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April 26
  • Fleetwood Mac collectively gave their reason Lindsey Buckingham is no longer with the group during a session on the CBS Morning News.  Mick Fleetwood attributed it to Buckingham's resistance to going out on the tour the band had been putting together over the last several months, saying that tensions had been rising and they finally hit a brick wall over the issue.  New FM guitarist Campbell, put on the spot about whether being in the band is a long term commitment for him, skirted it a bit. Fleetwood Mac's history of being like a real life soap opera could make it Interesting to see how long Campbell lasts. Everyone's always said Tom Petty was one of the easiest guys in music to work with. Nobody's ever said that about Mick, Stevie & Christine.

     

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  • Black Sabbath's first album with Ronnie James Dio was released on this day in 1980.  The original sessions for Heaven & Hell started with Ozzy in a process Tony Iommi called "Highly frustrating and never ending".  Several unproductive months into it, Osbourne was gone, Dio in.

     

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  • In the span of just a few days, Patti Smith performed with three members of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen.  The appearance with the Heartbreakers came during an Autism awareness and fund raising event on Saturday (4/21) in Austin, Texas.  Her performance of Because The Night with them marked the first time Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Stever Ferrone had taken the stage together since Petty died last October.  Stephen Stills would also join the Heartbreakers during that set on a version of I Won't Back Down.  At the Tribeca Film Festival's night at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Smith welcomed Because The Night's writer to join her on stage.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • A lot of his contemporaries gave up writing new music and started doing 'victory lap' tours, but Tom Petty was always pushing himself and his band to beat expectations and surprise fans in the process. God bless him.

    This great album that included musical contributions from all of the Heartbreakers except Stan Lynch but was Petty's first solo release came out on this date in '89.

     

     

     

     

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  • A subway station in the city David Bowie lived in and loved has been temporarily transformed into a mass transit tribute to him.

     

     

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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd will play its final concert in the city it was formed in.  The clsoing date for the legendary band's final tour is September 2 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.  Commenting on the announcement, Johnny Van Zant, the broter of original lead vocalist Ronnie, said, This is a dream come true for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band.  We're going to rock the house here.  My brother and Gary (Rossington) and Alan Collins started this band a long time ago.  We are on our farewell tour. I't time to wrap it up.'  Jason Aldean and Kid Rock are also on the bill and a number of special guests are expected to join the Kkynyrd lineup during the night.

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  • Peter Kenneth Frampton comes alive on April 22, 1950 and is in his first band by the time he's 12. Older classmate David Bowie (Jones, at the time) has a group, too. Three bands later, at age 18, Frampton hooks-up with Steve Marriott to form Humble Pie. His decision to go solo in 1971 and form a group named Frampton's Camel the following year both looked like bad career moves until 5 years later when Frampton Comes Alive! blew up and became one of the biggest selling live albums in history, logging nearly 100 consecutive weeks on the Billboard albums chart and being certified platinum (1 million copies) 8 times.

     

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  • Metallica has made it a point to raise awareness and funds for area food banks when on tour.  The group is also asking fans to step up and volunteer at food banks.  A concentrated campaign is underway to mobilize as many as possible on May 23. The Metallica Day of Service is being coordinated by the group's foundation, All Within My Hands.  Fans that register online to volunteer at food banks in a number of cities will be thanked by the band with a limited edition t-shirt.

     

     

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  • The Stones released an album lots of fans consider one of their best ever on this date in 1971.

     

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  • Bruce Springsteen's original hand written lyrics for Born To Run sold 5 years ago for $197,000 in a Sotheby's auction. The single sheet draft of the title song to his 1975 album includes notations and lyrics that Bruce elected to leave out of the final version that goes up for bids in June is expected to handily top that.
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  • The crop of things springing up for Record Store Day on April 21 is impressive.  Here are some of the highlights, and

    a link to the complete list.

     

    AC/DC - Back In Black - Casette

    Andrew Oldham Orchestra -Rolling Stones Songbook - LP
    Jeff Beck - Truth - LP
    Dickey Bets - Live At The Lone Star Roadhouse - 2LP
    Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities - LP
    David Bowie - Let's Dance Demo - 12" Vinyl
    Def Leppard - Live at Abbey Road - 12" Vinyl

    Doors - Live at the Matrix - LP
    Jerry Garcia - Run For The Roses - LP

    Gov't Mule - Girl With No Self Esteem - 12" Vinyl

    Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll (Sun Studio) / Friends (Olympic Studio) - 7" gold Vinyl 
    Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - LP
    Police - Roxanne - 7" Picture Disc

    Iggy Pop - Live at the Ritz - 2LP
    Small Faces - Lazy Sunday/Ogdens Nut Gone Flake - 7" Vinyl

    Smithereens - Smithereens Play Tommy - LP
    George Thorogood - Shot Down/Ain't Coming Home - 7" Vinyl

     


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  • A 2017 sold-out Paul Rodgers Royal Albert Hall concert featuring the music his pre-Bad Company band Free is coming out on CD/DVD/Blu-ray and vinyl.  The 16 tack set includes Free's biggest tracks All Right Now and Fire And Water of course, but it also includes some songs that the group never performed live during its brief history.  Rodgers says the chance to revisit that period in his career proved unexpectedly exciting, saying, 'I have been making music for a long, long, long time, so to get super charged and reinspired to perform was a revelation.'

    Free Spirit - Celebrating The Music of Free drops on June 22.

     

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  • A life of fast cars and leisure has suited Nick Mason for the last several years, but the Pink Floyd drummer is apparently ready to get behind the kit again.  Reports have emerged that Mason will team with Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and bassist Guy Pratt, who was involved in Pink Floyd's 1994 release The Division Bell, in a new band that adopts the title of Floyd's second album for its name. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets has slated four concerts for London next month that will, according to a band statement, be "...a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets."

     

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  • London was an unlikely place for a California band to record an old west themed album, but The Eagles did it for their second studio release. Plans director Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs, Major Dundee, Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid) to base a film on the songs on the album never panned out, but the group did film a bare-bones promo for the album when they were staging the front and back cover photos for the album at a western movie set in one of the canyons north of LA.

     

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