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Styx on a Mars mission with concept album


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.

 

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Remembering Prince one year on (watch)


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Court sides with U2 guitarist


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

 

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Roger Waters album details


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track List

When We Were Young

Deja Vu

The Last Refugee

Picture That

Broken Bones

Is This What We Really Want?

Bird In A Gale

the Most Beautiful Girl

Smell The Roses

Wait For Her

Oceans Apart

Part Of Me Died

 

 

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Record Store Day 2017


Spring 2017 Record Store Day will offer vinyl enthusiasts lots to choose from. Some highlights for Classic Rock buyers along with the quantity available:

 

Alice in Chains: Welcome to GAZI picture disc
Ben Folds with the Australian Symphony Orchestra
Blondie: Long Time single
Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon 1975 (3,000 4lp sets)

Buddy Guy: Sick With Love/She Got it Together (New songs, 1,500)
David Bowie: Cracked Actor - a live 1974 LA recording

Cars: Live atthe Agoura 1978 (4,000)
Dave Matthews Band: Red Rocks 1995 (2,500)

David Crosby: The Lighthouse Band (2,500)
Def Leppard: First, rare EPs (4,000)
Doors: Live at the Matrix  1967 (4,500)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery single (1,500)

Fleetwood Mac: Mirage Alternate takes LP (3,500)

Frank Zappa: Rollo (4,000)
Grateful Dead; Vancouver 1966 (4,000)
Kinks: All Day and All Of The Night single (2,500)

Lou Reed: Perfect Night 1997 London Live acoustic shows (3,000)

Neil Young: Decade (5,000)

Patti Smith: Hey Joe single (2,250)

Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello: Flowers In The Dirt (cassette)

Pearl Jam: State of Love/Thrust single (5,000)
Pink FLoyd: an extended version of Intestellar Overdrive recorded in 1966
Ramones: 76-79 singles box set (6,500)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Go Robots/ Dreams of a Samauri Live (5,000)

Rush: Cyngus X1, Hemispheres EP (5,000)

Santana: Woodstock 1969 (3,000)

Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK box set singles (3,500)

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Carnegie Hall double lp (3,000)

Sting: Live at Bataclan (3,500)

T Rex: Rock N Roll single (750) and T Rex Live 1977 album

Talking Heads: The Wilding - This Could Be The Place single (3,000)

Todd Rundgren: Fox Theater Live 1973 (1,000)

U2: Red Hill Mining Town 12" picture disc

Who: Ready,Steady Go single

Yes: 90125 picture disc (2,500)

 

 

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Todd Rundgren debuts new song with Joe Satriani (Listen)


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Sierra Club's case against U2 guitarist heard


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).

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Faces reunion expected at Isle of Wight


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

 

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Shrimp Floyd


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).

Oxfordshireguardian.co.uk

 

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ROCKinsights Quick Take


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

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Skirmish in Yes camp


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.

AntiMusic

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Steve Perry preparing solo album


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.

AntiMusic.com

 

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Anderson & Geddy Lee perform with Rush at RHOF induction (watch)


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.

 

 

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Massive Springsteen collection up for grabs


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.
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Rock Hall Inductee interactive art


The Cleveland Plain Dealer came-up with a cool interactive adaptation of an artist's drawings of each year's Rock Hall Of fame inductees.  Hover over each and a career highlights box materializes.

 

http://www.cleveland.com/pdgraphics/index.ssf/2017/03/rock_and_roll_hall_of_famers_i.html

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E Street Band's Gary Tallent announces solo tour


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.

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Little Feat live album gets revival


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.

PollStar.com

 

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ROCKinsights Quick Takes


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.

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Bev Bevan takes a pass on ELO induction


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."

 

 

 

 

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Bowie's former New York apartment hits the market


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.

DailyMail.co.uk   photo: Corcoran Real Estate

 

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Boston drummer dies during cruise


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.

 

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Todd Rundgren album features Joe Walsh, Donald Fagen


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.

