Tom Petty's home town is open to ideas for the best way for Gainesville, FL to honor him. Petty fans can vote for the best of the ones selected from ones submitted so far or add another until April 16. They can be submitted through this link
We get tips about all kinds of collectibles becoming available. One of the more unique ones came our way recently. On April 12 in New York, Guernsey's Auction House will make available 50 doors to 50 rooms at the fabled Chelsea Hotel it has traced to having been lived in by a number of iconic figures, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Humphrey Bogart, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol and Mark Twain. The residential hotel has been closed since 2011 and is now under renovation with a planned reopening slated for 2019.
The doors will be on display at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery at 529 West 20th St. from April 5-11. The auction takes place on April 12. Opening bids are 5k for each.
Mike Mitchell's previously unpublished early Beatles photos have impressed appraisers so much they anticipate the 413 negatives will fetch a top bid of close to $350,000 during a March 24 auction being conducted by Omega Auctions. The valuation is based on the rarity of high quality, candid photos of the Beatles during their first US visits. Only 46 have been shown before. The collection includes pics of the four at pre-concert press sessions and on stage at their Washington, DC and Baltimore shows. One factor that makes them more unique is that the then 18 year old photographer took all of his shots without a flash.
Alice already had 7 albums out by 1974. His first released as a solo came out on March 11, 1975. The concept album revolving around a boy named Steven would lead to one of the most extensive tours to that point in rock history and featured Cooper backed by some members of Lou Reed's band.
The name Gary Burden might not be familiar, but chances are good you know and have albums he designed the covers of. They include these 4 and dozens more. He did plenty for Neil Young who, in remembering his friendship with Gary, wrote, "We probably made 40 covers. I lost count In the last twenty or so years, Gary worked alongside his talented wife, Jenice, at R. Twerk and Co, as we have continued on a life-time of making album covers, laughing, loving acoustic music and so many other things. My heart is heavy." Burden passed away at 84.
A former girlfriend of James Gang and Eagles veteran Joe Walsh is releasing a book of stories about him when he was living the lifestyle that Life In The Fast Lane, the song on his fist album as a member of the Eagles, depicted. Rock Monster comes out on Tuesday (3/13). Kristin Casey dated the guitarist for 6 years. Her accounts include stories during the wild and crazy years the couple was together than include actors Jack Nicholson and Gary Busey as well as other musicians.
The group comprised of 3 Brits and 3 Americans dropped it's debut album on this date in 1977. Across the Pond members Mick Jones (Spooky Tooth), Ian McDonald (King Crimson) and Dennis Elliott were united with US musicians Lou Gramm (Black Sheep), Ed Gagliardi and Al Greenwood in Foreigner.
The crop of things springing up for Record Store Day on April 21 is impressive. Here are some of the highlights, and
a link to the complete list.
AC/DC - Back In Black - Casette
Andrew Oldham Orchestra -Rolling Stones Songbook - LP
Jeff Beck - Truth - LP
Dickey Bets - Live At The Lone Star Roadhouse - 2LP
Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities - LP
David Bowie - Let's Dance Demo - 12" Vinyl
Def Leppard - Live at Abbey Road - 12" Vinyl
Doors - Live at the Matrix - LP
Jerry Garcia - Run For The Roses - LP
Gov't Mule - Girl With No Self Esteem - 12" Vinyl
Led Zeppelin - Friends/Rock And Roll - 7" Vinyl
Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - LP
Police - Roxanne - 7" Picture Disc
Iggy Pop - Live at the Ritz - 2LP
Small Faces - Lazy Sunday/Ogdens Nut Gone Flake - 7" Vinyl
Smithereens - Smithereens Play Tommy - LP
George Thorogood - Shot Down/Ain't Coming Home - 7" Vinyl
Who frontman Roger Daltrey will release a new solo album in June. As Long as I Have You is an album Daltrey began work on nearly five years ago and covers some different ground style wisE than Who fans might expect from him, including gospel and country influenced songs. Talking with ABC Radio, Roger revealed that the release consists of cover songs with the exception of a pair of new originals. His work on the project got sidetracked by the decision to do a Who 50th anniversary tour. He recently went back to work on it at the urging of Pete Townshend who, Daltrey says, told him 'This is fabulous, Roger. You've got to do this.'
The Brooklyn Museum will be drawing David Bowie fans in for an exhibit featuing a number of rarely seen items related to the Rocker. The multi-media laden exhibit is not cheap, but the $20 admission ($25 weekends) pays off quickly when attendees are greeted with a pair of Sennheiser headphones to make sure the audio elements of the David Bowie Is exhibit are experienced in high quality. More than 500 items are included in the exhibit... eveything from stage outfits, to several editions of his favorite books (packed into a touring case), original lyrics, drawings - and even his coke spoon. The exhibition runs through July 15.
