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April 23
  • Styx returns with a concept album on June 16 with the release The Mission, a project based on a 2033 manned mission to Mars.  The group kept a tight lid on its return to the studio. Work has been ongoing for the better part of two years. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tommy Shaw says the band set out to be true to the mid-late 70's Styx approach;'Our favorite Styx sound is that era around The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight'.  He also credits Alan Parsons and his work with Pink Floyd for inspiring him as a song writer.  Shaw says the secrecy was out of caution in case the risks of doing a concept album proved too daunting, explaining, 'Whenever you're writing any kind of music or creating something new, it's very easy for it to be destroyed with just a funny look from somebody. Where you go. "Well, who's stupid idea was this" and it dies.' (Think Mr. Roboto).  Shaw says that a tour performing the album is a possibility if the release is well received by fans.

     

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  • The years long battle by U2 guitarist The Edge to buld five luxury homes on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean gained ground Friday (4/21) when a California judge ruled against a petition submitted by the Sierra Club seeking to block the development.  The ruling by the LA Superior Court judge upholds a previous decision by the California Costal Commission to approve the project in December, 2015.  The Sierra Club challenge contended the Commission had neglected to abide by its own standards when evaluating the potential air quality and greenhouse gas implications of the proposed development.
    MyNewsLA.com  City News Service

     

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  • Roger Waters has dished some additional details about Is This The Life We Really Want, his forst solo album since 1992.

    The 12 song disc from the former Pink Floyd mainstay gets released June 2 and finds him backed by Nigel Godrich (keyboards & guitars), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitars, keyboards) Jonathan (guitar, keyboards) Joey Waroker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), Lucius, Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor (vocals).
    Waters kicks off a US tour on May 26 in Kansas City.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Track List

    When We Were Young

    Deja Vu

    The Last Refugee

    Picture That

    Broken Bones

    Is This What We Really Want?

    Bird In A Gale

    the Most Beautiful Girl

    Smell The Roses

    Wait For Her

    Oceans Apart

    Part Of Me Died

     

     

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  • Spring 2017 Record Store Day will offer vinyl enthusiasts lots to choose from. Some highlights for Classic Rock buyers along with the quantity available:

     

    Alice in Chains: Welcome to GAZI picture disc
    Ben Folds with the Australian Symphony Orchestra
    Blondie: Long Time single
    Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon 1975 (3,000 4lp sets)

    Buddy Guy: Sick With Love/She Got it Together (New songs, 1,500)
    David Bowie: Cracked Actor - a live 1974 LA recording

    Cars: Live atthe Agoura 1978 (4,000)
    Dave Matthews Band: Red Rocks 1995 (2,500)

    David Crosby: The Lighthouse Band (2,500)
    Def Leppard: First, rare EPs (4,000)
    Doors: Live at the Matrix  1967 (4,500)
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery single (1,500)

    Fleetwood Mac: Mirage Alternate takes LP (3,500)

    Frank Zappa: Rollo (4,000)
    Grateful Dead; Vancouver 1966 (4,000)
    Kinks: All Day and All Of The Night single (2,500)

    Lou Reed: Perfect Night 1997 London Live acoustic shows (3,000)

    Neil Young: Decade (5,000)

    Patti Smith: Hey Joe single (2,250)

    Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello: Flowers In The Dirt (cassette)

    Pearl Jam: State of Love/Thrust single (5,000)
    Pink FLoyd: an extended version of Intestellar Overdrive recorded in 1966
    Ramones: 76-79 singles box set (6,500)

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Go Robots/ Dreams of a Samauri Live (5,000)

    Rush: Cyngus X1, Hemispheres EP (5,000)

    Santana: Woodstock 1969 (3,000)

    Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK box set singles (3,500)

    Stevie Ray Vaughan: Carnegie Hall double lp (3,000)

    Sting: Live at Bataclan (3,500)

    T Rex: Rock N Roll single (750) and T Rex Live 1977 album

    Talking Heads: The Wilding - This Could Be The Place single (3,000)

    Todd Rundgren: Fox Theater Live 1973 (1,000)

    U2: Red Hill Mining Town 12" picture disc

    Who: Ready,Steady Go single

    Yes: 90125 picture disc (2,500)

     

     

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  • The Sierra Club and The Edge's legal representatives had at it Tuesday (4/18) in a California appellate court hearing on the Club's challenge to block a proposed Malibu development the U2 guitarist has spent seven years trying to break ground on (story).

