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GNR Outrages UK Fans

The already sketchy concert reputation Guns N Roses got a lot worse in the minds of thousands of Manchester, UK fans that were kept waiting three hours for the group to take the stage Tuesday (5/29). The GNR set got underway so late that its start was after the 11pm curfew at the venue and after a good percentage of the ticket holders had already exited. Thousands more hit the exits before the set wrapped-up, leaving a half filled arena by the time the final notes sounded at 2:15am.  Plenty of enraged fans too to social media to blast the band - and Axl Rose in particular.
Jam.Canoe.ca

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Procol Harum Singer Injured

Gary Brooker in serious but stable condition
 
A Tuesday (5/29) fall in Capetown, South Africa has left Procol Harum lead singer Gary Brooker in what is being described as serious but stable condition.  New that Brooker had sustained injuries that would prevent the British band from being able to perform at a series of concerts forced promoters to remove the group name form a series of dates that also featured the Moody Blues and 10cc.

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Dylan Honored at White House

Bob Dylan overcame his aversion to awards events to allow President Obama to personally place a Medal of Freedom around his neck during a White House ceremony Tuesday (5/29).  The Folk Rock icon joined NASA space pioneer John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, writer Toni Morrison, Israeli President Shimon Perez, past Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and the National Farm Workers Association's Dolores Huerta in receiving the nations highest civilian honor.  During his remarks about Dylan, Obama spoke not only about the impact the prolific musician has had on society, culture and politics during his remarkable career, but also about the profound influence his songs had on him personally.
RollingStone.com

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ZZ Top Jump Start New Release

Frustrated over delays in getting the final mix downs of their new album from producer Rick Rubin, ZZ Top members are electing to put out a four song sampler ahead of the album.  Proof of having legally downloaded Texicali, the four song digital sampler, will get fans wanting the full as yet untitled release at a special discount when it finally becomes available later this year.  In addition to I Gotsta Get Paid, the tune the band uses in a very funny ad promoting a Lone Star State malt liquor beverage, the sampler will include the songs Chartreuse, Over You and Consumption.
HenneMusic.com
 
 

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Dylan Goes Long On New Disc

Bob Dylan has written some epic tracks in his long, prolific career. Desolation Row from Highway 61 Revisited, Joey from Desire, Blonde On Blonde's Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands all logged in at around eleven minutes, Lilly, Rosemary & The Jack of Hearts from the 1975 masterpiece Blood On The Tracks ran close to nine and Highlands, a song on Time Out Of Mind, clocked in at 16+. Dylan's next, his 35th studio album, finds Bob going long again.  The album, slated for a September release, reportedly includes a nine minute tune and a 14 minute song about the Titanic, eclipsing Jamie Brockett's wild thirteen and a half minute 1969 song that used the epic ocean liner as a metaphor, Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic.
VintageVinylNews.com

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Eagles Flocking In 2013?

Joe Walsh thinks that the 2013 Eagles tour would be a great time to reintroduce fans to a couple of members that parted company with the group decades ago. Walsh, who joined the band in 1975 to fill the role being vacated by Bernie Leadon, hopes that both Leadon and Randy Meisner, who left the group in 1977, will participate in at least some of the concerts, telling Rolling Stone, 'I think it would be an important part of it (a concert DVD) if they showed up.'  Walsh has himself a jam-packed schedule for the rest of this year. In addition to doing some dates in support of his Analog Man release (June 5), the guitarist plans to record and tour with members of his pre-Eagles outfit, the James Gang.
Gibson.com

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Jimmy Page Miffed Over Olympics Snub

Jimmy Page figured doing Whole Lotta Love atop a London double decker bus during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to promote the 2012 Summer Games in London would qualify him for a repeat performance on his home turf.  Apparently the London Olympics Committee did not share his opinion - something that has the former Led Zeppelin guitarist not feeling much love for the organization.  Asked about it by Mandrake, Page admits to '...feeling rather hurt' over the face he has not been asked to make a repeat appearance at the London festivities.  Organizers had reportedly hoped to convince the Rolling Stones to play and also sought to bring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for an opening or closing performance. Having been turned down by both, they have settled for a Duran Duran appearance.
Telegraph.co.uk

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Ziggy Stardust Videos Sought

