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7-19-1947 Brian May born

Rock n Roll ain't noise pollution or rocket science, but even if it was the latter Queen's guitarist could handle it. Happy birthday to Rocker and astro physicist Brian May, born on this day in 1947.


Other Noteworthy July 19 events in Classic Rock include...  

1947 Eagles Bernie Leadon born.

1948 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux born 1952 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Allen Collins Born.  1965 Bob Dylan releases Like A Rolling Stone. 

1971 Roger Daltrey marries Heather Taylor.

1974 David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour wraps.

1976 Deep Purple splits-up.

1980 David Bowie debuts as Elephant Man on stage in Denver play opening. 

1987 Bruce Springsteen plays East Berlin concert.

1991 Steven Adler sues Guns N' Roses over his ouster from the band.

2010 Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi settle legal dispute over the rights to the Black Sabbath name.


Woodstock 50 chances dashed

Officials in Vernon, New York dashed Michael Lang's likely last chance for finding a venue willing to host his ill-fated Woodstock anniversary concert by rejecting his third appeal to stage it at Vernon Downs, a harness race track between Utica and Syracuse. That probably means the 50th anniversary of the iconic  musical and cultural will pass without a big event to mark the occasion.  But the US Postal Service will issue a small something to commemorate the 1969 event with the release of a Woodstock Forever Stamp on August 8th.

Roger Waters Us + Them concert film


The four concerts Roger Waters and his band played at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam in June, 2018 were filmed. Highlights will be featured in a film titled Roger Waters Us + Them that gets special screenings in theaters October 2 & 6 this fall. Sean Evans, who worked with Waters on the 2014 film The Wall was on board for this project as well. Although no release info has been issued as yet, we would expect a DVD, BLU-ray release

of the movie to follow.



Eric Clapton cuts vacation short when his dog dies


Eric Clapton reportedly cut short a trip to Ku?adas? on the Turkish coast yesterday to return to London after learning his dog had died. EC, who risked his life to save several of his guitars as his London home burned in 1996, felt compelled enough to cancel plans he had arranged to visit a number of historic sites along the Turkish coast to summon a private plane so he could return immediately to London. As dog lovers, we'd do the same if we had the means. Condolences to Eric on the loss of his furry companion.



Ziggy Stardust Barbie Doll revealed

In the we kid you not department, Mattel has unveiled a Ziggy Stardust outfitted Barbie Doll to coincide with the anniversary of the manned mission to Mars and the recording and release of Space Oddity, the David Bowie song the lunar landing mission in 1969 inspired.



The contract the Beatles signed with Brian Epstein to manage the group has sold at a Sotheby's auction for a bit more than $343,000.

Early Beatles contract sells for $347,000

The contract the Beatles signed with Brian Epstein to manage the group has sold at a Sotheby's auction for a bit more than $345,000.

Stones break-out cover not done live in 50 years

The last time the Rolling Stones did this live was 50 years ago during their free Hyde Park concert a coupel of days after Brian Jones died.



Graham Nash auctioning off several guitars


Graham Nash is putting 19 of his guitars into a Heritage Auctions sale, including the Martin-D45 acoustic guitar he played on stage with CSN&Y at Woodstock. Other instruments of note from Graham's collection that are going up for bids at the July 21-22 sale inlude a Gibson SG Duane Allman played in the 1960's, a 1963 Gibson J-180 once owned by Don Everly and a pair of guitars that both Johnny Cash and Stephen Stills both once owned.

Eddie Money cancels 2019 tour dates

TMZ is reporting that Eddie Money developed a case of pneumonia following a heart valve procedure that took place a bit over a month ago and has cancelled plans to tour this year. We extend our hopes for a full recovery to the Money Man.

Robin Zander joining Ace Frehley on next covers album


Ace Frehley had such a good time recording his 2016 covers album that he's doing another.  Origins Vol. 2 drops in October and will include a version of Huumble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole sung by Robin Zander of Cheap Trick.  Lita Ford joins Ace for Jumpin' Jack Flash.  The album will also include songs from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Paul Revere and the Raider and The Animals catalogs.

Pete Townshend's guitar tech dies

Pete Townshend's guitar tech for four decades passed away on Thursday (7/4). The Who web site posted, "It is with great sadness,” read the statement, “that we announce that Alan Rogan, Pete Townshend’s guitar technician and close friend for more than 40 years has passed away. Alan was an essential and hugely respected member of the Who crew for many years and will be sorely missed.”?  Our condolences to Pete and the family and friends of Alan.


Robert Plant revisits Immigrant Song

When in the land of ice and snow... Robert Plant's latest group broke out a portion of Immigrant Song while performing in Iceland recently. It was the first time Plant had sung it in concert in 23 years.



