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December 03
  • The annual Forbes Magazine projections of the top  earners in the music world includes AC/DC (7th), the Rolling Stones (8th) and Bruce Springsteen (11th) on a list that saw the top 6 slots go to Pop or Country artists.  Taylor Swift blew all the others away with a year that generated about $170 million in earnings.  One Direction was a distant second ($110 million), followed by Adele ($80.5 million), Madonna ($76.5 million), Rihanna ($75 million), Garth Brooks ($70 million).  Ac/DC's take was $67.5 million.  The Rolling Stones gathered $66.5 million and Bruce collected $60.5 million.

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  • Whie the medical issues that he has been experienceing will likely prevent future full scale tours, Eric Clapton has committed to returning to at least two US stages in 2017.  Pairs of concerts have been confirmed for New York City on March 19 & 20 and the Los Angeles Forum on March 25th & 26th.  The LA concerts will include Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan.  EC has been dealing with a painful and debilitating nerve condidtion known as peripheral neuopathy that has impaired his ability to play comfortably.

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  • Here's a story that will horrify collectors and museum curators, but might delight some Punk Rock fans.  The son and widow of the Sex Pistols late manager hauled a load of punk memorabilia to the River Thames in London Saturday (11/26) and ignited the lot of it.  The act was in protest of Punk London, a series of cultural presentations fashion designer Vivienne

    Westwood, wife of manager Malcolm McLaren and her son, Joe Corre, objected to as a crass establishment attempt to cash-in on the punk culture her late husband and the Sex Pistols represented. Corre was quoted by the BBC as proclaiming to a crowd that gathered near the inferno, 'Punk was never meant to be nostalgic - and you can't learn to be one at a Museum of London workshop.'  He characterized the Punk London program as 'privatised, packaged and castrated'.

    Classic Rock Magazine

     

     

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  • TMZ is reporting that an Alabama physician has been arrested and will be charged with illegal distribution of prescription drugs.  The indictment appraently resulted after authorities found evidence that the doctor had prescribed five medications in the names of other people that were all actually provided to former 3 Doors Down member Matt Roberts.  Roberts was found dead of an apparently accidental drug overdoes in a Milwaukkee hotel last August.

    Jam.Canoe.com   WENN.com

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  • Bruce Springsteen joined a group of top-shelf figures from the entertainment, sports, science and business worlds in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday (11/22) where President Obama presided over the ceremony awarding the highest civilian honor given by the country, the Medal of Freedom.  Joining Springsteen in receiving the honor were actors and activists Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Cicely Tyson and Robert Redford, atheletic superstars Kareem Abdul Jabar and Michael Jordan, SNL producer Lorne Michaels, business tycoon and philanthripists Bill and Melinda Gates, architect Frank Gehry, NASA scientist Margaret Hamilton, the designer of the Vietnam Memorial, Maya Lin, comediane and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and fellow musical artist Diana Ross.  The President reserved the final award for Bruce, noting, 'I am the President. He is the Boss. Pushing 70, he is stilll pushing down four-hour sets.  I thought twice about giving him the Medal of Freedom since he calls himself a prisoner of rock n' roll'.  Of the group as a whole, Obama said, 'It's useful when you think about this incredible collection of people that this is what makes us the greatest nation on Earth - not because of our differences but because in our difference we find something in common to share.'

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  • The 40th anniversary expanded edition re-release of the Rush 2112 album includes a remix of the originals on the album, a 1976 concert set from the Capitol Theatre and a disc featuring previously unreleased versions of songs being done by Rush asn guest artists doing new versions of the album's songs, including Foo Fighter Dave Grohl on Overture and Alice In Chains doing Tears.  The album drops December 16.

     

     

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  • The man behind the drums for Bad Company is front and center on his solo album  Simon Kirke handles vocals and plays guitar, keyboards, and drums and even throws a ukulele into the mix on the album titled All Because Of You.  The uke gets use on a cover of Feel Like Making Love.  Kirke gets an assist from Gov't Mule and Allman Brothers veteran Warren Haynes on a track titled Trouble Road.  All because of you has a release date of February 10.

    Classic Rock Magazine

     

    MORE SIMON KIRKE INSIGHTS

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  • Brian May has passed judgement on Rock's greatest air guitar songs.  His 3 CD compilation starts and ends with Queen songs. Bohemain Rhapsody leads disc 1 and Disc 3 ends with We Will Rock You. In between are...

    Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

    Start Me Up - Rolling Stones

    Gimme' All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top

    20th Centruy Boy (T Rex)

    Bat Out O Hell - Meat Loaf

    Black Betty - Ram Jam

    Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

    You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

    Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica

    Poison - Alice Cooper

    Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

    Layla - Derek & The Dominos

    More Than A Feeling - Boston

    Money For Nothing - Dire Straits

    Don't Stop Believing - Journey

    Down Down - Status Quo

    Run To You - Bryan Adams

    All Right Now - Free

    I Can't Explain - Who

    You Really Got Me - Kinks

    Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters

    Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company

    White Wedding - BIlly Idol

    Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood

    Eye Of the Tiger - Survivor

    Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

    Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

    That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly

    All Or Nothing - Small Faces

    House Of the Rising Son - Animals

    Parisienne Walkways - Brian May 7 Kerry Ellis

    Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

    Message In A Bottle - Police

    I Believe in A Thing Called Love - The Darkness

    Inside - Stiltskin

    My Sharona - Knack

    The Spirit Of Radio - Rush

    Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue

    I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister

    All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople

    Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh

    (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

    Holy Diver - Dio
    Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

    Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer

    FBI - The Shadows

    Wild Thing - The Troggs

     

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  • Janie's Fund was established last by Steven Tyler year in conjunction with the Youth Villages organization to provide support and counceling to young women that have been abused or victims of neglect.   The Aerosmith front man's philanthrpic support of the effort has earned him recognition of the United Nations, which will honor him with the 2016 Humanitarian Award on December 3 during its Ambassador's Ball in New York City.  Thanks in part to Tyler's efforts, the organization has received close to $2 million in donations during its first full year of operation.  Tyler says, "As a father to three daughters, a son, and, now a grandfather, it broke my heart to learn that each year in America alone 700,000 children are victims of serious abuse or neglect and 68,000 will be sexually abused.   All abus is wrong - verbal, physical, sexual, emotional.  We have to have better was as parents to help our children and support them.  Way too many kids are experiencing abuse, and e want to change that. Enough is enough."

    HenneMuic.com JaniesFund.org

     

    MORE STEVEN TYLER INSIGHTS

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  • The appeal during the curtain call a cast member of Hamilton made to audience member Vice President elect Mike Pence for the incoming administration to uphold the rights of all Americans and respect diversity had the unlikely effect of prompting similar reactions from Donald Trump and Steven Van Zandt, guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.  Trump took to Twitter to demand an apology. On his account, Van Zandt agreed, writing, "He was their guest. You protect your guests. Don't embarrass them." He went on to accuse actor Manuel Miranda of the same kind of bullying Trump gets calledd out for, and closed by adding, "Nobody on this planet disagrees more with everything Mike Pence stands for. But I don't tolertate bullying in any form. Even the respectful kind."  A few days later, Bruce Springsteen posted a photo taken outside the Broadway theater where the musical is being staged with the hash tag #freedomofspeech.
    UltimateClassicRock.com

     

    MORE STEVEN VAN ZANDT INSIGHTS

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  • Warren Haynes and Michael McDonald have set up a tour to pay tribute to The Band and the other musicians that came together in San Francisco for the legendary Last Waltz concert at Winterland in November of 1976.  The short tour developed after a one-off peformance of the material by the participating musicians during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest. McDonald called that performance unforgettable and said doing it made him realize they were "...celebrating something truly special' that he was honored to have a role in."  Haynes describes the music performed that night in San Francisco, "...as soulful, relevant and powerful today as it was 40 years ago", and adds, "We can't wait to carry on the legacy of these songs for fans." Joining Haynes & McDonald are Jamey Johnson, John Medeski, Terrance Higgins and Don Was.

    Radio.com

     

    MORE WARREN HAYNES INSIGHTS   MORE MICHAEL McDONALD INSIGHTS

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  • The widow of Ronnie James Dio has been busy compiling and preparing to release material recorded by her late husband.  By her reckoning, Wendy Dio has enough archived songs featuring Dio to result in up to four albums.  She is seeking the rights to include some songs Ronnie did with Rainbow, as well as videos done while he was with the Deep Purple spin-off. The first releases are expected in 2017.
    Classic Rock Magazine  TeamRock.com

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  • The White House has announced that Bruce Springsteen will receive the Medal of Freedom. The Boss will join actors Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Robert Redford, comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul Jabba and legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, Bill & Melinda Gates and others in the worlds of science and academics in receiveing the nation's highest civilian award.  The ceremony will take place on Tuesday (11/22) at the White House.
    MasssLive.com

     

    MORE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN INSIGHTS

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  • Despite there being no conflict evident on his public schedule, Bob Dylan has reportedly claimed that a prior commitment wil prevent him from being able to attend the ceremony honoring Nobel Prize recipients in Stockholm in December.  The enigmatic singer-songwriter has often avoided award ceremonies.  Dylan was named the Nobel Lauriate in Literature on December 13th (story).

