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6/4/1984 Bruce Springsteen releases Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen released his 7th studio album on this day in 1984. In contrast to Nebraska, his sparse 1982 album which was largely recorded in a single session,  Born In The U.S.A. took years to take its final form. Cover Me got recorded near the end of January 1982. The title song and five more of the albums twelve songs came together fairly quickly during three weeks of sessions at the Power Station studios in New York in the spring of 1982.  Bobby Jean, No Surrender and My Hometown were recorded in October, 1983. Dancing in the Dark was a late addition that did not get written and recorded until mid February of 1984.


1953 Wings, Thunderclap Newman and Stone The Crows guitarist Jimmy McCulloch born.

1955 Danny Brown of The Fixx born.

1959 Bob Dylan (Zimmerman) graduates from Hibbing Minnesota high school.

1963 Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard born.

1964 Beatles open first European tour in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1966 Pete Quaife of the Kinks breaks his foot in a car wreck.
1966 Janis Joplin joins Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1967 Procol Harum makes live debut opening for Jimi Hendrix at the Seville Theater.

1969 Nicky Hopkins quits the Jeff Beck Group.

1974 David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour opens in Montreal.
1979 Chuck Berry does a White House cooncert set for Jimmy Carter.
1979 Fleetwood Mac records Tusk with the USC Marching Band at Dodger Stadium.

1986 U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting open Amnesty International Tour in San Francisco.

1989 Ozzy Osbourne donates $15,000 to AIDS research.

1993 Kurt Cobain jailed after police break-up a disturbance with his wife over his gun collection.

1996 Metallica performs outside of record stores in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento the day Load is released.

1996 Crowded House announces break-up.

1997 Faces veteran Ronnie Lane dies of Pneumonia.

2013 Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna veteran Joey Covington dies in a car wreck.

2021 Billy Gibbons releases Hardware...

R.I.P. Gordon Lightfoot

R.I.P. Gordon Lightfoot, a cornerstone of Canadian folk-rock passed away at 84 in a hospital yesterday. No cause of death was provided.

Aerosmith farewell tour announced


The band's website countdown clock continued ticking toward the 'official' announcement this morning at 10am eastern, but the word is already out; Aerosmith will open its "Peace Out" 50th anniversary/farewell tour September 2 in Philadelphia. The 40 covert swan song for the group will include a No ew Year's Eve concert with the band's hometown, Boston.

BTO veteran Tim Bachman dies

R.I.P. Tim Bachman, co-founding guitarist and singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. News of his death on Friday (4/28) was shared by his son Ryder, who wrote, “My Dad passed this afternoon. Thank you everyone for the kind words. Grateful I got to spend some time with him at the end. Grab yer loved ones and hug em close, ya never know how long you have.” He later added that Tim’s final words were: “I love you… share the music.”

ELP veteran has heart proceedure

Sending out rapid recovery wishes to Carl Palmer, the beat keeper and sole surviving member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The 73 year old drummer had a procedure to reestablish a normal heart rhythm at a UK hospital this week. From the photo and account of the ablation on his Facebook page, it seems all went well.

Neil Young releases a pair of live albums

Neil Young turned loose a couple of more archive releases this week. The Ducks High Flyin' is a double live 1977 recording of Young's casual band featuring Jeff Blackburn (guitar), Bob Mosley (bass) and Johnny Craviotto (drums) that played mostly club dates in SoCal. Somewhere Under the Rainbow includes core Crazy Horse members and Buffalo Springfield's Ben Keith on pedal steel and Nils Lofgren on guitar. This double disc set comes from a concert at London's Rainbow Theatre billed as Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers.


Rolling Stones and U2 unite for Ukraine benefit

In an alliance that almost guarantees that a new milestone will be established for money raised by a benefit concert, the Rolling Stones and U2 will apparently share the stage at Wembley Stadium in a concert to raise money for Ukraine. According to The Sun newspaper, other already guests expected to perform include Paul McCartney Noel Gallagher, Pink and Adele. Even though the date means the benefit till fall during the Glastonbury Festival, expect more big artists to want to get involved with the Wembley concert.

