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.
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.
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.
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".
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."
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
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
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Bono paused before U2 did Running to Stand Still at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday (5/20) and said, 'For The lion that was, Chris Cornell'. Before the Joshua Tree Tour concert began, the massive speaker system cranked out Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun and the crowd of 100,000 responded by lofting cell phone screens in tribute to Cornell.
The Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played during his jaw-dropping set at on June 18 at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival goes to auction June 17 in Beverly Hills. A private collector in the UK is turning it over to Heritage Auctions for the sale. The 1966 Black Pepper Fender is said to be the guitar Hendrix prized and played the most - and traded off for the one he ignited at the end of his set. Jimi's manager bought the guitar for Hendrix at Manny's Music in New York City. It is expected the guitar will attract a top bid of 3/4 of a million - possibly more.
Chris Cornell died following Soundgarden's concert at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night (5/17). The cause of death for the 52 year old Rocker was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the Wayne County, Michigan Medical Examiner as having been a suicide by hanging. Shortly after midnight, Detroit police were summoned to the MGM Grand hotel. They arrived to find Conell, unresponsive, on a bathroom floor.
During what would be his final encore, Cornell wove portions of Led Zeppelin's In My Time Of Dying into Soundgarden's Slaves & Bulldozers, including the lines, “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home”.
Ashley Zlatopolsky was at the show which, according to her account for the Detroit Free Press that was also picked up by USA Today, included a number of instances in which Cornell seemed detached during the performance - leaving out lyrics and seeming lethargic. But, during the encore, she wrote, Chris became fully engaged; "Cornell finally gave his all. He played the guitar backward, hung over his head, and dragged the mic stand along the strings. Caught in a cathartic-like moment, the singer-guitarist let himself shine one last time."
Seniors at Fairleigh Dickinson University's graduation in MetLife Stadium Tuesday (5/16) got more than their diplomas. Jon Bon Jovi and his band did an unannounced live appearance for them. The New Jersey University won the performance by triggering the greatest amount of social media interest in making it happen. Jon also imparted some wisdom, telling graduates, 'Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another. Enjoy the book; you're the one writing it. Don't take anything personally. Accept both praise and criticism equally, but take neither to heart. There are many surprises awaiting you on the journey.'
Several months ago, Don Henley suggested that the Eagles only had a future if the late Glenn Frey's son Deacon would join the band. He later announced that the group had decided it could not go on without Glenn. But the lure of an opportunity to co-headline a pair of concerts with Fleetwood Mac and a lineup that includes Journey, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire has gotten them to change their minds. Deacon has signed on, Henley confirmed during a guest session on Dallas sports radio station The Ticket on Monday (5/15). Henley said, 'I never planned on it coming out this way but it is my responsibility to keep these song alive.' He added that, 'Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems up to the task. He's enthusiastic about it and he's been working real hard on it'. He attributed the decision to get the band together for the Classic East and West concerts and possible additional touring and recording to an outpouring of messages from all over encouraging them to continue. We imagine their agents and accountants added some, too. HenneMusic.com
Alice Cooper was joined for his encore at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville Sunday (5/14) by Michael Bruce (guitar), Neal Smith (drums) and Dennis Dunaway (bass). Those three, Alice and Glenn Buxton, who died of pneumonia in 1997, made up the original lineup that cranked out 7 albums and did countless tour dates from the 60's up until 1975. They still sound fantastic together. Alice brought his current band members back for an all-in version of Schools' Out.
Paul Rodgers sprung quite the surprise on fans attending the Bad Company front man's solo band concert at the New Theatre Oxford Sunday (5/14). Rogers returned to the stage for the encore with two legendary former front men - Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The three belted out a version of Money (That's What I Want).
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt delivered the commencement address at the Rutgers University graduation Sunday (5/14) and picked up an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Selected for the address by a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff of the New Jersey university, the musician and Sopranos actor used the opportunity to urge graduates to challenge themselves to make the world a better place. Here are the closing thoughts he shared during the address at the university's football stadium. NJ.com
Paul McCartney gave fans a glimpse of the character he portrays in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Dead Men Tell No Tales debuts May 26 and includes scenes with the former Beatle as a jail keeper, according to reports. Johnny Depp's sensationally successful series of pirate escapades has already seen Keith Richards make appearances. The Rolling Stones guitarist played the father of the star's character, Jack Sparrow, in two previous Pirates movies.