June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, 1972's creative crowning achievement of an album by David Bowie. GeneroTV is marking the occasion by soliciting music videos based on the title song. Up for grabs to the Bowie fan with the best visual interpretation of the tune is a $4,000 prize plus a copies of the 40th Anniversary CD and LP package that also features a 5:1 DVD mix of the landmark album with additional tracks.
Genero.tv/davidbowie

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Elton Ailing, Postpones Dates

Elton John was hospitalized in LA Wednesday (5/23), suffering from what doctors labeled a serious respiratory infection.  John, who underwent tests at Cedars-Sinai Hospital after experiencing difficulty during concerts last weekend in Las Vegas, was admitted to the facility for testing and treatment and released later that day with a doctor recommendation that he not plan on returning to the stage until the infection had fully cleared-up.  Elton John performances scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Caesars Palace in Vegas have been postponed.
CNN.com

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Gregg Allman Plans To Wed 24 Year-Old

Gregg Allman thinks the 7th time around will be the charm, telling Piers Morgan of CNN that 'This time, I am really in love'.  The object of the affection of the 64 year-old founding member of the Allman Brothers Band is a blonde beauty that is 40 years his junior and the woman Gregg insists should be considered '...wife number one' after his decades long quest for lasting love left six former wives in his wake.  Allman talked briefly about the new love of his life while promoting his autobiography, My Cross To Bear, a book that deals candidly with the turmoil of his life and includes insights into his complicated relationship with his late brother and band mate, Duane, as well as some glimpses into his brief, stormy marriage to Cher.
PiersMorgan.blogs.cnn.com

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David Gilmour Bomb Scare

David Gilmour and his wife had to abandon their home in the UK for their own safety when a British Naval bomb squad arrived to deal with a bomb believed to date back the the Second World War that construction workers discovered on the Pink Floyd guitarist's property near Hove in East Sussex.  Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson took to her Twitter account to share the news of the discovery and sound the all clear after the demolition experts determined the explosive device was missing a key component or two that Samson tweeted '...make it go bang.'
UltimateClassicRock.com

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Aerosmith Performs New Song On Idol

Aerosmith members that have put up with the complications resulting from their lead singer's decision to moonlight as a judge on American Idol finally had a reason to be glad he took the gig.  The Boston appeared on Idol's season finale to debut a new song more than three months ahead of the release of the album it will appear on.  Sounding and looking in good form, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer ripped into Walk This Way and a song that sounds closer to the 70's era Aerosmith than anything the group has done since, Legendary Child. The album, titled Music From Another Dimension, has been stamped with a August 28 release date.
 

 

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Bowie Guitarist Escapes Inferno

The hot guitar licks of Earl Slick (Frank Madeloni) can be heard on a number of David Bowie albums, including Young Americans, David Live and Station To Station. Slick was a passenger in a hot car owned by a fellow musician and vascular surgeon in New Jersey over the weekend that erupted in flames.  The Shelby Cobra convertible was topless at the time, making a rapid escape possible after the car's engine caught fire on Saturday afternoon (5/19).  Slick was in the area to perform in a British Invasion concert event at a venue in Montclair and to do some mentoring in the School Of Rock program that encourages young musicians.
NorthJersey.com

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Abbey Road Reverse Photo Sells

Abbey Road had a flip side.  It turns out that the photo used for the album cover had one too. Forty Three years after Iain Macmillan snapped the Beatles trekking along the intersection crosswalk during the cover shoot, another picture he took showing the band members crossing the street in the other direction brought a top bid nearly twice as high as experts had estimated it would during an auction Tuesday (5/22) in London. An anonymous collector forked over nearly $31,000 to take possession of the print.  Another thing distinguishes the photo from the one chosen for the cover of the landmark 1969 release:  Paul McCartney was barefoot in the cover photo - something that stoked rumors that he had died and was replaced by a look and sound alike.  He is wearing sandals in the reverse photo.
DailyMail.co.uk

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Stones Clock 10 Millionth Facebook Fan

Members of the Rolling Stones put together a brief video thank-you to the ten million fans the group has amassed on its official Facebook page. A million of those joined in just the few months since the band posted a thanks to its fan base for putting them over the 9 million mark.  The most interesting thing about the 18 minute clip is that it was shot in a studio - adding to the expectation that the group really is gearing up for a tour.
 

