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Metallica foundation donates $100k to assist wildfire relief efforts

 

Metallica's  All Within My Hands Foundation steps up with $100,000 donation with equal parts going to a Community Foundation and LA Fire Department foundation. Group members are also encouraging fans to do what they can to help those in fire ravaged parts of California. Get more on the Foundation here.

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11-18-1974 The Labm Lies Down On Broadway released

11/18/1974 Genesis released The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, the groups last with Peter Gabriel. Stevie Nicks released Rock A Little on this day in 1985, and Metallica put out Reload 11/18/1997. Among the Rockers born on this day are Graham Parker (1950), Clover & Doobie Brothers veteran John McFee (1953), Kim Wilde (1960) and Metallica's Kirk Hammet. On this date in '71 Procol Harum recorded their album with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. And AC/DC's Malcolm Young passed away on this day in 2017.

 

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11-15-1970's Van Morrison, Grand Funk and Grateful Dead releases

Artists and band visions of albums finding their way onto holiday gift lists made every November a big month for new releases. These three hit the street on this date in the '70's: Van Morrison's His Band and the Street Choir (1970), Grand Funk Railroad's E Pluribus Funk (1971) and Shakedown Street from the Grateful Dead.

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Neil Young's house claimed by wildfire

Just before his birthday today, Neil Young learned his California home was claimed by one of the wildfires raging in Southern California. It's the second time fire has cost Young a home. He joined a growing chorus of those critical of Donald Trump's tweeting to blame the fires on forestry mismanagement. Young wrote on his archives site, "firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these soultions shouldn't be part of his decision making on our behalf"

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Joe Perry hospitalized in New York

 

Joe Perry was rushed to a New York City hospital late Saturday night (11/10) after the Aerosmith guitarist made a guest appearance with Billy Joel during the Piano Man's Madison Square Garden concert. CNN reports that Perry was treated by paramedics backstage who used a tracheal device to improve his breathing before transporting him to a hospital. Joe had a similar medical scare two years ago while playing New York with the Hollywood Vampires.

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11-11-1972 Berry Oakley dies

 

On this day in 1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono released Unfinished Music No. 1: Rwo Virgins. The album's front and back cover photos featured the couple, front and back, unclothed, resulting in many stores refusing to stock the album without an outer brown paper sleeve.
Born on 11/11, Chris Dreja of the Yardbirds (1944) and Marshall Crenshaw (1954). On this day in 1972 Berry Oakley met the same fate Duane Allman had just over a year earlier. The Allman Brothers Band bass player was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia. The Grateful Dead played Saturday Night Live on this date in 1978. 11/11/1997 Metallica did a free concert in a Philadelphia parking lot for 30,000 fans.

 

 

 

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11-10-1967 Days of Future Passed released

 

One of the earliest concept albums dropped on this day in 1967 when the Moody Blues released Days of Future Passed. Other 11/10 album releases include Neil Young's Zuma (1975), Give Em Enough Rope by the Clash (1978) and Live 1975-85 from Bruce Springsteen (1986) The late King Crimson and Emerson Lake & Powell veteran Greg Lake was born on this day in 1948

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11-9-1976 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers release debut

 

On 11/9/1976 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released their debut album. Aerosmith's Done With Morrors hit the streets on this date in 1985. Some shortened band names members born on this day include CCR co-founding brother Tom Fogerty (1941).BOC's Eric Bouchard on 11/9/1948 and REO's Alan Gratzer (1948). John Lennon's photo was on the cover of the first edition of Rolling Stone, issued on this day in 1967

 

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11-7-1980 The Eagles Live released

 

November 7ths past produced some big releases. The Eagles Live dropped on this day in 1980. Yes released 90125 three years later. Eric Clapton's Journeyman came out on this day in 1989, and Alice In Chains released their self-titled album in 1995. Jason Newsted had his Metallica debut on this day in 1986.

 

 

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Frank Zappa hologram tour coming

 

Eyellusion, the company that produced the Ronnie James Dio hologram, has announced another 100 dates for that tour and will add a virtual Frank Zappa tour in the near future.

