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5-25-1948 Klaus Meine born

Most bands are lucky to have one guitarist as good as this guy. With Rudy, Scorpions has two.

5-24-1988 Van Halen releases OU812

Van Halen's 8th album and the second with Sammy Hagar out front was released 5/24/1988 and went on to sell more than 4 million copies.

5-24-1940 Bob Dylan born

The enigma/genius/crumudgeon/legend was born on this day in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Dead & Company live streaming tour opener for free

Dead & Company kicking off 24 concert tour with a free webcast via from Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Wednesday (5/30). All of the other concerts on the 19 city tour will also be live streamed on an individual or bundled basis.

5-23-1969 The Who release Tommy in the UK



Rleased in the UK 5/23/1969, six days after its US release, the Who's Tommy was met with a combination of rave and dismissive reviews, many of the negative ones based on the opinion that an album revolving around a multi-handicapped boy was distasteful and exploitive.


Nick Mason debuts Saucerful Of Secrets

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets did the first of four London area concerts Sunday (5/20).  The performances of material from Pink Floyd's first couple of albums are appropriately low tech from a production standpoint, as you can see in this video of Fearless.



Fender guitar Dylan toured using in 1966 sells

The Fender Stratocaster guitar Robbie Robertson owned that Bob Dylan played on his first electric tour was sold at auction by Julien's Auctions for $490,000. The instrument's value was boosted by the fact that George Harrison and Eric Clapton also played it. Bought with a jet black finish, the guitar was later stripped down to its natural wood surface.  The sunburst finish Fender Dylan used in his very first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival sold five years ago for about twice the amount this guitar was purchased for. 

Burton Cummings injured in car wreck

Rapid recovery wishes to Burton Cummings.  The Guess Who veteran was in an accident on Mother's Day in LA apparently caused by someone running a red light. He suffered a concussion, bruising and lacerations and a back injury.  Ironically, Cummings was in Los Angeles to serve on the jury in a medical malpractice trial.  The judge agreed to excuse him from jury duty so he could sing the anthem before the Winnipeg Jets/Las Vegas Knights hockey playoff game, on the condition that he sing it in court, which he did.  Adding insult to injury, Las Vegas eliminated the Jets before the game Cummings would have sung.

Live '78 Bowie concert due

A double CD concert performance David Bowie delivered in London in 1978 is coming out in June. The Earl's Court concert came during a period Bowie was concentrating on material from his Low and Heroes albums.  Welcome to the Blackout gets released June 29. A good deal more live Bowie material expected to be mined in the coming years.  



5-15-1984 Stevie Ray Vaughan releases Couldn't Stand The Weather

Stevie Ray Vaughan's second album hit the streets on May 15, 1984.  Side one ended with his 8 minute version of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), the Hendrix classic off Electric Ladyland. Cold Shot, the opener on side two and the title track were the other big songs on the release.


Def Leppard beer spotted



One of the bigger co-headlining tours this summer has a twist that could put a dent in the amount of cleanup required after the concerts. Def Leppard fans will be able to buy a Pale Ale branded with the group's name and some art work from the Hysteria album.  The group is getting the brewing done by the Seattle based Elysian Brewing.  16 oz cans will be available starting with theDef Leppard/Journey tour's second stop,  Albany, New York's Times Union Center on May 23.





5-11-1970 Woodstock soundtrack released

The soundtrack to the movie documenting the original Woodstock festival got released on this date in 1970.  Amazing as the lineup was in hindsight, several of the groups were in very early stages. It was only CSN's second performance with Neil Young as a member, Santana's debut album hadn't been released.  Several heavy hitters took a pass, including The Doors who, after looking at a map, concluded the location was so remote that it wouldn't draw much of a crowd.


Neil Young's early SoCal home for sale

The modernistic for it's time but also rustic home in Topanga Canyon that Neil Young lived in early in his career is on the market.  The home, perched high in the canyon north of the Los Angeles basin, was also owned for a time by Bernie Leadon of the Eagles.  It's listed for $1.8 million.

5-10-1960 Bono born

Paul David Hewson born on this date in Dublin in 1960. Got to be known as Bono Vox, a variation on bonavox, the latin word for 'good voice', before forming U2 in 1976.


Pearl Jam guitarist on cover of Petty's I won't Back Down

Pearl Jam has done some stripped down but powerful versions of I Won't Back Down in concert. Now, PJ guitarist Mike McCready has recorded a version of the Tom Petty anthem with KT Tunstall to raise money for his band's Vitalogy Foundation.