Bret Michaels was just three songs into his set Thursday (5/29) in Manchster New Hampshire when he abruptly left the stage and paramedics were alerted that he needed assistance. The specifics of his condition were not available, but the onset was swift and debilitating. His guitarist, Pete Evick, said, 'Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage. In the nine years I've stood next to him, I've never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger. He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue. When I rushed to the bus he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them.'
June marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Born In The U.S.A. and the unveiling of a new web site dedicated to Bruce Springsteen. BlindedByTheLight.com aims to be 'The Ultimate Bruce Springsteen Experience'. The site will launch with 300+ artifacts relating to Bruce and his E Street Band. Site manager Michael Crane promises twice a year giveaways through the site. First up is autographed original album art. Crane also told Rolling Stone he plans to give away Bruce's 1957 Chevy Bel Air. NME.com
Co-founding Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Tim Bachman was aquitted on sexual misconduct charges in 2013. He now faces the prospect of another trial. Bachman is accused of sexual assault and faces possible additional charges in connection with incidents that allegedly took place in the 1990's. A preliminary court appearance Tuesday (5/27) ended with Bachman being ordered to stay away from anyone under the age of 16. The new allegations were not made by the woman that claimed she was violated by Bachman while a teen foster child in his home. That case ended in acquittal after her testimony was found to be inconsistent.
Journey's lead singer has chops, but every fan of the group besides the dude's family and best friends would much rather see and hear Steve Perry back in the band. That may never happen, but Perry showed why it should when he joined the Eels on stage in Saint Paul, Minnesota during Memorial Day weekend.
Fans holding out hopes that the Santana reunion that puts Carlos together with the core of musicians that made the first few Santana albums so outstanding will like what guitarist Neal Schon has tp say about the sessions. The Santana and Journey veteran was in his mid teens when Carlos recruited him to be his guitar counterpart in Santana.
Carlos credits Schon for his determination to make the reunion happen, saying he, '...pursued me like a guided missle'.
Schon says the early recording sessions that put him and fellow Journey member Greg Rolie back together with Carlos and Michael Shrieve have been, '...smoking' and adds, 'It sounds just like the old band'. Sounds good to us.
'Two minutes for slashing' not cool for a hockey player to hear come from the PA, but two minutes for Slash to perform the National Anthem... that's cool. The GNR and Velvet Revolver did it Saturday (5/24) before the puck dropped in game 3 of the Stanley Cup matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the LA Kings.
Ted Nugent enlisted Sammy Hagar for at least one track on his next album. The Nuge releases Shut Up & Jam on July 8. Ted's first studio album in seven years gets promoted by the Motor City Madman with the kind of bluster we know and many actually love him for. Nugent advises his fans to be prepared to be '...raving to the best songs and best music and highest energy rockout of my insanely wonderful musical American Dream' and adds, 'Sammy Hagar sings his balls off on She's gone and Derek St. Holmes proves once again that MotorCity produces not just the greatest guitar grind master licks ever but one of the most powerful soul voices of all time on Everything Matters.' 'Read 'em and weep! Shut Up & Jam! you know who I am, you know where I stand, so Shut Up & Jam! I am!'
Gregg Allman actively sought to discontinue filming of the biopic Midnight Rider following the eath of a crew member during shooting for an early scene for the movie in February. Sarah Jones died and several others were injured when a train plowed into a scene being staged on a railroad trestle in rural Georgia. Flim production people apparently decided to disregard concerns reportedly expressed by actor William Hurt about the safety of the setting. Hurt later announced he was abandoning his lead role in the movie and Allman threatened to sue the film makers if they tried to resume production. Lawsuits often target anyone and everyone, no matter how remotely associated with accidents so despite Allman's stand and his apparent lack of involvement with decisions that contributed to the tragedy, his Executive Producer credit makes him fair game in the minds of attorneys for the parents of Sarah Jones.
Alice Cooper fans are in for a viewing experience that melds documentary, animation and rock opera like footage delving into the on and off stage life of one of the most engging figures in Rock when Super Duper Alice Cooper - Welcome To His Nightmare debuts on DVD and Blu-ray June 3 (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
The story of how Vincent Furnier morphed into Alice is revealed by Cooper himself and fleshed-out with additional input from past band members along with commentary from Iggy Pop, Dee Snider, John Lydon and Elton John. The DVD and Blu-ray release supplements material aired during the VH1 Metal Evolution series with previously unviewed segments and rare footage.
A Deluxe Edition adds unreleased footage of a 1972 concert in Montreal, a CD of his 2009 set at the Montraux Jazz Festival and a 60 page hard bound book.
