A 9 song album of material Neil Young recorded during one of his most prolific periods is coming out 40 years later. The session took place during an evening Young admits he indulged in "weed, coke and beer between songs and says, 'I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances.' Hitchhiker is a solo acoustic recording that includes versions of a some songs released on other albums during that period.
Keith Richards and his wife plan to auction off furnishings and antiques from their New York City apartment and donate the proceeds to a couple of nonprofit organizations near their Connecticut country estate in Weston. SPHERE and The Prospector Theater provide services and programs for area residents with autism. Patti Hanson, the Rolling Stones guitarist's wife, has a nephew with autism that has been helped by both organizations. The June 24 auction by Stair Galleries will include a number of paintings and furnishings from the couple's Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan Hansen collaborated with a designer to decorate and furnish. StairGalleries.com
The passing of Gregg Allman has been followed by an outpouring of appreciation for him and his role in Rock. Band mate Warren Haynes observed 'I think he's one of the greatest artists of all time and simultaneously a founding members, singer, songwriter of one of the greatest bands of all time... There are very few singers, very few artists that made that kind of an impact'.
Chuck Leavell, keyboard player for the Allmans and the Rolling Stones, wrote, "Thank you Gregg... for your inspiration, for your talent, for your loyal friendship and for the amazing human being you are. I am forever grateful for my relatonship with you, for sharing the stgae so many times, for the honor of recording with you on some records that have stood the test of time. You will always be my hero and I am your bigggest fan. Rest easy, my brother."
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke said 'It's a terrible loss to me, to music. That guy, if you turned on the radio and a song came on he was singing, you knew exactly who he was, he was one of those guys that had an unmistakable voice.' He added that news of Allman's death, '...hit Gary (Rossington) hard as well'.
Charlie Daniels wrote "Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever had. Hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever."
Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray called Gregg '...a guy that showed me more respect in our business than anyone else. He also taught me how to please an audience with your voice and pour your heart out and never regret. Ride in Peace, my friend!"
Peter Frampton's Twitter account conveyed his sense of loss with, "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away. I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming with him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul."
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top wrote, "The sudden passing of Gregg Allman leaves us at a loss, yet, at the same time, we stand alongside the millions of thankful that Gregg was in our lives. Gregg was, of course, a brilliant and intuitive player with a depth of soul reflected in his works in a truly moving manner."
Gibbons joined Allman on one of his final live performances.
Bruce Springsteen attended fellow E Street band guitarist Steven Van Zandt's album release concert at the Count Basie Theater Friday night in New Jersey and joined Van Zandt on stage for versions of Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Can I Get A Witness and I Don't Want To Go Home.
Rock in Peace Gregg Allman. The legendary keyboard player, vocalist and co-founding member of the Allman Brothers Band passed away Saturday (5/27). Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, posted news of his death shortly after his death on Gregg's web site, writing, "I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard."
No cause of death was provided, but it was widely known that Allman was dealing with a number of complications resulting from ailments compiled as a result of his many years of hard living.
He announced several weeks ago that he was cancelling all of his scheduled concerts for 2017. That was followed by reports that the 69 year-old had entered hospice care. That was dismissed by his manager - and later Allman himself, who upped his social media activity quite a bit following the rumor of his imminent demise. Sadly, this time it's for real. We have lost one of the most influential musicians of our lifetimes.
Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Audioslave band mate Tom Morello and actor Josh Brolin delivered eulogies to Chris Cornell during a private service Friday (5/26) in LA that opened with his song The Promise playing and included Chester Bennington of Linkin Park singing Hallelujah. The ranks of those there to honor Cornell included James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Nirvana and Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, guitarists Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Dave Navarro, Nile Rodgers and Jerry Cantrell, and singers Billy Idol, Perry Ferrell, Gavin Rosdale and Courtney Love. Actors Brad Pitt and Christian Bale also attended. Most attended the internment of his ashes at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery as All Night Thing by Temple Of The Dogs played.
