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1/201975 & 1978 Blood on the Tracks and Infinity released

 

A slew of good albums dropped on this day through the years, including...
The US release of Meet The Beatles in 1964,
Jerry Garcia's self titled solo in 1970,
Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks in 1975,
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes from Jimmy Buffett in 1977,
Journey's Infinity in 1978.

 

Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on January 20 include...

1945 10cc's Eric Stewart born.

1952 Judas Priest’s Ian Hill born, Paul Stanley of KISS born.

1965 Byrds record Mr. Tambourine Man.

1965 Alan Freed dies.

1966 First Trips Festival staged at Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco.

1982 Ozzy Osbourne hospitalized after biting a bat during his Des Moines concert.

1993 Don Henley plays for Bill Clinton at Presidential Inaugural Ball sponsored by MTV.

2017 Bob Weir, Matt Sorum, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Robert Randolph and Gene Cornish perform together as D'angelico Guitars presents an all star jam during VIP event at National Association of Music Retailers unveiling of Bob Weir custom guitars.

2018 Founding Zombies bassist and later era Kinks member Jim Rodford dies after a fall down the stairs of his home...

 


John Fogerty's 2019 Red Rocks show on DVD

The CD of this June, 2019 career spanning concert came out last November. On January 24th, it becomes available on DVD and vinyl.


Mike Campbell readies release with his new band

After Tom Petty's death, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell accepted an invite to join Fleetwood Mac. Now, Campbell has another project; a new group he's put together called The Dirty Knobs.  Here's a preview from the album the band hass slated for a March 20 release.

 

 



Pearl Jam announces 2020 album

 

 

 

Pearl Jam is set to release it first full studio album in 7 years. Gigatron is set for a March 27 release. The 11th studio recording by the group has been a long time coming. Mike McCready calls the project "...an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption" for his band.

 

MORE PEARL JAM INSIGHTS


Rush drummer Neil Peart dies at 67

 

The Rock world was stunned today with the news that Neil Peart died on Tuesday (1/7) of brain cancer.  News of the Rush dfrummer having the disease had been kwpt under wraps since it was diagnosed three years agro

 


John Mellencamp funds a plaza in his hometown

 

 

John Mellencamp appreciates quiet, small town life and privacy when he's not on stage, so it was a bit unexpected that a 35 foot mural featuring his profile on the side of a guitar shop in his hometown of Seymour, Indiana met with his approval. Recently the relatively reclusive singer has even more surprisingly written a check for $50,000 so a plaza featuring info on his significant career achievements can be laid out in front of the large portrait of him created by Indianapolis artist Pamela Bliss. In a letter that accompanied the check, John wrote that he would like the space to be a "very nice meeting area in downtown Seymour".?

 

MORE JOHN MELLENCAMP INSIGHTS


Rod Stewart and his son arrested in Florida New Year's Eve

 

 

Police in Palm Beach, Florida responded to a call reporting an assault on a security guard during a private party for children on New Year's Eve at the Breakers Resort. The alleged punch thrower was none other than Rod Stewart. The altercation apparently developed when kids in the company of Rod and his 39 year-old son were refused entry to the event. The police account contends that Sean Stewart got in the face of the security guard who told the pair they would not be allowed to enter. Sean then allegedly shoved the guard and his father reportedly delivered a punch to the guard's ribs. The pair has been charged with misdemeanor battery in the incident.?

 

MORE ROD STEWART INSIGHTS


Allmans to mark 50th anniversary with Madison Square Garden reunion

 

 

Surviving members of the most recent lineup of the Allman Brothers Band will share the stage to mark the 50th anniversary of the Southern Rock trailblazing group on March 10, 2020. The on-off concert will include co-founding drummer Jaimoe together with Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones joined by Duane Trucks, Chuck Leavell and Reese Wynans. Dickey Betts, the only surviving original member other than Jaimoe, has declined the opportunity to participate, citing previous commitments. His web site shows no tour dates that conflict with the reunion date in New York.

 

 

MORE ALLMAN BROTHERS INSIGHTS


Brown Sugar featuring Eric Clapton with the Stones

The Sticky Fingers version of Brown Sugar we know and love was cut in Muscle Shoals, but the Stones also laid down a take of it several months later in London that featured Al Kooper on keys and Eric Clapton playing slide guitar. Enjoy...



Gov't Mule plans a 1969 New Year's Eve

 

Gov't Mule's New Years Eve concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City will pay homage to a 1969 masterpiece.


Pink Floyd Learning to Fly alternate take

 

Pink Floyd has shared this video for the alternate version of Learning to Fly that is included on the group's Later Years compilation box.

 


2020 Allman Brothers reunion looks possible

It's been a few years since surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band convened for the group's annual residency in New York City. That hiatus might end if the logo being floated without details means what it likely does.