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  • The often planned but always scuttled reunion of the Faces gets another chance to happen during Rod Stewart's set at the 2017 Isle of Wight festival.  Festival coordinator John Giddings is dropping hints that Stewart plans to bring former Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Kenny Jones to the stage for his set at the annual UK fest.  Unfortunately, the reunion comes too late for Ronnie Lane who died in 1997 and keyboard player Ian McLagan who passed in 2014.  Mac was the Faces member that put the most effort into getting the band back together for a gig or tour.  The Stewart set is scheduled for Sunday, June 11.
    TV3.ie

     

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  • A recently discovered shrimp native to the Pacific near Panama has the distinction of a disproportionately large pinkish hued claw that allows it to generate a considerable amount of sonic energy by snapping it open and shut rapidly.  The combination of the claw's color and the capability of producing loud powerful sounds has inspired Dr. Sam De Grave of the Oxford Museum of Natural History to name the sea creature Synalpheus pinkfloydi, the first crustacean named in honor of Pink Floyd.  A damselfly bears the name Umma gumma in recognition of the Prog Rock legend's 4th album Ummagumma (1969).

    Oxfordshireguardian.co.uk

     

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  • R&R = Rock & Roll 51 weeks of our year.  The other week it's Rest & Relaxation. After a week of it in the desert southwest, we're back at it, tracking down what's going on in the world of Classic Rock. Know people that share your interest in music? Invite them along for the ride, both here and at facebook.com/classicrockinsights

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  • Just days after the amicable appearance of Yes for acceptance into the Rock Hall Of Fame, a war of words has broken out between former and current members of the lineup.  Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman had been performing as ARW.  The announcement that the group as elected to add Yes to the name and promote themselves as Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman has prompted the lineup touring as Yes to issue a statement calling on promoters and ticket sellders to take measures to '... respect Yes' magnificent and loyal fan base and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.'  Jon Anderson considers the matter clear, offering, 'It's very simple.  The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name.  YES music is in our DNA.'  In our opinion, any band touring without its original core members and the lead vocalist that earned the band its standing is a cover band.

    AntiMusic

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  • Steve Perry was on hand when Journey was honored by the Rock Hall Of Fame last week, but the former front man let Arndel Pineda handle the vocals when they performed at the induction.  He also praised Pineda, who was not inducted, as a guy '...who sings his heart out every night.'  Perry is not done making music, though.  His next solo album will be a heart-felt one inspired by a woman he fell in love with but lost to breast cancer a few years ago.  Speaking with ABC, Perry said the process of writing and recording the songs he plans to release later this year was cathartic for him.

    AntiMusic.com

     

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  • The inevitable last minute rumors swirled in the hours leading up to the Rock Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center Friday night (4/7). Claims Steve Perry would sing with Journey resurfaced and proved false. So did the statements from the Rock Hall itself denying earlier rumors that Geddy Lee would perform Roundabout with Yes after inducting the Prog Rock legends.

    Perry did emerge with Journey to accept his former group's honor as members of the Hall on their first time on the ballot.  He was gracious about it, attributing Journey's induction to its fans and praisingArnel Peneda, the singer that took his place but was left unrecognized by the Hall.

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson introduced Yes.  Lifeson called Yes his '...gateway band in so many ways'. The Rush bass player and lead singer credited the band for changing the way he played and listened to music and later added while speaking with media members covering the induction, 'Chris Squire was one of the most inventive sounding bass players ever.'  About playing with the band on Roundabout, Lee said of Squire, 'It's one thing to mimic his parts - you can mimic anything if you practice it - but to write those parts is sheer brilliance. It was a great honor for me to step in'.  The performance also marked the first performance with Yes of original lead singer Jon Anderson since he was replaced several years ago.