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Peter Gabriel Announces US Dates

Mindful that his New Blood Orchestra tour left a lot of fans longing for a concert experience with fewer instruments and more Rock, Peter Gabriel has announced plans to take to the road this fall with the band that backed him on his 1986 tour to perform all of the songs on his monumentally successful album of that year, So, plus songs from other albums.  The Back To Front tour opens in Quebec Sept. 16, two days before a deluxe re-issue of the album drops.  The five time platinum album will be available in single disc form as well as a 3 CD set and a Super Deluxe Box Set.
PRNewswire

PETER GABRIEL BACK TO FRONT TOURSeptember 16 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi
September 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
September 19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
September 21 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
September 23 Wantaugh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
September 24 Boston, MA TD Garden
September 26 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
September 27 Chicago, IL United Center
September 30 Denver, CO Red Rocks
October 2 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
October 5 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Showroom
October 6 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
October 9 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl


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Jagger Romps On SNL

Mick Jagger has always had a level of on camera comfort that is unusual even among performers that spend a lot of their lives in the public eye.  He proved it again Saturday (5/19) with an appearance on Saturday Night Live in which the Rolling Stones front man came across as more at home on the set than some of the veteran cast members.  Mick did it all - the opening monologue, skits and riveting live performances of early Stones classics The Last Time and Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown backed by Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters respectively. and returned for a politically charged send-up of the Tea Party backed by Jeff Beck. Jagger also had some fun at the expense of Steven Tyler in a skit mocking his counterpart in Aerosmith's side gig as a reality talent show judge.  Jagger followed show with a short performance in Rockefeller Center that featured Bitch and Miss You.
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Levon Gone, Ramble On

Saturday (5/26) would have marked the 72d birthday of former Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm.  A performing arts center in the Hudson Valley had a big birthday concert in store for him this year, but Levon passed away when a recurrence of the throat cancer he was diagnosed with years ago claimed his life on April 19th.  Helm's Daughter and his former manager have decided instead to hold another Midnight Ramble, the name given the weekend concerts Levon had been so fond of staging and attending in his Woodstock studio during the last few years of his life.  Word spread quickly and tickets were all claimed within a very short time of going on sale for the event that will feature Amy Helm and members of Levon's group and the Dirt Farmer Band. As was the case with plenty of past Rambles, other musicians are sure to drop by.
HudsonValley.ynn.com

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Mystery Drummer Announced By Sabbath

The latest wrinkle in the wrinkled reunion of Black Sabbath comes in the form of and announcement that the group has recruited a drummer to replace Bill Ward but is not revealing who he is.  Responding to Ward's official statement that he would not be joining the band under the terms offered him, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tommy Iommi declined to address their apparently former drummer's comments directly but said, 'There are two sides to every story.  We have been working hard at rehearsals and making excellent progress after Tony's (cancer) treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows.'  We will find out who the mystery drummer is Saturday (5/19) when the group stages its first reunion tour show in Birmingham, UK.
HenneMusic.com

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Joe Bonamassa On Letterman

Fresh off a smokin' concert at the Landmark Theatre for Central New York fans that knew what a great player he was before the rest of the world caught on, Joe Bonamassa will sit in with Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra on the Monday (5/21) edition of the Late Show With David Letterman.  The appearance takes place just hours before Joe's latest studio album, Driving Towards The Daylight, drops.  Bonamassa, who was impressing legends like BB King when he was a schoolboy, says the chance to guest with the CBS late night show's director and band leader is something he is really looking forward to, adding,  'I am huge Letterman fan since I was 6 years old and I can't wait to sit in with Paul Schaffer and his band.'

