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Neil Young opens floodgates


Neil Young is opening his entire archive of recorded material to fans to stream for free here.  A Timeline on the site provides a comprehensive listing of every recording available - and it literally includes every song he has recorded and dates back to 1963.  Zooming in to a particular portion of the timeline produces more detailed results on what is available from that period.

The recordings are all encoded in Xstream high resolution, delivering a superior quality of sound than other formats offered online.  Xstream is capable of optimizing the quality to take fullest advantage of each end user's available bandwidth.

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Dave Grohl guests with GNR in Tulsa (watch)


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Bob Seger posts preview for I Knew You When


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Bidding on Dylan acoustic approaches $400k


The 1963 Martin D-28 guitar that Bob Dylan played during George Harrison's Bangladesh benefit concert and on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour was expected to bring a top bid of $300k when Heritage Auctions in Dallas sold it and the receipt Dylan provided guitar tech Larry Cragg, who paid $500 to buy it from Dylan. The guitar Cragg  says has kept it in a humidity and temperature controlled enclosure since the day he bought it sold Saturday (11/11) for $396,500. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Billy Gibbons joins GNR in Houston (watch)


Billy Gibbons made an unannounced guest guitarist appearance with Guns N' Roses in Houston Friday (11/10), joining Axl and the band on Patience.

 

 

 

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It's curtains for Ozzy Osbourne


 


With Black Sabbath over and done, Ozzy Osbourne has turned his attention to his own final tour, a trek that won't reach its end until 2020.  The opening date will be in the States when Ozzy plays the Welcome To Rockville festival at Metropolitan Park on April 27, 2018.  From there, Osbourne has a 7 date stretch in Chile, Argentina and Brazil before jetting to Russia for concerts in Moscow an St. Petersburgh, followed by dates in Finland, Sweden, the UK, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germ

any, Spain and Portugal before returning to the US for a full slate of North American dates.Although it is a 'farewell tour', the George Forman of Rock was quick to add that he has not ruled out doing one-off dates after his retirement from touring.

 

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Metallica live streaming wildfire benefit set


Metallica will live stream its set at the Band Together Bay Area concert Thursday (11/9) to benefit those impacted by wildfires that raged north of there. One of the fires came very close to consuming Kirk Hammett's home. The stream can be taken in here...

 

 

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Hendrix, Petty, McCartney guitars to auction


Guitars owned or played by Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and others go up for bids in New York on December 2. The axes include a Guild guitar Jimi Hendrix played in a Miami hotel after hs scheduled appearance at a festival there had been rained out, a Gibson Les Paul Paul McCartney performed with in 2012, the 1963 Fender Precision Bass played on Bruce Springsteen's debut album and a 1990 Alvarez-Yairi acoustic guitar owned by Jerry Garcia.  Guernsey's presided over the auction of Garcia's 'Wolf' guitar that sold for nearly $4 million to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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U2 staging free London concert


U2 will perform a free concert set in  London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday (11/11) as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards. Portions of the concert, which is limited to 7,000 ticket holders rewarded through a lottery, will be televised the following evening.  The awards event itself will be held in the SSE Arena in Wembley on Sunday.

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University of Georgia marching band honors Gregg Allman (watch)


The University of Georgia dedicated its half time performance during Saturday's (11/4) game against South Carolina to Gregg Allman by performing a medley of Allman Brothers Band classics.

 

 

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Gary Rossington faces another medical emergency


Gary Rossington, the sole surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has done his utmost to keep the legendary band going, but it has been a struggle since his health took a serious turn for the worse in 2015.  A heart attack sidelined him and the band late that year and related complications disrupted touring again in 2016. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that another medical emergency involving Rosssington was the reason Friday's (11/3) Skynyrd concert in that city's Capital City Amphitheater got cancelled on the day of the show. Also cancelled was the 11/4 date in Lakeland, Florida.  .38 Special will step in to fill the group's headline slot at the Rock Fest '80's festival November 5 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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Neil Young selling trains, cars, guitars and more


Neil Young's long run of Bridge School benefit concerts reached the end of the line with last year's concert. His generosity toward the learning center for children with special needs  takes another form on December 9 when Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles will conduct a large scale sale of the Rocker's belongings for the benefit of the school.  Included in the sale are more than 200 are pieces from his extensive collection of Lionel Trains, some with estimated values of clost to $10k, his 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood, his 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse and a 1941 Chysler 28 Windsor Highlander Coupe.  Among the guitars Young is parting with are a 1935 Martin F-7, a left handed 1965 Gibson E-35 and a 1999 Gretsch White Falcon.  An assortment of amps and recording equipment is also in the mix, as is clothing of note, including a red & blue flannel shirt Young wore when he played with Paul McCartney at a Bridge School Benefit concert.

