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2/24/1975 Physical Graffiti released

 

 

Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, a double album that included eight new songs and several that hadn't made it onto the group's three previous albums, was released on this day in 1975.  The band's sixth studio album was also the first Zeppelin released on its own label, Swan Song Records.

 

Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on February 24 include...

 

1944 Nicky Hopkins, keyboard player for Jeff Beck, the Rolling Stones, the Who, John Lennon and more is born.

1947 Steve Miller Band bass player Lonnie Turner is born.

1952 George Thorogood is born.

1965 Beatles start filming Help!

1969 Jimi Hendrix does his last concert with the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Royal Albert Hall, London.

1973 The Byrds do their final concert together in Passaic, NJ.

1982 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy wins Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
1982 The Police earn Best Group honors at the first Brit Music Awards in London.

1988 Alice Cooper announces he's a candidate for Governor of Arizona.

1992 Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love marry in Hawaii.

1993 Eric Clapton collects 6 Grammy awards.

1998 Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman dedicate Mr. Tambourine Man to Roy Orbison.

1998 Elton John is knighted at Buckingham Palace.
1998 Tommy Lee gets arrested for assaulting Pamela Lee. She files for divorce.

2002 Bon Jovi performs at closing ceremony of Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
2009 Neil Young releases archive 1963-1972 box set.

2010 Personal Assistant to Ramones manager is found guilty on second degree murder of her boss in a finding that included charges she had stolen more than $30,000 from her.

2014 Heart releases Fanatic.

2021 Bruce Springsteen enters a guilty plea in a Covid-19 pandenmic virtual court session to consuming alcohol on propert it was prohibited on.  Charge of driving his motorcycle while intoxicated is dropped. 


Billy Joel releasing new song February 1

Columbia Records has announced the release of Billy Joel’s first new single in decades, “Turn The Lights Back On,” arrivies on Thursday February 1, 2024 on limited-edition 7” vinyl through Billy Joel.com. A lyric video will land on the Piano Man's official YouTube channel and the song will also be on streaming services.


Melanie Safka pases away at 76

 

Melanie Safka, the folk-rock and pop singer best known for her song Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) that was inspired by her time and her performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, died Tuesday (1/23) at the age of 76.

Her children shared the news of her passing in a Facebook post yesterday that read in part, "This is the hardest post for us to write, and there are so many things we want to say, first, and there’s no easy way except to say it… Mom passed, peacefully, out of this world and into the next on January, 23rd, 2024.

We are heartbroken, but want to thank each and every one of you for the affection you have for our Mother, and to tell you that she loved all of you so much! She was one of the most talented, strong and passionate women of the era and every word she wrote, every note she sang reflected that.

Our world is much dimmer, the colors of a dreary, rainy Tennessee pale with her absence today, but we know that she is still here, smiling down on all of us, on all of you, from the stars.

We ask tonight, Wednesday January 24th, at 10pm central time, each of you lights a candle in honor of Melanie. Raise, raise them high, high up again. Illuminate the darkness, and let us all be connected in remembrance of the extraordinary woman who was wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to so very many people."


Allman Brothers April '1972 Syracuse concert released

 

Pulled from the original source recording and remastered, The Allman Brothers Band Manley Field House, Syracuse University concert from April 7, 1972is available for the first time today via the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company. Widely circulated as a fan-favorite radio broadcast bootleg for years, today's release is the first to include the complete show with the highest audio quality preserved from the direct source.


The band’s performance at SU's indoor track and field facility was recorded and simulcast on Syracuse University’s WAER college radio on the night of the show, and subsequently
rebroadcast by the station and some of its’ former staff members as they moved around in radio. The recording was made with the ABB’s cooperation and authorization using an auxiliary mixing board on the side of the stage with a feed from the ABB sound desk.


The 11-track collection features set staples from this period including show opener “Statesboro Blues,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Midnight Rider,” and “Whipping Post,” as well as “Ain’t Wastin’
Time No More” off their then newly released album Eat a Peach. “Syracuse Jam,” included here for
the first time, is an example of the one-time melody jamming the band was famous for and is unique in that it does not appear in any other known ABB recording.