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Van Halen Tour Hits The Wall (video)

Within days of announcing a series of new dates, Van Halen suddenly announced that 30 of the concerts that had been on the schedule were being postponed.  Attempts to learn why all of the dates after  dates  after June 26 were being yanked were met with refusals to comment from tour promoter Live Nation and a representative of the group.  Rolling Stone magazine quoted an unidentified source as saying VH members '...hate each other', and are '...arguing like mad'.  The tour, which had been doing decent numbers, was out performing the band's comeback album, A Different Kind Of Truth' which has seen plummeting sales since selling close to 200,000 copies the week it was released.  The announcement of the postponements seems to have blindsided venue operators, who were also left in the dark about whether to offer ticket holders refunds.  Somewhere tonight, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony are exchanging high fives.
Some comical wrath from Roth was directed at a fan during the band's recent concert in Winnipeg after a plastic bottle was thrown on stage. (video)

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Stones Could Open Tour In Fall

Guitarist Ron Wood has a suggestion for Rolling Stones fans; keep October and November free.  The hint comes as reports have emerged that he and the other members of the Stones have been holding rehearsals in the New York City area.  The stories fueled speculation that the rest of the band could perform with Mick Jagger when he hosts and is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (5/17).  That was refuted with an announcement that Jagger will be backed by Arcade Fire, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and guitarist Jeff Beck (story). But it does leave open the possibility that the band will use the appearance as a platform for announcing tour plans.
NME.com

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Hendrix Estate Not Backing Movie

If the recently announced Jimi Hendrix biopic, All By My Side (story), makes it to the silver screen it may have to get there without the cooperation of or rights to Hendrix material that the late guitarist's estate has control over.  A release from Experience Hendrix, LLC addressing the film says, '...the family owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and administrator of the Jimi Hendrix music and publishing catalog, has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.'  The production company involved in the film casting rapper Andre 3000 in the title role has declined to respond directly to the verbal warning shot, other than to remark that the issue of whether Hendrix music will be featured in the movie is a, '...valid question, but we're not getting into specifics of what we've shared so far.'
PressHerald.com

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Eagles Earn Degree Honors

Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh picked up honorary music degrees during a ceremony Saturday (5/12) in Boston.  The Berklee School Of Music doctorates recognizing outstanding achievement in popular culture that have had a positive influence on its students were given out at Agganis Arena.  The ceremony came a day after a student recital attended by the honor recipients. In accepting his award, Don Henley said, 'Sometimes I worry about the future of music and culture. But, after what we all witnessed here last night, I have renewed hope and faith in the future of music. It was truly inspiring'.  Alison Krauss and Malatu Astatke were also honored with degrees.
Noise11.com

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Donald 'Duck' Dunn Dies In Tokyo

Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bass player in the great Memphis R&B band Booker T & The MGs and a man whose signature style added oomph to hundreds of sessions for other stars, passed away in his sleep following a concert in Tokyo Sunday (5/13) at the age of 70, according to the Associated Press.  Inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame with Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper and Alan Jackson in 2007, the MGs were the driving force behind a lot of the hits emerging from the Stax Studios in Memphis back in the day, including songs by Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Sam & Dave.  In later years, Dunn was part of the band that backed John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd as the Blues Borthers. He also recorded with Bob Dylan (Shot Of Love), Eric Clapton (Behind The Sun), John Fogerty (Blue Moon Swamp), Neil Young (Silver & Gold), Rod Stewart (Atlantic Crossing), Tom Petty (Damn The Torpedoes/Hard Promises) and dozens of others.
AllMusic.com

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Foo Fighter Backing Jagger On SNL

Anticipation that other members of the Rolling Stones were likely to appear with Mick Jagger on the May 19 season ending episode of Saturday Night Live got dialed down by an Inside TV report that claims the Stones front man will actually be backed by Arcade Fire and joined by Foo Fighters & Them Crooked Vultures drummer Dave Grohl.  Earlier reports claim that Jagger, Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts have been rehearsing in the NYC area (story) triggered immediate speculation that the Stones would all perform together, would make a 2013 tour announcement, or do both.  While anything is still possible, prospects that the Stones will perform on the intimate SNL stage with Mick seem as slim as the man himself.  Grohl has the distinction of having been a musical guest on the show 4x more frequently than Jagger.   He has appeared with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers as well as his own groups, Nirvana, Foo Fighters and the Vultures. The May 19 appearance will be Grohl's 12th on the late night NBC comedy show and just Jagger's 3rd.
InsideTV.ew.com

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Aerosmith Doing New Song On Idol

Guitarist Joe Perry has gotten the word out that he and his band mates will debut a song from the as yet untitled Aerosmith album on the season finale of American Idol.  We think the appearance on the May 23 telecast of the show the Boston band's Steven Tyler is a judge on should be open to viewer ratings on the quality of the song and performance... but then we'd actually have to watch the show instead of just calling the track up on YouTube.

