Posted Thursday, July 27th, 2017 7:03ambyROCKinsights
A one-off debut of a hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio 'performing' his songs during a 2016 festival in Germany went over well enough that a full tour has been put together. Dio Returns is being staged in Europe in the fall of 2017 and will migrate to the US in the spring of 2018. The backing band, Dio's Disciples, will do the full sets, with the Eyellusion created Dio hologram 'on stage' during several songs, including Rainbow In The Dark, Neon Nights, Man On The Silver Mountain and Holy Diver. The hi-tech reincarnation tour has the blessing of Wendy Dio, the late singer's widow, who says, 'Working with Eyellusion over the past year and a half to turn our dream of this tour into a reality has been absolutely incredible', adding, '...we like to think of Ronnie smiling down as we continue to find ways to share his music with all generations of fans.'
Southern Blood, the album featuring final songs and recordings of Gregg Allman, gets released September 8. While most of the Classic Rockers we have lost to date died unexpectedly, Gregg made this album knowing his time in this life was growing short. That perspective clearly inspired this song.
Posted Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 7:15pmbyROCKinsights
The new group Heart veteran Nancy Wilson has formed with a couple of Prince band veterans will launch a US tour on September 10 and release its debut album, First Things First, on September 22. Roadcase Royale's tour opens at the Gramercy Theatre in New York and include a handful of headline dates between dates it is opening for Bob Seger on his Runaway Train tour. Nancy's band lineup includes Prince veterans Ryan Waters (guitar) and vocalist Liv Warfield. Also on board are Chris Joyner (keyboards) and Ben Smith (drums). If she misses the prospect of touring with her sister Ann, there is little hint of it. In a statement to publicize the tour and release Nancy wrote, "Roadcase Royale is the band I've always wanted to be in. We all write and create songs as a unti. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound."
Posted Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 6:06ambyROCKinsights
Peter Frampton interrupted his set during the Minneapolis stop on his tour with Steve Miller after cameras projecting the concert onto screens in the venue focused on fans holding up Frampton album covers instead of him during a guitar solo. His anger over the misdirected attention began when one fan held up a copy of Frampton Comes Alive. When the camera zoomed in on that during his solo, fans erupted in cheers. When another fan held a cover up and the camera was again diverted from the stage to the album cover, Frampton reportedly gave a "&*%$ you" to the camera operator and stormed off the stage. He returned to complete his set after the cameras were shut down. A number of fans expressed disappointment and disapproval of his tantrum online.
Posted Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 5:50ambyROCKinsights
Fans at the Sunday night (7/23) Roger Waters concert at the United Center in Chicago got the added benefit of seeing Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder join Waters on Comfortably Numb and Us + Them. It was Vedder's first appearance with Waters since the pair teamed-up during the Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden 12-12-2012.
Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 6:45ambyROCKinsights
The Eagles have agreed to a Classic Northwest Fest date in Seattle's Safeco Field on the final day of September. The date will include the lineup of the group that headlined the July 15 Dodger Stadium Classic WestFest concert, including Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, filling his father's role, and country star Vince Gill. the Doobie Brothers will open the Safeco Field date.
Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 6:56ambyROCKinsights
The Apollo Theater in New York City was the setting for an intimate concert by arena/stadium Guns N' Roses Thursday (7/20). The invitation only event featured most of the veteran lineup tearing through almost 30 songs. The group resumes its Not In This Lifetime tour this week in St. Louis.
Don Henley's 70th birthday fell on the weekend he had scheduled a concert in his adopted home base of Dallas. Joining him on stage during the 22 song set that featured solo material, Eagles songs and a smattering of covers were fellow Eagles Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and Stevie Nicks (on Leather & Lace and Boys Of Summer) and Patty Smyth on Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough. The evening ended with all of the guests joining in on Birthday, the Beatles song on the Double White album.
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.
1945 Pink Floyd's Richard Wright born… 1948 Bad Company's Simon Kirke born… 1954 Kansas, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple's Steve Morse born… 1973 Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead & The Band play Watkins Glen… 1975 Bob Dylan starts recording Desire… 1979 Aerosmith, Journey, The Nugent play World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium… 1986 Neil Young releases Landing On Water 1986 REM releases Life’s Rich Pageant 1987 Beatles sue Nike over use of Revolution in sneaker commercial… 1993 Roger Waters of Pink Floyd marries Priscilla Phillips… 2005 John Lennon's hand written lyrics for All You Need Is Love bring close to $1 million at London auction… 2007 Police play Fenway Park in Boston 2009 Gov't Mule releases By A Thread…
1976 Bruce Springsteen sues manager Mike Appel, dispute sidelines the Boss for more than a year… 1977 Grateful Dead release Terrapin Station… 1979 John Mellencamp releases John Mellencamp 1979 AC/DC releases Highway To Hell 1979 Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ firebombed… 1981 Stevie Nicks releases Bella Donna… 1984 Metallic releases Ride The Lightning 2006 Axl Rose faces charges in Stockholm after being accused of punching a security guard and biting his leg… 1993 Red Hot Chili Peppers release Siamese Dream 2009 Protesters over disruptions caused by 2 day set-up and tear-down of U2 stage in Dublin block tour trucks causing them to miss ferry to get the stage to Stockholm concert site…
1943 Mick Jagger born… 1949 Queen's Roger Taylor born… 1977 Robert Plant's 6 year old son dies of respiratory failure - Zeppelin tour canceled… 1991 Pee Wee Herman (Paul Rubens) busted for exposure in Sarasota, FL adult theater… 1992 Paul Stanley of KISS marries Pamela Brown… 2007 Jimmy Page testifies against an accused Led Zeppelin bootlegger in Glasgow… 2013 JJ Cale dies in La Jolla California after suffering a heart attack
1943 Yardbirds Jim McCarty born… 1965 Bob Dylan goes electric at Newport Folk Festival… 1966 Rolling Stones last US appearance with Brian Jones… 1968 Janis Joplin and Big Brother release Cheap Thrills… 1969 Neil Young plays with Crosby, Stills & Nash for first time, Fillmore East… 1980 AC/DC releases Back In Black… 1980 Eric Carr plays with KISS for first time, New York City… 1983 Metallica releses Kill Em All1990 Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead dies of morphine/cocaine overdose… 1989 Alice Cooper releases Trash...1990 Son Evan born to Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa… 2006 Tom Petty releases Highway Companion… 2010 John Fogerty performs Centerfield at Baseball Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown and donates guitar modeled on Lousiville Slugger to the Hall…
1961 Extreme & Van Halen's Gary Cherone born… 1964 Crowd surges onto stage during Rolling Stones Blackpool, UK concert… 1970 Yes releases Time And A Word... 1978 Sgt. Pepper movie with Peter Frampton opens… 1990 Trial blaming teen suicide on music of Judas Priest opens in Reno, NV (later dismissed) … 1992 Black Crowes Johnny Colt arrested fro trying to prevent police from taking drunken concert fan into custody… 2010 19 killed in stampede at Love Parade festival in Germany… 2010 Tommy Iommi’s custom Gibson SG stolen during High Voltage Festival in the UK 2012 Larry Hoppen of Orleans commits suicide in Florida home
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… 2017 Eddie Vedder joins Roger Waters on Comfortably Numb and Us + Them during Chicago Waters concert... 2017 Peter Frampton storms off stage in Minneapolis after venue cameras projecting his set focus on fans holding up his album covers instead of him...
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 Don Henley joined by Stevie Nicks, Patty Smyth, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit during Dallas 70th birthday concert