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11/27/1942 Jimi Hendrix born



On this day in 1942, Johnny Allen Hendrix entered this world in Seattle, Washington.  His parents renamed him James Marshall Hendrix to honor of his father, James Alan Hendrix and a late uncle, James Marshall Hendrix.  The kid that would be proclaimed "...the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music' didn't begin playing the guitar until he was 15. His first instrument was a ukulele he fished out of a batch of things that were being thrown away by a woman whose house Jimi and his father had been hired to clear out.  Later that year, he bought a $5 acoustic guitar.  From that day on, Hendrix either had a guitar in hand or one very close.


His first band was named the Velvetones. He got an electric guitar in 1959 and ended up getting dropped by the band after his virtuouso solos started to command all the audience's attention.


Hendrix enlisted in the Army to avoid jail time after having been arrested while riding in a couple of cars that acquaintances had stolen.  While based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jimi crossed paths with Billy Cox.  The future Experience members formed a trio with a bass player and dubbed the group the Casuals.  After Jimi was discharged from the Army, they relocated to Clarkesville, Tennessee and shifted band names to the King Kasuals.


Frequent appearances in clubs put the young guitar wizard of the radar of people who brought him to the attention of well connected others, and before long Hendrix was getting offers to back established artists like Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and others.


After moving to New York City, Hendrix landed a spot in the Isley Brothers' touring band.  He spent a good part of 1964 touring with them before jumping to Little Richard's backing band.  A move to Greenwich Village and regular appearances at the Cafe Wha? helped spread the news about what an exceptional guitarist Jimi was.


Animals bass player Chas Chandler caught a set and soon after convinced Hendrix to accompany him to London so Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton could see him play. All were equally impressed.  The rest is history. Tragically, Jimi was only lived long enough to experience four years of it himself.


Other Noteworthy events in Classic Rock on November 27 include...


1965 Ken Kesey holds first Acid test.


1967 Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour.


1969 Jimi Hendrix attends opening night of 4 Rolling Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden.


1970 George Harrison releases All Things Must Pass.


1970 Kinks release Lola vs The Powermann & The Money-Go-Round.


1971 Alice Cooper releases Killer.


1974 Paul & Linda McCartney sing backing vocals during Rod Stewart London concert.


1976 Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys appears on Saturday Night Live.


1980 Allman Brothers release Reach For The Sky.


1991 Freddie Mercury's private funeral is attended by just 35 invitees, including other Queen members and Elton John. His cremated remains are buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in West London.


1995 John Popper of Blues Traveler appears on Rosanne tv show.


1997 A deranged INXS fan attempts suicide by jumping from a balcony with a noose around his neck during the funeral of Michael Hutchence.


2005 Rod Stewart becomes a father again as Penny Lancaster gives birth to a son.


2005 A defense contractor hires Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks to perform at his daughter's bat mitzvah at the Rainbow Room in New York City...

Doobie Brothers 2018 concert heads online


A Doobie Brothers 2018 concert at New York City's Beacon Theatre released last year on CD, DVD and Blu-ray will soon be available for download and streaming on major video platforms. The set includes full album performances of the group's 1972 Toulouse Street and '73's The Captain And Me lps.

All Things Must Pass expanded reissue in the works


George Harrison was never totally satisfied with the Phil Spector produced All Things Must Pass album that got released on this day in 1970. His son Dhani set out to do something his father wanted to but never got around to before his untimely death - remix and re-release it. Since beginning the project with acclaimed engineer Paul Hicks, Dhani said they have been, "...digging through mountains of tapes, and they just keep coming - boxes and boxes of them." The process will result in an expanded re-release including alternate takes and possibly songs that were not included on the ambitious triple album set. Date of the release is tba.

SNL books The Boss for December show


Saturday Night Live has landed Bruce Springsteen for the December 12 show. His 20th studio album, Letter To You, debuted as the top selling album in 11 countries.

