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October 24
  • Ozzy weighs in on music & more (video)

    Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack, recently sat for an interview session that touched on everything from music to international politics.  The senior Osbourne will receive the Global Icon award at the European MTV Awards November 9th in Glasgow, Scotland.  Ozzy recently released two retrospective packages titled Memoirs Of A Madman in CD, LP and DVD configurations.



  • Pink Floyd collaborator faces deportation

    David Gilmour is protesting Scotland's attempt to deport Steve Forman, a U.S. born percussionist that has recorded with Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac.  Forman's not a subversive and claims no social services or benefits from the government.  So why should he be forced to leave? Authorities say immigration regulations include income requirements that Forman's salary from teaching percussion at the Royal Conservtoire of Scotland do not meet.  Gilmour says the prospect of Forman being forced to leave Scotland over something so trivial would be a 'tragic loss'.  The loss of his work permit means Forman can not instruct his students until or unless the government relents.  His salary was just a few thousand shy of the £31,000 required.  Gilmour says Forman's '...skills and approach are totally his own and as far as I know there is nobody I know of like him teaching rhythm in the UK or even Europe.'

  • Joe Perry talks about getting his favorite guitar back (video)

    The train wreck that was Aerosmith in the late '70's and early '80's gets laid pretty bare in Joe Perry's new autobiography. Things had gotten so bad for the guitarist after leaving the group that he resorted to selling his favorite guitar, a 1959 Les Paul, so he could scrape together some money for Christmas. Many years later, the guitar came back to him after Perry found out that it had found its way into the collection of guitars owned by another guitar great.  Perry shared the story with Conan on Monday (10/20).





  • Allman Brothers open final concert run

    The Allman Brothers Band will do their final series of live concerts without any special guests sitting in.  Speaking with Relix, Gregg Allman revealed that a group meeting about the last six concerts of the legendary band's multi-decade run produced a concenses that the Beacon Theatre residency should not include any special guests.  Past years have produced a long list of special guests sharing the spotlight with the group during its annual run of New York City shows. Asked whether former guitarist Dickey Betts might be an exception, Allman said, 'Dickey is in the middle of a hunting trip. Of course we reached out.'  While the group has not closed the door on ever playing together again, the October 28 set on the Beacon stage will apparently be the last regular tour date the Southern Rock musical institution will play.



  • Zeppelin tripped-up in Stairway ruling

    The copyright claim filed against Led Zeppelin over the group's epic song Stairway To Heaven last year by the estate of late Spirit member Randy California (story) will continue.  The band sought to have the case filed against them alleging that a key portion of the melody of the song was lifted from a Spirit song dismissed outright and lodged a legal objection to the case being heard in Pennsylvania., a state their attorneys say the band has no contacts or ties with. A District Court judge sided with the plaintiff on the basis of the claim that the group earns royalties from the area that target '...resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of Stairway to Heaven'.



  • Clapton books Royal Albert Hall spring series

    Eric Clapton has hinted that he may stop performing live after he turns 70.  Fans can be assured that at least four concerts will take place after EC reaches that milestone.  The guitar legend has booked a series of concerts for Royal Albert Hall in May (14, 15, 17 & 18).  The concerts take place on the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performances at the fabled venue.  He made his debut at the historic oval shaped music hall on December 7, 1964 while a member of the Yardbirds when the group played for the BBC's Top Beat Show.



  • Santana in World Series lineup

    Carlos Santana will do the national anthem with his son before the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals take the field at AT&T Park in SF on Saturday for game 4 of the World Series.  Carlos is the lone Rocker scheduled for the ceremonial presentation of the Star Spangled Banner for the fall classic, although that could change if the Royals  force a game 6 or 7 back in the Bay Area.  Trisha Yearwood does the honors for the opening game Tuesday (10/21) in KC.  American Idol Popster Phillip Phillips gets his chance Wednesday, and fans get a second dose of Country when Little Big Town performs before the opening pitch of Friday's game.



  • Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick joins Foo Fighters on Letterman (video)

    The Foo Fighters residency on the David Letterman Show continued Thursday (10/16) with the Foos joined by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on that group's song Stiff Competition.



  • Bono apologizes for U2's Apple release

    Bono says the decision to let Apple automatically deliver U2's latest album to iTunes accounts to coincide with the announcement of the release of the iPhone 6 was probably a mistake.  During a Q&A session on Facebook with fans Tuesday (10/14), the Irish band's front man apologized in reply to a post that called the delivery deal the group made with Apple '...really rude' of the band.  In response Bono wrote, "Oops... I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea... might have gotten carried away with ourselves.  Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of meglomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that theses songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.  There's a lot of noise out there. I guess. we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.'



  • Ozzy plans OzzFiesta in Mexico

    Ozzy Osbourne will team with the Hard Rock Hotel on the Mayan coast of Mexico next spring for a 5 day OzzFiesta that will combine music, comedy and a golf tournament that will raise money for Sharon Osbourne's Colon Cancer charity program. The May 27-31 event will include a concert by Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, an evening of standup comedy from Jim Florentine and Jim Norton, a chance for attendees to ask questions of Ozzy and his band mates and will close with a beach concert by Ozzy.  Tickets go on sale Friday (10/17). The first 500 rooms booked include a meet & greet with the host.