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11-6-1948 Glenn Frey born

 

 

Glenn Frey of the Eagles was born on this day in Detroit in 1948.  On 11/6/1965 the Fillmore West opened in San Francisco and the Stones appeared on Shidig.  In 1981 The Cars released Shake It Up. In 1991 Scorpions Crazy World dropped.  In 1993 Pearl Jam did a benefit concert for the preservation of Apache grounds in Mesa, Arizona. Joe Walsh performed the National Anthem before a Lakers-Clippers game in 2008. A realtor donated $250,000 at the Stand Up For Heros benefit for a guitar lesson from Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters performed with Wounded Warrior musicians during the 2013 benefit in New York City.  And AC/DC drummer was arrested when a search of his home related to a murder threat turned up meth and marijuana.

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Giant hints for Stones 2019 US tour dates

The Rolling Stones days of over-the-top ways of announcing tours may be over, but they still know how to get attention. Fans at two NFL games for this weekend's games got notice their team's stadiums will be getting Stones concerts in 2019. Broncos fans arrived to a mamoth banner of the band's tongue & lips banner hanging outside Broncos Stadium. Patriots unis featured the logo and it was also emblazoned on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium.

 

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Giant hints for Stones 2019 US tour dates

The Rolling Stones days of over-the-top ways of announcing tours may be over, but they still know how to get attention. Fans at two NFL games for this weekend's games got notice their team's stadiums will be getting Stones concerts in 2019. Broncos fans arrived to a mamoth banner of the band's tongue & lips banner hanging outside Broncos Stadium. Patriots unis featured the logo and it was also emblazoned on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium.

 

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11-5-1959 Bryan Adams born

Happy birthday Bryan Adams, born on this day in 1959.  Others arriving on November 5 include Ike Turner (1931), Art Garfunkel (1941) and Gram Parsons (1946).  Ozzy Osbourne bailed on Black Sabbath on this date in 1977. In 1984 REO Speedwagon released Wheels Are Turnin.  11/5/1991 Stevie Ray Vaughan's The Sky Is Crying got released. In 1994 Fred Sonic Smith, MC5 founding member and husband of Patti Smith, died of a heart attack, and in 1999 Van Halen booted Gary Cheronne from his short-lived gig as the group's frontman.

 

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11-4-1975 David Bowie debuts Golden Years on Soul Train

On November 4, 1975, David Bowie appeared on Soul Train to debut his song Golden Years. Show host Don Cornelius introed him as David Boowie, and David later was apologetic about how out of synch his lip synch ended up being. The following year on this day Zeppelin's Song Remains The Same movie prermiered and in 1977 The Last Waltz, the film of The Band's Thanksgiving '76 farewell concert opened.

 

 

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Bill Graham's personal collection of concert posters on the block

 

Promoter Bill Graham's personal collection of posters created for shows at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom is going up for auction next Friday (11/9).  The wild thing is taht proceeds from the sale, estimated value north of a half a million dollars, will be used to restore the Starship Enterprise Paramount Pictures created.

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Springsteen On Broadway album coming

On December 16th Bruce Springsteen will close out his Broadway run with performance 236 of Springsteen On Broadway. Netflix will give fans unable or unwilling to pay the price of getting a ticket to experience it live the chance to take it in with a streamed presentation of one of the performances starting on the closing night's date. Two days before that, an album of highlights from the Broadway run will get released.

 

 

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11-1-1970 American Beauty released

 

Traffic & Blind Faith veteran Ric Grech was born on this day in 1946. Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Keidis in 1962.The Grateful Dead released American Beauty on November 1, 1970. The following year, Billy Joel put out Cold Spring Harbor. In 1978 Eric Clapton released Backless, and in '79 A Night In The Ruts from Aerosmith made its debut.

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10-30-1939 Grace Slick born

 

Grace Slick, the trailblazing vocalist that fronted the Jefferson Airplane, turns 79 today. October 30 is also the birthday of Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and AC/DC veteran Chris Slade. Bill Berry announced he was leaving REM on this day in 1997, and U2, Metallica, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck and Lou Reed made unannounced appearances with Mick Jagger during the Rock Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on this day in 2009.

