Posted Thursday, July 20th, 2017 5:52ambyROCKinsights
One of the rarest and more macabre Rock collectibles is being offered for sale. The copy of Double Fantasy, the album John Lennon autographed for the man that later the same night gunned him down, is being sold by Moments In Time. The album was discovered stashed in a flower planter not long after Mark David Chapman was taken into custody after murdering Lennon outside his New York City apartment building. The man who found it turned it over to police and the album was one of the items presented by prosecutors making the case against Chapman. Following the trial, the album was returned to the mane who found it. He sole it for $150,000 in 1999. Eleven years later it was sold again for $850,000. The saking price this time around is $1.5 million.
Reuniting Slash & Duff McKagan with Axl Rose has paid off big. The current Guns N' Roses tour has sold 1.4 million tickets, eclipsing the $150 milllion mark. The U2 Joshua Tree tour is gaining ground is a distant second at $118 million earned on close to a million sold, but that tour generated more than $61 million in sales for US dates between June 11 and July 1, so the gap is narrowing. Other Rockers in the top 20 include Metallica (4th), followed by Red Hot Chili Peppers (6), Bon Jovi (17), Bruce Springsteen (18), Green Day (19).
Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 6:07ambyROCKinsights
The family of a film crew member that died when a freight train plowed into a make-shift movie set on a railroad bridge in Georgia where a scene in a Gregg Allman biopic was being shot in 2014 (story) has been awarded $3.9 million dollars. The accident and legal wrangling that resulted from it derailed the biopic that had actor William Hurt cast to play Gregg. The parents of the crew member maintained that the railroad bore some legal responsibility for their daughter's death even though the film crew had not secured all of the authorizations needed to be filming on the bridge when the accident happened.
John Mellencamp has said that his hard headed son Speck reminds him of himself. John's 22 year-old son seems like he got the stubborn, confrontational disposition of his father but added a willingness to take things beyond words. Some years back, Speck and his brother had a run-in with the law after getting in a brawl at a party that came across as being a retaliatory beating (story). After midnight on Sunday (7/16) in Bloomington, Indiana, Speck was arrested and charged with public intoxication and resisting orders of law enforcement after he and his brother reportedly got into a row after a group of guys started taunting them. After Speck got mouthy with officers on the scene and first responders attempting to treat him for injuries evidently sustained during the the altercation with the group of other men, police elected to take him into custody and charge him with the two misdemeanors.
Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 6:32ambyROCKinsights
Queen members say Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic centering on Freddie Mercury featuring Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek in the role of the front man, will be ready for release in 2018. News that Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) is directing the project is raising expectations that this could be one of the better Rock docs ever. Commenting on Malek's on-screen portrayal of Mercury, Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May said, 'Rami has great presence and he is utterly dedicated to the project. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.' Queenonline.com Radio.com
Posted Friday, July 14th, 2017 5:57ambyROCKinsights
Cheap Trick's bassist has revealed that his band will release a Christmas album at the end of October. Talking with Orange Amps, Tom Petersson said the album will include one standard, a few originals and their takes on some songs previously written and recorded by other Rockers. The only one he referenced was a Roy Wood song, which would be I Wish It Coul Be Christmas Every Day - a song we think would be a great one for them to do. HenneMusic.com
Posted Thursday, July 13th, 2017 5:27ambyROCKinsights
A film featuring highlights of David Gilmour's 2016 concerts at the site of the ancient Roman amphitheater at Pompeii where Pink Floyd performed in 1972 will be screened in theaters on September 13. It looks and sounds amazing.
Posted Thursday, July 13th, 2017 5:11ambyROCKinsights
Kid Rock claims he's not kidding about running for Congress. Robert James Ritchie has the sign at the left causing quite a stir. The Michigan Rocker says it has triggered "a ton of emails and texts aking me if this web site is real" and says the answer is "an absolute YES". In addition to the pictured sign, the site rotates through a series of slogans, including, "Pimp the Nation", "You Never Met A Politician Quite Like Me", "In Rock We Trust", and "Party For The People".
Posted Monday, July 10th, 2017 5:56ambyROCKinsights
A motion to get a case a former drummer filed against Eddie Money dismissed has been rejected by a California judge. Glenn Symmonds initiated the wrongful termination suit against Money more than a year ago (story). Symmonds maintains that Money mocked his disability on stage and made unwanted advances toward his girlfriend. Money's lawyers say Symmonds was dismissed because he "...is a vindictive, ungrateful and awful person" and contend that "Everything in his lawsuit is a pack of lies." Barring a dismissal on the appeal that Money lawyers plan to file on the ruling or a pre-trial settlement, a trial will commence in November.
Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 6:04ambyROCKinsights
The setting was a church fundraising function in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. The entertainment at the fair on that Saturday included the skiffle group The Quarrymen. 16 year-old John Lennon did most of the vocals as the group played on the back of a flatbed truck being used as the makeshift stage for the event. After Lennon's band played outside, they went indoors to set-up for an evening performance. It was while setting up that a fellow student known by both John and 15 year-old Paul McCartney introduced the two.
Remarkably, two songs of that day's performance by The Quarrymen were recorded by a member of the church's youth club. Bob Molyneux offered the tape to Lennon via Ringo Starr in 1963, but John never reached out to get it. After keeping it under wraps for three decades, Molyneux sold the tape through Sotheby's auction house.
1946 Roxy Music's Andy MacKay born… 1947 David Essex born… 1965 Guns N Roses & Velvet Revolver's Slash born… 1977 Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and manager arrested and charged with assaulting a Bill Graham employee backstage at Oakland concert… 1984 Sammy Hagar releases VOA… 1984 Billy Squire releases Signs Of Life... 1990 Brent Mydland's last performance with the Grateful Dead, Tinley Park, Illinois (dies 7/25) … 1992 Bruc Springsteen opens first tour in 4 years… 1993 Curt Cobain OD's in New York City hotel bathroom… 2006 Jon Bon Jovi performs at Steelers Super Bowl XXX victory party in Pittsburgh… 2011 Amy Winehouse joins the list of artists dead at 27 when police find her body in her London flat…
1944 Supertramp's Richard Davies born 1947 Eagles Don Henley born 1998 Security has to pry a woman off Rod Stewart he invited on stage during Havin' A Party at Great Woods, MA show 1998 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland released on $250,000 bail on various charges
1955 Heartbreaker's Howie Epstein born 1972 Rod Stewart releases Never A Dull Moment 1980 John Mellencamp releases Nothin' Matters And What If It Did? 1980 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux injured in car wreck, dies two days later 1987 Guns N’ Roses release Appetite For Destruction1990 Roger Waters performs The Wall in shadow of Berlin Wall site 1996 Dennis DeYoung of Styx served soda spiked with bleach and is hospitalized in New York City 1998 Stevie Nicks gets a restraining order issued against a Colorado man who thinks she can cure his mental illness 2009 John Marmaduke Dawson of New Riders Of The Purple Sage dies of stomach cancer in Mexico 2010 Elton John postpones Tucson concert 24 hours due to food poisoning
1945 Moody Blues John Lodge born… 1947 Carlos Santana born… 1956 Sex Pistols Paul Cook born… 1963 Soundgarden's Chris Cornell born… 1964 Beatles release Something New in US… 1966 Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard born… 1970 Jefferson Airplane releases Long John Silver... 1973 Genesis releases Genesis Live...1975 Steve Van Zandt joins Springsteen's E Street Band… 1976 Allman Brothers Band road manager Scooter Herring draws 75 year sentence in drug conviction after trial Gregg Allman appeared as prosecution witness in. He is released after serving 30 months… 1986 Van Halen's manager is beaten in a Dallas hotel elevator… 2017 Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington hangs himself...
1947 Eagles Bernie Leadon and Queen's Brian May born… 1948 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux born … 1952 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Allen Collins born… 1953 Triumph's Ric Emmett born… 1965 Bob Dylan releases Like A Rolling Stone… 1972 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards arrested after altercation with photographer… 1976 Deep Purple splits 1994 Stones do surprise club warm-up date for US tour... 2010 Mike Campbell collapses from heat exhaustion during Tom Petty Cleveland concert...
1929 Screamin' Jay Hawkins born… 1938 Ian Stewart born… 1939 Brian Auger born… 1945 Animals Danny McCullough born… 1962 Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers Jack Irons born… 1968 Grateful Dead release Anthem Of The Sun… 1969 Doors release Soft Parade...1970 Pink Floyd does free Hyde Park concert… 1976 Heart releases Magic Man… 2010 Extreme heat and humidity sickens Mike Campbell, who collapses during Tom Petty Cleveland concert. Returns to do 3 songs after a 10 minute delay. Detroit concert scheduled for 7/20 gets postponed.
1942 Spencer Davis born… 1949 Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler born… 1952 Doobie Brothers Chet McCracken born… 1967 Jimi Hendrix opens for the Monkees in New York… 1968 Yellow Submarine premiers… 1979 Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy in the middle of US tour… 1996 Animals bass player and early Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler dies… 2009 Paul McCartney does first concert at Citi Field, Shea Stadium's replacement, and is joined by Billy Joel on I Saw her Standing There… 2011 Bruce Springsteen performs a 45 minute tribute set to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park… 2011 High winds cause stage collapse during Cheap Trick set at Ottawa Blues Festival. Band escapes injury, but crew member seriously injured and equipment destroyed…