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Grateful Dead Drummer Plans Book

One of the drummers of the Grateful Dead is working on an autobiography that will also chronicle the decades he spent traveling the world and recording with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, fellow stick man Mickey Hart and the other former members of the seminal San Francisco band.  Bill Kreutzmann says the aims to have the book ready for publication in 2015 and tells AP it will include accounts of behind the scenes encounters he and the band had with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers Band.
A book marking the 50th anniversary book about the Dead is also being authored by David Browne.
JamBands.com

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ZZ Top Premiers Song In Beer Ad (video)

ZZ Top fans can get a look at the band and a listen to a new song titled I've Got To Get Paid via a video of an ad produced for Jeremiah Weed Beer.  The tune gets played by the band inside a  cooler at Bubba's Country Store as unsuspecting customers pop open the door to help themselves to cold beverages.  The surprised reactions are reportedly genuine - the commercial was shot live with regular customers at the Austin, Texas store.
The as yet untitled release is still getting the final mixes done by Rick Rubin.  If this song is any indication, it sounds like Rubin and the band will deliver on the promise of an album that will capture the less polished sound early fans of the Texas trio loved. (video).
VintageVinylNews.com

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Alice & Aerosmith Rock LA Party (video)

The after party for the premier of the latest Johnny Depp party could prove to be a lot more memorable than the movie itself.  The la screening of Dark Shadows at Grauman's Chinese Theatre was followed-up by a blow-out in a temporary venue set up in the parking lot behind the El Capitan Theater that was hosted by Depp and headlined by Alice CooperDepp joined Cooper during the first set and Cooper's band was later joined by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on versions of School's Out, Come Together, the Abbey Road song Aerosmith covered in 1978, Pink Floyd's Another Brick in The Wall and Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love (video).
AcesShowBiz.com

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Crew Member Now Drummer for Little Feat

The loss of Richie Hayward in 2010 (story) left Little Feat without a drummer.  The search for a stick man to fill the role Hayward had been so rock solid in for decades began and ended close to home.  The veteran group has welcomed Hayward's drum tech as a full time member of the band.  Speaking with Sam Davis of JamBands.com, Feat's Paul Barrere says Gabe, who is a nephew of guitar great Robben Ford, convinced group members quickly that he had what it took to keep the beat for the band, "...we gave him 18 songs to work on. On the second day we said, 'Pack your shit and go home. You're no longer a tech, you're our drummer.' "
Little Feat is finishing up work on the group's first studio album of new, original material in nearly a decade.  Featuring some songs LF keyboard player Billy Payne co-wrote with Jerry Garcia song writing partner Robert Hunter, Rooster Rag is slated for a summer release. Barrere and fellow Feat guitarist Fred Tackett also have a side recording project in progress and Barrere himself has his sights set on doing a new solo album.

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Will Other Stones Be On SNL?

Word that Saturday Night Live has secured Mick Jagger to host and perform on the NBC comedy shows final episode of the season (story) has been followed by reports that the other members of the Rolling Stones are in the city and rehearsing with the front man in preparation for the musical segments of the May 17 live telecast.  Of course, rumors always swirl around the band and this one could prove to be as empty as most, but iorr.org added grist to the claim by supplying details that included that Allman Brothers Band frequent Stones keyboard accompanist Chuck Leavell and bass player/producer Don Was were also on the scene and that the songs they worked on during the session were Fool To Cry, Jumping Jack Flash and Miss You. Don't expect NBC to do anything but sit back and let the reports grow legs.
VintageVinylNews.com

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Ted Nugent Goes Off On CBS (Video)

Ted Nugent appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about his recent run-in with the Secret Service over remarks he made about President Obama at a National Rifle Association meeting (story).
After making the case for being a compassionate guy, Ted went off the deep end, telling CBS interviewer Jeff Glor that if he could find a better character screening process than his voluntary work with families with sick terminally ill children he would orally gratify him.  Not content to leave it at that, Nugent then told the female producer of the segment that he would '?...f#*k you. How's that sound?'.  We're not sure how it sounded to her, but it sure didn't sound good to Nugent's wife, who forced her husband to apologize to the producer, according to Glor, who also said that Nugent phoned him the following day to say that he had gone to the hospital right after the interview to have a kidney stone removed.  They must have extracted some bile too.
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HenneMusic.com

