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July 29
  • McCartney reissues include a John Bonham collaboration

    Upcoming reissues from the catalog of solo and Wings era Paul McCartney material include a song the will be of particular interest to Led Zeppelin fans. A bonus version of Beware My Love on the Wings At the Speed Of Sound album features Zep drummer John Bonham.  Bonzo also played drums on a couple of tracks that were included on the last Wings album, Back To The Egg, released in '79.  The expanded edition of Speed Of Sound and Venus and Mars come out September 23. In addition to remastered versions of the original albums, the Venus and Mars album will pack 14 bonus tracks and a DVD with 3 songs and the original TV ad for the album. Wings At the Speed of Sound adds 7 bonus tracks to the original 11 and a DVD with 3 elements.



  • Frehley taunts KISS


    Sniping between former members of KISS and the current lineup continues. The latest taunt came from Ace Frehley who responded to what he claims are statements from the band designed to discredit him and his new solo album. He says his Space Invader album has the goods and will make them '...look foolish' when the release gets heard.  The guitarist went on to contend that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley blocked Ferehley and Peter Criss from performing with them during the Rock Hall Of Fame induction of KISS because they were '...afraid of hsitory repeating itself' by showing how much better a group KISS was with them as members.



  • Yes vocalist Jon Anderson forms new band

    The rift between Jon Anderson and his former band mates in Yes shows no sign of ending (story), so the vocalsit is moving forward with a new band that will include jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  Anderson says the notion  of working with Ponty came spontaneously when he found himself singing along to Ponty's music.  He says working with Ponty, guitarist Jamie Dunlap, bass player Baron Browne and keyboardist Wally Minko made 2014, ' amazing year for me musically'.  The Anderson Ponty Band is turning to Kickstarter as a source of funding for a new album and plans for the group to '...sing our way around the world and have fun'.



  • Floyd gets back to 'spacey' origins






    Fans of A Saucerful Of Secrets and Ummgumma are apt to like the album Pink Floyd will release in October more than those that prefer the more song structured approach used on the majority of albums that followed, The Sun has learned from a source familiar with The Endless River, the album culled from sessions recorded in the mid 90's, features '...lengthy instrumentals rather than straight-up Rock' and describes the material on it as '...very spacey'. One song does include a vocal by David Gilmour, and long-time backup singer  Durga McBroom-Hudson has confirmed that she sang on some of the tracks on the album. The source also expects this will be the last thing the surviving members of the group ever do as a band, saying that even a reunion tour that, '...would probably be the highest grossing tour in history', is not apt to get David Gilmour to change his mind about reuniting with Roger Waters and Nick Mason.



  • Stevie Nicks doubles-up

    Stevie Nicks will draw from songs she wrote over a 20+ year span starting in 1969 for a double album titled 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault she plans to release October 7. Even though the songs were composed long ago, the recordings of them used on the album were done quite recently at studios in Nashville and LA.  She describes the collection as songs that '...represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors.' The Vault collection was co-produced by Nicks with assists from Waddy Wachtel and Dave Stewart.

    On the Fleetwood Mac front, the band has reportedly completed eight songs for the expected reunion album with Christine McVie.  If Stevie is on any of those it will apparently be via overdubs as she evidently not in the studio when they were laid down.




  • McCartney, Joe Perry & Alice Cooper combine

    One of the more intriguing combos we could imagine apparently got together for some under the radar recording several weeks ago.  Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said that he and Paul McCartney got together in a studio '...for a private thing'.  He then revealed that Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp were also in on the session.  Whether or not the material they recorded will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but Perry did call the experience quite exceptional, saying, '...the three of us are looking at each other like open mouthed kids', and added that Paul, '....can still hit all those notes.'



  • Farm Aid confirms NC for 2014

    Farm Aid announced September 13th as the date for the 2014 concert to raise money and awareness to support family farms but held back an announcement on where it would be staged.  Thursday (7/24), organizers confirmed earlier reports that the concert would be in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Walnut Creek Amphitheater will be the setting for the day long concert headlined by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson. Joining them this time around will be Jack White.  The first ever Farm Aid in NC will also include sets from Neil's wife, Pegi Young and the Survivors, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and others.  Ticket sales start August 1 at 10am (Eastern).

