Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 9:59pmbyROCKinsights
Dean Castronovo, the drummer with Journey, was reportedly jailed without bail in Salem, Oregon Monday (6/29) on an array of charges that included several counts of fourth degree assault, two counts of menacing and other counts, including a second degree sexual assault charge and a weapons count. The drummer is alleged to have engaged in the illegal activities between April 25th and the day he was arrested. Castornovo was arrested on a rape charge after a domestic disturbance on June 14. He was released the following day and allegedly began a text and phone call barrage of the woman. The DA in the case maintains that Castronovo would violate terms of release if let go again. The drummer also had a run-in with the law in Oregon three years ago stemmiing from a domestic dispute. Journey has addressed the matter by signing on Omar Hakim to take Castronovo's place in the band indefinitely.
Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 9:55pmbyROCKinsights
The Who 1982 tour was one of a couple that were presumed to be their last (another is in progress now). The trek included a stop at Shea Stadium in New York that has now gotten an official release by Eagle Rock Entertainment. Here's the version of Behind Blue Eyes from the collection.
Fans unable to catch the supposedly final performances of the Core Four of the Grateful Dead in person have the option of viewing streaming versions of the California and Chicago concerts. The band has also confirmed plans to package highlights of the Fare Thee Well concerts in CD, DVD and Bly-ray releases expected out November 20. A limited run of 20,000 copies of the Chicago shows captured in their entirety on a dozen CD, 7 DVD, Blu-ray box set will also be produced.
Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2015 3:52pmbyROCKinsights
One of Prog Rock's preeminent bass players died from an agressinve form of cancer Sunday (6/28). Chris Squire of Yes passed away less than two months after being diagnosed with acute Myeloid Leukemia. The bass player died in his adopted home town of Phoenix, Arizona. Geoff Downs of the band relayed word of Squire's passing in a Twitter post that read, 'Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire.' The group, with Squire's blessing, has been preparing for thier first tour without him. Mirror.co.uk
Neil Young eyes Donald Trump with the same contempt he has for Monsanto, so it came as no surprise that Trump's use of Rockin' In The Free World during the announcement that he willl run for president elicited a swift and negative reaction from Young's camp. Responding to an inquiry by msnbc about Trump's use of the song, Young' manager wrote, "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World in his presidential campaign announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States."
Posted Friday, June 12th, 2015 6:16ambyROCKinsights
Dave Grohl is one tough dude. After a fall that was closer to a flight off the stage during the Foo Fighters set in Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, Grohl returned to the stage do play 3 more songs seated, then went to the flank of the stage so a medic could tend to hs broken leg while the band did Miss You from the Stones and Queen's Tie Your Mother Down. His leg in a cast, Grohl then resumed the concert, leading the group through 14 more songs! ClassicRock.TeamRock.com
Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015 4:46pmbyROCKinsights
Robert Plant says the inability to perform at his accustomed 140% has forced him to postpone some dates. The former Led Zeppelin front man has announced that lyrangitis will resulted in his Wednesday (6/10) date in Chicago being pushed back to September 23. Two other dates have been delayed after the ailment robbed Plant of a good portion of his remarkable range.
Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 4:38pmbyROCKinsights
Doubletakes were a lunch feature at the Humboldt Restaurant in Denver Monday afternoon when patrons found themselves sharing the restaurant with Bono and Bill Clinton. The former President and U2's front man discovered they would be in the Mile high City and arranged to meet for lunch. Bono ordered Ahi Tuna, while Clinton opted to stick to his vegan regimen, ordering a kale and quinoa platter. Chelsea Clinton and her father arrived first and were seated in the back of the dining room. Bono joined them shortly after they were seated. The casually dressed trio discussed '...family, friends and philanthropy', according to a representative of the Clinton Foundation.
Posted Monday, June 8th, 2015 6:51ambyROCKinsights
Carlos Santana, a go-to sure bet to do a great rendition of the National Anthem for California teams, did it again at Oracle Arena before game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday (6/7). The legendary guitarist was joined by his wife during the pre-tip performance.
Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2015 6:32ambyROCKinsights
Rattle That Lock will be the title of David Gilmour's next solo album. The Pink Floyd veteran shared the title and a bit of additional info about the release while participating in a writing conference Saturday (6/6) in Carlow, Ireland. Gilmour and his wife shared brief segments from a couple of the tracks of the album with others attending the 2015 Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas. The release of the album will coincide with a brief European tour that is slated to open on September 12 in Croatia.
Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2015 8:20ambyROCKinsights
Metallica fans can help the group generate a lot of cash for the Red Cross flood relief effort in Texas while helping themselves to some fresh live material from the band. Metallica headlines a concert at the XGames in Austin Saturday (6/6) that the group will record and make available in download form for just $5. Every dollar from downloads made between the time they are made available and July 15 will be donated to the American Red Cross of Central Texas. Want in? The multiple format downloads will be posted at LiveMetallica.com.