 

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10-29-1971 Duane Allman dies

Duane Allman was such a gifted guitarist hat he remains one of the most influential players to ever pick up the instrument. He was so immersed in music that people who knew him well said it was unusual to see him without a guitar in hand or within reach. When one wasn't, he was often enjoying another passion; riding his motorcycle. While doing that on this day in 1971, Duane lost his life when he crashed on a Macon, Georgia street.
His brother Gregg was laid to rest last year next to Duane in Rose Hill Cemetery in the city the Allman Brothers Band adopted as their home.
On a recent visit to Macon that was cut short by the need to get out of the path of Hurricane Michael, we made an early morning visit to the brothers' resting place, then stopped by the house band members lived in. The Big House is a museum now. 
Made a couple of stops downtown in Macon... the Capricorn Records Studios and Offices are long shuttered, but it is hoped funds can be raised to restore and preserve the building. 
Another building of note is the Tic Toc Room. Now an upscale bistro, this was a club where Otis Redding, James Brown, Little Richard and other legendary Rock & Soul artists hung out and performed.
We look forward to getting back to spend more time at these and other sites in this storied musical town.

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10-28-1936 Charlie Daniels born

 

Happpy birthday today to one of the leading ambassadors for Southern Rock, Mr, Charlie Daniels, born on this day in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and still making music on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. On October 28, 1977 Never Mind The Bullockcks Here's The Sex Pistols got unleashed and in 1985 ZZ Top released Afterburner. In 1991 Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and David Gilmour got banged up in the wreck of their enty in the Pan American Road Race in Mexico.

 

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10-27-1975 Bruce Springsteen makes the covers of Tim & Newsweek

The two most prominent news magazines in the US hit the newstands on this date in 1975 with feature articles and covers of a guy from the swamps of Jersey. Gary Tallent from his E Street Band was born on this day in 1947, Kenneth (KK) Downing of Judas Priest in 1951 and Stone Temple Pilots / Velvet Revolver veteran the late Scott Weiland was born on October 27, 1967.

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10-26-1981 Under Pressure released

10/26  1965 Beatles appointed members of Order of British Empire…   1967 Magical Mystery Tour premiers on BBC TV…   1975 Elton John plays Dodger Stadium…    1981 Queen and David Bowie release Under Pressure…  1987 Billy Joel releases Koh Ept...    1991 Ozzy Osbourne breaks his foot during a Chicago concert…   1991 Bonnie Raitt plays Saturday night Live…   1992 Pearl Jam sells a record 950,000 copies of the album Vs in its first week of release   1993 Jackson Browne releases I’m Alive…   2006 Jimi Hendrix songs owned by the estate of a former manager go up for sale to benefit UK charities…   2014 Jack Bruce dies of liver cancer at 71...   2014 Sting musical The Last Ship opens in New York...

 

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Steve Hackett announces new album

2019 will bring new music from Steve Hackett. The former Genesis member will release an album titled At The Edge Of Light on January 25th.

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10-25-1969 Ummagumma released

Rockers born on 10/25 include Judas Priest's Glen Tipton (1948),  Matthias Jabs of the Scorpions (1956) and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chicken foot member Chad Smith (1962). The Stones were on the Ed Sullivan Show this night in 1964. 10/25/1969 Pink Floyd's 4th, the double disc Ummagumma, got released. The title was supposedly a slang reference to sex a friend of the band used. On this day in 1991, Bill Graham, the concert promoter that established and ran the Fillmores on both coasts and Winterland in San Francisco, was killed in a helicopter crash near that city.

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10-24-1944 Jon Anderson born

Happy birthday wishes Jon Anderson, the man that gave voice to the vast majority of the best songs recorded by Yes, only to be passed over for a soundalike.  Jon was born on this day in 1944. On Octobrer 24, 1995 Ozzy Osbourne released Ozzmosis. In 2005, this was the opening night of three Cream reunion concerts in Madison Square Garden.

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10-23-1970 Trespass released

 

Born on 10/23 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936) and Humble Pie / Spooky Tooth veteran Greg Ridley (1947).  King Crimson made its US concert debut in a very unlikely spot - Goddard College in Vermont, on this day in 1969  Genesis released Trespass in 1970. Sid Vicious, in jail awaiting trial for stabbing his girlfriend to death, attempted suicide in 1978. In 1998 a court upheld a school's ban on allowing its marching band to perform White Rabbit becuase of the drug reference in the lyrics. On 10/23/1999 Eric Clapton, BB King John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz and Sheryl Crow played at a White House event promoting music programs in public schools, and on this day 8 years ago, Neil Young reunited the Buffalo Springfield for his Bridge School benefit concert in Mountainview, CA.

