The Eagles spent fewer years as a band than disbanded, but the body of work they produced from 1971-1980 and the tours they have staged since getting back together since the first of a couple of reunions in 1994 have kept the one of America's most prominent bands. In addition to QBing the Eagles, Don Henley has 5 solo albums to his credit. The drummer/guitarist/vocalist/producer was born on this day in 1947 in Gilmor, Texas.
Many don't realize that when Santana delivered one of the most riveting sets at the original Woodstock festival the group's debut album hadn't even been released yet. The fusion of Rock and firey Latin American rhythms and the searing guitar work of the man born on this day in Mexico has continued to enthrall audiences to this day. Happy brithday, Carlos Santana!
Springsteen on Broadway, Bruce's one-man show on Broadway, will wrap-up after three extensions and close to 300 performances. Ticket demand and prices remain high. If the availability or cost of going to the live show proved too daunting, you'll still be able to catch it. Netflix has reached a deal to televise a recording of a performance on December 15th.
If you're a big Queen fan you might have a fighting chance going one-on-one with Brian May on trivia involving his band, but he might then up the stakes and shift the subject to Astrophysics and Astronomy. The Queen guitarist's Rock credentials are matched with some major qualifications in those fields. Happy birthday to him today.
The Doors 4th studio album was eight months in the making, due in good part to the fact Jim Morrison was not writing songs during the group's long tour leading into the studio sessions. He contibuted less to this album than he had to any of the previous studio recordings. The addition of orchestral backing and more jazz influenced styling from Ray Manzarek than on the first three albums earned little praise from fans and critics that had come to expect straight-up Rock from Morrison and company.
The Circle has been playing together a few years and released a live DVD, but Sammy Hagar's group has yet to put out an album. That changes soon when the group that includes Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson in addition to the Red Rocker turns loose a debut album that Bonham described while talking with Sonic Perspectives as an release that is intended to be listened to as albums used to be... from start to finish.
Most bands morph into existence, picking-up members over a period of weeks or months. One of Rock's original power trio's was formed in a single day, July 16, 1966.
His time as a member of the Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers made Eric Clapton the best known of the three, but it was Ginger Baker that brought the members of Cream together. Baker had been the drummer in the Graham Bond Organisation, a band that also included Jack Bruce. When Ginger proposed forming a new band with Clapton, Eric agreed to it, provided that Bruce, who had been a member of the Bluesbreakers during EC's stint with Mayall, be included. Since Bruce and Baker had frequently feuded during their time together in the Bond band, Baker was reluctant to go along with it but did because Clapton insisted. Baker and Bruce continued to knock heads during the few years and four albums Cream was together.
In 1969, weary of the ongoing battles between Baker and Bruce, Clapton and Baker joined former Spencer Davis Group and Traffic member Steve Winwood in forming Blind Faith, opting to invite Ric Gretch from the band Family to play bass.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The wait was over for the third studio album by the Doors on this date in 1968. Waiting For The Sun eclipsed the success of the self titled debut album and Strange Days by becoming the bands only #1 selling album. The release dropped on the same date that Jim Morrison died on three years later in Paris.
Multi-instrumentalist Wolfgang Van Halen has wrapped up the recording of his debut solo album. The Van Halen bass player and son of Eddie Van Halen hasn't revealed a title or release date for the project yet. Michael Baskette, who produced the sessions, calls it '...so awesome and I am proud of it on all levels'. The album has been in the works for the better part of 3 years. The long timeline isn't related to difficulty lining up schedules of other musicians; Wolfie reportedly plays all of the instruments on it.
These two albums dropped on the first of first of July in 1968 and '70. Music From Big Pink introduced The Band, Bob Dylan's former backing musicians, and established them as one of the most distinctively different sounding groups of any era.
Absolutely Live gave the many fans that would never have the opportunity to see The Doors in concert a pretty good idea of how intense and disjointed a live performance by Morrison & Co. was.
1975 was a year of individual and collective turmoil for Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band. There had already been discord within the group over Gregg's decision to record a solo album and release it just a matter of weeks after Brothers and Sisters, the band's 1973 album, came out.
The ABB was one of the biggest touring acts in 1974, making enough money to charter the Boeing jet the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin had used to tour. But internal disagreements said to have been fueled by heavy drinking and drug use pushed things to the breaking point. Matters only got worse when Gregg took up with Cher at the start of 1975.
OnJune 30, 1975, the two married, taking up residence in Hollywood, making the couple a convenient target of the tabloids. The group ground out a Win, Lose or Draw and managed to get in another tour, but came apart at the seams when Gregg provided testimony in the drug trial of Scooter Herring, a close associate of the band.