  • Bob Weir & Phil Lesh do NLCS Anthem in SF (video)

  • Foo Fighters Kick It Out with Heart (video)

  • Def Leppard does McCartney's Helen Wheels (listen)



  • Neil Young wants Obama impeached (video)

    Neil Young took time during his visit with Stephen Colbert Tuesday (10/14) to promote his new low fidelity album and ultra fidelity Pono music player and music file format to call for the impeachment of President Obama. Young's biggest beef with Barak is the President's failure to take a stand against fracking.  





  • Foo Fighters & Zak Brown cover Sabbath (video)

    One of the more unlikely combinations we can imagine was put together Monday (10/13) by David Letterman when the Foo Fighters were joined by Zac Brown on War Pigs.





Noteworthy Then
  • 10-24

    1944 Jon Anderson of Yes born…   1948 Mott The Hoople's Dale Buffin born…   1975 John Lennon releases Shaved Fish…   1979 Allman brothers Band release Enlightened Rogues…   1995 Ozzy Osbourne release Ozzmosis…, Bob Seger releases It's A Mystery…   1997 Johnny Colt quits Black Crowes…   2005 Cream does first of 3 nights at Madison Square Garden…   2005 Slash joins Queen & Paul Rodgers on stage in LA on Can't Get Enough…

  • 10-23

    1936 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman born…   1947 Humble Pie & Spooky Tooth's Greg Ridley born…   1969 King Crimson does first US show at Goddard College in Vermont…   1976 Led Zeppelin appears on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert TV show…   1978 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while jailed awaiting trial for murder of his girlfriend at Chelsea Hotel…    1998 Judge upholds school than bans playing of Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit by marching band on basis of it being a "drug anthem"…   1999 Eric Clapton, BB King John Mellencamp, John Fogerty Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz play at White House event promoting music programs in public schools…   2007 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss release Raising Sand…   2010 Neil Young reunites with Buffalo Springfield members Stephen Stills and Richie Furay at Bridge School benefit in Mountainview, California…

  • 10-22

    1920 Timothy Leary born…   1945 Mountain’s Leslie West born…   Rascals Eddie Brigati born…   1964 EMI rejects the High Numbers, the group soon to become the Who…  1965 Rolling Stones release Get off of My Cloud, Who release My Generation…   1976 Who play last concert with Keith Moon in Toronto…   1977 Queen We Will Rock You…   1984 Paul McCartney releases Give My Regards To Broad Street… 

  • 10-21

    Manfred Mann (Lubowitz) born…   1941 Steve Cropper born…   1957 Toto’s Steve Lukather born…   1961 Bob Dylan records first album in one day…    1970 Bob Dylan releases New Morning…    1975 Elton John awarded star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame…   2006 Rock Hall Of Fame opens Clash exhibit…   2008 Perception, Doors box set released…   2008 Who open 10 date US tour at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan   2010 Steven Tyler sings National Anthem before Bruins home opener in Boston   2010 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden pilots Liverpool soccer team flight to game in Naples, Italy...  2014 Allman Brothers open last concert series as a band at the Beacon Theatre in New York...


  • 10-20

    Engineer Tom Dowd born…   1945 Ten Years After’s Ric Lee born…   1953 Tom Petty born…   1973 Steve Miller Band releases The Joker… John Lennon releases Wedding Album…   1976 Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same premiers in London…   1977 Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, his sister, Cassie, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s road manager killed when tour plane crashes in Mississippi…   1979 Bob Dylan plays Saturday Night Live…   1990 Steve Miller Band does Special Olympics benefit concert at Cotton Bowl in Texas…   1998 Aerosmith releases A Little South of Sanity, Black Sabbath releases Reunion…   2008 AC/DC releases Black Ice… 

  • 10-19

    Peter Tosh born…   1945 Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons born…   1966 Yardbirds arrive in US for first tour…      1971 Keith Godchaux does his first concert with the Grateful Dead…   1973 David Bowie releases Pin Ups…   1974 Who release Odds & Sods…   1979 Journey releases Evolution…   1993 Rush releases Counterparts…   2004 John Mellencamp releases Words & Music…   2005 Bono has lunch with George W Bush at the White House…   2007 Deborah Santana files for divorce after 34 years of marriage to Carlos Santana…   2009 ZZ Top releases Double Down Live DVD…   2010 Leon Russell & Elton John release The Union…

  • 10-18

    1949 REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath born…   1952 Lee Michaels & Doobie Brothers Keith Knudson born…   1966 Concert debut for the Jimi Hendirx Experience in Paris…   1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested on marijuana… charges in London apartment   1968 Led Zeppelin’s London concert debut   1974 Rolling Stones release It’s Only Rock N’ Roll…   1975Paul Simons hosts the second Saturday Night Live…   1986 Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries Portuguese composer…   1989 Axl Rose quits Guns N Roses during LA concert…  2009 Aerosmith does first concert since Steven Tyler fell off stage during South Dakota concert in August…

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