Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 6:23ambyROCKinsights
Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown constituted the Classic lineup of Dokken. The four will be back together for a half dozen dates in Japan late this year. Whether a lasting reunion grows out of the tour remains to be seen. Mick Brown thinks it could. The drummer says additional dates could develop. Speaking with One On One host Mitch Lafon, Brown said that after the initial dates, '...there could be talk about something. Let's just get through six shows and if we can do that, then maybe we can go ahead.'
Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 5:52ambyROCKinsights
Kelly Osbourne set off an avalanche of reaction by allegedly including a phone number in a tweet bashing the woman her father allegedly had an affair with and a suggestion that people interested in cheap oral sex call it. The post on Monday triggered a lot of responses, most of them critical of her and many making note that affairs involve two participants. One replied she should also tweet her father's number in case people want to get on his case about it, too. Ozzy's wife has avoided to stooping to Kelly's level about the situation. Sharon says her husband has '...given me an unbelievable life and he's given me three gorgeous children and I love him.' As to whether she's take him back, she said, 'I honestly don't know. At this point I cannot answer that because I don't know what I want. I've got to follow my heart.'
Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 6:05ambyROCKinsights
Brian Johnson has nothing but appreciation for his time in AC/DC and has no issues with how members of the group handled the hearing problem he developed that resulted in them recruiting Axl Rose to finish their tour.
Speaking with SiriusXM, the now former lead singer attributed his hearing loss to crystalized fluids that were attacking the hearing in his one good ear. His hearing problems began nearly a decade ago when the singer and car racing enthusiast forgot to pop in his ear plugs while close to the action at a race. He says the noise of the engines triggered tinnitus that lasted a number of months. His latest setback came after contracting a serious cold following a concert in a rain storm in Vancouver. After flying back to Australia, Johnson saw a specialist and was informed of the severity of his situation and warned that attempting to continue with the band could result in him losing what hearing he has left. As for his treatment by the band, Johnson has no complaints. He said Cliff Williams was the most supportive of him throughout the ordeal, but added that none of the others in the band did or said anything about his situation that he has any issues with and he understands and supports their decision to finish the tour without him. In closing, Johnson said, 'I had so many good times with the boys. And I've had such a lucy and great life. And I'm just thankful really that I came out of it in one piece. Now I guess I could rock me socks off.'
Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 5:49ambyROCKinsights
Joe Walsh has been a participant in the rotating ranks of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band. Friday (5/20), Ringo became a guest member of Walsh's solo band on Rocky Mountain Way at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
Posted Saturday, May 21st, 2016 3:21pmbyROCKinsights
It did not take long for Aerosmith to scramble to attempt to squash the latest round of reports that the group might tour without Steven Tyler. The categorical denial that there is any consideration of recruiting a replacement lead singer for a tour was posted on Aerosmith's web site in a statement that read "There is absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new lead singer" and quotes Joe Perry as saying 'Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue. All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City.' At least one member of the band seems to like the idea of touring with someone other than Tyler out front. Brad Whitford did an interview in which he expressed frustration over Tyler being absent due to side projects like his American Idol role and his current foray into country music. Whitford went so far as to suggest he likes the idea of an Aerosmith tour with Myles Kennedy or Sammy Hagar in Tyler's place (story).
Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 7:22ambyROCKinsights
Jeff Beck will break a 6 year recording silence with Loud Hailer. The July 15 release takes its title from another name used for a megaphone because the guitarist says he wants to sound off about some of the things going on in the world that he takes issue with. The new release features guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, Giovanni Pallotti on bass and drummer Davide Sollazzi. Two of the eleven tracks on the release will be instrumentals. Singer Rosie Bones handles lead vocals on the other nine.
Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 6:53ambyROCKinsights
The release is titled I Still Do, but that affirmation may not apply to Clapton remaining in the active ranks of musicians much longer. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the guitar legend admitted he closes the album with a song titled I'll Be Seeing You justin case his 23rd album becomes his last. EC said, 'It's one of those things that's been haunting me. I love the song and I love the sentiment. Just in case I don't cut another record, this is how I feel. I might be saying goodbye.' But as he added, he's been doing that fairly regularly for years. If this time it's for real, nagging health issues play a role. EC says he's been plagued by ecxema that has now affected his hands, making playing painful. Back pain also seems to be causing related problems in his hands. He says if those complications ease he'll, '...start looking to do some work' but if they continue he will, '...have to figure out what to do next.'
Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2016 6:37ambyROCKinsights
If Aerosmith members follow through on touring without Steven Tyler, Brad Whitord suggests that Myles Kennedy or Sammy Hagar would be good fits for his group. Speaking with Blabbermouth, the guitarist says there is no firm plan in place to tour but added, 'I think it would be great' if it did and that enlisting guys like that could make being in the band less frustrating and more fun. As for the current state of his band, Whitford says, 'There is still a lot of turmoil and it can be frustrating. It should be easy. The whole thing started because of the music. If the focus was right there, everything would e fine.'
Phil Collen has been a fan of Tesla ever since Def Leppard toured with them in 1983, so Tesla's Frank Hannon says having Collen produce his group's new album makes for a great process. Speaking with My Global Mind, Hannon says his group already has a half dozen songs for the 2017 release nailed down and that the group has been working in sessions as the two bands tour together. recording songs in non-studio settings has 're-energized' his group, according to Hannon. He equates working with Collen to being similar to having the right coach get the most out of a team. He also credits Collen with making the group more open to trying different things, including a blues based song he says '...came out great.' MyGlobalMind.com
Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 5:18ambyROCKinsights
Ozzy Osbourne has made plenty of history of his own. On July 27 he'll make more with the History Channel launch of Ozzy & Jack's World Detour, a 10 episode series that features a father and son road trip to historic sites. The pair will visit Stonehenge, Mt. Rushmore, UFO haven Roswell, New Mexico, a cold war missile silo, Sun Studios in Memphis and other sites during their trek. 'History with an Ozzy slant' is what the elder co-host calls the show. Count on the pair to encounter some interesting characters along the way.