With the other band members refusing to work with Gregg, he recorded another solo record as well as a disastrous one with Cher. The two embarked on a tour of Europe that was cancelled after altercations between his and her fans started breaking out during shows.
Legal disputes over the rights to his own songs made John Fogerty reluctant to perform Creedence Clearwater Revival music for a number of years as a solo artist. It may have also have been a factor in why no official video was ever released for one of CCR's biggest songs. That changed this week.
On this date in 1969, $6 was all it took to get into the opening day of the Denver Pop Festival, a 3 day event at, appropriately, Mile High Stadium that included performances by Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night, Joe Cocker, Tim Buckley, The Flock and others. June 29th, the promoter declared it a free festival. It closed with police attempting to clear the field with a tear gas barrage during the the last performance ever by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
On this day in 1976 the Grateful Dead released the double album recorded during the band's Wall Of Sound tour concerts in the fall of 1974 at Winterland in San Francisco. Ironically, the album title is a lyric extracted He's Gone, a song that is not included on the record.
It's high decibels and hot cars on Huntington Beach in SoCal on October 6th when Sammy Hagar stages his High Tide Beach Party & Car Show. The Red Rocker had no trouble recruiting other Rockers that think cars and guitars are a great combination. Hagar and his Circle band with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will be joined on the surf side bill by Joe Satriani, REO Speedwagon, Vince Neil and several other performers.
The Wilson sisters grew up in a very mobile and musical household. Daughters of a career Marine, Ann and Nancy lived in the Far East and Central America before the family settled in Washington state. Their father's ranging musical tastes meant the Wilson home was frequently filled with classical, opera, showtunes, jazz and rock. Ann overcame a childhood stutter with the help of music and went on to become one of the most powerful front women in music with Heart.
It was Rock & Bowl on the Jersey shore Monday night (6/18) when Bruce Springsteen joined the Tangiers Blues Band on four songs at the re-opening of Asbury Lanes as a music venue. Bruce and the band tore into Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, I Just Want to Make Love to You, Down the Road Apiece and Twist and Shout.
The accolades and awards are mind boggling. He could have retired comfortably decades ago. Instead, just a few days shy of his 76th birthday, Paul McCartney did an unannounced pub concert with his band for around 50 people. Born on this day in 1942, we salute MACCA.
He launched his post James Gang career with a solo album released on June 17, 1973 with a wacky title and never stopped. Alons the way, he gave us reeases titled So What, You Can't Argue witha Sick Mind, But Seriously, Flolks, There Goes The Neighborhood, You Bought it - You Name It, Got Any Gum and ordinary Average Guy.
David Bowie released the groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars on this day in 1972. The album's lead figure was an androgynous Rocker that channeled messages from extraterrestrials to humans. Much of the material on the album had been performed during stops on a tour Bowie began in January of the release year.
Bob Dylan and a crew of musicians booked for the session by producer Tim Wilson entered Columbia Records Studio A in New York City on this day in 1965 to work on a song Dylan had distilled from a 10 page rant he'd written. Just back from a European tour and feeling disillusioned to the point that he was giving serious thought to quitting the music business, Bob and the band did 5 takes of the song. None of them hit the mark to Dylan's ears. The next day, Al Kooper (Blues Project, Blood, Sweat & Tears) joined them in the studio as a guest of Wilson.
At a point during that day's recording, Kooper, who at the time was primarily a guitarist, mentioned he had what he thought wold be a good part for the organ. The skeptical Wilson was said to be dismissive, but he allowed Kooper in on a subsequent take. Dylan loved what he heard and ordered Wilson to boost the organ in the mix during playback. The front-and-center sound of the improvised part played on that Hammond organ became the musical signature of Dylan's master work - and had a part in keeping Bob a musician.
Talking with Rolling Stone the following year, Dylan said, "Last spring, I guess I was going to quit singing. I was very drained, and the way things were going, it was a very draggy situation... But 'Like A Rolling Stone' changed it all."
Jackson Browne and Stevie Ray Vaughan don't have much in common musical style wise, but Jackson had an important role in the Texan guitar great's early career. Browne saw Vaughan perform at the Montreux Jazz festival in 1982 and was so impressed that he invited Stevie and his band to use his LA studio for free. Songs they recorded there got the band signed by John Hammond, the legendary producer credited with landing contracts for Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin and many others. Texas Flood, Stevie Ray's debut studio album with Double Trouble was recorded in just a couple of days, with no overdubs. It came out on this day in 1983.
