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1943 Cream's Ginger Baker born…   1945 Deep Purple's Ian Gillan born…   1951 Queen's John Deacon born…   1964 Beatles open first US tour at Cow Palace in San Francisco…   1977 Doobie Brothers release Livin' on the Fault Line...   1980 Cars release Panorama...   1980 Fans in Toronto riot when Alice Cooper cancels show due to illness…   1997 Fleetwood Mac releases The Dance…   1999 John Mellencamp releases Rough Harvest…   2003 Neil Young releases Greendale…   2005 Statue of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott unveiled in Dublin…   2008 LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band dies in Hollywood hospital from complications related to a June ATV crash near his home in Virginia… 2010 Paul McCartney calls Bill Clinton and sings When I'm 64 on Clinton's birthday…



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Eric Clapton releasing Christmas album

Holiday shopping for a friend that loves Eric Clapton just got easier.  Slowhand will release a Christmas album on October 12.  Happy XMas includes 14 songs of the season, including a new original titled For Love on Christmas Day.  Eric also did the cover drawing.






Eddie Vedder plays Tom Petty guitar and covers Bowie at Wrigley

Eddie Vedder played a guitar Tom Petty gave him on Saturday night at Wrigley Field as a sea of cell phones were held up by Pearl Jam Fans while he did I Won't Back Down in tribute to Tom.




He also did a cover of David Bowie's Rebel Rebel with gthe whole band.


8-16-2018 RIP Aretha Franklin

RIP the Queen Of Soul. One of the great voices of our lifetimes fell silent today. Aretha Franklin has died at 76.  The duaghter of a minister, Aretha was born ao March 25th of 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee.  The family moved briefly to Buffalo when she was just four, before relocating in Detroit, where her father took the pulpit at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Her parents separated when Aretha was just 7 and her mother died before she turned 10.  Her father's booming voice and inspirational sermons drew musicians and other celebrities to his services, where they heard his daughter belt out hymns with a voice that was startlingly strong for so young a child.  Before long, Sam Cooke and Berry Gordy were trying to convince her father to have Aretha record for a label.  At 18 she was under contract with Columbia Records, releasing R&B, Pop and Easy Listening singles and albums.  Her leap to international acclaim came with her move to Atlantic at the end of 1966.  Early the following year, Franklin went to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and started recording the Rockin' Soul and R&B songs that rocketed her to the top of the charts.


8-13-1973 Pronounced "leh-nerd skin-erd" released

Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Allen Collins we're together in bands a decade before the release of Pronounced "leh-nerd skinerd", the album that introduced them to the world on August 13th in 1973. Only Rossington remains, and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be no more after this tour ends. But the band that sold 30 million albums, and who knows how many Bic Lighters that fans held aloft during performances of the closing track on this album, became legendary.




8-12-1949 Mark Knopfler born

Happy birthday to one of the most distinctive guitarists in Rock. The former Dire Straits co-founding brother was  born on this day in 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland.


Aerosmith planning Vegas residency

Aerosmith said to be joining the ranks of Rocker's doing extended stints in Las Vegas.  During a SiriusXM Beatles station interview, guitarist Joe Perry said his band is in the process of deciding how to best go about 'downsizing' the traditionally large scale production that Aerosmith tours have been since the group graduated from theaters to arenas and from arenas to stadiums.
We love the idea of bands returning to less colossal venues than people have had to see them in for decades. Now, if they could only roll back the ticket prices, too!

8-9-1986 Freddie Mercury's last concert fronting Queen

Today is the anniversary of Freddie Mercury's last concert fronting Queen.  It took place in 1986 in front of 120,000 at Knebworth. His last show ever would be on April 14, 1988 at an AIDS awareness and fund raising concert with Cliff Richard.  By then, the ravages of the disease were quite evident, but Mercury rose to the occasion and did what he did to deserve recognition as one of the most compelling lead vocalists in history.



8-8-1968 Abbey Road album cover photo taken

August 8th is always a lively day for a live look at the Abbey Road crosswalk in London. Today is the anniversary of the day in 1969 the album cover photo was taken.

Given the daily close calls with cars and trucks fans retracing the steps the Beatles took on this day in 49 years ago, it's amazing none have been mowed down. Get a live look here.





8-7-1958 Bruce Dickinson born

Having a band member that can drive a tour bus is great, but Iron Maiden's got one with an off-stage skill that beats that by 37,000 feet; a member that can fly the tour jet.  
In addition to his role as singer, musician and songwriter in one of Rock's  preeminent Metal bands, Bruce Dickinson is a licensed commercial pilot with qualifications to fly the band's 747 jumbo jet.  He also developed a pilot and aircraft servicing training company, a craft beer branding partnership with a brewery and hosted his own BBC Radio program.
Bruce was born on this day in 1958 in Nottinghamshire, UK.

8-6-1965 Help released in the UK

The Beatles 5th album was released in the UK on this day in 1965.  The US release followed a week later.  The American album included instrumental music from the Help! movie, bumping two of the songs on the UK. Those appeared on Rubber Soul and Yesterday and Today.  
The plan to have the band members spell out the title in semaphore on the UK cover was scrapped when the photographer realized that the semaphore arm positions for the corresponding letters looked a lot less like the letters than he expected they would.  He then had the band improvise. The arm positions they choose come closest to the letters
N U J V.

8-5-1980 Crimes Of Passion released

Pat Benatar's second studio album dropped on this day in 1980. Crimes Of Passion went on to be her best selling album thanks to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Treat Me Right, Hell Is For Children and her cover of the Rascal's You Better Run.  The album also landed Pat a Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance in 1981.


Bob Weir announces new trio tour















Bob Weir embarking on a trio tour doing Grateful Dead songs.  Bob Weir and Wolf Bros includes Bob's long-time Ratdog drummer and original Primus member Jay Lane and producer/bass player Don Was, who has produced albums for the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and many others.




Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Tour Dates


10/16 - Reno - Grand SIerra Theatre

10/18 - Los Angeles - Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/20 - Santa Barbara - Arlington Theatre

10/22 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium

10/23 - Seattle - Moore Theatre

10/24 - Missoula - Wilma Theatre

10/26 - Salt Lake City - Eccles Theater

10/27 - Albuquerque - Kiva Auditorium

10/29 - Denver - Paramount Theatre

10/31 - Chicago - Chicago Theatre

11/05 - Nashville - Ryman Auditorium

11/06 - Louisville - Palace Theater

11/08 - Syracuse - Landmark Theatre

11/09 - Portchester - Capitol Theatre

11/10 - Portchester - Capitol Theatre

11/12 - Washington - Warner Theatre

11/13 - Philadelphia - The Fillmore

11/16 - Boston - Wang Theatre

11/18 - New York - Beacon Theatre