DELUXE TRACK LISTING
DVD – MONTREAL 1972:
1) Be My Lover
2) You Drive Me Nervous
3) I’m Eighteen
4) Is It My Body
5) Dead Babies
7) Long Way To Go
8) School’s Out
9) Under My Wheels
CD – MONTREUX 2009:
1) It’s Hot Tonight
2) No More Mr. Nice Guy
3) I’m Eighteen
4) Feed My Frankenstein
5) Acoustic Solo
6) (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
7) Dirty Diamonds
8) Vengeance Is Mine
9) Halo Files
10) Welcome To My Nightmare
11) Only Women Bleed
13) Dead Babies
14) Ballad Of Dwight Fry
15) Devil’s Food / Killer / I Love The Dead
16) School’s Out
17) Billion Dollar Babies
Heart's induction into the Rock Hall Of Fame did not include former members Mark Andes (bass) and Dennis Carmassi (drums), but promotional materials for the 2013 ceremony included their likenesses. The snubbed musicians, both in Heart from 1982-1993, are apparently filing suit against the Hall over it's use of the images or graphics '...to protect the rights, reputations nad likenesses' of the two. The Hall refused their induction even though both of the Wilson sisters supported having them included. The explanation of their exclusion offered by Joel Peresman, CEO of the Hall Of Fame read in part, 'As we do every year we went very carefully over all of the history and the members of Heart that are being inducted besides Ann and Nancy were the ones everyone felt should be inducted. I am sorry if these others feel this isn't right but this is the final decision of our committee.'
Vivian Campbell figured he was in the clear last fall when tests revealed that the Def Leppard guitarist was cancer free after a regimen of treatments to fight Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but Campbell recently told listeners of Gater 98.7 in Palm Beach Florida the disease '...seems to be, kind of, coming back again.' That said, Campbell turned upbeat, saying, '...it's just a process to get though. I mean, like I said, It's absolutely nothing I'm concerned about, but it's something I need to start the process, I need to get a handle on, so that I'm free and clear to tour this summer.' His group and KISS are cued-up for a summer co-headline tour.
Bill Walton is a big fan of the Grateful Dead, but the NBA veteran and Baskeball Hall Of Fame member also counts the Allman Brothers Band as favorites. He proved he's no slacker when it comes to percussion when he joined Gregg Allman's solo group on One Way Out on Sunday night in San Diego.
The lawyer for the family of Randy California, the late Spirit guitarist, is seeking to block a reissue of Led Zeppelin IV unless the album includes a writing credit for California on Stairway To Heaven. The attorney contends that the epic song morphed from the 1968 Spirit song Taurus. The two bands performed on the same bill at four concerts during the last two years of the 60's. A report by Bloomberg Businessweek indicates that Taurus was played by Spirit at those concerts and that Zeppelin even included the Spirit song Fresh Garbage from the same Spirit lp that Taurus was on in a medley it did live. Listen and see whether you agree Stairway was lifted from the '68 instrumental California wrote.
The historic scoreboard on the Green Monster, the 37' high left field wall of Boston's Fenway Park, had some big news Sunday (5/18) for Red Sox fans that also love Tom Petty. Tom and his Heartbreakers are including a concert appearance at the fabled ballpark during the group's upcoming tour. Petty & Co. take the stage in the shadow of the Monster August 30. Previous concerts by Jimmy Buffett and the Rolling Stones put Fenway in the column of stadiums that have hosted Rock concerts in recent years. Fans buying tickets for the tour will get a copy the new album, Hypnotic Eye.
A guitar George Harrison owned and played on UK television performances before the group's Ed Sullivan Show appearances and while in the studio for the sessions that produced I Want To Hold Your Hand was expected to sell at auction for between $400,000 and $600,000. The 1962 Rickenbacker 425 brought in a top bid of $657,000 Saturday (5/17). Harrison bought the simple black and white guitar in Mount Vernon, Illinois during a visit with his sister in 1963. A Hofner bass guitar Paul McCartney rented in the 60's fetched a top bid of $125,000 during the New York auction. Independent.ie
A virus Paul McCartney contracted forced him to postpone his Saturday (5/17) scheduled concert at the National Stadium in Tokyo until Monday. A posting from the McCartney camp on the day in between the original date and the rescheduled one indicates the 5/19 show cannot go on either. Doctors have apparently ordered 'complete rest' for the former Beatle. The message to fans read, 'Paul has only ever had to reschedule a handful of shows in his entire career and is so upset about this situation, he hates to let people down. This morning he told his staff he was going to tryand perform tonight against doctors orders, but his team, along with the doctors, wouldn't allow it.' Paul himself added a personal note to fans:'Thank you so much for your kind messages of support. I'm so very touched. Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I'd be feeling better today. I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down, Love, Paul'. Ever the gentleman. NME.com
Brian Johnson of AC/DC has gotten hooked-up with plenty of great rides on his Cars That Rock UK TV series, but none that got him more excited than he did behind the wheel of the fastest street legal car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron. Johnson made the most of his opportunity to climb behind the wheel of the car that set a new record by registering 267.856mph. Here's Johnson's amusing account of what rocketing down a runway with a co-pilot from Bugatti in the passenger seat was like.
