There's already plenty of firepower in the solo band Joe Perry has assembled. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Terry Reid and David Johansn, Stone Temple Pilots veteran Robert DeLeo and Extreme and, briefly, Van Halen frontman Gary Cherone are regulars. Tuesday night (1/16) during the pre-release concert party the Aerosmith guitarist did for his Sweetzerland Manifesto album, the already formidable lineup was joined by Slash, Chris Robinson of Black Crowes fame and actor/musician Johnny Depp.
Perry brought the concert at the Roxy Theater in LA to a smashing end by destoying his guitar at the end of Train Kept A Rollin'.
Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone will join forces for the first concert since Tom Petty's death when the three anchor the house band for an April 21 autism awareness fundraiser in LA. Light Up The Blues takes place at the Dolby Theater in LA and will include performances by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Jack Black, Sheryl Crow, Judy Collins and several others. Light Up The Blues was first staged as a club concert in 2013 and was organized by Stills and his wife, Kristen. The couple has a son with autism and created the concerts as a way to assist families with fewer resources cope with their situations through Autism Speaks.
Songs and portions of songs on it came from other 1969 & 70 concerts, but much of this double album was captured on January 17, 1970 during the first of two concerts at the Felt Forum, the theater beneath Madison Square Garden's arena in New York City.
The widow of Glenn Frey has filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital her late husband was being treated at when he died in January of 2016. The claim contends that the Eagles guitarist was "...rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled" as a result of negligence on the part of the hospital and that he was in both pain and mental anguish in the period leading up to his death from what the group had stated were '...complications from acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis." The suit against Mount Sinai Hospital was filed just hours before the deadline under New York State's statuate of limitations for suits claiming wrongful death. Frey died on January 18, 2016.
Black Country Communion, the band comprised of Joe Bonamassa, Deep Purple veteran Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Drean Theater's Derek Sherinian, dropped this new video of Wanderlust, a song from the on-again-off-again group's fourth album.
Ann Wilson is working on an album of cover songs of lost Rockers she admired. The Heart member revealed the project on social media, posting, "It's a project very dear to me - a collection of songs by artists who have departed in the last several years: Leonard Choen, David Bowie, Tom Petty and Chris Cornell to name a few. It's thriling work and I can't wait for you to hear what we are doing!". No title or release date have been announced yet.
Billy Gibbons Up Close & Personal tour has been scuttled after it became apparent that fans attending the first few dates arrived expecting a lot more music than Gibbons was prepared to play. Their disappointment quickly escalated to increasing numbers of fans requesting refunds. A statement released by Gibbons or a representative attributes confusion about the nature of the appearances to misrepresentations in the marketing done for the tour, which the ZZ Top guitarist agreed to based on it being mostly a spoken presentation in which he would talk about his musical career and his passion for cars. Based on what we know about Billy, we can't believe he shares any responsibility for this unfortunate situation.
Paul Rodgers revisited his pre-Bad Company era during a tour last year. The May concert at Royal Albert Hall featuring the music of Free is getting released this spring. The 16 song compilation will be available in CD, DVD, Blu-ray and vinyl formats.
Eric Clapton says that he is going deaf due to persistent tinnitus, a affliction that often results from prolonged exposure to high volume sound. That and continuing pain related to peripheral neuropathy, an ailment that triggers sharp pain in the lower back and legs and nerve problems with his hands, has curtailed his touring. The legendary guitarits has just a few performances planned for 2018. Speaking with BBC Radio 2, Clapton said, 'A am hoping that people will come along and see me...' adding, 'I am a curiosity, I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself that I'm still here.' HenneMusic
Michael Anthony used his Instagram account to tip Van Halen fans that a documentary about the group is in production. The former bass player for VH wrote "Filmed an interview today for a Van Halen documentary in the works. Brought up many great memories". Anthony exited the group in 2004 and teamed with fellow VH exile Sammy Hagar in Chickenfoot and The Red Rocker's most recent band, The Circle. Anthony has left the door open to touring with Van Halen. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the band's debut album, but no tour plans have been revealed by the group.
