Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 5:26ambyROCKinsights
Brad Whitford will rejoin the Experience Hendrix tour on some dates. That adds the Aerosmith guitarist to a lineup that already features Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Doyle Bramhall II, Dweezil Zappa, Keb Mo' , Beth Hart and others, along with Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys veteran Billy Cox. David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos are also being added. The dates Whitford is confirmed for are in Houston, San Antonio and Jackson, Mississippi. Commenting on the opportunity to do some dates on this year's tour Whitford said, 'It's such a wonderful atmosphere. Sometimes we'd get on the bus at night and we're watching old Hendrix videos. It just doesn't stop. It's a great group of people.' AntiMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 7:02ambyROCKinsights
Steely Dan will reel off 9 nights at the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian between April 12 and 29. The Reelin' In the Chips residency finds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen joined by a 4 piece horn section and Jon Herington (guitar), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), and Keith Carlock (drums).
Metallica is promising an element of surprise will come into play at the Grammy Awards when the nominated group performs during the 59Tth annual ceremony on February 12. The Bay Area band is declining to spill any details about what's in store, but posts it will be "something very unique and special". The band may reveal additional info about what's planned on its web site in the coming days. Unplugged seems unlikely, but maybe with symphony?
Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2017 2:34pmbyROCKinsights
With Fleetwood Mac's studio album bogged down because Stevie Nicks has been unavailable for studio work, Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are changing plans. Christine and Lindsay will do a duets album backed by the others - and may title it Buckingham McVie, a play on Buckingham Nicks, the group that Lindsay and Stevie were in together before joining Fleetwood Mac in 1975. In an interview qith the LA Times, Christine said of the collaboration, 'We've always written well together, Lindsay and I, and this has spiraled into something really amazing'. Plans call for the album to be ready for a May release.
Posted Friday, January 13th, 2017 1:54pmbyROCKinsights
Two members of the Bay Area band Tower Of Power were struck and critically injured by an Amtrak train Thursday (1/12) just before the group was scheduled to take the stage at Jack London Square in Oakland. Drummer David Garibaldi and bass player Marc Van Wageningen were in a group crossing the tracks behind the last car of a slow moving freight when a passenger train traveling in the opposite direction at about 25mph blind sided them. Both have regained consiciousness but are in critical condition at an Oakland hospital.
Posted Friday, January 13th, 2017 6:40ambyROCKinsights
John Wetton is expressing disappointment that a new round of treatment against the cancer he has battled the last few years will force him to miss upcoming Asia tour dates with Journey and his band's cruise ship performances. John took to his social media to update fans, writing, "I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from the Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 - April 4. I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly." Billy Sherwood, who has taken the bass role Chris Squire had in Yes, will cover for his friend in Asia's dates until Wetton is able to resume.
The Cruise to the Edge sails from Tampa Feb. 7-11 and includes on-board performances by Kansas, Steve Hackett, Patrick Moraz and others.
Posted Friday, January 13th, 2017 6:18ambyROCKinsights
Roger Waters has spent time between tours featuring Pink Floyd songs working on his first solo album of new studio material in 25 years. He updated Rolling Stone on his progress recently, saying, 'We've got some really good work in the can'. He describes the album as '...part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish' and says that at least some of the songs on it will be included in his upcoming solo tour, which will be a 75:25% older to new material mix, connected by a common theme and a tour he promises will be, '...spectacular like all of my shows have been.'
Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 4:50ambyROCKinsights
One of the more unlikely jams we've ever heard of takes place at a guitar makers VIP get together at a music industry trade show Jan. 20. Bob Weir, ex Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum, The Doobie Brothers' Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, The Rascals' Gene Cornish and Robert Randolph will play together at the D'angelico Guitars event at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim. It's invitation only and features a premium open bar.
Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 2:25pmbyROCKinsights
U2 will launch the first leg of the Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour in Vancouver on May 12th and has dates firm through a July 1 date at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Staduim. Other dates that have been confirmed:
May 14 - Seattle (CenturyLink Field)
May 17 - Santa Clara, CA (Levi's Stadium)
May 20 - Los Angleles (Rose Bowl)
May 24 - Houston (NRG Stadium)
May 26 - Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
June 3 - Chicago (Soldier Field)
June 7 - Pittsburgh (Heinz Field)
June 8-10 Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN
June 11 - Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 6:09ambyROCKinsights
A part-time reunion of Foreigner with Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood is in the works. Billboard reports that the band will do some dates on its upcoming tour with their former vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player. The news was apparently a surprise to Gramm, who tweeted, " I have not been asked to join any part of the summer 40th Anniversary Tour 2017." The trek is scheduled to open July 11th in Syracuse and will also feature Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's band. No information has been provided about which dates will include the former members.
Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 5:37ambyROCKinsights
A lawsuit filed by Deep Purple members against the group's former accountant maintains that Shanker Rao made off with about $5 million dollars that rightfully belongs to them. A UK court has frozen Rao's assets after he admitted he had borrowed, as he put it, money from the band's account. Discovery that the money was missing was apparently the result of an audit conducted after former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore file a suit in 2016 contending that he was owed close to $1 million in unpaid royalties. Rao admits to having helped himself to about 1/2 of the money the group claims he took, but says he planned to reimburse the account.
Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017 6:58ambyROCKinsights
Rick Wakeman has changed his tune. After announcing through his web site that he would not participate in the Yes induction into the Rock Hall Of Fame on April 7 under any circumstances, circumstances changed enough to get him to reconsider. What prompted the pivot was an agreement by the Hall to add a special tribute to the late Chris Squire to the evening's schedule. The keyboard player now says he has "...agreed to attend the induction ceremony in New York to stand proudly with my fellow band mates Jon and Trevor and also watch Chris's wife Scottie collect this well desered award on his behalf." Wakeman adds, "I also hope this move to acknowledge members of bands who sadly did not live to receive their own honour, means they can get them posthumously in the future."
