Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 3:07pmbyROCKinsights
Rock in Peace Gregg Allman. The legendary keyboard player, vocalist and co-founding member of the Allman Brothers Band passed away Saturday (5/27). Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, posted news of his death shortly after his death on Gregg's web site, writing, "I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard."
No cause of death was provided, but it was widely known that Allman was dealing with a number of complications resulting from ailments compiled as a result of his many years of hard living.
He announced several weeks ago that he was cancelling all of his scheduled concerts for 2017. That was followed by reports that the 69 year-old had entered hospice care. That was dismissed by his manager - and later Allman himself, who upped his social media activity quite a bit following the rumor of his imminent demise. Sadly, this time it's for real. We have lost one of the most influential musicians of our lifetimes.
Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 8:37ambyROCKinsights
Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Audioslave band mate Tom Morello and actor Josh Brolin delivered eulogies to Chris Cornell during a private service Friday (5/26) in LA that opened with his song The Promise playing and included Chester Bennington of Linkin Park singing Hallelujah. The ranks of those there to honor Cornell included James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Nirvana and Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, guitarists Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Dave Navarro, Nile Rodgers and Jerry Cantrell, and singers Billy Idol, Perry Ferrell, Gavin Rosdale and Courtney Love. Actors Brad Pitt and Christian Bale also attended. Most attended the internment of his ashes at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as All Night Thing by Temple Of The Dogs played.
Cornell took his own life in a hotel room following Soundgarden's May 17 concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 6:06ambyROCKinsights
Guitarist Eric Calpton has earned yet another honor. The French government Friday (5/26) gave EC the status of commander in the Order of Arts and Letters. The French ambassador to the UK made it official at London's Royal Albert Hall in a proclamation that called the guitar legend an "ambassador of the blues".
Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 5:33ambyROCKinsights
While in Dallas to open the US leg of the Joshua Tree tour, Bono darted to Crawford, Texas Friday (5/26) to spend some time with George W. Bush. The U2 front man and the former Oval Office occupant got together the Bush ranch to talk about their shared efforts to stem AIDS through the former President's PEPFAR program (President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Releif), an initiative Bono is concerned might have a good deal of its effectiveness compromised if international aid spending cuts in the proposed budget go through. Bono tweeted his appreciation to the former Chief Exec. Bush took to his Twitter account with a photo of the two captioned, "Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice."
Posted Thursday, May 25th, 2017 5:20ambyROCKinsights
A few years after calling it quits, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan might be giving their romance another chance. The pair has been seen hand-in-hand on Martha's Vineyard. John said his aversion to living in LA or New York became the deal breaker in the relationship, but also acknowledged that his generally stubborn attitude probably was a big factor in them not staying together. Just a couple of months ago, Mellencamp told Howard Stern he said the actress had shunned him and that he couldn't blame her for not wanting to have anything to do with him. CelebrityLaundry.com
Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 9:29pmbyROCKinsights
A minimally invasive surgical technique was used to treat a small lung lesion identified during a medical exam Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood recently underwent. Wood expressed his appreciation to doctors that discovered and addressed the issue. A spokesman said Wood is 'feeling fine' and needs no additional treatment. The Stones have announced plans to open a European tour in Germany at the end of the summer. BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 5:22ambyROCKinsights
U2 dropped in on Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday (5/23) to talk-up their Joshua Tree anniversary tour, denounce the heinous bombing in Manchester and commend the city for being compassionate and defiant, to joke about Bruce Springsteen's advice to them and to deliver a soulful version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and The Little Things That Give U Away.
Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 5:34ambyROCKinsights
About 1,000 lucky fans got invited to sit in on the final rehearsal for Roger Waters and his band before the group embarks on its North American tour. The setting was the Meadowlands IZOD Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday (5/21) and included the full array of production elements fans attending the tour opener will see Friday in Kansas City. In adddition to a slew of Pink Floyd classics, Waters will showcase songs from his new solo album Is This The Life We Really Want on the tour.
Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017 6:04ambyROCKinsights
Having finished work on the remix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5/26/2017 release), Giles Martin is taking on the challenge of doing the same thing with the epic 30 track release the Beatles followed it up with, the 1968 double disc that came to be known as The White Album. The release will give the son of original producer George Martin plenty to work with. Martin says are around 70 takes of the song Sexy Sadie alone, and multiples of most of the other tracks to sift through. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Martin said he is eager to take it on because he considers it an '...album that changed the face of pop muisc'.
Posted Sunday, May 21st, 2017 4:31pmbyROCKinsights
The 4th song of Gov't Mule's Friday (5/19) concert set at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia was Black Hole Sun. It was the first time the Warren Haynes led band had played the Soundgarden song since a 2008 concert. Haynes and the band closed the second set with their first concert performance of Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground, a song that is included on the Mule's new album coming out June 9.
Posted Sunday, May 21st, 2017 8:24ambyROCKinsights
Bono paused before U2 did Running to Stand Still at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday (5/20) and said, 'For The lion that was, Chris Cornell'. Before the Joshua Tree Tour concert began, the massive speaker system cranked out Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun and the crowd of 100,000 responded by lofting cell phone screens in tribute to Cornell.
Posted Friday, May 19th, 2017 6:49ambyROCKinsights
Photo: Heritage Auctions
The Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played during his jaw-dropping set at on June 18 at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival goes to auction June 17 in Beverly Hills. A private collector in the UK is turning it over to Heritage Auctions for the sale. The 1966 Black Pepper Fender is said to be the guitar Hendrix prized and played the most - and traded off for the one he ignited at the end of his set. Jimi's manager bought the guitar for Hendrix at Manny's Music in New York City. It is expected the guitar will attract a top bid of 3/4 of a million - possibly more.
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