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March 31
  • Steve Hackett previews new album (video)

    Wolflight, a new solo album from Genesis veteran Steve Hackett, comes out Tuesday (3/30).  Here's a look and listen to the title song.  One track on the 9 song album features Chris Squire of Yes on bass.



  • AC/DC biopic fails to get Bon Scott's estate on board


    High Voltage Productions, the company making the AC/DC biopic, ran into a roadblock when it attempted to gain rights to Bon Scott's story through the late lead singer's estate.  The company contends that the fact their offer to the estate to allow it to have a degree of creative participation in the project as well as a financial position was rejected will not prevent the film from moving forward.  In a statement about the impass High Voltage stated, 'Our legal team has made it quite clear that we do not even need to secure or option story rights as Mr. Scott is deceased and the Estate cannot preclude us from making an unauthorized biopic or docudrama.'



  • Lollapalooza inks Metallica & McCartney

    The headliners for the 2015 Lollapalooza festival this year make it plenty evident that the talent pool and drawing power of cutting edge talent is very shallow these days. Organizers of the annual festival that adopted Chicago's Grant Park as its permanent site have gone to Paul McCartney and Metallica to headline. Others on the July 31 - August 2 bill include Alabama Shakes, Florence & The Machine, TV On The Radio and a dozen or so other bands we've never heard of.


  • Whitesnake's new album includes Deep Purple tracks (Listen)

    David Coverdale will include remakes of a trio of tracks he did with Deep Purple on the next Whitesnake album.  Coverdale calls it a '...huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago.'  The Purple Album has a release date of May 19.



  • Van Halen to tear it up live







    The boys in Van Halen will be raising hell all over North America this summer and fall.  Things get off to a raucous start with a special performance on Hollywood Boulevard Monday (3/30) on Jimmy Kimmel Live that will mark David Lee Roth's first ever US television performance fronting the band. Highlights from the set will be featured that night and Tuesday on the Kimmel show.  The North American tour launches at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle on July 5 and is scheduled to wrap with an October 2 concert at the Hollywood Bowl.






    7/5, Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
    7/7, Portland, OR, Amphitheater Northwest
    7/ 9, Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
    7/ 11, San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
    7/ 14, Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    7/ 16, Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
    7/ 18, Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
    7/ 20, Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    7/  22, Kansas City, MO, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
    7/ 24, Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7/ 26, St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    7/ 28, Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagra Pavilion
    7/ 30, Bangor, ME, Darling’sWaterfront Pavilion
    8/1, Boston, MA, Xfinity Center

    8/3, Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
    8/5, London, ON, Western Fair District
    8/7, Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    8/9, Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
    8/11, Hartford, CT, Xfinity Center
    8/13, Wantagh, NY, Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
    8/23, Hershey, PA, Hershey Park
    8/25, Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    8/27, Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
    8/29, Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live
    8/31, Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
    9/2, Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Amphitheatre
    9/4, Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
    9/6, Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    9/9, Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
    9/11, Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
    9/13, Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    9/15, West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    9/17, Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    9/21, Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
    9/23, Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
    9/25, Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    9/28, Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
    9/30, San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    10/2, Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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  • Grateful Dead add June dates in Bay Area

    Soldier Stadium will still get the final dates surviving members of the Grateful Dead have committed to playing together as a band, but the legendary group's California Bay Area fan base will get at least two concerts in the week prior to the trio of concerts on the July 4th weekend the band has booked in Chicago. Sports Business Daily contends that The Dead will do performances on June 27 & 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the home field of the San Francisco 49ers since the start of the 2014 season.


  • David Crosby clips a runner in his Tesla

    David Crosby has compiled quite the rap sheet and some significant jail time for instances involving weapons and drugs. His latest run in with the law appears to be accidental.  Crosby was driving his black Tesla into a setting sun on Sunday (3/22) when his vehicle apparently hit a 46 year old jogger.  Crosby reported to police that he was unable to see Jose Jimenez because of glare from the sun. Jimenez, who suffered non life threatening injuries in the incident, was transported by a medi-vac helicopter from the scene of the accident on Baseline Avenue in Santa Ynez, California to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. California Highway Patrol officers indicate that Crosby immediately stopped and assisted Jimenez and say that the musician was not impaired in any way at the time of the accident.



  • Bob Seger suffers shoulder injury

    Bob Seger sustained a shoulder injury that has forced him to postpone Sunday's (3/22) concert in Indianapolis.  His web site announced that Seger hopes to be able to reschedule the Ride Out Tour stop in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.   No details were offered on the cause or severity of the injury or whether additional dates could face rescheduling,


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  • Robert Plant & Jack White join forces in Argentina (video)

    Jack White and Robert Plant have both expressed an appreciation for the other's work but the two had never played together until Plant took the stage during White's band's set at Lollapalooza Argentina and the two cranked out a version of Zeppelin's Lemon Song.



  • Def Leppard books cruise



    Def Leppard's slate is pretty full. In the coming months, the group will tour with Styx and Tesla and finish up work on its new studio album.  With a little R&R in order, the group has decided to get it during a work & playcation aboard the MSC Divina. The cruise ship sails out of Miami on January 21 for a Rockin' excursion that includes port calls in Half Moon Cay, and Freeport in the Bahamas. Pricing for the Hysteria on the High Seas crusie are getting worked out.  Members of the band's Rock Brigade fan club will have first dibs.