 

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Ted Nugent releasing new album November 9

Ted Nugent is out with a new album November 9. The Music Made Me Do it is the first studio effort in nearly five years for the axe grider. The 10 track album is accompanied by a concert DVD filmed during a performance in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The Nuge is never at a loss for words, so here's what he hast to say about it...

 

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10-22-1945 Leslie West born

Happy Birthday to guitar great Leslie West of Mountain, born Leslie Weinstein on this day in 1945, as was the Rascals Eddie Brigati. LSD proponent Timothy Leary was born on October 22, 1920. Two great songs on the mid 60's dropped on this date in '65; Get Off Of My Cloud by the Stones and The Who's My Generation, and in 1977 Queen released the anthem We Will Rock You the week before it came out on their album News Of The World.

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Long Mark Knopfler tour announced

 

Mark Knopfler will spend a lot of 2019 on the road in a world tour that will span multiple months and continents. He's also taking a stance that should limit access to tickets to actual fans and reduce the ability of scalpers and third party sites to snap them up for inflated resale. Get all the info here.

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10-21-1977 Seconds Out released

On this day in 1977 Genesis released Seconds Out, the double live release recorded when the band played Paris four months earlier during its Wind & Wuthering tour. It was Steve Hackett's last with the group. Born on October 21 were Manfred Lubowitz aka Manfred Mann, Steve Cropper and Toto's Steve Lukather. Bob Dylan recorded his first album in one day in 1961, and the Allman Brothers Band opened what would be their final residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York on this date in 2014.

 

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New Tom Petty book one to look forward to

 

Jon Scott's great ears and his passion for music made him a trusted guy in an industry loaded with people lacking on one or both counts. An endorsement of his book from these friends is also an indication his new book on Tom Petty will be a good one.

 

http://www.gratefulweb.com/articles/tom-petty-remembered-new-book-close-friend?fbclid=IwAR2nLLAw9x3YXennqhUFAmjwXyOGRPf7vZC6EnAlweUo1Z7g1yaRt8adsqY

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10-20-1953 Tom Petty born

 

Hard to believe more than a year has passed since we lost Tom Petty. Tom would have turned 65 today. Others born on 10/20 include recording engineer genius Tom Dowd and Ten Years Afters' Ric Lee. On this date in 1973 Steve Miller released The Joker. The Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same premiered in London in '76. The Lynyrd Skynyrd tour plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Vant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and 3 others happened on 10/20/1977. Aerosmith released A Little South of Sanity in 1998 and AC/DC cranked out Black Ice in 2008.

 

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10-19-1973 Quadrophenia released

 

The Yardbirds arrived ro start their first US tour on this date in 1966. The Who's groundbreaking Quadrophenia and David Bowie's Pin Ups got released on his day in 1973. Tom Petty's Damn The Torpedoes dropped on 10/19/1979. Born on this date, Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons (1945) and reggae great Peter Tosh (1944).

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10-17-1977 Street Survivors released

 

On this day in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd released Street Survivors. Just three days later, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and three others lost their lives when the chartered plane carrying the band and key crew members ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi on the flight between Greenville, South Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band:s record company hastily reissued the album in a cover without the flames.
Other 10/17 events in Classic Rock... 1980 Dire Straits released Making Movies, 1984 Billy Joel released Storm Front. In 1994 Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden, and in 2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa joined U2 on People Get Ready at the band's Philadelphia concert.

 

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10-16-1968 Electric Ladyland released

 

One of the great double albums in Rock history dropped on this day in 1968... Electric Ladyland. On October 16 in '72 Creedence Clearwater Revival issued a press release announcing the end of the band. in 1992 one of the best tribute concerts put together took place at Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan at the 3 decade mark in his career. In 2005 Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers did his first US date singing lead for Queen. Last year on this date Tom Petty was laid to rest after a memorial service for family and friends in LA. Happy Birthday today to Bob 'Ace' Weir of the Grateful Dead.

