Happy Birthday to guitar great Leslie West of Mountain, born Leslie Weinstein on this day in 1945, as was the Rascals Eddie Brigati. LSD proponent Timothy Leary was born on October 22, 1920. Two great songs on the mid 60's dropped on this date in '65; Get Off Of My Cloud by the Stones and The Who's My Generation, and in 1977 Queen released the anthem We Will Rock You the week before it came out on their album News Of The World.
Mark Knopfler will spend a lot of 2019 on the road in a world tour that will span multiple months and continents. He's also taking a stance that should limit access to tickets to actual fans and reduce the ability of scalpers and third party sites to snap them up for inflated resale. Get all the info here.
On this day in 1977 Genesis released Seconds Out, the double live release recorded when the band played Paris four months earlier during its Wind & Wuthering tour. It was Steve Hackett's last with the group. Born on October 21 were Manfred Lubowitz aka Manfred Mann, Steve Cropper and Toto's Steve Lukather. Bob Dylan recorded his first album in one day in 1961, and the Allman Brothers Band opened what would be their final residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York on this date in 2014.
Jon Scott's great ears and his passion for music made him a trusted guy in an industry loaded with people lacking on one or both counts. An endorsement of his book from these friends is also an indication his new book on Tom Petty will be a good one.
Hard to believe more than a year has passed since we lost Tom Petty. Tom would have turned 65 today. Others born on 10/20 include recording engineer genius Tom Dowd and Ten Years Afters' Ric Lee. On this date in 1973 Steve Miller released The Joker. The Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same premiered in London in '76. The Lynyrd Skynyrd tour plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Vant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and 3 others happened on 10/20/1977. Aerosmith released A Little South of Sanity in 1998 and AC/DC cranked out Black Ice in 2008.
The Yardbirds arrived ro start their first US tour on this date in 1966. The Who's groundbreaking Quadrophenia and David Bowie's Pin Ups got released on his day in 1973. Tom Petty's Damn The Torpedoes dropped on 10/19/1979. Born on this date, Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons (1945) and reggae great Peter Tosh (1944).
On this day in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd released Street Survivors. Just three days later, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and three others lost their lives when the chartered plane carrying the band and key crew members ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi on the flight between Greenville, South Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band:s record company hastily reissued the album in a cover without the flames.
Other 10/17 events in Classic Rock... 1980 Dire Straits released Making Movies, 1984 Billy Joel released Storm Front. In 1994 Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden, and in 2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa joined U2 on People Get Ready at the band's Philadelphia concert.
One of the great double albums in Rock history dropped on this day in 1968... Electric Ladyland. On October 16 in '72 Creedence Clearwater Revival issued a press release announcing the end of the band. in 1992 one of the best tribute concerts put together took place at Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan at the 3 decade mark in his career. In 2005 Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers did his first US date singing lead for Queen. Last year on this date Tom Petty was laid to rest after a memorial service for family and friends in LA. Happy Birthday today to Bob 'Ace' Weir of the Grateful Dead.
October 15 was a busy day. Eric Clapton's short-lived Derek & The Dominos opened their only US tour on this day in 1970. In '73 the Grateful Dead released Wake Of The Flood. In 1984 AC/DC put out '74 Jailbreak and in '87 guitar great Joe Satriani released Surfing With The Alien. Other albums making their debut on 10/15 Warren Zevon's Mr. Bad Example (1991) and Bad Company's Stories Told & Untold (1996). And on this day in 1980 Van Halen did a concert in Sioux Falls... noteworthy only because we unearthed a video report about it done by a local TV station...
Happy birthday to Justin Hayward. The Moody Blues veteran was born on this day in 1946. Thomas (She Blinded Me With Science) Dolby turns 60 today. On October 14th in 1966, Grace Slick fronted the Jefferson Airplane in her first concert with the band at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. KISS members all released solo albums on this day in 1978, and INXS released Listen Like Thieves in 1985.
Happy birthday to one of the most entertaining Rockers on or off a stage, Montrose/Van Halen/Chickenfoot/Circle and solo artist Sammy Hagar, born on this date in 1947. Joining the Red Rocker arriving on October 13 in other years, cutting edge comedian Lenny Bruce (1925), Paul Simon (1942), Chicago's Robert Lamm (1944) and Fleetwood Mac vet Rick Vito (1949). The Jimi Hendrix Experience did its first official concert on this day in 1966 in Everux, France, and on October 13th in 1978 Billy Joel released 52nd Street.