Cornell took his own life in a hotel room following Soundgarden's May 17 concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
Guitarist Eric Calpton has earned yet another honor. The French government Friday (5/26) gave EC the status of commander in the Order of Arts and Letters. The French ambassador to the UK made it official at London's Royal Albert Hall in a proclamation that called the guitar legend an "ambassador of the blues".
While in Dallas to open the US leg of the Joshua Tree tour, Bono darted to Crawford, Texas Friday (5/26) to spend some time with George W. Bush. The U2 front man and the former Oval Office occupant got together the Bush ranch to talk about their shared efforts to stem AIDS through the former President's PEPFAR program (President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Releif), an initiative Bono is concerned might have a good deal of its effectiveness compromised if international aid spending cuts in the proposed budget go through. Bono tweeted his appreciation to the former Chief Exec. Bush took to his Twitter account with a photo of the two captioned, "Bono is the real deal. He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice."
A few years after calling it quits, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan might be giving their romance another chance. The pair has been seen hand-in-hand on Martha's Vineyard. John said his aversion to living in LA or New York became the deal breaker in the relationship, but also acknowledged that his generally stubborn attitude probably was a big factor in them not staying together. Just a couple of months ago, Mellencamp told Howard Stern he said the actress had shunned him and that he couldn't blame her for not wanting to have anything to do with him. CelebrityLaundry.com
A minimally invasive surgical technique was used to treat a small lung lesion identified during a medical exam Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood recently underwent. Wood expressed his appreciation to doctors that discovered and addressed the issue. A spokesman said Wood is 'feeling fine' and needs no additional treatment. The Stones have announced plans to open a European tour in Germany at the end of the summer. BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
U2 dropped in on Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday (5/23) to talk-up their Joshua Tree anniversary tour, denounce the heinous bombing in Manchester and commend the city for being compassionate and defiant, to joke about Bruce Springsteen's advice to them and to deliver a soulful version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and The Little Things That Give U Away.
About 1,000 lucky fans got invited to sit in on the final rehearsal for Roger Waters and his band before the group embarks on its North American tour. The setting was the Meadowlands IZOD Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday (5/21) and included the full array of production elements fans attending the tour opener will see Friday in Kansas City. In adddition to a slew of Pink Floyd classics, Waters will showcase songs from his new solo album Is This The Life We Really Want on the tour.
Having finished work on the remix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5/26/2017 release), Giles Martin is taking on the challenge of doing the same thing with the epic 30 track release the Beatles followed it up with, the 1968 double disc that came to be known as The White Album. The release will give the son of original producer George Martin plenty to work with. Martin says are around 70 takes of the song Sexy Sadie alone, and multiples of most of the other tracks to sift through. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Martin said he is eager to take it on because he considers it an '...album that changed the face of pop muisc'.
The 4th song of Gov't Mule's Friday (5/19) concert set at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia was Black Hole Sun. It was the first time the Warren Haynes led band had played the Soundgarden song since a 2008 concert. Haynes and the band closed the second set with their first concert performance of Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground, a song that is included on the Mule's new album coming out June 9.
Bono paused before U2 did Running to Stand Still at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday (5/20) and said, 'For The lion that was, Chris Cornell'. Before the Joshua Tree Tour concert began, the massive speaker system cranked out Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun and the crowd of 100,000 responded by lofting cell phone screens in tribute to Cornell.
The Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played during his jaw-dropping set at on June 18 at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival goes to auction June 17 in Beverly Hills. A private collector in the UK is turning it over to Heritage Auctions for the sale. The 1966 Black Pepper Fender is said to be the guitar Hendrix prized and played the most - and traded off for the one he ignited at the end of his set. Jimi's manager bought the guitar for Hendrix at Manny's Music in New York City. It is expected the guitar will attract a top bid of 3/4 of a million - possibly more.
