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1942 Paul Butterfield born…   1949 Bad Company’s Paul Rogers born…   1958 Mike Mills of REM born…   1964 Sam Cooke buried in Chicago…  1971 David Bowie releases Hunky Dory….  1976 Genesis releases Wind and Wuthering… 1977 Elvis Costello plays Saturday Night Live…   1982 Who close farewell tour at Maple Leaf Garden in Toronto…   1984  Dusty Hill shoots himself while removing boot when derringer he had tucked into it goes off…   1986 Doobie Brothers do a benefit concert for Stanford CA Hospital after it names a wing in the band’s honor…   2005 Neil Young plays Saturday Night Live…   2009 Fire damages London clothing store Eric Clapton has ownership share in…   2010 Paul McCartney does afternoon concert at 350 seat 100 Club in London…


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12-17-1949 Paul Rodgers born


One of Rock's strongest front men has a birthday today. Free, Bad Company, The Firm and, occasionally,Queen lead vocalist Paul Rodgers. Also born 12/17, Blues-Rock legend Paul Butterfield (1942 and Mike Mills of R.E.M. (1958). On this day in 1971, David Bowie released Hunky Dory. In '76 Wind and Wuthering from Genesis got its releases. Elvis Costello performed on Saturday Night Live on 12/17/1977. The Who closed out their 1982 Farewell Tour on this night in 1982 at Maple Leaf Garden in Toronto. And ZZ Top's Dusty Hill sustained one of the most unusual and embarrassing injuries in Rock on this day in '84 when the Derringer he had concealed in his boot discharged while he was taking the boot off,shooting him in the foot.



Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood join McCartney at 02 Arena

Sightings of Ringo Starr before and during Paul McCartney's tour closing concert at London's 02 ArenaSunday (12/16)  had many in the crowd anticipating an on stage reunion of the bass player and drummer last night, so the surprise came when Paul welcomed Ronnie Wood of the Stones to join them on Get Back during the encore.



12-16-1949 Billy Gibbons born


William Frederick Gibbons was born on this day in Houston, Texas in 1949. The future ZZ Top guitarist's dad was a conductor and pianist for MGM Studios. Billy was in three groups before forming the Moving Sidewalks, a bad that got enough recognition that the then 18 year old Gibbons got to meet and establish a friendship with Jimi Hendrix. ZZ Top's formation followed in 1969, and the Texas trio released its debut album two years later.

Also born on 12/16 was Tony Hicks of the Hollies (1943). The Who announced one of their break-ups on this date in 1983, and the Rock Hall Of Fame announced Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens as its 2014 inductees on this day in 2013.

Carpicorn Records Studios gets new future


The former Capricorn Records offices and studios in Macon, Georgia have been shuttered several years and the tawny townhouses recently sprouting up right behind the building made it seem likely it would get torn down soon to make room for more. But good news came in the nick of time when funding was announced this week to restore the building where so many legendary Southern Rock artists recorded. 
The comprehensive plan will preserve the site and transform the building into a museum with restored equipment and memorabilia tied to the artists and the albums they recorded within its walls.




12-15-1967 The Who Sell Out released

Studio album #3 from the Who got its release on this day in 1967 and was met with a flurry of legal objections to the bands use of actual brand names in artwork and in parody commercials that were slotted between some of the songs on the album, which was conceived to sound as though it was a pirate radio broadcast.



Burglary at Paul McCartney's London home


London authorities are investigating a break-in at Paul McCartney's London home. The burglary reportedly took place last Friday (12/7), but the news was kept under wraps for several days. McCartney was wrapping up Scandinavian tour dates and preparing to return to the UK for a Liverpool concert at the time of the break-in. No details have been released about what may have been taken.




Rock Hall announces 2019 inductees


Fan vote toppers Def Leppard headlines the class of 2019 entering the Rock Hall Of fame. They are joined by Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, the Cure, Radiohead and the Zombies. The Hall continued its unfortunate tradition of enshrining at least one totally inappropriate nominee. Janet Jackson is this year's. The ceremony takes place March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

12-13-1948 Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter born


Brilliant guitarist and a self-taught expert in missile systems, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, was born on this day in 1948. A member of Ultimate Spinach for their last album, Baxter then joined Steely Dan for their first 3 releases before settling in as a Doobie Brother member in 1974. His fascination with technical aspects of audio algorithms and high capacity storage led to an interest in ways that technology could be a bridge developing defensive missile systems. He has been a go-to consultant for the Pentagon and several other agencies and companies involved in notional defense. Also born 12/13, Ted Nugent (1948) and the band Television's Tom Verlaine (1949). On this day in 1985, Phil Collins appeared on an episode of Miami Vice. In 2002 Zal Yanofsky of the Lovin' Spoonful died of a heart attack, and in 2010 Paul McCartney played the Appollo Theater in Harlem.

