Posted Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 2:15pmbyROCKinsights
No matter how many times people ask the question, the answer remains the same; Robert Plant has zero interest in joining Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on stage to perform a set of Led Zeppelin songs. The front man man made that clear yet again to the Daily Telegraph when talking with the publication about his most recent solo album. As he put it this time afround, 'You can't ever really go back. It's tough enough repeating yourself with something that's a year old, never mind 49 years old. I've got to keep moving.' The last time the trio of survivng members of the group played together was in 2007 at London's 02 arena, a performance released as Celebration Day in 2012.
Posted Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 2:02pmbyROCKinsights
Tom Petty's funeral was held Monday (10/16) in Los Angeles. The family and close friends only ceremony was conducted at the same site fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison's was held. One of Tom's daighters shared some photos taken at the event on Instagram.
Bob Seger's new solo album was recorded in appreciation of several of the artists he considers to have had a major influence on him. I Knew You When includes song by or about Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Lou Reed and others. It is due November 17.
Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017 7:21ambyROCKinsights
Roger Daltrey says the time is right for him to put his storied life and career in the Who into book form. The charismatic lead singer plans to have his memoire published next fall. Speaking of the undertaking, Daltrey said 'It's taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday.' Given the volume of legendary tales about Who tours, it is bound to be a fascinating read.
Posted Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 6:54ambyROCKinsights
Jukebox Hero: The Musical will use the that song and others from the group to tell the story of who the boy '...standing in the rain' without a ticket to a sold out show was and later became. Set in a blue collar town in Pennsylvania with shrinking jobs and growing despair, the production is set to debut in Calgary with premier performances August 10-12. The show includes 16 Foreigner songs, among them, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded and Waiting For A Girl Like You. Guitarist Mick Jones says, 'I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping to bring this music to life.'
Posted Monday, October 9th, 2017 5:30ambyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen opened his multi-month residency on Broadway last week. In addition to developing the concept of how those performances will be staged, Bruce spent time during recent months finishng up a new solo album. Talking with Variety, Bruce says he resisted going political on the next album, saying he '...got a lot of what I had to say in that vein on Wrecking Ball.' He calls the new one more of a 'singer-songwriter' release influenced by artists like Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach. No release date has been set.
Posted Friday, October 6th, 2017 8:00ambyROCKinsights
The Rock Hall Of Fame has introduced a ballot that includes 18 bands or artists in contention for induction in 2018.
Leading the list of nominees (in our opinion) are Dire Straits the Moody Blues, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, The Cars and the J. Geils Band. Also included are Depeche Mode, Rage Against The Machine, the Zombies, the MC5, Radiohead, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Te Meters, Eurthymics, LL Cool J, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Kate Bush.
The last venue Tom Petty played on his final tour was a close to home tour closing date at the Hollywood Bowl. It took place on September 25, one week before the heart attack that took his life. The encore included a rollicking version of one of his relatively recent songs, followed by the one that introduced him to most of his legions of long time fans.
Posted Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 5:01ambyROCKinsights
Bob Seger's Runaway Train tour has been derailed by a bum vertebrae. The veteran Detroit Rocker's web site posted notification that remaining dates on the tour are off on "doctor's orders" while Bob gets the matter tended to. Seger himself commented, "I'm so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll. It's a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon." Indications are that Bob plans to reschedule the 19 dates between September 30 and November 17 getting knocked off the schedule.
Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 3:50ambyROCKinsights
Tom Petty was stricken by a major heart attack at his Malibu home in the early hours of Monday (10/2) and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where tests indicated that his brain showed no activity and the decision was made not to continue life support measures. Numerous usually relaible sources incorrectly interprpreted that as meaning Petty had passed away, but he did not die until Monday evening. Official word came from his long time manager, Tony Dimitriades, who said that Tom "...died peacefully at 8:40pm (Pacific Time)) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends".
Posted Monday, October 2nd, 2017 3:32pmbyROCKinsights
Although nothing addressing his condition appeared on his web site as of this writing, reports were circulating that CBS news had apparently confirmed that Tom Petty died Sunday night after being rushed to UCLA Medical center in Santa Monica. TMZ had reported that the 66 year-old Petty had been found in full cardiac arrest and was transported to the hospital where tests indicated that his brain showed no activity and the decision was made not to continue life support measures. Official confirmation that Petty had died has not come as of 5pm Eastern time Monday, but he may be clinging to life under a do-not-resussitate protocol.
This hearbreaking news for Heartbreaker fans comes as Tom and the band were coming off triumphant and critically acclaimed concerts at the Hollywood Bowl just days ago. While many of his contemporaries settled for doing 'victory lap' tribute concerts that paled in comparrison with shows they did in their prime, Petty continued to pour everything into his shows, often surprising fans with archive tracks and outstanding covers of unexpected titles written by others.
He was as big a fan as he was an artist.
Posted Monday, October 2nd, 2017 10:02ambyROCKinsights
Two of the top musicians from the host country and its closest neighbor got together in Toronto for the closing ceremony of Canada's Invictus Games, a multi-sport competition involving athletes from 17 countries. Bryan Adams invited Bruce Springteen to join him on stage. The pair did Badlands and Cuts Like A Knife together on Friday night (9/30).