Gary Rossington dies at 71

R.I.P. Gary Rossington. The lone remaining long-term member in Lynyrd Skynyrd for years, the guitarist battled heart issues the last 20+ years of his life, but steadfastly managed to keep a lineup playing as Lynyrd Skynyrd on the road just about every year. Rossington had a triple bypass heart surgery 23 years ago, survived a heart attack 7 years ago and underwent another operation to address a faulty heart valve in 2020. Farewell to this musician of remarkable determination and endurance who passed away Sunday (3/5).

R.I.P. David Lindley

Photo: CC 4.0 Helge Overas


Sad to note the passing of guitarist David Lindley at 78. Jackson Browne is among the many artists who considered Lindley's contributions to his recordings extraordinarily important to his songs. His exceptional playing on Browne's great 1977 album Running On Empty, Lindley also is featured on Jackson's For Everyman and Late for the Sky and Hold Out albums and frequently toured with Browne. Linda Ronstadt enlisted him for her Heart Like a Wheel album. Other credits include Warren Zevon's self-titled 1976 album, Rod Stewart's Atlantic Crossing and A Night On The Town albums, Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners, Nash's albums with David Crosby Wind on the Water, and Whistling Down the Wind, Joe Walsh's There Goes the Neighborhood, and was featured on several dozen other artist's albums and tours. Early in his career he teamed with Chris Darrow in the band Kaleidoscope on four albums and released his first solo album El Rayo-X in 1981.

No cause of death was provided, but Lindly had reportedly been facing health complications in recent months.

Rod Stewart covers MRI costs to speed access

Rod Stewart has little hesitation when it comes to diving in on solving something. Some months back, the 78 year old rocker took it upon himself to repair potholes on the street near his some. This past week, he did another good deed. After learning of delays at a nearby hospital for MRI procedures due to advance payment paperwork processing, Stewart went to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex, UK Friday to let them know he would cover the costs of the procedure for 20 patients to speed up access to them for others. He has also indicated a willingness to foot the bill to reduce wait times at other hospitals.


Massive David Bowie exhibit to open in 2025


London's Victoria & Albert Museum will inherit what we expect will be the largest collection of instruments, letters, set designs, stage worn outfits, awards, album artwork and other artifacts ever assembled with 80,000 items owned, created or used by David Bowie. The collection is so vast that the museum is currently constructing an entire new facility to display it in. Slated to open in 2025, the David Bowie Centre for the study of Performing Arts at the V&A Storehouse aspires to be a place where visitors can get an up-close and personal look at "...the creative process of one of the most pioneering and influential figures in the history of live and recorded music, film, fashion and beyond". Fortunately, fans that can't venture to London to take it all in in person, the V&A has an outstanding website and will hopefully include Bowie exhibit space virtual tours on it.

Graham Nash solo album due May 19


Graham Nash will release his first album of new original songs in seven years on May 19. Fans of the Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and CSN singer songwriter can expect another introspective album from Graham, who says of it, “I believe that my new album Now is the most personal one I have ever made. At this point in my life, that’s something to say.”  Accompanying Nash on the release are odd Caldwell (Hammond organ), Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion), Jennifer Condos (bass), Patrick Warren (piano), Shane Fontayne (guitars).

McCartney guests on the next Rolling Stones Album

Very little in the way of details has emerged since the Rolling Stones acknowledged that they were working on a new album, the group's first since the passing of drummer Charlie Watts. Variety broke the news that Paul McCartney accepted an invitation to play bass on the album and also brought up the possibility that Ringo Starr would play drums on it. Ringo's involvement has now been walked back by the publication, and Rolling Stone seems to have sussed out that McCartney may only appear on one song on the release.