 

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10-15-1970 Derek And The Dominos open only US tour

October 15 was a busy day. Eric Clapton's short-lived Derek & The Dominos opened their only US tour on this day in 1970. In '73 the Grateful Dead released Wake Of The Flood. In 1984 AC/DC put out '74 Jailbreak and in '87 guitar great Joe Satriani released Surfing With The Alien. Other albums making their debut on 10/15 Warren Zevon's Mr. Bad Example (1991) and Bad Company's Stories Told & Untold (1996). And on this day in 1980 Van Halen did a concert in Sioux Falls... noteworthy only because we unearthed a video report about it done by a local TV station...

 

 

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10-14-1946 Justin Hayward born

 

Happy birthday to Justin Hayward. The Moody Blues veteran was born on this day in 1946. Thomas (She Blinded Me With Science) Dolby turns 60 today. On October 14th in 1966, Grace Slick fronted the Jefferson Airplane in her first concert with the band at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. KISS members all released solo albums on this day in 1978, and INXS released Listen Like Thieves in 1985.

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10-13-1947 Sammy Hagar born

 

Happy birthday to one of the most entertaining Rockers on or off a stage, Montrose/Van Halen/Chickenfoot/Circle and solo artist Sammy Hagar, born on this date in 1947. Joining the Red Rocker arriving on October 13 in other years, cutting edge comedian Lenny Bruce (1925), Paul Simon (1942), Chicago's Robert Lamm (1944) and Fleetwood Mac vet Rick Vito (1949). The Jimi Hendrix Experience did its first official concert on this day in 1966 in Everux, France, and on October 13th in 1978 Billy Joel released 52nd Street.

 

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10-12-1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms

On this day in 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience officially formed a few days after Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding had jammed for the first time. Other noteworthy 10/12 thangs... Rod Stewart's last concert with the Faces (1975, Nassau Coliseum) Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death (1976), The Who and the Clash played Shea Stadium (1982) and Pearl Jam released Vs (1993).

 

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Lindsey Buckingham suing Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham thinks he has a case to make against Fleetwood Mac over his ouster from the group. Variety got a look at the suit and reports that Buckingham contends his share of the current tour that he was excluded from would have been between 12 and 14 million dollars. He either wants to earn it by getting back in the band or get a substantial amount as compensation for having been unjustly removed. It was almost inevitable a band with a long history of histrionics finds itself dealing with another episode.

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10-11-1974 Streetlife Serenade released

 

Billy Joel released his third album on this day in 1974. Other goings-on 10/11... Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates was born (1946), Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car wreck that killed three in Chicago (1969), Saturday Night Live premiered (1975), Paul McCartney performed a free live set in Times Square (2013), Rod Stewart was knighted at Buckingham Palace (2016).

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10-10-1954 David Lee Roth born

One of the real characters in the Rock Ranks was born on this day in 1954.

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10-9-1940 John Lennon born

Of all the Rockers we lost too soon, John's death continues to be the one that hurt the most for lots of people.  John would have turned 78 on this day.

 

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10-7-1951 John Mellencamp born

John Mellencamps was born on this day in 1951.  Like John Fogerty, Mellencamp got seriously screwed over by unscrupulous people in the music industry.  Things are better for both these days.  

Others born on October 7... Quicksilver Messenger Services Dina Valenti, Kevin Godley of 10cc and Dave Hope of Kansas. John Lennon's US deportation order was overturned on this day in 1975. In '76 Steve Hackett left Genesis and on this day in 1982, Genesis released Three Sides Live.

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10-5-1947 Brian Johnson born

The task was considered so insurrmountable that most AC/DC fans figured the band was done when Bon Scott died.  The guy that filled his role and gave the band another 38 years of Rocking our world was born on this day in 1947. Happy birthday Brian Johnson!

 

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Fleetwood Mac covers Tom Petty in tour opener

Fleetwood Mac opened the first concert since adding Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers with a cover of Free Fallin' at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

 

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10-4-1970 Janis Joplin dies

Rock In Peace thoughts for Janis Joplin on the anniversary of her passing from this life.

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Bowie's 2000 Glastonbury set getting release

David Bowie's riveting 21 song set from the 2000 Glastonbury Festival gets released on CD-DVD and vinyl on November 30th.

 

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10-2-1981 Ghost In The Machine released

The Police releasesd this album on Sting's birthday in 1981.