Accompanied by an enormous overhead projection screen, U2 launched its Joshua Tree anniversary tour Friday (5/12) in Vancouver. Entry complications caused long delays for a lot of fans arriving for the show, but the band's set opened with five tracks from other releases before turning its attention to their landmark 1987 album.
The promoter behind two weekend concerts last year that reportedly grossed more than $150 million has decided against attempting to pull it off again in 2017. Billboard reports that Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice is electing to pass on another Desert Trip in 2017, but could consider something like it in the future. Given the scarcity of active acts of the caliber his 2016 lineup featured, it's hard to imagine being able to equal or better last year's in this or a foreseeable future year unless he is able to leverage reunions. Speculation that Led Zeppelin might have been swayed to agree to perform this year spiked when Robert Plant replaced his web site home page with a screen displaying the words "any time now..." several weeks ago. He has done nothing to quash the rumors those words are fueling but if a Zeppelin reunion is in the offing, it apparently won't be at Desert Trip.
George Thorogood has cut-loose from the Destroyers to release his first solo album. Party Of One is slated for an August 4 release and finds the Blues-Rock master interpreting 14 tracks, including songs from Hank Williams (Pictures From Life's Other Side), the Rolling Stones (No Expectations) and a solo version of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, the John Lee Hooker tune George turned into an epic electric song with his band. Thorogood calls the album '...what I was, what I am, and what I will always be.'
Alice Cooper releases his first album in 5 years this July. Paranormal includes ZZ Top axe grinder Billy Gibbons on a track titled I've Fallen in Love and I Can't Get Up and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. on several tracks. Speaking with Eddie Trunk, Cooper said Gibbons agreeing to contribute his guitar work to the track sealed its place on the album because 'He just killed it.' According to Alice, Gibbons, who was under the weather when he got the track, said, 'I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better."
Cooper also revealed to Trunk that things look good for the Hollywod Vampires, the group he formed with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, to record an album and tour in 2018.
Chicago (the city, not the band!) Plays The Stones features a dozen Rolling Stones classics covered by Windy City musicians, formost among them, Buddy Guy. More info and downloads at chicagoplaysthestones.com.
Queen member Roger Taylor wrote a song titled Journey's End and commissioned Stuart Brennan to make a short form film based on it. Taylor describes the song as one with a '...whimsical, rather fatalistic atmosphere' that deals with mortality.
Concert streams have gotten increasingly common. But Metallica will give its fans the opportunity to watch the band as they rehearse for their upcoming North American dates on the WorldWired tour. The stream will be on the group's Facebook page on Tuesday (5/9), the night before the opening concert. Catch it starting at 9pm (Eastern).
Hotel California was conjured up as a place in the song about the state of California and the a state of mind of some of its trend setters by The Eagles. The band is now reportedly suing an actual hotel over its use of the name the of title song on the group's landmark album of 1976. The Hotel California Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico has apparently referenced itself as simply "Hotel California" is some of its marketing, and produced merch that the band's suit contends misrepresents the establishement as being associated with the song.
A mysterious message on Robert Plant's web site is fueling speculation that Led Zeppelin's surviving members could be reuniting for the 2017 Desert Trip concert. Plant was reportedly the sole hold out when his former band was offered $14 million to do the inaugural DT concerts in Southern California.
Zakk Wylde rejoins Ozzy Osbournes band for this summer's festivals tour. The guitarst and Ozzy parted ways 8 years ago. His replacement, Gus G seems to be taking it in stride, saying, "It's been an honor and privilege" playing with Osbourne, and adding, "Nothing but great times & an experience of a lifetime. To Ozzy & Sharon - thanks for everything, love ya!". Commenting on his returen, Wylde says, "I'm really looking forward to the hardcore powerlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of Heavy Squats. bencing and deadlifts."
