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April 29
  • Singing in bands was something John Mellencamp had done since his early teens, but becoming a successful painter was his ambition - until he was offered a recording contract while scouting for art opportunities in New York City.  During his appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday (426), John talked about that, his ongoing interest in painting - and confirmed that another musician convinced him that he should start selling his paintings.

     

     

     

    John also performed one of the new songs with Carlene Carter fromt their new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies and did a solo, acoutsic version of Jack and Diane.

     

     

     
     

     

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  • Dave Grohl and his mother, who has written a book about her and other mom's experiences as mothers to Rock stars, guested together on Wednesday's (4/26) Late Show With Steven Colbert. During the course of their conversation with the host, the subject of Kurt Cobain's death came up.  Virginia said, 'It was such a dark, sad time, and Dave came home after that, so we all sort of had to regroup.  We talked a lot - we've always been able to say anything to each other - but that was a particularly incredible time.  It's hard to express.'  Here is some of the rest of the visit.

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  • Before Steve Perry fronted Journey, Greg Rolie handled lead vocals.  Although he did not perform with the group when it got inducted into the Rock hall Of Fame, Rolie, who is also in the Hall as a member of Santana, says he and Neal Schon remain on good terms and suggested the opportunity for him to work with the band could develop.  Speaking with Radio.com, Rolie expressed disappointment that it did not happen during the Hall induction performance. 'I'm not in the band. Neal wanted me to do that, and I wanted to to do it, and I think it would have been tremendous for the fans, but there was a couple of guys that voted no.'  His closing comment on the prospects of working together with Schon was, 'I love playing with him. I always have. I've known him since I was 15. I got him into Santana, for God sakes.  So hea and I have crossed paths many times, and we're older and kinder to each other, so we'll see what happens.'

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  • Johnathan Demme, the acclaimed film director that passed away recently at 73 as a result of a heart ailment and esophageal cancer, was deeply appreciated by a number of musicians.  Demme was the filmmaker being Stop Making Sense, the 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary many considered to be the best of that genre ever produced.  The band's David Byrne praised Demme on his web site in a post that made note of his approaching that film "...almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you'd get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities."  He also called the director "...incredibly generous during the editing mixing" by including the band in the process, an approach Byrne said was "greatly inspirational" to him in his own future career in music and film.

    Byrne also admired Demme for electing to use lesser known artists and songs in his non-music work, writing that many of his films were, "...jam packed with songs by the often obscure artists he loved.  He'd find ways to slip in a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected."
    Justin Timberlake, who Demme made a 2016 concert film with, wrote of Demme, "You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe.  You made me better at my craft. And, time spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me.

    Bruce Springsteen wrote on his Facebook page, "Over here on E Street, we're deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Demme.  He was an inspiration for me, a beautiful filmmaker and a great spirit.  Always smiling, always involved with the world and always pushing you to go for your best.  He will be deeply missed."

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  • Anyone that read Gregg Allman's autobiography or is aware of his past knows that it is remarkable he is still with us.  A recent decision to cancel his 2017 tour dates on doctor's orders and his absence on the night the night other former Allman Brothers band members paid tribute to drummer Butch Trucks raised concerns about the severity of his health issues. So rumors that surfaced Monday indicating Gregg was entering Hospice care met with little skepticism and spread quickly.  A management representative issued a categorical denial and a Facebook message purporting to be from Allman himself cropped up at about the same time reading, "Hey everyone, I just wanted y'all to know that I'm currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor's orders. I want to thank you for the love you are sending.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin'."

     

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  • Trey Anastasio paused in his band's set at the Wanee Festival in Florida to share his heart-felt account of the first time he played with Butch Trucks and Allman Brothers Band on that stage.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Styx returns with a concept album on June 16 with the release The Mission, a project based on a 2033 manned mission to Mars.  The group kept a tight lid on its return to the studio. Work has been ongoing for the better part of two years. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tommy Shaw says the band set out to be true to the mid-late 70's Styx approach;'Our favorite Styx sound is that era around The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight'.  He also credits Alan Parsons and his work with Pink Floyd for inspiring him as a song writer.  Shaw says the secrecy was out of caution in case the risks of doing a concept album proved too daunting, explaining, 'Whenever you're writing any kind of music or creating something new, it's very easy for it to be destroyed with just a funny look from somebody. Where you go. "Well, who's stupid idea was this" and it dies.' (Think Mr. Roboto).  Shaw says that a tour performing the album is a possibility if the release is well received by fans.

     

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  • The years long battle by U2 guitarist The Edge to buld five luxury homes on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean gained ground Friday (4/21) when a California judge ruled against a petition submitted by the Sierra Club seeking to block the development.  The ruling by the LA Superior Court judge upholds a previous decision by the California Costal Commission to approve the project in December, 2015.  The Sierra Club challenge contended the Commission had neglected to abide by its own standards when evaluating the potential air quality and greenhouse gas implications of the proposed development.
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           Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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  • Roger Waters has dished some additional details about Is This The Life We Really Want, his forst solo album since 1992.