Dave Grohl will follow-up his work on the excellent film Sound City, his documentary about a southern Claifornia recording studio where dozens of Rock's biggest albums were recorded, with a series on HBO that will feature the Foo Fighter member dropping in on other noteworthy studios around the world. Each visit will also include guest appearances by musicians that recorded in each studio. Already lined-up are episodes that will feature Nancy Wislon of Heart, Joe Walsh and KISS veteran Paul Stanley. The Foo Fighters are continuing work on a new release the band hopes to have out before year's end. ClassicRockMagazine.com
2014 has been a tough year for Gregg Allman. A serious case of bronchitis forced him to miss some dates during the Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre residency in March. He then suffered a wrist injury tat resulted in missed solo tour shows. His most recent challenge came after film makers announced plans to resume production of a biopic about him that had been put on hold after the death of a crew member when a train struck and killed a crew member and injured several others while filming on a rural railroad trestle in Georgia in February. That incident convinced actor William Hurt to announce he was withdrawing from one of the lead roles (story) and triggered a campaign by family and friends of the victim to call on the producers not to resume work on the movie. Gregg himself requested the same in a letter to the producers. When it appeared they intended to disregard the pleas, Allman filed suit seeking to legally bar resumption of the filming. Tuesday (5/13), a settlement was reached following a day on which Allman's attorney went hard and heavy after Midnight Rider director Randall Miller on the witness stand. While neither side would comment on the specifics of the agreement reached, Allman has dropped the suit, which suggests the movie is on the shelf if not gone for good. PollStar.com
In a most unusual tribute to Ozzy Osbourne, the members of Metallica included an acoustic rendition of Diary Of A Madman during their set at the MusiCares benefit concert honoring Osbourne with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award. During a night that saw the band joined by Slash, Metallica also performed covers of Deep Purple's When a Blind Man Cries, Rare Earth's I Just Want To Celebrate and In My Life by the Beatles. Metallica issued a statement saying, 'It's no secret that Ozzy has been a major presence throughout our entire lives and we are so humbled and honored to be with Ozzy for this special evening.' The award Ozzy picked-up recognizes him for his effort and support for programs to help musicians get and stay off drugs.
Doug Aldrich has exited David Coverdale's Whitesnake. The guitarist issued a statement thanking David for '...such a killer run together!' and for the 10 year stretch the two recorded, toured and were '...always pushing and inspiring each other!'. As for future plans, Aldrich dismissed speculation he is leaving to launch a solo career but dropped a hint that what he has in mind could also involve Coverdale when he wrote he will, '...hopefully do a statement with my brutal brother DC shortly.'
Jimmy Page joined members of U2, the Eagles, Sting and others by collecting an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston Saturday (5/10), where he addressed graduating seniors. Talking with Rolling Stone recently, the Zeppelin guitarist said he's been composing new songs - lots of them - on an acoustic guitar. Will thoe songs get recorded? Prospects are good, according to Page. '...I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other issues going on.' While he did not specify what other issues, we're guessing his work putting together bonus material and remastering the first three Led Zeppelin albums and a possible Zeppelin reunion. The reissuesare done and get released June 3. Zeppelin reunion is doomed. Robert Plant has indicated he has not interest what-so-ever in doing one now or ever.
Smashing Pumkins has announced that Motley Crue veteran Tommy Lee will be the drummer on the group's new album. The band's web site posting confirms Lee is on all nine tracks of Monument To An Elegy, with 'Shockla-locka-boom' for added emphasis. Lee performed with the Pumpkins on Jimmy Kimmel Live in January. The album feturing Lee and another album titled Day For Night are both slated for release in 2015.
The pair of film makers that has produced Rockumentaries about Iron Maiden, Rush and Alice Cooper is taking on the task of bringing movies about Black Sabbath and Soundgarden to viewers. Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn have not revealed whether the Sabbath project will be career spanning or concentrated on the legendary Hard Rock groups 2013 reunion album and tour.