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Spring Record Store Day highlights


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2017 Record Store Day will offer vinyl enthusiasts lots to choose from. Some highlightsforClassic Rock buyers along with the quantity available:

Alice in Chains: Welcome to GAZI picture disc
Ben Folds with the Australian Symphony Orchestra
Blondie: Long Time single
Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon 1975 (3,000 4lp sets)

Buddy Guy: Sick With Love/She Got it Together (New songs, 1,500)
David Bowie: Cracked Actor - a live 1974 LA recording

Cars: Live atthe Agoura 1978 (4,000)
Dave Matthews Band: Red Rocks 1995 (2,500)

David Crosby: The Lighthouse Band (2,500)
Def Leppard: First, rare EPs (4,000)
Doors: Live at the Matrix  1967 (4,500)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery single (1,500)

Fleetwood Mac: Mirage Alternate takes LP (3,500)

Frank Zappa: Rollo (4,000)
Grateful Dead; Vancouver 1966 (4,000)
Kinks: All Day and All Of The Night single (2,500)

Lou Reed: Perfect Night 1997 London Live acoustic shows (3,000)

Neil Young: Decade (5,000)

Patti Smith: Hey Joe single (2,250)

Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello: Flowers In The Dirt (cassette)

Pearl Jam: State of Love/Thrust single (5,000)
Pink FLoyd: an extended version of Intestellar Overdrive recorded in 1966
Ramones: 76-79 singles box set (6,500)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Go Robots/ Dreams of a Samauri Live (5,000)

Rush: Cyngus X1, Hemispheres EP (5,000)

Santana: Woodstock 1969 (3,000)

Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK box set singles (3,500)

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Carnegie Hall double lp (3,000)

Sting: Live at Bataclan (3,500)

T Rex: Rock N Roll single (750) and T Rex Live 1977 album

Talking Heads: The Wilding - This Could Be The Place single (3,000)

Todd Rudgren: Fox Theater Live 1973 (1,000)

U2: Red Hill Mining Town 12" picture disc

Who: Ready,Steady Go single

Yes: 90125 picture disc (2,500

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Clapton kicks off limited US dates (watch)


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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick Mason crashes his McLaren F1 (watch)


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.

 

 

 

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Pete Townshend pens new songs for Tommy revival


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

 

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Chuck Berry passes away at 90


One of the pioneers of Rock made his exit Saturday (3/18).  Chuck Berry, a six decade fixture in music and a man that had a tremendous influence on a long list of musicians that went on to become major influences on subsequent generations themselves, was pronounced dead by first responders in St. Charles County, MO that had been dispatched after a medical emergency was reported.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in 1926 and grew-up in St. Louis. He launched his recording career on the Chess label and quickly gained an avid following that included John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and countless others.  Lennon famously said of Berry, 'if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry'. Richards called Berry '...the epitome of rhythm and blues playing, rock n' roll playing' and credited the guitarist he called an inspiration to him for a style he says  'I got down long ago but I'm still getting the hang of it.' Springsteen took to his Twitter account to proclaim Berry as "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer that ever lived.  This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."

Berry not only broke new ground musically, he opened eyes to the intoxicating effect a dynamic stage presence could have on an audience.  His life off the stage was wild, too.  He had a number of run-ins with the law and the IRS.  But Berry was irrepressible - a force of nature whose imprint on Rock was and will remain considerable.
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Eddie Vedder & Jack Irons do epic Floyd song (watch)


Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons was behind the kit at Key Arena in Seattle Friday (3/17) when the band dove into Pink Floyd's Shine On You Carzy Diamond

 

 

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Harp legend James Cotton dies at 81


James Cotton, the field laborer from Mississippi that gained notoriety as a harmonica player with the Muddy Waters Band and went on to be share bills with a number of major Rock acts during the late 60's and the 70's, passed away in an Austin, Texas hospital Thursday (3/16) after coming down with pneumonia. Cotton, who outlasted the cancer that robbed him of his ability to song in the 90's, barnstormed the country through many of the early years of Classic Rock doing headline dates with his James Cotton Blues Band and earning opening invites for concerts headlined by the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. 

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Bowie stamp set lifted into space


The Royal Mail is so much cooler than the US Postal Service.  Not only has it released several series of stamps celebrating some of England's Rock legends, it has gone above and beyond in promoting them ,literally in the case of the recently released (story) David Bowie stamps. 52 sets of the stamps (the number chosen because it represents the years of Bowie's career) were attached to helium balloons and released into the atmosphere.  All are marked with a special lightning bolt edition of the Aladdin Sane stamp. The location and direction of each balloon will be updated in hints posted to RoyalMail.com every two days so fans can enter guesses as to where they will land.  You can also watch the stream of that balloon's flight on the site. Those who guess the most accurately about the landing points will be rewarded with First Edition stamp sets.