     

    ​MORE BOB DYLAN INSIGHTS

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Noteworthy Then
  • 1943 Ten Years After’s Leo Lyons born…   1945 Deep Purple’s Roger Glover born…   1952 Jethro Tull’s John Glascock born…   1955 Billy Idol born…   1973 KISS makes concert debut in Queens, NY…   1979 Pink Floyd releases The Wall…   1995 Axl Rose files a suit demanding bigger share of Guns N’ Roses profits…   2009 Drummer Vinnie Appice has shoulder surgery to repair injury sustained during Heaven & Hell tour…

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  • 1933 John Mayall born…   1943 Rascals Felix Cavaliere born…   1951 Boston’s Barry Godreau born…   1982 Foreigner releases Records…   1992 U2 Zoo TV special airs on FOX…   1995 Sammy Hagar gets married in San Francisco…   1997 Bruce Hornsby does National Anthem before Bulls/Wizards NBA game in Washington…   Bruce Springsteen closes 1999 tour in Minneapolis doing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town with a Santa on stage…   2001 George Harrison dies of cancer…   2006 Ten paintings by Syd Barrett bring more than $100,000 in auction of the late Pink Floyd member, who died in 2006…  2006 Original artwork for Rolling Stones lips & tongue logo sells for $470,000 in London auction…

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  • 28  1944 Randy Newman born…   1962 Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron born…   1962 Daily Show’s Jon Stewart born…   1966 Beatles start recording Sgt. Pepper’s…   1969 Rolling Stones release Let It Bleed…   1974 John Lennon’s last official concert appearance takes place when he joins Elton John at Madison Square Garden   1999 Male strippers dressed as boy scouts appear on stage during Elton John Royal Albert Hall concert…  2015 Slash performs National Anthem with USC Marching band before UCLA football game...

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  • 1947 Jimi Hendrix born…   1965 Ken Kesey holds first Acid test…    1967 Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour…   1969 Jimi Hendrix attends opening night of 4 Rolling Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden…   1970 George Harrison releases All Things Must Pass…   1970 Kinks release Lola vs The Powermann & The Money-Go-Round…   1974 Paul & Linda McCartney sing backing vocals during Rod Stewart London concert…   1976 Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys appears on Saturday Night Live…   1980 Allman Brothers release Reach For The Sky…   1995 John Popper of Blues Traveler appears on Rosanne tv show…   2005 Rod Stewart becomes a father again as Penny Lancaster gives birth to a son…
     

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  • 1939 Tina Turner born…   1945 Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie born…   1968 Cream does Farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall…   1971 Kinks release Muswell Hillbillies…   1981 Rush vans tear gassed before a Hollywood, FL concert…   2005 Defense contractor throws party for his daughter in New York that includes performances by Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Tom Petty, Don Henley & Joe Walsh.  He is indicted in 2010…   2007 Surviving Led Zeppelin members reunite with Jason Bonham at tribute concert to Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun…
    2010  Willie Nelson charged with possession of 6 ounces of pot when his tour bus is stopped at border checkpoint west of El Paso… $6 million in Punk Rock memorabilia burned by late wife of Sex Pistols manager and her son in protest of Punk London cultural program

     

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  • 1965 Kinks release Kontroversy…   1969 John Lennon returns his MBE award to Buckingham Palace to protest UK support of Vietnam War…   1975 Allman Brothers Band plays fund raiser for Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign at Providence, RI Civic Center…   1976 The Band stages Last Waltz concert at Winterland in San Francisco…   1991 Mark Ford replaces Jeff Cease in the Black Crowes…   1994 Sheryl Crow does an acoustic set with the Rolling Stones in Miami   2008 Jeff Beck releases Live At Ronnie Scott’s…

     

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  • 1941 Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn born…   1946 Bev Bevan of Electric Light Orchestra born…   1948 Lee Michaels born…   1976 George Harrison releases 33 1/3…   1991 Eric Carr of KISS dies of cancer…   1991 Freddy Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS…   1992 Pink Floyd releases Shine 8 disc set…   1997 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland makes solo debut in LA…   2008 Rock Hall Of Fame opens Annex in New York City…   2009 Tom Petty releases Live Anthology…

     

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