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November 01
  • Peter Gabriel, Gregg Allman Quick Takes

    Peter Gabriel fans will be able to buy recordings of his upcoming European tour concerts. Individual concert and complete tour sets will be available from the trek that opens in Brussels November 18.


    Gregg Allman has been dropped from the lawsuit filed against producers of the documentary about him filed by the family of the film crew member that lost her life when a train barreled onto a railroad bridge while the crew was preparing to film a scene last February.

  • Rush premiers previously unreleased track (video)

    A 1974 live performance Rush did for students at a school included a track the Canadian trio has never released but will include on R40, the career spanning retrospective.  Here is a video of the song, I've Been Running, being performed for that somewhat less than fully attentive audience.



  • Sabbath's Iommi working on CSI soundtrack

    Tony Iommi is using down time between tours to write some new material for the CBS hit series CSI.  The Black Sabbath veteran says he's enjoyed the process of working with images to come up with song structure and melodies.  The piece that gets featured in the November 9 episode isn't very long according to Iommi, but he says he is open to doing more TV or film soundtrack composition and recording in the future.

  • Vintage Grateful Dead equipment truck for sale

    The 1949 Studebaker truck the Grateful Dead carried gear to in the group's early years will be sold by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, California on November 6th. The R Series 1 ton truck has seen little done to it prior to hitting the block.  Thee description touts the oriiginal interior and motor are still housed inn the body painted by Owsley.  Photo:



  • Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd Quick Takes

    The Allman Brothers Band did its final concert as a touring band Wednesday (10/28). The Beacon Theatre show stretched past midnight, into the early hours of the anniversary of the day the group lost Duane Allman in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia 43 years ago. The last song played? The first they ever performed as a group - Trouble No More.


    Pink Floyd's song One Slip likely has new meaning for Roger Waters. A bathroom slip has landed the Floyd veteran in a hospital with impact injuries.


  • Clapton posts tribute tune to Jack Bruce (listen)

    Eric Clapton recorded and posted a heart-felt tribute to Jack Bruce on his web site and Facebook page.

    Hear the soulful acoustic song here.

  • Gilmour says thought of reviving Floyd triggers 'cold sweat'

    David Gilmour says the mere thought of bringing Pink Floyd back together causes him to '...break out in a cold sweat.'  The Endless River, the release being called the band's final album, has become the most pre-ordered recording in history.  The November 10th release was primarily recorded two decades ago, but Gilmour spent a good deal of time in recent months adding finishing touches to the project.  Speaking with Rolling Stone, Gilmour expressed firm doubt that anything else worth releasing remains in the archive of recorded material from the group.  As for the idea of reconstituting Floyd for new work or touring, Gilmour told RS, 'I'm really enjoying my life and my music. There's no room for Pink Floyd.  The thought of doing any more causes me to beak out in a cold sweat.'



  • Musicians weigh-in on Jack Bruce's death

    Eric Clapton took to his Facebook page to let fans know he admired Jack Bruce, who died Saturday (10/25) (story), as '...a great musician and composer', and called his former Cream band mate '...a tremendous inspiration to me.'  Drummer Ginger Baker, who was often at odds with Bruce, passed along his condolences via a fan club notice that read, 'I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce... My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time'.  Ringo Starr, who counted Bruce among the revolving players in his All Starr Band, Tweeted, 'We lost Jack Bruce today an incredible musician writer and a good friend peace and love to all his family.' (SIC)  Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath called Bruce 'My biggest influence and favourite bass player' (SIC), while Flea from the Chili Peppers wrote, 'Oh man. Jack Bruce. Too much. Wow. Holy holy. I love that guy. One of a kind greatness. End of an era'.



  • Stars out for Sting's Broadway debut

    The Last Ship, a musical revolving around shipbuilding of old in England, opened Sunday at the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway.  The former Police front man described watching it as, ' out of body experience' for him. Reviews were generally favorable but some critics voiced disappointment. Variety's critic said, 'Melancholy tones of sorrow and regret saturate' the play, while Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the musical, '...trots out a series of dirges that lack the dynamism necessary to keep audiences fully engaged'.  Among the opening night crowd for the musical that tells the story of a crew of unemployed shipbuilders that take over a former factory to build one last ship were Billy Joel, Robert DiNero, Bruce Springsteen and Deborah Harry.


  • Rush returns to the road in 2015 (video)

    The Clockwork Angels tour that saw Rush doing dates for just over a year took enough out of the group that Geddy & Co. decided to take all of 2014 off.  Now that the year is winding down, guitarist Alex Lifeson says the time has come for planning a 2015 return to concert stages.  While nothing is firm at this point, Lifeson recently told Artisan News he's looking forward to playing live again, adding, 'I can't believe it's been 40 years already' since Rush formed.  An R40 career spanning box set that includes a bonus disc of rare material is due from the Canadian Rockers in November.






  • Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

    Liver cancer has silenced the voice of one of Rock's most distinctive vocalists.  Jack Bruce, bass player in Cream, the power trio comprised of Bruce, guitar great Eric Clapton and flamboyant drummer Ginger Baker, died with family bu his side in his Suffolk home, accorfding to a BBC report.  The musician's web site confirms his death.  Liver cancer claimed Bruce, says the Herald.  Bruce and Eric Clapton met while together briefly in John Mayall's Blues Breakers.  The pair teamed with drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream in 966.  Together just three years, the group produced four albums and is credited as being one of the great trios of all time.  Constant bickering between Bruce and Baker was set aside just a couple of times in recent decades for reunion concerts.  The group played London and New York in 2005.  Cream was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 1993.







  • 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.



Noteworthy Then
  • 11-1

    1946 Traffic & Blind Faith's Ric Grech born…   1962 Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Keidis born…   1965 Rolling Stones concert in Rochester, NY halted when 3,000 fans rush the stage…   1971 Allman Brothers Band plays In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, Stormy Monday and Statesboro Blues at Duane Allman's funeral…   1977 Queen releases News of The World…   1980 Joe Lynn Turner joins Deep Purple…   1983 Bob Dylan releases Infidels…   1986 Roger Waters attempts to legally dissolve the name Pink Floyd…   1994 Tom Petty releases Wildflowers…   1997 Metallica reaches out of court settlement with Iowa fan injured during 1993 concert…   2008 Jimmy Carl Black, drummer with  Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention, dies of lung cancer…   2010 Royal Mint releases John Lennon coin…

  • 10-31

    1945 Argent's Russ Ballard born…   1961 U2's Larry Mullen born…   1975 Queen releases Bohemian Rhapsody…   1986 Roger Waters starts legal action to block David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright from using the name Pink Floyd without him…   1989 Grateful Dead release Built To Last…   1993 River Phoenix dies of an overdose outside Viper Club in LA while with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers…   1997 AC/DC members participate in Halloween séance to contact Bon Scott, but get no response…   2001 Ozzy Osbourne breaks a leg stepping out of shower, postpones tour…   2006 John Fogerty releases Long Road Home, Who release Endless Wire, online charity auction brings in $26,000 bid for guitar signed by Pink Floyd members…   2009 Pearl Jam does last concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before demolition…

  • 10-30

    1939 Jefferson Airplane & Starship’s Grace Slick born…   1946 AC/DC’s Chris Slade born…   1947 Eagles Timothy Schmit born…   1967 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones draws 9 month sentence on drug conviction – later reduced due to his ‘poor mental state’…   1970 Jim Morrison ordered to pay a fine after being charged with exposing himself during Miami Doors concert…   1973 John Lennon releases Mind Games   1992 Peter Frampton plays with David Letterman’s band…   1997 REM announces Bill Berry is leaving…   1998 Black Sabbath members walk out on Toronto CD signing event when security starts roughing-up fans…   2007 Levon Helm releases Dirt Farmer…  2008 Neil Young cancels LA Forum date because of union dispute with venue operator…   2009 U2, Metallica, Ray Davies, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck and surprise guest Mick Jagger appear at Rock Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concert in Madison Square Garden…

  • 10-29

    1944 Moody Blues & Wings member Denny Laine born…   1946 Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green born…   1971 Duane Allman killed in motorcycle wreck in Macon, Georgia…   1975 Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder tour opens, Plymouth, MA…   1977 Meat Loaf releases Bat Out Of Hell…   1983 Dark Side Of The Moon begins week 491 on Billboard album chart…   1984 Wells Kelly of Orleans dies…    1990 Traveling Wilburys II released…   2005 Jefferson Airplane reunite to play at San Francisco amphitheater renamed to honor Jerry Garcia…   2009 Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Simon & Garfunkel, Sting, Stevie Wonder perform at Rock Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concert in Madison Square Garden…   2010 Bruce Springsteen does surprise Q&A with audience after London screening of The Promise…  2013 Anonymous bidder pays $770,000 for the modest Liverpool brick home John Lennon lived in during his first 5 years...

  • 10-28

    1936 Charlie Daniels born…   1966 Kinks release Face To Face…     1977 Steve Perry makes debut as Journey lead vocalist…    1977 Sex Pistols release Never Mind The Bullocks, Here's The Sex Pistols…    1991 Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Mason injured in crash during Pan American road race in Mexico…

  • 10-27

    1949 Gary Tallent of the E Street band born…   1951 Judas Priest’s KK Downing born…   1967 Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland born…   1975 Bruce Springsteen appears on covers of Time and Newsweek magazines…   1992 Neil Young releases Harvest Moon…   2005 Three of the four Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover uniforms and the first Rolling Stones recording contact auctioned…   2007 Metallica, Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Jerry Lee Lewis play Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit in Mountainview, California…   2013 Lou Reed dies at 71 of liver disease...

  • 10-26

    26  1965 Beatles appointed members of Order of British Empire…   1967 Magical Mystery Tour premiers on BBC TV…   1975 Elton John plays Dodger Stadium…   1978 Police do first US date at Rat Club in Boston…   1981 Queen and David Bowie record Under Pressure…   1991 Ozzy Osbourne breaks his foot during a Chicago concert…   1991 Bonnie Raitt plays Saturday night Live…   1992 Pearl Jam sells a record 950,000 copies of the album Vs in its first week of release   1993 Jackson Browne releases I’m Alive…   2006 Jimi Hendrix songs owned by the estate of a former manager go up for sale to benefit UK charities…

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