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... 1991 Joe Walsh releases Ordinary, Average Guy... 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… 2015 ELO & Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne gets star on Hollywood Boulevard...
Monday, April 22nd, 2019 8:23am by ROCKinsights
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.
Monday, April 15th, 2019 8:01am by ROCKinsights
The fabled building in Macon, Georgia where many Southern Rock's most iconic songs and albums were recorded has been saved from the wrecking ball and will reopen as both a museum and working studio by the end of 2019.
The studios the late Phil Walden, his brother Alan and Frank Fenter teamed-up to operate became a second home in Macon for the Allman Brothers Band and attracted many of the other southern bands and artists of the 70's, including the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop, Grinderswitch, Cowboy, the Outlaws, Delbert McClinton, the Dixie Dregs, Stillwater and Sea Level.
$2 million in foundation funding with additional assistance assistance from Mercer University will transform the building listed as a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation 'Places in Peril' structure into a museum of instruments, equipment and memorabilia related to the albums and musicians that made musical history in it and a music incubator offering more than a dozen rehearsal spaces available on a round the clock basis.
The re-opening of the Capricorn building is scheduled, for December 3 and will feature tours and live music.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 6:22am by ROCKinsights
Neil Young's more frequently off than on backing band Crazy Horse is apparently back 'on' and planning the release of its first album in 7 years. Guitarist Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band is also said to be back on board. No title or release date info is available yet.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 9:41am by ROCKinsights
The ordinarily hushed confines of a major art gallery isn't the place you'd expect to find a display of many of the loudest instruments in the history of music, but that's exactly what Classic Rock fans will be streaming into the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York to see in the coming weeks. Play It Loud!, an exhibt that includes 130+ instruments, many of the iconic, opened yesterday.
Visitors will be treated to axes, drums and other instruments owned by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry,Bob Dylan, James Hetfield, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and dozens more.
Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll runs through October 1 at the Met.
Monday, April 8th, 2019 2:05pm by ROCKinsights
Just days after being booked to pinch hit for the Rolling Stones at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival while Mick Jagger recovers from a heart valve procedure, Fleetwood Mac has pulled out of the headlining slot on May 2 to give Stevie Nicks time to recover from a severe case of the flu.
Monday, April 8th, 2019 7:11am by ROCKinsights
Mick Jagger is well on his way to recovering after having a heart valve issue tended to at Presbyterian Hospital in New York last week.
Ozzy Osbourne is not doing nearly as well. The 70 year-old Black Sabbath veteran got off to a rough start this year, landing in an ICU due to a severe respiratory illness. A recent fall in his home has presented another setback that will sideline Osbourne for an undetermined amount of time, forcing postponement of his No More Tours 2, which had been scheduled to start in late May. Word is the tour's start is getting pushed all the way to February, 2020.
Friday, April 5th, 2019 6:12am by ROCKinsights
Legendary Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger underwent successful, minimally invasive heart surgery to address a leaky heart valve at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The procedure did not require the kind of full-scale operation that would have sidelined Jagger a good deal longer. The band will still miss the Jazz & Heritage Festival gig scheduled for May 2 (Fleetwood Mac is stepping into that headline slot), and at least the early dates on their North American will need to be rescheduled, but overall, we're happy to pass along that things are looking a lot better than they did for Mick and the band just a few days ago.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 4:51am by ROCKinsights
The MGM Grand has landed the Eagles only 2019 North American tour dates. The two Vegas concerts will feature the group performing it's 1976 album Hotel California in its entirety, plus a greatest hits set. Tickets go on sale April 12 for the September 27 & 28 concerts.
The ailment that forced the Rolling Stones to cancel their scheduled May 2 concert at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and postpone other 2019 tour dates was revealed Monday (4/1). Mick Jagger will undergo heart surgery to repair a faulty valve. Jagger, famous for keeping himself fit, is expected to rebound from the procedure in time for the band to hit the road later in the year.
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 6:21am by ROCKinsights
Rapid recovery wishes going out to Mick Jagger. After the 75 year old front man tweeting that the Stones needed to cancel their appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the band has also postponed the rest of its tour so Jagger can be treated for an undisclosed ailment. Mick hinetd the cancellation of the May 2 date in New Orleans was due to a medical issue when he wrote,
I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”
Friday, March 29th, 2019 11:33pm by ROCKinsights
Stevie Nicks joined the ranks of artists inducted twice by the Rock Hall Of Fame last night. Enshrined as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Nicks was honored for her solo work Friday night (3/29) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn during a ceremony that included her performing Stand Back, Leather and Lace, Stop Dragging My Heart Around and Edge of Seventeen.