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Hendrix Movie Starting Production

Talk of a Jimi Hendrix biopic has been off-and-on for years, but it finally appears that a firm plan is in place to begin making the biopic late this month in Ireland.  Andre Benjamin, better known as Andree 300 of the Rap duo Outkast, will have the lead role in a movie being co-produced by three film companies.  The film is said to be concentrating on the early period of the meteoric career of the Seattle guitarist that Chas Chandler, bass player with the Animals convinced to return to England with him so he could have Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and others hear him play.  That jaw dropping club appearance led immediately to the studio sessions that produced the ground breaking debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
IFTN.ie 

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HBO Previews Rock Hall Of Fame Highlights

Trailer posted for induction highlights HBO special

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SNL Lands Jagger For Finale

Lorne Michaels has managed to do what London Olympics organizers have come up empty on - getting a member of the Rolling Stones to commit to an appearance.  Mick Jagger will both host and perform on the May 19 season ending episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC.  The appearance will be the third time the Rolling Stones front man has performed on SNL, but his first time hosting the iconic late night comedy show.He turned in one of the best non-musical performances in the show's storied history when he appeared as band mate Keith Richards in a skit with Mike Myers in Jagger's role. (video)
NBC.com

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New Album, Tour & Bass Player For Skynyrd

Southern Rock institution Lynyrd Skynyrd will release a new studio album titled Last Of A Dying Breed on August 21.  The new album arrives as the band hits the road for dates in the US and Europe and announces the addition of founding Black Crowes bass player Johnny Colt
Gary Rossington says the new album is the first effort in some time that the group took a real live approach to as opposed to having members lay down separate tracks during different studio sessions. Going old school resulted in the process being '...a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us', according to Rossington, who adds, 'We can't wait to let the fans hear these songs and play 'em live.'
Colt is charged up about the opportunity to join the legendary outfit.  He says that when the band's Rickey Medlocke phoned him to see if he was interested, his only question was 'when and where!'
PRNewswire

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Guinness Guitar Record Broken (video)

Organizers of the Thanks Jimi Festival have submitted documentation to the Guinness World Record folks claiming that 7,273 guitarists played the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe Tuesday (5/1) at the annual event in Wroclaw, Poland.  If the official count stands, it will top the same event's 2009 record for the world's Largest Guitar Ensemble by nearly 1,000. (video)
MusicRadar.com

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Bruce Pays Tribute To Levon Helm (video)

More than 20,000 Springsteen fans joined in singing The Weight (video) in tribute to Levon Helm during the Boss' Wednesday (5/2) concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  The heartfelt tribute to the late Band drummer was the first of six song encore capping off a 26 song evening.  Calling Helm, 'One of the greatest voices in Country, Rockabilly and Rock' Bruce introduced the fan request by adding that both his singing and style of drumming were 'incredibly personal' and came'...out of a certain place in the past' and could 'never be replicated.'
The Weight was one of several special moments during the marathon home-turf concert.  The set also a scorching version of It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City - marking the first time the song has been done during the current tour.  Rarer still, the E Street Band (minus Patti Scialfa for the night, who Bruce quipped was '...home keeping the kids out of the drug stash') also broke out the hardly ever performed Bishop Danced.
NJ.com

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Dave Grohl Producing Studio Film

Sound City, the San Fernando Valley, CA studio where albums from Nirvana, Neil Young, Metallica, Elton John and Guns N' Roses came to life, is getting the Rockumentary treatment with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl directing and producing.  The drummer calls Sound City, which is the home studio for Grohl's Foo Fighters, 'Rock n Roll hallowed ground' and the '...best kept secret' of musicians lucky enough to record at the off the beaten path analog studio.  It was there that Nirvana recorded its groundbreaking Nevermind album.  Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and Lindsay Buckingham will join the ranks of musicians sharing insights into wht made the place so special.
HollywoodReporter.com

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