Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 6:15ambyROCKinsights
Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall will have Who fans feasting their ears and eyes on the group's April performance of the 1969 Rock Opera at the historic London concert hall. The October 13 release will come in DVD, Blu-ray, 2 CD and 3 LP configurations. In addition to the start-to-finish performance of Tommy, the release will include a live set of Who classics from multiple eras and animated visuals created for Pinball Wizard and The Acid Queen. Lat October also brings the release of Maximum A's & B's, a 5 CD bos set of singles and B side songs. That drops on October 27.
Posted Thursday, August 17th, 2017 4:42ambyROCKinsights
Ted Nugent's recent claim during a radio interview that he hasn't been nominated for the Rock Hall Of Fame because of his political opinions drew a counterpoint from David Crosby. The CSN/CSN&Y member took to his Twitter account to contend Nugent hasn't earned consideration for the Cleveland museum because he "...just isin't good enough". Nugent returned fire on his Facebook page with the following rant. "Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life. I couldn't be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me while he competes with Michael Moore to see who can go the longest without hygiene. Zombie-boy would hurt himself if he tried real rock & roll like mine. Let's all pray he can form a syllable before his borrowed liver fails. I laugh at his pathetic slovenliness as I wrap up the greatest ultra-fun tour of my life."
Posted Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 6:24ambyROCKinsights
We'll have a lead track from the next U2 album early in September, but he full Songs of Experience album won't get released until December 1. The three year span since the last album, Songs of Innocence, saw the goup make several false starts in the studio before settling on a direction to take the project in. Adam Clayton describes this as an album that conveys the band's evolution. 'Songs of Experience is going to be taking everything we've learned in the last 40 years and consolidating them into one piece of advice'.
A video for the lead track, You're the Best Thing About Me was shot in Amsterdam. TheSun.ie
Posted Monday, August 14th, 2017 6:31ambyROCKinsights
Alice Cooper and Deep Purple will share headline status on the current tour that also includes Edgar Winter. It opened this weekend at the Chelsea, the concert hall housed inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Posted Monday, August 14th, 2017 5:25ambyROCKinsights
Ronnie Montrose ranks as one of the musicians most admired by fellow guitarists but underappreciated by music fans. Several fine players pay tribute to Montrose on 10 X 10 the album he began recording when he died five years ago. Working with with Styx and Kiss veterans Ricky Phillips and Eric Singer on the project, Montrose planned to feature 10 other musicians he had high regard for. Phillips committed himself to getting the album completed to honor Montrose. The release drops on September 29 and will feature Sammy Hagar (a member of Ronnie's self-named band) Joe Bonamassa, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple mainstay Glenn Hughes, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Styx veteran Tommy Shaw, Toto's Steve Lukather and more.
Phillips considers the music Montrose was making at the time of his death some of the best of his career. "His songs still have the fire and angst of a youndg rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of 'guitar speak'. On 10 X 10 we hear Ronnie at the top of his game, from the opening crunch guitar on Heavy Traffic, all the way t the closing song, I'm Not Lying, which was Ronnie's tip of the hat to his friend Robin Trower.
A bonus edition of the album will include a number of demo songs and 11 songs recorded in the early '70's during studio performances at San Francisco's KSAN. Rhino.com
Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017 6:14ambyROCKinsights
The widow of Chris Cornell hopes a statue of her late husband she has commissioned will help fans and the city he loved honor him. Cornell died shortly after performing a concert in Detroit last May. His death was ruled a suicide, but his wife believes that her husband's state of mind was skewed by a drug relapse and that he '...did not want to die', adding, 'If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn't have done this.'
The sculpture is being crafted by Wayne Toth and is expected to be finished by spring. Speaking with the Seattle Times, she siad, 'He has already given me a design and the childrena and I love it. He is Seattle's son and we will be bringing him back home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.'
Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017 5:35ambyROCKinsights
News that Bruce Springsteen was setting up a residency run on Broadway broke in June (story). Now, details about the series have been released. The debut performance will be on October 3, with the series commencing 10/12 and running five nights a week through November 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tickets go on sale exclusively through Ticketmaster at 10am Eastern on August 30 and are reportedly scaled from $75 - $800. Ticketmaster will employ a newly developed screening system known as Verified Fan® in an effort to thwart scalpers and bots from commandeering tickets. Verified Fan registration is open from now through 8/27.
