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12-16-1949 Billy Gibbons born

 

William Frederick Gibbons was born on this day in Houston, Texas in 1949. The future ZZ Top guitarist's dad was a conductor and pianist for MGM Studios. Billy was in three groups before forming the Moving Sidewalks, a bad that got enough recognition that the then 18 year old Gibbons got to meet and establish a friendship with Jimi Hendrix. ZZ Top's formation followed in 1969, and the Texas trio released its debut album two years later.

Also born on 12/16 was Tony Hicks of the Hollies (1943). The Who announced one of their break-ups on this date in 1983, and the Rock Hall Of Fame announced Peter Gabriel, KISS, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens as its 2014 inductees on this day in 2013.

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Carpicorn Records Studios gets new future

 

The former Capricorn Records offices and studios in Macon, Georgia have been shuttered several years and the tawny townhouses recently sprouting up right behind the building made it seem likely it would get torn down soon to make room for more. But good news came in the nick of time when funding was announced this week to restore the building where so many legendary Southern Rock artists recorded. 
The comprehensive plan will preserve the site and transform the building into a museum with restored equipment and memorabilia tied to the artists and the albums they recorded within its walls.

 

 

 

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12-15-1967 The Who Sell Out released

Studio album #3 from the Who got its release on this day in 1967 and was met with a flurry of legal objections to the bands use of actual brand names in artwork and in parody commercials that were slotted between some of the songs on the album, which was conceived to sound as though it was a pirate radio broadcast.

 

 

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Burglary at Paul McCartney's London home

 

London authorities are investigating a break-in at Paul McCartney's London home. The burglary reportedly took place last Friday (12/7), but the news was kept under wraps for several days. McCartney was wrapping up Scandinavian tour dates and preparing to return to the UK for a Liverpool concert at the time of the break-in. No details have been released about what may have been taken.

 

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Rock Hall announces 2019 inductees

 

Fan vote toppers Def Leppard headlines the class of 2019 entering the Rock Hall Of fame. They are joined by Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, the Cure, Radiohead and the Zombies. The Hall continued its unfortunate tradition of enshrining at least one totally inappropriate nominee. Janet Jackson is this year's. The ceremony takes place March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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12-13-1948 Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter born

 

Brilliant guitarist and a self-taught expert in missile systems, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, was born on this day in 1948. A member of Ultimate Spinach for their last album, Baxter then joined Steely Dan for their first 3 releases before settling in as a Doobie Brother member in 1974. His fascination with technical aspects of audio algorithms and high capacity storage led to an interest in ways that technology could be a bridge developing defensive missile systems. He has been a go-to consultant for the Pentagon and several other agencies and companies involved in notional defense. Also born 12/13, Ted Nugent (1948) and the band Television's Tom Verlaine (1949). On this day in 1985, Phil Collins appeared on an episode of Miami Vice. In 2002 Zal Yanofsky of the Lovin' Spoonful died of a heart attack, and in 2010 Paul McCartney played the Appollo Theater in Harlem.

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Geezer Butler's new band debuts track

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler is joining forces with ex GNR drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idols long time guitar slinger Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica front man Franky Perez in a new group named Deadland Ritual. Here's a look & listen.

 

 

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12-6-1968 Beggar's Banquet released

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today marks the anniversary of the release of Beggar's Banquet in 1968. It was the last full Stones album recorded with Brian Jones, who showed up only occasionally for sessions and often wanting to play instruments other than guitar (sitar on Street Fighting Man, harmonica on Dear Doctor and Prodigal Son, Mellotron on Jigsaw Puzzle and Stray Cat Blues). The following year on December 6th, the Stones headlined the ill fated Altamont Speedway concert near San Francisco. And on 12/6/1970, Gimme Shelter, the remarkable film documenting that concert, had its premier in New York City. Jackson Browne's Running On Empty got released on this day in 1977. Roy Orbison died on 12/6/1988, and the Eagles ended their 13 year hiatus, getting together for a video shoot that would be step on in reuniting for the Hell Freezes Over tour.