John Lennon's oval glasses bring big bid

A pair of glasses John Lennon left behind in Ringo Starr's Mercedes in 1968 sold at a Sotheby's Auction Friday for close to $200k. Lennon started wearing the oval, wire framed spectacles when he was preparing to appear in the 1966 film How I Won the War. Starr's driver notified Lennon that he'd found the specs, but John told him to keep them, quipping they were '...just for the look".

 

MORE JOHN LENNON INSIGHTS


Mellencamp and Springsteen share spotlight at Rainforest benefit

A Rainforest benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City Monday night (12/9) organized by Sting included a number of cool covers and collaborations. Sting did Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer, Bob Geldof took on Elvis Costello's What's so Funny ('Bout Peace, Love and understanding), Robert Downey Jr. did Robert Palmer's hit Addicted to Love, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp shared the spotlight on Pink Houses and Glory Days and all joined in on a Don't Stop Believin' encore.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ozzy offers hefty reward for return of stolen Randy Rhoads equipment

Ozzy Osbourne has stepped up with an offer of a $25,000 reward if stolen equipment that belonged to his late guitarist Randy Rhaods gets returned.  In a facebook post notifuing his 11 million followers of the incentive to help get the gear returned to the music school his family now runs Osbourne wrote of the Musonia School as "...something of a pilgrimage to his fans all over the world.  It is a place where the Rhoads family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy", and, "I am heartbroken that these treasured pyhsical memories of Randy and Delores (Rhoads' mother) have been taken".

The gear taken includes his first guitar, an early 60's Harmony Rocket electric, a Peavey Amp head he used while with Quiet Riot, a rare prototype Marshall amp head given to the family by the company.  Anyone having info or leads can notify Nick at 818-281-7893 or nickdargenzio@gmail.com.

 

MORE OZZY OSBOURNE INSIGHTS

 

 


Bonamassa & Schon team on stage in Vegas

This took place in late October at the Colosseum in Las Vegas when Neal Schon returned the favor of guesting with Joe Bonamassa the night after Joe had taken the stage during the Journey guitarist's concert to join him on Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin.

 

 


Allman Family Revival dates set

 

A trio of concerts anchored by the Allman Betts Band in celebration of the music of Gregg Allman will take place. In Addition to the group featuring The sons of Gregg and guitarist Dickey Betts, the lineup includes Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Todd Morh from Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jimmy Vivino, and many others.

 

 



Eric Clapton staging Ginger Baker tribute concert

 

 

The lineup hasn't been announced, but with Eric Clapton issuing the invitations, it's sure to be outstanding. EC is organizing a tribute to fellow Cream and Blind Faith member Ginger Baker.

 

Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker is slated for February 17, 2020 at the Apollo Hammersmith in London and will benefit a charity that provides assistance to people with disabilities that the late drummer's family is supportive of.

 

MORE ERIC CLAPTON INSIGHTS





Springsteen Rocks again

With a 2020 E Street Band reunion all but certain, Bruce Springsteen set aside his dabbling in country songs and got back in the Rock N' Roll saddle on Saturday night in Asbury Park. The occasion was a benefit concert for his son's alma mater, Boston College. Backed by Bobby Bandiera's band and E Street drummer Max Weinberg, The Boss delivered a 22 song set that included staples from his on catalog and a smattering of covers and capped off the 2 hour set with an acoustic version of Thunder Road.


John Fogerty steps up for Veterans

 

The debacle the scuttled Woodstock 50th Anniversary concert turned into at least had one positive; John Fogerty has donated the advance he received from the backers of the concert to an organization providing housingf for homeless veterans.  The donation goes to Veterans Village, a Las Vegas outfit converting large scale containers into comfortable shelter for vets.  Fogerty, an Army veteran himself, has called Vegas a home away from home during his residency concert stints in Vegas.


Black Crowes 2020 reunion firms up

A band we had great expectations for has confirmed a reunion tour. The Black Crowes will be performing Shake Your Money Maker in it's entirety during a 2020 summer tour. North American dates for the trek are about to get released.


Black Crowes 2020 reunion firms up

A band we had great expectations for has confirmed a reunion tour. The Black Crowes will be performing Shake Your Money Maker in it's entirety during a 2020 summer tour. North American dates for the trek are about to get released.

The rebirth of Capricorn Studios

The building the offices and studios of Capricorn occupied in Macon, Georgia  was at imminent risk of being torn down to make room for more townhouse apartments. A concerted effort by Mercer has not only prevented this landmark building from being demolished, it has given it a rebirth as a place music from the past and the future will be appreciated and celebrated.


Garcia Alligator guitar heads to auction

A 1955 guitar Graham Nash got at a Phoenix pawn shop and gave to Jerry Garcia will be offered at a December 10 Bonhams Auction. Also on the block that day will be the Martin acoustic Jerry played during the 1970 Festival Express tour across Canada by rail.


Ronnie Wood doc comes to screens

Ronnie Wood has long been one of the most stand-up guys in Rock - a guy that's been willing to admit to his shortcomings in ways few of his peers is. We hear the forthcoming doc Somebody Up There Likes Me is consistent that. Here's a preview...