Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2016 6:55ambyROCKinsights
Airbnb has arranged for Abbey Roads Studio to be converted into an overnight accommodations site for just one night and is giving away the opportunity to be the guest of honor in one of the most hallowed sites in musical history. On October 15th Studio 3 will be transformed into a bedroom the lucky winner and their guest will spend the evening in following champagne and dinner. They will sleep surrounded by instruments that figured in some of the studio's most monumental recordings, which include the 1969 Beatles release that shares its name and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. The winner and guest will be flown to London and will also receive complimentary nights at a nearby Airbnb for the evenings before and/or following their night in the studio.
All that's asked as an entry is a little information about yourself and which song recorded in the studio you would most have wanted to be there to witness the recording of. The deadline for entering is 11:59 BST on October 6th. Do it at
Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2016 6:34ambyROCKinsights
Tom Petty has been announced by the Recording Academy as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year. The recognition will be made official at a ceremony honoring Petty before the Grammy Awards. Neal Portnow, CEO of the foundation and the Recording Academy said, 'Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. He brand of Rock and Roll benefits fro a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree'.
Petty joins Rockers David Crosby (1991), Bonnie Raitt (1992), Phil Collins (1997), Elton John (2000), Billy Joel (2002), Bono (2003), Sting (2004), Don Henley (2007), Neil Young (2010), Paul McCartney (2012), Bruce Springsteen (2013), and Bob Dylan (2015) in receiving the recognition.
Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 3:10pmbyROCKinsights
The 2017 Experience Hendrix tour has landed another good lineup of six string
master musicians. Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson and Jonny Lang will be featured, along with a rhythm section anchored by Hendrix Band Of Gypsys bass player Billy Cox. The trek will pack 27 concerts into a window that opens on Febraary 17 in Portland, Oregon and runs through a March 26th close in Prior Lake, Minnesota. ExperienceHendrixTour.com
Musicians aren't always the best of neighbors - even with each other. Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been at odds with singer Robbie Williams about renovations to the home he bought next door to Page's historic home in Kensington. Williams contends he got approval for renovations to the home he paid close to $20 million for last summer, but that Page's objections over damage the construction's vibrations could cause to his home have made it impossible to get the project finished. That's left the four member Williams family unable to move in to the home. Williams wants to downplay the feud with Page and considers it unfortunate that the issue will probably mean that the two won't become friends as well as neighbors. Speaking with The Sun, Williams said, 'I don't know Jimmy Page. We met briefly a couple of times but it was years ago, in passing, and I was in reverence of the great Jimmy Page.
Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 6:51ambyROCKinsights
Recruiting Christine McVie back into its ranks has revived Fleetwood Mac's interest in making new music together. She tells Rolling Stone that the group already has seven songs done and could resume studio work as soon as October to work on more for a new album. There appears to be no shortage of material. McVie says she and Lindsey Buckingham have collaborated on writing a number of songs and adds that there are 'tons' of other tunes in contention for consideration, too. The least involved member seems to be Stevie Nicks, who McVie says hasn't had much of any involvement to this point. Nicks, who is out on tour currently, has apparently been non-commital toward the album and a future Fleetwood Mac tour. McVie says there is a possibility FM would do a smaller venue tour without her as a 4 piece band.
The son of Led Zeppelin's drummer filled that role on his late father's birthday during Gov't Mule's concert Sunday (9/25). Mule drummer Matt Abts made way for Jason Bonham to take over for the opening of his band's second set at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.
Aerosmith's lead singer went country with his 2015 solo album. One of the group's guitarists is finishing up work on an album he describes as 'funky'. Speaking with musiciansear.com, Joe Perry said, 'When I'm writing songs, it always starts with some variation of R&B and funk, whether it's been from that first Aerosmith stuff yill what we're going to work on this afternoon.' The yet to be titled release is just about wrapped up, but won't get released until 2017.
If Glenn Frey's son is willing to take his father's place in the band, the Eagles could reunite. That's according to Don Henley. Addressing the question of whether the group would consider reuniting the drummer/vocalist said during an interview with the Montreal Gazette, 'At some point in the future we might work our way around to that.' He later added, '...one of the only things that would make sense to me is if it were his son' taking the place left empty when Glenn Frey died. Frey has three sons. The one Henley is referencing is 22 year-old Deacon, who has performed on occasion with the Eagles.
Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016 5:35ambyROCKinsights
Yes fans have railed against the failure of the Rock Hall Of Fame to give Prog Rock due consideration generally, and it's failure to induct Yes, in particular. The group has been eligible for two decades and has made it onto the ballot twice, but failed to secure an induction slot both times. Despite that, and aside form the fact the band also replaced him with a sound-alike vocalist, Jon Anderson remains optimistic that Yes entering the Hall is almot inevitible and he seems to be confident that he'll be sharing the honor with his former band mates when it happens. Speaking with Prog Magazine, Anderson said of himself and previously departed members of the various incarnations of Yes all being included, 'There could be 20 of us. It'll be fun. There won't be much room, but it will be fun.'
Induction to the Hall was anything but fun for past members of Deep Purple that got left out when that band got it's long overdue induction last year (story), and won't be for Randy Meisner, Don Felder and Bernie Leadon when the Kennedy Center honors te Eagles in December without them (story), but it is hard to imagine that Anderson would get left on the sidelines of a Yes indusction.
Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 7:00ambyROCKinsights
Gary Rossington, the sole remaining original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, will release Take It on Faith, an album the guitarist recorded with his wife and Skynyrd backing voaclist Dale this fall. Gary says doing the album was largely due to the number of fans he'd meet after shows that asked whether he would some day record or tour apart from Skynyrd, something he did decades ago as a member of Rossinggtom Collins. He also says other current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have been supportive and encourged the idea. The project has been in the works for some time, and includes the late Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward. The 12 track album drops November 4.
Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 4:59ambyROCKinsights
A couple of months back (story), Cliff Williams said he would probably retire at the end of AC/DC's Rock Or Bust tour. That decision is one the group's bass player is sticking with. Williams took the stage for the last time with AC/DC in Philadelphia Tuesday (9/20), saying afterwards, 'It's time for me to step out, an that's all'. Williams became the AC/DC bass player in 1977 and made his record debut with the group on the followin year's Powerage album. His departure leaves Angus Young as the only long-term member of the band.
The Eagles opted to delay their Kennedy Center honor last year in hopes that Glenn Frey's health would improve. Sadly, Frey did not pull through the medical complications he was facing. Remaining members of the current lineup will receive the recognition themselves and on his behalf on December 4th, but former members Don Felder, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon are not going to get recognition. Brandon Butler initiated a petition to get the honor extended to the others, but the more than 10,000 signitures he managed to collect did not sway the currrent band members or the Kennedy Center officials opinion on who deserves the honor. Accordingly, just Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Joe Walsh and the late Glenn Frey will be honored that night. Classic Rock Magazine
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