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Beatle Christmas messages get limited vinyl release


The annual holiday messages the Beatles released to fan club members from 1963-69 will get a box set release on colored vinly December 15.  Each of the discs will be accompanied by the original flex sleeve artwork it was mailed to club members in. A 16 page compilation of production notess and newsletters sent with the discs is also included in the package.

 

 

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U2 firms-up album and tour plans


Two songs from the forthcoming U2 album got pre-release circulation.  The remaining 11 will come out on the Songs of Experience official release on December 1. A deluxe edition of the album will add three additional tracks and a different mix of You're The Best Thing About Me.  The band's tour in support of the release kicks-off May 2 in Tulsa and wraps June 29 in Newark. While only 15 dates are on the initial schedule, off days between the dates allow room for additional shows in those cities or other cities gedtting added.

 

05/02 BOK Center, Tulsa OK

05/04 Scottrade Center, St. LouisMO

05/07 SAP Center, San Jose CA

05/11 TMobile Arena, Las Vegas NV
05/15 The Forum, Los Angeles CA

05/22 United Center, Chicago IL

05/26 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville TN

05/28 Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta GA

06/05 QC Bell Centre, Montreal

06/09 Nassau Coliseum

06/13 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA

06/17 Captial One Arena, Washington DC

06/21 TD Gardedn, Boston

06/25 Madison Square Garden, New York City

06/29 Prudential Center, Newark NJ

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Dave Grohl is Letterman for Halloween & joins Alice Cooper (watch)


Dave Grohl was both the trick and treat on the Halloween edition of the Jimmy Kimmel Show.  The Foo Fighter came out spoofing as David Letterman before joining Alice Cooper and his band.

 

 

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David Gilmour talks Pompeii, then and now


One of Pink Floyd's most unique concerts took place amid the ancient ruins of Pompeii 46 years ago. In 2016, David Gilmour revisited the setting and did a spectacular performance that recently was released as a DVD.  Gilmour recently sat down with Mary Beard in a BBC studio to discuss the original and more recent concerts.

 

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Dylan acoustic guitar goes to auction


A 1963 Martin D-28 guitar that Bob Dylan played during George Harrison's Bangladesh benefit concert and used extensively during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour is being put up for bids by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on November 11.  The instrument was bought from Dylan for $500 by a guitar tech in 1977. The receipt from that transaction also goes to the high bidder.  Larry Cragg says the guitar hasn't been played since he got it and nothing on it has been replaced.  He has kept it in a humidity and temperature controlled enclosure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metallica's wildfire relief benefit concert announcement (watch)


Metallica will headline a benefit concert lineup that also includes the Dave Matthews Band on November 9 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, to raise funds to assist residents that lost homes that ravaged areas north of the city in recent weeks.

 

 

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Geddy Lee sits down with Dan Rather (watch)


AXS TV preview of Dan Rather's discussion with Rush veteran Geddy Lee (airs starting 10-24-2017).

 

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Bob Seger on the mend following surgery


Bob Seger revealed Monday (10/23) that he had surgery Friday to alleviate the vertebra problem that forced him to postpone tour dates a few weeks ago (story).  Official word came from the Detroit Rocker's social media and web sites in a statement that read, "Bob is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgey on Friday to address the medical issue causing the postponement of his tour."  The account includes that his doctors feel the operation '...couldn't have gone better', and adds that make-up dates for the concerts that were postponed should be setg soon.

Billboard.com

 

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Judas Priest campaigning for Rock Hall spot (watch)


Fan based initiative to help bands gain entry to the Rock Hall Of Fame got some added traction when the Hall announced it would add a popular vote to the selection process that had been exclusive to a bunch of music indusrtry and related business insiders. One nominated band is taking direct action in an effort to get fans to vote on its behalf.  Judas Priest has cut a video designed to drive votes for its induction in 2018.

