A lot of his contemporaries gave up writing new music and started doing 'victory lap' tours, but Tom Petty was always pushing himself and his band to beat expectations and surprise fans in the process. God bless him.
This great album that included musical contributions from all of the Heartbreakers except Stan Lynch but was Petty's first solo release came out on this date in '89.
Posted Monday, April 23rd, 2018 6:48ambyROCKinsights
Lynyrd Skynyrd will play its final concert in the city it was formed in. The clsoing date for the legendary band's final tour is September 2 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Commenting on the announcement, Johnny Van Zant, the broter of original lead vocalist Ronnie, said, This is a dream come true for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. We're going to rock the house here. My brother and Gary (Rossington) and Alan Collins started this band a long time ago. We are on our farewell tour. I't time to wrap it up.' Jason Aldean and Kid Rock are also on the bill and a number of special guests are expected to join the Kkynyrd lineup during the night.
Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 5:45ambyROCKinsights
Peter Kenneth Frampton comes alive on April 22, 1950 and is in his first band by the time he's 12. Older classmate David Bowie (Jones, at the time) has a group, too. Three bands later, at age 18, Frampton hooks-up with Steve Marriott to form Humble Pie. His decision to go solo in 1971 and form a group named Frampton's Camel the following year both looked like bad career moves until 5 years later when Frampton Comes Alive! blew up and became one of the biggest selling live albums in history, logging nearly 100 consecutive weeks on the Billboard albums chart and being certified platinum (1 million copies) 8 times.
Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 4:52ambyROCKinsights
Metallica has made it a point to raise awareness and funds for area food banks when on tour. The group is also asking fans to step up and volunteer at food banks. A concentrated campaign is underway to mobilize as many as possible on May 23. The Metallica Day of Service is being coordinated by the group's foundation, All Within My Hands. Fans that register online to volunteer at food banks in a number of cities will be thanked by the band with a limited edition t-shirt.
Posted Saturday, April 21st, 2018 9:41ambyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen's original hand written lyrics for Born To Run sold 5 years ago for $197,000 in a Sotheby's auction. The single sheet draft of the title song to his 1975 album includes notations and lyrics that Bruce elected to leave out of the final version that goes up for bids in June is expected to handily top that. sothebys.com
Posted Friday, April 20th, 2018 7:14ambyROCKinsights
The crop of things springing up for Record Store Day on April 21 is impressive. Here are some of the highlights, and
a link to the complete list.
AC/DC - Back In Black - Casette
Andrew Oldham Orchestra -Rolling Stones Songbook - LP
Jeff Beck - Truth - LP
Dickey Bets - Live At The Lone Star Roadhouse - 2LP
Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities - LP
David Bowie - Let's Dance Demo - 12" Vinyl
Def Leppard - Live at Abbey Road - 12" Vinyl
Doors - Live at the Matrix - LP
Jerry Garcia - Run For The Roses - LP
Gov't Mule - Girl With No Self Esteem - 12" Vinyl
Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll (Sun Studio) / Friends (Olympic Studio) - 7" gold Vinyl
Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - LP
Police - Roxanne - 7" Picture Disc
Iggy Pop - Live at the Ritz - 2LP
Small Faces - Lazy Sunday/Ogdens Nut Gone Flake - 7" Vinyl
Smithereens - Smithereens Play Tommy - LP
George Thorogood - Shot Down/Ain't Coming Home - 7" Vinyl
Posted Friday, April 20th, 2018 6:42ambyROCKinsights
A 2017 sold-out Paul Rodgers Royal Albert Hall concert featuring the music his pre-Bad Company band Free is coming out on CD/DVD/Blu-ray and vinyl. The 16 tack set includes Free's biggest tracks All Right Now and Fire And Water of course, but it also includes some songs that the group never performed live during its brief history. Rodgers says the chance to revisit that period in his career proved unexpectedly exciting, saying, 'I have been making music for a long, long, long time, so to get super charged and reinspired to perform was a revelation.'
Free Spirit - Celebrating The Music of Free drops on June 22.
Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 6:49ambyROCKinsights
A life of fast cars and leisure has suited Nick Mason for the last several years, but the Pink Floyd drummer is apparently ready to get behind the kit again. Reports have emerged that Mason will team with Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and bassist Guy Pratt, who was involved in Pink Floyd's 1994 release The Division Bell, in a new band that adopts the title of Floyd's second album for its name. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets has slated four concerts for London next month that will, according to a band statement, be "...a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets."
Posted Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 6:23ambyROCKinsights
London was an unlikely place for a California band to record an old west themed album, but The Eagles did it for their second studio release. Plans director Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs, Major Dundee, Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid) to base a film on the songs on the album never panned out, but the group did film a bare-bones promo for the album when they were staging the front and back cover photos for the album at a western movie set in one of the canyons north of LA.
Felix Pappalardi, one of Rock's most underrated guitarists, had his life and career come to a sudden and tragic end when he was shot in the neck and killed by his wife in the couple's home on this day in 1983. His wife served 2 years on a manslaughter sentence that many found too light to begin with. The Mountain guitarist had been having an affair and had just returned home when his wife plugged him with a derringer he had given her as a gift. Her claim was that the gun went off accidentally. The Daily News reported that the couple's marriage license was found shredded in a garbage pail and that her first phone call following the incident was to her lawyer, not 911.