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6-17 -1973 Joe Walsh releases The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get,

A guy that's put out a bunch of solid solo albums with clever and goofy names including Got Any Gum?, So What? And You Bought it, You Name it, released a good one today in 1973; The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get. Thank you, Joe Walsh, for the music and for keeping us amused.


Other noteworthy Classic Rock June 17 events include...

1947 Journey's (Santana) Greg Rolie (keyboards) born, (leaves 4/81 replaced by Johnathan Caine).
1964 Kinks arrive in U.S. for first tour . 

1972 Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan's last concert with Grateful Dead,  Hollywood Bowl (Dies 3/8/73).

1978 Jefferson Starship's Grace Slick unable to sing (alcohol), fans riot in Hamburg Germany, Slick leaves band - rejoins 3/81.

1985 Sting releases Dream Of The Blue Turtle. 

2005 James Gang reunites in Cleveland for a club date.

2009 Buddy Guy joins Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood for Drowning On Dry Land and Sweet Home Chicago, United Center, Chicago.   

2009 Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel announce they are ending their 5 year marriage.

CCR Woodstock set getting released

Creedence Clearwater Revival fans that don't want to fork out the $$$ for the complete box set including every song by all the acts at the 1969 Woodstock festival can buy just Creedence's set starting August 2.

Sheryl Crow collaborations album includes Clapton, Walsh, Richards

No Sheryl Crow songs are on our Spotify playlists, but that could change if some of the collaborations with musicians that inspire her on her next album are good. Threads, out August 30, features Crow doing songs with Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and Emmylou Harris.


Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford reunite in Berlin concert

It's been a dozen years since Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford performed in concert together. The Genesis veterans shared the bill Friday (6/8) when Rutherford's Mike & The Mechanics opened for Collins at Berlin's Olympia Stadium in Berlin and Rutherford emerged to join Collins of Follow You Follow Me. The two hadn't shared a stage since the 2007 Turn it on Again tour by Genesis.


Watkins Glen withdraws permit for Woodstock anniversary concert


Each passing day without a firm on-sale ticketing date has made it seem more unlikely that the Woodstock 50 event Michael Lang had planned for Watkins Glen this summer would actually take place. The proposed anniversary festival lost its financial backer a few weeks ago. It gained a new one since, but permits remained pending. Today, Watkins Glen International announced that the site license permit it had issued to Lang for the August 16-18 event has been withdrawn in accordance with provisions in the contract and the site will not host the festival.
No reply was offered by Lang since this was announced, but it seems odds that his event will take place this summer are now much less favorable.

Aerosmith ups the ante in Vegas

Aerosmith's Dueces Are Wild residency in Las Vegas has been a big draw. The group is also giving fans the chance to get a good sense of what it's like to be on stage with them and to get an up-close look at a number of pieces of equipment and memorabilia in a temporary exhibit that's been set up in the Park MGM hosting the concerts. Items on display include vintage band amps, more than 20 guitars, among them the Brad Whitford guitar made using wood from the barn the band did early performances in, stage clothing from all of the band members, and more.



Dr. John dies


He was known as The Night Tripper, but is best known as Dr. John. Born Malcolm John Rebennack in 1941, he was steeped in the music of New Orleans and all of the contributing influences that made the NOLA sound a gumbo of many genres. He would become both an inspiration an a mentor to many and drew equal joy from working with little known talented players to internationally celebrated musicians. He was in the right place at the right time and with the right frame of mind to become one of the great American musicians of his age.


Inducted by the Rock Hall Of Fame in 2011, he said, " What goes around slides around, and what slides around slips around. As long as it’s slippin’ and slidin’ around, we ain’t got to trip through the shortcuts of life. We can take the long way around. It’s the shortcuts that kill you.
The best thing you can be ‘like’ in music is yourself.” It always was for him.


The good Dr. passed away today after suffering a heart attack at the age of 77.


Michigan theater honors Bob Seger




One of Bob Seger's favorite venues honored the Detroit Rocker by changing it's address to 33 Bob Seger Drive. The number represents the total of sold-out shows Bob has done at the DTE Energy Music Theatre over the years. Tonight's concert caps the milestone as he wraps-up a six night stand at the venue on his farewell tour. In a ceremony yesterday Seger said, "I have a great deal of affection for this historic venue and now to be a part of it forever is truly overwhelming."



Cleveland pitcher has Hendrix tat on his index finger


We don't recognize many of the 'walk up' songs MLB batters choose to have play on the PA as they head to the batter's box theses days and Cleveland pitcher Mike Clevinger isn't likely to get many at-bats because his league has Designated Hitters, but if he did, it'd probably be a Hendrix song. The dude has Jimi inked on his index finger! Maybe when the Indians are home Purple Haze blasts as he takes the mound.

Rob Halford ailing

Rob Halford contracted a bad enough case of bronchitis that the doctor he saw advised the band to cancel Wednesday's (6/5) Judas Priest concert in Colorado Springs. They have, but vow to do a make-good at a future date. Our get well wishes go out to Rob.