A silver 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT once owned by Keith Richards of the Stones will be auctioned in Monaco Friday (5/9). The econo Ferrari featured a V-6 in place of the V-12 engines typically preferred by Ferrari enthusiasts. The model also was the exotic Italian auto maker's mid-engine debut. The 195HP Dino was purchased in California by the Stones guitarist in '72 and transported to the UK three years later. Richards owned the car until 1986, when an Asian car collecctor bought it. Priced under $15,000 when Richards bought it, the ride is expected to fetch more than $275,000 - a value greatly enhanced by the fact a Rolling Stone was behind the wheel for 25,000 miles of its life on the road.
The custom Gibson guitar stolen from Zakk Wylde during an Experience Hendrix tour stop in Chicago in March has been recovered and will be returned to the Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society veteran shredder. A Chicago Tribune report indicates the guitar, valued at $10,000 was pawned for $50 to a Windy City pawn shop. The store operators learned the instrument had been lifted from the back of Zakk Wylde's tour bus when they went to have it appraised. The thief should have known that a guitar as unique as Wylde's custom made Gibson would be easy to track. The black body instrument features baby blue bullseye lines radiating from its center.
Concern about his increasing reliance of alcohol in 1993 got U2's Adam Clayton to reach out to Eric Clapton for help. Clayton told RTE's The Late Show that his drinking was a contributing factor in a cascade of troubles in his life, including failed relationships and declining musical skills. Clapton confronted his substance abuse demons 20 years earlier with a stint in rehab and has remained actively involved in supporting treatment services ever since.
Eric Clapton has spearheaded and produced an album project that will pay tribute to JJ Cale, writer of EC solo hits Cocaine and After Midnight, as well as several other tracks Clapton has recorded during his career. While he hopes his fans and those of the other high-profile musicians participating in the project enjoy their interpretations of JJ's songs, EC says the real intent is to draw attention to the source: 'I would like people to tap into JJ Cale did - that's the point. I'm just the messenger.' Here is the track list for the July 29 release. Clapton and Cale jointly issued the album Road to Escondido in 2006. Cale passed away in July, 2013.
Call Me the Breeze - Eric Clapton, Albert Lee
Rock & Roll Records - Eric Clapton, Tom Petty
Someday - Mark Knopfler
Lies - Eic Clapton, John Mayer Sensitive Kind - Don White
Cajun Moon - Eric Clapton
Magnolia - John Mayer
I Got The Same Old Blues - Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, David Lindley
Songbird - Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson
Since You Said Goodbye - Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II
I'll Be There - Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Don White
The Old Man and Me - Tom Petty
Train To Nowhere - Mark Knopfler,Eric Clapton, Don White
Starbound - Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks
Don't Wait - Eric Clapton, Tom Petty
Crying Eyes - Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, David Lindley, Christine Lakeland
During a moving ceremony in one of New York's largest churches, Mick Jagger paid tribute to L'Wren Scott by singing Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman. The Saint Batholomews Church memorial service for the fashipn designer who took her own life while Jagger was on tour in Australia was attended by hundreds, including Mick's children, his band mates Keith Richards, Ron Wood and their wives, Meg Ryan, Martin Scorcese and dozens of other luminaries from the worlds of music, fashion and film.
AC/DC is moving into the process of recording it's first album without Malcolm Young. The rhythm guitarist has been sidelined by a medical problem. While the band has made no official announcement as to the specifics of the health issue, unconfirmed reports have circulated that Malcolm has been incapacitated by a stroke. Recording is expected to start this month, with producer Brendan O'Brien calling the shots. Speaking with the Telegraph, front man Brian Johnson said, 'We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it.'
The sheets of paper Bob Dylan composed the lyrics to Like A Rolling Stone on will be sold next month. The Sotheby's auction could well attract bids above the $1 million mark for the four pieces of hotel stationary with the words to one of the early anthems of Rock. An additional attraction to high-end collectors is the fact that the pages reveal the evolution of the song through revisions. The 'How does it feel' lead-in to the chorus of the song could have been ''get down and kneel' or 'shut up and deal'. the manuscript also contains additional notations and drawings by Dylan, including high-heel shoes, a rooster and a hat. The lyrics were acquired directly from Dylan by a friend and business associate in 2011.
A public information request CBS issued to Seattle Police by CBS has resulted in the release of a number of previously undisclosed bits of evidence related to the suicide of Kurt Cobain, among them a nasty note about Courtney Love that was in the late Nirvana front man's wallet the day he took his own life in 1994. The inscription is a mocking wedding vow about Love that reads, 'Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring'. Whoa... that puts his state of mind about Love in a mush less loving light that the suicide note that described Love as '...a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy'.