Geezer Butler's new band debuts track

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler is joining forces with ex GNR drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idols long time guitar slinger Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica front man Franky Perez in a new group named Deadland Ritual. Here's a look & listen.



12-6-1968 Beggar's Banquet released

























Today marks the anniversary of the release of Beggar's Banquet in 1968. It was the last full Stones album recorded with Brian Jones, who showed up only occasionally for sessions and often wanting to play instruments other than guitar (sitar on Street Fighting Man, harmonica on Dear Doctor and Prodigal Son, Mellotron on Jigsaw Puzzle and Stray Cat Blues). The following year on December 6th, the Stones headlined the ill fated Altamont Speedway concert near San Francisco. And on 12/6/1970, Gimme Shelter, the remarkable film documenting that concert, had its premier in New York City. Jackson Browne's Running On Empty got released on this day in 1977. Roy Orbison died on 12/6/1988, and the Eagles ended their 13 year hiatus, getting together for a video shoot that would be step on in reuniting for the Hell Freezes Over tour.

12-5-1973 Band On The Run released


Band On The Run was an apt title for the album Paul McCartney put out on this day in 1973. The initial recordings were done in Nigeria, but two Wings members balked on going, resulting in Paul playing drums and doing a good bit of lead guitar, as well. Then, Paul and Linda where held-up at knife point in Lagos, losing a satchel containing lyrics and some of the recordings. It was back to the UK to complete the album.

Also released on 12/5, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy (1994) and the Pink Floyd Pulse DVD (2005). Rockers born on this date include JJ Cale and Buffalo Springfield, Loggins & Messina member Jim Messina. And on 12/5/2005 actress Valerie Bertinelli file for divorce from Eddie Van Halen.

12-4-1980 Led Zeppelin announces breakup





Today in 1980 marked the official end of Led Zeppelin. The announcement came a couple of months after John Bonham's death. Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson were both born on December 4th, 1944, as was Lynyrd Skynyrd mainstay Gary Rossington in 1952. The doors opened on the Beatles Abbey Road Boutique on this date in 1967. Guitarist Tommy Bolin, who had stints in the band Zephyr, the James Gang and Deep Purple, OD'ed on this day in 1976 and Bob Marley suffered a gunshot wound during a robbery of his Jamaica home on the same day. And we lost Frank Zappa to pancreatic cancer 12/4/1993.

12-3-1948 Ozzy Osbourne born


Happy birthday to the Prince of Darkness. John Michael Osbourne made his earthly entrance on this day in 1948. Molly Hatchet's Duane Roland was born 12/3/1952. Rubber Soul got its UK release on this day in 1965. The fire at the Montreux casino during a Frank Zappa concert that inspired Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water happened 12/3/1971. In '79 11 fans lost their lives in a stampede for a general admission Who concert in Cincinnatti. Also lost on this date were Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan (2014) and Scott Weiland (2015).


Springsteen readies solo album


Bruce Springsteen will close out 2018 with the final performance of his three times extended run of sold out shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre (12/15), the release of a double album culled from those performances (12/14) and a Netflix special filmed during Springsteen On Broadway shows (12/16). Initial indications he would tour Europe with the E Street Band were walked back by The Boss in a statement on Twitter saying, “Just a note to quell some of the rumors over here on E Street. While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won’t be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I’ve been working on. We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who’d love and deserve your support.”



11-30-1979 The Wall released


Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing At Baxters left the hanger on this day in 1967. Pink Floyd released the monumental double album The Wall on the final day of November in 1979, and Sammy Hagar was out with Three Lock Box on 11/30/1982. Rockers born on this day include Ten Years After's Leo Lyons (1943), Deep Purple Roger Glover (1945), John Glascock of Jethro Tull (1952) and Billy Idol (1955).