The actual performances are expected to feature Bruce performing solo on guitar and piano, recounting stories and, perhaps, reading from his autobiography. Springsteen says he set out to "...do some shows that were as personal and intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I had in mind." He adds, "My show is just me, hte guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to rovide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value." BruceSpringsteen.net
Posted Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 4:10ambyROCKinsights
Steve Miller's Ultimate Hits collection includes a round-up of all the songs you would expect, but a CD+Digital version bumps the track count to 22 songs with the addition of previously unreleased live versions of Living In The USA and Space Cowboy, along with a previously unavailable solo version of Seasons. The collection drops on September 15
Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 6:17ambyROCKinsights
Lynyrd Skynyrd is losing some tour dates so Gary Rossington can get treated for blockages in an artery. The guitarist and sole remaining member of the classic Skynyrd lineup has had recurring heart problems in recent years. The original announcement from the band did not specify which member was ailing or the nature of the illness. After false rumors developed suggesting that Johnny Van Zant had suffered a heart attack, the band issued a denial and identified Rossington as the one needing medical attention. The procedure is considered relatively low risk but does require a period of rest for recovery. The tour is scheduled to resume Friday (8/11) in Virginia Beach.
Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 11:51ambyROCKinsights
Bob Weir, Johan Mayer and the Campfire Band closed out a couple of sets of music dedicated to Jerry Garcia Friday night (8/4) at Red Rocks with Friend of the Devi and Brokedown Palace. Garcia would have turned 75 on August 1.
Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 5:21ambyROCKinsights
The latest From The Vault release from the Rolling Stones features a Sticky Fingers Live set done at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20 2015, a few days before launching their 2015 Zip Code Tour. The DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD and DVD+LP configurations drop on September 29.
Joe Walsh dropped in on The Late Show on Wednesday (8/2) and did Life's Been Good with Steven Colbert's house band Jon Batistee & Stay Human. During his conversation with Colbert, Joe also recalled a dining fiasco he and John Belushi were responsible for back during his pre-sobriety days.
1952 Clash’s Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellors) born 1952 Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes born 1954 Journey’s Steve Smith born 1972 Police mace Grace Slick at Jefferson Airplane concert in Akron, OH when she tries to prevent the arrest of bass player Jack Casady 1973 Allman Brothers Band awarded gold album for Brothers & Sisters 1976 Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, 10cc play Knebworth Festival REM files suit against Hershey for doing an unauthorized REM concert sweepstakes to promote one of its candy bars 1989 Jethro Tull releases Rock Island.... 1990 Alice In Chains releases Facelift... 1995 REM sues Hershey for doing unauthorized Kit Kat REM Concert Sweepstakes... 2005 Rolling Stones open Bigger Bang tour at Fenway Park in Boston...2011 Bono marries Alison Stewart in Raheny, Ireland... 2011 Johnny Ramone undergoes brain surgery after getting beaten up in New York City...
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1949 Boston's Sib Hashin born… 1954 Eric Johnson born… 1962 Guns N' Roses Gilby Clarke born… 1964 Kinks release You Really Got Me… 1965 Black Crowes Steve Gorman born… 1971 Duane Allman plays at funeral for King Curtis… 1974 Patrick Moraz joins Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman… 1981 First Monsters Of Rock tour opens in London with AC/DC, Queensryche, Motley Crue… 1986 Drummer Rick Allen does first concert with Def Leppard since losing an arm in '84 car wreck… 1989 Pete Townshend treated at Tacoma, WA hospital after injuring his arm windmilling during Tacoma Dome Who concert…
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1946 Jimmy Webb born… 1950 Drummer Tommy Aldridge (Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Gary Moore (Ozzy Osbourne) born… 1962 Beatles invite Ringo Starr to join… 1965 Beatles play Shea Stadium… 1966 Jefferson Airplane release Jefferson Airplane Takes Off1969 Woodstock festival opens… 1975 Rod Stewart releases Atlantic Crossing… 1983 AC/DC releases Flick Of The Switch...1991 Paul Simon plays Central Park… 1998 Don Henley, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell play Woodstock festival site on 29th anniversary (none appeared at original)…