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5-27-1987 U2 Shakes and Rattles Italy

1945 Bruce Cockburn born.   

1958 Split Enz, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac's  Neil Finn born.

1962 The Free Wheelin' Bob Dylan released     1975 Paul McCartney releases Venus & Mars.

1987 U2 concert sets off earthquake alarms in Rome, Italy.     

1988 Van Halen, Metallica open Monsters Of Rock tour.     

1995 Rolling Stones start recording Stripped in Amsterdam.     

1997 Paul McCartney releases Flaming Pie. 2015 Rolling Stones play a private birthday party for an HP exec's wife at Solana Beach, California club.

 2015 U2 road manager Dennis Sheehan dies of a heart attack in his Hollywood hotel room

ZZ Top musical heading for Vegas


Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard are executive producers of a ZZ Top based musical being produced for a Las Vegas run by Caesars Entertainment that takes its name from a song on the Texas trio's 1983 blockbuster Eliminator release. Sharp Dressed Man revolves around an auto mechanic that becomes what the production's media release calls a "modern-day Robin Hood" that swipes car parts.  The show is expected to debut in 2020.



Graham Nash selling many of his guitars

Graham Nash is following David Gilmour's lead by auctioning a large number of his guitars. A Heritage Auctions memorabilia auction on July 20th will feature 19 guitars, among them ones once owned or played by his band mate Stephen Stills, Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash.

Highlights of the axes going up for bids are the 1961 Cherry Red Gibson SG Duane Allman played during hundreds of Allman Brothers Band concerts and the Martin D-45 guitar Stills played during the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young set at Woodstock.
(Photo of Duane's SG: Heritage Auctions)

David Byrne Broadway bound

David is Byrne Broadway bound. The Hudson Theatre will host a production the Talking Heads front man has had on the road for a year called David Byrne's American Utopia. The show is slated to run from October 4 - of this fall through January 20, 2020.

Prior to the New York City dates, Byrne will be doing the show at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston September 11-28.

Michael Lang lands replacement financing for Woodstock anniversary fest

Michael Lang has found an outfit willing to front the money he needs to stage his 50th anniversary Woodstock festival. Oppenheim & Company is apparently providing enough to cover the up front expenses. The firm announced, "We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup.”

The announcement comes just a couple of days after a New York judge ruled that the festival's previous backers could not cancel the event, but also said the firm was not obligated to return $18 million of its funding to Lang's organization.  The ruling is just one hurdle Lang needs to clear.  Permits are still pending and he has yet to confirm pricing and an on-sale date for tickets to the Watkins Glen based event.  Earlier reports indicated that tickets to the three day event could be $450 and that no individual day ticketing option would be offered.  Lang had reportedly planned to seek approval for up to 150,000 attendees, but the agencies involved in the review process are said to believe that a considerbly lower cap would be required for approval.

Allman Betts debuts new song

Allman Betts, the band formed by Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts sons Devon and Duane, has shared this song from their debut album with us.


Woodstock anniversary concert update

A New York City judge has ruled that Michael Lang's 50th anniversary Woodstock cannot be canceled by the financiers that elected to pull out, but his decision also frees the firm from having to put $18 million back into the event Lang sought in his filing. Amplifi Live issued a statement indicating that the company plans no further financial backing for the event, citing "...the compressed time frame and multiple health and safety concerns".

Permits are still pending for the event, which now appears likely to be capped at a much lower capacity than the 150,00 that Lang reportedly planned to seek approval for.

The loss of financing, the revenue hit reducing potential attendance by more than 50% would result in and the amount of work that needs to be done at the Watkins Glen site leave Lang with plenty of obstacles to overcome in a relatively short period of time.

David Crosby documentary on the way

David Crosby has made some remarkable music, but he's also been incredibly arrogant and difficult to get along with. A candid new documentary by Cameron Crowe delves into all of that.



Tom Petty's daughter and widow in legal skirmish


Tom Petty had such a laid back approach to things that it's a shame to learn his daughters and widow are participants in a legal fracas over control of his music and other enterprises. Petty Unlimited, an LLC created to manage Tom's business affairs that his daughters are aligned with, is apparently suing Tom's widow, Dana, for creating another LLC the daughters and Petty Unlimited contend is attempting to circumvent the late musician's wishes.



Young drummer fit for Queen

If Roger Taylor needs a night or two off the next time Queen tours, this kid could fill-in.



Neil Young releasing 1973 archive recording

Neil Young will release an 11 song archives album recorded in February of 1973 live set he did at the University of Alabama.

Steven Tyler joins Hollywood Vampires at The Greek

Steven Tyler joined his Aerosmith band mate Joe Perry's side group the Holywood Vampires during their Greek Theater concert Saturday night.