 

 

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Black Sabbath's final concert out on CD/DVD November 17 (Preview)


Black Sabbath's final show on the band's farewell tour took place in Birmingham, England last February. In the months since, a film and the recording of the concert have been getting produced. Eagle Rock will release the concert in CD and DVD formats on November 17. The CD will include some recent live studio recordings of five of the group's biggest songs.

 

 

 

 

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Dylan covers Petty during Denver concert (watch)


Bob Dylan, who regularly rearranges his own songs in concert to the point they are hard to recognize, did a true to the original version of Tom Petty's Learning To Fly during his Denver concert over the weekend.

 

 

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ZZ Top's remaining 2017 dates scratched


ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has come down with a stomach ailment that has forced the Texas trio to scrap the remaining dates on the 2017 Tonnage tour. The group hopes to work all 18 of the cancelled dates into its 2018-2019 schedule.  The exact nature of the problem was not addressed in the band's notification to fans, which just said Hill neededd to '"ay low for the next few weeks"

 

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Black Friday bright for music fans


The list of limited edition releases for the 11/24/2017 fall Record Store Day is impressive. Here are the highlights of ones most likely to be of interest to ROCKinsights readers...

Anthrax - Carry On Wayward Son (lp)

Chuck Berry - The London Sessions (lp)
Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities Vol 1 (lp)
Byrds - You Movin'/Boston (single)

Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas (lp)

Gary Clark Jr. - Come Together(12" vinyl)

Dimebag Darrell - The Hitz (lp)
Doors - Absolutely Live (douple lp)
Steve Earle - El Corazon (lp)
Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales - Side Trips (double lp)
Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead Records Collection (lp)

Wake Of The Flood, From the Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Steal Your Face
John Lee Hooker - Black Night Is Dalling (lp)
Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas (10" single)
Ziggy Marley - Love Is My Religion (lp)

Dave Matthews - Live at Luther College (lp)

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime (7" single)

Willie Nelson - Spirit (lp)
Willie Nelson - Yesterday's Wine (lp)

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Live 1973 (lp)

Iggy Pop - New Values (lp)
Procol Harum - The One & Only One (10" vinyl)

Queen - We Are The Champions (12" vinyl)
Raspberries - Pop Art Live (lp)

Otis Redding - Live in Europe (lp)
Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson - Bottom Line (interviews with Vin Scelsa)

Rush - Closer To The Heart (7" vinyl)

Son Volt - Ballymena (EP)

Southside Johnny - Detour Ahead (lp)
Roger Taylor - Journey's End (12" vinyl)

Toto - Hold The Line/Alone (10" picture disc)
Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas (lp)

Utopia - P.O.V. (12" vinyl)
Neil Young - Harvest Moon (double lp)

Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy/Primordial (12" vinyl)

 

 

 

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Robert Plant still considers Zeppelin reunion a non-starter


No matter how many times people ask the question, the answer remains the same; Robert Plant has zero interest in joining Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on stage to perform a set of Led Zeppelin songs.  The front man man made that clear yet again to the Daily Telegraph when talking with the publication about his most recent solo album. As he put it this time afround, 'You can't ever really go back.  It's tough enough repeating yourself with something that's a year old, never mind 49 years old. I've got to keep moving.'  The last time the trio of survivng members of the group played together was in 2007 at London's 02 arena, a performance released as Celebration Day in 2012.

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Tom Petty funeral a small, private ceremony


Tom Petty's funeral was held Monday  (10/16) in Los Angeles. The family and close friends only ceremony was conducted at the same site fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison's was held.  One of Tom's daighters shared some photos taken at the event on Instagram.

 

 

 

The dark of the sun we will stand together????

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360 view of Gregg Allman's recording of Willin'


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Bob Seger settles on album title & release date


Bob Seger's new solo album was recorded in appreciation of several of the artists he considers  to have had a major influence on him. I Knew You When includes song by or about Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Lou Reed and others.  It is due November 17.

 

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Roger Daltrey to publish life story


Roger Daltrey says the time is right for him to put his storied life and career in the Who into book form.  The charismatic lead singer plans to have his memoire published next fall.  Speaking of the undertaking, Daltrey said 'It's taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday.'  Given the volume of legendary tales about Who tours, it is bound to be a fascinating read.