California fire relief benefit streams December 5


Rockers with California connections are joining forces to help Santa Cruz County residents facing hardship due to forest and wildfires that ravaged millions of acres in the Golden State during the summer and fall. Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Satriani, Los Lobos and others will perform during a virtual concert on Saturday, December 5th. The Love Her Madly 90 minute benefit will stream for free on and at 10pm (Eastern).

Joe Bonamassa rock doc preview

A documentary spanning Joe Bonamassa's career form his emergence as a child guitar prodigy to him gaining universal recognition as one of the greatest guitarists of our time will debut on December 8th. Guitar Man includes childhood footage, concert segments, interview clips featuring a number of prominent musicians and music industry figures and behind the scenes footage. Here's a taste...?


Van Halen's 1975 Pasadena High live set


Before becoming one of the biggest acts in Rock, Van Halen was playing almost anyplace it could in SoCal, including an April, 1975 set at Pasadena High School, where the group did a covers heavy set that included songs by Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Edgar Winter and the James Gang. Fortunately, whoever did the sound that night also recorded a board tape.


Joe Walsh announces Vets Aid lineup

Joe Walsh's annual Vets Aid concert is loaded with good musicians, and this year's edition of the annual fund raiser is online. We salute Joe for his commitment to having the backs of those that serve.

AC/DC premieres another new song

AC/DC dishes up Realize, another track from PWRUP. the comeback album due out Friday, November 13.


Frampton and the Doobie Brothers jam

As much as we all look forward to a Covid free future, the pandemic has produced some collaborations that might not have come together without being under the limitations most of us, including musicians, live with these days. Here's another...



Pasadena planning to honor Eddie Van Halen


Pasadena, California is in the preliminary stages of deciding what form the city's lasting honor to one of its most famous community members, Eddie Van Halen. The Pasadena-Star News reports that a statue, a walkway at the convention center in the city that Van Halen did some early concerts at or turning his childhood home into a museum are all under consideration. A couple of VH fans in the city got the ball rolling by starting a gofundme page that has already generated more thn $5,000 in donations.



Austin City Limits airing a Stevie Ray Vaughan showcase

This weekend, Austin City Limits, the long running PBS series, puts the spotlight on performances Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble did on show before his tragic death. Stevie Ray Vaughan: 30 Years On marks the 30th anniversary of the post concert helicopter crash in 1990 that claimed the life of the Lone Star state guitar legend at age 35.  Stevie Ray's brother Jimmy Vaughn said ACL filmed some of Stevie's best performances.  Anyone lucky enough to catch him in concert during his all too short career can attest t

o his jaw-dropping greatness, so this special should indeed be special. Here's a taste of what's in store.


Eddie Van Halen has died


R.I.P. one of the monster guitarists of our and any other's lifetimes. Eddie Van Halen lost his battle with throat cancer today. News of his passing was passed along by his son and VH bassist Wolfgang on Twitter, who wrote, "I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father Edward Lodeijk Van Halen has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning."

Fogerty's Factory releasing November album


John Fogerty's homebound family band started posting songs online early on in the pandemic. On November 20th, the CCR veteran will release an album of 12 songs he recorded with his two sons and his daughter. Revived versions of five Creedence songs and five tunes from his solo albums are in the mix, along with versions of Bill Withers' Lean On Me and Steve Goodman's City Of New Orleans. The Cover of the Fogerty's Factory album cover will be an updated recreation of the 1970 Cosmo's Factory CCR release.



Rare Keith Richards guitar up for bids


Only a few Keith Richards guitars have ever been available for fans to take ownership of and the pedigree of one being auctioned by Nate D. Sanders makes it one collectors will covet. The custom made Fender Ted Newman Jones put together for the Rolling Stones guitarist was used on the Some Girls album sessions and on the band's 1978 tour. Keith can also be seen playing it in the videos for Miss You and far Away Eyes as well as in the Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 concert film.
The opening minimum for the rosewood bodied Telecaster with a maple neck and a Richards' signed inscription on it when it was privately sold to a radio exec is $1.2 million.