Metallica has rolled out a Wherever You May Roam ticket that's good for admission to as many North American tour concerts as the ticket holder wants to travel to. At $598 it's a cost-per-show bargain even for a fan planning to use it at a fraction of the 34 shows on the schedule... until you factor in airfare or gas and hotels. Only 250 will be available.
Guitar wizard Neal Schon was born on this day in 1954. Schon got his start in Santana in his teens and formed Journey in 1973. He is the only original member still in that group, but has done stints in Bad English, the group that included Journey bandmates Jonathan Cain and Deen Castronova, and done projects with Sammy Hagar and Jan Hammer.
The son of Led Zeppelin's original drummer will abide by the request from other members of his late father's group that he no longer call his tribute band the 'Led Zeppelin Experience'. John Bonham's son tells Blabbermouth that the request may relate to the band wanting to use the name for something relating to the 50th anniversary of the group. His band's new touring handle will apparently be 'Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening'.
On Febrruary 25, 1980 Bob Seger released the album that ended Pink Floyd's run at #1 on the Billboard chart with The Wall. Bob got help from Glenn Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles, Little Feat's Bill Payne and Sam Clayton, Dr. John and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The release earned him a Grammy for Best Rock Performance.
Led Zeppelin is over and out as far as any new recording or performances, but Jimmy Page still plans on several more releases of old original material from his former band. Speaking with Planet Rock, the guitarist said he's got another multiple track release in the near term and several more release over the course of the next ten years. While he doesn't have any expectations he'll play or record with Robert Plant or John Paul Jones again, the three will collaborate on the 50th anniversary book based on the band that is in the works, which he says sets it apart. Speaking of other books documenting bands, Page said, 'There's about ten that I know of coming out, wich is pretty ridiculous! It will be really good to have an authoritative book, where the band are actually contributing to it rather than being rippedd off.'
Metallica's James Hetfield has landed the role of the Utah Highway Patrol officer that arrested Ted Bundy in the upcoming film about the serial killer titled Extremely Wicked, Shocking, Evil And Vile. Zac Efron plays Bundy.
Parkinsons Disease has forced Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton to step aside from the group. He was first diagnosed with early onset of the disease about a decade ago, but it has advanced to the point that it has compromised his ability to perform. The group issued a statement that read in part, "Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinsons progression he wants to let you all know that he won't be touring as such." Andy Sneap will fill his role in the band for the upcoming tour, but Tipton added to the group's announcement, "I don't rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful Metal maniacs once again."
The group opnes it's North American tour on March 15 in Youngstown, Ohio.
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler has announced that he will perform Appetite For Destrution in its entirety during his upcoming tour with his own group, Adler's Appetite. His efforts to get the early linup of GNR reinstated has been largely ignored by the group. Adler was able to join Axl Rose, Slash and Duff MvKagan on a few tour stops in 2016, but there appears to be no plans involving the former members on the horizon.
Roadhouse Blues, the biggest song on the Doors 5th album, was the B side of the single You Make Me Real, and featured a stealth harmonica solo by Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, credited as G. Puglese to protect his contract status with another label.
John Mellencamp's on-off affair with actress Meg Ryan is on again. Just a few months vowing that he would never leave Indiana to live in New York or LA, the singer reportedly plunked down $2.3 million for a place in lower Manhattan's Soho section. That will make his trip uptown to the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14th for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner conveniently short. Mellencamp will be inducted with Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Jermaine Dupri, BIll Anderson, Allee Willis and Steve Dorff.
If all goes as planned, Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster will be on it's way Tuesday (2/6) to an eventual close encounter with Mars with David Bowie's song Starman providing the on board soundtrack. The Tesla and SpaceX mastermind shared this pic of the cargo on his Instagram account.
A judge in New York has tossed a suit filed by a UK musician claiming that U2 based a portion of The Fly from the Irish group's Achtung Baby! album on a song he'd written. Paul Rose initiated the suit last year, contending that a 12 second guitar part played by The Edge in the U2 song matched up too closely to a 13 second portion of his song Nae Slappin to be coincidental. Judge Denise Cote ruled that The Fly doesn't "recreate the notes, sounds or rhythms of the plaintiff's work in a way that would permit a finding that the copying was sufficiently close to find infringement under the fragmented literal similarity doctrine."
Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson will combine forces for the Stars Align tour, a 19 stop series of concerts that begins July 18th in West Valley City, Utah and wraps up in Tampa on August 26. The one time Yardbird, the Free and Bad Company front man and the co-founding sister of Heart will bring along the Deborah Bonham, sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer, as the opener. Get all the dates here.
Roger Daltrey has announced that the tour dates doing Tommy he has scheduled for the US this summer will all feature full orchestras. The series of dates opens June 8 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts adjacent to the original Woodstock festival grounds with Daltrey backed by the Hundon Valley Philharmonic. The Who front man says, 'I'm really looking forward to singing Tommy, not only with my great backing group, but also with some of the finest orchestras in the country.'
