Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016 6:40ambyROCKinsights
Rick Wakeman went off on the Rock Hall of Fame over the way it has ignored Progressive Rock bands and artists. Speaking with Prog Magazine, the founding keyboard player of Yes claimed that the museum has been that '...anything to do with prog rock was a dirty word' while to him the genre is '...the most inventive and the most influential music to musicians that there's ever been in the history of rock'. While we might take issue with the last part of that, there is no doubt that Progressive Rock artists have been largely ignored by the Hall. This year's ballot marks the 3rd time his former band has been nominated, but many other prog bands and artists have not even been given that consideration. The snub is one that disgusts Wakeman so much that he may not attend even if Yes finally gets in this coming spring.
Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 6:58ambyROCKinsights
A few hundred friends and business associates of New England Patriots owner Robert Craft were in on an exclusive performance by the Rolling Stones Tuesday night (10/25) within the Foxboro stadium's complex. Attendees learned of the opportunity to enjoy a lavish dinner followed by a private performance by the band via an invitation in the form of a painted stone inside a box delivered to each by FedEx. Catch some of the action at this exclusive gig here.
Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 5:51ambyROCKinsights
Bon Jovi has been eligible for the Rock Hall of Fame for 8 years, has only been on the ballot once (2011), and was passed over for a nomination again this year. Asked about it by Howard Stern, Jon started by saying he '...couldn't be as honest about it as I'd like to', but then cut to the chase, saying his band has been blocked from getting in by '...two f#%kers' on the nominating committee, one of whom he had a big blow out with in the past. Jon declined to identify who either of them are, but his words and attitude made it apparent the relationship between him and the guy he has a beef with is not likely to improve much in the future. 'I'm never shy, when I see him, to call him a few more choice words. And there's other guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to f#%k with me.' Asked by Stern whether one of them was Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone and the Chairman of the Hall's foundation, Jon declined to say.
Limited edition vinyl releases featuring Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and Alice In Chains will be available during the 2016 Black Friday Record Store Day. AIC will make their December 1990 concert set at the Moore Theatre in Seattle available for the first time on vinyl. The Dead's first single, Stealin' backed by Don't Ease Me In, a 1966 45 released on Scorpio Records will reportedly be available. Material Jimi Hendrix was working on with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles in 1969 will also be featured. Titled Morning Symphony Ideas, the Hendrix collection also includes early working versions or alternate arrangements of several songs. Also up for grabs, limited edition releases from David Bowie, Big Star, Anthrax, Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Joan Jett, the Kinks, the Moody Blues, Mudcrutch, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, the Sex Pistols, Simple Minds,the Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Muddy Waters and more. Get the complete rundown here. BraveWorld.com Jambase.com RecordStoreDay.com
Alex Lifeson is among the guest artists on the new album by Triumph veteran Ric Emmett. The Rush guitarist joins Dream Theater front man James LaBrie and and Emmett's former band mates Gil Moore and Mike Levine on Res 9, Due November 11. Here's a preview...
Posted Monday, October 24th, 2016 7:10ambyROCKinsights
What he describes as a 'persistent illness' has forced Brian May to put tour plans on the shelf. A post on the web site of the Queen guitar great says that his energy and will have been so severely tapped by whatever ails him that he has concluded there is no option other than to rest and recouperate. May had scheduled 11 Candlelight Christmas tour dates with singer Kerry Ellis. Ellis and May expressed their dismay over letting fans down.
Posted Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 10:48ambyROCKinsights
Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert at Mountainview Amphitheater on Saturday (10/22) produced one of the more unpredictable moments in the 30 years Neil and his ex-wife have been presenting the concerts to benefit the special needs school; Metallica performing a Buffalo Springfield song. Neil and the Bay Area masters of Hard Rock got together to deliver a jamming version of Mr. Soul on a night that also saw Metallica do versions of Deep Purple's When A Blind Man Cries and Clampdown by the Clash.
Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016 7:14ambyROCKinsights
Vince Neil was in an LA court room Thursday (10/20) to change his plea to guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge that stemmed from an altercation involving a woman that said Neil grabbed her by her hair and dragged her to the ground when she approached actor Nicholas Cage to compliment him on his acting. The incident took place last April in a Las Vegas hotel lobby and spilled over to outside the hotel when a visibly angry Cage took Neil aside and lit into him. A not guilty plea had been entered on Neil's behalf in July. The court ordered Neil to pay a $1,000 fine and issued a 120 day suspended sentence, contingent on him doing an online anger management course and avoiding any legal trouble for 6 months.
Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016 5:53ambyROCKinsights
Experience Hendrix tours have brought together a lot of great guitarists. The Rock Pack tour is a similar concept but features singers. The line-up includes Foreigner's original front man Lou Gramm, Gregg Rolllie, who sang on some of Santana's biggest songs, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Fee Waybill from the Tubes, Joyhn Payne of Asia and Steve Augeri, who has voiced tracks for Journey. Backing the singers will be Payne's Asia FJP group.
Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2016 2:13pmbyROCKinsights
Phil Collins says he would have jumped at the chance to fill the void in the Who left by the death of Keith Moon, but says nobody asked him whether he would leave Genesis to do it. The comment was made by the now former Genesis drummer during an online chat hosted by the Guardian. Moon died during a night of binge drinking in 1978. Collins also praised current Who drummer Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr. Collins has been unable to play since suffering nerve damage several years ago. He recently announced his first tour in more than a decade (story). The brief string of European dates will feature his 15 year-old son on drums.
Advancing years won't get in the way of keeping Chuck Berry from continuing to make music. The just turned 90 year old Rock pioneer has announced that he will put out his first sutdio album in nearly 40 years in 2017. Titled simply Chuck, the record will be comprised of mostly his own new compositions. On the album recorded in the St. Louis area, the master will be accompanied by two of his children, his name-sake son on guitar and daughter Ingrid on harmonica, joined by Robert Lohr on piano, Jimmy Marsala playing bass and Keith Robinson on drums.
Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 9:32ambyROCKinsights
Rock Hall Of Fame voters have quite a list of inductees to consider. Leading the ballot are some acts many fans consider long overdue for the honor - Yes, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra and the J Geils Band. Joining them on the ballot are Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, the Zombies, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, Bad Brains and the obligatory wtf nominee, Tupac Shakur.
1949 Gary Tallent of the E Street band born… 1951 Judas Priest’s KK Downing born… 1967 Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland born… 1975 Bruce Springsteen appears on covers of Time and Newsweek magazines… 1992 Neil Young releases Harvest Moon… 2005 Three of the four Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover uniforms and the first Rolling Stones recording contact auctioned… 2007 Metallica, Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Jerry Lee Lewis play Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit in Mountainview, California… 2013 Lou Reed dies at 71 of liver disease...
26 1965 Beatles appointed members of Order of British Empire… 1967 Magical Mystery Tour premiers on BBC TV… 1975 Elton John plays Dodger Stadium… 1978 Police do first US date at Rat Club in Boston… 1981 Queen and David Bowie record Under Pressure… 1991 Ozzy Osbourne breaks his foot during a Chicago concert… 1991 Bonnie Raitt plays Saturday night Live… 1992 Pearl Jam sells a record 950,000 copies of the album Vs in its first week of release 1993 Jackson Browne releases I’m Alive… 2006 Jimi Hendrix songs owned by the estate of a former manager go up for sale to benefit UK charities…
1948 Judas Priest's Glen Tipton born… 1956 Scorpions Matthias Jabs born… 1962 Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot's Chad Smith born… 1964 Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show… 1969 Pink Floyd releases Ummagumma… 1988 Dire Straits releases Money For Nothing…, Traveling Wilburys release debut… 1991 Promoter Bill Graham dies in helicopter crash near San Francisco… 2005 Aerosmith releases Rockin' The Joint… 2008 ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Jack Johnson play Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concert, Mountainview, California… 2014 Cream bass player/vocalist dies of liver cancer...
1944 Jon Anderson of Yes born… 1948 Mott The Hoople's Dale Buffin born… 1975 John Lennon releases Shaved Fish… 1979 Allman brothers Band release Enlightened Rogues… 1995 Ozzy Osbourne release Ozzmosis…, Bob Seger releases It's A Mystery… 1997 Johnny Colt quits Black Crowes… 2005 Cream does first of 3 nights at Madison Square Garden… 2005 Slash joins Queen & Paul Rodgers on stage in LA on Can't Get Enough…
1936 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman born… 1947 Humble Pie & Spooky Tooth's Greg Ridley born… 1969 King Crimson does first US show at Goddard College in Vermont… 1976 Led Zeppelin appears on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert TV show… 1978 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while jailed awaiting trial for murder of his girlfriend at Chelsea Hotel… 1998 Judge upholds school than bans playing of Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit by marching band on basis of it being a "drug anthem"… 1999 Eric Clapton, BB King John Mellencamp, John Fogerty Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz play at White House event promoting music programs in public schools… 2007 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss release Raising Sand… 2010 Neil Young reunites with Buffalo Springfield members Stephen Stills and Richie Furay at Bridge School benefit in Mountainview, California…
1920 Timothy Leary born… 1945 Mountain’s Leslie West born… Rascals Eddie Brigati born… 1964 EMI rejects the High Numbers, the group soon to become the Who… 1965 Rolling Stones release Get off of My Cloud, Who release My Generation… 1976 Who play last concert with Keith Moon in Toronto… 1977 Queen We Will Rock You… 1984 Paul McCartney releases Give My Regards To Broad Street…
Manfred Mann (Lubowitz) born… 1941 Steve Cropper born… 1957 Toto’s Steve Lukather born… 1961 Bob Dylan records first album in one day… 1970 Bob Dylan releases New Morning… 1975 Elton John awarded star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame… 2006 Rock Hall Of Fame opens Clash exhibit… 2008 Perception, Doors box set released… 2008 Who open 10 date US tour at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan 2010 Steven Tyler sings National Anthem before Bruins home opener in Boston 2010 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden pilots Liverpool soccer team flight to game in Naples, Italy... 2014 Allman Brothers open last concert series as a band at the Beacon Theatre in New York...