Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 3:40pmbyROCKinsights
David Bowie: The Last Five Years is just that - a revealing film documenting the final five years of one of the more reclusive major figures in Rock. HBO will debut the movie January 8 at 8pm (Eastern). Here's a glimpse of what to expect.
Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 10:30ambyROCKinsights
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the roster of inductees that will be enshrined in the Cleveland music museum on Saturday, April 14. Heading the list, and long ovedue for the honor in the minds of legions of Classic Rock fans, is the Moody Blues. Bon Jovi rode into a first round eligible induction on the crest of more than 1 million fan votes. The Cars also get member status, but another Boston band many feel deserve it got passed over again - the J. Geils Band. Also getting recognition from the Hall is Nina Simone. The exclusion of several other nominees that many Rock fans consider inappropriate for a Rock museum makes the 2018 class one of the least contentious ones in ages for the Rock Hall. RockHall.com
Posted Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 11:45ambyROCKinsights
Wolfgang Van Halen sticks to playing bass with VH, but shows that's just one instrument he's mastered on his forthcoming solo album. His father is psyched about it, telling a gathering he adddressed at the Smithsonian, "This is not 'pop talking, this is real talk; it blew my mind". No title or release date has been announced yet for the project. Here he is demonstrating how well he can shred on one of his father's favorite guitars.
Neil Young's life long love of model trains turned into a windfall Saturday (12/9) for the special needs school Young and his former wife started. After discontinuing the annual benefit concert for the Bridge School the Youngs had staged for many years, Neil decided to put more than 200 pieces from his train collection, a couple of cars, a considerable number of instruments and other assorted pieces of musical equipment up for auction. The trains alone brough in $300,000. His 1953 Buick Roadmaster convertible with a "Customized for Neil Young" emblem embedded in its steering wheel sold for $400,000.
Sammy Hagar will be Rocking AXS TV for a third season. The Red Rocker's show has the Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and solo veteran wheeling his way in one of his exotic cars to meet-ups with Roger Daltrey, Dave Grohl, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bob Weir and Sarah McLachlan. Some shows include impromptu performances and guest time at the wheel of one of Sammy's rides. All include the kind of fun conversations Sammy has with other artists when they are hanging out together or backstage at concerts. Good stuff. Deadline.com
An early season snow storm in Asheville presented a challenge for fans and musicians, but the 29th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Saturday (12/9) provided enough musical warmth to make it another great night out in one of the nation's best small music cities. Haynes joined Jake Shimabukuro on a moving version of Melissa on a night that Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks were on the minds and in the hearts of everyone in US Cellular Center. Shimabukuro and Holly Bowling combined on Bird Song, The Other One and Hallelujah before Blackberry Smoke lit the place up. The Avett Brothers did a strong set and lingered on stage to do a couple of songs with Haynes, who was also joined by Ann Wilson for Southern Accents in tribute to Tom Petty. Trey Anastasio and Haynes got together for the Phish song Miss You and Gregg's Midnight Rider. The full-on tribute to Allman featured Haynes with Marc Quinones, Lamar Willimas Jr., Bruce Katz, Paul Riddle and Gov't Mule bass player Jorgen Carlson. The long evening rocked to a close with a Mule set with Wilson that included Zeppelin's Black Dog, Immigrant Song and No Quarter, along with Heart's Magic Man.
Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 10:51ambyROCKinsights
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler wrote Janie's Got A Gun as a description of the plight of women that are victims of abuse. He has now opened a shelter in Atlanta as a place women that have drawn the line on continuing in an abusive relationship or those that are victims of sexual attacks outside of a relationship can find safety and support. Janie's House will provide therapists in addition to shelter. Tyler describes it as a place where girls and women will get assistance in dealing with the trauma they have experienced, saying, 'It's a safe haven, and more than anything, it gives them a voice'. The facility has room for 30 residents.
Posted Friday, December 8th, 2017 6:55ambyROCKinsights
It did not take the production team behind the Freddie Mercury biopic long to pick a new director. Just two days after dismissing Brian Singer (story), Dexter Fletcher has been named as director for the film starring Rami Malek as Queen's charismatic front man. Fletcher's past credits include Eddie The Eagle and Sunshine On Leith.