Chris Cornell died following Soundgarden's concert at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night (5/17). The cause of death for the 52 year old Rocker was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the Wayne County, Michigan Medical Examiner as having been a suicide by hanging. Shortly after midnight, Detroit police were summoned to the MGM Grand hotel. They arrived to find Conell, unresponsive, on a bathroom floor.
During what would be his final encore, Cornell wove portions of Led Zeppelin's In My Time Of Dying into Soundgarden's Slaves & Bulldozers, including the lines, “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home”.
Ashley Zlatopolsky was at the show which, according to her account for the Detroit Free Press that was also picked up by USA Today, included a number of instances in which Cornell seemed detached during the performance - leaving out lyrics and seeming lethargic. But, during the encore, she wrote, Chris became fully engaged; "Cornell finally gave his all. He played the guitar backward, hung over his head, and dragged the mic stand along the strings. Caught in a cathartic-like moment, the singer-guitarist let himself shine one last time."
Seniors at Fairleigh Dickinson University's graduation in MetLife Stadium Tuesday (5/16) got more than their diplomas. Jon Bon Jovi and his band did an unannounced live appearance for them. The New Jersey University won the performance by triggering the greatest amount of social media interest in making it happen. Jon also imparted some wisdom, telling graduates, 'Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another. Enjoy the book; you're the one writing it. Don't take anything personally. Accept both praise and criticism equally, but take neither to heart. There are many surprises awaiting you on the journey.'
Several months ago, Don Henley suggested that the Eagles only had a future if the late Glenn Frey's son Deacon would join the band. He later announced that the group had decided it could not go on without Glenn. But the lure of an opportunity to co-headline a pair of concerts with Fleetwood Mac and a lineup that includes Journey, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire has gotten them to change their minds. Deacon has signed on, Henley confirmed during a guest session on Dallas sports radio station The Ticket on Monday (5/15). Henley said, 'I never planned on it coming out this way but it is my responsibility to keep these song alive.' He added that, 'Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems up to the task. He's enthusiastic about it and he's been working real hard on it'. He attributed the decision to get the band together for the Classic East and West concerts and possible additional touring and recording to an outpouring of messages from all over encouraging them to continue. We imagine their agents and accountants added some, too. HenneMusic.com
Alice Cooper was joined for his encore at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville Sunday (5/14) by Michael Bruce (guitar), Neal Smith (drums) and Dennis Dunaway (bass). Those three, Alice and Glenn Buxton, who died of pneumonia in 1997, made up the original lineup that cranked out 7 albums and did countless tour dates from the 60's up until 1975. They still sound fantastic together. Alice brought his current band members back for an all-in version of Schools' Out.
Paul Rodgers sprung quite the surprise on fans attending the Bad Company front man's solo band concert at the New Theatre Oxford Sunday (5/14). Rogers returned to the stage for the encore with two legendary former front men - Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The three belted out a version of Money (That's What I Want).
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt delivered the commencement address at the Rutgers University graduation Sunday (5/14) and picked up an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Selected for the address by a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff of the New Jersey university, the musician and Sopranos actor used the opportunity to urge graduates to challenge themselves to make the world a better place. Here are the closing thoughts he shared during the address at the university's football stadium. NJ.com
Paul McCartney gave fans a glimpse of the character he portrays in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Dead Men Tell No Tales debuts May 26 and includes scenes with the former Beatle as a jail keeper, according to reports. Johnny Depp's sensationally successful series of pirate escapades has already seen Keith Richards make appearances. The Rolling Stones guitarist played the father of the star's character, Jack Sparrow, in two previous Pirates movies.
Accompanied by an enormous overhead projection screen, U2 launched its Joshua Tree anniversary tour Friday (5/12) in Vancouver. Entry complications caused long delays for a lot of fans arriving for the show, but the band's set opened with five tracks from other releases before turning its attention to their landmark 1987 album.