Boston's Brad Delp was born on this day in 1951 in Peabody Mass. Delp not only did all of the lead vocals on the group's monumentally successful 1976 debut album, he did all of the background vocals as well. Brad, Barry Goudreau and Fran Sheehan were also together in the group RTZ in the early 90's. Sadly, Delp took his own life in his New Hampshire home in March of 2007, leaving behind a note in French that read simply, "I am a lonely soul'.
Billy Joel was on hand at the Tony Awards in New York Sunday (6/10) night to hand Bruce Springsteen a Lifetime Achievement award. Springsteen, whose solo run on Broadway has been extended three times, accepted it with brief remarks that included him saying, 'Thank you for making me feel so welcome on your block. Being a part of the Broadway community has been a great thrill and an honor for me, and it's been one of the most exciting things that I've ever experienced. Bruce was back later in the show to deliver a poignant sliver from one man show - a spoken intro about his family and neighborhood followed with a portion of My Hometown.
Paul McCartney popped up in a Liverpool club Saturday to do an unannounced concert. The show at the Philharmonic Club in the city the Beatles put on the musical map came at the end of a day McCartney had been seen in several places with James Corden and free tickets were reportedly distributed by a television industry company, so maybe some of it will get aired on his show.
Fleetwood Mac did not gain huge international acclaim until 1975, but in its early years released some really good albums. One contributor to those passed away Friday. Danny Kirwan was just 17 when he was opening club shows for Fleetwood Mac as the guitar player in the band Boilerhouse. He impressed the headliners enough to be asked to join FM in 1968. He was a member during the years the band produced Then Play On, Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees. Kirwan was fired after refusing to take the stage with the band at a concert during its US tour in the fall of 1972.
Canton, Ohio, home of the Football Hall of Fame can also boast of being the birthplace of guitar great William Royce 'Boz' Scaggs. His family relocated to Texas when Scaggs was quite young. He met Steve Miller at a school the pair attended and they formed a group known as the Marksmen. Scaggs and Miller continued playing together while at the University of Wisconsin before Boz headed off to Europe and recorded a solo album. Reuniting in San Francisco in 1967, Scaggs was on the first two Steve Miller Band albums before landing his own contract and putting out his outstanding 1968 album that featured Duane Allman and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
Bother bands are notoriously unbrotherly. Ray and Dave Davies sniped at each other relentlessly and even came to blows during a Kinks concert. John and Tom Fogerty fought over so many things while together in Creedence Clearwater Revival that they were estranged until Tom's death. While less overtly disdainful of one another, Rich and Chris Robinson couldn't get along well enough to keep the Black Crowes together. It's a shame, because Shake Your Money Maker hinted that the Crowes could become a band for the ages at a time when so many other groups with that potential were imploding for a variety of other reasons.
Rich has remained the more musically active of the Robinson brothers, but none of the projects he's been involved in post-Crowes fulfilled the potential many thought that group had. His latest band, The Magpie Salute, will put out its debut album on August 10th. From it, here's Send Me An Omen. See whether you think it bodes well for Rich.
Some albums sound so different from anything that came before them that the first time you hear them sticks with you. My first listen to The Cars debut was, appropriately, in a car - the rental of a guy from Elektra Records. It was a few weeks before its release and he mentioned that there was some debate within the label about whether the debut by this Boston band would get traction.
Did it ever! Released on this day in 1978, it spent nearly the next 6 months on the Billboard album chart, spawned several of the biggest Rock radio tracks of the year and earned the group Best New Artist of the Year from Rolling Stone - back when the magazine still had musical cred.
One of the biggest releases of the 1980's made its debut on June 4. 1984. Born In The U.S.A. was Bruce Springsteen's 7th studio album and is close to having sold 40 million copies. It also has the distinction of being the first commercially released U.S. made compact disc.
The Ian Gillan, Roger Glover era of Deep Purple began with the release of Deep Purple In Rock, the group's 4th studio album, on this date in 1970. Ian Hunter (1946), Suzi Quatro (1950) and Lynyrd Skynyrd's Billy Powell (1952) were born on June 3. The Stones opened the Exile On Main Street tour ('72), Phil Collins released Face Value ('81)... and in 1970, Ray Davies of the Kinks had to fly from New York back to London to change the lyric in Lola from "Coca-Cola" to "cherry cola" because the BBC was refusing to play it as originally recorded.
After a 3 year recording hiatus brought on by legal wrangling with his former manager, Bruce was back on this day in 1978 with his highly anticipated follow-up to Born To Run. Springsteen had stockpiled close to 70 songs between albums. Some of the ones he left off of Darkness were big songs for other artists. Because The Night became the top track of Patti Smith's career and was also a hit for the Pointers Sisters. Fire put Robert Gordon on a lot of peoples radar. Bay Area rocker Greg Kihn had a good run with Rendezvous and Southside Johnny included three Darkness leftovers on his Hearts of Stone album.