David Gilmour shares memories about his favorite guitars in podcasts (listen)

David Gilmour is parting with a large portion of his guitar collection, including ones that are featured on many of Pink Floyd's most iconic songs, to benefit a number of charities. He is sharing insights into some of the most remarkable ones in a series of podcasts. Here's a listen to episode 1.


Peter Framptom, Georgia On My Mind (audio)

Peter Frampton considers the vocal renditions Ray Charles and a few others have done of this so good that he wouldn't be able to do it justice, so he did it as an instrumental on his new album All Blues (6/7/2019 release)


Eddie Money undergoing heart procedure


Rapid recovery wishes to Eddie Money. The Money Man experienced shortness of breath during a concert last weekend. A checkup revealed the need for a heart valve procedure that is being done this week. A full recovery is expected after the minimally invasive process he is undergoing.

Guitar shaped high-rise hotel rising in Ft. Lauderdale

The Seminole Tribe acquired the Hard Rock Cafe brand a number of years ago. They are now building on that by constructing a hotel and entertainment complex in Ft. Lauderdale that is a real attention getter. 

The complex includes an enormous hotel designed as a guitar standing upright.  Reaction to the reportedly $1.5 billion project has included both praise and outrage.

Robert Plant enters the podcast realm

Robert Plant is venturing into the realm of on-demand content with a new podcast dubbed Digging Deep.  Plant's reluctance to rest on hi laurels has kept him busy making new music and reinterpreting some of Zeppelin's catalog with his own bands.  He's also taken an active role in encouraging fans of Zeppelin to open their ears to other acts.  It will be interesting to see what the music and topical scope of his new pcast presents.  It debuts June 3 and should be available on multiple podcast platforms.

ZZ Top musical heading for Vegas


Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard are executive producers of a ZZ Top based musical being produced for a Las Vegas run by Caesars Entertainment that takes its name from a song on the Texas trio's 1983 blockbuster Eliminator release. Sharp Dressed Man revolves around an auto mechanic that becomes what the production's media release calls a "modern-day Robin Hood" that swipes car parts.  The show is expected to debut in 2020.



Graham Nash selling many of his guitars

Graham Nash is following David Gilmour's lead by auctioning a large number of his guitars. A Heritage Auctions memorabilia auction on July 20th will feature 19 guitars, among them ones once owned or played by his band mate Stephen Stills, Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash.

Highlights of the axes going up for bids are the 1961 Cherry Red Gibson SG Duane Allman played during hundreds of Allman Brothers Band concerts and the Martin D-45 guitar Stills played during the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young set at Woodstock.
(Photo of Duane's SG: Heritage Auctions)

David Byrne Broadway bound

David is Byrne Broadway bound. The Hudson Theatre will host a production the Talking Heads front man has had on the road for a year called David Byrne's American Utopia. The show is slated to run from October 4 - of this fall through January 20, 2020.

Prior to the New York City dates, Byrne will be doing the show at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston September 11-28.

Michael Lang lands replacement financing for Woodstock anniversary fest

Michael Lang has found an outfit willing to front the money he needs to stage his 50th anniversary Woodstock festival. Oppenheim & Company is apparently providing enough to cover the up front expenses. The firm announced, "We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup.”

The announcement comes just a couple of days after a New York judge ruled that the festival's previous backers could not cancel the event, but also said the firm was not obligated to return $18 million of its funding to Lang's organization.  The ruling is just one hurdle Lang needs to clear.  Permits are still pending and he has yet to confirm pricing and an on-sale date for tickets to the Watkins Glen based event.  Earlier reports indicated that tickets to the three day event could be $450 and that no individual day ticketing option would be offered.  Lang had reportedly planned to seek approval for up to 150,000 attendees, but the agencies involved in the review process are said to believe that a considerbly lower cap would be required for approval.

Allman Betts debuts new song

Allman Betts, the band formed by Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts sons Devon and Duane, has shared this song from their debut album with us.


Woodstock anniversary concert update

A New York City judge has ruled that Michael Lang's 50th anniversary Woodstock cannot be canceled by the financiers that elected to pull out, but his decision also frees the firm from having to put $18 million back into the event Lang sought in his filing. Amplifi Live issued a statement indicating that the company plans no further financial backing for the event, citing "...the compressed time frame and multiple health and safety concerns".

Permits are still pending for the event, which now appears likely to be capped at a much lower capacity than the 150,00 that Lang reportedly planned to seek approval for.

The loss of financing, the revenue hit reducing potential attendance by more than 50% would result in and the amount of work that needs to be done at the Watkins Glen site leave Lang with plenty of obstacles to overcome in a relatively short period of time.

David Crosby documentary on the way

David Crosby has made some remarkable music, but he's also been incredibly arrogant and difficult to get along with. A candid new documentary by Cameron Crowe delves into all of that.



Tom Petty's daughter and widow in legal skirmish


Tom Petty had such a laid back approach to things that it's a shame to learn his daughters and widow are participants in a legal fracas over control of his music and other enterprises. Petty Unlimited, an LLC created to manage Tom's business affairs that his daughters are aligned with, is apparently suing Tom's widow, Dana, for creating another LLC the daughters and Petty Unlimited contend is attempting to circumvent the late musician's wishes.