Roger Daltrey US tour dates
6/08 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY with Hudson Valley Philaharmonic
6/10 - Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA with Wolf Trap Orchestra
6/12 - Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA with Wolf Trap Orchestra
6/15 - Tanglewood, Lenox, MA with Boston Pops Orchestra
6/19 - Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA with Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh
6/23 - Ravina, Highland Park, IL with Ravina Festival Orchestra
6/25 - Ravina, Highland Park, IL with Ravina Festival Orchestra
6/27 - Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN with Nashville Symphony Orchestra
6/30 - CMAC, Cnadaigua, NY with orchestra tba
7/02 - Fraze Pavillion, Kettering, OH with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
7/05 - Meadowbrook Amphitheatre, Rochester, MI with Detroit Symphony Orchestra
7/08 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga, OH with Cleveland Orchestra
Moving the Grammy awards show from Tinsel Town to New York City did little to reduce the levels of hype and nonsense that have made the show and the orgainzation irrelevant to the vast majority of Classic Rock artists and fans. With few exceptions, far more emphasis was put on smoke and mirrors and glitz and gimmicks than music. Little of the hardware related to Rock was handed out during the televised ceremony. If regaining some credibility with Rockers was a priority, you would never guess. Leonard Cohen was a remarkable songwriter, but posthumously awarding him the Best Rock Performance at the Grammys was the most ludicrous thing since Jethro Tull won the Best Heavy Metal award. Whatever.
Led Zeppelin's June, 1972 concerts at the LA Forum and the Long Beach Arena got distilled into the 2003 release titled How The West Was Won. On March 23, a triple CD re-release also offered in vinly a Blu-ray audio gets issueded. All tracks on the original release have been remastered, and the collection includes a number of songs recorded those nights not included on the 2003 release.
Bill Clinton cruised to his presidential victory on appearances using Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop as his campaign theme. Friday (1/26) the former President was on hand to hand over the MusiCares honor, making them the first band to land the honor usually bestowed on an individual musician. Previous honorees for the recognition include Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. It should have been a given that at least one notable Rock act would have been in the lineup of artists performing FM songs at the event. Nope. Keith Urban, Lorde, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus and Juanes did them before Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and John McVie tokk the stage to do Go Your Own Way and Little Lies. menafn.com
Musicians are getting tired of seeing a sea of cell phones taking photos and shooting video of them during concerts. So are a lot of fans that end up with increasingly obstructed views. Some artists are taking action against phone use for photos, filming and texting during their concerts. Jack Black has taken it to a new level with his announcement that phones brought to his concerts must be secured in a Yondr pouch that won't be unlocked until the end of the performance. Fans needing to make a call or sned a text during the concert will only be able to do it within a designated zone within the venue.
We get the feeling that the negatives for this video has more to do with viewers voting against the idea of having to submit to this requirement than just the nerdy nature of the video itself. Are you for or against?
The Grateful Dead is the most prolific producer of concert performance recordings. The band's decision to allow fans to bring increasingly sophisticated recording equipment to shows got it started. The group later began selling complete concert recordings in the Dick's Picks series of releases. That continues to this day with the Dave's Picks series (why not Dave's Raves, we asK?). Less avid collectors among the band's legion of fans might be interested in The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live, a CD(2)/Vinyl(4)/Digital release due March 23. Here's what's in store on the set. Knowing Dead fans, spirited debates are already in progress over what songs are included and and whether they chose the right live version.
Brown Eyed Women (Trivoli Concert Hall 4/14/1972)
The Music Never Stopped (Great American Music Hall 8/13/1975)
Estimated Prophet (Barton Hall 5/8/1977)
Friend Of The Devil (Radio City Music Hall 10/27/1980)
Feel Like A Stranger (Warfield Theatre (10/4/1980)
Fire On The Mountain (Radio City Music Hall 10/31/1980)
Bird Song (Warfield Theatre (10/4/1980)
Eyes Of The World (Nassau Coliseum (3/29/90)
Touch Of Grey (Rich Stadium (7/4/1989)
Blow Away (JFK Stadium 7/7/1989
So Many Roads (Soldier Field (1999)
Robert Plant has repeatedly dashed prospects for ever again reuiniting with his surviving Led Zeppelin mates. He recently expanded that to say he can't imagine ever performing with Jimmy Page again in any configuration. He made that apparent during an interview with a Kentucky radio station. Hear it below. Lots of interesting insights into Plant's outlook on music and life in general in the interview. Cue to about the 8 minute mark to hear that specific segment.
There was no Rocker we had higher regard and respect for than Tom Petty. As difficult as coming to terms with his death is for many fans, it is, of course, so much more difficult for those closest to him. Despite that, with dignity and grace, his family shares this message.
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.