 

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Foreigner musical in production


Jukebox Hero: The Musical will use the that song and others from the group to tell the story of who the boy '...standing in the rain' without a ticket to a sold out show was and later became.  Set in a blue collar  town in Pennsylvania with shrinking jobs and growing despair, the production is set to debut in Calgary with premier performances August 10-12.  The show includes 16 Foreigner songs, among them, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded and Waiting For A Girl Like You.  Guitarist Mick Jones says, 'I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping to bring this music to life.'

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Bruce Springsteen mellows out on next album


Bruce Springsteen opened his multi-month residency on Broadway last week.  In addition to developing the concept of how those performances will be staged, Bruce spent time during recent months finishng up a new solo album.  Talking with Variety, Bruce says he resisted going political on the next album, saying he '...got a lot of what I had to say in that vein on Wrecking Ball.'  He calls the new one more of a 'singer-songwriter' release influenced by artists like Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach.  No release date has been set.

 

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90,000 Gator fans salute Tom Petty


Close to 100,000 strong, Florida Gators football fans joined in singing I Won't Back Down in tribute to Tom Petty in his hometown of Gainsville.

 

 

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Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Moody Blues lead Rock Hall Ballot


The Rock Hall Of Fame has introduced a ballot that includes 18 bands or artists in contention for induction in 2018.

Leading the list of nominees (in our opinion) are Dire Straits the Moody Blues, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, The Cars and the J. Geils Band.  Also included are Depeche Mode, Rage Against The Machine, the Zombies, the MC5, Radiohead, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Te Meters, Eurthymics, LL Cool J, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Kate Bush.

 

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Tom Petty's last encore


The last venue Tom Petty played on his final tour was a close to home tour closing date at the Hollywood Bowl.  It took place on September 25, one week before the heart attack that took his life. The encore included a rollicking version of one of his relatively recent songs, followed by the one that introduced him to most of his legions of long time fans.

 

 

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Bob Seger sidelined by medical complication


Bob Seger's Runaway Train tour has been derailed by a bum vertebrae.  The veteran Detroit Rocker's web site posted notification that remaining dates on the tour are off on "doctor's orders" while Bob gets the matter tended to.  Seger himself commented, "I'm so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll.  It's a privilege to play for our amazing fans.  Hoping to be back out on the road very soon."  Indications are that Bob plans to reschedule the 19 dates between September 30 and November 17 getting knocked off the schedule.

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Tom Petty dies peacefully with family, band & friends at his side


Tom Petty was stricken by a major heart attack at his Malibu home in the early hours of Monday (10/2) and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where tests indicated that his brain showed no activity and the decision was made not to continue life support measures.  Numerous usually relaible sources incorrectly interprpreted that as meaning Petty had passed away, but he did not die until Monday evening.  Official word came from his long time manager, Tony Dimitriades, who said that Tom "...died peacefully at 8:40pm (Pacific Time)) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends".

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Tom Petty reportedly suffered severe heart attack


Although nothing addressing his condition appeared on his web site as of this writing, reports were circulating that CBS news had apparently confirmed that Tom Petty died Sunday night after being rushed to UCLA Medical center in Santa Monica.  TMZ had reported that the 66 year-old Petty had been found in full cardiac arrest and was transported to the hospital where tests indicated that his brain showed no activity and the decision was made not to continue life support measures.  Official confirmation that Petty had died has not come as of 5pm Eastern time Monday, but he may be clinging to life under a do-not-resussitate protocol.
This hearbreaking news for Heartbreaker fans comes as Tom and the band were coming off triumphant and critically acclaimed concerts at the Hollywood Bowl just days ago.  While many of his contemporaries settled for doing 'victory lap' tribute concerts that paled in comparrison with shows they did in their prime, Petty continued to pour everything into his shows, often surprising fans with archive tracks and outstanding covers of unexpected titles written by others. 
He was as big a fan as he was an artist.

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Springsteen joins Bryan Adams in closing Invictus Games (watch)


Two of the top musicians from the host country and its closest neighbor got together in Toronto for the closing ceremony of Canada's Invictus Games, a multi-sport competition involving athletes from 17 countries.  Bryan Adams invited Bruce Springteen to join him on stage.  The pair did Badlands and Cuts Like A Knife together on Friday night (9/30).