  • Group seeks Bonzo memorial

    The John Bonham Memorial Fund hopes to raise $85,000  to establish a memorial honoring the late Led Zeppelin drummer in Redditch, the UK town he was born in.  Bonham's singer-songwriter sister, Deborah, will do a benefit performance in the town on the first Saturday of August (8/2).  If enough money is raised by the organization and the plan receives approval, the memorial will be located next to a bandstand behind the church where her concert is taking place.










  • Bonamassa dishes on new project (video)

    Guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa unleashes a new album of potent original Blues songs on September 22. His self-imposed challenge in making Different Shades of Blue is to meet or exceed fan expectations, saying, 'I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project.  I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record'.  Tracks for the album were laid down in the studio at The Palms in Las Vegas. Joe got assists from Jonathan Cain of Journey and drummer Anton Fig on the album that drops September 22.



  • U2 may have album this year after all

    Last we knew, U2's first album in 5 years would not make it out until 2015 (story).  If 'sources' cited by some of the sites we keep tabs on prove legit, the next album from the Irish rockers might be in play before the year is out after all.



  • Bowie looks to re-engage

    After keeping a total lid on his most recent album, David Bowie is making his next one less of a secret. A decade + elapsed between Reality, and The Next Day, his surprise album of 2014.  Granted he's not saying much, but 'More music soon' the promise he uttered recently at an event in London amounts to more than he said about anything new being in the works before ambushing fans with a cryptic confirmation that he was releasing last year's album.  We'll make no secret of hoping the next one has stronger songs than the last.



  • Alabama adopts Skynyrd song title


    The band was from Florida and the song was recorded in a Georgia studio, but tourism and transportation officials in Alabama know a good marketing opportunity when they hear one., the official travel site of the state is using Sweet Home Alabama, the southern anthem Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote in rebuttal to Neil Young's unflattering songs about the south, Southern Man and Alabama, as it's lead marketing slogan.  Now, the Alabama Department of Transportation is deploying 'Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama' signs on interstates in place of the 'Alabama The Beautiful' signs that have welcomed travelers for the last decade.  Ironically, the state recently discontinued the use of the three word title on its license plates so the state's name can be printed and placed more prominently on it.












  • Early Hendrix material in the pipeline

    The trove of Jimi Hendrix material controlled by his estate has grown by nearly 100 titles with the acquisition of 88 songs recorded by Curtis Knight & The Squires between 1965 and '67 while Jimi (then 'Jimmy') was a guitarist in the group. The New York City based band reportedly got Hendrix in a 3 year deal for just $1 plus 1% of the royalties - which doesn't amount to much if you don't sell a ton of records, and they didn't. In 1966, Hendrix formed his own group under the alias Jimmy James and called his band The Blue Flames. That was the outfit that Chas Chandler caught one night at a small Greenwich Village club.  The Animals bass player was so blown away by Hendrix that night that he convinced him to return to London with him so Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and others could see him play.  Chandler subsequently became Jimi's manager. 
    The material Hendrix recorded while a member of the Knights will be remixed and remastered by Eddie Kramer for release in the coming years.



  • Surgery sidelines ZZ Top bass player

    ZZ Top has had to pull out of a headline appearance at Musikfest in Bethlehm, PA on August 1 and five other dates so bass player Dusty Hill has time to regain form after surgery this week to get a pair of kidney stones removed.  The condition was discovered during a routine physical and Hill's MD recommended he get them out asap.  The news deals a blow to the annual lineup on the Sands Steel Stage.  The concert was approaching a sellout.  ZZ Top plans to return to the road August 6 date in Sturgis, SD for an appearance that will open a series of dates that team Tres Hombres with guitar legend Jeff Beck.



  • Plant pereviews new release (video)

    Wile countless numbers of Led Zeppelin fans and some of his former band mates seem content to rehash every era of his former band, Robert Plant prefers to move forward.  Here's a preview of what fans can expect on his next solo venture.