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12-5-1973 Band On The Run released

 

Band On The Run was an apt title for the album Paul McCartney put out on this day in 1973. The initial recordings were done in Nigeria, but two Wings members balked on going, resulting in Paul playing drums and doing a good bit of lead guitar, as well. Then, Paul and Linda where held-up at knife point in Lagos, losing a satchel containing lyrics and some of the recordings. It was back to the UK to complete the album.

Also released on 12/5, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy (1994) and the Pink Floyd Pulse DVD (2005). Rockers born on this date include JJ Cale and Buffalo Springfield, Loggins & Messina member Jim Messina. And on 12/5/2005 actress Valerie Bertinelli file for divorce from Eddie Van Halen.

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12-4-1980 Led Zeppelin announces breakup

 

 

 

 

Today in 1980 marked the official end of Led Zeppelin. The announcement came a couple of months after John Bonham's death. Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson were both born on December 4th, 1944, as was Lynyrd Skynyrd mainstay Gary Rossington in 1952. The doors opened on the Beatles Abbey Road Boutique on this date in 1967. Guitarist Tommy Bolin, who had stints in the band Zephyr, the James Gang and Deep Purple, OD'ed on this day in 1976 and Bob Marley suffered a gunshot wound during a robbery of his Jamaica home on the same day. And we lost Frank Zappa to pancreatic cancer 12/4/1993.

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12-3-1948 Ozzy Osbourne born

 

Happy birthday to the Prince of Darkness. John Michael Osbourne made his earthly entrance on this day in 1948. Molly Hatchet's Duane Roland was born 12/3/1952. Rubber Soul got its UK release on this day in 1965. The fire at the Montreux casino during a Frank Zappa concert that inspired Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water happened 12/3/1971. In '79 11 fans lost their lives in a stampede for a general admission Who concert in Cincinnatti. Also lost on this date were Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan (2014) and Scott Weiland (2015).

 

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Springsteen readies solo album

 

Bruce Springsteen will close out 2018 with the final performance of his three times extended run of sold out shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre (12/15), the release of a double album culled from those performances (12/14) and a Netflix special filmed during Springsteen On Broadway shows (12/16). Initial indications he would tour Europe with the E Street Band were walked back by The Boss in a statement on Twitter saying, “Just a note to quell some of the rumors over here on E Street. While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won’t be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I’ve been working on. We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who’d love and deserve your support.”

 

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11-30-1979 The Wall released

 

Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing At Baxters left the hanger on this day in 1967. Pink Floyd released the monumental double album The Wall on the final day of November in 1979, and Sammy Hagar was out with Three Lock Box on 11/30/1982. Rockers born on this day include Ten Years After's Leo Lyons (1943), Deep Purple Roger Glover (1945), John Glascock of Jethro Tull (1952) and Billy Idol (1955).

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11-30-1979 The Wall released

 

Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing At Baxters left the hanger on this day in 1967. Pink Floyd released the monumental double album The Wall on the final day of November in 1979, and Sammy Hagar was out with Three Lock Box on 11/30/1982. Rocker born on this day include Ten Years After's Leo Lyons (1943), Deep Purple Roger Glover (1945), John Glascock of Jethro Tull (1952) and Billy Idol (1955).

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Rockers born on this date John Mayall (1933), Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals (1943) and Boston's Barry Godreau (1951). On 11/29/1976, ZZ Top released album 5, Tejas. In 1979s Supertramp performed at the Pavillion de Paris, recording their set for the double Paris Live album released the following year. On this day in 2001 we lost George Harrison to cancer. And on 11/29/2006, someone bought the original artwork for the Rolling Stones tongue and lips logo for $470,000 at a London auction.

