Posted Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 6:29ambyROCKinsights
The head of Epic Records tells Billboard that the new album Ozzy Osbourne is working on is, '...something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do', a statement that is sure to fire-up some interesting speculation. A-ca-pella, orchestral, foreign language, folk, polka... with Ozzy, ya never know. Sylvia Rhone assures that '...it's going to be amazing.' The remarks by Rhone followed Epic Fest, a publicity drawing rally staged by Epic on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles that Osbourne made an appearance at.
Posted Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 5:37ambyROCKinsights
Sponge Bob Squarepants will debut on Broadway next year with a score that includes songs written for it by Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and David Bowie. Director Tina Landau says that getting the songs from some of Rock's biggest artists wasn't that difficult because they're fans of the character. Others serving up songs for the SpongeBob production include Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, John Legend and Lady Antebellum. Preview performances of the musical are slated to open June 7 in Chicago's Oriental Theatre and run for about a month before audiences in New York get the chance to soak it up.
Posted Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 5:07ambyROCKinsights
John Fogerty has plenty of reasons to feel bitter about the music industry - and he does. Fortunate Son; My Life, My Music, the book the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man is releasing on October 6, chronicles the long, contentious relationship the singer has had with band mates, including his late brother, and a host of other industry figures through the decades. Fogerty equates life in the music business and being in a band to being in a foxhole during wartime. Fogerty was introduced to the deceit within the industry early when a label executive changed the name of the band without consulting with the group, which found out after the record had already been packaged. He attributes his falling out with CCR's Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, who now tour as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, to the pair's decision to sell the equal shares they received from John's writing to producer Saul Zaentz for $30,000 in 1988. Zaentz later sued Fogerty, claiming that John's solo track The Old Man Down The Road infringed on Run Through The Jungle, one of the Creedence songs the producer obtained a portion of the publishing rights to. Fogerty was so disgusted with Zaentz and his band mates that he refused to perform Creedence songs for a long period in his career. HollywoodReporter.com Billboard.com
Posted Monday, August 31st, 2015 7:04ambyROCKinsights
The modest home in the Hudson Valley of New York State that members of The Band resided in while working with Bob Dylan in 60's, is available to rent. $650 gets you a night in Big Pink, the house the Basement Tapes were recorded in and the abode The Band named their debut album for. The 3 bedroom house in Saugerties, New York is owned by a couple that have avoided making modifications to it to preserve its connection with its famed early occupants. CNN.com
It might surprise you to find out that the Rocker almost always seen wearing frumpy flannel shirts owns a waterfront estate in Hawaii worth $24 million. Neil Young put the property on the market earlier this month. Just 3 acres but sporting more than 800' of ocean front, the estate includes a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house, a pair of guest cottages, a greenhouse and a pool house. Located on a peninsula bookenede by two ocean bays, the very private setting is touted as one of the most desireable pieces of property on the Big Island of Hawaii.
A Donald Trump victory in the next US Presidential election could cause David Crosby to move to Canada, a country that's having its own issues with a maverick head of state. Asked by a follower what he'd do if The Donald takes up residence in the White House, Crosby responded, 'Vancouver would start looking pretty good.' Given Trump's tendency to pounce on anyone critical of him or prospects for the country under his leadership, a counter comment from him is almost inevitable. Given Crosby's past, there's no shortage of bones for Trump to pick on.
A Friday night (8/28) private screening of Rock The Kasbah, the new movie featuring Billy Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis, was an intimate gathering of A-List attendees. The stealth premier screening at the United Artists Theater in East Hampton, NY was hosted by Jimmy Buffett and his wife, Jane, and included Murray, Bruce Springsteen, former President Bill Clinton, and screenwriter Barry Levinson. The post party at the Blue Parrot Bar & Grill added Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp and Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Willis to the cluster of high profile attendees. The film features Murray as a down on his luck Rock manager in a role written specifically for him by Mitch Glazer, the writer for Murray's character in Scrooged.
Posted Saturday, August 29th, 2015 9:32ambyROCKinsights
Aerosmith's closing set at the 2014 Download Music Fest in Donington provided plenty of highlights. Joe Perry recalled the night had a great level of energy on stage and in the crowd. Steven Tyler said that performing at the festival left him '...howling at the moon' and adds that his band '...couldn't have had a better time on stage that night.' Aerosmith Rocks Donington gets released on Blu-ray and DVD September 4th. Here's a preview.
