Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 4:31pmbyROCKinsights
Monmouth College is the home of the Bruce Springsteen archives. Tuesday night (9/19), it apparently was also the scene of a dress rehearsal for Bruce's multiple month residency in Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. The unannounced performance was an invitation only affair that the University declined to confirm or deny. Semi-confirmation it took place came in a non-specific social media reference by Patti Scialfa's brother who wrote, 'It's easy sometimes to forget what true genius is, until its right in front of you." The audience in the 700 seat Pollack Theater on the Long Branch, New Jersey campus of Monmouth was limited to about 200. Capacity at the Walter Kerr Theatre is just under 1,000.
Yoko Ono is threatening to file suit against a small UK company marketing a series of flavored beverages under the name John Lemon. Even though the company insists it does not use images or likenesses of John Lennon, lawyers for Ono contend that it has used some and made inferentail references to Lennon in some social media posts that, in the process, infringed on the John Lennon trademark registered with the European Union. The company's owner does not think the claim has merit, but says fighting the suit is beyond him company's means because an unfavorable decision could leave it responsible for covering Ono's legal expenses as well as its own. Making matters even stranger, the John Lemon trademark was apparently filed withthe EU two years before the John Lennon one was.
Posted Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 7:31ambyROCKinsights
The Cubs sit atop the NL Central with just over a week left in MLB's regular season. That's cause for celebration for one of the team's highest profile fans, Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam lead singer took to the sidewalk outside Wrigley Field to join a couple of street musicians on a version of his band's song Courduroy Friday (9/15) and was at it again on Sunday, that tim sitting in on drums.
Posted Sunday, September 17th, 2017 2:14pmbyROCKinsights
Bob Weir likes to keep up on social-political matters and has lobbied formally and informally for environmental and social reforms he believes in. The former Grateful Dead veteran will be doing it in a more official capacity now that the United Nations has named him a Goodwill Ambassador. Weir takes on the role of helping the international body inform the public and advance the cause the positive role counteracting climate change can have in reducing poverty while promoting sustainability. A ceremony honoring the newest Goodwill Ambassadors takes place Sunday (9/17) during the 8th annual Social Good Summit in New York City.
Posted Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 2:57pmbyROCKinsights
Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will rejoin KISS in a benefit to assist Gulf Coast families with young children hammered by Hurricane Harvey. The reunion will take place on September 20 at CHS Field in St. Paul MN. Proceeds go to The Chidren Matter to help speed restoration of normal lives for the 10,000 children in the Houston area displaced by the storm. It will mark the first time in more than 15 years the pair has been back on stage with the band in concert. HenneMusic.com
Posted Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 9:10pmbyROCKinsights
A New York City recording studio where many great albums were recorded has been spared the fate of several former studios that have gone the way of condos or the wrecking ball in recent years. The Power Station had been renamed Avatar by its more recent owners. When they sought an interested party to take it over that would commit to continue operating it as a studio, Boston's Berklee College of Music jumped at the opportunity. Renamed the Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the studio will, in addition to serving as a traditional recording studio, hos educational programs and live performances for intimate size audiences. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave Pete Muller much of the credit to bringing the deal to fruition, saying 'Renovating this amazing, historic music venue is a powerful nod to New York City as a continuing center for innovative art, culture and creativity. I commend Berklee and Trustee Pete Muller for their investments, their vision, and for the public performing space that will benefit many budding and future New York recording artists.'
The former ConEdison power plant opened as a studio in 1977. The list of albums recorded there includes major albums from Bruce SPringsteen (Born To Run), the Rolling Stones (Tattoo You), Bob Dylan (Infidels), David Bowie (Scary Monsters & Let's Dance), and many, many more.
Posted Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 2:49pmbyROCKinsights
James Hetfield was in the middle of Metallica's song Now That We're Dead during group's concert Monday (9/4) at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam when he averted a brush with it when he fell through into an open trap door in the stage. He was assisted up out of the opening, telling the audience after completing the song 'I'm okay. My ego, not so much. But we're fine. Hurt my feelings'.
Posted Monday, September 4th, 2017 9:03ambyROCKinsights
A mint condition 1983 400i Ferrari that Keith Richards bought while the Rolling Stones were recording in Paris goes up for auction on Saturday (9/9). In Keith's stable of exotic rides since being shipped back to London after the band finished recording the album Dirty Work, the car is almost certainly the most pristine a Ferrari of that style and vintage anywhere in the world. With just 3.6km on the odometer (2,200 miles), the car is valued at $225,000 and is expected to bring close to or possibly more than that during the RM Sotheby's Ferrari sale. In addition to the car itself, the high bidder gets the original sale materials, including the warranty card that designates the Stones guitarist as the owner.
Walter Becker who, with Donald Fagen were the core members and provided the creative genius of Steely Dan, passed away Sunday (8/3) at 67.
The Queens, New York born Becker took up the saxophone during his school years but set that aside to become a guitarist. Becker became a proficient guitarist with help from Randy Wolfe, who later changed his name to Randy California and was a founding member of the band Spirit.
Becker met Walter Fagen while the two were enrolled at Bard College. For a time, the two were in a band named Leather Canary that had Chevy Chase on drums. Becker and Fagen ditched Bard before graduating and set out to become professional song writers and, briefly, were members of Jay and the Americans under assumed names.
In 1971, the two relocated to the west coast and soon after arriving formed Steely Dan. Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Denny Dias (guitars) and Jim Hodder (drums) rounded out the band. Becker contributed some guitar at the outset, but his primary instrument was bass. Once the band acquired the services of bassist extraordinaire Chuck Rainey, Becker was free to shift entirely to guitar, and made his recording debut as Steely Dan's guitarist on Pretzel Logic (1974).
Steely Dan as a band was soon distilled down to Becker and Fagen, giving the pair the option to base which musicians they worked with on the nature and style of each album. Taking this approach allowed them to fine tune the sound for the studio but made concerts difficult, and Steely Dan became one of the least regular touring acts in Rock during Becker & Fagen's most active years of releasing popular albums. The two dissolved their writing partnership in 1981, the year after releasing Goucho, the final Steely Dan album released during the consecutive years of the collabortation of Becker and Fagen. Free of the pressures and obligations of needing to reinvent the band each time they did an album, the pair eventually began to tour somewhat regularly.
Walter Becker contended with a number of health issues, including injuries sustained when he was struck by a taxi while crossing the street in New York in 1978 and substance problems. He got that in check after the final album was released and went on to produce albums for Rickie Lee Jones (Flying Cowboys), Michael Franks, China Crisis.
Becker and Fagen reunited in 1993 for a tour after Becker had produced Fagen's album Kamakirird. The following year, Fagen returned the favor, producing Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack. They then collaborated as Steely Dan, releasing Two Against Nature (2000), an album that collected four Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year.
Becker & Fagen were inducted into the Rock Hall OF Fame in 2001.
A cause of death has not been released. News of his passing was not a shock as it was common knowledge that he had health issues, but the circumstances under which we learned of his death because numerous sites seem to have announced it before it actually happened.
We always await substantiation before firing off a story. So, when people in a position to know cast doubts about reports that emerged going into the weekend that Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame had passed away and a chorus of claims of a hoax grew, we awaited verification. His passing was confirmed. But the assuming the date of death indicated on his web site is accurate, the initial reports of his death were false. While many repudible people and sites got duped into spreading news of his death prematurely, the misinformation had to have started with someone. We hope whoever that was feels remorse over having made a difficult time for Becker's loved ones and friends even more painful.
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