The promoter behind two weekend concerts last year that reportedly grossed more than $150 million has decided against attempting to pull it off again in 2017. Billboard reports that Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice is electing to pass on another Desert Trip in 2017, but could consider something like it in the future. Given the scarcity of active acts of the caliber his 2016 lineup featured, it's hard to imagine being able to equal or better last year's in this or a foreseeable future year unless he is able to leverage reunions. Speculation that Led Zeppelin might have been swayed to agree to perform this year spiked when Robert Plant replaced his web site home page with a screen displaying the words "any time now..." several weeks ago. He has done nothing to quash the rumors those words are fueling but if a Zeppelin reunion is in the offing, it apparently won't be at Desert Trip.
George Thorogood has cut-loose from the Destroyers to release his first solo album. Party Of One is slated for an August 4 release and finds the Blues-Rock master interpreting 14 tracks, including songs from Hank Williams (Pictures From Life's Other Side), the Rolling Stones (No Expectations) and a solo version of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, the John Lee Hooker tune George turned into an epic electric song with his band. Thorogood calls the album '...what I was, what I am, and what I will always be.'
Alice Cooper releases his first album in 5 years this July. Paranormal includes ZZ Top axe grinder Billy Gibbons on a track titled I've Fallen in Love and I Can't Get Up and U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. on several tracks. Speaking with Eddie Trunk, Cooper said Gibbons agreeing to contribute his guitar work to the track sealed its place on the album because 'He just killed it.' According to Alice, Gibbons, who was under the weather when he got the track, said, 'I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better."
Cooper also revealed to Trunk that things look good for the Hollywod Vampires, the group he formed with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, to record an album and tour in 2018.
Chicago (the city, not the band!) Plays The Stones features a dozen Rolling Stones classics covered by Windy City musicians, formost among them, Buddy Guy. More info and downloads at chicagoplaysthestones.com.
Queen member Roger Taylor wrote a song titled Journey's End and commissioned Stuart Brennan to make a short form film based on it. Taylor describes the song as one with a '...whimsical, rather fatalistic atmosphere' that deals with mortality.
Concert streams have gotten increasingly common. But Metallica will give its fans the opportunity to watch the band as they rehearse for their upcoming North American dates on the WorldWired tour. The stream will be on the group's Facebook page on Tuesday (5/9), the night before the opening concert. Catch it starting at 9pm (Eastern).
Hotel California was conjured up as a place in the song about the state of California and the a state of mind of some of its trend setters by The Eagles. The band is now reportedly suing an actual hotel over its use of the name the of title song on the group's landmark album of 1976. The Hotel California Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico has apparently referenced itself as simply "Hotel California" is some of its marketing, and produced merch that the band's suit contends misrepresents the establishement as being associated with the song.
A mysterious message on Robert Plant's web site is fueling speculation that Led Zeppelin's surviving members could be reuniting for the 2017 Desert Trip concert. Plant was reportedly the sole hold out when his former band was offered $14 million to do the inaugural DT concerts in Southern California.
Zakk Wylde rejoins Ozzy Osbournes band for this summer's festivals tour. The guitarst and Ozzy parted ways 8 years ago. His replacement, Gus G seems to be taking it in stride, saying, "It's been an honor and privilege" playing with Osbourne, and adding, "Nothing but great times & an experience of a lifetime. To Ozzy & Sharon - thanks for everything, love ya!". Commenting on his returen, Wylde says, "I'm really looking forward to the hardcore powerlifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of Heavy Squats. bencing and deadlifts."
Ozzy has also confirmed that work on a new album is underway. Nothing was mentioned about who will handle the guitar work on that.
Ozzy & Wylde can be caught at these festivals this summer:
Rock USA - Oshkosh Wisconsin - July 14
Chicago Open Air Festival - July 16
Sturgis Buffalo Chip, South Dakota - August 9
Moonstock Festival - Catersville, Illinois - August 21