On this date in 1968 The Beatles entered EMI's Abbey Road Studios to start recording what came to be known as The White Album. The group's 9th studio release was issued in a album cover that was completely white, with "The Beatles" embossed on it.
In the course of recording it, tensions flared. Both Ringo Starr and producer George Martin walked out on the project at different points. In addition to creative differences, Yoko Ono's presence contributed to the discord.
The album, released in November, may have more different styles of music on its four sides than any other Rock album before it or since.
A Memorial Day Birthday shout-out to Rocker and Army veteran John Fogerty, born 5/28/1945 in Berkeley, California.
John, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook formed a group called Blue Velvet while in high school in El Cerrito, CA. John's brother Tom would join later. The band got signed by Fantasy records and then blind-sided when a label exec renamed the group the Golliwogs, something the group discovered when opening a box of their newly pressed records
The name was changed to Creedence Clearwater Revival by the group in 1967, but the band remained stuck in a contract that allowed the label to control the publishing rights to every CCR song.
Fogerty retaliated by writing two songs purportedly targeting the label exec on his 1985 solo album Centerfield, triggering a lawsuit against the singer. The label also sued him claiming the song Old Man Down The Road on that album was lifted from the chorus of the CCR song Run Through The Jungle... which came down to Fogerty being sued for plagiarizing himself. A countersuit filed by Fogerty eventually got settled in his favor by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Not wanting to generate money for the label during the dispute, Fogerty refused to perform Creedence songs in solo concerts for many years.
Things within Creedence were also contentious. Fogerty wrote virtually all of the songs and considered himself in charge. When his brother quit in 1971, Clifford and Cook wanted more say in band decisions. John offered them more input and credit on songs for what would prove to be the group's last album together, 1972's Mardi Gras.
In the relatively brief period that all was well within the band, CCR was prolific. The albums Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys were all released in 1969. In just 5 years of recording as a group, Creedence recorded 9 albums - 7 studio releases and a pair of live albums.
Stephanie Lynn Nicks... has the ring of a Country Music artist, and she might have become one. Her earliest singing was with her grandfather while growing up in the southwest. After stints living in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and El Paso, the Nicks family settled in California, where Stevie joined a folk-rock group. She met her future musical and romantic partner Lindsey Buckingham in her senior year of high school. They were together in a band named Fritz while attending San Jose State until 1972, when Buckingham Nicks was formed. Their album got released in '73. Buckingham played guitar on Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch's solo album, putting him on Mick Fleetwood's radar. The drummer wanted Lindsey to replace Welch in FM, but Welch said he'd only do it if Nicks was added, too. The pair became Fleetwood Mac members in January, 1975.
Def Leppard called on Trixter's Steve Brown to play guitar for them Friday (5/25) at the Hershey, PA stop on the Def Leppard/Journey tour after Phil Collen let the band know he needed time to tend to a family emergency. It wasn't clear how long Collen would need off.
Dead & Company kicking off 24 concert tour with a free webcast via nugs.tv from Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Wednesday (5/30). All of the other concerts on the 19 city tour will also be live streamed on an individual or bundled basis.
Rleased in the UK 5/23/1969, six days after its US release, the Who's Tommy was met with a combination of rave and dismissive reviews, many of the negative ones based on the opinion that an album revolving around a multi-handicapped boy was distasteful and exploitive.
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets did the first of four London area concerts Sunday (5/20). The performances of material from Pink Floyd's first couple of albums are appropriately low tech from a production standpoint, as you can see in this video of Fearless.
The Fender Stratocaster guitar Robbie Robertson owned that Bob Dylan played on his first electric tour was sold at auction by Julien's Auctions for $490,000. The instrument's value was boosted by the fact that George Harrison and Eric Clapton also played it. Bought with a jet black finish, the guitar was later stripped down to its natural wood surface. The sunburst finish Fender Dylan used in his very first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival sold five years ago for about twice the amount this guitar was purchased for.
Rapid recovery wishes to Burton Cummings. The Guess Who veteran was in an accident on Mother's Day in LA apparently caused by someone running a red light. He suffered a concussion, bruising and lacerations and a back injury. Ironically, Cummings was in Los Angeles to serve on the jury in a medical malpractice trial. The judge agreed to excuse him from jury duty so he could sing the anthem before the Winnipeg Jets/Las Vegas Knights hockey playoff game, on the condition that he sing it in court, which he did. Adding insult to injury, Las Vegas eliminated the Jets before the game Cummings would have sung.