1975 Billy Joel concert featured on Spring 2023 Record Store Day

Billy Joel's 1975 concert at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall will be one of the offerings available at indie record stores on April 22, the day designated as this spring's Record Store Day. The set recorded during the Piano Man's Streetlife Serenade Tour was only previously available to fans as one of multiple LPS in his 2021 box set released as Billy Joel - The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1.


Sting earns coveted honor


Sting in April 2018

Photo: CC 2.0 Ralph_PH

It was a good week for Sting. The Police veteran has already racked up 7 Novello Awards for excellence in British and Irish songwriting. He has now earned a rare recognition from the Ivors Academy by being named a Fellow - one of the just 22 musicians the nearly 80 year old organization currently relies on to decide who to honor each year. In addition to Sting, the elite group currently includes Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kate Bush, members of the Bee Gees and Annie Lenox. This year's recipients will be announced May 18th.

Peter Green's 150 guitars going to auction


Photo: 2.0 Tony Hisgett  

Bonhams will auction the vast guitar collection of trailblazing guitarist Peter Green in June. All told, 150 instruments and a considerable amount of musical equipment and personal items that belonged to the late Fleetwood Mac guitar great be included in the sale being authorized by his estate. The online only sale will be conducted from June 16 - June 28.  Click here for details.

Covid sidelines E Street Band members


Just over a week into his 2023 tour, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band ranks have been thinned by Covid. Guitarist Steve VanZant and violinist Soozie Tyrell were absent in Dallas, as was Bruce's wife, Patti Scialfa. Van Zandt confirmed having contracted the virus. Tyrell apparently did, too. Whether sickness accounted for Patti not being on stage wasn't known, nor is whether your dates will get postponed yet.

nugs adds more Doors concerts


nugs boosts the number of Doors concerts subscribers can listen to with the recent addition of concerts from London in 1966, the Hollywood Bowl in 1968, Detroit in 1969, Isle of Wight and New York city in 1970 and the group's homecoming concerts at LA's Aquarius Theatre.   Get in on hearing them here.


Wishbone Ash Argus remastered expanded edition coming


Few bands managed to merge hard rock, blues rock and prog rock as commandingly as Wishbone Ash. Argus, the group's third and most successful album has been remastered and expanded on in this new edition. Listening to it loud on a good system will dispel all doubts.

Television's Tom Verlaine

The CBGB, New York based punk rock scene was the launch pad for several high energy, incendiary bands, but it was also a scene some much more nuanced groups emerged from. One that never attained a high level of commercial success but became very influential for lots of bands and artists was Television. We were sad to learn that the group's front man and guitarist, Tom Verlaine, passed away today at 73.

Billy Strings live streaming concerts February 2,3, & 4

Prepare to be blown away when Billy Strings and his band live stream three concerts from Colorado on February 2, 3, & 4. Click to get in on this and to discover all the great

archived concert material available on nugs!


Ian Hunter album includes plenty of high caliber players

Ian Hunter's career has earned him a multitude of high profile fans, so it was less surprising to us than to him that when he invited a number of his avid fans in the ranks of well known and highly regarded players to play on his new album, loads of them opted in right away. Defiance Part 1 gets released on April 23 an will feature Hunter collaborating with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Todd Rundgren, Slash, Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Brad Whitford of Areosmith and will include some of the final recorded performances by Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins.



R.I.P. David Crosby

R.I.P. David Crosby. The 81 year old Byrd's, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and CSN veteran passed away today. A cause of death has not been disclosed, but the irrepressible singer, songwriter and guitarist had been actively engaged on social media within hours of his passing.

Bob Weir deals remastered Ace album

Last April, Bob Weir performed a pair of Radio City Music Hall concerts performing songs from his 1972 album Ace. A double CD that includes one of those concerts has now been released, along with a remastered 50th anniversary version of the original album from the Grateful Dead veteran.