David Robert Jones was born January 8, 1947 in South London. When he was 9 years old, his father brought a batch of popular American 45's into the home. Young Davy was especially impresssed with Little Richard and Elvis Presley. At 10 he began playing a ukulele and bass. Attending a tech high school, David concentrated on music and design and had Peter Frampton's father, Owen, as an instructor. Instrumentally, David formed his first band at 15 and then rapidly moved through the ranks of several others, along the way changing his name to David Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees. His solo recording debut came in the April of 1976 with the release of the single The Laughing Gnome, which was followed by his self-titled debut album six weeks later.
Similarities between the KISS song I Was Made For Lovin' You (1979) and Bruce Springsteen's Outlaw Pete (2009) could have resulted in a suit, but Gene Simmons says they decided against going after The Boss because they like him. Speaking with The Guardian, Simmons said, 'KISS have sued lots of people and won. But some people we don't sue', adding, How do we decide who to sue and who not to? We like Springsteen. We don't sue.' Paul Stanley said some time ago that despite similarities, he attributes the similarity of the two to coincidence. His explanation at the time was '...there are a certain number of notes and they only get jumbled so many ways.'
Ray Thomas, the 76 year old flute player an founding member of the Moody Blues has died. The announcement of his passing comes three days after Thomas died at his home. While a cause of death was not provided, he had been diagnosed with an inoperable prostate cancer that forced him to retire from the seminal Prog Rock band three years ago. John Lodge took to his Twitter account to write, "Ray and I have been on a magical journey through life together since we were 14... two young kids from Birmingham whe reached for the stars... and we made it together. El Riot (the band he and Thomas were first in together was El Riot and the Rebels) you will always be by my side."
A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper tour will include guest appearances by Billy Gibbons, Larry Mullen Jr. and Deep Purple veteran Roger Glover on select dates. Cooper's month of March tour includes 20 dates.
The name might not trigger instant recognition in R&B & Classic Rock fans, but it did in a lot of artists they know and love. Rick Hall played an important and inspirational role in songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and many other artists in multiple genres of music. His unique talent drew them all to Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he had assembled a group of studio musicians that came to be known as the Swampers. Duane Allman was lead guitarist on sessions before the other slots were filled by Barry Beckett (keyboards), David Hood (bass), Roger Hawkins (drums). They would split with Hall's FAME studio in 1969, moving to a rival studio started in nearby Sheffield, Alabama, but later settled their differences and reuited with Hall. Rick Hall died Tuesday at 85 in his home in Florence, Alabama.
Duane ALlman signing contract with Rick Hall 1968
Photo: The Hall family
Ace Frehley performed his song New York Groove and got interviewed by the NBC Sports broadcast team before the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres faced off in the annual NHL Winter Classic. The game took place at Citi Field in Queens on New Year's Day. Frehley's song is played after every Mets home win during the MLB season.
Speaking with Ultimate Guitar, Police drummer Stewart Copeland said he wan't very impressed by John Bonham because Robert Plant's singing was so off-putting that he did not fully appreciate what a 'monster' drummer Bonzo was until much later. In part, Copeland put it this way: "I was a Mitch (Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience) guy and a Ginger (Baker of Cream) guy and Bonham I didn't get. I didn't notice him because the singing put me off and I couldn't take Led Zeppelin seriously because of that singing."
Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule Rocked 2017 out and '18 in during a New Year's Eve set at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Set one focused on Mule originals, a cover of the '91 Allman Brothers Band song Kind Of Bird and then a combo of In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed and Les Brers In A Minor. Set two included a number of covers including Steely Dan's Daddy Don't Live in New York City No More, Something In The Air from Thunderclap Newman and then a series of revolution themed songs: Revolution from Dr. John and Bob Marley, Children Of The Revolution from T-Rex, Gil Scott Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and the Clash song Revolution Rock. After covering segments of Mountnain Jam and Melissa, the group got back into a political mode with Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World, Machine Gun by Jimi Hendrix and a covers of Fortunate Son and For What It's Worth. JamBands.com
New Year's Eve 1969 and New Year's day 1970, Jimi Hendrix did his first performances with the follow-up band to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Band Of Gypsys, at New York's Fillmore East, doing two concerts both nights. The double live album culled from those concerts was released on March 25th of 1970.
Film director Duncan Bowie has started an online book club via Twitter in recognition of his late father's love of reading. David Bowie's son described his father as a "beast of a reader" and said he is doing the virtual group out of his "feeling a building sens of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad." For those interested in reading along, Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd is first up.
