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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. 

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.



5-9-1949 Billy Joel born

Happy birthday to William Martin Joel.  The Rock and Songwriters Hall of Fame member was born on May 9, 1949 in the Bronx.


Skynyrd launches farewell tour

The last go-round for Lynyrd Skynrd got underway Friday night (5/4) with a farewell tour opener in West Palm Beach, Florida.







5-6-1945 Bob Seger born

Yesterday we congratulated Bob Seger on the 40th anniversary of the release of Stranger In Town, Today, join us in a toast to the man himself celebrates the start of his 73'rd year, Still Runnin' Against The Wind.


Alice Cooper has no interest or intention of retiting

While several Rockers his age have said 'no mas' to touring or are in or planning farewell tours, Alice Cooper plans on doing more tours.  The 70 year old Cooper, who recently released his 27th album, is gearing up for a 40 date tour that will include a couple of nights with Ace Frehley.



5-5-1978 Bob Seger releases Stranger In Town

The album was Stranger In Town. He was.  After the multi-platinum success of Night Moves, Bob Seger made the move his Detroit area musical friend Glenn Frey had made many years earlier - he moved to Southern California and into a house in the hills of Hollywood.  Frey and fellow Eagle Don Felder played on the album Bob released on this date in 1978. So did Little Feat's Bill Payne.  But Bob's Hollywood Nights were short lived. It wasn't long before he abandoned Hollyweird to return to his home state and state of mind.


Steven Tyler surprises local New Orleans band

The local group Dysfuntion was getting New Orleans warmed up for the annual influx of Jazz Festival fans when one of the annual festival's best known Rockers jumped on stage with them on Bourbon Street. Dysfunction member Adam Haines told WWLTV that it's not unusual for fans to get excited enough to jump on stage with them during certain songs, but having Steven Tyler do it when his band broke into Walk This Way took everyone by surprise Thursday night (5/3).



5-4-1970 Neil Young writes Ohio

After learning that National Guard troops had opened fire on Vietnam War protestors on the campus of Kent State University, Neil Young sat down and wrote a song that helped turn the tide of the country against the war.