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11-29-2001 George Harrison passes

 

 

 

 

 

Rockers born on this date John Mayall (1933), Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals (1943) and Boston's Barry Godreau (1951). On 11/29/1976, ZZ Top released album 5, Tejas. In 1979s Supertramp performed at the Pavillion de Paris, recording their set for the double Paris Live album released the following year. On this day in 2001 we lost George Harrison to cancer. And on 11/29/2006, someone bought the original artwork for the Rolling Stones tongue and lips logo for $470,000 at a London auction.

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Extraordinary recording console heading to auction

Photo: Bonhams

 

What just might be the ultimate Rock collectible is headed for auction in December. Bonhams auctions will drop the gavel on a console Elvis Costello and Chris Difford of Squeeze put together that combines Helios recording studio consoles that were used in the recording sessions for Led Zeppelin IV, as well as studio recordings by Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Steve Winwood and dozens more. Early estimates put its value at $700,000, but it is likely to land a top bid well north of a million dollars in the December 11 auction in London.

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11-28-1968 Jimi Hendrix plays Philharmoic Hall in New York City

Hendrix had wanted to play Carnegie Hall but was turned down. Lincoln Center agreed to two concerts at Philharmonic Hall (later re-named Avery Fischer Hall, provided a classical artist open the show.  Harpsicordist Fernando Valenti was tasked with the unenviable challenge.  A raucous audience eager for the headliner made matters miserable for Fernando. Taking pity, Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell emerged to provide some percussion late in his set. Hendrix delivered an electrifying set that left ushers as the classical venue shellshocked.  

 

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Springsteen On Broadway preview

Tickets to Springsteen On Broadway were among the toughest to get in Broadway history, December 16th, you won't need one.

 

 

 

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11-27-1942 Jimi Hendrix born

 

Jimi Hendrix joined this world on 11/27. On this day in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour got released. In 1970 George Harrison put out All Things Must Pass and the Kinks released one of the longest title albums ever, Lola Versus The Powerman and the MoneyGoRound, Vol. 1. The following year on 11/27 Alice Cooper's Killer album dropped.

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11-26-1968 Cream stages Farewell Concerts at Royal Albert Hall

 

Cream did two Farewell Concerts on this day in 1968 at Royal Albert Hall. They were joined by Yes and Irish guitar great Rory Gallagher on the bill. Born on 11/26; Tina Turner (1939) and Fleetwood Mac's John McVie (1945).

 

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Heart releasing 2006 concert

 

Heart releasing 2006 concert that included Alice in Chains, Dave Navarro, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson and Rufus Wainwright. The CD/DVD titled Decades Live captured the Wilson sisters and their unusual lineup of guest artists in a concert that took place in March, 2006 at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City. The 14 song collection gets released January 25th.

 

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11-24-1991 Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS

 

Farrokh Bulsara was born on September 5th, 1946 Zanzibar. The future front man of Queen died of AIDS on this day in 1991. Session legend Donald 'Duck' Dunn was born on 11/24 (1941). along with Move & Electric Light Orchestra veteran Bev Bevan (1944) and keyboard player Lee Michaels (1948). Eric Carr of KISS died of cancer on this date in 1991, and Pink Floyd released the Shine multi-disc set on this day in 1992.

 

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11-23-1981 For Those About To Rock released

 

AC/DC was out with their 8th album and second fronted by Brian Johnson on this date in 1981. Born 11/23, Bruce Hornsby (1954). Bob Dylan was on-set to start filming the Pat Garrett movie in 1972. Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside Graceland with a gun, demanding to see Elvis on this day in 1976. Junior Walker died of cancer on this date in 1995.

 

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11-22-1949 Steven Van Zandt born

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Rockers! Musical things to be thankful for on this day...
Jesse Colin Young (1941), The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt (1949), Talking Heads Tina Weymouth (1950) were born 11/22. On this day in 1968 the Kinks released Village Green Preservation Society. On a sad note, today marked the final performance of Clarence Clemons with Bruce and the band when Springsteen wrapped up his Working On A Dream tour in Buffalo in 2009.

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