.

  • AC/DC title & Release date set

    Rock Or Bust, the next album from AC/DC, is confirmed for a December 2 release.  The group's first album without Malcolm Young features 11 tracks and was recorded rapidly during sessions in Vancouver this past spring under the production guidance of Brendan O'Brien.  The band has also announced that tour plans are being drawn upf for a 2015 world trek that will introduce fans to Steve Young, Malcolm's nephew, as the group's new rhythm guitarist.  As in the past, the group declined to offer any specifics about the medical condition that has rendered Malcolm Young unable to play, but shortly after the announcement Young's family confirmed that the 61 year-old guitarist is suffering from dementia. The Sydney Morning Herald had quoted a source as telling them that, 'If you were in the room with him and walked out, then came back one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are.'



  • Gibson introduces Brad Whitford guitar


    Joe Perry overshadows Brad Whitford, but the Aerosmith sound wouldn't ring true without Brad's contribution.  Gibson has developed a replica model of Whitford's 1959 Les Paul to add to its Custom Collector's Choice™ series of instruments.  As with other axes in the series, Gibson has gone to great lengths to get every detail down - even adding a few wear marks and finish fade.  The hardware (PAF pickups), neck inlays, the unique neck profile are all identical to Brad's.  Owning one of the 300 Les Paul Whitford Bursts Gibson will hand craft will set you back $7,998.



  • Dylan named MusiCares Person Of The Year


    The award naming Bob Dylan the MusiCares Person Of The Year will be presented with a number of other big name artists present and participating.  The February 6 event staged by the Recording Academy at the Staples Center in LA will include performances by John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Black Keys, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White and Los Lobos.  Additional artists are expected to join in tribute to the recipient, who the Academy's Neil Portnow notes has a produced a career of musical works that have '...contributed to America's culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways.'

  • Close call for Aaron Lewis

    A private jet chartered to transport Aaron Lewis to Oklahoma for a concert skidded off a runway in Texas.  Lewis was unharmed in the incident, but the Cessna Citation V sustained damage that prevented it from being safely flyable, resulting in the cancellation of the Tulas concert Monday (9/22).  Lewis posted the photo of the disabled plane on his Facebook page along with an apology to fans that read, 'I'm so glad that we are safe; however, I am really sorry that the fans in Tulsa were disappointed and let down with me not making last night's show.  I promise I'll be back to Tulsa soon.'

  • Zeppelin Collectors Alert


    Zeppelin memorabilia collectors with extra freezer space should scoop-up cartons of Ben & Jerry's Hazed & Confused ice cream before they get yanked from shelves.  Facing criticism that the variation of a title of a song on Led Zeppelin's debut album could be taken as making light of the dangers associated with fraternity hazing, the Vermont cold sweets company is considering changing the name of the flavor.  Only three letters of complaint over the use of the name were apparently received by the company, but one came from he parents of a 19 year-old that lost his life in a hazing incident at a North Carolina college six years ago.  Ben & Jerry's has frequently used plays on words and phrases when naming products.  The use of the name Cherry Garcia for an ice cream a number of years ago was challenged by estate of Jerry Garcia. An agreement was reached that allowed the company to continue using the name.

  • Floyd's Endless River detailed

    The songs on The Endless River, the largely instrumental Pink Floyd album being released this fall, have been described as spacey and eclectic. While we don't have run times for the songs on it, the track count for the double disc suggests several of the tunes are also quite long. The group's official web site has posted what we presume is the album cover art and track list and is taking advance orders. Copies include a version that offers a hard bound book that includes previously unpublished photos from the 1993 recording sessions that produced the majority of the material on the album.












    The Endless River Tracks


    Things Left Unsaid

    It's What We Do

    Ebb and Flow



    The Lost Art of Conversation

    On Noodle Street

    Night Light

    Allons-y (1)

    Autumn '68

    Allons-y (2)

    Talkin' Hawkin'


    Eyes To Pearls


    Louder Than Words


  • Dio Fund donates $100k to cancer center

    Since its inception shortly after his death from stomach cancer, the Ronnie Jame Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has donated close to a million dollars to fight the disease.  The fund's latest check presented $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  The Dio Fund donations to the research facility open the way to additional grants in the $1 million + range from government sources.  Dio received treatment at the Houston center that his wife said gave her husband hope and inspired him in fighting the disease.  The Dio Fund raised money through the sale of the Dio tribute album This Is Your Life and an annual gala awards event.