Peter Frampton joins Billy Joel at MSG

Billy Joel invited Peter Frampton to join him on stage during the Paiano Man's May 9th birthday concert at Madison Square Graden.





Tom Petty - For Real

Liking this song from Tom Petty's Best of Everything... kinda like Neil Youn'gs his Note's for You, but from the heart and less snarkey.



Early Zeppelin Rock doc on the way


A new Rock doc covering Led Zeppelin's early years is entering the final stages of production and will be seeking distribution during the Cannnes Film Festival in southern France a couple of weeks from now. Jimmy Page said the work of director Bernard MacMahon did on American Epic convinced him that MacMahon was the right guy to tell his group's story. No title has been settled on yet.



Rhino releasing comprehensive Woodstock box set

Rhino records has compiled a box set all of the material previously released and more than 20 hours of previously unreleased songs from the original Woodstock festival.


Bruce bangs out New E Street Band material

It seems Bruce Springsteen can do no wrong in ears and the minds of die-hard fans, but it will interesting to see what his broader audience thinks about Western Stars, the album The Boss releases next month that delves into country flavored tunes. Hello Sunshine, the advance track from the lp, makes it seem unlikely that there will be much if any wailing guitar or a sax solo to be found on it.

The good news for fans this album holds little of interest for is that Bruce has apparently gone on an E Street Band style of song writing jag.


In a Netflix event discussion with film director Martin Scorcese, Bruce said, 'I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band. And it came out of just… I mean, I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere, and it was good, you know. I had about two weeks of those little daily visitations, and it was so nice. It makes you so happy. You go, 'F#*%, I’m not f#*%ed, all right? There’ll be another tour!.



Meat Loaf breaks collar bone in fall

An appearance at a horror film enthusiasts gathering in Dallas over over the weekend turned into a bit of a nightmare for Meat Loaf.  The singer was roaming the stage while giving a talk and, on his way back toward the podium, appeared to catch a foot on something and then tumbled to the floor through the side stage curtains.  TMZ got the video.  Indications are that Meat Loaf suffered a broken collar bone in the fall.


Allman Betts Band firms up debut album release

June 28 slated as release date for Down to the River, the debut album from the Allman Betts Band. Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, the album features Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts offspring, Devon Allman and Duane Betts, and also includes Allman Brothers Band alum and now Rolling Stones regular Chuck Leavell on some tracks.

The Boss drops in on E Street Band guitarist's album release concert

Steve Van Zandt welcomed Bruce Springsteen to the stage for the closing numbers of the Disciples Of Soul's set at the group's album release concert at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills Saturday (5/4) for the group's  solo album, Sorcery Of Soul.



Rock and Roll Circus expanded edition unpack

If you haven't caught this film yet, there's even more reason to catch-up to the expanded edtition that's coming out in June.

Here's a quick preview.


Blinded By The Light trailer

Here's a look at Blinded By The Light, a movie about a kid's obsession with Bruce Springsteen songs



Financiers stick a fork in Woodstock 50

Unless Michael Lang can pull a multi-millionaire out of a hat, his Woodstock 50th anniversary concert is off. The investors fronting the money for the event have pulled out. The 3 day event that had been scheduled to coincide with the original festival's August dates had been on shaky ground from the start due to criticism over many acts included in or excluded from the lineup, as well as the decision to stage it nearly 150 miles away from the original site. Live Nation, the concert promoting giant, had given early indications it would stage a multi-day event on the original grounds but scaled it back to a few concerts at the Bethel Woods amphitheater adjacent to the 1969 site that it has a booking relationship with. One event that's still taking place - and as far as we're concerned had a better lineup than Lang's to begin with is Mountain Jam, the multi-day concert Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule curated at Hunter Mountain over the last decade +. It has relocated to the Bethel Woods site this June and Haynes is organizing Woodstock tribute sets on each of it's days.

Steve Miller and Peter Frampton team

Steve Miller and Peter Frampton will soon embark on a series of dates together. The two guitar legends shared this video preview



NFL owner adds to Beatle instruments collection

An 1870's upright piano John Lennon owned and used while writing songs that were on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's album was bought for $718,000 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend. An avid instrument collector, John Irsay already owns a number of Beatles instruments, including an early Ringo Starr drum kit.

Photo: Gotta Have Rock and Roll

Woodstock 5Oth ticketing delay


Already contending with complaints about its lineup and the fact the concert won't be at the original one's site, the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival organizers have now delayed the on-sale date, raising doubts in some quarters as to whether it will happen. Michael Lang insists it is still on.