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1932 Frank Zappa Mothers Of Invention's Don Preston born…   1947 Eagles Don Felder born…   1980 Bob Marley collapses while jogging in Central Park…   1995 Steve Walsh of Kansas arrested on cocaine charge after car wreck in Georgia…   2004 John Fogerty releases Deja Vu All Over Again…   2006 King Crimson & Bad Company's Boz Burrell dies in Spain…   2006 Tom Petty awarded key to hometown in Gainsville, FL…   2009 Eddie Van Halen on episode of CBS sitcom Two And A Half Me…n    2009 Jimmy Buffett does pre-game set at home opener for Miami Dolphins at newly named LandShark Stadium…   2010 Carlos Santana releases Guitar heaven…   Bruce Springsteen joins Little Teven and the Disciples of Soul on Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and It's Been So Long, Jackson Browne on Take It Easy, and Peter Wolf during encore of all musicians doing the J Geils Band's Freeze Frame at Laid Back Festival, Holmdel New Jersey


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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.