 

 

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Steven Tyler denies accounts of a seizure


Steven Tyler calls reports evidently triggered by a Boston Globe story on the reason Aerosmith had to cancel the remaining dates of a South American tour "creative speculations".  The tour came to a halt last week after Tyler was ordered to get immediate attention for a medical condition (story). A Globe report suggested a source supposedly with connections with Aerosmith had passed along the info that the singer had experienced a seizure.  Tyler took to his social media accounts to discount the credibility of the account, writing, "I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead). Sorry to have to cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States can perform." 

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John Fogerty steps up for Vets


John Fogerty was front and center in support of a new Veterans crisis intervention center in Las Vegas.  In addition to contributing time and money to support the efforts to bring the center online, John attended the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday (9/28) to make some remarks and perform.  Before Creedence Clearwater Revival's emergence as one of the more socially conscious groups of the 60's, Fogerty spent sime in the Army National Guard.  He stood in opposition to the Vietnam War, but his loyalty to those who served has always held firm, saying, 'Humanly, how can anyone be against veterans? It's inconceivable. These are the people that defend our coungtry and defend our rights in ways most of us probably couldn't come up with or even understand.  There's bravery and herosim there.' Fogerty played a new song he co-wrote with Brad Paisley and also did the CCR classic Fortunate Son.  
The goal is to have the 3500 square foot crisis center up and running by Veterans Day.  The facility will supplement other services available in the Veterans Village.

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McCartney & Joel combine on Beatles songs (watch)


Tuesday night's (9/26) Paul McCartney concert at the Nassau Coliseum featured a pair of Beatles songs that paired Sir Paul with Billy Joel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aerosmith's Tyler ailing


"Unexpected medical issues" have caused Aerosmith to cancel dates on their current tour while the lead singer seeks "immediate care". No specifics have been released about his condition or the problem Tyler is facing. The fact the dates in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico are being cancelled rather than postponed could be telling, but the band's official web site does relay word that a full recovery is expected and that he should be good to go "soon".  The singer's message to fans expressing his disappointment about the need to cancel indicates he flew back to the states on a doctor's order following the concert in São Paulo and adds, "I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances."

 

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Paul McCartney fires up the Carrier Dome


Fans attendng Paul McCartney's first ever concert in Syracuse Saturday (9/23) hoped the music would be hot and knew the venue would be. The lifetime naming rights for the Syracuse University dome were awarded to the Carrier Corporation. At the time Carrier locked that deal in, the world leader in air conditioners was one of the largest employers in Syracuse. Ironically, the Carrier Dome has none, making it a terribly uncomfortable place to attend any event when the outside temp is above 75.  Gone are the days late September Syracuse days can be counted on to be relatively cool.  The McCartney date fell in the middle of a two week stretch the city and region were in the middle of a two week stretch of daily highs in the mid 80's.  The uncomfortable conditions proved undaunting to Sir Paul and the multi-generational legion of fans that came close to filling the venue the now 75 year old Rocker cancelled a scheduled concert at when he was 51 due to mediocre ticket sales.     

The 39 song, 3 hour long show delivered by a band being cooled by discreetly placed but powerful fans seemed to meet or beat the expectations of nearly everyone that attended.  There was a moment during the hot evening that things threatened to get even hotter - in a very dangerous way. A jet of pyro-generated flame during Live and Let Die ignitied some rigging above the stage.  Rapid response by crew members averted what could have brought a wonderful evening to a tragic close.

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Jackson Browne's tribute to Gregg Allman (watch)


Thursday night (9/21) at the Laid Back Festival, Jackson Browne did the song by Gregg Allman that Duane considered his younger brother's finest tune in tribute to the festival founder.

 

 

 

Three years ago, Browne and Allman did the song together.

 

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Springsteen puts a charge into Laid Back Festival (watch)


The Laid Back Festival at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel NJ got an extra jolt of energy Thursday night (9/21) courtesy of Bruce Springsteen, who emerged to perform two songs (Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and It's Been A Long Time) with E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt's own outfit Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, joined Jackson Browne on  Take It Easy, and then took part in an all-hands-on-stage encore with Peter Wolf bounding out to lead everyone through a version of the J. Geils Band's Freeze Frame.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KISS reunites with Simmons & Frehley (watch)


Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley took the stage with KISS for the first time in more than 15 years when the group  played a benefit concert for The Children Matter in St. Paul, MN Wednesday night (9/20).  The pair of original members did Parasite, Cold Gin, Shock Me and broke into the inevitable encore Rock And Roll All Night as dozens of fans crowded around the band on stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springsteen warms-up for Broadway at NJ college


