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March 25
  • The drummer that provided the beat on the first two Boston albums died Wednesday night (3/22), reportedly mid performance on a cruise ship.  Sib Hashain was in the lineup of performers booked on a Rock themed cruise.  His death, reported by TMZ, was confirmed by his son.  Efforts to revive the 67 year-old drummer following his collapse failed.  The tragedy struck five days into a cruise that began in Florida and sailed to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.  The other musicians on board will complete the cruise and perform tributes to their fallen band mate.

     

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  • Todd Rundgren is held in high enough regard by legions of musicians that recruiting ones he admires for his next album was easy.  Todd's White Knight release (5/12) includes Joe Walsh, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, NIN veteran Trent Reznor and guitar wiz Joe Satriani.  The 15 track effort include a wide range of styles.

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  • Record Store Day (April 15 in the US) will once again offer vinyl enthusiasts lots to choose from. Some highlightsforClassic Rock buyers along with the quantity available:

    Alice in Chains: Welcome to GAZI picture disc
    Ben Folds with the Australian Symphony Orchestra
    Blondie: Long Time single
    Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon 1975 (3,000 4lp sets)

    Buddy Guy: Sick With Love/She Got it Together (New songs, 1,500)
    David Bowie: Cracked Actor - a live 1974 LA recording

    Cars: Live atthe Agoura 1978 (4,000)
    Dave Matthews Band: Red Rocks 1995 (2,500)

    David Crosby: The Lighthouse Band (2,500)
    Def Leppard: First, rare EPs (4,000)
    Doors: Live at the Matrix  1967 (4,500)
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery single (1,500)

    Fleetwood Mac: Mirage Alternate takes LP (3,500)

    Frank Zappa: Rollo (4,000)
    Grateful Dead; Vancouver 1966 (4,000)
    Kinks: All Day and All Of The Night single (2,500)

    Lou Reed: Perfect Night 1997 London Live acoustic shows (3,000)

    Neil Young: Decade (5,000)

    Patti Smith: Hey Joe single (2,250)

    Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello: Flowers In The Dirt (cassette)

    Pearl Jam: State of Love/Thrust single (5,000)
    Pink FLoyd: an extended version of Intestellar Overdrive recorded in 1966
    Ramones: 76-79 singles box set (6,500)

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Go Robots/ Dreams of a Samauri Live (5,000)

    Rush: Cyngus X1, Hemispheres EP (5,000)

    Santana: Woodstock 1969 (3,000)

    Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK box set singles (3,500)

    Stevie Ray Vaughan: Carnegie Hall double lp (3,000)

    Sting: Live at Bataclan (3,500)

    T Rex: Rock N Roll single (750) and T Rex Live 1977 album

    Talking Heads: The Wilding - This Could Be The Place single (3,000)

    Todd Rudgren: Fox Theater Live 1973 (1,000)

    U2: Red Hill Mining Town 12" picture disc

    Who: Ready,Steady Go single

    Yes: 90125 picture disc (2,500

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  • Eric Clapton is limiting his tour 2017 dates to a pair of shows in Madison Square Garden and the LA Forum this spring and again in the fall, with a three night series of shows at Royal Albert Hall in between.  Here's a look & listen to his opening night in New York on Sunday (3/21).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Nick Mason had his McLaren F1 GTR out for some laps during the Members Meet at the Goodwood Circuit race course over the weekend.  Mason, an experienced racer, was sailing through the turns at a good clip until he lost it on one. The Pink Flod drummer's car left the track, slid across the grass and into a barrier, doing a costly amount of damage to the driver's side of the front end.  Other than damage to the vehicle, his pride and his bank account, Mason was uninjured.  He bought the McLaren for around $3 million, but estimates of the value of the very few that have been retrofitted to make them street legal run several times higher than that amount.

