Posted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 1:08pmbyROCKinsights
The Laid Back Festival at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel NJ got an extra jolt of energy Thursday night (9/21) courtesy of Bruce Springsteen, who emerged to perform two songs (Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and It's Been A Long Time) with E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt's own outfit Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, joined Jackson Browne on Take It Easy, and then took part in an all-hands-on-stage encore with Peter Wolf bounding out to lead everyone through a version of the J. Geils Band's Freeze Frame.
Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017 2:22pmbyROCKinsights
Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley took the stage with KISS for the first time in more than 15 years when the group played a benefit concert for The Children Matter in St. Paul, MN Wednesday night (9/20). The pair of original members did Parasite, Cold Gin, Shock Me and broke into the inevitable encore Rock And Roll All Night as dozens of fans crowded around the band on stage.
Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 4:31pmbyROCKinsights
Monmouth College is the home of the Bruce Springsteen archives. Tuesday night (9/19), it apparently was also the scene of a dress rehearsal for Bruce's multiple month residency in Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. The unannounced performance was an invitation only affair that the University declined to confirm or deny. Semi-confirmation it took place came in a non-specific social media reference by Patti Scialfa's brother who wrote, 'It's easy sometimes to forget what true genius is, until its right in front of you." The audience in the 700 seat Pollack Theater on the Long Branch, New Jersey campus of Monmouth was limited to about 200. Capacity at the Walter Kerr Theatre is just under 1,000.
Yoko Ono is threatening to file suit against a small UK company marketing a series of flavored beverages under the name John Lemon. Even though the company insists it does not use images or likenesses of John Lennon, lawyers for Ono contend that it has used some and made inferentail references to Lennon in some social media posts that, in the process, infringed on the John Lennon trademark registered with the European Union. The company's owner does not think the claim has merit, but says fighting the suit is beyond him company's means because an unfavorable decision could leave it responsible for covering Ono's legal expenses as well as its own. Making matters even stranger, the John Lemon trademark was apparently filed withthe EU two years before the John Lennon one was.
Posted Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 7:31ambyROCKinsights
The Cubs sit atop the NL Central with just over a week left in MLB's regular season. That's cause for celebration for one of the team's highest profile fans, Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam lead singer took to the sidewalk outside Wrigley Field to join a couple of street musicians on a version of his band's song Courduroy Friday (9/15) and was at it again on Sunday, that tim sitting in on drums.
Posted Sunday, September 17th, 2017 2:14pmbyROCKinsights
Bob Weir likes to keep up on social-political matters and has lobbied formally and informally for environmental and social reforms he believes in. The former Grateful Dead veteran will be doing it in a more official capacity now that the United Nations has named him a Goodwill Ambassador. Weir takes on the role of helping the international body inform the public and advance the cause the positive role counteracting climate change can have in reducing poverty while promoting sustainability. A ceremony honoring the newest Goodwill Ambassadors takes place Sunday (9/17) during the 8th annual Social Good Summit in New York City.
Posted Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 2:57pmbyROCKinsights
Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will rejoin KISS in a benefit to assist Gulf Coast families with young children hammered by Hurricane Harvey. The reunion will take place on September 20 at CHS Field in St. Paul MN. Proceeds go to The Chidren Matter to help speed restoration of normal lives for the 10,000 children in the Houston area displaced by the storm. It will mark the first time in more than 15 years the pair has been back on stage with the band in concert. HenneMusic.com
Posted Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 9:10pmbyROCKinsights
A New York City recording studio where many great albums were recorded has been spared the fate of several former studios that have gone the way of condos or the wrecking ball in recent years. The Power Station had been renamed Avatar by its more recent owners. When they sought an interested party to take it over that would commit to continue operating it as a studio, Boston's Berklee College of Music jumped at the opportunity. Renamed the Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the studio will, in addition to serving as a traditional recording studio, hos educational programs and live performances for intimate size audiences. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave Pete Muller much of the credit to bringing the deal to fruition, saying 'Renovating this amazing, historic music venue is a powerful nod to New York City as a continuing center for innovative art, culture and creativity. I commend Berklee and Trustee Pete Muller for their investments, their vision, and for the public performing space that will benefit many budding and future New York recording artists.'
The former ConEdison power plant opened as a studio in 1977. The list of albums recorded there includes major albums from Bruce SPringsteen (Born To Run), the Rolling Stones (Tattoo You), Bob Dylan (Infidels), David Bowie (Scary Monsters & Let's Dance), and many, many more.
Posted Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 2:49pmbyROCKinsights
James Hetfield was in the middle of Metallica's song Now That We're Dead during group's concert Monday (9/4) at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam when he averted a brush with it when he fell through into an open trap door in the stage. He was assisted up out of the opening, telling the audience after completing the song 'I'm okay. My ego, not so much. But we're fine. Hurt my feelings'.