Posted Saturday, August 29th, 2015 9:07ambyROCKinsights
Word that Axl Rose and Slash have decided it was time for a cease fire between the former Guns N' Roses band mates (story) has already triggered a bunch of reunion rumors about the group. The band's lone guitarist after DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot parted ways with the group last month did not not dismiss the possibility. Richard Fortus said during an interview with a St. Louis radio station that next year would be a 'big year' for the goup, and alluded to the band adding another guitarist. An Australian concert promoter claims an industry insider Down Under is saying Slash may not be the only one in line to rejoin the band, suggesting that ohter original band members could also re-up.
Posted Friday, August 28th, 2015 7:15ambyROCKinsights
Work on the new Def Leppard album is nearly complete. Speaking with the Grand Forks Herald, Joe Elliott revealed that the 14 song album contains tracks that reflect different musical influences on group members throughout their lifetimes, making the album the most musically diverse record yet. Elliott said fans can expect to hear things that remind them of Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC and even Crosby, Stills and Nash. 'We have not shied away from anything that's influenced us in our growing up periods of our life. Just because we've made the kind of music we've made doesn't mean we don't like all of this other stuff.' Rest assured he also says there are tracks that sound more like Def Leppard. HenneMusic.com
Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 7:47pmbyROCKinsights
Friday (8/28) Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy recordings will release six never previously available Jimi Hendrix performances from the July, 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. The concert actually took place nearly 100 miles south of Atlanta in a field near Byron, Georgia and featured a lineup that included Hendrix, Bob Seger, the Allman Brothers Band, BB King and more than two dozen other acts. The collection contains 16 tracks from Hendrix recorded on Huly 4th, including ones previously available and showcased in the Showtime Special Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, a documentary about the festival and the set the Experience did during it that the channel will debut September 4 at 9pm (Eastern).
Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 7:33pmbyROCKinsights
Scorpions, a band that planned to disband not long ago, has decided to continue making music and will make its September 12 date at the Barclays Center in New York one that fans worldwide can stream live. The Yahoo feed from the Brooklyn arena will be available through a screen app and be viewable through this link. The Return To Forever album gets its release on September 11. The Scorpions & Queensryche tour includes 16 stops, starting the night before the New York date in Boston and wrapping up in Queensryche's home base of Seattle on October 9. AntiMusic.com
Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 6:08ambyROCKinsights
Iron Maiden is gearing-up for an extensive world tour with Bruce Dickinson at the controls of the leased 747 that will fly his group around the US starting in late February before Maiden heads to Central America, Mexico, South America, back to the States for additional dates in March of 2016, then on to Canada before heading tothe Far East, South Africa and Europe. Ed Force One is large enough to transport the band, crew and all of the staging andd equipment at nearly 850mph and with a non-stop range of 7,000 nautical miles. Cities and dates included in the tour will be finalized and announced soon.The massive tour is being staged in support of the group's 16th studio album, The Book Of Souls, a double disc release due September 4.
Edun Apparel has been mired in losses since being formed in 2005 by U2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson. The Man In Black and his wife are now reportedly more than £40 million in the red on the clothing venture after posting a loss of £3.4 million last year. Despite the firms struggles, the pair remains determined to stand by their duds. A statement released by the directors maintains they are, '...confident the current business strategy will result in the development of a successful and sustainable brand.' The label has attracted a high profile designer to take the lead role in pumping up the appeal of the clothing line that draws on artisans in Africa for its retail line.
Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 5:11ambyROCKinsights
You've heard of swine flu. How about the swine that flew? Algie, the inflatable pig that Pink Floyd commissioned so it could be photographed floating between the smokestacks of the Battersea Power Station for the cover of the Animals album, was about to be auctioned off but has been witdrawn from the lineup. Decommissioned in 1983, the plant served as a backdrop in the Beatles movie Help! and in the first Batman movie. More recently, it appeared on the big screen during the first Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The famous power station itself is being transformed into luxury apartments with a complex of retail stores at the street level.