Jeff Chard, SU concert coordinator in 1971-72, reflects fondly on that night and offers his sentiments in the album package’s liner notes. “This was the Five Man Band, as Brother Duane had passed just over five months prior,” Chard recalls. “The quintet had pushed on, playing some 41 shows in 22 weeks. This night saw Gregg singing and playing his heart out, while Dickey Betts is doing phenomenal double duty on guitar, switching seamlessly between the necessary slide parts and his own soaring leads. But the real revelation of the night is that Berry is the glue, and the second lead player as well. His thunderous bass holds the quintet together – you’ll hear it, and we could see it that night. Then there is the way Butch Trucks and Jaimoe lock in on the drums, the way the whole unit responds, five playing as one.

 

“It was a memorable but brief time for the band. Six months later, keyboardist Chuck Leavell was added to the group, making the ABB six players strong again, only to lose Berry in another motorcycle accidenton November 11, 1972. Shortly thereafter, Lamar Williams took over bass duties, and the Allman Brothers Band started a new musical chapter. But for that one year, with the five original men still standing – andespecially on that magical April night in Syracuse – we surely felt the spirit. Best damn band we’re ever gonna hear indeed! We were all believers, and this CD is a testament to those words.”


In a live review of the show in the Syracuse University’s student newspaper the Daily Orange, writer
Bruce Apar noted: “The Allman Band itself was thoroughly remarkable, leaving proof in still another city that they have developed into a supreme group, by which lesser talents can be judged.” (April 11, 1972)

 

Manley Field House, Syracuse University April 7, 1972 track list:
Disc One:
1. Introduction
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Done Somebody Wrong
4. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
5. One Way Out
6. Stormy Monday
7. You Don't Love Me
Disc Two:
1. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
2. Midnight Rider
3. Whipping Post
4. Syracuse Jam
5. Hot ‘Lanta


Dusty Hill bass guitar sells for $393,700

 

An instrument expected to outpace the bidding on everything else in the Julien's auction of Dusty Hill's' belongings sold for far more than expected this week. The 1953 Fender Precision bass the ZZ Top member acquired at a Dallas pawn shop for just $70 early in his career drew a winning bid of $393,700, making it the 2nd highest price ever paid for a bass. Paul McCartney's Yamaha BB 1200 went for close to $472,000. Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wynan's Fender Mustang got bought for $384,000.


Moody Blues & Wings co-founding member Denny Laine dies at 79

The Moody Blues & Wings veteran passed away Tuesday (12/5) . His wife broke the news to his fans by writing, "I was at his bedside, holding his hand as I played his favorite Christmas songs for him. He’s been singing Christmas songs the past few weeks and I continued to play Christmas songs while he’s been in ICU on a ventilator this past week".

The 79 year old Laine had been stricken with a form of lung disease. His death falls on the anniversary of the 1973 release of Band on the Run.

Photo: CC 2.0 Rob DiCaterino


April Wine front man & guitarist passes

R.I.P. Myles Goodwyn. The lead singer and guitarist of Canadian rockers April Wine passed away Sunday 12/3 at 75. Health issues caused him to step away from performing early this year. What would prove to be his final concert took place in March of 2023.

 

 


Ringo Starr publishing Beats & Threads

In a special arrangement with Julien's Auctions, Ringo Starr is releasing a limited edition book that will raise money to support the Lotus Foundation, a charitable organization that provides support services to people confronting homelessness and substance abuse. Beats & Threads includes 300 details Rich photos, many previously unpublished, of drum kits and clothing the Beatles drummer has played and worn during his remarkable career. The book is available in several configurations, including autographed editions.

 


Stones to roll live in 2024

The Rolling Stones have announced the following dates for an April - July Hackney Diamonds tour...

4/28 NRG Stadium Houston, TX

5/2 Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA

5/7 State Farm Stadium Glendale, AZ

5/11 Allegiant Stadium Las Vegas, NV

5/14 Lumen Field Seattle, WA

5/25 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ

5/30 Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA

6/3 Camping World Stadium Orlando, FL

6/7 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA

6/11 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA

6/15'Cleveland Browns Stadium Cleveland, OH

6/20 Empower Field at Mile High Denver, CO

6/27 Soldier Field Chicago, IL

7/5 BC Place Vancouver, BC

7/10 SoFi Stadium Los Angeles, CA

7/17 Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, CA

 

The breathing room between dates could allow for additional shows in places where demand is deemed high enough.