Details about the back-in-time show come along as Ozzy faces the prospect a future without his wife and manager of 30+ years. Sharon Osbourne recently annnounced a split with Ozzy, one sources told In Touch was the result of her discovery that her husband had been lavishing time, attention and a considerable amount of money on a 45 year-old celebrity hairstylist.
A sudden onset of severe stomach pain resulted in Anthony Kiedis being transported by ambulance to a Los Angeles hospital and the postponement of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Saturday (5/14) concert a Irvine Meadows. The band issued a statement saying the lead singer was suffering from complications relating to an acute case of intestinal flu and that at least 2 dates would have to be postponed. Flea was handed the tough task of letting the crowd in Irvine know that his band could not perform. Billboard.com
Posted Sunday, May 15th, 2016 6:41ambyROCKinsights
Gregg Allman said the Allman Brothers wanted Jimmy Carter to induct them into the Rock Hall Of Fame but Hall officials refused to grant that request. Mercer University in Macon, Georgia was happy to have the former President, Mercer University Board member and fellow Georgian on-hand to award Allman an honorary Doctorate of Humanities during graduation ceremonies on Saturday (5/14). Carter has always considered the Allman Brothers Band instrumental in him becoming President. He made that point from the podium, telling those in attendance that in 1976, 'It had been more than 140 years before a candidate from the deep south had even been considered for this office' and that the band's support of his candidacy contributed significantly to him winning the election. He would have the band play at one of the Inaugural Balls in Washington after being sworn into office. Chuck Leavell of the ABB and Little Richard have been previously honored by Mercer with degrees.
During a 2012 guest shot on Conan's TBS show, Gregg talked about his long friendship with the former president.
Posted Sunday, May 15th, 2016 6:26ambyROCKinsights
The preview trailer captures a defiant U2 delivering an exceptionally powerful performance when they returned to Paris to play a concert that had originally been scheduled to take place the day after the terrorist attacks on the city last November.
1940 The Band's Levon Helm born 1944 Mott The Hoople's Verden Allen born 1948 Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks born 1964 Lenny Kravitz born 1966 Bob Dylan plays Royal Albert Hall 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono open Bed In For Peace in Montreal 1997 Bono meets with Bill Clinton at the White House
1948 Scorpions Klaus Meine born 1950 Kansas' Robby Steinhart born 1965 Dave Davies knocked out after falling onto drum kit during Kinks London concert 1982 Queen releases Hot Space 1990 Lou Gramm of Foreigner goes solo (rejoins in 1992) 1993 Jimmy Buffett releases Before The Beach 1996 Eric Clapton rescues guitars from burning London home 1999 Paul Stanley of KISS premiers as Phantom in Toronto Phantom Of The Opera production
1941 Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) born 1947 Blue Oyster Cult's Al Bouchard born 1982 Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Traffic, Black Sabbath play benefit for Vietnam Veteran memorial 1988 Van Halen releases OU812 1990 Axl Rose & wife file for divorce less than a month after marrying 1991 Byrd's Gene Clark dies 1994 Jimmy Buffett releases Fruitcakes 1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized for bacterial infection
1963 Elmore James dies after suffering heart attack 1969 The Who release Tommy 1970 Grateful Dead play UK for first time 1975 Last Genesis concert with Peter Gabriel 1979 Tom Petty declares bankruptcy in effort to resolve dispute with record company 1988 Kinks release The Road 1990 Nick Mason of Pink Floyd marries Annette Lynton 1995 Warren Zevon releases Mutineer 2006 Def Leppard releases Yeah, covers CD 2012 Elton hospitalized briefly in LA, suffering from respiratory infection
1950 Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin born 1965 Bob Dylan releases Bringin' It All Back Home 1966 Bruce Springsteen records his only single with the Castilles in Bricktown, NJ 1980 Jimi Hendrix gold album awards stolen from Electric Ladyland Studio in New York 1997 Fleetwood Mac reunite to record MTV special 2007 Ozzy Osbourne releases Black Rain 2010 Bono undergoes emergency back surgery in Munich, Germany, next US Leg of 360° tour delayed 2010 Clarence Clemons of E Street Band performs and gets degree during graduation at University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1943 Animals Hilton Valentine born 1955 Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's Stan Lynch born 1968 Rolling Stones Brian Jones arrested on marijuana charges in London apartment 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record Ohio in LA 1996 Soundgarden releases Down on The Upside 1997 USC Marching Band does Louie Louie with Stone Temple Pilots before San Diego concert
1944 Joe Cocker born 1949 Fabulous Thunderbirds Jimmy Vaughan born 1967 Jimi Hendrix signs recording contract 1968 Peter Cetera of Chicago beaten by fans at Dodger Stadium because of his long hair 1968 Pete Townshend marries Karen Astley 1970 Let It Be premiers in New York 1995 Don Henley marries Sharon Summerall, Eagles, Springsteen, Sting, Bob Seger attend Malibu wedding 1998 Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan attend Frank Sinatra funeral 2006 Ozzy Osbourne plays Prince's Trust 30th anniversary concert in London 2009 Santana, Queen and KISS appear on season finale of American Idol 2012 Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies of cancer