Born 12/30... Bo Diddley, Move, ELO and Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne and Felix Pappalardi, the classically trained bass player and vocalist of Mountain, who also produced three Cream albums. Felix was shot an killed by his wife, using a derringer he'd given her as a gift.
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa collaborated on the Grammy nominated Blues album Seesaw four year ago. The new year finds them together again on a covers release titled Black Coffee (1/26 Mascot Records). Hart and Bonamassa cut the 10 songs on the release in less than a week in Las Vegas in 2016, working with Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (keyboard), Rob McNelley (rhythm guitar), Lee Thornburg horns) and Ron Dziubla (sax).
Some Black Coffee Tracks and original artists
Give it Everything You've Got (Edgar Winter)
Damn Your Eyes (Etta James) Why Don't You Do It Right? (Joe McCay, previously covered by both Lil Green and Peggy Lee)
Black Coffee (Ike & Tina Turner)
Lullaby of the Leaves (Ella Fitzgerald)
Sitting On Top Of The World (Ray Charles, also covered by Howlin' BB King, Cream, the Grateful Dead)
Ace Frehley will perform New York Groove before the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers take the ice for the 2018 NHL Winter Classic on the temp rink set up in Citi Field. The Mets blast the tune after every home field win during the MLB season. E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls (has there EVER been a worse name for a band?) will also play the event.
One of the most versatile musicians in Rock arrived on this day in 1946 in Beaumont, Texas. Edgar Winter, Johnny's younger brother, a multi-instrumentalist with almost equally impressive chops on keyboards, sax, guitar and percussion.
U2's Songs Of Experience came close to being a posthumous release for the group's frontman. Bono tells Rolling Stone in the magazine's January issue that he had what he characterized as a physical extinction event and that, having survived it, feels like he is "the f%#@ing luckiest man on Earth." Bono did not provide any specifics about the episode but his reference to it included the possibility it would result in a "fast exit" suggests it may have been a cardiac or stroke related incdient. He's had some rough years physically, starting with the 2010 spinal injury that required brain surgery and a 2015 bicycling accident in New York City that resulted in fairly serious injuries.
The day after Christmas in 1968, Led Zeppelin made its US concert debut as a late addition opening act for a concert headlined by Vanilla Fudge that also featured Spirit. The show took place on at the Auditorium Arena in Denver. Thomas MacCLUSKEY covered the show for the Rocky Mountain News, lauding Jimmy Page in his review as "exceptionally fine". He was a good deal less impressed by Robert Plant, judging him that night to be a singer "a cut above average" with "no special appeal in sound." The concert took place about two weeks before the US release of the first Zeppelin album.
In addition to his passsion for music, Chris Cornell had deep feelings about justice and human rights. The widow of the late Soundgarden leader has established an endowment of more than $1 million to provide scholarships to assist students attending UCLA Law. In announcing the initiative Vicky Cornell said, "My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world." The program at the University will be under The Promise Institute, which gets its name from the title of the song Cornell wrote for The Promise, the 2017 film that documents the 1915 Armenian genocide that killed approximately 1.5 million in what is now Turkey and was then part of the Ottoman Empire.
New Year's Eve 2017/2018 will be particularly special for Ringo Starr if reports circulating in the UK prove true. The Daily Mirror and the Telegraph are out with articles indicating that the former Beatles drummer will be knighted at Buckingham Palace. Starr received the MBE honor in 1965, but it was never followed up with the higher distinction of being knighted, a recognition Paul McCartney was rewarded with 20 years ago. Sir Paul is said to have remarked to the Queen, 'Look love, it's about time'. Ringo joins a small circle of Rockers including Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bono, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ray Davies. David Bowie declined the honor in 2003. Beatles producer George Martin received the distinction in 1996.
Def Leppard and Journey are reportedly close to announcing a 2018 joint tour in the US and Canada. The two bands last toured together in 2006. Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen touched on the tour plan during this discussion about his artwork.
Growing up in a musical family is great. Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen had it even better. Not only were both his parents musical, the family also owned a music store. Starting with drums, young Rick dabbled with multiple instruments and eventually was won over by guitars and keyboards. After a short stint as Todd Rundgren's replacement in Nazz, Nielsen formed a band with Tom Petersson that later recruited Bun E. Carlos as its drummer that morphed into Cheap Trick. Robin Zander came on board in 1974.