Ozzy has also confirmed that work on a new album is underway. Nothing was mentioned about who will handle the guitar work on that.
Ozzy & Wylde can be caught at these festivals this summer:
Rock USA - Oshkosh Wisconsin - July 14
Chicago Open Air Festival - July 16
Sturgis Buffalo Chip, South Dakota - August 9
Moonstock Festival - Catersville, Illinois - August 21
When Theo Epstein was inexplicably cut loose by the Red Sox, the team and its fans lost one of the most brilliant front office minds in the modern-day game and one of the hipper musical guys in the national past time. Beantown also saw cool charity event he and former Boston Globe sports guru Peter Gammons staged in Boston while Epstein ran the club relocate to Chicago after the Cubs landed Epstein. Gammons and Epstein decided to bring the event back to Boston this spring when the Cubs visited Fenway Park for the first time as the defending World Champions. As he has in the past, Eddie Vedder, one of Rock's most avid baseball fans, headlined the event. The Pearl Jam front man delivered a set than included songs from his own band, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, the Talking Heads and Aerosmith. Epstein joined in on a Buffalo Tom song.
Two masters of their crafts shared the stage at the Beacon Theatre during the Tribeca Film Festival Friday (4/28). Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks spent an hour in front of a full house that opened with a brief exchange about director Jonathan Demme and Philadelphia, the 1993 film that earned the actor and musician Academy Awards. Springsteen called the director, who passed away earlier in the week, '...such an inspirational guy' and Hanks added, 'Well, I have to tell you, if you ever want to have a great moment in a motion picture, walk out a door and make sure they just put up a Bruce Springsteen Song.' But, oddly for a film festival event, the musician got the starring role. Hanks was there to provide the Q's in the Q&A session. Some highlights:
Bruce saying the bold change of sound and direction of Born To Run emerged because '...we weren't selling any records the other way'
When the audience was asked whether anyone there had seen Bruce live pre-E Street Band, one person clapped. Bruce quipped 'He's lying'.
Manager Jon Landau's passion for films provided a lot of inspiration for the songs Springsteen wrote for Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Born In The U.S.A. is an album he is conflicted about.
His realization that even though he is most comfortable as a musician, 'At the end of the day, it's just our job. It's just your work. Life awaits you outside of those things.' RollingStone.com
Singing in bands was something John Mellencamp had done since his early teens, but becoming a successful painter was his ambition - until he was offered a recording contract while scouting for art opportunities in New York City. During his appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday (426), John talked about that, his ongoing interest in painting - and confirmed that another musician convinced him that he should start selling his paintings.
John also performed one of the new songs with Carlene Carter fromt their new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies and did a solo, acoutsic version of Jack and Diane.
Dave Grohl and his mother, who has written a book about her and other mom's experiences as mothers to Rock stars, guested together on Wednesday's (4/26)Late Show With Steven Colbert. During the course of their conversation with the host, the subject of Kurt Cobain's death came up. Virginia said, 'It was such a dark, sad time, and Dave came home after that, so we all sort of had to regroup. We talked a lot - we've always been able to say anything to each other - but that was a particularly incredible time. It's hard to express.' Here is some of the rest of the visit.
Before Steve Perry fronted Journey, Greg Rolie handled lead vocals. Although he did not perform with the group when it got inducted into the Rock hall Of Fame, Rolie, who is also in the Hall as a member of Santana, says he and Neal Schon remain on good terms and suggested the opportunity for him to work with the band could develop. Speaking with Radio.com, Rolie expressed disappointment that it did not happen during the Hall induction performance. 'I'm not in the band. Neal wanted me to do that, and I wanted to to do it, and I think it would have been tremendous for the fans, but there was a couple of guys that voted no.' His closing comment on the prospects of working together with Schon was, 'I love playing with him. I always have. I've known him since I was 15. I got him into Santana, for God sakes. So hea and I have crossed paths many times, and we're older and kinder to each other, so we'll see what happens.'