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Ray Davies knighted at Buckingham Palace


In typical Ray Davies style, the glib leader of the Kinks received one of his country's highest honors Thursday (3/16) with little fanfare of his own.  After the brief ceremony presided over by Prince Charles, Davies said, ' It laseted three minutes and it went very well. And I said goobbye and went home.'
Billboard.com

 

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Original KISS drummer retiring


Peter Criss has lined up what he claims will be his final performances ever in the US and Australia.  If he doesn't really retire, the fans that fork over close to $1,900 for the VIP Dinner Performance at the KISS Expo Down Under in May could turn from fans to foes.  The price for his VIP Dinner Performance at the New York KISS Expo hasn't been announced.  The NY Expo itslef is slated for June 9-11, with the VIP gig taking place on June 16.

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Nicks nixes another Fleetwood Mac album


Stevie Nicks attributes her reluctance to work on a new Fleetwooc Mac album to the apathy of fans when it comes to buying albums.  Talking with Rolling Stone, Nicks said, 'I don't think there's any reason to spend a year and an amazing amount of money on a record that, even if it has great things, isn't going to sell'.  She also said she far prefers spending time on tour to recording an album, the process of which she says 'isn't all that much fun.'  Other FM members went into the studio hoping she would join them in working on a new band album. When it became evident she wouldn't, the Fleetwood Mac recording sessions morphed into a Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham duets project with backing from other band members.

 

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Sammy Hagar lays out the "ifs" required for him to reunite with VH


Sammy Hagar isn't counting on reuniting with Van Halen,but he has laid out some conditions for the others in the group to consider if they want him back. Topping the list is that an invitation to be extended to Michael Anthony, the former VH bass player the Red Rocker remains tight with musically and as a friend.  Less predictable is Hagar's insistence that original and recently once again vocalist David Lee Roth continue singing with the group.  Sammy even told Billboard that he'd be willing to play for free with that lineup.

AntiMusic.com

 

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East-West Fleetwood Mac, Eagles concerts lineup expands


The still-to-be confirmed festival style concerts being staged at Citi Field and Dodger Stadium we reported on several days ago (story) have added some additional acts. Journey, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire are in the mix, apparently.  Night one's lineup of each two day event will feature the Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobies.  Night two will be headlined by Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth Wind & Fire.  No reference to the dates is included on any of the band web sites, but the lineup for each night is in line with what makes the most sense given the bands involved, so that adds a little more cred to the story.

AntiMusic.com   Billlboard.com

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Love Rocks NYC! (watch)


The Beacon Theatre was the setting for an all-star gathering of musicians that included Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, Warren Haynes and Susan Tedeschi, Amy Helm, Gary Clark Jr., Sam Moore - and actors Bill Murray and Bruce Willis on Thursday (3/9).  The Love Rocks NYC! concert generated $1.5 million to assist an organization called God's Love We Deliver provide nutritious food deliveries to poor and ailing residents unable to prepare meals for themselves.
Paul Schaffer conducted a house band that accompanied various combinations of the guest musicians throughout a night that saw Helm and Staples duet on Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Jackson Brown and Michael McDonald pair with Blind Boys of Alabama on I Shall Be Released and Warren Haynes and Marcus King back Bruce Willis on Bring It On Home To Me. The evening closed with a packed stage rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends.

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Geddy Lee NOT performing with Yes at Rock Hall induction


With the Rock Hall of Fame induction just weeks away, one detail emerged that would have made the April 8 event at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn more special for Yes and Rush fans -  a reunion of Yes with original lead singer Jon Anderson with Geddy Lee of Rush filling in for the late Chris Squire on bass. Music industry magazine Billboard reported it would happen, but the Rock Hall and Rush management are denying it.  Agreeing to make a point of honoring Squire during the ceremony got Rick Wakeman to change his mind and agree to participate.  Squire was the Yes member that felt most fervently that his band deserved to be in the Rock Hall.  He passed away before the band finally got the nomination that would lead to their overdue induction.

HenneMusic.com

 

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Deep Purple debuts new song (watch)


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Peter Gabriel revisits Solsbury Hill (watch)


Peter Gabriel has released a new video to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the song on his debut solo album after parting ways with Genesis.  The montage merges live performances of the song from 1978 (Rockplast), 1987 (Athens), 1993 (Secret World Live) 2003 (Growing Up Live, 2011 (New Blood Live) and 2013 (Back To Front).