The pig along with other Rock related props created by artist Rob Harries was going to be sold to make room in his studio following a transition of his own from working on inflatables to sculpting with clay. Items that remain up for grabs include a giant, bronzed Babylonian woman used during a Rolling Stones tour and the enormous pig's head commissioned by Roger Waters for his Berlin Wall concert stage. Algie broke loose after the photo for the album cover was taken and briefly disrupted flights at Heathrow airport before being recovered from a field in Kent.
1956 Elvis Presley buys his mother a pink Cadillac… 1967 Boz Scaggs joins the Steve Miller Band… 1969 Isle of Wight Festival opens… 1975 Grateful Dead release Blues For Allah… 1979 INXS has live debut in Sydney… 1983 Clash fires Mick Jones… 1989 Adam Clayton of U2 acquitted on marijuana charges in Dublin… 2007 Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett jam during Labor Day weekend party at Jon Bon Jovi's Long Island home…… 2009 Black Crowes release Before The Frost and Until The Freeze…
1945 Van Morrison (George Ivan) born 1948 Scorpions Rudy Schenker born 1957 Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook born 1971 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein for $29 million 1971 Security guard stabbed to death during Who concert at Flushing Meadows, NY 1973 Rolling Stones release Goat's Head Soup 1976 George Harrison loses plagiarism suit over He's So Fine riffs in his song My Sweet Lord 1988 Bob Seger and wife Annette Sinclair divorce 1989 Rolling Stones open Steel Wheels tour at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan memorial draws 25,000 2005 E Street Band's Little Steven stages concert and rally to save New York punk club CBGB
1969 Led Zeppelin, Santana & Janis Joplin play Texas Jam 1972 John Lennon & Yoko Ono stage One To One benefit at Madison Square Garden 1973 Doors announce break-up two years after Jim Morrison's death 1978 Joe Jackson does first concert 1981 Rolling Stones release Tattoo You 1988 John Hiatt releases Slow Turning 1988 Julianne Phillips fils for divorce from Bruce Springsteen 1989 Izzy Stradlin of Guns N Roses arrested for smoking and disrupting airline flight 1995 Coroner's report says Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia died of heart failure
1966 Beatles close US tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco… 1976 Boston releases debut album… 1976 Spirit reunites for a concert in Santa Monica, CA… 1989 Axl Rose joins Tom Petty on Knockin' On Heaven's Door at Syracuse Fairgrounds concert… 1990 Former Tubes member Vince Welnick joins the Grateful Dead… 1995 Two killed in helicopter crash during Meat Loaf video shoot in California 2006 Bob Dylan releases Modern Times…
1964 Beatles meet Bob Dylan for first time 1965 Bob Dylan booed off stage for playing electric at concert in Forest Hills, NY 1972 David Bowie debuts Ziggy Stardust at Carnegie Hall show in New York 1978 Television breaks-up 2005 Jonathan Caine of Journey has emergency appendectomy after Long Island concert 2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artimus Pyle found not guilty on charges he failed to register as a sex-offender after previous conviction for having had improper contact with a minor…
1953 Alex Lifeson of Rush born… 1965 The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at Graceland… 1967 Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies in London home of sleeping pills overdose 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan catches a ride on Eric Clapton’s crew helicopter after performing at Alpine Meadows in East Troy, Wisconsin and dies along with three of Clapton’s crew when the chopper collides with a hillside in thick fog… 1991 Pearl Jam releases Ten… John Lennon’s hand written lyrics to A Day In The Life auction for $100,000. The sheet of paper sells again in 2010 for $1.2 million…
1970 Duane Allman starts recording with Derek & The Dominos… 1970 Jimi Hendrix plays Isle Of Wight Festival… 1973 10cc makes live debut… 1978 Triumph headlines Canada Jam… 1979 Phil Collins joins Peter Gabriel for Lamb Lies Down On Broadway at Reading Festival… 1980 Tom Petersson quits Cheap Trick… 1993 Aerosmith honored with brass star at entrance to Tower Records in Boston… 2000 Allman Brothers Band & G'ovt Mule's Allan Woody dies in hotel room… 2003 Warren Zevon releases The Wind…