Johnathan Demme, the acclaimed film director that passed away recently at 73 as a result of a heart ailment and esophageal cancer, was deeply appreciated by a number of musicians. Demme was the filmmaker being Stop Making Sense, the 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary many considered to be the best of that genre ever produced. The band's David Byrne praised Demme on his web site in a post that made note of his approaching that film "...almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you'd get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities." He also called the director "...incredibly generous during the editing mixing" by including the band in the process, an approach Byrne said was "greatly inspirational" to him in his own future career in music and film.
Byrne also admired Demme for electing to use lesser known artists and songs in his non-music work, writing that many of his films were, "...jam packed with songs by the often obscure artists he loved. He'd find ways to slip in a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected."
Justin Timberlake, who Demme made a 2016 concert film with, wrote of Demme, "You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft. And, time spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me.
Bruce Springsteen wrote on his Facebook page, "Over here on E Street, we're deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jonathan Demme. He was an inspiration for me, a beautiful filmmaker and a great spirit. Always smiling, always involved with the world and always pushing you to go for your best. He will be deeply missed."
Anyone that read Gregg Allman's autobiography or is aware of his past knows that it is remarkable he is still with us. A recent decision to cancel his 2017 tour dates on doctor's orders and his absence on the night the night other former Allman Brothers band members paid tribute to drummer Butch Trucks raised concerns about the severity of his health issues. So rumors that surfaced Monday indicating Gregg was entering Hospice care met with little skepticism and spread quickly. A management representative issued a categorical denial and a Facebook message purporting to be from Allman himself cropped up at about the same time reading, "Hey everyone, I just wanted y'all to know that I'm currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor's orders. I want to thank you for the love you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin'."
Styx returns with a concept album on June 16 with the release The Mission, a project based on a 2033 manned mission to Mars. The group kept a tight lid on its return to the studio. Work has been ongoing for the better part of two years. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tommy Shaw says the band set out to be true to the mid-late 70's Styx approach;'Our favorite Styx sound is that era around The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight'. He also credits Alan Parsons and his work with Pink Floyd for inspiring him as a song writer. Shaw says the secrecy was out of caution in case the risks of doing a concept album proved too daunting, explaining, 'Whenever you're writing any kind of music or creating something new, it's very easy for it to be destroyed with just a funny look from somebody. Where you go. "Well, who's stupid idea was this" and it dies.' (Think Mr. Roboto). Shaw says that a tour performing the album is a possibility if the release is well received by fans.
The years long battle by U2 guitarist The Edge to buld five luxury homes on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean gained ground Friday (4/21) when a California judge ruled against a petition submitted by the Sierra Club seeking to block the development. The ruling by the LA Superior Court judge upholds a previous decision by the California Costal Commission to approve the project in December, 2015. The Sierra Club challenge contended the Commission had neglected to abide by its own standards when evaluating the potential air quality and greenhouse gas implications of the proposed development. MyNewsLA.com City News Service
Roger Waters has dished some additional details about Is This The Life We Really Want, his forst solo album since 1992.
The 12 song disc from the former Pink Floyd mainstay gets released June 2 and finds him backed by Nigel Godrich (keyboards & guitars), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitars, keyboards) Jonathan (guitar, keyboards) Joey Waroker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), Lucius, Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor (vocals).
Waters kicks off a US tour on May 26 in Kansas City.
The Sierra Club and The Edge's legal representatives had at it Tuesday (4/18) in a California appellate court hearing on the Club's challenge to block a proposed Malibu development the U2 guitarist has spent seven years trying to break ground on (story).
The often planned but always scuttled reunion of the Faces gets another chance to happen during Rod Stewart's set at the 2017 Isle of Wight festival. Festival coordinator John Giddings is dropping hints that Stewart plans to bring former Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Kenny Jones to the stage for his set at the annual UK fest. Unfortunately, the reunion comes too late for Ronnie Lane who died in 1997 and keyboard player Ian McLagan who passed in 2014. Mac was the Faces member that put the most effort into getting the band back together for a gig or tour. The Stewart set is scheduled for Sunday, June 11. TV3.ie
A recently discovered shrimp native to the Pacific near Panama has the distinction of a disproportionately large pinkish hued claw that allows it to generate a considerable amount of sonic energy by snapping it open and shut rapidly. The combination of the claw's color and the capability of producing loud powerful sounds has inspired Dr. Sam De Grave of the Oxford Museum of Natural History to name the sea creature Synalpheus pinkfloydi, the first crustacean named in honor of Pink Floyd. A damselfly bears the name Umma gumma in recognition of the Prog Rock legend's 4th album Ummagumma (1969).