On this day in 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience officially formed a few days after Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding had jammed for the first time. Other noteworthy 10/12 thangs... Rod Stewart's last concert with the Faces (1975, Nassau Coliseum) Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death (1976), The Who and the Clash played Shea Stadium (1982) and Pearl Jam released Vs (1993).
Lindsey Buckingham thinks he has a case to make against Fleetwood Mac over his ouster from the group. Variety got a look at the suit and reports that Buckingham contends his share of the current tour that he was excluded from would have been between 12 and 14 million dollars. He either wants to earn it by getting back in the band or get a substantial amount as compensation for having been unjustly removed. It was almost inevitable a band with a long history of histrionics finds itself dealing with another episode.
Billy Joel released his third album on this day in 1974. Other goings-on 10/11... Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates was born (1946), Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car wreck that killed three in Chicago (1969), Saturday Night Live premiered (1975), Paul McCartney performed a free live set in Times Square (2013), Rod Stewart was knighted at Buckingham Palace (2016).
John Mellencamps was born on this day in 1951. Like John Fogerty, Mellencamp got seriously screwed over by unscrupulous people in the music industry. Things are better for both these days.
Others born on October 7... Quicksilver Messenger Services Dina Valenti, Kevin Godley of 10cc and Dave Hope of Kansas. John Lennon's US deportation order was overturned on this day in 1975. In '76 Steve Hackett left Genesis and on this day in 1982, Genesis released Three Sides Live.
The task was considered so insurrmountable that most AC/DC fans figured the band was done when Bon Scott died. The guy that filled his role and gave the band another 38 years of Rocking our world was born on this day in 1947. Happy birthday Brian Johnson!
Blues Man Otis Rush died at 84 Saturday (9/29). The musician credited with crafting the Chicago West Side Blues sound and had a strong influence on the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and early Fleetwood Mac. Rush was forced to limit performing after suffering a stroke in 2003. Here he is doing a song the Stones and Zeppelin both recorded.
Marty Balin, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, passed away at 76 Thursday. Balin, born Jerel Buchenwald in Cincinnati in 1942, operated a music venue in San Francisco named the Matrix and was instrumental in the emergence of the Bay Area as a flash point for music in the late 60's. He had been through a series of health complications in recent years.
Most songs on almost any posthumous release or expanded edition reissue make it apparent why the artist never released them on an album while they were alive or that the right version or take made it onto albums. Still, hearing unreleased material or alternate takes by artists you like lots can be fun. Beatles fans get that chance again when what came to be known as The White Album is released November 9 (about two weeks shy of the original release day) as a 50th Anniversary expanded edition.
Dickey Betts has fought his share of battles. His most recent was the unlikely result of a freak accident while playing with his dog int eh backyard of his Sarasota, FLorida home. The former Allman Brothers band guitarist fell and smacked his head hard enough on impact to cause bleeding on the brain. We're happy to pass along news that surgery Friday (9/21) to alleviate pressure was a success.
Dickey Betts fell while playing with his dog in the backyard of his Sarasota, Florida home Monday night (9/17). The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist struck his head in a fall and was hospitalized for a brain bleed. His manager described his condition Wednesday as 'Stable but critical'. A surgical procedure to relieve pressure was expected to be performed Friday.
Dickey has been through plenty of trials and tribulations in his life and career. We hope he can rally and pull through this one. He's still one hulluva guitarist.
The Travelin' Man saying so long to the road. Bob Seger has announced that his upcoming tour with the Silver Bullet Band will be his last. A ruptured disc forced postponement of tour dates last year and the now 73 year-old veteran has made no secret of thinking his days of touring were dwindling. His Travelin' Man tour will open in Grand rapids on November 21 and is scheduled to wrap on May 2 of next year in Houston. See all of the tour dates here.
Today marks the anniversary of the passing of one of the true Titans. He radically redefined what could be done with an electric guitar and amplifier during his brief but remarkable career, and will forever awe and inspire up-and-coming guitarists. 11/27/1942 - 9/18/1970 RIP, Jimi Hendrix.
John Mellencamp will spend a good part of the late winter on the road. His US tour opens close to home with a concert at South Bend, Indiana's Morris Performing Arts Center on February 7th and continues with stops in 8 other states before the month is out. In March, his tour hit 7 more states. Fans buying tickets online for the tour dates will also receive a copy of Other People's Stuff, Mellencamp's new album getting released on November 16th. Tickets for his shows are available here.
