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10-17-1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors released

On this day in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd released a triumphant  with a tragically prophetic cover ever. Street Survivors featured band members with a backdrop of raging flames. Just days after the album came out, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie would lose their lives in the crash of the band's chartered tour plane.

 

 

1968 Ziggy Marley born.

1969 Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner arrested on marijuana charges in Hawaii

1969 Led Zeppelin II released, band opens US tour at Carnegie Hall.

1973 Keith Richards banned from France for 2 years because of drug arrest during 1971 party in Nice.

1980 Dire Straits release Making Movies.

1989 Billy Joel releases Storm Front.

1991 John Mellencamp collapses during radio interview in Seattle.

1991 Don Henley & Billy Falcon play Syracuse War Memorial.

1994 Bob Dylan makes unannounced appearance with Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden concert.

1995 Sting's accountant convicted of stealing millions from him

2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa join U2 in Philadelphia for a version of People Get Ready.

2006 Aerosmith releases Devil's Got A New Disguise.

2009 Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa join Southside Johnny at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park…


Rock Hall of Fame 2020 nominees

The typical mix of very, somewhat and not at all deserving.

 


Black Crowes to fly again

Sibling rivalries have damaged or derailed plenty of bands over the years, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Kinks and Oasis. Another that fell victim to that may be preparing to reunite, at least for one tour. The Robinson brothers have apparently agreed to get along long enough to get the Black Crowes together for a 2020 your. As a band that had soooo much potential, that's music to our ears and we hope it leads to them making more music together in the studio.

 


2020 Glastonbury tickets sell out

The UK's Glastonbury Festival lays claim to the distinction of selling out months before the lineup even gets announced. 2020 will be no exception. Almost 2.5 million music lovers registered for the opportunity to purchase tickets to next summer's Glasto. They sold out in 34 minutes!


Ginger Baker has died

 

R.I.P. Ginger Baker, the flamboyant and often combative drummer for Cream, Blind Faith and Hawkwind, has passed away at 80. His family posted that he was hospitalized and in dire condition several days ago. Edward Peter Baker got the nickname Ginger for his firey red hair, but it also applied to his personality. His relationship with Cream bassist/singer Jack Bruce became one of the most contentious in Rock, with Bruce frequently complaining about the volume and ferocity of Baker's drumming. Such powerful drumming from such a frail looking man surprised fans, as did his longevity.


Ginger Baker has died

 

R.I.P. Ginger Baker, the flamboyant and often combative drummer for Cream, Blind Faith and Hawkwind, has passed away at 80. His family posted that he was hospitalized and in dire condition several days ago. Edward Peter Baker got the nickname Ginger for his firey red hair, but it also applied to his personality. His relationship with Cream bassist/singer Jack Bruce became one of the most contentious in Rock, with Bruce frequently complaining about the volume and ferocity of Baker's drumming. Such powerful drumming from such a frail looking man surprised fans, as did his longevity.


Debbie Harry details David Bowie flashing incident in new book

Debbie Harry's new book includes a number of accounts of the wild years Blondie and other punk bands were shaking things up. Among the stories is her description of a night she alleges David Bowie showed his and Iggy Pop's appreciation of her providing the two some blow by whipping out his member, an act she recalls as being something Bowie, who was said to be well endowed and proud of the fact, was known to have done on other occasions.  Debbie took it in stride, admitting she was impressed - but not enough to do anything beyond admiring it and finding the incident amusing.




Metallica's Hetfield back to rehab

Metallica has put its tour on hold while James Hetfield grapples with substance issues. With Hetfield turning his attention to rehab, the group expressed its support of him and appreciation for understanding to fans in Australia and New Zealand holding tickets for dates that will need to be rescheduled.
“We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”

 

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Jeff Lynne goes it alone as ELO

Jeff Lynne is once again a one man band, playing guitar, bass, keyboards and drums in addition to vocals on the next album out as "Jeff Lynne's ELO From Out of Nowhere", due out November 1.



Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead songwriting collaborator, dies at 78

Robert Hunter, the lyricist/songwriter that helped craft several songs in the Grateful Dead catalog of material, has died at 78. Born Robert Burns in 1941, Hunter befriended Jerry Garcia and was in bluegrass groups with the future Grateful Dead lead guitarist. Hunter's contribution to the group's albums were judged to be so significant that he got inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame as a member of the Dead in 1994, becoming the only non-performing inductee of a band to date to enter the Hall.
Songs Hunter co-wrote for the Dead include:
Truckin'
Playing in the Band
Casey Jones
Touch of Grey
Uncle John's Band
Ripple
Box of Rain
Friend of the Devil
China Cat Sunflower
Jack Straw
Dark Star
Franklin's Tower


Robbie Robertson's Weight of the World

Robbie Robertson's global collaboration on The Weight is cool, although we would like it more if he'd included clips of his former Band mates in it.

 

 



Ric Ocasek, Cars front man, dies at 75

 

 

It was inevitable that Classic Rock musician passings would become increasingly frequent, but we made it through the first several months of 2019 with only a few high profile musician loses.  Within a couple of days we have now lost two highly regarded players. Eddie Money died on Friday (9/13), and we learned today that Ric Ocasek of the Cars died today in New York City.  Ocasek was pronounced dead in his lower Manhattan apartment shortly after 4pm.  The 2018 Rock Hall Of Fame inductee and front man for the Cars was 75.

