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September 21
  • 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.



  • Foreigners get reacquainted

    It's a reunion of sorts. Lou Gramm and Mick Jones of Foreigner plan to work together on each others next solo projects.  It marks the first ime the two members of Foreigner have collaborated musically in more than a decade. Whether it creates an opportunity for Gramm to return as a member of the group remains to be seen, but Jones says they are both '...going into it quite openly'.  He indicates the process will include musical ideas the two were developing while members of Foreigner as well as, '...this little trove of goodies that Lou's got that I haven't heard.' Ultimate



  • Seger's version of John Hiatt song (video)

    John Hiatt's Detroit Made is a perfect song for Bob Seger to cover on what is likely his last album (story).  Fans attending some of Seger's recent concerts got the chance to hear it in advance of the album's release.





  • U2-Apple fallout continues

    If even negative coverage is good to get, Apple and U2 must be pleased with the level of attention their promotional release of the Irish Band's latest album has generated.  The free iTunes download of Songs Of Innocence triggered a social and traditional media avalanche of criticism toward the company and the band (story) that has not subsided.  If reports about how much Apple forked over for the multi-week exclusive on the new album prove accurate, Bono and the band can laugh it off to the tune of $100 million, but the fact so few people seem to be impressed in the least with the songs on the album probably stings.  To our ears, it's better than No Line On The Horizon, but not by much. An indication that many feel the same may account for why sales of the band's albums that were really worth buying has spiked since the release.



  • Inside doc on the Doors due (video)

    Oliver Stone's documentary on the Doors was derided as only a vaguely credible account of the band's brief, turmoil filled career.  On November 11, Doors fans will have the opportunity to see the full length account of what life in a band with Jim Morrison was like from footage authorized by the band and filmed in 1968.  Scenes from Feast of Friends have been used in various documentaries over the years since Morrison died and Doors collectors have come by bootleg versions of portions of it, but this marks the first official release of the complete movie.  The Eagle Rock Entertainment release of the DVD will also include a 1967 performance by the band in Toronto and The Doors Are Open, a UK TV feature on the group. 




    Entertainment Weekly



  • Marriage off, Bridge School benefit on

    The marriage of Neil and Pegi Young is ending but the annual benefit the couple stages to raise money for the Bridge School will continue.  The October 25 & 26 dates to raise money for the school tailored to meet the educational challenges special needs students face will feature performances by Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Norah Jones, Florence & The Machine, Band of Horses.  Neil and Pegi are slated to do solo sets as well during the weekend at the Mountainview, California Amphitheatre.



  • Keyboard great Joe Sample passes away

    Joe Sample. one of the contemporary legends of Jazz piano, passed away on Friday (9/12) at the age of 75.  During a recording career that spanned more than 50 years, Sample contirbuted to albums by a number of Rock artists, including Eric Clapton (Reptile, Pilgrim, Unplugged), Steely Dan (Gaucho, Aja), Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Ringo Starr, Elvin Bishop and Canned Heat as well as albums by Blues masters like BB King and Albert King.  Sample also recorded a number of albums on his own, as a member of the Jazz Crusaders and with several top-shelf Jazz artists.


    Here's Sample with Clapton, David Sanbourn, Steve Gadd and Marcus Miller at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1997.

    His solo begins at the 6:45 mark.



  • Kinks 50th Anniversary collection due


    The perpetual feuding between Ray and Dave Davies may scuttle plans for a 50th Anniversay tour (story), but it won't stand in the way of an anniversary compilation that will include more than two dozen previously unreleased songs. The Anthology 1964-1971 packs more than 100 songs onto 5 discs,including alternate takes on a number of songs as well as demos and interviews.  The collection drops November 4th.  '71 seems an odd point to cut-off to us.



  • Gabriel gets Prog God award

    Peter Gabriel's career pushing musical boundries has earned him Prog God status at the Progressive Music awards. Prog Magazine editor Jerry Ewing cited Gabriel's early work with Genesis and his continuing willingness to venture into new musical territory in the decision to honor him this year. Ewing said, 'From a groundbreaking eight years with Genesis to a solo career that has now stretched almost 40 years, few artists have striven to push back the creative boundries, generating a body of work that in its very nature progresses ever onward.'  Others receiving awards include Andy Latimer of Camel, and Sonja Kristina, vocalist for Curved Air. Previous winners of the Prog God distinction include Rick Wakeman of Yes and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.



  • Neil Young & Daryl Hannah an item?




    Just after news broke that Neil Young had filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years (story), Neil has been spotted arm in arm with actress Daryl Hannah. Tuesday (9/6), the pair was observed walking to a Westlake, California restaurant with arms around  one another and smoochin'.  Hannah previously dated and famously flattened Jackson Browne during a spat.




  • Gary Clark Jr. live release

    Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. releases a live recording September 22.  Here's a clip of what to expect from the Austin, Texas guitar great.



  • Robert Plant not interested in Jimmy Page, but...

    The idea of reuniting with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones apparently has no appeal to Robert Plant. But if a Facebook post is t legitly from him, the former Led Zeppelin front man is keenly interested recording something with Jack White. Calling White someone with,'...a buccaneer spirit' that '...dodges through the musical horizons, I'd be happy to make a single with him.'  He even identified the song he'd like to record with White. 'I'd like to do a track called Love Me which was first recorded by the Phantom', and suggested it could happen as soon as Monday (9/15). 'I'm going to Nashville Sunday and can do it Monday morning!  I've got lunch with Alison Krauss at 2pm and cocktails with Patty Griffin at 8pm. Great, we'll see everyone at Third Man (White's studio) on Monday then.'