     

     

     

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  • Pete Townshend has composed some new songs that could get featured in a revival production of the Who's Rock Opera Tommy.  Motivation for writing the new material came when the Who guitarist found out the organizers of the production are making a concerted effort to develop and cast roles for actors with disabilities.  Townshend applauded the move in a media release that read in part, "when I heard they planned to do a production featuring actors with disabilities of various kinds, I became very excited.  This is a totally new adventure, and really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music.  I can't wait to see it."
    RTTNews.com

     

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  • One of the pioneers of Rock made his exit Saturday (3/18).  Chuck Berry, a six decade fixture in music and a man that had a tremendous influence on a long list of musicians that went on to become major influences on subsequent generations themselves, was pronounced dead by first responders in St. Charles County, MO that had been dispatched after a medical emergency was reported.
    Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in 1926 and grew-up in St. Louis. He launched his recording career on the Chess label and quickly gained an avid following that included John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and countless others.  Lennon famously said of Berry, 'if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry'. Richards called Berry '...the epitome of rhythm and blues playing, rock n' roll playing' and credited the guitarist he called an inspiration to him for a style he says  'I got down long ago but I'm still getting the hang of it.' Springsteen took to his Twitter account to proclaim Berry as "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer that ever lived.  This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."

    Berry not only broke new ground musically, he opened eyes to the intoxicating effect a dynamic stage presence could have on an audience.  His life off the stage was wild, too.  He had a number of run-ins with the law and the IRS.  But Berry was irrepressible - a force of nature whose imprint on Rock was and will remain considerable.
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  • Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons was behind the kit at Key Arena in Seattle Friday (3/17) when the band dove into Pink Floyd's Shine On You Carzy Diamond

     

     

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  • James Cotton, the field laborer from Mississippi that gained notoriety as a harmonica player with the Muddy Waters Band and went on to be share bills with a number of major Rock acts during the late 60's and the 70's, passed away in an Austin, Texas hospital Thursday (3/16) after coming down with pneumonia. Cotton, who outlasted the cancer that robbed him of his ability to song in the 90's, barnstormed the country through many of the early years of Classic Rock doing headline dates with his James Cotton Blues Band and earning opening invites for concerts headlined by the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. 

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  • The Royal Mail is so much cooler than the US Postal Service.  Not only has it released several series of stamps celebrating some of England's Rock legends, it has gone above and beyond in promoting them ,literally in the case of the recently released (story) David Bowie stamps. 52 sets of the stamps (the number chosen because it represents the years of Bowie's career) were attached to helium balloons and released into the atmosphere.  All are marked with a special lightning bolt edition of the Aladdin Sane stamp. The location and direction of each balloon will be updated in hints posted to RoyalMail.com every two days so fans can enter guesses as to where they will land.  You can also watch the stream of that balloon's flight on the site. Those who guess the most accurately about the landing points will be rewarded with First Edition stamp sets.

    NormanGeester.net

     

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  • In typical Ray Davies style, the glib leader of the Kinks received one of his country's highest honors Thursday (3/16) with little fanfare of his own.  After the brief ceremony presided over by Prince Charles, Davies said, ' It laseted three minutes and it went very well. And I said goobbye and went home.'
    Billboard.com

     

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  • Peter Criss has lined up what he claims will be his final performances ever in the US and Australia.  If he doesn't really retire, the fans that fork over close to $1,900 for the VIP Dinner Performance at the KISS Expo Down Under in May could turn from fans to foes.  The price for his VIP Dinner Performance at the New York KISS Expo hasn't been announced.  The NY Expo itslef is slated for June 9-11, with the VIP gig taking place on June 16.

    AntiMusic.com

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  • Stevie Nicks attributes her reluctance to work on a new Fleetwooc Mac album to the apathy of fans when it comes to buying albums.  Talking with Rolling Stone, Nicks said, 'I don't think there's any reason to spend a year and an amazing amount of money on a record that, even if it has great things, isn't going to sell'.  She also said she far prefers spending time on tour to recording an album, the process of which she says 'isn't all that much fun.'  Other FM members went into the studio hoping she would join them in working on a new band album. When it became evident she wouldn't, the Fleetwood Mac recording sessions morphed into a Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham duets project with backing from other band members.

     

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  • Sammy Hagar isn't counting on reuniting with Van Halen,but he has laid out some conditions for the others in the group to consider if they want him back. Topping the list is that an invitation to be extended to Michael Anthony, the former VH bass player the Red Rocker remains tight with musically and as a friend.  Less predictable is Hagar's insistence that original and recently once again vocalist David Lee Roth continue singing with the group.  Sammy even told Billboard that he'd be willing to play for free with that lineup.

