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11-22

The Beatles released one of the most ambitious albums in Rock history.  What came to be known as the White Album came together as the band was coming apart and included a range of styles of music never before heard on an album featuring just one group.

 

Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on November 22 include...

 

1941 Jesse Colin Young born.

1949 E Street Band’s Steve Van Zandt born.

1950 Talking Head’s Tina Weymouth born.

1965 Bob Dylan marries Sarah Lowndes on Long Island.

1968 Kinks release Village Green Preservation Society.

1981 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards join Muddy Waters on stage at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago.

1990 Lawyer for Bill Wyman announces the end of the Rolling Stones member to Mandy Smith.

1991 Alice Cooper shows up at the home a Riverside, CA couple that painted his face on their house to sign autographs to help them avert foreclosure.

1991 Smithereens join the Kinks on Lola at the Boston Garden.

1997 Michael Hutchence of Inxs hangs himself in Sydney hotel room.

2009 Bruce Springsteen closes 2 year Working On A Dream tour in Buffalo, the E Street band’s last concert with Clarence Clemons.

2016 Bruce Springsteen awarded Medal of Freedom by President Obama in White House ceremony...




Springsteen Rocks again

With a 2020 E Street Band reunion all but certain, Bruce Springsteen set aside his dabbling in country songs and got back in the Rock N' Roll saddle on Saturday night in Asbury Park. The occasion was a benefit concert for his son's alma mater, Boston College. Backed by Bobby Bandiera's band and E Street drummer Max Weinberg, The Boss delivered a 22 song set that included staples from his on catalog and a smattering of covers and capped off the 2 hour set with an acoustic version of Thunder Road.


John Fogerty steps up for Veterans

 

The debacle the scuttled Woodstock 50th Anniversary concert turned into at least had one positive; John Fogerty has donated the advance he received from the backers of the concert to an organization providing housingf for homeless veterans.  The donation goes to Veterans Village, a Las Vegas outfit converting large scale containers into comfortable shelter for vets.  Fogerty, an Army veteran himself, has called Vegas a home away from home during his residency concert stints in Vegas.


Black Crowes 2020 reunion firms up

A band we had great expectations for has confirmed a reunion tour. The Black Crowes will be performing Shake Your Money Maker in it's entirety during a 2020 summer tour. North American dates for the trek are about to get released.


Black Crowes 2020 reunion firms up

A band we had great expectations for has confirmed a reunion tour. The Black Crowes will be performing Shake Your Money Maker in it's entirety during a 2020 summer tour. North American dates for the trek are about to get released.

The rebirth of Capricorn Studios

The building the offices and studios of Capricorn occupied in Macon, Georgia  was at imminent risk of being torn down to make room for more townhouse apartments. A concerted effort by Mercer has not only prevented this landmark building from being demolished, it has given it a rebirth as a place music from the past and the future will be appreciated and celebrated.


Garcia Alligator guitar heads to auction

A 1955 guitar Graham Nash got at a Phoenix pawn shop and gave to Jerry Garcia will be offered at a December 10 Bonhams Auction. Also on the block that day will be the Martin acoustic Jerry played during the 1970 Festival Express tour across Canada by rail.


Ronnie Wood doc comes to screens

Ronnie Wood has long been one of the most stand-up guys in Rock - a guy that's been willing to admit to his shortcomings in ways few of his peers is. We hear the forthcoming doc Somebody Up There Likes Me is consistent that. Here's a preview...

 


Grateful Dead branded beer introduced

Delaware craft brewer Dogfish Head rolls out another Grateful Dead branded beer; American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA.

 


Little Feat's Paul Barrere passes

 

RIP Paul Barrere. The Little Feat guitarist recently announced he would be unable to tour with his group of 50 years. The health complications he was confronting took his life this morning. The band posted this on its web site. "it is with great sorrow that Little Feat must announce the passing of our brother guitarist, Paul Barrere, this morning at UCLA Hospital. We ask for your kindest thoughts and best wishes to go out especially to his widow Pam and children Gabriel, Genevieve, and Gillian, and to all the fans who were his extended family. Paul auditioned for Little Feat as a bassist when it was first being put together—in his words, “as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist”—and three years later joined the band in his proper role on guitar. Forty-seven years later, he was forced to miss the current tour, which will end tomorrow, due to side effects from his ongoing treatment for liver disease. He promised to follow his doctor’s orders, get back in shape, and rock on the beach at the band’s annual gathering in Jamaica in January 2020. “Until then,” he wrote, “keep your sailin’ shoes close by…if I have my way, you’re going to need them!” As the song he sang so many times put it, he was always “Willin’,” but it was not meant to be. Paul, sail on to the next place in your journey with our abiding love for a life always dedicated to the muse and the music. We are grateful for the time we have shared.