Posted Thursday, December 7th, 2017 6:58ambyROCKinsights
Bono and The Edge staged an acoustic performance on a subway platform of Berlin's U-Bahn Wednesday (12/6) and then boarded the a train with 120 of the assembled fans for the trip to the Deutsche Opera stop, where U2 did a live set for radio station ticket winners.
Posted Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 12:47pmbyROCKinsights
A 13 song Jimi Hendrix album that includes 10 not previously released tracks is due early in 2018 from Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recodrings. The unreleased material was recorded during the two years prior to his 1970 death and includes a couple of tracks that also feature Stephen Stills. Eddie Kramer, the engineer of all of the recordings Hendrix did during his brief but prolific career, describes those two songs as '...like Crosby, Stills & Nash, except it's on acid'. Both Sides of the Sky gets its release on March 9.
Posted Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 5:21ambyROCKinsights
John Mayer underwent an emergency appendectomy Monday, causing The Dead & Company to postpone a scheduled New Orleans concert that evening. No decision had been announced as of late Monday night as to whether the group's Wednesday and Thursday tour closing concerts in Orlando and Sunrise, Florida would get rescheduled. The only other concerts currently on the group's slate is a series of four sold out nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico in mid February.
Posted Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 12:40pmbyROCKinsights
FOX studios reportedly attributed the decision to part ways with director Bryan Singer mid-project in the filming of a long awaited Freddie Mercury biopic to unprofessional conduct. With announcements using those or similar terms increasingly associated with salacious conduct, Singer wanted to explain the parting in more detail. He did so through the Hollywood Reporter by saying, "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project ant to help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first." He went on to say that there were "...pressing health matters concerning one of my parents" and the studio decided against delaying the project for him to take a leave to tend to that. There had also been suggestions that Singer and Rami Malek, the lead actor in the film, had been at odds during recent weeks of filming.
Posted Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 12:12pmbyROCKinsights
His stint as a member of the Ringo Starr All Star Band over, Todd Rundgren is focused on bringing a musical highlighting his own 50 years as a recording artist to Broadway. His ambition to do it predates similar ones from two artists already having a big impact on The Great White Way, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett. Springsteen has twice extended his residency on Broadway. Intended to run only from October into November, Bruce's run now extends all the way into June of next year. Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville is opening, appropriately, to high expectations. Speaking with The Hype Magazine, Rundgren pointed out that Groundbreaking musicals like The Book of Mormon and Hamilton have opened eyes and ears of a whole new audience on Broadway. While Todd's production will draw mostly on well known material from his considerable catalog, he also anticipates adding some new compositions that help develop the story line.
1949 AC/DC’s Cliff Williams born… 1974 Queen releases Sheer Heart Attack , Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones… 1984 George Harrison plays with Deep Purple in Sydney, Australia… 1992 Former J Geils Band front man Peter Wolf sings Midnight Hour with Bruce during E Street Band concert at Boston Garden… 1999 Paul McCartney does webcast from the Cavern Club… 2005 Jimmy Page knighted by Queen at Buckingham Palace for his efforts to help poor children in Brazil… 2006 Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun dies six weeks after sustaining a head injury in a backstage fall during a Rolling Stones concert at the Beacon Theater…
1948 Doobie Bros. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter born. Ted Nugent born 1949 Television's Tom Verlaine born (Thomas Miller) 1966 Jimi Hendrix TV debut on UK show Ready, Steady, Go! 1969 Bob Dylan on cover of Rolling Stone Magazine 1985 Phil Collins guest stars on Miami Vice 2002 Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin' Spoonful dies of a heart attack2005 Cream Royal Albert Hall double CD released 1010 Paul McCartney plays the Apollo Theater in Harlem