  • Just 10 songs on Seger's Ride Out album

    Using Ride Out as the title to his next album serves as a pretty clear indication that it will be Bob Seger's final studio effort.  The long anticipated album finally drops October 14.  The long delay had us expecting the songs on it would be originals.  Most are, but nearly half the songs on it are covers - and there are only 10 titles on the standard CD.  An expanded edition offers 3 more songs.  Seger released his cover of John Hiatt's Detroit Made several days ago.  The other cover songs he includes on the release are Woody Guthrie's California Stars, The Devil's Right Hand from the Steve Earle catalog and a song titled Adam and Eve by Australians Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers.  Accompanying Seger on the release are Rob McNelley on guitar, Jim Brown on keyboards and guitar, Glenn Worf on bass, Chad Cromwell plays drums and Shaun Murphy,Barb Payon and Laura Creamer contribute background vocals.



Noteworthy Then
  • 9-21

    1932 Frank Zappa Mothers Of Invention's Don Preston born…   1947 Eagles Don Felder born…   1980 Bob Marley collapses while jogging in Central Park…   1989 Rolling Stones play first of two nights at Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY…   1995 Steve Walsh of Kansas arrested on cocaine charge after car wreck in Georgia…   2004 John Fogerty releases Deja Vu All Over Again…   2006 King Crimson & Bad Company's Boz Burrell dies in Spain…   2006 Tom Petty awarded key to hometown in Gainsville, FL…   2009 Eddie Van Halen on episode of CBS sitcom Two And A Half Me…n    2009 Jimmy Buffett does pre-game set at home opener for Miami Dolphins at newly named LandShark Stadium…   2010 Carlos Santana releases Guitar heaven…

  • 9-20

    1949 Styx's Chuck and John Panozzo born…  1968 Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd born…   1970 Jim Morrison convicted of lewd behavior but acquitted of indecent exposure…   1971 Peter Frampton leaves Humble Pie…   1972 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested on marijuana charges in Scotland…   1973 Jim Croce killed in plane crash in Texas…   1973 Neil Young performs the opening show at the Roxy in LA…   1982 Bruce Springsteen releases Nebraska…   2005 John Fogerty, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon & Neville Brothers do Big Apple for the Big Easy benefit to aid Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans…  2006 Rolling Stones open another leg of Bigger Bang  tour in Foxborough MA…   2010 Leonard Skinner, high school teacher Lynyrd Skynyrd adapted name from, dies at 77…

  • 9-19

    1934 Beatles manager Brian Epstein born…   1941 Mama Cass Elliott born…   1947 10cc's Lol Creme born…   1951 Producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Neil Young, ZZ Top) born…   1952 Nile Rogers born…   1958 Lita Ford born…   1973 Gram Parsons dies of drug overdose at Joshua Tree Monument, California…   1974 Max Weinberg makes drumming debut as… member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in Philadelphia…   1979 Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor play Musicians United For Safe Energy - No Nukes concert in New York City…   1981 Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reuinte for Central Park concert…   1987 Pink Floyd releases A Momentary Lapse Of Reason…   2009 LA-Miami flight makes medical emergency landing after Scott Weiland suffers a seizure…

  • 9-18

    1949 Kansas Kerry Livgren born…   1952 Ramones Dee Dee Ramone born…   1970 Jimi Hendirx dies in London…   1975 Patty Hearst arrested in California…   1983 KISS members appear without makeup on MTV…   1997 Rolling Stones play warm-up date for tour in Chicago club…   2005 Neil Young tears up copies of Chicago Tribune to protest paper's negative coverage of Farm Aid concert series…   2006 Bob Dylan plays 30th anniversary event for employees of GenTech in San Francisco…   2007 David Gilmour releases Remember The Night DVD of 2006 Royal Albert Hall concerts…   2007 Mark Knopfler releases Kill To Get Crimson…  2010 Eddie Vedder marries Jill McCormick in Hawaii…

  • 9-17

    1923 Hank Williams born…   1935 Ken Keysey born…   1950 Tubes Fee Waybill born…   1967 Doors appear on Ed Sullivan Show…   1967 Pete Townshend's hair smoked when flash pot ignites early during Who appearance on Smothers brothers TV show…   1976 Queen plays for 150,000 in London's Hyde Park…   1996 Pearl Jam opens No Code Tour in Seattle…   1996 ZZ Top releases Rhythmeen   1997 Fleetwood Mac opens reunion tour in Hartford, CT…   2007 Paul McCartney does guest DJ session during BBC 40th anniversary series…   2009 Eric Clapton joins Bruce Hornsby on the Jay Leno Show…

  • 9-16

    1925 BB King born…   1948 Faces and Who drummer Kenny Jones born…   1952 Heartbreaker's Ron Blair born…   1970 Jimi Hendrix makes last public appearance, jamming with Eric Burdon in London club…   1972 Peter Frampton makes US solo debut a year after leaving Humble Pie…   1977 Marc Bolan of T-Rex killed in car wreck…   1987 Guns N Roses release Use Your Illusion I & II…   1993 Grace Slick's Mill Valley, California home destroyed by fire…   2005 Paul McCartney opens world tour in Miami…

  • 9-15

    1977 Rolling Stones release Love You Live…   1980 David Bowie makes Broadway debut in The Elephant Man…   1982 Queen plays the last concert at the Great Western Forum…   1988 Dire Straits Mark Knopfler goes solo…   1996 Pearl Jam does surprise club date in Seattle two days before opening No Code tour…   1996 Bonnie Raitt arrested during protests over the cutting of virgin timber in California…   2006 US vs John Lennon movie premiers…   2008 Rick Wright of Pink Floyd dies of cancer…   2009 Mark Knopfler releases Get Lucky…   Roger Waters opens The Wall anniversary tour with a sold out show in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre…

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