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11/29/2001 George Harrison dies of cancer

The 'quiet Beatle', George Harrison died of lung cancer on this day in 2001.  His passing came almost 31 years to the day after the release of All Things Must Pass, his second post Beatles solo album.

 

While the Lennon/McCartney writing team produced the vast majority of songs on most Beatles albums, Harrison  was credited on several of the band's best, including While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Taxman, I Want to Tell You, If I Needed Someone, Something and Here Comes the Sun.

George also had a major hand in the group's embrace of of the new musical influences that helped craft the ground breaking sounds of the Rubber Soul and Revolver albums. He released a dozen albums on his own and in his later years teamed with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison in the Traveling Wilburys, a group Harrison and Lynne cooked-up the idea of forming when the Electric Light Orchestra veteran was producing George's 1987 Cloud Nine.

 

Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh in New York's Madison Square Garden to awareness and raise relief funds for those facing war related genocide was one of the first major benefit concerts. The two shows featured a lineup of artists that included Eric Clapton, Dylan, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Badfinger and Ravi Shankar raised $250,000 for UNICEF.

 

Despite the fact Clapton had vied for and won Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd (the inspiration for If I Needed Someone and Something by Harrison and Layla and Wonderful Tonight by Eric), the two guitarists remained friends.

 

A year after George's death, Eric participated in an all-star tribute to Harrison at Royal Albert Hall . The Concert for George as it was billed also included Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shanker, and George's son, Dhani.

 

The 2011 Martin Scorsese documentary Living in the Material World provides a good look at Harrison's quiet but remarkable life and career.

 

Other Noteworthy November 29 Classic Rock events include...

1933 John Mayall born.

1943 Rascals Felix Cavaliere born.

1947 Ronnie Montrose born.

1951 Boston’s Barry Godreau born.

1969 Bob Dylan on the 2nd Anniversary edition cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

1976  ZZ Top releases Tejas.

1980 Supertramp records Paris live album at the Paavillion de Parisv

1982 Foreigner releases Records.

1982 Metallica does first concert as the headliner.

1982 Metallica dows its first headlining concert.

1992 U2 Zoo TV special airs on FOX.

1995 Sammy Hagar marries Kari Karte in San Francisco.

1997 Bruce Hornsby does National Anthem before Bulls/Wizards NBA game in Washington.

Bruce Springsteen closes 1999 tour in Minneapolis doing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town with a Santa on stage.

2003 Queen, Peter Gabriel, Eurthymics, Jimmy Cliff and more do AIDS benefit concert in Cape Town, South Africa.

2006 Ten paintings by Syd Barrett bring more than $100,000 in auction of the late Pink Floyd member. 

2006 Original artwork for Rolling Stones lips & tongue logo sells for $470,000 in London auction…


Ian Anderson's 23rd Jethro Tull album due in spring 2023

Comments and much of the feedback we got from our post wishing former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre a happy birthday a few days ago made it evident that a lot of fans of the band feel Jethro Tull was a better group when Martin and some of the other members Ian Anderson shed from the group were still in it. Anderson has been the undisputed leader of Tull throughout its multiple lineups, but Barre is measured by many fans to have been as vital to the group's sound instrumentally as Anderson.

The current line-up does have capable players, but it seems most fans consider the classic lineup's better. The next chance win them over comes next spring, when Anderson and company release the follow-up to The Zealot Gene, the 22nd album put out under the name Jethro Tull. That album was five years in the making before finally coming out in January, 2022. The next has come together much faster and could well have been out before the new year were it not for pressing delays. The title and release date are still pending, but we'll be interested to hear it.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rolling Stones rolling out massive LP box set in 2023

Hardcore Stones fans and vinyl junkies might want to grab this up. The 16 LP collection includes all of the Rolling Stones 1960's albums pressed on 180 gram colored vinyl. The 186 song boxed collection gets released January 20, 2023.


Unearthed Nazz songs boxed for release

Master recordings and demos of songs planned for inclusion on the second album by Todd Rungren's early band Nazz have been collected in a new boxed release titled Nazz: Lost Masters & Demos. Most of the more than two dozen songs never got released, but some ended up on Nazz III, an album released after the group's demise. The 4 LP / 3 CD configurations each include a booklet including liner notes and an interview with engineer James Lowe, who worked with Nazz and continued with Todd on Rundgren's first three solo albums. The boxed sets will be released December 2.