Derek & The Dominos 50th anniversary release


Eric Clapton fans can look forward to a 50th Anniversary, expanded edition version of the Derek & The Dominos Layla and Assorted Other Love Songs double album. The November 13 release features 4 lps, 4 sides of which include a number of song versions on vinyl for the first time.

2020 Six String Salute stream

A heads-up and a thumbs up for this benefit to raise funds to assist the behind the scenes people in the touring business that are feeling the paindemic the pandemic is causing financially. Thanks to the ranks of great guitarists enlisting to be in the lineup of this streaming benefit Thursday, September 17!


David Coverdale recovering following surgery


David Coverdale has been soldiering through this pandemic with dual bilateral hernias. We're happy to pass along word that the Whitesnake front man was finally able to undergo surgery and is on the mend.



Bruce Springsteen is back with an E Street Band fall album


“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”

Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s, “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest,” and “Song for Orphans.” Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Letter To You is Springsteen's first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour.



Todd Rundgren previews 2021 album

Todd Rundgren's next album Space Force won't drop until 2021, but he gives us an idea of what his musical direction is in this preview track titled Espionage. Judging from early reactions, fans are on the fence about it.



Ozzy dashes the idea of one finals Sabbath concert


Ozzy Osbourne stuck a fork in the idea he'd participate in any future Black Sabbath concerts. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Ozzy said hed had regrets over the fact Drummer Bill Ward had been prevented from participating in the group's recent farewell tour. Tony Iommi has lobbied for one final concert in the future. Asked about it, Ozzy said, "Not for me. I'm done" and added he did not have "Slightest interest" in being involved.


Ozzy has been battling Parkinsons but maintains he's working out daily with determination so he'll be able to perform with his own band once the Covid pandemic subsides and concerts become possible, telling RS, "I haven't done my last gig yet. Even if it's just to do one gig, I will do a gig. And then I will have finished my job."



Stones releasse All The Rage video

The Rolling Stones rolled out a video for All The Rage, a previously unreleased track included on the expanded re-release of Goat's Head Soup.



Brian Johnson gearing up for 2021

All kinds of rumors about AC/DC's future have been churning around over the last several months. Joe Walsh didn't get Brian Johnson to divulge anything specific that would be music to the ears of the Thunder Down Under's fans, but Brian does sound like he plans to be back on stage in 2021.



Phil Lynott documentary due soon

Songs For While I'm Away, a rock doc about Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, will hit screens in Ireland this fall. The film tells his life story largely in his own words and also includes interview clips from several prominent musician fans of his work and lasting influence.

Bruce Springsteen and Bob Weir join Joe Strummer tribute

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Bruce Springsteen and Bob Weir are in the lineup of musicians paying tribute to Joe Strummer Friday (8/21) in a benefit for Save Our Stages, an organization dedicated to helping live music venues unable to host live concerts during the pandemic. The lineup of musicians also includes Tom Morello, Josh Homme Albert Hammond Jr., Dropkick Murphys, Lucinda Williams. Joe Ely and many more. The streaming event launches 8/21 at 3pm eastern.

Remote covers of Beatles & AC/DC classics

Come Together done by Lzzy Hale, Linda Perry, Slash, Gilby Clark, Mike Garson. Its A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)  by Lzzy Hale, Robin.



Songs from Duane Allmans last concert emerge



Seven songs from the final concert Duane Allman performed with the Allman Brothers Band will be released in October on an album titled The Final Note. The concert took place in Owings Mills, Maryland just twelve days before the legendary guitarist lost his life in a motorcycle wreck in Macon, Georgia on October 29th, 1971. He was just 24.

According to JamBase, the recording was made by a young radio guy who'd brought a tape recorder to the concert to interview band members and decided to record some of the set on it. The cassette sat forgotten until recently when a friend asked him whether he still had it.