Steven Tyler joins Paul McCartney on Helter Skelter

Steven Tyler accepted side gig invitation during Aerosmith's Las Vegas residency, joining Paul McCartney during the former Beatle's Vegas concert for this version of one from the White Album.



Original Aerosmith tour vehicle rolls again

The 1964 International Harvester Metro Aerosmith used as its touring van in the early 70's was discovered abandoned in a wooded area near Chesterfield, MA last summer by Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of the American Pickers TV show.  The restoration of the van has been completed and the vehicle and band will be reunited in the Monday, July 8th episode of the show (8pm Eastern, History Channel).  The reunion show in Las Vegas, where the group is doing a residency at the Park MGM's Park Theater, will be preceded by three espisodes that chronicle the van's discovery and restoration that will air from 5-8pm.



Steven Adler suffers knife wound


TMZ reports that paramedics were summoned to the LA home of Guns N'Roses veteran Steven Adler earlyThursday (6/27) night to treat a stabbing victim. Early indications were that it was Adler that suffered the wound and it was evidently self-inflicted. He was transported to a hospital for what is believed to be a wound he will fully recover from.  Several hours after the story broke, a representative for Adler says the incident was a kitchen accident and described the wound as superficial.?



No Joe Walsh Brian Johnson album in the works


A photo of Brian Johnson and Joe Walsh in London that Joe shared on social media and captioned that the two had a "Great day making music" immediately got many other music sites jumping to the conclusion that the Eagles guitarist and former AC/DC front man were working together on an album. Not the case at all, according to Walsh's follow-up tweet Tuesday (6/28) which read, To set the record straight - THERE IS NO RECORD IN THE WORKS BETWEEN BRIAN AND I".He added, 'We were simply having a bit of fun together.  We are musicians afterall!"



Allman Brothers 1971 Fillmore West concert discs set for release

The Allman Brothers Band's double live 1971 Fillmore East album is one of the great concert albums of all time. This September, the group's live legacy will get the addition of a 4 CD set of recordings made during the first month of that year at Bill Graham's left coast Fillmore in San Francisco. The Allman Brothers Band Fillmore West set drops 9/6.




David Gilmour Black Strat sells for $3.9 million


David Gilmour's decision to part with most of his guitars proved to be a windfall for a group working to solve climate change issues.  

The 1969 Black Fender Strat David Gilmour played on many of Pink Floyd's most revered songs was auctioned to the tune of $3.95 million during the Thursday (6/20) auction. The case for that guitar alone sold for more than $100,000 to the buyer of the Fender, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, a major collector who owns a considerable amount of Beatles equipment.  The Martin D35 acoustic guitar David played  on the recordings of Wish You Were Here ann Shine on You Crazy Diamond fetched almost $1.1 million and the Martin D12 he came up with the opening for Wish You Were Here was bought for $531,000.  Gilmour's White Fender Strat used on Another Brick in the Wall brought  a top bid of $1.8 million.  All told, more than $21 million was raised in the Christie's event.



CCR Woodstock set getting released

Creedence Clearwater Revival fans that don't want to fork out the $$$ for the complete box set including every song by all the acts at the 1969 Woodstock festival can buy just Creedence's set starting August 2.

Sheryl Crow collaborations album includes Clapton, Walsh, Richards

No Sheryl Crow songs are on our Spotify playlists, but that could change if some of the collaborations with musicians that inspire her on her next album are good. Threads, out August 30, features Crow doing songs with Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and Emmylou Harris.


Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford reunite in Berlin concert

It's been a dozen years since Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford performed in concert together. The Genesis veterans shared the bill Friday (6/8) when Rutherford's Mike & The Mechanics opened for Collins at Berlin's Olympia Stadium in Berlin and Rutherford emerged to join Collins of Follow You Follow Me. The two hadn't shared a stage since the 2007 Turn it on Again tour by Genesis.


Watkins Glen withdraws permit for Woodstock anniversary concert


Each passing day without a firm on-sale ticketing date has made it seem more unlikely that the Woodstock 50 event Michael Lang had planned for Watkins Glen this summer would actually take place. The proposed anniversary festival lost its financial backer a few weeks ago. It gained a new one since, but permits remained pending. Today, Watkins Glen International announced that the site license permit it had issued to Lang for the August 16-18 event has been withdrawn in accordance with provisions in the contract and the site will not host the festival.
No reply was offered by Lang since this was announced, but it seems odds that his event will take place this summer are now much less favorable.

Aerosmith ups the ante in Vegas

Aerosmith's Dueces Are Wild residency in Las Vegas has been a big draw. The group is also giving fans the chance to get a good sense of what it's like to be on stage with them and to get an up-close look at a number of pieces of equipment and memorabilia in a temporary exhibit that's been set up in the Park MGM hosting the concerts. Items on display include vintage band amps, more than 20 guitars, among them the Brad Whitford guitar made using wood from the barn the band did early performances in, stage clothing from all of the band members, and more.