Posted Friday, June 5th, 2015 8:05ambyROCKinsights
Rush plans on filming the trio's Air Canada Centre concerts in Toronto June 17 and 19 for possible release on DVD. The shows will likely mark the final hometown appearances during a full-scale tour by the group. The band elected not to stream the shows live, but is considering making board mix reccordings of the concerts available to fans attending them. Alex Lifeson indicated that group members remain open to doing future one-off performances after this final tour wraps up and says another album or ttwo may also be in the offfing.
Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 5:53ambyROCKinsights
Eric Clapton put his fleet fingers to work on a version of Brown Sugar that did not make it onto the original release of the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album, but that take is included on the expandedd edition reissue of the classic album on June 8.
1948 Fleetwood Mac’s Jeremy Spencer born 1955 John Waite born 1958 INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly born 1963 Counting Crows bass player Matt Mailey born 1969 Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, Blood Sweat & Tears and Chck berry play Atlanta Pop Festival 1982 Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager, Sharon Arden 1987 Doobie Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor play Moscow 2005 Elton John does a free concert in Philadelphia 2009 Foo Fighters play the White House lawn before the DC fireworks display
1948 Little Feat's Paul Barrere born 1969 Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck play Newport Folk Festival 1969 Former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones found dead in the swimming pool of his home 1971 Jim Morrison of The Doors found dead in Paris apartment 1973 Jeff Beck guests with David Bowie at London show ending Ziggy Stardust tour 1975 Allman Brothers Band releases Win, Lose Or Draw 1980 Keith Richards and Anita Plllenberg separate 1981 Doors members gather at Jim Morrison's grave site on 10th anniversary of his death 1982 John Mellencamp does free concert for 20,000 volunteers filling sandbags to stem flooding in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
1949 E Street Band's Roy Bittan born 1980 Bob Weir & Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead arrested for obstructing drug bust in San Diego 1981 Foreigner releases Foreigner IV 1991 Axl Rose triggers riot when he jumps into St. Louis concert crowd to go after a fan with a camera during Guns n Roses concert 1991 Tom Petty releases Into The Great Wide Open 2005 Live 8 Concerts staged in several countries 2009 Robert Plant in a car accident in North London 2014 Styx & Foreigner tour buses catch fire in Philadelphia parking the day before the lot before Let Freedom Rock concert at Susquehana Bank Park
1915 Willie Dixon born 1939 Delaney Bramlett born 1946 Blondie’s Deborah Harry born 1965 John Lennon publishes A Spaniard In The Works 1968 John Lennon’s first art exhibit opens in London 1976 Peter Frampton cracks ribs in fall from stage during Hartford, Connecticut concert 1981 Steppenwolf’s John Morey killed in car wreck 2009 Aerosmith cancels Ohio concert on short notice, the first in a series of canceled shows on the ill-fated tour that would end with Steven Tyler falling off the stage in Sturgis, SD in August
1971 Fillmore West closes in San Francisco… 1975 Gregg Allman and Cher marry (over in 10 days) … 1987 Joe Walsh release Got Any Gum? … 1994 Members of Pearl Jam testify against Ticketmaster before Congress… 1997 Aerosmith opens Nine Lives tour in Orchard Beach, Maine… 2009 Levon Helm releases Electric Dirt, Joey Kramer publishes his autobiography… 2009 U2 opens 360 tour in Barcelona…
1948 Deep Purple’s Ian Paice born… 1953 Colin Hay of Men At Work born… 1968 Pink Floyd does a free concert in Hyde Park… 1973 Ian Gillan quits Deep Purple following a concert in Japan… 1975 Tim Buckley dies of an overdose in Santa Monica, CA… 1978 Peter Frampton suffers a broken arm and ribs in a car crash in the Bahamas… 1979 Little Feat’s Lowell George dies of a heart attack… 1996 The Who perform Quadrophenia with Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan in Hyde Park… 1997 Mike McCready of Pearl Jam breaks his collar bone diving for an Eddie Vedder line drive in a softball game… 2000 Ron Wood announces he has entered rehab… 2005 Bruce Springsteen treats airport employees to an acoustic set at 2am while his tour plane refuels in Iceland…
1946 Gilda Radner born… 1969 Crosby Stills & Nash release self titled debut… 1984 Bruce Springsteen films video for Dancing In The Dark with Courtney Cox… 1988 Steven Tyler marries Aerosmith costume designer Terressa Barri… 1990 Allman brothers Band releases Seven Turns… 1994 Rolling Stones premier Voodoo lounge after Reds Astros game at the Astrodome in Houston… 1996 KISS open reunion tour in Detroit… 2009 Bruce Springsteen’s 2 hour 40 minute set costs Glastonbury festival organizers a curfew penalty… 2015 Chris Squire of Yes dies of cancer...