Posted Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 6:12ambyROCKinsights
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and a film company are targets of a suit filed by some other band members and the heirs of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve and Cassie Gaines seeking to block the production of a movie based largely on the 1977 plane crash that killed Van Zant, Gaines and his sister, a backup singer for the band. The suit against production and distribution of Street Survivor: The True Story of th Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash was filed in My but did not come to light until last week when a ruling was issued by a judge against an attempt to put the brakes on the project through a perliminary injunction. The case could be decided largely on the 'blood oath' surviving members committed to after the crash. One provision of it was to never try to capitalize on the tragedy that claimed their band mates. Barring developments that could end the case, a trial will start on July 11.
Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 5:29ambyROCKinsights
The early 80's session that produced the Queen-David Bowie collaboration on Under Pressure included the recording of other songs with both Bowie and Freddie Mercury, according to Brian May. The Queen guitarist recently revealed that additional tracks were laid down that haven't 'come to light yet'. "Yet" implies that they certainly could. May says there was a competitive tension between Bowie and Mercury that manifest itself in things like neither of them wanting to be the first to arrive at the studio. He added that the pair 'locked horns' at times while working out and recording Under Pressure but pointed out that, '...those are the things that happen in a studio, that's when the sparks fly and that's why it turned out so great.'
Posted Sunday, June 18th, 2017 5:07ambyROCKinsights
Ringo Starr may have to come up with the melody, but Olivia Harrison, George's widow, has delivered the lyrics to the drummer. She found them in a folder inside a piano bench her late husband used. The song, apparently written at about the time the Beatles we're falling apart, includes the line "Hey Ringo, now I want you to know. That without you my guitar plays far too slow." Olivia doesn't know whether George ever recorded a demo of the song, but she vows to look around to see whether she find a recording of it.
Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 6:42ambyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen has reportedly arranged a residency on Broadway for the fall that is expected to have an 8 week run at the Kerr Theatre. Bruce in a 975 seat venue so close to his home turf is certain to be one of the tougher tickets ever - and you can be sure the scalpers and after-market ticket hawkers are well into planning ways to make them even harder and much more expensive to come by. Whether any and how many members of his band will participate in the Kerr performances remains to be seen, as does who might guest with Bruce. There is also already speculation that the series of dates could be a forerunner to a Springsteen based musical.
Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 6:25ambyROCKinsights
The East/West Classic Rock Fests slated for CitiField and Dodger Staduim will not be Fleetwood Mac's final concerts. Christine McVie confirmed that her band is laying the groundwork for a 2018 world tour, and it sounds pretty firm. Speaking with The One Show in the UK, McVie said a plan is already in place for rehearsals to start in March and a tour to kick-off in June. The group's plan to put out an album this year got sidelined due to scheduling conflicts revolving around Stevie Nicks. The sessions then morphed into a Christine McVie/Lindsey Buckingham album.
Wendy Dio says she considers an effort by Gene Simmons of KISS fame to obtain a trademark on the 'horn's gesture (demonstrated by Lars Ulrich of Metallica) both 'laughable' and 'disgusting'. Her late husband Ronnie Jame Dio had as much or more to do with its adoption by Rock fans as anyone. Ronnie, who maintained the gesture was something his grandmother used to flash, once quipped when the gesture was brought up in an interview, 'Gene Simmons will tell you that he invented it. But then again, Gene invented breathing and shoes and everything else.'
Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 10:24pmbyROCKinsights
Neil Young and his former wife Pegi have announced that they will no longer be the hosts for the annual Bridge School benefit concerts the couple started in 1986. Pegi Young passed along the news on the Bridge School web site, writing, "They have been truly memorable events and we have great appreciation for everyone involved". The former couple also penned letters to Friends of Bridge School to let them know that the years of effort they put into the concerts was reflected in the eyes of the special needs students that the school serves and letting those who made a point of attending the annual concerts theat their contribution to the cause made them the "...soul that kept everything happening for all of these years."
The Youngs vowed to continue to help raise funds for the school outside the framework of the concert event. The event, held in recent years at the Shoreline Amhitheater, drew an A list of performers that included Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Metallica and dozens more.
News travels a little slower from Denmark. We've just learned that Metallica's Lars Ulrich was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog by his native country's Queen on May 26th. (Drum roll please) all hail Sir Lars! HenneMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 6:38ambyROCKinsights
A photo and caption posted to Ozzy Osbourne's Facebook account leave little doubt that a 2017 OzzFest is in the works. Expect an official announcement soon - and that it will again be a two day affair with Slipknot anchoring day two.
Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 6:51ambyROCKinsights
A Model- T Ford that was once owned by Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is up for sale. The vintage vehicle, featured in The Song Remains The Same film, is being offered through the UK branch of EBay in association with Midwest Performance, a car broker. The listing describes the car as an "iconic Hot Rod" that is a "...very collectible piece of Rock history." The C-Cab model was custom built in the early 70's in San Francisco and shipped to Bonham in the UK. The listing price is close to $325k. Gibson.com
U2 did its first US festival set ever at Bonaroo on Friday night (6/9). During it, Bono paused before the band did One Tree Hill to say, 'This next song is about a friend of ours that was stolen away from us far too soon, way back then. And I’m sure a lot of people here at Bonnaroo have had a similar experience. Tonight, we want to sing it for Lily Cornell. Her dad had an epic heart.'
Posted Friday, June 9th, 2017 6:31ambyROCKinsights
Phil Collins might be second guessing the naming his comeback the Not Dead Yet Tour. The former Genesis member lost his balance on his way to the John in his hotel room and suffered a rather serious head injury in the early morning hours Thursday (6/8). The fall and resulting postponements were announced on his Facebook page.