Yes was out with its 5th album on this day in 1972. The complexities and delays involved in getting the 3 epic songs on the album recorded reportedly was why the release was titled Close To The Edge. In drummer Bill Bruford's case it proved to be. He quit the group right after the sessions concluded.album to join King Crimson.
A song David Bowie recorded in as a 16 year-old and in a band named the Konrads has been bought for $52,000 at an auction. The 1963 recording of the song I Never Dreamed was recently discovered by a band mate of Bowie, who was then performing under his given name David Jones.
September 12 was a big date for big albums. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here got released in the UK on this day in 1975, Ozzy unleashed Blizzard of Ozz in '80 and Aersomith cut loose one of it best late era releases in 1989. Also released on 9/12, David Bowie's Scary Monsters (1980) and Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie both announced they would leave Fleetwood Mac the the group's 1990 tour ended.
Conflicting release dates for Bruce and the E Street Band's second album abound. We stick with the one his own official site and his label contend it hit the street on.
With just 7 songs and 3 that were more than 7 minutes long, radio interest lagged outside of the markets the group's January '73's debut album had established a strong foothold and places where audiences had experienced Bruce and the band's intense and powerful live shows.
A number of musicians that recorded and toured with David Bowie are mounting an Alumni Tour doing Bowie material. Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Mark Plati make up the band. Lead vocals will be handled by Bernard Fowler and Living Colour front man Corey Glover.
Happy birthday to The Admiral, Anthony Joseph Perry, born on this day in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1950 and was one of the kids whose ambition in life changed the night the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show. It's a safe bet he was watching the show on the night of his his 16th birthday when the Rolling Stones appeared.
Paul McCartney's concert set in the Vanderbilt Room of Grand Central Station last night was limited to around 300 insiders, but drew thousands to the mid Manhattan transit hub and millions to YouTube to catch the live stream of it.
This week in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd was touring in support of the Nuthin' Fancy release. The band played the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut on September 7th, but made bigger local news for what happened outside the venue.
Ed King described what happened for the excellent Showtime documentary on the band titled If I Leave Here Tomorrow.
Fleetwood Mac's updated lineup took to national TV yesterday to open it's second post Lindsey Buckingham era. Here's how things looked and sounded with the addition of Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and former Split Enz and Crowded House member Neil Finn.
Freddie Mercury would have turned 72 on this day. Born Farrokh Bulsara on Zanzibar September 5, 1948, the future front man of Queen got his musical start on piano and was in his first band at the age of 12.
Fleeing political turmoil, his family relocated to Middlesex, UK , where he studied art and graphic design in school, Mercury also stayed active as a band member in a string of bands through his mid-late teen years. Queen formed in the spring of 1970 and Farrokh Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury. The flamboyant lead singer of the band he described as the Cecil B. DeMille of Rock went on to establish himself as one of the greatest front men in history before the ravages of AIDS forced him to retire from performing.
Some fans are calling the Lindsey Buckingham-less band Fakewood Mac. Others are excited about the Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Crowded House vet Neil Finn joining. Whether you side with one, the other or are on the fence, Wednesday (9/5) is your chance to hear what the reconstituted Big Mac sounds like.
Hope ROCKinsights friends in the U.S. are enjoying the long weekend. Some going's on on some past September 3's...
Born on this date, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys born (1942), Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer (1948) Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. Fleetwood Mac released Future Games in 1971 and was also in the lineup of acts appearing at the Us Festival, which opened on this date in 1982 in San Bernadino, California.The Cars, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Jackson Browne, the Police, Santana and Eddie Money also appeared at the event, attended by around 400,000.
Muscle Shoals - Small Town, Big Sound is the title of an album that features Steven Tyler and Nuno Bettencourt, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Delbert McClinton, Jason Isbell and a host of other musicians that went to FAME Studios to recorded covers of songs from several of the biggest records cut in the rural Alabama studios. The album gets released September 28th.
U2's was only getting started before a sold-out concert crowd in Berlin last night when Bono found himself struggling to sing Beautiful Day and then called it a night. U2 has promised a make-good show for all ticket holders on November 13th..
According to a post on the U2 web site, the loss of voice was not caused by anything serious and a doctor expects him to regain it quickly and strongly enough that other dates on this leg of the tour should go on as scheduled.