Noteworthy Then
  • 7-29

    1946 REO Speedwagon's Neil Doughty born…   1953 Rush's Geddy Lee born…   1956 Patti Scialfa of E Street Band born…   1959 Thin Lizzy & Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes born…   1966 Bob Dylan injured dumping his motorcycle near Woodstock…   1973 Led Zeppelin loses $180,000 in New York hotel safe robbery following concert   1974 Cass Elliot of Mamas & Poppas dies…   1987 Suit by Jerry Garcia against Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream over Cherry Garcia flavor settled …  2007 Carlos Santana autographs the first 300 'Carlos' shoes being sold at Macys in Las Vegas mall   2009 Bob Seger and Tiger Woods play a round together at Michigan Pro-Am at Warwick Hills Country Club…


  • 7-28

    1945 Pink Floyd's Richard Wright born…   1948 Bad Company's Simon Kirke born…   1954 Kansas, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple's Steve Morse born…   1973 Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead & The Band play Watkins Glen…    1975 Bob Dylan starts recording Desire…   1979 Aerosmith, Journey, The Nugent play World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium…   1987 Beatles sue Nike over use of Revolution in sneaker commercial…   1993 Roger Waters of Pink Floyd marries Priscilla Phillips…   2005 John Lennon's hand written lyrics for All You Need Is Love bring close to $1 million at London auction…   2007 Police play Fenway Park in Boston   2009 Gov't Mule releases By A Thread…

  • 7-27

    1976 Bruce Springsteen sues manager Mike Appel, dispute sidelines the Boss for more than a year…   1977 Grateful Dead release Terrapin Station…   1979 Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ firebombed…   1981 Stevie Nicks releases Bella Donna…   2006 Axl Rose faces charges in Stockholm after being accused of punching a security guard and biting his leg…   2009 Protesters over disruptions caused by 2 day set-up and tear-down of U2 stage in Dublin block tour trucks causing them to miss ferry to get the stage to Stockholm concert site…

  • 7-26

    1943 Mick Jagger born…   1949 Queen's Roger Taylor born…   1977 Robert Plant's 6 year old son dies of respiratory failure - Zeppelin tour canceled…   1991 Pee Wee Herman (Paul Rubens) busted for exposure in Sarasota, FL adult theater…   1992 Paul Stanley of KISS marries Pamela Brown…   2007 Jimmy Page testifies against an accused Led Zeppelin bootlegger in Glasgow… 


  • 7-25

    1943 Yardbirds Jim McCarty born…   1965 Bob Dylan goes electric at Newport Folk Festival…   1966 Rolling Stones last US appearance with Brian Jones…   1968 Janis Joplin and Big Brother release Cheap Thrills…   1969 Neil Young plays with Crosby, Stills & Nash for first time, Fillmore East…   1980 AC/DC releases Back In Black…   1980 Eric Carr plays with KISS for first time, New York City…   1990 Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead dies of morphine/cocaine overdose…   1990 Son Evan born to Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa…   2006 Tom Petty releases Highway Companion…   2010 John Fogerty performs Centerfield at Baseball Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown and donates guitar modeled on Lousiville Slugger to the Hall…

  • 7-24

    1961 Extreme & Van Halen's Gary Cherone born…   1964 Crowd surges onto stage during Rolling Stones Blackpool, UK concert…    1978 Sgt. Pepper movie with Peter Frampton opens…   1990 Trial blaming teen suicide on music of Judas Priest opens in Reno, NV (later dismissed) …   1992 Black Crowes Johnny Colt arrested fro trying to prevent police from taking drunken concert fan into custody…   2010 19 killed in stampede at Love Parade festival in Germany…

  • 7-23

    1946 Roxy Music's Andy MacKay born…   1947 David Essex born…    1965 Guns N Roses & Velvet Revolver's Slash born…    1977 Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and manager arrested and charged with assaulting a Bill Graham employee backstage at Oakland concert…    1984 Sammy Hagar releases VOA…    1990 Brent Mydland's last performance with the Grateful Dead, Tinley Park, Illinois (dies 7/25) …    1992 Bruc Springsteen opens first tour in 4 years…    1993 Curt Cobain OD's in New York City hotel bathroom…    2006 Jon Bon Jovi performs at Steelers Super Bowl XXX victory party in Pittsburgh…    2011 Amy Winehouse joins the list of artists dead at 27 when police find her body in her London flat…

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