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May 30
  • The passing of Gregg Allman has been followed by an outpouring of appreciation for him and his role in Rock.  Band mate Warren Haynes observed 'I think he's one of the greatest artists of all time and simultaneously a founding members, singer, songwriter of one of the greatest bands of all time... There are very few singers, very few artists that made that kind of an impact'.

    Chuck Leavell, keyboard player for the Allmans and the Rolling Stones, wrote, "Thank you Gregg... for your inspiration, for your talent, for your loyal friendship and for the amazing human being you are. I am forever grateful for my relatonship with you, for sharing the stgae so many times, for the honor of recording with you on some records that have stood the test of time.  You will always be my hero and I am your bigggest fan.  Rest easy, my brother."
    Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke said 'It's a terrible loss to me, to music.  That guy, if you turned on the radio and a song came on he was singing, you knew exactly who he was, he was one of those guys that had an unmistakable voice.' He added that news of Allman's death, '...hit Gary (Rossington) hard as well'.

    Charlie Daniels wrote "Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever had. Hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever."

    Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray called Gregg '...a guy that showed me more respect in our business than anyone else.  He also taught me how to please an audience with your voice and pour your heart out and never regret. Ride in Peace, my friend!"
    Peter Frampton's Twitter account conveyed his sense of loss with, "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away. I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming with him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul."
    Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top wrote, "The sudden passing of Gregg Allman leaves us at a loss, yet, at the same time, we stand alongside the millions of thankful that Gregg was in our lives.  Gregg was, of course, a brilliant and intuitive player with a depth of soul reflected in his works in a truly moving manner."

    Gibbons joined Allman on one of his final live performances.

     

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  • Bruce Springsteen attended fellow E Street band guitarist Steven Van Zandt's album release concert at the Count Basie Theater Friday night in New Jersey and joined Van Zandt on stage for versions of Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Can I Get A Witness and I Don't Want To Go Home.

     

     

     

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  • Rock in Peace Gregg Allman. The legendary keyboard player, vocalist and co-founding member of the Allman Brothers Band passed away Saturday (5/27). Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, posted news of his death shortly after his death on Gregg's web site, writing, "I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music.  He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard." 
    No cause of death was provided, but it was widely known that Allman was dealing with a number of complications resulting from ailments compiled as a result of his many years of hard living.  
    He announced several weeks ago that he was cancelling all of his scheduled concerts for 2017.  That was followed by reports that the 69 year-old had entered hospice care.  That was dismissed by his manager - and later Allman himself, who upped his social media activity quite a bit following the rumor of his imminent demise.  Sadly, this time it's for real.  We have lost one of the most influential musicians of our lifetimes.

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  • Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Audioslave band mate Tom Morello and actor Josh Brolin delivered eulogies to Chris Cornell during a private service Friday (5/26) in LA that opened with his song The Promise playing and included Chester Bennington of Linkin Park singing Hallelujah.  The ranks of those there to honor Cornell included James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Nirvana and Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, guitarists Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Dave Navarro, Nile Rodgers and Jerry Cantrell, and singers Billy Idol, Perry Ferrell, Gavin Rosdale and Courtney Love.  Actors Brad Pitt and Christian Bale also attended.  Most attended the internment of his ashes at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as All Night Thing by Temple Of The Dogs played.
    Cornell took his own life in a hotel room following Soundgarden's May 17 concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

    HenneMusic.com  Billboard.com

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  • Guitarist Eric Calpton has earned yet another honor.  The French government Friday (5/26) gave EC the status of commander in the Order of Arts and Letters.  The French ambassador to the UK made it official at London's Royal Albert Hall in a proclamation that called the guitar legend an "ambassador of the blues".

    FirstPost.com/entertainment

     

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  • While in Dallas to open the US leg of the Joshua Tree tour, Bono darted to Crawford, Texas Friday (5/26) to spend some time with George W. Bush.  The U2 front man and the former Oval Office occupant got together the Bush ranch to talk about their shared efforts to stem AIDS through the former President's PEPFAR program (President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Releif), an initiative Bono is concerned might have a good deal of its effectiveness compromised if international aid spending cuts in the proposed budget go through.  Bono tweeted his appreciation to the former Chief Exec.  Bush took to his Twitter account with a photo of the two captioned, "Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice."