Monmouth College is the home of the Bruce Springsteen archives. Tuesday night (9/19), it apparently was also the scene of a dress rehearsal for Bruce's multiple month residency in Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre.  The unannounced performance was an invitation only affair that the University declined to confirm or deny.  Semi-confirmation it took place came in a non-specific social media reference by Patti Scialfa's brother who wrote, 'It's easy sometimes to forget what true genius is, until its right in front of you."  The audience in the 700 seat Pollack Theater on the Long Branch, New Jersey campus of Monmouth was limited to about 200.  Capacity at the Walter Kerr Theatre is just under 1,000.

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John Lennon's widow sour about lemonade


Yoko Ono is threatening to file suit against a small UK company marketing a series of flavored beverages under the name John Lemon.  Even though the company insists it does not use images or likenesses of John Lennon, lawyers for Ono contend that it has used some and made inferentail references to Lennon in some social media posts that, in the process, infringed on the John Lennon trademark registered with the European Union.  The company's owner does not think the claim has merit, but says fighting the suit is beyond him company's means because an unfavorable decision could leave it responsible for covering Ono's legal expenses as well as its own.  Making matters even stranger, the John Lemon trademark was apparently filed withthe EU two years before the John Lennon one was.

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Eddie Vedder joins street performers outside Wrigley (Watch)


The Cubs sit atop the NL Central with just over a week left in MLB's regular season.  That's cause for celebration for one of the team's highest profile fans, Eddie Vedder.  The Pearl Jam lead singer took to the sidewalk outside Wrigley Field to join a couple of street musicians on a version of his band's song Courduroy Friday (9/15) and was at it again on Sunday, that tim sitting in on drums.

 

 

 

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United Nations recruits Bob Weir


Bob Weir likes to keep up on social-political matters and has lobbied formally and informally for environmental and social reforms he believes in.  The former Grateful Dead veteran will be doing it in a more official capacity now that the United Nations has named him a Goodwill Ambassador.  Weir takes on the role of helping the international body inform the public and advance the cause the positive role counteracting climate change can have in reducing poverty while promoting sustainability.  A ceremony honoring the newest Goodwill Ambassadors takes place Sunday (9/17) during the 8th annual Social Good Summit in New York City.

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Springsteen joins McCartney at MSG (Watch)


Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band took the stage to join Paul McCartney on I Saw Her Standing There during Paul's Madison Square Garden encore Friday (9/15).

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Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend & Billy Idol Rock Chicago (Watch)


Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined Pete Townshend and Billy Idol's Orchestra backed Quadrophenia concert in Chicago Wednesday night (9/13).

 

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Gilmour dishes another Pompeii preview (Watch)


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Gregg Allman I Love The Life I Live (Watch)


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KISS reunites with Frehley & Simmons for Hurricane Harvey benefit


Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will rejoin KISS in a benefit to assist Gulf Coast families with young children hammered by Hurricane Harvey. The reunion will take place on September 20 at  CHS Field in St. Paul MN. Proceeds go to The Chidren Matter to help speed restoration of normal lives for the 10,000 children in the Houston area displaced by the storm.  It will mark the first time in more than 15 years the pair has been back on stage with the band in concert.
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Stones raid the vault on opening night in Hamburg (watch)


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U2 previews You're The Best Thing About Me


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New life for a legendary recording studio


A New York City recording studio where many great albums were recorded has been spared the fate of several former studios that have gone the way of condos or the wrecking ball in recent years.  The Power Station had been renamed Avatar by its more recent owners.  When they sought an interested party to take it over that would commit to continue operating it as a studio, Boston's Berklee College of Music jumped at the opportunity. Renamed the Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the studio will, in addition to serving as a traditional recording studio, hos educational programs and live performances for intimate size audiences.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave Pete Muller much of the credit to bringing the deal to fruition, saying  'Renovating this amazing, historic music venue is a powerful nod to New York City as a continuing center for innovative art, culture and creativity.  I commend Berklee and Trustee Pete Muller for their investments, their vision, and for the public performing space that will benefit many budding and future New York recording artists.'