    The 12 song disc from the former Pink Floyd mainstay gets released June 2 and finds him backed by Nigel Godrich (keyboards & guitars), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitars, keyboards) Jonathan (guitar, keyboards) Joey Waroker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), Lucius, Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor (vocals).
    Waters kicks off a US tour on May 26 in Kansas City.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Track List

    When We Were Young

    Deja Vu

    The Last Refugee

    Picture That

    Broken Bones

    Is This What We Really Want?

    Bird In A Gale

    the Most Beautiful Girl

    Smell The Roses

    Wait For Her

    Oceans Apart

    Part Of Me Died

     

     

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  • Spring 2017 Record Store Day will offer vinyl enthusiasts lots to choose from. Some highlights for Classic 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 Rundgren: 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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  • The Sierra Club and The Edge's legal representatives had at it Tuesday (4/18) in a California appellate court hearing on the Club's challenge to block a proposed Malibu development the U2 guitarist has spent seven years trying to break ground on (story).

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  • The often planned but always scuttled reunion of the Faces gets another chance to happen during Rod Stewart's set at the 2017 Isle of Wight festival.  Festival coordinator John Giddings is dropping hints that Stewart plans to bring former Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Kenny Jones to the stage for his set at the annual UK fest.  Unfortunately, the reunion comes too late for Ronnie Lane who died in 1997 and keyboard player Ian McLagan who passed in 2014.  Mac was the Faces member that put the most effort into getting the band back together for a gig or tour.  The Stewart set is scheduled for Sunday, June 11.
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Noteworthy Then
  • 1976 Bruce Springsteen evicted from Graceland grounds after scaling fence to meet Elvis…     1977 Alice Cooper releases Lace And Whiskey...   1993 Mott The Hopple’s Mick Ronson dies of cancer…     1997 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Twenty… 
     

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  • 1955 Jethro Tull’s Eddie Jobson born…     1968 Hair has Broadway debut…     1978 Cheap Trick records Live At Budokan…     1980 Grateful Dead release Go To Heaven…  1980 Alice Cooper releases Flush The Fashion...   Marshall Tucker Band’s Tommy Caldwell killed in a car crash in South Carolina…     1989 Jon Bon Jovi marries Deb Hurley in Las Vegas…     1998 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Lyve From Steel Town…     2003 Apple launches iTunes… 
     

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  • 1947 Badfinger’s Pete Hamm born…     1951 Ace Frehley of KISS born…     1964 John Lennon publishes In His Own Wright…     1971 The Beach Boys join the Grateful Dead on stage at Fillmore for Johnny B Goode jam…     1972 Blue Oyster Cult’s road manager shot in the head by a gambling ‘associate’…     1981 Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach…   1990 Axl Rose marries the woman that inspired Sweet Child Of Mine. Marriage lasts a month…

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  • 1943 Gary Wright born…     1960 Roger Taylor of Duran Duran born…     1973 Elton John launches Rocket Records, his own label…     1977 Studio 54 opens in New York City…     1982 Rod Stewart is mugged in New York City…    2007 Lou Reed honored by Syracuse University at an event in New York City announcing a scholarship in his name…  2016 Stevie Nicks does Rhainnon with School Of Rock musical's band during AIDS benefit event in New York City...

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  • 1923 Albert King born…     1945 Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Stu Cook born…     1974 Allman Brothers Band stages surprise gig when all band members come out for encore during Gregg Allman solo show in Cincinnati…  , Jim Morrison’s wife Pamela dies of a drug overdose…     1981 Denny Laine leaves Wings…   1993 John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bryan Adams play Farm Aid 6 in Ames, Iowa…     1997 U2 opens Pop tour   2000 Neil Young releases Silver & Gold…     2004 Billy Joel crashes car into a house on Long Island…   2006 Bruce Springsteen releases The Seeger Sessions…  2015  Heart's Ann Wilson marries Dean Wetter in Topanga Canyon ceremony

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  • 1945 Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Doug Clifford born…     1947 Jethro Tull’s Glenn Cornick born…     1968 Apple Records rejects David Bowie…     1970 Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane gets turned away at the White House Gate after being invited to a tea hosted by Tricia Nixon…     1975 Badfinger’s Pete Hamm hangs himself…    1977 Talking Heads open first tour of Europe…     9886 Bruce Hornsby releases The Way It is…    1992 David Bowie marries model Inman…     1996  Scott Weiland enters rehab, Stone Temple Pilots tour postponed…     2010 John Fogerty plays Tropicana Field after Tampa Bay Rays game against Toronto…  , Bruce Springsteen joins Young Rascals on Good Lovin’ at a reunion concert in New York City…

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  • 1936 Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison born…     1960 Def Leppard’s Steve Clark born…     1976 Ramones release debut album…     1976 Jethro Tull releases Too Old To Rock & Roll, Too Young To Die...   2008 Sotheby’s auctions Eric Clapton’s Rolex watch for $505,000…     2009 The Dead appear on the David Letterman Show…     2011 John & Julie Fogerty spend 20th anniversary rollin’ on a Mississippi river boat…

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