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Cream BBC sessions due on vinyl

 

A 22 song/4 interview collection culled from 8 BBC sessions Cream did between 1966 and '69 come out on vinyl in a limited edition release on November 22.

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John Mayall ailing

 

Wishing John Mayall the best. The 85 year old Legend has been forced to suspend his current tour after coming down with pneumonia. Join us in wishing him a rapid recovery.

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Rock Hall of Fame 2020 nominees

The typical mix of very, somewhat and not at all deserving.

 

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Black Crowes to fly again

Sibling rivalries have damaged or derailed plenty of bands over the years, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Kinks and Oasis. Another that fell victim to that may be preparing to reunite, at least for one tour. The Robinson brothers have apparently agreed to get along long enough to get the Black Crowes together for a 2020 your. As a band that had soooo much potential, that's music to our ears and we hope it leads to them making more music together in the studio.

 

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2020 Glastonbury tickets sell out

The UK's Glastonbury Festival lays claim to the distinction of selling out months before the lineup even gets announced. 2020 will be no exception. Almost 2.5 million music lovers registered for the opportunity to purchase tickets to next summer's Glasto. They sold out in 34 minutes!

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Ginger Baker has died

 

R.I.P. Ginger Baker, the flamboyant and often combative drummer for Cream, Blind Faith and Hawkwind, has passed away at 80. His family posted that he was hospitalized and in dire condition several days ago. Edward Peter Baker got the nickname Ginger for his firey red hair, but it also applied to his personality. His relationship with Cream bassist/singer Jack Bruce became one of the most contentious in Rock, with Bruce frequently complaining about the volume and ferocity of Baker's drumming. Such powerful drumming from such a frail looking man surprised fans, as did his longevity.

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Ginger Baker has died

 

R.I.P. Ginger Baker, the flamboyant and often combative drummer for Cream, Blind Faith and Hawkwind, has passed away at 80. His family posted that he was hospitalized and in dire condition several days ago. Edward Peter Baker got the nickname Ginger for his firey red hair, but it also applied to his personality. His relationship with Cream bassist/singer Jack Bruce became one of the most contentious in Rock, with Bruce frequently complaining about the volume and ferocity of Baker's drumming. Such powerful drumming from such a frail looking man surprised fans, as did his longevity.

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Debbie Harry details David Bowie flashing incident in new book

Debbie Harry's new book includes a number of accounts of the wild years Blondie and other punk bands were shaking things up. Among the stories is her description of a night she alleges David Bowie showed his and Iggy Pop's appreciation of her providing the two some blow by whipping out his member, an act she recalls as being something Bowie, who was said to be well endowed and proud of the fact, was known to have done on other occasions.  Debbie took it in stride, admitting she was impressed - but not enough to do anything beyond admiring it and finding the incident amusing.

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Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart dust off classic at Hollywood Bowl set

Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart performed together for the first time in a decade at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend, doing a five song set that included this scorching version of Ain't Superstitious.

 

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Eddie Vedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers combine in tribute to Ric Ocasek

Fans attending the Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California saw event host Eddie Vedder join the Red Hot Chili Peppers on this Cars classic in tribute to Ric Ocasek.

 

 

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Metallica's Hetfield back to rehab

Metallica has put its tour on hold while James Hetfield grapples with substance issues. With Hetfield turning his attention to rehab, the group expressed its support of him and appreciation for understanding to fans in Australia and New Zealand holding tickets for dates that will need to be rescheduled.
“We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”

 

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Cream drummer Ginger Baker in dire condition

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Jeff Lynne goes it alone as ELO

Jeff Lynne is once again a one man band, playing guitar, bass, keyboards and drums in addition to vocals on the next album out as "Jeff Lynne's ELO From Out of Nowhere", due out November 1.

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Roger Waters previews concert film

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Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead songwriting collaborator, dies at 78

Robert Hunter, the lyricist/songwriter that helped craft several songs in the Grateful Dead catalog of material, has died at 78. Born Robert Burns in 1941, Hunter befriended Jerry Garcia and was in bluegrass groups with the future Grateful Dead lead guitarist. Hunter's contribution to the group's albums were judged to be so significant that he got inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame as a member of the Dead in 1994, becoming the only non-performing inductee of a band to date to enter the Hall.
Songs Hunter co-wrote for the Dead include:
Truckin'
Playing in the Band
Casey Jones
Touch of Grey
Uncle John's Band
Ripple
Box of Rain
Friend of the Devil
China Cat Sunflower
Jack Straw
Dark Star
Franklin's Tower

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Robbie Robertson's Weight of the World

Robbie Robertson's global collaboration on The Weight is cool, although we would like it more if he'd included clips of his former Band mates in it.

 

 

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Peter Frampton and Eric Clapton join forces at Crossroads Festival

As long as they've known one another, it's surprising that they'd never played together on stage until this past weekend's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas.

 

 

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Ric Ocasek, Cars front man, dies at 75

 

 

It was inevitable that Classic Rock musician passings would become increasingly frequent, but we made it through the first several months of 2019 with only a few high profile musician loses.  Within a couple of days we have now lost two highly regarded players. Eddie Money died on Friday (9/13), and we learned today that Ric Ocasek of the Cars died today in New York City.  Ocasek was pronounced dead in his lower Manhattan apartment shortly after 4pm.  The 2018 Rock Hall Of Fame inductee and front man for the Cars was 75.

R.I.P. Ric.
 

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Eddie Money has died

 

We're sad to pass along the news that Eddie Money has passed away. Just diagnosed recently with stage 4 esophageal cancer, Eddie died peacefully this morning according to a statement from his family that included, "It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannon imagine our world without him.  We are grateful that he swill live on forever through his music."
We pass along our condolences to Eddie's wife and family.  He was one of the most enthusiastic and enjoyable people in Rock to spend time with.

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Muscle Shoals loses Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson, guitarist with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, affectionately dubbed The Swampers in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama, passed away Thursday (9/5). Johnson's credits include engineering Brown Sugar and Wild Horses on Sticky Fingers, the Rolling Stones album recorded in Muscle Shoals. Most notably, Johnson and fellow Swampers Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass) and keyboard player Barry Beckett made up the rhythm section on a slew of records recorded by Soul and R&B greats Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Arthur Conley, Clarence Carter, Otis Rush the Staples SIngers and others, but his r guitar work can be heard on songs recorded by Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart, Traffic, Joe Cocker, JJ Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Glenn Frey, and dozens of other Rockers. 

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Clapton's Crossroads Festival to stream live

Fans of great guitarists gather in Dallas September 20 & 21 to feast their ears on Eric Clapton's annual showcase of six string wizardy to raise money for his treatment center to help those struggling with substance dependency.  The 2019 Crossroads Giutar Festival is booked into the American Airlines Arena, but those not lucky enough to be there to catch performances by EC, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and many others will be able to watch it via a live pay-for-view streams from some cableandsatellite providers for $39.95 per evening for home viewing or at a host of public places carrying the feed.  Eric will be on stage with a number of his guests on both nights.

 

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Mick Jagger thanks Florida fans

Mick Jagger thanked Stones fans that got soaked along with him during the encore of the band's Miami concert.

 

 

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Neil Young's Crazy Horse rides again

Here's a first listen from Colorado, Neil Young's Crazy Horse reunion album due October 25.

 

 

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Orchestra backed Who performance

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Bowie biopic preview

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