The former ConEdison power plant opened as a studio in 1977.  The list of albums recorded there includes major albums from Bruce SPringsteen (Born To Run), the Rolling Stones (Tattoo You), Bob Dylan (Infidels), David Bowie (Scary Monsters & Let's Dance), and many, many more.

Gothamist.com

 

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Stage swallows James Hetfield


James Hetfield was in the middle of Metallica's song Now That We're Dead during group's concert Monday (9/4) at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam when he averted a brush with it when he fell through into an open trap door in the stage.  He was assisted up out of the opening, telling the audience after completing the song 'I'm okay. My ego, not so much. But we're fine. Hurt my feelings'.  


 

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Keith Richards Ferrari hits the block


A mint condition 1983 400i Ferrari that Keith Richards bought while the Rolling Stones were recording in Paris goes up for auction on Saturday (9/9).  In Keith's stable of exotic rides since being shipped back to London after the band finished recording the album Dirty Work, the car is almost certainly the most pristine a Ferrari of that style and vintage anywhere in the world.  With just 3.6km on the odometer (2,200 miles), the car is valued at $225,000 and is expected to bring close to or possibly more than that during the RM Sotheby's Ferrari sale.  In addition to the car itself, the high bidder gets the original sale materials, including the warranty card that designates the Stones guitarist as the owner.

Sothebys.com

 

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker dies (updated)


Walter Becker who, with Donald Fagen were the core members and provided the creative genius of Steely Dan, passed away Sunday (8/3) at 67.
The Queens, New York born Becker took up the saxophone during his school years but set that aside to become a guitarist. Becker became a proficient guitarist with help from Randy Wolfe, who later changed his name to Randy California and was a founding member of the band Spirit.
Becker met Walter Fagen while the two were enrolled at Bard College.  For a time, the two were in a band named Leather Canary that had Chevy Chase on drums.  Becker and Fagen ditched Bard before graduating and set out to become professional song writers and, briefly, were members of Jay and the Americans under assumed names.
In 1971, the two relocated to the west coast and soon after arriving formed Steely Dan.  Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Denny Dias (guitars) and Jim Hodder (drums) rounded out the band.  Becker contributed some guitar at the outset, but his primary instrument was bass.  Once the band acquired the services of bassist extraordinaire Chuck Rainey, Becker was free to shift entirely to guitar, and made his recording debut as Steely Dan's guitarist on Pretzel Logic (1974).



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Steely Dan as a band was soon distilled down to Becker and Fagen, giving the pair the option to base which musicians they worked with on the nature and style of each album.  Taking this approach allowed them to fine tune the sound for the studio but made concerts difficult, and Steely Dan became one of the least regular touring acts in Rock during Becker & Fagen's most active years of releasing popular albums.  The two dissolved their writing partnership in 1981, the year after releasing Goucho, the final Steely Dan album released during the consecutive years of the collabortation of Becker and Fagen.  Free of the pressures and obligations of needing to reinvent the band each time they did an album, the pair eventually began to tour somewhat regularly. 

Walter Becker contended with a number of health issues, including injuries sustained when he was struck by a taxi while crossing the street in New York in 1978 and substance problems.  He got that in check after the final album was released and went on to produce albums for Rickie Lee Jones (Flying Cowboys), Michael Franks, China Crisis.

 

Becker and Fagen reunited in 1993 for a tour after Becker had produced Fagen's album Kamakirird.  The following year, Fagen returned the favor, producing Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack.  They then collaborated as Steely Dan, releasing Two Against Nature (2000), an album that collected four Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year.

Becker & Fagen were inducted into the Rock Hall OF Fame in 2001.

 

A cause of death has not been released. News of his passing was not a shock as it was common knowledge that he had health issues, but the circumstances under which we learned of his death because numerous sites seem to have announced it before it actually happened.  

We always await substantiation before firing off a story. So, when people in a position to know cast doubts about reports that emerged going into the weekend that Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame had passed away and a chorus of claims of a hoax grew, we awaited verification.  His passing was confirmed. But the assuming the date of death indicated on his web site is accurate, the initial reports of his death were false.  While many repudible people and sites got duped into spreading news of his death prematurely, the misinformation had to have started with someone.  We hope whoever that was feels remorse over having made a difficult time for Becker's loved ones and friends even more painful.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springsteen Broadway residency adds 10 weeks


E Street Band members will have more time on their hands than they assumed. Bruce Springsteen's fall  series of solo dates in a Broadway theater has generated such a frenzy of anticipation that 10 additional weeks of performances have been added.  The Boss had been scheduled to will sing songs and spin yarns at the 950 seat Walter Kerr Theatre from October 12 - November 26.  It has now been announced that the closing night won't come until three days into the second month of 2018.