  • Van Halen on Ellen Degeneres (Listen)

    Ellen Degeneres has an impressive audience.  How many of them are Van Halen fans is an entirely different matter, so the band's decision to make noise about its Tokyo Dome Live In Concert with a performance on her show April 2 seems out of place.  The 25 track concert disc featuring David Lee Roth back in front of the band during a June, 2013 concert will be relased a couple of days before the telecast.  Here's a listen to Unchained from the live album.







  • Free bass player Andy Fraser dies

    The bass player in Free, the band Paul Rodgers fronted before Bad Company, has died at 62.  Andy Fraser had battled both cancer and AIDS since the 1980's.  Fraser reportedly passed away Monday (3/16) at his California home.  Fraser also did a stint in John Mayall's Blues Breakers. 

  • George Harrison & Eric Clapton guitars hit the block

    The Music Icons auction being conducted at the Hard Rock Café in New York City's Times Square will include perhaps the most valuable 'loaner' guitar in history.  It is a 1963 Mastersound electric that George Harrison had on loan while Barratt's Music Store in Manchester was doing some repair work on his Country Gent guitar.  Harrison's own guitar was returned the very same day he'd dropped it off, but George held on to the loaner for nearly a month, playing it during that span of time at several club concerts and sporting it when a publicity photo was taken at the Cavern Club on August 3rd.  A 1962 Gibson Les Paul SG that belonged to Eric Clapton is also included in the auction, as are a ring Jimi Hendrix wore and a bath robe that John Lennon owned.  The auction takes place May 15 & 16.

  • Hear a young Jimi Hendrix with Curtis Knight & the Squires

    An upcoming release of material a young Jimi Hendrix played on during a brief stint with Curtis Knight and the Squires before launching his solo career is due out soon (story).  Here's a preview from it of Station Break, an instrumental from the album titled You Can't Use My Name.




  • Aerosmith books NFL Hall Of Fame

    Looking to bolster interest in the NFL Hall Of Fame induction, officials of the Canton, Ohio institution are turning to Rock Hall Of Famers Aerosmith.  The kick-off Concert For Legends will take place August 7 at the Hall Of Fame Stadium. Football Hall Of Famer Andre Tippet thinks the choice is perfect.  The Patriots linebacker says Aerosmith music was in heavy rotation during his days of playing for the Super Bowl champs - and still is these days.  Joe Perry says that no matter where the band was while touring when news of Patriot victories reached them, he and his Aerosmith mates '...would swell with pride and think, yah, those are our boys.
    WashingtonTimes AP



Noteworthy Then
  • 3-31

    1948 Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs born…     1948 Thijis van Leer of Focus born…     1955 Angus Young of AC/DC born…     1967 Jimi Hendrix ignites a guitar on stage for the first time…    1978 Genesis releases And Then There Were Three…  1978 Paul McCartney releases London Town…     1992 Def Leppard releases Adrenalize, Bruce Springsteen releases Human Touch and Lucky Town…    

  • 3-30

    1674 Jethro Tull, inventor of the seed drill and namesake of the band, born…     1942 Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues born…     1945 Eric Clapton born…     1950 Tubes Ray Styles born…     1967 Photo session held for the cover of Beatles Sgt. Pepper album…     1974 Genesis release Selling England By The Pound…       1983 Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) dies in a car wreck…     1984 John Wetton joins Asia…     2004 Aerosmith releases Honkin’ On BoBo…     2010 Eddie Vedder joins the Who during performance of Quadrophenia at Royal Albert Hall… 

  • 3-29

    1967 Blues Traveler’s John Popper born…     1978 David Bowie opens Low tour…     1997 George Thorogood releases Rockin’ My Life Away…     2009 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh join the Allman Brothers Band during the closing show of the Beacon Theater 15 concert run…

  • 3-28

    1951 Rupert Greenall of the Fixx born…     1970 Blues Traveler’s Brendan Hill born…     1973 Led Zeppelin releases Houses Of the Holy…     1976 Genesis opens first tour without Peter Gabriel in Buffalo…     1979 Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd, George Harrison’s Ex, and the inspiration for Layla…     1982 David Crosby arrested on cocaine, qualudes and handgun charge in LA…     1990 Steven Adler officially ousted from Guns N Roses…     1992 Ozzy Osbourne injured when fans rush stage during Randy Rhodes memorial concert…      1996 Phil Collins leaves Genesis…     2010 Rush inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame…

  • 3-27

    1950 Tony Banks of Genesis born…     1959 Andrew Farriss of INXS born…     1970 Joe Cocker records Mad Dogs & Englishmen album during concert at the Fillmore East in New York…     1973 Jerry Garcia busted for drugs outside Philadelphia during a traffic stop…      1973 Carlos Santana changes his name to DevaDip…     1987 U2 plays LA rooftop, shooting video for Where The Streets Have No Name…     1987 Sammy Hagar’s first concert as a member of Van Halen, Shreveport, Louisiana

  • 3-26

    1948 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Boston’s Fran Sheehan born…     1965 Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds…     1972 Mott The Hoople disbands after 4 albums…     1996 Stone Temple Pilots release Tiny Music, Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop…     2006 Jon Bon Jovi appears on NBC’s West Wing…

  • 3-25

    1947 Elton John (Reginald Dwight) born…     1966 Jeff Healey born…     1967 Who make US concert debut in New York City…     1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono start Bed-In For Peace at Amsterdam Hilton…     1976 Jackson Browne’s wife commits suicide…     1992 Steve Miller Band, Kinks, Midnight Oil play Earth Day concert at Foxboro Stadium…     1995 Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam rescued from rip tide while swimming off New Zealand… 

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