Don Henley was there to join her on Leather and Lace and Tom Petty almost certainly would have been to accompany her on Stop Dragging My Heart Around and to induct her if he was still around. Former One Direction star Harry Styles stood in for Tom in both roles, calling Stevie '...the mystical gypsy godmother'. Nicks praised Styles during her backstage presser for deciding to do a Rock album after stepping away from his pop boy band, which she mistakenly identified as NSYNCH before correcting herself and adding 'I'm never gonna live that one down'.
The rest of the class this year was predominantly British, with The Zombies, Roxy Music, Def Leppard and Radiohead.
Def Leppard brought the night to a hi decibel close with Pour Some Sugar On Me and Photograph.
Classic Rock fans disappointed by the lineup Michael Lang has put together for the The Woodstock 50 concert are apt to find the guitar greats Eric Clapton has lined-up for his Crossroads Festival much more impressive. When Eric calls, who's not going to jump?!
The September 20 & 21 roster of six string masters appearing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas includes Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr,, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth and more.
Proceeds from the concerts will support the Crossroads Centre, the substance recovery facility that EC established a number of years ago.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 6:56am by ROCKinsights
One of the great live albums of all time was recorded on this and the following night at the Fillmore East in New York City in 1970. Mad Dogs & Englishmen featured Joe Cocker and Leon Russell backed by a great band that included a horn section and backing vocals from a choir that included Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, and Pamela Pollard.
Chris Stainton joined Russell on piano and organ, Carl Radle played bass, sax players Jim Horn and Bobby Keys were joined by Jim Price on trumpet, Don Preston played guitar and Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell and Bobby Torres provided drums and percussion.
The album got released in August. Expanded editions have been released since, and the complete sets from both nights are now available. There is also a great film documenting the tour that includes lots of behind-the-scenes footage of what proved to be one of the wildest tours ever staged.
Rockers of note born on 3/27 include Tony Banks of Genesis (1950) and INXS keyboards player Andrew Farriss (1959).
The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop near Philadelphia on 3/27/1973.
Scorpions released Love At First Sting on this day in 1984.
U2 shot the video for Where The Streets Have No Name during a rooftop live set in LA on 3/27/87.
And Sammy Hagar made his live debut fronting Van Halen on this night in 1987 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 5:43am by ROCKinsights
Ric Ocasek, front man and rhythm guitarist for The Cars, was born today in Baltimore. After moving to Cleveland with his family at 16, Ocasek met bass player Ben Orr and the pair began promoting concerts together in the Columbus area in the early 70's. The two also played together in a few other bands before relocating to Boston and starting a harmony based folk rock group named Milkwood. A subsequent group called Cap'n Swing added guitarist Elliott Easton and caught some airplay on WBCN. After recruiting Modern Lovers drummer David Robinson to join them and re-adding Milkwood member Greg Hawkes on keys, the group shifted gears, becoming The Cars in 1976.
ZZ Top released a couple of albums on March 23. On this day in 1983 the blockbuster Eliminator got its release and on 3/23/90 Recycler came out.
The Red Rocker, Sammmy Hagar, earned his spot on the Bay Area Music Walk Of Fame during a ceremony on this day in 2018.
Keith Relf of the Yardbirds was born on this day in 1943.
Bob Dylan's Bringin' It All Back Home got released on 3/22/1965.
On The Border was released by the Eagles on this day in 1974. The group's third studio album introduced a shift into a more of a Rock mode with the addition of Don Felder to the group and the decision mid-way through the recording to replace Glyn Johns as producer with Bill Szymczyk, who had impressed them with his production on future Eagle Joe Walsh's 1973 album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Are.
Aerosmith played on Saturday Night Live 3/22/1997.
Thursday, March 21st, 2019 6:13am by ROCKinsights
Happy birthday to The Money Man, born on this day in 1949 in New York City. With his father, a grandfather and brother int eh NYPD, a young Edward Mahoney enrolled as a trainee in the department, but the lure of music proved stronger than the appeal of a career in law enforcement. Moving to the Bay Area of California, Eddie established a solid performing reputation playing San Francisco and East Bay clubs in the mid 70's and landed a recording contract with Columbia Records.His debut album, released in December of 1977, remains the biggest release of his career, which includes 10 additional lps.
David Bowie and Iggy Pop got popped in a drug bust in the Americana Hotel in Rochester, NY after a concert in the city on this night 0n 3/21/1976.
Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for Streets Of Philadelphia on this night in 1994.
AC/DC's Brian Johnson joined Billy Joel on Highway To Hell during one of the Piano Man's concerts at Madison Square Garden on 3/21/1994. For some reason, David's mug shot was not taken until days after the arrest.