Uncut.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Steve Howe rejoing Asia for Wetton tribute dates


Steve Howe will rejoin Asia for a 4 concert series in tribute to the late John Wetton this fall.  The tribute culminates at Royal Albert Hall for a night honoring Wetton with Asia members joining Foreigner for a set. That night's lineup will include Howe, Geoff Downs, Billy Sherwood and John Parr.  Dylan Howe will play drums in place of Carl Palmer, who was originally requested but has another commitment he needs to keep.
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John Mellencamp & Rascals join Billy Joel at MSG (watch)


Billy Joel's monthly concerts at Madison Square Garden have produced some interesting guest combinations. Friday (3/3) found the Piano Man bringing John Mellencamp and members of the Rascals to share the Garden stage with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guitarist dupes riffs in 50 AC/DC songs (watch)


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U2 targeted in suit over Edge solo


To Paul Rose, the guitar solo The Edge throws down on the U2 song The Fly sounds illegaly similar to one he recorded in 1989.  The British songwriter/guitarist is taking his case to court. Ironically, the U2 song is one in which Bono sings, "Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief."
Rose's claim may hinge on him having sent the Irish band a demo of his song Nae Slappin, the one that includes the "elaborate and distinctive guitar solo" he contends The Edge virtually duplicated during the U2 sessions.

IrishTimes.com

 

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Mellencamp says Meg Ryan 'hates me to death'


The multiple year relationship John Mellencamp had with actress Meg Ryan hit the wall a couple of years back.  Speaking with Howard Stern, said an attempt to get back together did not go well and that the two haven't had contact since. Mellencamp seems willing to accept a good deal of the blame.  During hhis visit with Stern and Robin Quivers on their SiriusXM show, John said, 'She just doesn't want anything to do with me, and I don't blame her.'  Despite that, the Indiana Rocker sent a signal he might want to try again.  Calling Ryan 'an angel sent to me at the right time', Mellencamp added, 'We tried to have a relationship for three years - long distance.  We'll see what happens.' If anything does, it won't be in New York City of LA. John says 'I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here.'

Eonline.com

 

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Fogerty named NASCAR Grand Marshall


John Fogerty, who will be in residence for concerts at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas for stretches in March and May, has been named Grand Marshall for NASCAR's Monster Energy Kobalt at Las Vegas Speedway March 27.  The former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man says, 'Rock and Roll and fast cars ... ain't nothin' better.'  He'll get a good look at the machines in the 267 lap race when he gives drivers the 'start your engines' command.

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Dark Side Of The Moon studio console going to auction


The Abbey Road recording studio console used in recording Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon goes up for bids March 27 in New York when Bonhams at the TCM Presents Rock and Roll Through the Lens.  The TG12345 MK IV resided in Abbey Road's studio 2 from 1971 - 1983 and was used in recording sessions for Paul McCartney and George Harrison, as well. The console, described by one of the studio's former engineers as 'the greatest console ever created', is expected to fetch a six figure top bid.  We think it could make it into the 7 figure category.  David Gilmour may have had a role in EMI adding the custom console to the studio. His band had recorded Meddle at George Martin's Air Studios, which had a 16 track board.  It impressed him enough that he suggested that Abbey Road the jump from 4 to 16 tracks instead of just making the move from 4 to 8.
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Eagles & Fleetwood Mac team for East West Ballpark shows


Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles are said to be headlining two day festivals being staged in National League ballparks on both coasts. Dubbed the Classic East and Classic West fest, the Citi Field and Dodger Stadium shows appear to be modeled on the Desert Trips concerts held near Indio, Claifornia last year. Representatives of both bands declined to respond to requests for details, according to Rolling Stone.  Don Henley had declared his band disbanded following the death of Glenn Frey.  He later seemed to be open to the possibility of playing again if one of Frey's sons would fill his 

                                                           father's place in the group.  Dates and details about other acts are still 

under wraps.
 

Fleetwood Mac has been trying to get a new studio album done, but the unavailability of Stevie Nicks due to her solo touring schedule seems to have resulted in the band album morphing into a Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie duets album with backing from some of the others in the group.
RollingStone.com

 


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Early Pink Floyd performance surfaces online (watch)


An early performance of Interstellar Overdrive filmed for the the Granada TV show Underground at the UFO Club has surfaced online. Here is the January, 1967 footage.