    AntiMusic.com

     

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  • The still-to-be confirmed festival style concerts being staged at Citi Field and Dodger Stadium we reported on several days ago (story) have added some additional acts. Journey, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire are in the mix, apparently.  Night one's lineup of each two day event will feature the Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobies.  Night two will be headlined by Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth Wind & Fire.  No reference to the dates is included on any of the band web sites, but the lineup for each night is in line with what makes the most sense given the bands involved, so that adds a little more cred to the story.

    AntiMusic.com   Billlboard.com

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Noteworthy Then
  • 1947 Elton John (Reginald Dwight) born…     1966 Jeff Healey born…     1967 Who make US concert debut in New York City…     1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono start Bed-In For Peace at Amsterdam Hilton…     1976 Jackson Browne’s wife commits suicide…     1992 Steve Miller Band, Kinks, Midnight Oil play Earth Day concert at Foxboro Stadium…     1995 Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam rescued from rip tide while swimming off New Zealand… 2007 Ronnie Wood stages tribute concert to his brother who died of prostate cancer...  2014 Asi release Gravitas... 2014 Neil Young releases A Letter Home

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  • 1949 Nick Lowe born…     1951 Supertamp’s Dougie Thomson born…     1965 Bill Wyman knocked unconscious during Stones concert in Denmark…     1967 Jimi Hendrix releases Purple Haze…     1975 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Nuthin’ Fancy…     1982 Rolling Stones release Dirty Work…     1986 Van Halen release 5150…   1991 Black Crowes bounced from ZZ Top tour after bad mouthing the tour sponsor, Miller Beer…   2001 Duane Allman and Berry Oakley honored with street and bridge named in their honor in Macon, GA… 2016 David Crosby joins David Gilmour on 3 songs at Gilmour's Hollywood Bowl concert...2016 Beatles fan buys Ringo Starr's childhood home for $99,000

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  • 1949 The Cars Ric Ocasek born   1964 John Lennon publishes In His Own Write   1973 Derek & The Dominos release In Concert double live album   1975 Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jefferson Starship play SNACK Benefit at Keezar Stadium in San Francisco   1978 Police sign recording contract with A&M   1980 Journey releases Departure... 1983 ZZ Top releases Eliminator...   1985 Billy Joel marries Christie Brinckley   1987 Whitesnake releases self titled album   1999 Sammy Hagar releases Red VooDoo  1999 Gov't Mule releases Live...   2009 Jay Weinberg makes drumming debut with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band during rehearsal concert in Asbury Park

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  • 1943 Keith Relf of the Yardbirds born…     1965 Bob Dylan releases Bringin’ It All Back Home…     1971 Allman Brothers Band members arrested on drug charges…    1974 Eagles release On The Border…     1997 Aerosmith plays Saturday Night Live…   2010 Joe Bonamassa release Black Rock... 2015 David Crosby clips and slightly injures a jogger while driving his Tesla in southern California...
     

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  • 1948 Eddie Money (Edward Mahoney) born…     1950 Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson born…     1970 Faces release First Step…     1973 Grateful Dead do first of two nights at the Utica Aud…    1974 Eagles releas On The Border... 1976 David Bowie and Iggy Pop busted at Americana Hotel in Rochester, NY…    1977 AC/DC releases Let There Be Rock... 1979 Boomtown Rats play Four Acres in Marcy…   1994 Bruce Springsteen wins Oscar for Streets of Philadelphia…  2006 Pete townshend releases Psychderelict DVD...   2010 Joe Bonamassa releases Black Rock... 2014 Brian Johnson joins Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden for a version of Highway To Hell...   
     

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  • Emerson Lake & Palmer’s Carl Palmer born…     1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono get married at British Consulate in Gibraltar…     1970 David Bowie marries Angela Barnett…    1991 Eric Clapton’s 4 year-old son killed in fall from New York City apartment window… 2015 Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero dies...

     

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  • 1971 Jethro Tull release Aqualung... 1976 Doobie Brothers release Takin' It To The Streets...  1976 Paul Kossoff dies in flight during LA to New York City flight…     1982 Guitarist Randy Rhodes dies when plane he is on clips the Ozzy Osbourne tour bus near Orlando, Florida…     1996 Beatle Anthology volume II released…   2001 Rock Hall Of Fame inducts Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Richie Valens, Solomon Burke…     2002 Jimmy Buffett releases Far Side of the World...  2009 Eric Clapton joins the Allman Brothers Band during the annual series of shows at the Beacon Theater…  2009 Cheap Trick announces Bun E. Carlos will no longer tour with band…

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