Order it here

John Fogerty regains the rights to his CCR songs


John Fogerty's decades long quest to regain ownership of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs he'd written has finally met with success. Fogerty had conceded his royalties to Fantasy Records president Saul Zaentz in exchange for getting released from his contract. After attempts to regain the rights to the dozens of songs he'd written failed, Fogerty went through a long stretch during which he refused to perform Creedence songs live in order to prevent the label exec from profiting more from them. Those rights were eventually transferred to Concord when that label bought Fantasy in 2004. Concord apparently restored and increased artist royalties for Fogerty, but held on to the rights to the songs. While his rights stood to be restored relatively soon due to a provision of US copyright law that holds that rights can revert to the original owner after 56 years, Fogerty, with help from his agent, Irving Azoff, won't have to wait any longer. Concord has agreed to a deal that will turn them over to John.

R.I.P. Jeff Beck


Bacterial meningitis has robbed us of one of the greatest guitarists the world has or ever will hear. Jeff Beck passed away yesterday (1/10/2023) in a hospital. A representative issued a release today that read, in part, “On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

The guitar titan was 78.  Considered to be the GOAT guitarist by plenty of other guitar greats, the avalanche of accolades in response to the unexpected news from fellow musicians came as no surprise.

Warren Haynes posted, "I’m devastated. People ask me a lot “who’s your favorite living guitarist?” and the answer would always have to be Jeff Beck. So much so that I’ve always made a point of being careful not to listen to him too much for fear of wanting to imitate him. I was lucky, thanks to my older brothers, to have discovered Beck at a very early age, even before I started playing guitar. He was ferocious — not just inventive but totally unique. Nobody played like that. I loved everything he did."

Billy Gibbons commented on the loss, "met Jeff Beck when I was 17 and I was glad to know a guy like that, a guy who was able to show me how this guitar playing thing should be approached and that’s still very much the case. Jeff was a wondrous soul and we already miss him tremendously. We are comforted in the fact that he’ll be with us forever. Hi Ho Silver Lining!"

Sammy Hagar wrote, "Absolutely one of my favorite guitarists of all time! The "Truth" album changed my life. As a singer and guitarist, I wanted to be Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart rolled into one— we all did. What a loss. We will all miss Jeff. My love and condolences to his family and loved ones."

Nancy Wilson proclaimed, "

Jeff Beck inspired so much of my life as a musician. Heart opened for him back in the day and standing side stage every night was like taking dictation from the ultimate rock muse.

We saw him playing various shows along the way and never walked away less than mind blown.

There will never be another rock musician who will come even close to his genius.

Rest in rock power.

Long live the king!"

David Gilmour wrote, "I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years."

Ozzy Osbourne posted, "I can’t express how saddened I am to hear of Jeff Beck's passing. What a terrible loss for his family, friends & his many fans. It was such an honor to have known Jeff & an incredible honor to have had him play on my most recent album."

Photo Matt Gibbons CC 2.0

Aladdin Sane 50th Anniversary release in April


David Bowie's 1973 Aladdin Sane ablum is cued-up for an April 2023 reissue as a double LP edition. A black vinyl 1/2 speed mastered version of the album will be accompanied by a picture disc one.

Iggy Pop leads-off 2023 album releases

Iggy Pop gets 2023 off to a roaring start today with his new album Every Loser.  The former Stooges front man recruited the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and Guns N' Roses veteran Duff McKagan along with Dave Navaro and Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith to help him put the charge his fans count on him for into the album.


Get details on other upcoming releases here.


Ann & Nancy Wilson earn Lifetime Achievement awards

Congratulations to trail blazing musicians Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. The sisters have been honored with Special Merits Awards and bestowed Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards recognition by the Grammy Recording Academy. Also being honored at the February 4th ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in LA will be The Supremes, Nile Rodgers and Nirvana

Brian May Knighted in London

2022 ended on a good note for Brian May. The Queen guitarist who already has earned numerous honors including a doctorate in astrophysics, a 2005 appointment to the CBE ranks (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and induction into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2001, yesterday was awarded knighthood in recognition of his musicianship and his dedication to charitable causes. Congratulations Sir Brian!