Posted Thursday, June 8th, 2017 5:38ambyROCKinsights
The 30th anniversary of the release of Def Leppard's Hysteria will be accompanied by a remastered reissue that will be available August 4 in a number of configurations, topped by a Super Deluxe 7 disc version that includes 2 DVDs. Here's a look & listen.
1945 Carly Simon born… 1946 Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier born… 1946 Foreigner & King Crimson veteran Ian McDonald born… 1952 Tim Finn of Crowded House born… 1967 Eric Clapton guests on All You Need Is Love during a Beatles world-wide live broadcast of the song… 1969 Mick Taylor does his first show as a member of the Rolling Stones… 1984 Patti Scialfa joins the E Street Band… 1988 Red Hot Chili Pepper Hillel Slovak dies of heroin overdose in LA... 1993 Bruce Springsteen a surprise guest on the final David Letterman Show on NBC… 2009 Michael Jackson dies in LA… 2016 Colts owner Jim Irsay pays $155,750 for locks of David Bowie's hair and a custom made Prince guitar
1942 Drummer Mick Fleetwood born… 1944 Traffic’s Chris Wood born… 1945 Zombie’s Colin Blunstone born… 1948 Yes and Moody Blues member Patrick Moraz born… 1949 John Illsey of Dire Straits born… 1952 Jeff Beck born… 1967 Jeff Cease of the Black Crowes born… 1995 Neil Young fills in for Eddie Vedder after the Pearl Jam front man is unable to continue a San Francisco concert due to the flu… 2009 Big Brother & the Holding Company release lost recordings featuring Janis Joplin... 2011 Glastonbury festival security prevents a group from inflating a sign protesting that U2 are Irish tax evaders for moving their business operations to the Netherlands during the band’s set… 2016 Billy Joel joins tribute band Big Shot on three songs during Huntington, NY show
1941 Jerry Garcia writing partner Robert Hunter born… 1975 Alice Cooper breaks 6 ribs when he fall off the stage during a Vancouver concert… 1980 Rolling Stones release Emotional Rescue… 2010 Gregg Allman gets a liver transplant… 2009 Spinal Tap releases Back From The Dead 2010 Pete Quaife of the Kinks dies of kidney failure… 2010 Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant in Jacksonville, Florida 2016 Jury sides with Led Zeppelin members in suit claiming Stairway To Heaven melody was lifted from Taurus, a Spirit instrumental released two years earlier
1936 Kris Kristofferson born… 1948 Todd Rundgren born… 1968 Jeff Beck Group does first US concert at the Fillmore East… 1969 Blind Faith releases self-titled and only studio album… 1970 Pete Townshend detained after using the word ‘bomb’ in describing something while on a plane… 1978 Cream reunites at Ginger Baker’s polo club… 1981 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty in shooting of John Lennon… 1990 Billy Joel headlines the first concert at Yankee Stadium… 2009 Styx members visit the White House… 2010 Bruce Springsteen releases previous year's Hyde Park concert on DVD... 2010 Ozzy Osburne release Let Me Hear You Scream
1944 Ray Davies of the Kinks born… 1947 Joey Molland of Badfinger born… 1950 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith born… 1951 Nils Lofgren of the E Street band born… 1966 Rolling Stones sue New York City hotels for banning the group… 1972 Led Zeppelin opens 8th US tour… 1975 Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow… 1979 Rolling Stones (ex) Mick Taylor releases "Mick Taylor" four years after leaving band 1980 Sammy Hagar releases Danger Zone 1981 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the end for Steely Dan… 1990 Bono joins David Bowie on stage in Cleveland on a version of Gloria… 1994 John Mellencamp releases Dance Naked… 1995 Dan Rather of CBS News sings during REM soundcheck in new York on What’s The Frequency Kenneth? … 2009 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith invites 20 wounded veterans to his birthday party when Aerosmith plays Washington… 2011 Bruce Springsteen eulogizes Clarence Clemons and does a sole version of Tenth Avuenue Freeze-Out at a memorial service in South Florida…
1942 Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys born 1955 Van Halen's Michael Anthony born 1969 Davie Bowie records Space Oddity in London 1969 Grateful Dead release Aoxomoxoa 1974 Bob Dylan releases Before The Flood 1975 Neil Young releases Tonight’s The Night 1977 Steve Winwood releases self-titled solo 1978 Foreigner releases Double Vision 1983 Joe Walsh releases You Bought It, You Name It 1988 Steve Winwood releases Roll With It 1987 Boston plays Texas Jam - first concert in 8 years 1996 Eric Clapton appears with opera legend Pavorotti in Florence Italy benefit for Bosnian refugees 1996 Grateful Dead members appear together for first time since Jerry Garcia's 1998 Green Day's Mike Dirnt suffers skull fracture after being hit by bottle wielded by Third Eye Blind's Arion Salazar in Irvine California concert 2006 Heart Of Gold, movie about Neil Young released on DVD
1951 Heart's Ann Wilson born 1963 AC/DC's Simon Wright born 1967 Paul McCartney admits to having taken LSD on the BBC Clarence White of the Byrds dies after being hit by a car in California 1976 Blue Oyster Cult releases Agents Of Fortune 1984 Bruce Springsteen sells out 6 Meadowlands Arena shows in 24 hours 1988 Van Halen headlines "Monsters Of Rock" tour, Rich Stadium Theater 1990 John Hiatt releases "Stolen Moments" 2007 Bon Jovi releases "Lost Highway" 2007 Sammy Hagar releases "Livin' It Up In St. Louis" DVD 2009 Rigging collapse forces cancellation of next night's Alice Cooper concert at Spartak Stadium in Novosibirsk, Russia