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7-20-1947 Carlos Santana born

1945 Moody Blues John Lodge born. 

1947 Carlos Santana born. 

1956 Sex Pistols Paul Cook born.   

1963 Soundgarden's Chris Cornell born.

1964 Beatles release Something New in US.   1966 Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard born.   

1970 Jefferson Airplane releases Long John Silver.  

1973 Genesis releases Genesis Live.   

1975 Steve Van Zandt joins Springsteen's E Street Band.   

1976 Allman Brothers Band road manager Scooter Herring draws 75 year sentence in drug conviction after trial Gregg Allman appeared as prosecution witness in.  He is released after serving 30 months. 

1986 Van Halen's manager is beaten in a Dallas hotel elevator.

2017 Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington hangs himself.   

2017 Guns N' Roses plays the Apollo Theater in New York.


Ron Wood finishing up new album

 

The irrepressible Ronnie Wood is working on a new solo album. It's been almost a decade since the former Faces and current Rolling Stones member put out an an album on his own. This one will coincide with a documentary film about Woody.

 

 


Woodstock 50 chances dashed

Officials in Vernon, New York dashed Michael Lang's likely last chance for finding a venue willing to host his ill-fated Woodstock anniversary concert by rejecting his third appeal to stage it at Vernon Downs, a harness race track between Utica and Syracuse. That probably means the 50th anniversary of the iconic  musical and cultural will pass without a big event to mark the occasion.  But the US Postal Service will issue a small something to commemorate the 1969 event with the release of a Woodstock Forever Stamp on August 8th.





Roger Waters Us + Them concert film

 

The four concerts Roger Waters and his band played at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam in June, 2018 were filmed. Highlights will be featured in a film titled Roger Waters Us + Them that gets special screenings in theaters October 2 & 6 this fall. Sean Evans, who worked with Waters on the 2014 film The Wall was on board for this project as well. Although no release info has been issued as yet, we would expect a DVD, BLU-ray release

of the movie to follow.

 

MORE ROGER WATERS INSIGHTS


Eric Clapton cuts vacation short when his dog dies

 

Eric Clapton reportedly cut short a trip to Ku?adas? on the Turkish coast yesterday to return to London after learning his dog had died. EC, who risked his life to save several of his guitars as his London home burned in 1996, felt compelled enough to cancel plans he had arranged to visit a number of historic sites along the Turkish coast to summon a private plane so he could return immediately to London. As dog lovers, we'd do the same if we had the means. Condolences to Eric on the loss of his furry companion.

 

MORE ERIC CLAPTON INSIGHTS


Ziggy Stardust Barbie Doll revealed

In the we kid you not department, Mattel has unveiled a Ziggy Stardust outfitted Barbie Doll to coincide with the anniversary of the manned mission to Mars and the recording and release of Space Oddity, the David Bowie song the lunar landing mission in 1969 inspired.

 

MORE DAVID BOWIE INSIGHTS


The contract the Beatles signed with Brian Epstein to manage the group has sold at a Sotheby's auction for a bit more than $343,000.


Early Beatles contract sells for $347,000

The contract the Beatles signed with Brian Epstein to manage the group has sold at a Sotheby's auction for a bit more than $345,000.



Stones break-out cover not done live in 50 years

The last time the Rolling Stones did this live was 50 years ago during their free Hyde Park concert a coupel of days after Brian Jones died.

 

 


Graham Nash auctioning off several guitars

 

Graham Nash is putting 19 of his guitars into a Heritage Auctions sale, including the Martin-D45 acoustic guitar he played on stage with CSN&Y at Woodstock. Other instruments of note from Graham's collection that are going up for bids at the July 21-22 sale inlude a Gibson SG Duane Allman played in the 1960's, a 1963 Gibson J-180 once owned by Don Everly and a pair of guitars that both Johnny Cash and Stephen Stills both once owned.


Eddie Money cancels 2019 tour dates

TMZ is reporting that Eddie Money developed a case of pneumonia following a heart valve procedure that took place a bit over a month ago and has cancelled plans to tour this year. We extend our hopes for a full recovery to the Money Man.


Robin Zander joining Ace Frehley on next covers album

 

Ace Frehley had such a good time recording his 2016 covers album that he's doing another.  Origins Vol. 2 drops in October and will include a version of Huumble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole sung by Robin Zander of Cheap Trick.  Lita Ford joins Ace for Jumpin' Jack Flash.  The album will also include songs from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Paul Revere and the Raider and The Animals catalogs.


Pete Townshend's guitar tech dies

Pete Townshend's guitar tech for four decades passed away on Thursday (7/4). The Who web site posted, "It is with great sadness,” read the statement, “that we announce that Alan Rogan, Pete Townshend’s guitar technician and close friend for more than 40 years has passed away. Alan was an essential and hugely respected member of the Who crew for many years and will be sorely missed.”?  Our condolences to Pete and the family and friends of Alan.