 

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Blues Man Otis Rush passes at 84

Blues Man Otis Rush died at 84 Saturday (9/29). The musician credited with crafting the Chicago West Side Blues sound and had a strong influence on the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and early Fleetwood Mac. Rush was forced to limit performing after suffering a stroke in 2003. Here he is doing a song the Stones and Zeppelin both recorded.

 

 

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Jefferson Airplane & Starship vetearn Marty Balin dies

Marty Balin, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, passed away at 76 Thursday. Balin, born Jerel Buchenwald in Cincinnati in 1942, operated a music venue in San Francisco named the Matrix and was instrumental in the emergence of the Bay Area as a flash point for music in the late 60's. He had been through a series of health complications in recent years.

 

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White Album 50th Anniversary edition

Most songs on almost any posthumous release or expanded edition reissue make it apparent why the artist never released them on an album while they were alive or that the right version or take made it onto albums. Still, hearing unreleased material or alternate takes by artists you like lots can be fun. Beatles fans get that chance again when what came to be known as The White Album is released November 9 (about two weeks shy of the original release day) as a 50th Anniversary expanded edition.

 

 

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9/23 Bruce Springsteen born

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Dickey Betts on the mend

Dickey Betts has fought his share of battles. His most recent was the unlikely result of a freak accident while playing with his dog int eh backyard of his Sarasota, FLorida home.   The former Allman Brothers band guitarist fell and smacked his head hard enough on impact to cause bleeding on the brain.  We're happy to pass along news that surgery Friday (9/21) to alleviate pressure was a success.

 

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9-20-1976 AC/DC releases Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

The Thunder from Down Under was out with its third release on this day in 1976.

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Dickey Betts in critical condition after a fall

 

Dickey Betts fell while playing with his dog in the backyard of his Sarasota, Florida home Monday night (9/17).  The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist struck his head in a fall and was hospitalized for a brain bleed.  His manager described his condition Wednesday as 'Stable but critical'. A surgical procedure to relieve pressure was expected to be performed Friday.

Dickey has been through plenty of trials and tribulations in his life and career.  We hope he can rally and pull through this one. He's still one hulluva guitarist.

 

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Bob Seger says next tour is his last

 

The Travelin' Man saying so long to the road.  Bob Seger has announced that his upcoming tour with the Silver Bullet Band will be his last.  A ruptured disc forced postponement of tour dates last year and the now 73 year-old veteran has made no secret of thinking his days of touring were dwindling. His Travelin' Man tour will open in Grand rapids on November 21 and is scheduled to wrap on May 2 of next year in Houston.  See all of the tour dates here.

 

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9-18-1970 Jimi Hendrix dies

 

Today marks the anniversary of the passing of one of the true Titans.  He radically redefined what could be done with an electric guitar and amplifier during his brief but remarkable career, and will forever awe and inspire up-and-coming guitarists. 11/27/1942 - 9/18/1970 RIP, Jimi Hendrix.

 

 

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George Harrison guitar auctioned for $455,000

 

The Maton Mastersound guitar that Gorge Harrison played the final time the Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool brought a top bid that, after fees, totaled $455,000 Wednesday (9/12).

 

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John Mellencamp announces album and 2019tour

 

John Mellencamp will spend a good part of the late winter on the road.  His US tour opens close to home with a concert at South Bend, Indiana's Morris Performing Arts Center on February 7th and continues with stops in 8 other states before the month is out.  In March, his tour hit 7 more states.  Fans buying tickets online for the tour dates will also receive a copy of Other People's Stuff, Mellencamp's new album getting released on November 16th.  Tickets for his shows are available here.

 

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9-13-1972 Close To The Edge released

 

Yes was out with its 5th album on this day in 1972. The complexities and delays involved in getting the 3 epic songs on the album recorded reportedly was why the release was titled Close To The Edge. In drummer Bill Bruford's case it proved to be. He quit the group right after the sessions concluded.album to join King Crimson.

 

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Early David Bowie recording fetches $52,000

 

A song David Bowie recorded in as a 16 year-old and in a band named the Konrads has been bought for $52,000 at an auction. The 1963 recording of the song I Never Dreamed was recently discovered by a band mate of Bowie, who was then performing under his given name David Jones.

