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1943 Quicksilver Messenger Service's Dino Valenti born…   1945 10cc's Kevin Godley born…   1949 Dave Hope of Kansas born…   1951 John Mellencamp born…   1970 Janis Joplin cremated in LA, ashes scattered along California coast line from airplane…   1975 John Lennon deportation order overturned on appeal…   1977 David Bowie releases Heroes…   1977 Steve Hackett leaves Genesis…   1978 Heart plays Syracuse War Memorial… 1978 Heart releases Dog & Butterfly…   1978 Rolling Stones play Saturday Night Live…   1980 Jethro Tull plays Utica Aud…   1982 Genesis releases Three Sides Live…   1985 James Taylor plays Stanley Theatre… 1996 Stone Gossard's guitar stolen after Miami Pearl Jam concert…   1997 Everclear releases So Much For The Afterglow…   2008 Bob Dylan releases Tell Tale Signs…  2014 Stevie Nicks releases 24 Karat: Songs From The Vault… 2014 Jackson Browne releases Standing In The Breach   2016 Rolling Stones do Come Together during Desert Trip Festival set in Indio, California…


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Dickey Betts in critical condition after a fall


Dickey Betts fell while playing with his dog in the backyard of his Sarasota, Florida home Monday night (9/17).  The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist struck his head in a fall and was hospitalized for a brain bleed.  His manager described his condition Wednesday as 'Stable but critical'. A surgical procedure to relieve pressure was expected to be performed Friday.

Dickey has been through plenty of trials and tribulations in his life and career.  We hope he can rally and pull through this one. He's still one hulluva guitarist.



Bob Seger says next tour is his last


The Travelin' Man saying so long to the road.  Bob Seger has announced that his upcoming tour with the Silver Bullet Band will be his last.  A ruptured disc forced postponement of tour dates last year and the now 73 year-old veteran has made no secret of thinking his days of touring were dwindling. His Travelin' Man tour will open in Grand rapids on November 21 and is scheduled to wrap on May 2 of next year in Houston.  See all of the tour dates here.






9-18-1970 Jimi Hendrix dies


Today marks the anniversary of the passing of one of the true Titans.  He radically redefined what could be done with an electric guitar and amplifier during his brief but remarkable career, and will forever awe and inspire up-and-coming guitarists. 11/27/1942 - 9/18/1970 RIP, Jimi Hendrix.



John Mellencamp announces album and 2019tour


John Mellencamp will spend a good part of the late winter on the road.  His US tour opens close to home with a concert at South Bend, Indiana's Morris Performing Arts Center on February 7th and continues with stops in 8 other states before the month is out.  In March, his tour hit 7 more states.  Fans buying tickets online for the tour dates will also receive a copy of Other People's Stuff, Mellencamp's new album getting released on November 16th.  Tickets for his shows are available here.


9-13-1972 Close To The Edge released


Yes was out with its 5th album on this day in 1972. The complexities and delays involved in getting the 3 epic songs on the album recorded reportedly was why the release was titled Close To The Edge. In drummer Bill Bruford's case it proved to be. He quit the group right after the sessions concluded.album to join King Crimson.







Early David Bowie recording fetches $52,000


A song David Bowie recorded in as a 16 year-old and in a band named the Konrads has been bought for $52,000 at an auction. The 1963 recording of the song I Never Dreamed was recently discovered by a band mate of Bowie, who was then performing under his given name David Jones.






September 12 was a big date for big albums. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here got released in the UK on this day in 1975, Ozzy unleashed Blizzard of Ozz in '80 and Aersomith cut loose one of it best late era releases in 1989. Also released on 9/12, David Bowie's Scary Monsters (1980) and Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie both announced they would leave Fleetwood Mac the the group's 1990 tour ended.


9-11-1973 The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle released

Conflicting release dates for Bruce and the E Street Band's second album abound. We stick with the one his own official site and his label contend it hit the street on. 
With just 7 songs and 3 that were more than 7 minutes long, radio interest lagged outside of the markets the group's January '73's debut album had established a strong foothold and places where audiences had experienced Bruce and the band's intense and powerful live shows.


Bowie "Alumni Tour" announced

A number of musicians that recorded and toured with David Bowie are mounting an Alumni Tour doing Bowie material. Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Mark Plati make up the band. Lead vocals will be handled by Bernard Fowler and Living Colour front man Corey Glover.



9-10-1950 Joe Perry born

Happy birthday to The Admiral, Anthony Joseph Perry, born on this day in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1950 and was one of the kids whose ambition in life changed the night the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.  It's a safe bet he was watching the show on the night of his his 16th birthday when the Rolling Stones appeared.




Paul McCartney's does live set at Grand Central Station

Paul McCartney's concert set in the Vanderbilt Room of Grand Central Station last night was limited to around 300 insiders, but drew thousands to the mid Manhattan transit hub and millions to YouTube to catch the live stream of it.



9-7-1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd's tour bus gets loose


This week in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd was touring in support of the Nuthin' Fancy release.  The band played the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut on September 7th, but made bigger local news for what happened outside the venue.
Ed King described what happened for the excellent Showtime documentary on the band titled If I Leave Here Tomorrow.

Fleetwood Mac debuts lineup featuring Mike Campbell and Neil Finn

Fleetwood Mac's updated lineup took to national TV yesterday to open it's second post Lindsey Buckingham era.  Here's how things looked and sounded with the addition of Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and former Split Enz and Crowded House member Neil Finn.



9-5-1946 Freddie Mercury born

Freddie Mercury would have turned 72 on this day.  Born Farrokh Bulsara on Zanzibar September 5, 1948, the future front man of Queen got his musical start on piano and was in his first band at the age of 12.  
Fleeing political turmoil, his family relocated to Middlesex, UK , where he studied art and graphic design in school, Mercury also stayed active as a band member in a string of bands through his mid-late teen years. Queen formed in the spring of 1970 and Farrokh Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury.  The flamboyant lead singer of the band he described as the Cecil B. DeMille of Rock went on to establish himself as one of the greatest front men in history before the ravages of AIDS forced him to retire from performing.