  • Little Feat's Payne joins Leftover Salmon (video)

    With the future of Little Feat uncertain, keyboard player and Feat co-founder Bill Payne has elected to become a full time member of Leftover Salmon, a jam band fixture he has done dozens of dates with in recent months.  Vince Herman made it official as Salmon opened its concert in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Saturday night (9/13), a show that included guest shots from Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic's John Bell, Col. Bruce Hampton and others.



  • Sharon Osbourne blasts U2

    Sharon Osbourne, never one for subtlety, blasted U2 in a Twitter post that claimed the Irish Rockers are just ' moguls not musicians anymore' and called the decision to distribute the new album for free via iTunes a desperation move because the music was so mediocre no one would buy it.  While we agree the album does nothing to convince us that the band is capable of writing the kind of great songs that made the release of a new U2 album the kind of international slam dunk it once was, the same could be said of Ozzy's recent albums.  And when it comes to non-musical side ventures, Ozzy and Sharon are quite the business moguls themselves.



Noteworthy Then
  • 10-1

    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…

  • 9-30

    1942 Buffalo Springfield's Dewey Martin born…   1947 T-Rex's Marc Bolan born…   1955 James Dean dies in crash of his Porsche in California desert…   1989 Neil Young plays Saturday Night Live…   1993 George Harrison guests on The Simpsons…   1997 Rolling Stones release Bridges To Babylon, Bob Dylan releases Time Out Of Mind…     1998 John Fogerty awarded star on Hollywood Walk of Fame…   2006 Eddie Van Halen hosts release party for Sacred Sin, adult movie he contributed to soundtrack of, in his Hollywood home. Jams with Guns N' Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed and John Corabi…

  • 9-29

    1935 Jerry Lee Lewis born…   1948 Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner born…   1971 Keith Godchaux starts rehearsing with Grateful Dead…   1974 John Lennon sits in as guest DJ on New York's WNEW…   1975 Jackie Wilson has heart attack while performing in Cherry Hill, NJ…   1976 Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shoots bass player while target shooting with 357 Magnum…   1976 Rush releases All The World's A Stage…   1997 Blues Traveler's Bobby Sheehan charged with cocaine possession at Canadian border crossing…   2007 Bono and Bill Clinton appear together during forum at Apollo Theater in Harlem…   2009 Genesis Live 1973-2007 10 disc box set released   2009 Lynyrd Skynryd releases God & Guns

  • 9-28

    1938 Ben E King born…   1954 Dokken's George Lynch born…   1976 George Harrison sued by record company over delays in release of new album 33 1/3 finally released in November   1977 David Bowie and Bing Crosby record Little Drummer Boy…   1979 Wings, Thunderclap Newman and Stone The Crows Jimmy McCulloch dies…   1989 Jimmy Buffett publishes Tales From Margaritaville…   1991 Miles Davis dies of AIDS …  1993 Police release Message In A Box set   2008 Neil Young (le Noise), Eric Clapton (Clapton), Doobie Brothers (World Gone Crazy), Ron Wood (I Feel Like Playing) Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Live In Chicago) release new albums

  • 9-27

    1943 Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Randy Bachman born…   1947 Meat Loaf (Marvin Aday) born…   1976 Allman Brothers release Wipe The Windshield, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas…   1979 Police release Regatta De Blanc…   1986 Metallica's Cliff Burton dies in crash of tour bus in during European tour…   1994 Moody Blues honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame…   1997 Bob Dylan performs for the Pope at the Vatican…   2005 Neil Young releases Prairie Wind   2007 Ozzy Osbourne does guest DJ appearance for BBC's anniversary…


  • 9-26

    1945 Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry born…   1954 Jefferson Starship's Craig Chaquico born…   1968 Beach Boy Brian Wilson convicted on marijuana charge…     1969 Beatles release Abbey Road…   1974 John Lennon releases Walls & Bridges…   1995 AC/DC releases Ballbreaker…   2008 Little Feat releases Join The Band…

  • 9-25

    1943 Spirit's John Locke born…   1970 Ringo Starr releases Boucoups Of Blues…   1974 King Crimson disbands   1976 U2 forms…   1980 Led Zeppelin's John 'Bonzo' Bonham dies after a vodka binge…   1995 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ed King hospitalized in Atlanta with heart failure…   2008 Paul McCartney does Tel Aviv concert 43 years after Beatles were banned form performing in Israel…

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