 


Peter Gabriel confirms new album and tour

Peter Gabriel recently posted a photo of his studio and, even though it wasn't accompanied by any comments regarding a new album being close to ready, his posting it raised hopes and expectations. Gabriel has since confirmed not only the upcoming release of i/o, an album he's been working on for quite some time, but an international tour that will feature him with Tony Levin, David Rhodes and Manu Katche. European dates open with a May 18th concert in Krakow, Poland. Gabriel brings the tour to North America for his fist US concerts since 2016. North American tour dates and the album's release date are expected to be announced soon.


Bono autobiography published

U2 front man Bono's autobiographical book Surrender: 40 songs, one story is now out. The 500 page book tells his life story in chapters associated with songs and drawings he has done. In a release about the book he states, "Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. Growing up in Ireland in the seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of one pilgrim's lack of progress... With a fair amount of fun along the way". The singer embarks on a multiple city international book tour that starts today in New York City.

Jerry Lee Lewis dead at 87

A day after his rumored demised was denied, Jerry Lee Lewis, one of rock's last living pioneers, passed away today at 87. Known as 'The Killer' for his wildly energetic concerts and equally no-holds-barred off stage personality, Lewis defied the odds by outliving just about all of his milder mannered musical contemporaries. His on stage antics proved inspirational to younger musicians eager to be as or more fun to watch as they were to hear play live.

Surprising news about new Stones album

 

News that the Rolling Stones have been working on a new album has been circulating for a while. Ronnie Wood recently revealed to The Sun the unexpected detail that the band's first album of new original material since 2005 will feature the drumbeats of Charlie Watts on some of the songs. Steve Jordan, the drummer brought on to take over for Watts after the original founding drummer passed away in August of 2021, plays on the majority of songs on the album in the works for a 2023 release. Most of the work on the album to date has been done in New York City, but sessions to finish it up will take place in Los Angeles, according to Wood.

Hendrix 1969 LA Forum concert set finally getting released

One of the earliest rock concerts the LA Forum hosted featured the Jimi Hendrix Experience on April 26, 1969. This November 18th, that concert set gets released on 2LP vinyl, CD and on digital platforms. Recorded in front of an energized, sold out audience, Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell, bassist Noel Redding were in their live performance prime for what would be the only LA concert the trio did that year. This release is the first of that concert in its entirety.

 

 


Van Morrison sets new release date

While most of his contemporaries seldom if ever record and release out new albums, Van Morrison continues to crank them out at a prolific pace. His next album will reach back to one of his earliest influences, skiffle music. Moving On Skiffle gets released March 10, 2023.


R.I.P. Robert Gordon

R.I.P. Robert Gordon. The punk/rockabilly musician passed away yesterday at 75. Gordon set out to become a musician at the age of nine the moment he saw Elvis Presley on TV. Early on in his career, Gordon established a following in the band Tuff Darts, a group that was booked regularly at CBGB, the punk rock club in lower Manhattan. His big break came after hooking up with Link Wray and catching the attention of Bruce Springsteen who gave Gordon his song Fire to include on his 1978 album, Fresh Fish Special.

Harvest 50th anniversary editions coming

Neil Young will release a 50th anniversary expanded edition of his 1972 album Harvest on December 2. In addition to multiple alternate or live takes of songs on the original album, both CD and vinyl sets will include DVDs of a BBC performance and a documentary titled Harvest Time. Here are the bonus songs on the 50th anniversary edition.

Words (Between the Lines of Age)

Out on the Weekend (Live)

Old Man (Intro) (Live)

Old Man (Live)

Journey Through the Past (Live)

Heart of Gold (Live)

Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Live)

A Man Needs a Maid (Live)

Love in Mind (Intro) (Live)

Love in Mind (Live)

Dance Dance Dance (Live)

Bad Fog of Loneliness (Outtake)

Journey Through the Past (Outtake)

Dance Dance Dance (Outtake)


Massive Yes live vinyl release announced

Hard core Yes fans take note. Rhino Records has packaged 7 classic Yes concerts from the fall of 1972 into a 21 LP set pressed on colored vinyl. Just 1,972 of the sets are being offered in the December 2 release, but preorders of PROGENY: SEVEN SHOWS FROM SEVENTY-TWO 21LP can be submitted through the Rhino website.

Graham Nash, David Crosby archive album coming

Graham Nash's former band mate Neil Young has released dozens of albums of archived recordings in recent years. Now, Nash is doing some mining of his own. The Hollies, CSN and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young veteran recently revealed plans to release an album featuring himself and David Crosby. Nash shared some details about the release during an interview with the San Diego Times-Tribune, saying it will include the pair singing the Stephen Stills’ 1970 solo song Love the One You’re With, on Jackson Browne’s Doctor My Eyes and on James Taylor’s Mexico. It also features them doing  You’ve Got a Friend with Carole King at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA in 1993. The title of the album hasn't been finalized, but Nash is leaning toward calling it Harmony, something there hasn't been much of between Nash and Crosby in quite some time. We hope it helps re-establish more of it between the two.