 

 

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Rod Stewart takes public transit to London gig


Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster decided to beat the nororiously bad London traffic on Monday (2/27) by taking the train from ther home to Rod's gig at the O2 Arena.  The singer, draped in a black hood and wearing sunglasses, apparently made the two train run without being detected.  Penny Lancaster posted pics of the couple's clandestine travels on her Instagram account after the pair had managed to arrive without being found out.

TravelAndLeisure.com

 

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Mellencamp previews new song (listen)


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Hagar in gear for another Road Show season (preview)


Sammy Hagar opens season two of his Rock & Roll Road Trip on AXS TV with James Hetfield of Metallica and briefer visits with Joe Satriani, Melissa Etheridge and John Mayer.  The other five show in the series this season will feature Billy Gibbons, John Mellencamp, Mick Fleetwood, Rick Neilsen and Toby Keith.  Catch the opener March 5 at 9pm (Eastern).

 

 

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Randy Rhodes tribute concerts announced


Former fellow Blizzard of Ozz and Quiet Riot Rudy Sarzo will participate in a pair of concerts honoring Randy Rhodes.  The initial date will take place in Agoura Hills, California on March 19, the 35th anniversary of the day Rhodes was killed when the airplane he was in clipped an Ozzy Osbourne tour bus.  The second is slated for March 24 in Las Vegas.  Other musicians taking part include Whitesnake and Foreigner veteran Brian Tichy, Machine Head's Phil Demmel and Skid Row's Scotti Hill.

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Robert Plant's Shape Shifters preview AXS TV cast (watch)


The March 5 AXS TV telecast featuring Robert Plant's Sensational Shape Shifters was culled from a set the band did in the fall of 2016 at the Ace Hotel in LA.  The concert was done during a two day performing and film arts festival organized by film maker David Lynch called the Festival of Disruption.  The AXS screening will launch the network's 2017 Sunda Night Rocks series.  Here's and advance look/listen to Robert and his band.

 

 

 

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Aerosmith drummer bashes Stones


Joey Kramer took a swipe at the Rolling Stones that included a more specific diss directed at Charlie Watts When he told Classic Rock that the Stones, '...never had anything to offer me musically, especially in the drumming department.'  The Aerosmith dummer went so far as to claim '...we play so much better than them that it's silly because they're not so good live', and predicted that stadium concerts will come to an end after Aerosmith, Van Halen and AC/DC stop touring because no bands will emerge that are capable of filling them.  Kramer's supposedly final trek with Aerosmith will be dubbed the Aero-Verderci Baby Farewell Tour - and could go on for years.

TeamRock.com

 

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Towering Bowie statue proposed (watch)


If organizers get their way and their funding, a 3 story statue of David Bowie could tower over the Brixton section of London.  A crowdfunding effort has been rolled out to try and raise the money that would be needed to create the tall, slim replica of Bowie, complete with a lightning bolt resembling the one on the Aladdin Sane album cover.

 

 

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Allmans reunite at Butch Trucks memorial


Monday (2/20) night in Macon, Georgia a private memorial service for drummer Butch Trucks brought an impressive bunch of musicians together at the Capitol Theatre, and included the largest contingent of former members of his band to play together in quite some time.  On hand to do a set of ABB classics were fellow drummer Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jack Pearson,Marc Quinones and Jimmy Herring. Among the songs performed were Statesboro Blues, Ain't Wasting Time No More and As The Years Go Passing By.
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Axl might be recording with Angus Young


Axl Rose's stint as front man for AC/DC may carry through from the stage to the studio.  There are reports that Angus Young and the Guns N' Roses veteran have been recording some songs together. Noise 11 fueled the speculation with an account of the GNR concert in Melbournes that included, "Axl Rose fronting AC/DC was controversial and if you don't like that combination you will be horrified to know there is an album on the way."  Rumors run rampant when it comes to both these bands - and neither camp has provided any confirmation.

AntiMusic.com

 

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Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr record together


Ringo Starr was joined in the studio by former Beatle band mate Paul McCartney and fellow All-Starr alum Joe Walsh over the weekend (2/18 &19) for some recording.  Just how many songs the three worked together on remains unknown.  The extent of what is known comes via tweets. From Ringo referencing Paul's presence: "Thanks for coming over and playing great bass. I love you man peace and love", and from Walsh: "Humbled to play in the studio with these two. What a great time we had!"