Doors only version of Soft Parade track on reissue

 

 

Doors only version of Wishful, Sinful on 50th anniversary reissue of The Soft Parade album. Additional instruments/arrangements get stripped away from the original album version coming out November 1.?


Cream BBC sessions due on vinyl

 

A 22 song/4 interview collection culled from 8 BBC sessions Cream did between 1966 and '69 come out on vinyl in a limited edition release on November 22.


John Mayall ailing

 

Wishing John Mayall the best. The 85 year old Legend has been forced to suspend his current tour after coming down with pneumonia. Join us in wishing him a rapid recovery.


Rock Hall of Fame 2020 nominees

The typical mix of very, somewhat and not at all deserving.

 


Black Crowes to fly again

Sibling rivalries have damaged or derailed plenty of bands over the years, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Kinks and Oasis. Another that fell victim to that may be preparing to reunite, at least for one tour. The Robinson brothers have apparently agreed to get along long enough to get the Black Crowes together for a 2020 your. As a band that had soooo much potential, that's music to our ears and we hope it leads to them making more music together in the studio.

 


2020 Glastonbury tickets sell out

The UK's Glastonbury Festival lays claim to the distinction of selling out months before the lineup even gets announced. 2020 will be no exception. Almost 2.5 million music lovers registered for the opportunity to purchase tickets to next summer's Glasto. They sold out in 34 minutes!


Ginger Baker has died

 

R.I.P. Ginger Baker, the flamboyant and often combative drummer for Cream, Blind Faith and Hawkwind, has passed away at 80. His family posted that he was hospitalized and in dire condition several days ago. Edward Peter Baker got the nickname Ginger for his firey red hair, but it also applied to his personality. His relationship with Cream bassist/singer Jack Bruce became one of the most contentious in Rock, with Bruce frequently complaining about the volume and ferocity of Baker's drumming. Such powerful drumming from such a frail looking man surprised fans, as did his longevity.


Ginger Baker has died

 

R.I.P. Ginger Baker, the flamboyant and often combative drummer for Cream, Blind Faith and Hawkwind, has passed away at 80. His family posted that he was hospitalized and in dire condition several days ago. Edward Peter Baker got the nickname Ginger for his firey red hair, but it also applied to his personality. His relationship with Cream bassist/singer Jack Bruce became one of the most contentious in Rock, with Bruce frequently complaining about the volume and ferocity of Baker's drumming. Such powerful drumming from such a frail looking man surprised fans, as did his longevity.


Debbie Harry details David Bowie flashing incident in new book

Debbie Harry's new book includes a number of accounts of the wild years Blondie and other punk bands were shaking things up. Among the stories is her description of a night she alleges David Bowie showed his and Iggy Pop's appreciation of her providing the two some blow by whipping out his member, an act she recalls as being something Bowie, who was said to be well endowed and proud of the fact, was known to have done on other occasions.  Debbie took it in stride, admitting she was impressed - but not enough to do anything beyond admiring it and finding the incident amusing.




Metallica's Hetfield back to rehab

Metallica has put its tour on hold while James Hetfield grapples with substance issues. With Hetfield turning his attention to rehab, the group expressed its support of him and appreciation for understanding to fans in Australia and New Zealand holding tickets for dates that will need to be rescheduled.
“We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”

 

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Jeff Lynne goes it alone as ELO

Jeff Lynne is once again a one man band, playing guitar, bass, keyboards and drums in addition to vocals on the next album out as "Jeff Lynne's ELO From Out of Nowhere", due out November 1.



Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead songwriting collaborator, dies at 78

Robert Hunter, the lyricist/songwriter that helped craft several songs in the Grateful Dead catalog of material, has died at 78. Born Robert Burns in 1941, Hunter befriended Jerry Garcia and was in bluegrass groups with the future Grateful Dead lead guitarist. Hunter's contribution to the group's albums were judged to be so significant that he got inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame as a member of the Dead in 1994, becoming the only non-performing inductee of a band to date to enter the Hall.
Songs Hunter co-wrote for the Dead include:
Truckin'
Playing in the Band
Casey Jones
Touch of Grey
Uncle John's Band
Ripple
Box of Rain
Friend of the Devil
China Cat Sunflower
Jack Straw
Dark Star
Franklin's Tower


Robbie Robertson's Weight of the World

Robbie Robertson's global collaboration on The Weight is cool, although we would like it more if he'd included clips of his former Band mates in it.

 

 



Ric Ocasek, Cars front man, dies at 75

 

 

It was inevitable that Classic Rock musician passings would become increasingly frequent, but we made it through the first several months of 2019 with only a few high profile musician loses.  Within a couple of days we have now lost two highly regarded players. Eddie Money died on Friday (9/13), and we learned today that Ric Ocasek of the Cars died today in New York City.  Ocasek was pronounced dead in his lower Manhattan apartment shortly after 4pm.  The 2018 Rock Hall Of Fame inductee and front man for the Cars was 75.

R.I.P. Ric.