Posted Monday, October 2nd, 2017 9:49ambyROCKinsights
Steven Tyler calls reports evidently triggered by a Boston Globe story on the reason Aerosmith had to cancel the remaining dates of a South American tour "creative speculations". The tour came to a halt last week after Tyler was ordered to get immediate attention for a medical condition (story). A Globe report suggested a source supposedly with connections with Aerosmith had passed along the info that the singer had experienced a seizure. Tyler took to his social media accounts to discount the credibility of the account, writing, "I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead). Sorry to have to cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States can perform."
1968 Ziggy Marley born… 1969 Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner arrested on marijuana charges in Hawaii… 1969 Led Zeppelin II released, band opens US tour at Carnegie Hal… 1973 Keith Richards banned from France for 2 years because of drug arrest during 1971 party in Nice… 1991 John Mellencamp collapses during radio interview in Seattle… 1994 Bob Dylan makes unannounced appearance with Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden concert… 1995 Sting's accountant convicted of stealing millions from him… 2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa join U2 in Philadelphia for a version of People Get Ready… 2006 Aerosmith releases Devil's Got A New Disguise… 2009 Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa join Southside Johnny at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park…
1943 BTO's Fred Turner born… 1947 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir born… 1953 Rainbow's Tony Carey born… 1972 Press release announces breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival… 1992 Bob Dylan 30th anniversary concert in New York features Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Neil Young… 1995 Paul McCartney and Allen Ginsberg appear together at Royal Albert Hall… 2005 Queen does first US date with Paul Rogers… 2007 Neil Young releases Chrome Dreams II… 2008 Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel do benefit concert for Barack Obama in New York City… 2015 Phil Lesh reveals he is fighting bladder cancer...
1970 Derek & The Dominos open only US tour… 1973 Grateful Dead release Wake Of The Flood… 1979 Fleetwood Mac releases Tusk… 1996 Bad Company releases Stories Told & Untold… 2007 Runnin' Down A Dream, Peter Bogdonovitch documentary about 2006 Tom Petty tour, opens… 2000 Dave Edmunds undergoes triple bypass in LA… 2010 Steven Tyler voices Mad Hatter on The Wonder Pets cartoon adaptation of Alice In Wonderland… 2014 Foo Fighters and Ann and Nancy Wilson do Kick It Out on Letterman show...2015 Tommy Lee stricken tendinitis before Motley Crue farewell concert in Buffalo, opening act Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel fills in... 2015 Phil Lesh reveals he is undergoing treatment for bladder cancer...
1946 Moody Blues Justin Hayward born… 1958 Thomas Dolby born… 1964 Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones marries Shirley Ann Shepherd… 1966 Jefferson Airplane does first concert with Grace Slick, Fillmore West… 1972 Joe Cocker and members of his band arrested on drug charges following Australian concert… 1978 KISS members all release solo albums the same day… 2000 AC/DC fan dies in fall from upper deck of concert in Ghent, Belgium… 2005 Roger Taylor of Queen joins Foo Fighters on version of Tie Your Mother Down during East Rutherford, NJ concert… 2010 Who release Live At Leeds 40th Anniversary set… 2014 Bob Seger releases Ride Out... 2014 Bob Weir & Phil Lesh do anthem before Giants-Cardinals ALCS game in San Francisco... 2015 Journey drummer Dean Castronova pleads guilty to menacing and domestic violence charge, gets 4 years probation sentence...
1925 Lenny Bruce born… 1942 Paul Simon born… 1944 Chicago's Robert Lamm born… 1947 Sammy Hagar born… 1949 Fleetwood Mac's Rick Vito born… 1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience does first official concert, Everux, France… 1975 Neil Young has surgery to remove growth from vocal chord… 1990 Bob Dylan plays West Point… 1998 Bob Dylan releases Live At Royal Albert Hall 1966… 1998 Bruce Hornsby releases Spirit Trail… 2014 Foo Fighters & Zac Brown do Black Sabbath's War Pigs on Letterman... 2016 Bob Dylan awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature...
1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms officially a few days after Jimi, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding play together for first time… 1975 Faces do last concert with Rod Stewart, Nassau Coliseum… 1978 Sid Viscous charged in stabbing death of girlfriend in New York’s Chelsea Hotel… 1979 Ian Anderson sustains eye injury when thorn in a rose thrown by Jethro Tull fan during concert glances off his eye… 1982 Who and The Clash play Shea Stadium… 1991 Tom Petty plays Saturday Night Live… 1993 Pearl Jam release Vs… 2007 Paul Rogers, George Thorogood and BB King do benefit concert to aid homeless services in San Diego… 2008 Surviving Grateful Dead members play together for first time since 2004 during State College, Pennsylvania rally for Obama… 2009 Eddie Vedder joins Roger Daltrey on three songs during Daltrey solo show in Seattle…
2015 Journey drummer Deen Castronova pleads guilty to assault & menacing charges in domestic violence case in Salem, Oregon... 2017 Bruce Springsteen opens multi-month solo residency on Broadway...
1946 Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates born… 1969 Muddy Waters badly injured in car wreck in Chicago that kills 3… 1975 Saturday Night Live premiers on NBC… 1988 U2 releases Rattle & Hum… 1991 Billy Idol arrested for assaulting his date outside Hollywood restaurant… 2005 Rod Stewart awarded star on Hollywood Walk of Fame… 2013 Paul McCartney does short, free concert in Times Square... Rod Stewart knighted in Buckingham Palace ceremony... 2015 Aerosmith warns Trump campaign on unauthorized use of songs during campaign...