R.I.P. Ric.
 


Eddie Money has died

 

We're sad to pass along the news that Eddie Money has passed away. Just diagnosed recently with stage 4 esophageal cancer, Eddie died peacefully this morning according to a statement from his family that included, "It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannon imagine our world without him.  We are grateful that he swill live on forever through his music."
We pass along our condolences to Eddie's wife and family.  He was one of the most enthusiastic and enjoyable people in Rock to spend time with.


Muscle Shoals loses Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson, guitarist with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, affectionately dubbed The Swampers in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama, passed away Thursday (9/5). Johnson's credits include engineering Brown Sugar and Wild Horses on Sticky Fingers, the Rolling Stones album recorded in Muscle Shoals. Most notably, Johnson and fellow Swampers Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass) and keyboard player Barry Beckett made up the rhythm section on a slew of records recorded by Soul and R&B greats Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Arthur Conley, Clarence Carter, Otis Rush the Staples SIngers and others, but his r guitar work can be heard on songs recorded by Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart, Traffic, Joe Cocker, JJ Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Glenn Frey, and dozens of other Rockers. 


Clapton's Crossroads Festival to stream live

Fans of great guitarists gather in Dallas September 20 & 21 to feast their ears on Eric Clapton's annual showcase of six string wizardy to raise money for his treatment center to help those struggling with substance dependency.  The 2019 Crossroads Giutar Festival is booked into the American Airlines Arena, but those not lucky enough to be there to catch performances by EC, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and many others will be able to watch it via a live pay-for-view streams from some cableandsatellite providers for $39.95 per evening for home viewing or at a host of public places carrying the feed.  Eric will be on stage with a number of his guests on both nights.

 

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Neil Young's Crazy Horse rides again

Here's a first listen from Colorado, Neil Young's Crazy Horse reunion album due October 25.

 

 




Gary Rossington confronts another setback

 

Gary Rossington has confronted health challenges frequent and severe enough that no one would have begrudge him deciding to abandon his role as the lone remaining long-term member in Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rossington had a triple bypass heart surgery nearly 20 years ago and survived a heart attack 4 years ago. Two weeks ago, he had another operation to address a faulty heart valve. Recovery from that has forced him to move a couple of August Lynyrd Skynyrd Farewell Tour dates into October. Rapid recovery wishes and a salute to Gary on behalf of Skynyrd fans his remarkable determination and endurance.


Bob Weir joins Paul Simon on-stage for first time

Paul Simon and Bob Weir first met in 1967 when Simon stopped by the Dead's Haight Ashbury house in San Francisco to invite the group to play at the Monterey Pop Festival, but the two had never performed together until last night when Weir joined Paul during his set at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park.  Given that Paul had already announced his retirement for live performing, it's a pairing unlikely to ever happen again.


Willie Nelson and ZZ Top drummer ailing

Rapid recovery wishes going out to Willie Nelson and ZZ Top's Frank Beard. Willie has canceled several tour dates while he contends with some breathing problems. ZZ Top's drummer contracted a case of pneumonia and the Top has put some PacNW dates on hold while he recovers.


Springsteen reunites with Southside Johnny

 

Bruce Springsteen joined Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on stage at the Jersey seashore city's Convention Center Wednesday night (8/7) after the Paramount Theatre's red-carpet premiere of Blinded By The Light, the film featuring a number of Springsteen songs as the soundtrack of a young man's life. Bruce, Johnny and the Jukes did renditions of Talk To Me, 634-5789, Sherry Darling and We're Having a Party.

 

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Tribute to Georgia musicians tour organized

 

Three Georgia musicians are staging a short tour performing the music of several of the Peach State's best known music makers. R.E.M. bass player Mike Mills, Rolling Stones, and Allman Brothers Band keyboard great Chuck Leavell and violinist Robert McDuffie plan to feature songs from Ray Charles, Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers, Gram Parsons, the B-52s, Gladys Knight and more during dates in Atlanta (9/29), Birmingham, Alabama (10/2), Savannah, GA (10/4) and Agusta, GA (10/5).?


Rolling Stones go unrecognized at Jersey diner

 

Locals at the Tick-Tock Diner in Clifton, NJ know good eats (it's rated as one of the best diners in America), but they're not up to par on recognizing Rockers. NJ.com interviewed the waitress that served ham and egg sandwiches and the Tick-Tock's famous Disco Fries to several of the most famous people to ever eat there the day of their north Jersey tour says none of the other customers realized they were dining with the Rolling Stones. The one hostess that had an inkling that one of them looked like Mick Jagger kept it to herself.

 

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Rock film pioneer D.A. Pennybaker has died at 94

 

Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker  passed away Thursday (8/1) at 94. The pioneering director of concert films and rock documentaries was responsible for Monterey Pop, the early Bob Dylan doc Don't Look Back and movies that took fans behind the scenes with John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, the Talking Heads, Alice Cooper and more.