In an effort to thwart bots and scalpers, Ticketmaster has developed a system designed to limit sales to individuals that have an established history of having purchased tickets in patterns that makes them verifiable as legitimate fans.  The ticket seller's Verifiable Fan registration will be re-opened until September 3 for the additional dates.  People that registerd for the initially announced dates that did not get the opportunity to buy tickets do not need to register again.
NYDailyNews.com

 

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David Gilmour does Time/Breathe Live at Pompeii (watch)


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Court ruling blocks Skynyrd plane crash movie


On Monday (8/28), an injunction grounded any additional production of a movie recounting the tragic October 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that claimed the lives of band members Donnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines as well as Cassie Gaines, the sister of Steve that was touring with the group as a background singer.  Filming of Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash had violated an oath surviving band members had taken in the late 1980's to never exploit for profit the misfortune without first obtaining their approval.  Former drummer Atrimus Pyle evidently side stepped that agreement. 

CinemaBlend.com

 

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ZZ Top voices support for Houston


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David Bowie: A Life


David Bowie: A Life, a new bio about the iconic Rocker due September 12, delves into some of the complicated family dynamics that influenced him as a person and an artist.  The book, written by Dylan Jones, the author and Bowie fan who previously wrote the highly regarded When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook The World, digs into some of the family factors that figured in Bowie becoming the artist he did.  His youth was spent in a home life frought with troubles, many of them stemming from mental instabilities of members of his mother's family. One aunt was administered a lobotomy and another died in her 30's after having been committed to mental hospitals. His schitzophrenic half brother was hit and killed by a train in an apparent suicide.  Bowie once said, 'One puts oneself through such psychological damage trying to avoid the threat of insanity, you start to approach the very thing that you're scared of.'  
Although it's written that he went through cocaine at a pace during a period in his so furious it had nearly "eaten away his nose" at one point, Bowie once let a lover know that he was afraid of taking LSD because he considered '...the prospect of losing control during the psychedelic terrifying.'
DailyMail.co.uk

 

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David Gilmour previews Pompeii 2016 concert DVD (Watch)


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Rumors of a Lee-Lifeson Band shot down by guitarist


Drummer Neil Peart's reluctance to continue recording and touring is not shared by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.  Eddie Trunk is of the opinion that drummer Peart is '...out. I think he's done, done, done' but contends Lee and Lifeson are energized and look forward to making more music.  But recent rumors that  the former Rush guitarist and its bass player and primary vocalist were forming a band together but without Peart are being discounted by a source with access to members of the Canadain power trio. Donna Halper, a radio personality that was an enthusiastic supporter of the band in its early years, has informed Society Of Rock that Lifeson told her there is no truth to rumors that he and Lee have or intend to work together musically. 
BraveWords.com

 

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8-25-1975 Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run


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Foo Fighters The Sky Is A Neighborhood (watch)


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U2 sends letter to fans teasing new track


A number of U2 fans received some unexpected snail-mail over the last few days.  A letter from the band seems to be promoting a new track titled Blackout.  Silhouettes of a young boy and girl holding hands obscure much of the text. The next U2 album, Songs of Experience, is expected to be released December 1.

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Gov't Mule Revolution Come... Revolution Go (Watch)


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Ozzy Osbourne does Bark At The Moon during eclipse (watch)


Always the show man, Ozzy Osbourne wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to time his set at the Moonststock Festival so that he could do Bark At The Moon just as the eclipse went total at Walker's Bluff, Illinois on Tuesday (8/21).

 

 

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Pearl Jam concert film & album slated (preview)


Right in synch with the start of MLB's post season, Pearl jam is releasing a concert film and companion CD of the group's 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field on September 29. Devout Cubs fan Eddie Vedder has equated walking into the historic ballpark with '...stepping into Oz.'  Director Danny Clinch commented, 'In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location.  When it happens that the main characsters are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic.'  The 17 song set includes Vedder's Cub rally song All The Way and a cover of the Beatles I've Got A Feeling.

 

 

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