Mike Campbell and Neil Finn rehearsed with Fleetwood Mac for the first time on this day in 2018 after having been invited to replace Lindsey Buckingham in the group.
One of the greats behind the kit was born on this day in 1950. Carl Palmer played drums with several groups before gaining wider recognition when he took over for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown when the band's beat keeper left the band in the middle of its 1969 tour. After a brief stint in Atomic Rooster, a band that also included Arthur Brown alum Vincent Crane on keyboards, Keith Emerson, then in the Nice, invited Palmer to audition for a new band he was putting together. Carl proved to be a good fit, and became the Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Carl joined up with Steve Howe of Yes and Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music and Uriah Heep and UK veteran John Wetton to form Asia after ELP called it quits in 1980.
John Lennon married Yoko Ono on 3/20/1969 at the British Consulate in Gibraltar, during a crazy week recounted in the song The Ballad of John and Yoko. On the same day the following year, David Bowie married Angela Barnett, a union that lasted 10 years. And Eric Clapton's 4 year-old son Conor died in a fall from a New York apartment after a window was left open during a cleaning on this day in 1991. The tragedy moved Eric to write Tears in Heaven with Will Jennings.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 8:33pm by ROCKinsights
Woodstock 50 at Watkins Glen lineup reminds us of a cable TV package... pay for 150 channels when there are only 15 you really want to watch.
Friday Aug. 16
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Run The Jewels
The Head and The Heart
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Saturday, Aug. 17
Dead & Company
Chance The Rapper
The Black Keys
Greta Van Fleet
Protugal. The Man
Gary Clark Jr.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
David Crosby & Friends
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Country Joe McDonald
Sunday, Aug. 18
Cage The Elephant
Young The Giant
Judah & The Lion
The Marcus King Band
Amigo The Devil
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 9:58am by ROCKinsights
A pair of solid albums from bands that it's a crime were not long ago inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame dropped on this date. Jethro Tull's 4th studio album introduced the Rock world to Aqualung on 3/19/71. Five years later, the Doobie Brothers came out with Takin' It To The Streets, their 6th.
We lost a couple outstanding guitarists on flights on March 19th. Free guitarist Paul Kossoff suffered a pulmonary embolism when a blot clot in his leg moved to a lung during a flight from LA to New York in 1976. On 3/19/1982, Randy Rhoads, guitar wizard with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne, lost his life near Leesburg, Florida when Rhoads and some others went to a nearby airstrip while work was being done on an Ozzy Osbourne tour bus that was carrying the band from a concert in Knoxville to a festival in Florida. A pilot took the keyboard player and manager on a short flight. Rhoads and the tour's make-up artist boarded the single engine Beechcraft next. They made a couple of close passes over the tour bus. The third pass cut it too close, the wing clipping the bus, sending the small plane into a spiraling and tumbling crash that ended with an explosive fire, killing the pilot, Rhoads and the make-up artist instantly.
Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Richie Valens and Solomon Burke were inducted into the RHOF on this night in 2001.
Monday, March 18th, 2019 6:47am by ROCKinsights
On this day in 1978 an estimated 350,000 fans attended California Jam II at Ontario Motor Speedway in California. Aerosmith, Santana, Foreigner and Heart led a lineup that also included Ted Nugent, Save Mason, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Bob Welch and Ribicon.
Rockers of note born on this day include Wilson Pickett (1941), Bobby Whitlock (1948), original Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman (1950), James McMurtry (1962) and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains (1966).
Members of the Rolling Stones got arrested for relieving themselves on the wall of a gas station in Essex, England after the owner refused to let them use the restroom on this night in 1965.
Asia released its debut album on 3/18/1982. Darryl Jones was introduced as Bill Wyman's replacement in the Stones today in 1994 and in 1997, Aerosmith released Nine Lives.
Sunday, March 17th, 2019 2:17pm by ROCKinsights
The Grateful Dead's debut album dropped on this day in 1967. Recorded in a matter of just a few days in hastily arranged sessions in Los Angeles, the album included a number of tracks the label insisted be shortened in hopes the release would get more airplay. Six of the nine songs on it clocked-in under 3 minutes. Despite that, the album failed to get much radio time beyond the band's Bay Area home turf. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann once remarked that Viola Lee Blues, a 10 minute long song, was the only tune on the record that came close to capturing what the band really sounded like.
Musicians of note born on March 17 include the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian (1944) and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins (1968).
Bad Company released Desolation Angels on this day in 1979 and Van Halen III, the only release with Gary Cherone out front, came out on 3/17/1998.
And Eddie Vedder joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Shine On You Crazy Diamond on this night in 2017 when the RHCP's played Key Arena in Seattle.