 


Clapton guitar fetches huge bid

The Gibson SG guitar Eric Clapton played during the recording of Cream's second album and the trio's thunderous first US concert sold this weekend at a Julien's Auction for $1.27 million.

Photo: Julien's Auctions

 

The custom painted axe that later belonged to George Harrison, Jackie Lomax and Todd Rundgren is the latest acquired by Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts who has amassed an unrivaled private collection of iconic classic rock instruments. Guitars in the collection are frequently on display and occasionally loaned to musicians to play in concert.


Rolling Stones announce new album

Hackney Diamonds, the first rolling Stones album of new material in the 18 years, is slated for an October 20 release. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood joined Jimmy Fallon at the Hackney Theatre in London to make the official announcement on Wednesday (9/6).


Gary Wright passes away at 80

R..I.P. Gary Wright. His entertainment career started as stage and TV child actor. Wright was in a couple of bands in high school before deciding to pursue a medical degree, which led to studies in Europe, where he met Island Records head honcho Chris Blackwell, who arranged for him to join a UK band that soon became the on-again-off-again band Spooky Tooth. Wright played on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass during the first Spooky Tooth hiatus and later worked on other Harrison solo projects. Wright's one big solo album came out in the summer of 1975. The title song became a staple of Album Rock radio and Love Is Alive was a moderately big song, too. Wright passed away at 80 after battling Parkinson's and dementia.


Dire Straits guitarist Jack Sonni passes away

Photo Helge Øverås CC-4.0

 

Dire Straits guitarist Jack Sonni died on August 30 at 68.  Sonni got acquainted with Dire Straits member brothers Mark and David Knopfler in 1978 while working at a music store in Manhattan.  During a London visit five years later, he met-up with Mark Knopfler and was invited to join the band as a second guitarist.  His time with the group was limited to a few years.  He put his musical career on hold when he became the father of twin girls in 1988, but stayed connected with the music indiustry as a marketing exec for a company that made digital equipment for musicians and was later  named the VP for marketing communication by Guitar Center.  Sonni eventually resumed playing music in a band called The Leisure Class and played with other former Dire Straits members as the Dire Straits Legacy Project.

 

 

 

 


Mick Fleetwood's Maui restaurant-bar destroyed in fire

Among the multitude of homes and businesses destroyed by the raging fire that engulfed a coastal section of Maui this week was a restaurant owned by Mick Fleetwood. The drummer issued this statement about the catastrophic fire's toll on the community he loves.

"This is a devastating moment for Maui, and many are suffering unimaginable loss. Fleetwood's on Front Street has been lost and while we are heartbroken, our main priority is the safety of our dear staff and team members."

"On behalf of myself and my family, I share my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the people of Maui. We are committed to supporting the community and those affected by this disaster in the days and months and years to come."

 


Eagles founding bassist dies

R.I.P. Randy Meisner. The founding bassist of the Eagles, who also was briefly with Poco and had played in Linda Ronstadt's Stone Canyon Band, passed away at 77 in a southern California hospital Wednesday night (7/26). In addition to being a fine bass player, Meisner also gave voice to songs that were beyond the range of other group members, most notably Take It To The Limit.


Original Journey guitarist dies

R.I.P. Journey co-founding guitarist and songwriter George Ticker who passed away recently at 76. Ticker was with the group on its first three albums. He parted on good terms to complete his education, earning a PHD in medicine at Stanford. Tickner remained an avid musician, playing regularly and shared a founding role in developing the Bay Area recording studio dubbed the Hive.


Bill Wyman reunites with Rolling Stones for Charlie Watts tribute recording

 

The Rolling Stones reportedly invited bassist Bill Wyman to record with his former group in LA during sessions for an expected fall, 2023 release honoring Charlie Watts. Wyman left the band in 1993 and last played with the group during a brief stint of its 50th anniversary tour in 2012. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are also expected to be included on the album, as will some drum tacks laid down by Watts himself.


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.