R&R = Rock & Roll 51 weeks of our year. The other week it's Rest & Relaxation. After a week of it in the desert southwest, we're back at it, tracking down what's going on in the world of Classic Rock. Know people that share your interest in music? Invite them along for the ride, both here and at facebook.com/classicrockinsights
Just days after the amicable appearance of Yes for acceptance into the Rock Hall Of Fame, a war of words has broken out between former and current members of the lineup. Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman had been performing as ARW. The announcement that the group as elected to add Yes to the name and promote themselves as Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman has prompted the lineup touring as Yes to issue a statement calling on promoters and ticket sellders to take measures to '... respect Yes' magnificent and loyal fan base and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman.' Jon Anderson considers the matter clear, offering, 'It's very simple. The fans want it, we want it and it's our right to use the name. YES music is in our DNA.' In our opinion, any band touring without its original core members and the lead vocalist that earned the band its standing is a cover band.
Steve Perry was on hand when Journey was honored by the Rock Hall Of Fame last week, but the former front man let Arndel Pineda handle the vocals when they performed at the induction. He also praised Pineda, who was not inducted, as a guy '...who sings his heart out every night.' Perry is not done making music, though. His next solo album will be a heart-felt one inspired by a woman he fell in love with but lost to breast cancer a few years ago. Speaking with ABC, Perry said the process of writing and recording the songs he plans to release later this year was cathartic for him.
The inevitable last minute rumors swirled in the hours leading up to the Rock Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center Friday night (4/7). Claims Steve Perry would sing with Journey resurfaced and proved false. So did the statements from the Rock Hall itself denying earlier rumors that Geddy Lee would perform Roundabout with Yes after inducting the Prog Rock legends.
Perry did emerge with Journey to accept his former group's honor as members of the Hall on their first time on the ballot. He was gracious about it, attributing Journey's induction to its fans and praisingArnel Peneda, the singer that took his place but was left unrecognized by the Hall.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson introduced Yes. Lifeson called Yes his '...gateway band in so many ways'. The Rush bass player and lead singer credited the band for changing the way he played and listened to music and later added while speaking with media members covering the induction, 'Chris Squire was one of the most inventive sounding bass players ever.' About playing with the band on Roundabout, Lee said of Squire, 'It's one thing to mimic his parts - you can mimic anything if you practice it - but to write those parts is sheer brilliance. It was a great honor for me to step in'. The performance also marked the first performance with Yes of original lead singer Jon Anderson since he was replaced several years ago.
Measured by memorabilia, Gary Zimet qualifies as Bruce Springsteen's biggest fan. He started big, buying the 1957 Chevy Bel Air The Boss owned early in his career. Less than a decade later, Zimet had compiled a collection that included original hand written lyrics, guitars, clothing and all sorts of other personal belongings of Springsteens. Now, it all must go - except the Chevy. Zimet is putting everything else up on a buyer-takes-all basis, and he is aking $7.5 million. Among the rare artifacts are Bruce's 8th grade report card, his4F deferrment from the draft and the flannel shirt he wore for the cover shot for The River album. Billboard.com
Gary Tallent has spent the better part of five decades in a band that worked its way up from playing small clubs to enormous arenas and stadiums. After Bruce Springsteen wraps up the River tour, his E Street Band member plans to hit the road with his own group to play clubs and theaters in the US and Europe. Tallent calls the prospect of going out on a solo tour a challenge for someone who has a long established 'comfort zone' as a member of one of the world's most respected bands. Speaking with Rolling Stone he said, 'I never really thought of myself as a singer or a frontman. I don't exactly have a great voice, but I love to sing.'