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Waters & Mason open to Floyd reunion


If Pink Floyd's three remaining members are to perform together again, Glastonbury could be the place. Appearing together at a Pink Floyd exhibit in London, Nick Mason and Roger Waters sent a clear signal to their guitarist that they are open to the idea of playing the festival. As has Peter Gabriel with Genesis, Gilmour has been the hold-out on reuniting Floyd. Asked about the prospects of them getting together again, Mason said, 'It would be nice to add that to the list of things.  I've never played Glastonbury. It would be fun to do.'  Worth noting, he also added, 'I don't think it would be very likely.'  The three last reunited 5 years ago at the O2 Arena in London.  In 2015 Gilmour admitted that he a Waters developed a strained relationship, saying, 'Roger and I don't particularly get along. We still talk. It's better than it's been. But it wouldn't work' when asked about performing or recording together.

Telegraph.co.uk

 

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Brisbane kid does duet with Springsteen (watch)


Springsteen plucking someone from the audience to dance or maybe share a few lines of a song with him during a concert is a fairly regular occurance.  But a Brisbane, Australia youngster got the chance to strap on a guitar and share a mic with the Boss for a complete rendition of Growin' Up - and get some posturing pointers from Bruce in the middle of it.  Judging from the vantage point of the video and the ecstatic reaction, it might have been his mom that captured it as it happened.

 

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HBO grabs rights to Bowie doc


David Bowie was elusive and, during the last decade of his life, made a point of avoiding almost any public appearance at music related events.  What he was up to during the last five years of his life will be brought to light in a new documentary that HBO has just obtained the rights to.  David Bowie: The Last Five Years is being directed and produced by David Whately, the man who directed a 2013 documentaty titled David Bowie: Five Years that delved into 5 different years of the singer's fabled career.  HBO says Whately gained "unprecedented access to Bowie's closest friends and artistic collaborators" while making the film.  The director/producer says, 'Looking at Bowie's extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life's work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change.'
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Roger Waters unveils new album title on YouTube (watch)


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Metallica's Hetfield was in a rage over Grammys tech troubles


The mic problem that plagued James Hetfield during Metallica's Grammy Award performance (story/video) infuriated him to a poing drummer Lars Ulrich says he's never seen before. Addressing the tech trouble and his guitarist and singer's reaction to it, Ulrich said to the event's host James Corden, 'We get off stage, we gt back there, and I haven't seen him like that in 20 years. I mean he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first 5 or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun.'
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Rick Wakeman in Keith Emerson tribute lineup


Yes veteran Rick Wakeman will be one of the musicians paying tribute to Keith Emerson during a concert July 28 in Birmingham, UK.  The event includes performances of Emerson's music from the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with musicians said to have been held in high regard by the late keyboard player from Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In addition to Wakeman, a young piano virtuoso from California named Rachel Flowers, French musician Thierry Eliez and the ELP tribute band Nobody's Puncture are also slated to appear.  An additional 'surprise guest' will be announced soon, according to organizers.

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Angus Young joins GNR on stage in Sydney (Watch)


As predicted in our RI Quick Takes last week, AC/DC's Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses during the group's concerts in Sydney.  Here's a look & listen.

 

 

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Metallica-Gaga Grammys performance (watch)


James Hetfield's mic didn't work and Lady Gaga almost did a face plant when a boot clipped the corner of a monitor, but they made it through a thundering version of Moth Into Flame during Grammys at the Staples Center.  A pissed off Hetfield gave his mic stand the boot at the end and then threw his guitar as he exited the stage.

 

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Ace Frehley & Mike McReady Rock Kiss classic (watch)


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Bowie scores 4 Grammy Awards


During his life and career, David Bowie's impact and influence on music was largely overlooked by the people that decide who deserves a Grammy award.  Now that he's gone, they flocked to reward him posthumously for an album that few fans consider on a par with his best work.  Of the dozen nominations Bowie received during his lifetime, he only collected the hardware for one - and that was in the video/short film category in 1985 for Jazzin' for Blue Jean (the song Blue Jean was also nominated, but lost that year).

Sunday night (2/12) in LA, Bowie cleaned up, winning a Grammy in four categories - all of them recognition for the music on Blackstar, the album released within days of his death at the end on 2015. Bowie won for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical).

