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7-14-1978 More Songs About Buildings And Food released

Talking Heads second album dropped on this date in 1978. David Byrne brought Brian Eno in to produce it. The biggest song on it was the group's unlikely choice of Take Me To The River, a song written four years earlier by soul singer Al Green and his guitarist that Green never released as a single.

 


Smashing Pumpkins cover Stairway To Heaven

Smashing Pumpkins have been known to throw a curve ball from time to time, but one they played during the 30+ song set opening their reunion tour in Glendale, Arizona Thursday night must have really surprised their audience.

 

 


John Lennon postage stamp out in September

 

The USPS will issue a John Lennon stamp in September.  The 'forever' stamp includes John's signature on a photo shot for his 1974 Walls and Bridges album.  The stamp pane is designed to resemble a 45rpm singles sleeve and has a photo of John taken in 1971 at his white piano for the Imagine album.  The official release of the stamp will be at a ceremony at the Namburg Bandshell in New York City's Central Park at 11am on September 7th.

 

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7-12-1943 Christine McVie born

Christine Anne Perfect was born July 12, 1943 in Lancashire. Her father was a professional violinist, her mother a spiritualist said to have psychic and faith healing skills. The future Fleetwood Mac keyboard player and vocalist was classically trained on piano, but jumped to Rock in her mid teens. During her college years she did some singing with Spencer Davis before joining the group Chicken Shack. She met and married FM's bass player John McVie in 1968, released a solo album in 1970 and was invited to join Fleetwood Mac.

 

 

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7-11-1959 Richie Sambora born

He took up the accordion when he was 6 but switched to guitar at 12 and has been shredding ever since. Happy birthday to the RHOF guitarist born on this date in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

 


Petty archive set announced for September

Tom Petty's wife and daughter as well as Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers have curated a collection of previously unreleased material for a box set that drops on September 28.  An American Treasure will include alternate studio takes and live versions of several tracks released on albums, but also some originals and covers that have not been put out on past albums.  The release is slated to come out on 4 CDs.

 

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Phil Collen's wife nearly died during son's birth

Phil Collen's late May absence from Def Leppard's tour with Journey now has an explanation.  The guitarist's wife encountered life threatening complications during delivery of the couple's baby son.    Internal bleeding led to his wife needing to be resuscitated. Speaking with Rock Talk's Mitch Lafon, Collen said,She actually died and they brought her back to life.'


7-10-1942 Ronnie James Dio born

From Elf to Heaven & Hell by way of stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Dio, the bad-ass great vocalist born on this day in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in Cortland, New York earned recognition for having some of the best pipes in Rock.

 



7-9-2018 Bon Scott born

Crank it up to 11 today to salute one of the legendary frontmen in Rock, AC/DC's Bon Scott, born Ronald Belford Scott on this date in Forfar, Scotland.

 


7-8-1972 Pocono Raceway Festival opens

July 8 & 9, 1972 an estimated 200,000 descended on Pocono Raceway in rural Pennsylvania for a festival that featured a number of lesser known groups on the opening day and night and a much better known lineup day two, when ELP, the Faces with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, the J. Geils Band and Three Dog Night played.

 


7-7-1940 Ringo Starr born

Richard Starkey arrived in this world on July 7, 1940.  The only child of parents that loved swing music. They divorced when he was only 5, leaving his mother to raise the future Beatles drummer largely on her own, a challenge that was compounded by her young son having appendicitis when he was six and contracting tuberculosis two years later. His mother married  Harry Graves when Ringo was thirteen. Graves was a Big Band enthusiast and turned his step-son on to the stars of the genre.  He also helped arrange a job for him as an machine apprentice in an equipment factory. There, a co-worker introduced Ringo to Skiffle music. It would become a shared passion that was an instant thing in common he would have with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

 


Elvis Costello cancels dates following cancer surgery

Rapid recovery wishes to Elvis Costello who today announced he must cancel additional live due to surgery to address a "small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy".  The operation has already taken place and some dates were played post-op, but his doctor has decided he needs additional recovery time before resuming his tour.

 


Alice Cooper releasing live Paris set

 Alice Cooper recorded the concert at the Olympia in Paris that closed his 2017 tour.  That set rolls out as a double CD digipak, double lp and in digital download form on August 31.


7-5-1975 Pink Floyd debuts songs from Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd gave fans extra reason to be glad they were seeing the group at Knebworth on this date in 1975 - the chance to be the first to hear songs from Wish You Were Here, an album that would not come out until two months later. Floyd included Have A Cigar and all of the parts of Shine On You Crazy Diamond during the first set on July 5th.  
Today is also the anniversary of the day the Rolling Stones paid tribute to Brian Jones in 1969 by doing a huge concert in Hyde Park, and Robbie Robertson of The Band was born on July 5th in 1943.