December 21, 1970 Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, where Presley presented the President with a Colt pistol and Nixon made Elvis an honorary agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The meeting was arranged after Presley sent a six page letter to the White House expressing his admiration for the President and suggesting a meeting... and him being named a "Federal Agent at Large" in the Bureau.
The 1965 Aston Martin DB-5 Robert Plant tooled around in during the 1970's and early 80's could be yours... for $1 million. The deep red model of the car the Bond film series propelled to event greater fame does not include the weaponry of the custom models on the big screen, but it is in pristine condition, and the fact that the lead singer of one of Rock's most legendary bands owned and drove it for around 15 years makes it one of the more unique collectibles to ever hit the open market. The car is being sold by Nicholas Mee & Co.
On August 1, 1971, George Harrison staged two concerts in Madison Square Garden to raise awareness and funds to help starving refugees in war-torn Bangladesh. The afternoon and evening concerts featured performances by Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and Billy Preston. Each concert opened with Indian music sets from sitarist Ravi Shankar. Combined, the two sold-out concerts, sales of the triple album, and the film documenting the concerts produced more than $10 million dollars in relief funds.
David Coverdale's role in Deep Purple was celebrated by his own band when Whitesnake released a studio collection in 2015 showcasing a number of his most powerful songs while a member of the Rock Hall Of Fame band. That was so well received that Coverdale decided to put together a tour featuring those songs as well as Whitesnake material. On January 19, The Purple Tour (Live) gets released on vinyl/CD and DVD by Rhino Records.
The Purple Tour (Live) includes Coverdale, Reb Beach & Joel Hoekstra (guitars), Michael Devin (bass) Michele Luppi (keyboards) and drummer Tommy Aldridge delivering powerful Whitesnake concert versions of songs from the Deep Purple albums Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band, along with Whitesnake classics including Here I Go Again, Still Of The Night, Fool For Your Loving and Love Ain't No Stranger.
Jeff Gutt, the new lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, makes his recording debut on the song Meadow from the group's 2018 album. Gutt's first concert with STP took place in November in a Hollywood, CA club. The band hits the road for an 18 date tour opening March 2 in Clarita, CA and winding up with a May 25 set at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK.
Gene Simmons is facing allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward a woman in November while being interviewed at a California restaurant the KISS bass player co-owns with Paul Stanley. The unidentified broadcaster maintains that Simmons repeatedly touched her despite her clear signals that she considered the advances unwelcome. The San Bernadino Sun reports a suit filed Friday (12/15) contends Simmons started it by lacing answers with sexual innuendos, forced her hand to his knee and then reached for it again before he "forceibly flicked/struck" her in the throat. The woman also contends that Simmons reached for and touched her bottom while photos were being taken. Simmons denied the allegations vis social media in a post reading, "Friends, I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges that you may have been reading about in the media. For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way." HenneMusic.com
U2 soared to the top of the album sales charts when Songs Of Experience was released, but plunged by more than 80% in the second week, landing at #7 on one predicted sales chart and #15 on a streaming chart.
Heralded as the best U2 album since The Joshua Tree by many critics, the plummeting interest in the release makes it obvious that unless fans are holding off getting it in hopes someone will gift it to them for the holidays, most are a lot less impressed by what they hear than the critics are. VintageVinylNews.com
Richie Sambora says he will be happy to take part in Bon Jovi's induction into the Rock Hall Of Fame in April. The former Bon Jovi guitarist told Rolling Stone that no formal exchanges about him playing during the Cleveland induction have taken place, but added, 'I'm sure those conversations will happen.' More than a million fans voted for the band to get in on its first appearance on the ballot.
Eddie Money is as entertaining off stage as he is on one. AXS TV is banking on that coming through on Real Money, a reality show featuring The Money Man and other members of his family. The 10 episode series will debut April 8 and will include all the mahem and hijinx you would expect in a household of several talented musicians with eight family pets. The episodes will also include candid and tender moments. Money says, 'We may not be the typical cookie-cutter family, but we have a strong sense of love and loyalty for each other that really shines through. It's real, and it's somehting I think everyone can relate to. We're xcited to share our lives with America, as they join us on this wild ride. I've only got two tickets to paradise, but I'm taking everybody!'