 

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All-Star evening and jam honor Tom Petty in LA


The Grammys are irrelevant and unwatchable to most Rock fans, but the MusiCares Person of the Year event that takes place a couple of nights before them proved outstanding this year.  Tom Petty was the recipient this year, and on Friday night (2/10) the honoree reunited his Heartbreakers.  Sliding into Don't Come Around Here Anymore, Petty invited those gathered to come on down and dance in front of the stage.  Among those taking him up on the invitation was actress Helen Mirren. Stevie Nicks then joined Petty and his band on Stop Draggin' My Heart Around before inviting fellow Traveling Wilbury and ELO leader Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son DhAni to the stage for a version of I Won't Back Down.  The evening ended with a roaring rendition of Runnin' Down a Dream.

Tributes to Petty included Jackson Browne doing The Waiting and Learning to Fly, the Foo Fighters covering Honey Bee and were joined by Guy Clark Jr. on Beakdown. Don Henley performed Free Fallin', Randy Newman did a solo piano version of Refugee.

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Jerry Garcia guitar to aid Southern Poverty Law Center


Guernsey's has the honor of auctioning a guitar it last sold for nearly a million dollars in 2002 to a private collector that wants them to offer it again to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Custom built by Doug Irwin and presented to Jerry Garcia in 1973, 'Wolf' became a cherished instrument to the Grateful Dead guitarist.  First played by Garcia in concert during a set the band played for the Hell's Angels in '73, the guitar became an iconic instrument to Dead fans throughout the world. The auction will take place in May at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. Telephone and e-mail bids will also be accepted. Those interested in attending or bidding can learn more at www.guernseys.com.

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Metallica Night in the SF Giants schedule


With pitchers and catchers reporting to training camps in Florida and Arizona next week, baseball fans are starting to eye home schedules to see which games to plan on beingat. For Metallica's San Francisco Giants fans, the game against the defending world champion Chicago Cubs on August 7th will be a priority.  That is the date of the 5th annual Metallica Night at the Giants home park.  The Bay Area hard Rockers will belt out the national anthem before the game, toss out the ceremonial first pitch and participate in other activities to interact with the players and fans. Ticket packages offered for the game that night include a Metallica/Giants T-Shirt.  Partial proceeds from the sale of those tickets go to the Posey Family Foundation, founded by the veteran Giant to raise money to provide patient and family support to those in the battle against pediatric cancer.

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Red Rocker's second season of Road Trips premiers March 5 (Watch)


There is nobody in Rock that's more fun to get hang time with than Sammy Hagar. The Red Rocker's season 2 of his Rock & Roll Road Show (AXIS-TV) finds him swapping stories and talking shop with Metallica's James Hetfield, John Mellencamp, Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Mick Fleetwood, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Toby Keith.  Look for episode 1 on March 5th at 9pm (Eastern).  The season premier finds Sammy with fellow Bay Area Rocker James Hetfield of Metallica at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit the two stage at the Fillmore San Francisco.  Joe Satriani, John Mayer and Melisssa Etheridge also spend some time with Hagar during the session.  New to the show will be a fan Q&A opportunity hosted on Hagar's Facebook live stream on Sunday (2/19).  The broadcast schedule for season 2 is the March 5 premier, followed by:

3/12 Toby Keith

3/19 John Mellencamp

3/26 Rick Neilsen

4/2 Billy Gibbons

4/9 Mick Fleetwood

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ROCKInsights Quick Takes


There are indications Angus Young will join Guns N' Roses on stage this weekend in Sydney.

 

Producer Don Was says Gregg Allman's new album is close to ready.

 

Van Halen has reportedly offered to play the half time show at next year's Super Bowl.

 

Sammy Hagar has been added to the speaker line-up at South By Southwest.

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Work continues on Stones album


Early studio rehearsals for the next Rolling Stones studio album got the lads playing some of the Blues songs they grew-up loving just to loosen up.  They were having so much fun and sounding so good that they shifted gears and decided on putting out Blue and Lonesome, a stripped down tribute to musical idols of their youth.  Since its release, the band has resumed work with producer Don Was on a new album of band originals. Was, speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock, says the sessions have been going very well... 'The energy is f*#king great'.  He also credits the success of the Blues album for creating a good studio vibe, saying the guys are '...stoked about the response to Blue and Lonesome. It's them being them. It's an affirmation of the band being itself.'  That said, the producer also calls the current project '... a ways off yet until we're done.'

Gibson.com

 

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E Street Band member gets commencement gig


The graduating class of Rutgers University will get some life and career advice from Steven Van Zandt.  The Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band guitarist and Sopranos star will speak during commencement and receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts award during the graduation ceremony on May 14 at the Brunswick, NJ campus.

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