 

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9-12-1975-1980-1989

September 12 was a big date for big albums. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here got released in the UK on this day in 1975, Ozzy unleashed Blizzard of Ozz in '80 and Aersomith cut loose one of it best late era releases in 1989. Also released on 9/12, David Bowie's Scary Monsters (1980) and Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie both announced they would leave Fleetwood Mac the the group's 1990 tour ended.

 

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9-11-1973 The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle released

Conflicting release dates for Bruce and the E Street Band's second album abound. We stick with the one his own official site and his label contend it hit the street on. 
With just 7 songs and 3 that were more than 7 minutes long, radio interest lagged outside of the markets the group's January '73's debut album had established a strong foothold and places where audiences had experienced Bruce and the band's intense and powerful live shows.

 

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Bowie "Alumni Tour" announced

A number of musicians that recorded and toured with David Bowie are mounting an Alumni Tour doing Bowie material. Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Mark Plati make up the band. Lead vocals will be handled by Bernard Fowler and Living Colour front man Corey Glover.

 

 

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9-10-1950 Joe Perry born

Happy birthday to The Admiral, Anthony Joseph Perry, born on this day in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1950 and was one of the kids whose ambition in life changed the night the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.  It's a safe bet he was watching the show on the night of his his 16th birthday when the Rolling Stones appeared.

 

 

 

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Paul McCartney's does live set at Grand Central Station

Paul McCartney's concert set in the Vanderbilt Room of Grand Central Station last night was limited to around 300 insiders, but drew thousands to the mid Manhattan transit hub and millions to YouTube to catch the live stream of it.

 

 

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9-7-1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd's tour bus gets loose

 

This week in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd was touring in support of the Nuthin' Fancy release.  The band played the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut on September 7th, but made bigger local news for what happened outside the venue.
Ed King described what happened for the excellent Showtime documentary on the band titled If I Leave Here Tomorrow.

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Fleetwood Mac debuts lineup featuring Mike Campbell and Neil Finn

Fleetwood Mac's updated lineup took to national TV yesterday to open it's second post Lindsey Buckingham era.  Here's how things looked and sounded with the addition of Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and former Split Enz and Crowded House member Neil Finn.

 

 

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9-5-1946 Freddie Mercury born

Freddie Mercury would have turned 72 on this day.  Born Farrokh Bulsara on Zanzibar September 5, 1948, the future front man of Queen got his musical start on piano and was in his first band at the age of 12.  
Fleeing political turmoil, his family relocated to Middlesex, UK , where he studied art and graphic design in school, Mercury also stayed active as a band member in a string of bands through his mid-late teen years. Queen formed in the spring of 1970 and Farrokh Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury.  The flamboyant lead singer of the band he described as the Cecil B. DeMille of Rock went on to establish himself as one of the greatest front men in history before the ravages of AIDS forced him to retire from performing.

 

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9-4-1970&1982 Get Your Ya Ya's Out! and It's Hard released

A couple of good ones from the Stones and Who got released on September 4th a dozen years apart.

 

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New Fleetwood Mac lineup debuts on Ellen Degeneres Show

 

Some fans are calling the Lindsey Buckingham-less band Fakewood Mac. Others are excited about the Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Crowded House vet Neil Finn joining. Whether you side with one, the other or are on the fence, Wednesday (9/5) is your chance to hear what the reconstituted Big Mac sounds like.

 

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9-3,4&5-1982 The US Festival staged in SoCal

Hope ROCKinsights friends in the U.S. are enjoying the long weekend.  Some going's on on some past September 3's...
Born on this date, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys born (1942), Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer (1948) Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols.  Fleetwood Mac released Future Games in 1971 and was also in the lineup of acts appearing at the Us Festival, which opened on this date in 1982 in San Bernadino, California.The Cars, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Jackson Browne, the Police, Santana and Eddie Money also appeared at the event, attended by around 400,000.

 

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Muscle Shoals - Small Town, Big Sound

Muscle Shoals - Small Town, Big Sound is the title of an album that features Steven Tyler and Nuno Bettencourt, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Delbert McClinton, Jason Isbell and a host of other musicians that went to FAME Studios to recorded covers of songs from several of the biggest records cut in the rural Alabama studios. The album gets released September 28th.

 

 

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