The last concert the Doors performed in the UK took place during the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. That set is also the only known unreleased concert performance of the group. The timing couldn't be better. As the footage sat in storage, the technology for restoring it developed to a point that the quality is substantially better than it could have been if it had been released in any decade prior to this one. Remixed from the original recording by the Doors go-to guy for production and engineering, Bruce Botnick, the audio for The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 is encoded in 5.1 digital format, producing a result that makes viewing this DVD like being among the 600,000 lucky enough to witness it live. Ray Manzarek described the performance as one the band '...played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form. He sang for all he was worth.' The 84 minute DVD includes a closing segment of interviews. Here's a brief preview of what's in store on the February 23 release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years is just that - a revealing film documenting the final five years of one of the more reclusive major figures in Rock. HBO will debut the movie January 8 at 8pm (Eastern). Here's a glimpse of what to expect.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the roster of inductees that will be enshrined in the Cleveland music museum on Saturday, April 14. Heading the list, and long ovedue for the honor in the minds of legions of Classic Rock fans, is the Moody Blues. Bon Jovi rode into a first round eligible induction on the crest of more than 1 million fan votes. The Cars also get member status, but another Boston band many feel deserve it got passed over again - the J. Geils Band. Also getting recognition from the Hall is Nina Simone. The exclusion of several other nominees that many Rock fans consider inappropriate for a Rock museum makes the 2018 class one of the least contentious ones in ages for the Rock Hall. RockHall.com
Wolfgang Van Halen sticks to playing bass with VH, but shows that's just one instrument he's mastered on his forthcoming solo album. His father is psyched about it, telling a gathering he adddressed at the Smithsonian, "This is not 'pop talking, this is real talk; it blew my mind". No title or release date has been announced yet for the project. Here he is demonstrating how well he can shred on one of his father's favorite guitars.
Neil Young's life long love of model trains turned into a windfall Saturday (12/9) for the special needs school Young and his former wife started. After discontinuing the annual benefit concert for the Bridge School the Youngs had staged for many years, Neil decided to put more than 200 pieces from his train collection, a couple of cars, a considerable number of instruments and other assorted pieces of musical equipment up for auction. The trains alone brough in $300,000. His 1953 Buick Roadmaster convertible with a "Customized for Neil Young" emblem embedded in its steering wheel sold for $400,000.
Sammy Hagar will be Rocking AXS TV for a third season. The Red Rocker's show has the Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and solo veteran wheeling his way in one of his exotic cars to meet-ups with Roger Daltrey, Dave Grohl, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bob Weir and Sarah McLachlan. Some shows include impromptu performances and guest time at the wheel of one of Sammy's rides. All include the kind of fun conversations Sammy has with other artists when they are hanging out together or backstage at concerts. Good stuff. Deadline.com
An early season snow storm in Asheville presented a challenge for fans and musicians, but the 29th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Saturday (12/9) provided enough musical warmth to make it another great night out in one of the nation's best small music cities. Haynes joined Jake Shimabukuro on a moving version of Melissa on a night that Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks were on the minds and in the hearts of everyone in US Cellular Center. Shimabukuro and Holly Bowling combined on Bird Song, The Other One and Hallelujah before Blackberry Smoke lit the place up. The Avett Brothers did a strong set and lingered on stage to do a couple of songs with Haynes, who was also joined by Ann Wilson for Southern Accents in tribute to Tom Petty. Trey Anastasio and Haynes got together for the Phish song Miss You and Gregg's Midnight Rider. The full-on tribute to Allman featured Haynes with Marc Quinones, Lamar Willimas Jr., Bruce Katz, Paul Riddle and Gov't Mule bass player Jorgen Carlson. The long evening rocked to a close with a Mule set with Wilson that included Zeppelin's Black Dog, Immigrant Song and No Quarter, along with Heart's Magic Man.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler wrote Janie's Got A Gun as a description of the plight of women that are victims of abuse. He has now opened a shelter in Atlanta as a place women that have drawn the line on continuing in an abusive relationship or those that are victims of sexual attacks outside of a relationship can find safety and support. Janie's House will provide therapists in addition to shelter. Tyler describes it as a place where girls and women will get assistance in dealing with the trauma they have experienced, saying, 'It's a safe haven, and more than anything, it gives them a voice'. The facility has room for 30 residents.