 


Robert Plant revisits Immigrant Song

When in the land of ice and snow... Robert Plant's latest group broke out a portion of Immigrant Song while performing in Iceland recently. It was the first time Plant had sung it in concert in 23 years.

 

 


Steven Tyler joins Paul McCartney on Helter Skelter

Steven Tyler accepted side gig invitation during Aerosmith's Las Vegas residency, joining Paul McCartney during the former Beatle's Vegas concert for this version of one from the White Album.

 

 


Original Aerosmith tour vehicle rolls again

The 1964 International Harvester Metro Aerosmith used as its touring van in the early 70's was discovered abandoned in a wooded area near Chesterfield, MA last summer by Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of the American Pickers TV show.  The restoration of the van has been completed and the vehicle and band will be reunited in the Monday, July 8th episode of the show (8pm Eastern, History Channel).  The reunion show in Las Vegas, where the group is doing a residency at the Park MGM's Park Theater, will be preceded by three espisodes that chronicle the van's discovery and restoration that will air from 5-8pm.

 

MORE AEROSMITH INSIGHTS


Steven Adler suffers knife wound

 

TMZ reports that paramedics were summoned to the LA home of Guns N'Roses veteran Steven Adler earlyThursday (6/27) night to treat a stabbing victim. Early indications were that it was Adler that suffered the wound and it was evidently self-inflicted. He was transported to a hospital for what is believed to be a wound he will fully recover from.  Several hours after the story broke, a representative for Adler says the incident was a kitchen accident and described the wound as superficial.?

 

MORE STEVEN ADLER INSIGHTS


No Joe Walsh Brian Johnson album in the works

 

A photo of Brian Johnson and Joe Walsh in London that Joe shared on social media and captioned that the two had a "Great day making music" immediately got many other music sites jumping to the conclusion that the Eagles guitarist and former AC/DC front man were working together on an album. Not the case at all, according to Walsh's follow-up tweet Tuesday (6/28) which read, To set the record straight - THERE IS NO RECORD IN THE WORKS BETWEEN BRIAN AND I".He added, 'We were simply having a bit of fun together.  We are musicians afterall!"

 

MORE JOE WALSH INSIGHTS    MORE BRIAN JOHNSON INSIGHTS


Allman Brothers 1971 Fillmore West concert discs set for release

The Allman Brothers Band's double live 1971 Fillmore East album is one of the great concert albums of all time. This September, the group's live legacy will get the addition of a 4 CD set of recordings made during the first month of that year at Bill Graham's left coast Fillmore in San Francisco. The Allman Brothers Band Fillmore West set drops 9/6.

 

MORE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND INSIGHTS

 


David Gilmour Black Strat sells for $3.9 million

 

David Gilmour's decision to part with most of his guitars proved to be a windfall for a group working to solve climate change issues.  

The 1969 Black Fender Strat David Gilmour played on many of Pink Floyd's most revered songs was auctioned to the tune of $3.95 million during the Thursday (6/20) auction. The case for that guitar alone sold for more than $100,000 to the buyer of the Fender, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, a major collector who owns a considerable amount of Beatles equipment.  The Martin D35 acoustic guitar David played  on the recordings of Wish You Were Here ann Shine on You Crazy Diamond fetched almost $1.1 million and the Martin D12 he came up with the opening for Wish You Were Here was bought for $531,000.  Gilmour's White Fender Strat used on Another Brick in the Wall brought  a top bid of $1.8 million.  All told, more than $21 million was raised in the Christie's event.

 

MORE DAVID GILMOUR INSIGHTS



CCR Woodstock set getting released

Creedence Clearwater Revival fans that don't want to fork out the $$$ for the complete box set including every song by all the acts at the 1969 Woodstock festival can buy just Creedence's set starting August 2.


Sheryl Crow collaborations album includes Clapton, Walsh, Richards

No Sheryl Crow songs are on our Spotify playlists, but that could change if some of the collaborations with musicians that inspire her on her next album are good. Threads, out August 30, features Crow doing songs with Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr., Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Kris Kristofferson, James Taylor and Emmylou Harris.

 


Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford reunite in Berlin concert

It's been a dozen years since Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford performed in concert together. The Genesis veterans shared the bill Friday (6/8) when Rutherford's Mike & The Mechanics opened for Collins at Berlin's Olympia Stadium in Berlin and Rutherford emerged to join Collins of Follow You Follow Me. The two hadn't shared a stage since the 2007 Turn it on Again tour by Genesis.

 


Watkins Glen withdraws permit for Woodstock anniversary concert

 

Each passing day without a firm on-sale ticketing date has made it seem more unlikely that the Woodstock 50 event Michael Lang had planned for Watkins Glen this summer would actually take place. The proposed anniversary festival lost its financial backer a few weeks ago. It gained a new one since, but permits remained pending. Today, Watkins Glen International announced that the site license permit it had issued to Lang for the August 16-18 event has been withdrawn in accordance with provisions in the contract and the site will not host the festival.
No reply was offered by Lang since this was announced, but it seems odds that his event will take place this summer are now much less favorable.