1901 First radio signal transmitted by Marconi… 1941 Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues born… 1943 Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band born… 1946 Jethro Tull’s Clive Bunker born… 1953 Dan Baird of the Georgia Satellites born… 1957 Cy Curnin of the Fixx born… 1964 Ray Davies of the Kinks marries 17 year-old Rasa Didztpetris… 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono release Live Peace In Toronto… 1974 Rolling Stones start recording Black & Blue… 1985 David Crosby surrenders to authorities after more than two weeks after a warrant is issued… 1985 Rolling Stones veteran Ian Stewart dies in waiting room while waiting for his doctor appointment… 2008 John Paul Jones of Zeppelin and Them Crooked Vultures plays with the Allman Brothers band at Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC… 2015 Steve Vai's custom Ibanez Guitar stolen during a benefit concert for another guitarist in LA... 2015 Crowd nearly riots over sound problems during AC/DC concert in Wellington, NZ
1944 Booker T Jones born… 1958 Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx born… 1964 Sam Cooke shot and killed during a dispute with a woman at a LA motel… 1968 Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus filmed… 1970 John Lennon releases Plastic Ono Band… 1972 First US Genesis concert takes place at Brandeis University near Boston… 1976 Bob Seger releases Night Moves… 1987 Bono arrested for spray painting graffiti on a fountain during a free U2 concert in San Francisco 1999 Rick Danko of the Band dies… 2005 Movin’ Out, musical featuring music of Billy Joel, ends 3 year Broadway run. Joel does two songs at the close… 2008 Auction of shotguns from Eric Clapton collection brings close to half a million dollars 2010 Charlie Gilmour, adopted son of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, scales British war memorial during protests over student tuition hikes. Later arrested despite apology…. 2010 Paul McCartney does 4 songs and appears in skits on Saturday Night Live… 2010 Bob Weir and Mickey Hart join Sammy Hagar during Red Rocker’s holiday benefit concert in Mill Valley, California…
The Move’s Ace Kefford born… 1967 Otis Redding dies in plane crash in Wisconsin… 1971 Frank Zappa suffers a broken leg when the jealous boyfriend of a fan pushes him off the stage… 1973 CBGBs opens in New York City… 1976 Paul McCartney releases Wings Over America… 1994 Town of Saugerties, New York sues the organizers of the Woodstock II festival over money lost because of lax gate crasher policy… 1995 Bruce Springsteen performs a fund raising concert to benefit metropolitan area food banks at the Beacon Theater in New York… 2015 Janis Joplin's psychedelically painted 1964 Porsche sells for $1.76 million... 2015 Collector buys the last guitar Pete Townshend smashed on stage (1989) for $84,000...
1934 Junior Wells born Amos Wells, Memphis… 1967 Doors Jim Morrison maced while showering w/ female fan backstage, later arrested for taunting police from the stage during the concert, New Haven… 1974 George Harrison releases Dark Horse… 1992 Bill Wyman announces he's leaving the Rolling Stones… 1997 Elton John delivers $32 million check from sales of Candle In The Wind remake in tribute to Princess Diana and sung by him at her funeral to Princess Di Fund… 2006 U2 close Vertigo tour with Hawaii performance. Band joined onstage by opener Pearl Jam and surprise guest Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day… 2010 Florida Governor Charlie Crist secures a pardon for Jim Morrison on wrongful conviction the singer had exposed himself during a March, 1969 Doors concert in Miami… 2017 Auction of Neil Young's model trains, musical equipment and vintage cars raises big money for Bridge School
1943 Doors Jim Morrison born… 1947 Gregg Allman born… 1957 Def Leppard's Phil Collen born… 1967 Traffic releases Mr. Fantasy… 1968 Graham Nash quits Hollies, joins Crosby, Stills & Nash… 1969 Jimi Hendrix acquitted of heroin/hash hish charges, Toronto… 1970 Doors Jim Morrison records An American Prayer… 1975 Bob Dylan plays benefit for Rubin Hurricane Carter at Madison Square Garden, NYC… 1980 John Lennon murdered outside Dakota Apartment by Mark David Chapman… 1984 Motley Crue's Vince Neil crashes Pantera, killing Hanoi Rocks drummer Nick Razzle Dingley… 1995 Grateful Dead officially announce end of the band 4 months after Jerry Garcia’s death… 2006 Roger Daltrey sits out the last several songs of The Who's St. Paul concert suffering from laryngitis… 2011 Lynyrd Skynyrd plays grand opening of band’s BBQ in the Excalibur in Las Vegas… 2013 Billy Joel, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock receive Kennedy Center Honors... 2016 Greg Lake of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer dies of cancer...