Tallent's 14 date tour opens in Edwardsville, IL on April 21. All of the dates and more about his tour and album can be found at GaryTallent.com.
Many great musicians consider Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus one of the best live albums ever recorded. Warren Haynes is among them. Producer Don Was also has a great appreciation for the double album released 40 years ago this year. The two are combining forces to coordinate a concert that aims to recreate the magic capture by the Feat during the concerts in London and Washington, DC that the songs on the album were culled from. The pair have recruited John Medeski, Terrence Higgins, Jamey Johnson, Dave Malone and Mark Mullins to help them pull it off during a concert that will take place at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on May 6. Several of the musicians also had musical roles in the well received tribute to the Last Waltz, the Band's final performance before disbanding.
The console from Abbey Roads Studio used during the recording of Dark Side Of The Moon has been auctioned for more than $1.5 million.
The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested in Palmetto, Florida after she allegedly threatened to shoot members of a rowing team. Authorities have charged her on 18 counts after they say she made threats from the shore of the Gulf Coast city before throwing the rifle into the water.
Bev Bevan has announced that he will not be attending the Rock Hall Of Fame induction of the Electric Light Orchestra at the Barclay Center on April 8. Citing conflicting commitments involving other concerts he's scheduled to perform at, the co-founding ELO member wrote on his Facebook page, "Unfortunatley I will not be able to attend ELO's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame due to the fact that I am on tour in the UK with another friend of Jeff, Richard and Roy.., the legend that is 'Jasper Carrott'. These dates have been sold out for sometime and when the news broke about our induction it was too late to change them."
The Manhattan digs David Bowie an Iman resided in for a decade is available for $6.5 million. The apartment has a commanding view of Central Park and comes with the piano that Bowie used during the decade he and his wife resided there, features exotic stone bathrooms and a recently renovated kitchen, but much of the 1,877 square feet remains as it was when Bowie lived there from 1992-2002. One thing did revert to a former state. The master bedroom was reported to have been retrofit by the couple to serve as a secured panic room in the event of an attack by a thief or a deranged fan. It is now just a bedroom again. Iman still lives in the SoHo apartment she and David bought after unloading the Essex House apartment.
The drummer that provided the beat on the first two Boston albums died Wednesday night (3/22), reportedly mid performance on a cruise ship. Sib Hashain was in the lineup of performers booked on a Rock themed cruise. His death, reported by TMZ, was confirmed by his son. Efforts to revive the 67 year-old drummer following his collapse failed. The tragedy struck five days into a cruise that began in Florida and sailed to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The other musicians on board will complete the cruise and perform tributes to their fallen band mate.
Todd Rundgren is held in high enough regard by legions of musicians that recruiting ones he admires for his next album was easy. Todd's White Knight release (5/12) includes Joe Walsh, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, NIN veteran Trent Reznor and guitar wiz Joe Satriani. The 15 track effort include a wide range of styles.
Eric Clapton is limiting his tour 2017 dates to a pair of shows in Madison Square Garden and the LA Forum this spring and again in the fall, with a three night series of shows at Royal Albert Hall in between. Here's a look & listen to his opening night in New York on Sunday (3/21).
Nick Mason had his McLaren F1 GTR out for some laps during the Members Meet at the Goodwood Circuit race course over the weekend. Mason, an experienced racer, was sailing through the turns at a good clip until he lost it on one. The Pink Flod drummer's car left the track, slid across the grass and into a barrier, doing a costly amount of damage to the driver's side of the front end. Other than damage to the vehicle, his pride and his bank account, Mason was uninjured. He bought the McLaren for around $3 million, but estimates of the value of the very few that have been retrofitted to make them street legal run several times higher than that amount.
Pete Townshend has composed some new songs that could get featured in a revival production of the Who's Rock Opera Tommy. Motivation for writing the new material came when the Who guitarist found out the organizers of the production are making a concerted effort to develop and cast roles for actors with disabilities. Townshend applauded the move in a media release that read in part, "when I heard they planned to do a production featuring actors with disabilities of various kinds, I became very excited. This is a totally new adventure, and really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music. I can't wait to see it." RTTNews.com