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July 23
  • 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.



  • More legal problems for Mellencamp son

    Already facing the prospect of fines or worse related to a 2013 incident in which he is alleged to have assaulted a 19 year-old at a party at a Bloomington, Indiana house (story), Hud Mellencamp, a son of Rocker John Mellencamp, now faces the prospect of charges related to illegal consumption of alcohol.  The Class C misdemeanor charges filed July 10 will be heard in court on July 25, two months prior to his appearance on allegations he and his brother assaulted a young man at a party.




  • George Harrison tree a victim of beetles

    A tree planted in Los Angeles in honor of George Harrison has apparently been killed by actual beetles.   The pine, located near the city's famous Griffiths Observatory, will be replaced by one hopefully more resistant to the insect... and irony.







  • Rush park honor possible in Toronto

    Neil Peart seems to be getting the shaft if reports from Inside Toronto prove true.  The story indicates a community council in the city is considering naming a new arts oriented park in honor of Rush... or at least 2/3 of the Canadian band.  The proposal to dedicate the space the Lee Lifeson Art Park will be taken-up by the North York council on August 12.  The connection to the vacinity the guitarist and bass player share seems to be what could leave the drummer outside looking in.  Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee were students at the neighborhood's Fisherville Jr. Highschool when the idea for Rush hatched.



  • Ron Howard picks-up Beatle film production

    Director Ron Howard says he is, '...excited and honored' over his opportunity to tell the story of the formative years of the Beatles in an upcoming film being made with the complete cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.  The movie will concentrate on the period from their earliest months together through the last full-scale concert the group did, Candlestick Park in San Francisco on a chilly, damp night in August of 1966.



  • ZZ Top previews Montreux 2013 LiveDVD (video)

    Yeah, there are bands that move around more on stage during one song than Billy & Dusty do in an entire concert, but they sure do crank out some righteous Rock & Blues.  Here's an advance look & listen to what's in store for fans on the DVD & Blu-ray release culled from the Texas Trio's appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2013.




    That performance becomes available for Top fans July 22 when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases the set on Blu-ray.  The career spanning set list found the trio dipping their boots into early, recent and decades between crowd pleasers, including Waitin' For The Bus>Jesus Just Left Chicago, Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man. La Grange, Tush, Tube Snake Boogie and close to a dozen other tracks.


    1. Got Me Under Pressure
    . Waitin' For The Bus
    . Jesus Just Left Chicago
    . Gimme All Your Lovin'
    . Pincushion
    . I Gotsta Get Paid
    . Flyin' High
    . Kiko
    . I Loved The Woman
    . Foxey Lady
    . My Head's In Mississippi
    . Chartreuse
    . Sharp Dressed Man
    . Legs
    . Tube Snake Boogie
    . La Grange
    . Tush 

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  • Texas guitar legend Johnny Winter passes

    The body of Johnny Winter was discovered in a Swiss Hotel in Zurch Wednesday (7/16), where the 70 year-old guitar legend was on tour.  The older brother of another great musician, keyboard player Edgar Winter, Johnny had just recently wrapped-up work on a new album that included contributions from a number of major musicians that were life-long admirers of him.  The wife of Rick Derringer posted news of Johnny's death on her Facebook page, adding, '...he was not in good health and was very frail and week'.













      Johnny Winter                     Derek Trucks

  • Blues artists put together CCR tribute

    August will see the release of an album of Creedence Clearwater Revival classics rendered by a collection of Roots & Blues artists that includes Duke Robillard, Sonny Landreth, Mike Zito and Smokin' Joe Kubek.  A Blues Tribute to Creedence features a dozen tracks.  Here's the lineup of songs and featured players for the August 25 release.


    Fortunate Son - Mike Zito & Sonny Landreth
    Bad Moon Rising - The Mynabirds

    Proud Mary - Blitzen Trapper

    Down On The Corner - Spirit Family Reunion

    Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Dead Man Winter

    Looking Out My Back Door - La Roux

    Who'll Stop The Rain - Duke Robillard

    Up Around The Bend - South Memphis String Band

    Suzi Q - Will Wilde

    Run Through The Jungle - Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King

    Green River - Kirk Fletcher

    Born On The Bayou - Trampled Under Foot




  • Photo hints at VH album progress

    Mastering is a process that seldom takes place until most if not all of the recording is finished, so it might be a good sign that Eddie Van Halen was recently photgraphed with mastering master Howie Weinberg.  The pic on the studio's Facebook page was apparently taken at the Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio in LA.  Weinberg mastered the group's last album.



Noteworthy Then
  • 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…

  • 7-22

    1944 Supertramp's Richard Davies born   1947 Eagles Don Henley born   1998 Security has to pry a woman off Rod Stewart he invited on stage during Havin' A Party at Great Woods, MA show   1998 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland released on $250,000 bail on various charges

  • 7-21

    1955 Heartbreaker's Howie Epstein born   1980 John Mellencamp releases Nothin' Matters And What If It Did?   1980 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux injured in car wreck, dies two days later   1990 Roger Waters performs The Wall in shadow of Berlin Wall site   1996 Dennis DeYoung of Styx served soda spiked with bleach and is hospitalized in New York City   1998 Stevie Nicks gets a restraining order issued against a Colorado man who thinks she can cure his mental illness   2009 John Marmaduke Dawson of New Riders Of The Purple Sage dies of stomach cancer in Mexico  2010 Elton John postpones Tucson concert 24 hours due to food poisoning

  • 7-20

    1945 Moody Blues John Lodge born…    1947 Carlos Santana born…   1956 Sex Pistols Paul Cook born…   1963 Soundgarden's Chris Cornell born…   1964 Beatles release Something New in US…   1966 Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard born…   1975 Steve Van Zandt joins Springsteen's E Street Band…   1976 Allman Brothers Band road manager Scooter Herring draws 75 year sentence in drug conviction after trial Gregg Allman appeared as prosecution witness in.  He is released after serving 30 months…   1986 Van Halen's manager is beaten in a Dallas hotel elevator…

  • 7-19

    1947 Eagles Bernie Leadon and Queen's Brian May born…   1948 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux born …   1952 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Allen Collins born…    1953 Triumph's Ric Emmett born…   1965 Bob Dylan releases Like A Rolling Stone…   1972 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards arrested after altercation with photographer…   1976 Deep Purple splits   1994 Stones do surprise club warm-up date for US tour   

  • 7-18

    1929 Screamin' Jay Hawkins born…   1938 Ian Stewart born…   1939 Brian Auger born…   1945 Animals Danny McCullough born…   1962 Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers Jack Irons born…   1968 Grateful Dead release Anthem Of The Sun…   1970 Pink Floyd does free Hyde Park concert…   1976 Heart releases Magic Man…   2010 Extreme heat and humidity sickens Mike Campbell, who collapses during Tom Petty Cleveland concert. Returns to do 3 songs after a 10 minute delay. Detroit concert scheduled for 7/20 gets postponed.


  • 7-17

    1942 Spencer Davis born…   1949 Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler born…    1952 Doobie Brothers Chet McCracken born…    1967 Jimi Hendrix opens for the Monkees in New York…    1968 Yellow Submarine premiers…    1979 Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy in the middle of US tour…    1996 Animals bass player and early Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler dies…    2009 Paul McCartney does first concert at Citi Field, Shea Stadium's replacement, and is joined by Billy Joel on I Saw her Standing There…    2011 Bruce Springsteen performs a 45 minute tribute set to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park…    2011 High winds cause stage collapse during Cheap Trick set at Ottawa Blues Festival. Band escapes injury, but crew member seriously injured and equipment destroyed…

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