    Austin360.com

     

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    A few years after calling it quits, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan might be giving their romance another chance.  The pair has been seen hand-in-hand on Martha's Vineyard.  John said his aversion to living in LA or New York became the deal breaker in the relationship, but also acknowledged that his generally stubborn attitude probably was a big factor in them not staying together.  Just a couple of months ago, Mellencamp told Howard Stern he said the actress had shunned him and that he couldn't blame her for not wanting to have anything to do with him.
    CelebrityLaundry.com

     

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  • A minimally invasive surgical technique was used to treat a small lung lesion identified during a medical exam Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood recently underwent.  Wood expressed his appreciation to doctors that discovered and addressed the issue. A spokesman said Wood is 'feeling fine' and needs no additional treatment.  The Stones have announced plans to open a European tour in Germany at the end of the summer.
    BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

     

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  • U2 dropped in on Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday (5/23) to talk-up their Joshua Tree anniversary tour, denounce the heinous bombing in Manchester and commend the city for being compassionate and defiant, to joke about Bruce Springsteen's advice to them and to deliver a soulful version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and The Little Things That Give U Away.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • About 1,000 lucky fans got invited to sit in on the final rehearsal for Roger Waters and his band before the group embarks on its North American tour.  The setting was the Meadowlands IZOD Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday (5/21) and included the full array of production elements fans attending the tour opener will see Friday in Kansas City.  In adddition to a slew of Pink Floyd classics, Waters will showcase songs from his new solo album Is This The Life We Really Want on the tour.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • News King Crimson is including a cover of David Bowie's Heroes on an upcoming release had us eager to hear it.  Recorded in Berlin during a European tour in 2016, the version sounds freakin' fantastic.

     

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  • Having finished work on the remix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5/26/2017 release), Giles Martin is taking on the challenge of doing the same thing with the epic 30 track release the Beatles followed it up with, the 1968 double disc that came to be known as The White Album. The release will give the son of original producer George Martin plenty to work with. Martin says are around 70 takes of the song Sexy Sadie alone, and multiples of most of the other tracks to sift through. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Martin said he is eager to take it on because he considers it an '...album that changed the face of pop muisc'.

    Gibson.com

     

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  • Steven Tyler learned of Chris Cornell's death while Aerosmith was touring in the Far East.  He delivered this powerful tribute to the late Soundgarden front man.

     

     

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  • The 4th song of Gov't Mule's Friday (5/19) concert set at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia was Black Hole Sun.  It was the first time the Warren Haynes led band had played the Soundgarden song since a 2008 concert.  Haynes and the band closed the second set with their first concert performance of Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground, a song that is included on the Mule's new album coming out June 9.

    LiveForLiveMusic.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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Noteworthy Then
  • 1968 Beatles start recording the White Album  1973 George Harrison releases Living In The Material World 1990 Midnight Oil protests Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska by performing outside Exxon corporate HQ in New York City on a flat bed truck   1992 Paul Simon & Edie Brickell marry  1997 Jeff Buckley drowns in Memphis   

    2016 Ron Wood a father again at 68 as Sally Humphreys gives birth to twin girls

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    1949 Procol Harum's Gary Brooker born   1961 Melissa Etheridge born   1969 Blues Travelers Can Kinchila born  1979 Eric Clapton & Muddy Waters play Syracuse War Memorial 1982 Clash release Combat Rock   2009 Producer Phil Spector sentenced to 19 - Life in 2003 murder of actress at his LA estate  2012 Bob Dylan awarded Medal of Freedom by President Obama during White House Ceremony  2012 Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker injured in fall, band cancels concert appearances

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  • 1945 John Fogerty born     1969 Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful arrested on marijuana charges in London     1971 David & Angela Bowie son Duncan Zowie Bowie born     1976 Allman Brothers break up after Gregg testifies in trail against manager     1977 Bruce Springsteen settles long suit against manager Mike Appel   1983 Van Halen & Metallica headline US Festival, San Bernadino, California   1987 Ozzy gives flyers a version of Crazy Train on plane PA during Miami to Boston flight   1994 Eagles open Hell Freezes Over tour   1997 U2 concert in Raleigh, NC called off after severe thunderstorm destroys Jumbotron

     

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    1945 Bruce Cockburn born     1958 Split Enz & Crowded House 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

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  • 1940 The Band's Levon Helm born     1944 Mott The Hoople's Verden Allen born     1948 Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks born     1964 Lenny Kravitz born 1966 Bob Dylan plays Royal Albert Hall     1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono open Bed In For Peace in Montreal     1997 Bono meets with Bill Clinton at the White House   2017 Bono visits former President George W. Bush on his Texas ranch   2017 Eric Clapton honored with commander in the Order of Arts and Letters status by France
     

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  • 1948 Scorpions Klaus Meine born     1950 Kansas' Robby Steinhart born     1965 Dave Davies knocked out after falling onto drum kit during Kinks London concert     1982 Queen releases Hot Space     1990 Lou Gramm of Foreigner goes solo (rejoins in 1992)     1993 Jimmy Buffett releases Before The Beach     1996 Eric Clapton rescues guitars from burning London home     1999 Paul Stanley of KISS premiers as Phantom in Toronto Phantom Of The Opera production

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    1941 Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) born     1947 Blue Oyster Cult's Al Bouchard born      1982 Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Traffic, Black Sabbath play benefit for Vietnam Veteran memorial   1988 Van Halen releases OU812      1990 Axl Rose & wife file for divorce less than a month after marrying     1991 Byrd's Gene Clark dies      1994 Jimmy Buffett releases Fruitcakes     1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized for bacterial infection

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