1942 Linda McCartney (Eastman) born… 1971 Quicksilver Messenger Service plays Syracuse War Memorial… 1971 T Rex releases Electic Warrior…1975 Rush releases Caress Of Steel… 1979 Eagles release The Long Run… 1982 Grateful Dead play Carrier Dome… 1988 James Brown arrested in Georgia following a 2 hour high speed chase by police… 1990 AC/DC releases The Razor’s Edge… 1994 Van Morrison releases Hymns To The Silence… 1994 Eric Clapton plays Saturday Night Live… 1998 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith throws out ceremonial first pitch before Expos-Cardinals game in St. Louis… 2008 Come Dancing, a musical by Ray Davies of the Kinks, opens at England's Royal Stratford Theatre…
1930 Ray Charles born… 1939 Roy Buchanan born… 1949 Bruce Springsteen born… 1959 Lita Ford born… 1963 Rolling Stones do opening night of tour with Bo Diddley… 1974 Average White Band's Robbie McIntosh dies at LA party Gregg Allman also attended… 1980 Bob Marley makes last concert appearance… 1982 Billy Joel releases Nylon Curtain… 1986 Boston releases Third Stage… 1991 Izzy Stradlin leaves Guns N Roses… 1997 Rolling Stones open Bridges To Babylon tour in Chicago… 2008 John Mellencamp does flood relief benefit show in a small theater in Ohio…2014 Joe Bonamassa releases Different Shades Of Blue… 2014 John Mellencamp releases Plain Spoken...
1951 Deep Purple & Whitesnake's David Coverdale born… 1957 Johnette Napolitano born… 1960 Joan Jett born 1969 Story in University Of Illinois student newspaper starts Paul McCartney is dead rumors… 1975 George Harrison releases Extra Texture… 1979 Joe Walsh announce presidential candidacy… 1985 Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp organize first Farm Aid concert… 1989 Bob Dylan releases Oh Mercy… 1990 Creedence Clearwater Revival's Tom Fogerty dies of TB… 2009 Pearl Jam releases Backspacer…
1932 Frank Zappa Mothers Of Invention's Don Preston born… 1947 Eagles Don Felder born… 1980 Bob Marley collapses while jogging in Central Park… 1989 Rolling Stones play first of two nights at Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY… 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…
1949 Styx's Chuck and John Panozzo born… 1968 Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd born… 1970 Jim Morrison convicted of lewd behavior but acquitted of indecent exposure… 1971 Peter Frampton leaves Humble Pie… 1972 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested on marijuana charges in Scotland… 1973 Jim Croce killed in plane crash in Texas… 1973 Neil Young performs the opening show at the Roxy in LA… 1974 BTO plays Syracuse War Memorial… 1976 AC/DC releases Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap… 1982 Bruce Springsteen releases Nebraska… 2005 John Fogerty, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon & Neville Brothers do Big Apple for the Big Easy benefit to aid Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans… 2006 Rolling Stones open another leg of Bigger Bang tour in Foxborough MA… 2010 Leonard Skinner, high school teacher Lynyrd Skynyrd adapted name from, dies at 77… 2017 Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley reunite with KISS for four songs during St. Paul MN benefit concert for children's charity...
1934 Beatles manager Brian Epstein born… 1941 Mama Cass Elliott born… 1947 10cc's Lol Creme born… 1951 Producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Neil Young, ZZ Top) born… 1952 Nile Rogers born… 1958 Lita Ford born… 1973 Gram Parsons dies of drug overdose at Joshua Tree Monument, California… 1974 Max Weinberg makes drumming debut as… member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in Philadelphia… 1979 Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor play Musicians United For Safe Energy - No Nukes concert in New York City… 1981 Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunite for Central Park concert… 1987 Pink Floyd releases A Momentary Lapse Of Reason… 2009 LA-Miami flight makes medical emergency landing after Scott Weiland suffers a seizure… 2015 Record contract Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Pete Best signed in 1961 sells for $75,000... 2017 Bruce Springsteen does rehearsal performance for his Broadway residency shows for 200 invited guests at Monmouth College in Long Branch, NJ...
1949 Kansas Kerry Livgren born… 1952 Ramones Dee Dee Ramone born… 1970 Jimi Hendirx dies in London… 1970 Fleetwood Mac releases Kiln House… 1975 Patty Hearst arrested in California… 1981 Genesis releases Abacab…1983 KISS members appear without makeup on MTV… 1991 Tom Petty & Chris Whitley play Syracuse War Memorial… 1997 Rolling Stones play warm-up date for tour in Chicago club… 2005 Neil Young tears up copies of Chicago Tribune to protest paper's negative coverage of Farm Aid concert series… 2006 Bob Dylan plays 30th anniversary event for employees of GenTech in San Francisco… 2007 David Gilmour releases Remember The Night DVD of 2006 Royal Albert Hall concerts… 2007 Mark Knopfler releases Kill To Get Crimson… 2010 Eddie Vedder marries Jill McCormick in Hawaii… 2015 Keith Richards releases Crosseyed Heart… 2015 David Gilmour releases Rattle That Lock...