     

     

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  • Measured by memorabilia, Gary Zimet qualifies as Bruce Springsteen's biggest fan.  He started big, buying the 1957 Chevy Bel Air The Boss owned early in his career.  Less than a decade later, Zimet had compiled a collection that included original hand written lyrics, guitars, clothing and all sorts of other personal belongings of Springsteens. Now, it all must go - except the Chevy.  Zimet is putting everything else up on a buyer-takes-all basis, and he is aking $7.5 million.  Among the rare artifacts are Bruce's 8th grade report card, his4F deferrment from the draft and the flannel shirt he wore for the cover shot for The River album.
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  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer came-up with a cool interactive adaptation of an artist's drawings of each year's Rock Hall Of fame inductees.  Hover over each and a career highlights box materializes.

     

    http://www.cleveland.com/pdgraphics/index.ssf/2017/03/rock_and_roll_hall_of_famers_i.html

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Noteworthy Then
  • 1936 Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison born…     1960 Def Leppard’s Steve Clark born…     1976 Ramones release debut album…     1976 Jethro Tull releases Too Old To Rock & Roll, Too Young To Die...   2008 Sotheby’s auctions Eric Clapton’s Rolex watch for $505,000…     2009 The Dead appear on the David Letterman Show…     2011 John & Julie Fogerty spend 20th anniversary rollin’ on a Mississippi river boat…

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  • 1950 Peter Frampton born…   1951 Roxy Music, Ace and Mike & The Mechanics vocalist Paul Carrack born    1978 John Belushi & Dan Ackroyd debut their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live…     1980 J. Geils Band releases Love Stinks…     1981 Eric Clapton crashes car in Seattle, hospitalized briefl…  y   1984 Rush releases Grace Under Fire…      2010 Derek Trucks breaks his led in a softball game, but plays the following night with the Allman Brothers Band in Macon, GA…

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  • 1947 Animals John Weider & Iggy Pop born…   1990 Paul McCartney performs for 180,000 in Rio…   1990 Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo Flagship bar opens in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…   1993 Drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead rescues a drowning 17 year-old swimming of the northern California coast…, former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman marries Suzanne Accosta in France  1998 Robert Plangt & Jimmy Page release Walking To Clarksdale...    2001… Peter Buck of REM charged with air rage during a British Air flight from Seattle…   2005 Bruce Springsteen does a tour warm-up set for a few hundred at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park…   2007 Jimi Hendrix guitar brings high bid of $407k at auction in New York to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief…   2016 Prince found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park mansion near Minneapolis...
     

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  • 1967 Beatles start recording Magical Mystery Tour…   1968 Deep Purple makes concert debut in Denmark, Rolling Stones record Jumpin’ Jack Flash in London…   1976 Rolling Stones release Black & Blue…   1979 John Belushi sings Hey Bartender with the Allman Brothers at the Capittol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey...  1991 Former Faces member Steve Marriott killed in a house fire…   1992 Guitarist Vivian Campbell does his first concert with Def Leppard during Freddie Mercury tribute at Wembley Stadium   1998 Pearl Jam announces Jack Irons will be replaced by former Soundgarden member Matt Cameron…  2015 Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd enters guilty pleas on drug charges and threatening to kill a man and his daughter...

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  • 1928 Alexis Korner born…   1941 Alan Price of the Animals born…   1944 Mark Volman of the Turtles born…   1979 Actress Kate Hudson, former wife of Black Crowe’s Chris Robinson, born…    2006 10 page notebook of drawings and notes kept by 12 year-old John Lennon auctioned for $225,000  2012 Levon Helm dies of cancer at 71 in New York City…   2015 Foo Fighters play Niles,  Ohio record store on RSD2015... 2015 Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Green Day inducted into Rock hall Of Fame during Cleveland ceremony...

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  • 1983 Mountain’s Felix Pappalardi shot & killed by his wife…   2000 Elton John plays the OnCenter in Syracuse…    2006 Auction of Elton John memorabilia raises almost $750,000 for his AIDS Foundation…   2009 Patti Scialfa bruises ribs after being thrown from a horse, misses most of the remaining dates on the Bruce Springsteen tour…

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  • 1969 The Band does first concert not as Bob Dylan’s backup band…   1970 Paul McCartney releases self-titled solo album…  1998 Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer…  2007 Eric Clapton, Genesis, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Stevie Nicks play memorial for Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun. Mick Jagger does the Eulogy...   2008 E Street Band organ player Danny Federici dies…

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