1943 Janis Joplin born… 1943 Robert Palmer born 1963 Beatles make UK TV debut on Thank Your Lucky Stars… 1976 Beatles offered $30 million to do a 20 minute concert… 1979 Dire Straits release self-titled debut… 1981 Styx releases Paradise Theater... 1986 Bruce Springsteen plays benefit concert for 3M workers laid off in New Jersey… 1991 Sting plays Saturday Night Live… 1998 Carl Perkins dies of a stroke… 2006 Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack… 2009 Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp performs at pre-inaugural concert for Barack Obama in front of Lincoln memorial in Washington… 2010 Steven Tyler shows up at Karaoke night at Palm Desert, CA bar… 2011 Steven Tyler makes his American Idol judging debut on TV talent search show…
1973 Pink Floyd starts recording Dark Side Of the Moon, Rolling Stones do benefit concert for Nicaragua earthquake relief in LA… 1974 Bad Company forms… 1978 Sex Pistols end US tour, break-up the following day… 1978 Warren Zevon releases Excitable Boy... 1980 Capricorn Records announces bankruptcy… 1985 Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia busted in Golden Gate Park. Band gives him an ultimatum… 1989 Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 1991 3 killed in rush for general admission AC/DC concert at Salt Palace in Salt Lake City… 1995 Jerry Garcia wrecks his BMW in Mill Valley, CA crash… 1997 Queen reunites for AIDS benefit with Elton John in Paris… 1998 Jimi Hendrix Guitar Festival finals in Seattle judged by Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and Jerry Cantrell form Alice in Chains…1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks…2006 Martin Guitars releases custom Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers model… 2011 Gregg Allman releases Low Country Blues… 2011 Pearl Jam releases Live on Ten Legs…2016 Glenn Frey of the Eagles dies of pneumonia and complications from other ailments… 2016 Don McLean arrested on domestic violence charge in Maine…
1948 Rolling Stones Mick Taylor born… 1965 Rolling Stones record The Last Time and Play With Fire… 1969 Doors record Absolutely Live at the Felt Forum in New York City… 1974 Bob Dylan releases Planet Waves… 1975 Bob Dylan releases Blood On The tracks… 1990 The Who and the Kinks inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 1995 Gilby Clark quits Guns N Roses… 1996 Rock Hall Of Fame inducts Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane… 2001 Jason Newsted announces he is leaving Metallica… 2009 Doors movie When You’re Strange premiers at Sundance Film Festival…
1957 cavern Club opens in Liverpool... 1976 Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive… Bob Dylan releases Desire… 1979 Gregg Allman & Cher divorce becomes official… 1980 Paul McCartney busted when ½ lb. of marijuana turns up in his luggage in Tokyo. Tour canceled… 1984 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested on drug charges in Barbados… 1996 Jamaican police fire on Jimmy Buffett’s plane after JB and Bono take-off from Montego Bay… 1998 Rolling Stones play Madison Square garden for the first time in 20 years… 2010 Bruce Springsteen joins Joe Gruschecky & The Houserockers for a live set at Parkinsons benefit at Paramount theatre in Asbury Park, NJ…
1941 Captain Beefheart (Don Vliet) born… 1948 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie van Zant born… 1951 Motels Martha Davis born… 1967 Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show… 1970 John Lennon’s Bag One art exhibit opens… … 1979 Scorpions release Love Drive... 1982 Kinks release Give The People What They Want 1992 Jimi Hendrix inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 1994 Harry Nilsson dies of a heart attack… 2001 Sting given human rights award in Chile. It gets stolen from his dressing room in Buenos Aires the next night… 2007 Hand written lyrics to George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps sold for $300,000 in Scottsdale, AZ auction… 2010 Charlie Daniels suffers minor stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado… 2015 Rich Robinson announces the break-up of the Black Crowes....
1983 Allen Toussaint born… 1947 T-Bone Burnett born… 1959 Queensryche’s Geoff Tate born… 1967 Counting Crows Steve Bowman born… 1967 Doors release The Doors… 1967 Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane play first Be-In, San Francisco… 1967 Zakk Wylde born… 1968 Nirvana & Foo Fighters Dave Grohl born… 1978 John Lennon Bag One art display opens in London… 1980 Rush releases Permanent Waves... 2009 Jeff Beck, Metallica, Bobby Womack inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 2011 John Mellencamp files for divorce from wife Elaine, ending 20 year marriage… 2012 Roger Waters marries for the 4th time, exchanging vows with Laurie Durning, fiancé of 7 years, during a small ceremony on Long Island… 2014 Bruce Springsteen releases High Hopes... 2014 Jimmy Fallon & Bruce Springsteen perform version of Born To Run reworked as a parody of Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bridge lane closure scandal
1952 Doobie Brothers Cornelius Bumper born… 1955 Trevor Rabin of Yes born… 1969 Beatles release Yellow Submarine in US… 1973 Eric Clapton does first concert after getting out of rehab at Rainbow Theater in London… Deep Purple releases Who Do You Think We Are... 1980 Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship & Beach Boys play benefit for Kampuchea at Oakland Stadium… 1995 REM open Monster tour in Perth, Australia… … 1995 Bruce Springsteen records Murder Incorporated 2009 Derek Trucks Band releases Already Free… 2010 E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons has back surgery… The Who, Jeff Beck, Debbie Harry perform together at Hammersmith Apollo cancer benefit in London…