Last spring, Steven Tyler and Nuno Bettencourt recorded a cover of Brown Sugar at FAME Studios near Muscle Shoals Alabama that reportedly featured some of the singers and musicians that played on the original when the Stones recorded it there.
Sympathy For The Devil, the 1968 Jean-Luc Goddard film documenting the writing and recording of the Rolling Stones classic on Beggar's Banquet that chronicled the political and social upheaval of the mid to late 1960s, is being re-released. The 4k restored film will get a few showcase screenings in late September before dropping on Blu-ray and DVD on October 5th.
Two weeks after the original Woodstock festival, some of the same bands performed at the Texas International Pop Festival near the newly opened Texas Motor Speedway outside of Dallas. Around 100,000 turned out in the Texas heat August 30 & 31 for a lineup that included Led Zeppelin, Santana, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter, Sly and the Family Stone, Chicago Transit Authority, Grand Funk Railroad, Ten Years After, BB King, Freddie King, Delaney & Bonnie and Spirit.
Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin features 400 pages of material documenting the band's history compiled by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. The Big book comes for a list price close to $70, but can be pre-ordered for less with a bit of looking.
Neil Young and actress Daryl Hannah evidently tied the knot on a yacht near the San Juan Islands off the California coast over the weekend. People Magazine has reported there may also have been a small wedding ceremony on board Neil's own boat last month in Washington state.
According to the magazine, the gathering after the on-water ceremony off the California coast reportedly included around 100 guests, Stephen Stills and Joni Mitchell among them. Young hasn't officially confirmed the marriage, but the couple has been tight since Neil separated from his wife of 36 years in 2014.
Just minutes into August 27th of 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan boarded a helicopter with crew and tour members from Eric Clapton's band after a triumphant performance at Alpine Valley in East Troy Wisconsin. Vaughn hadn't expected to make the flight back to Chicago, but a seat was available and he took it.
Less than a mile from the takeoff point, the chopper crashed into a ski hill at the resort, claiming the lives of all onboard. The tragic crash happened not long after Vaughan had fought his way back from serious drugs and alcohol problems and was playing better than ever. Anyone lucky enough to have caught him in concert during his brief career knows it was a jaw dropping experience.
Whether or not the Kinks reunion and/or Ray and Dave Davies ever record together remain uncertain. The brothers confirmed plane to reunite in June, but previous attempts to stay on the same page about reforming a ban. But Ray did recently release another solo album. And Dave has one due on October 12. Dave Davies Decade mines material he wrote in the 1970's. Here's a preview.
Allman Brothers veteran guitarist Dickey Betts has suffered what's being described as a "mild stroke". A post on his web site relays assurances by doctors that he should make a full recovery in three to five weeks, but Betts and his solo band will have to cancel dates remaining on the current leg of his tour. The shows knocked off are at the New York State Fair in Syracuse on Tuesday (8/28), the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut 8/31, and the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. We join in wishing rapid recovery wishes to Dickey.
RIP early Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King who passed away in Nashville wEDNESDAY (8/22). King, who got a co-writing credit on Sweet Home Alabama, left the band in 1975 and was replaced by Steve Gaines, but rejoined the legendary group in 1987 and stuck with the it almost a decade until health issues forced him to retire. King was 68.
Holiday shopping for a friend that loves Eric Clapton just got easier. Slowhand will release a Christmas album on October 12. Happy XMas includes 14 songs of the season, including a new original titled For Love on Christmas Day. Eric also did the cover drawing.
RIP the Queen Of Soul. One of the great voices of our lifetimes fell silent today. Aretha Franklin has died at 76. The duaghter of a minister, Aretha was born ao March 25th of 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. The family moved briefly to Buffalo when she was just four, before relocating in Detroit, where her father took the pulpit at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Her parents separated when Aretha was just 7 and her mother died before she turned 10. Her father's booming voice and inspirational sermons drew musicians and other celebrities to his services, where they heard his daughter belt out hymns with a voice that was startlingly strong for so young a child. Before long, Sam Cooke and Berry Gordy were trying to convince her father to have Aretha record for a label. At 18 she was under contract with Columbia Records, releasing R&B, Pop and Easy Listening singles and albums. Her leap to international acclaim came with her move to Atlantic at the end of 1966. Early the following year, Franklin went to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and started recording the Rockin' Soul and R&B songs that rocketed her to the top of the charts.
Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Allen Collins we're together in bands a decade before the release of Pronounced "leh-nerd skinerd", the album that introduced them to the world on August 13th in 1973. Only Rossington remains, and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be no more after this tour ends. But the band that sold 30 million albums, and who knows how many Bic Lighters that fans held aloft during performances of the closing track on this album, became legendary.
Aerosmith said to be joining the ranks of Rocker's doing extended stints in Las Vegas. During a SiriusXM Beatles station interview, guitarist Joe Perry said his band is in the process of deciding how to best go about 'downsizing' the traditionally large scale production that Aerosmith tours have been since the group graduated from theaters to arenas and from arenas to stadiums.
We love the idea of bands returning to less colossal venues than people have had to see them in for decades. Now, if they could only roll back the ticket prices, too!
Today is the anniversary of Freddie Mercury's last concert fronting Queen. It took place in 1986 in front of 120,000 at Knebworth. His last show ever would be on April 14, 1988 at an AIDS awareness and fund raising concert with Cliff Richard. By then, the ravages of the disease were quite evident, but Mercury rose to the occasion and did what he did to deserve recognition as one of the most compelling lead vocalists in history.
Having a band member that can drive a tour bus is great, but Iron Maiden's got one with an off-stage skill that beats that by 37,000 feet; a member that can fly the tour jet.
In addition to his role as singer, musician and songwriter in one of Rock's preeminent Metal bands, Bruce Dickinson is a licensed commercial pilot with qualifications to fly the band's 747 jumbo jet. He also developed a pilot and aircraft servicing training company, a craft beer branding partnership with a brewery and hosted his own BBC Radio program.
Bruce was born on this day in 1958 in Nottinghamshire, UK.
The Beatles 5th album was released in the UK on this day in 1965. The US release followed a week later. The American album included instrumental music from the Help! movie, bumping two of the songs on the UK. Those appeared on Rubber Soul and Yesterday and Today.
The plan to have the band members spell out the title in semaphore on the UK cover was scrapped when the photographer realized that the semaphore arm positions for the corresponding letters looked a lot less like the letters than he expected they would. He then had the band improvise. The arm positions they choose come closest to the letters
Pat Benatar's second studio album dropped on this day in 1980. Crimes Of Passion went on to be her best selling album thanks to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Treat Me Right, Hell Is For Children and her cover of the Rascal's You Better Run. The album also landed Pat a Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance in 1981.
Bob Weir embarking on a trio tour doing Grateful Dead songs. Bob Weir and Wolf Bros includes Bob's long-time Ratdog drummer and original Primus member Jay Lane and producer/bass player Don Was, who has produced albums for the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and many others.
On August 3 & 4 of 1968, Costa Mesa California hosted the best attended concert in U.S. history to that date. The Newport Pop Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds was billed as a 'first annual', but the next year's event got re-branded as Newport 69 but also changed locations, moving to Northridge.
The '68 concert's big draws were the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, The Byrds and The Animals. Tickets were just $4.50 in advance and $5.50 at the gate.
Immortal, Ann Wilson's tribute album of songs from recently departed musicians she admired, gets released September 14. On it the Heart veteran covers songs from Tom Petty (Luna), The Eagles in honor of Glenn Frey (Life In The Fast Lane), Cream in honor of Jack Bruce (Politician), Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street) Chris Cornell (I Am The Highway), David Bowie (I'm Afraid of Americans), Amy WInehouse (Back to Black), Leonard Cohen (A Thousand Kisses Deep) and Lesley Gore (You Don't Own Me). Here is her take on Gore's song featuring Warren Haynes on guitar.
A 1979 EP, On Through The Night (1980) and High 'n' Dry (1981) established Def Leppard as one of the UK's premier Hard Rock bands, but 1983's Pyromania blew things wide open for the group and Hysteria, released on this day in 1987, became one of the best selling albums of any decade.
The release had a working title of Animal Instinct as work began on it. It would be the band's first album since drummer
Rick Allen lost an arm in the crash of his Corvette and the last album Steve Clark would play on.
Mutt Lange bailed on the project due to the exhausting schedule the highly sought after producer had been keeping. The band recruited Jim Steinman to fill the role but reportedly dropped him over dissatisfaction with his production approach on the one song they recorded with him. Ultimately, the album was produced by the band itself, resulting in the use of so much studio time that it became one of the most expensive albums ever recorded, but its sales erased that debt very rapidly.
Hysteria tracks got heavy airplay on Rock radio for the next 3 years and the album sold more than 25 million copies, almost 1/2 of the total number bought in the U.S.