Sammy Hagar on Skynyrd tribute album

 

Sammy Hagar, Warren Haynes and Gary Rossington are among the musicians that have signed on to do songs on an upcoming Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album being coordinated by drummer Artimus Pyle. Hagar Will be featured singing Simple Man and Rossington provided a sensational slide guitar performance on Free Bird, according to Pyle. Gary's decision to participate was a bit of a surprise as he was aligned with other former members and families of late members of the group that were opposed to Pyle's film documenting the plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve and Cassie Gaines on October 20, 1977.


Allman Brothers '71 Pittsburgh concert gets release

In January of 1971, the Allman Brothers Band played an unlikely date in a venue that had been an early home for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The set performed that night in the 3,700 seat Syria Mosque of Pittsburgh that has been in circulation in bootleg form for some time will get an official release on October 28.

1. Statesboro Blues

 2.Trouble No More

3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’

4. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

5. Midnight Rider

6. You Don’t Love Me

7. Whipping Post


Springsteen release and songs confirmed

 

Bruce Springsteen's November 11 release Only the Strong Survive finds The Boss and band in the soul gold mine for an album packing 15 songs, most of them relatively deep tracks from an overall popularity standpoint. 

1. Only the Strong Survive

2. Soul Days (featuring Sam Moore)

3. Nightshift

4. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

5. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

6. Turn Back the Hands of Time

7. When She Was My Girl

8. Hey, Western Union Man

9. I Wish It Would Rain

10. Don’t Play That Song

11. Any Other Way

12. I Forgot to Be Your Lover (featuring Sam Moore)

13. 7 Rooms of Gloom

14. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

15. Someday We’ll Be Together


New E Street Band album hint from Springsteen

New album announcements come in may forms and sizes. The Rolling Stones almost always went big - playing live on a flatbed truck rolling through Manhattan, buying giant billboard displays. Bruce Springsteen opts for a much more subtle approach. A couple of weeks ago, Rolling Stone Magazine's Jann Wenner let slip in an interview that he got a copy of a new Springsteen album with the E Street Band that would be out this fall. Whether or not Bruce approved him revealing that isn't clear, but it's the kind of thing he might have okayed. No announcement has followed from Springsteen or his label, but yesterday, this uncaptioned photo of a mid-to late 1960's steering wheel popped up in a tweet on his Twitter account. Looks like a release date is just around the corner.

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Tom Petty live box set due in November

More than 4 hours of highlights from Tom Petty's 20 night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco with the Heartbreakers in 1997 are included in a box set due out on November 25. The 58 song collection includes 35 cover songs on a 4 CD set and a 32 page booklet of photos, an "All Access" tour laminated pass and a three pack of guitar picks.


Steve Perry files legal challenge against Journey members

 

Steve Perry is taking legal action against Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain in a trademark challenge over twenty Journey songs. The band's former lead singer contends that Schon and Cain sought to register the songs for commercial use without his agreeing to it. The filing has renewed bickering between the former band mates, with guitarist Schon attributing Perry's move to jealousy in a tweet on his Twitter account, and also describing it as "...a real sickness".


Carlos Santana performing anthem before NFL game

 

Before the Arizona Cardinals and The Raiders take the field at Allegiant Stadium Sunday  afternoon (9/18), longtime Raiders fan Carlos Santana will take it to play the National Anthem. We hope the network carrying this game won't repeat the blown coverage that occurred during Ozzy Osbourne's half time performance during an NFL game last week.  The performance will be one of the first the guitarist does after being sidelined by a health scare after collapsing on stage during a concert several weeks ago.


Marcus King's second solo album impressive

 

Marcus King's second solo album gets it's title from the fitting nickname Jaimoe from the Allman Brothers gave him when the now 26 year old rocker was hanging around absorbing everything a youngster could from southern rock bands. The name stuck, and the music sparked the passion and ambition in King to pursue a career in music. After an excellent but comparatively subdued last album, King is rocking again on Young Blood, an album with blistering, grinding, soulfully great guitar work. Recognizable influences include the Allman Brothers, of course, but also ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and others, but King's own style comes through and makes this impressive new album well worth checking out.


Elton John's final US concert to be live streamed

Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road farewell tour has filled stadiums, large arenas and earned rave reviews. Elton will do what he has maintained will be his last US concerts with three nights in Dodger Stadium in November. Concerts on the 17th and 19th will be filmed for a documentary about his final tour. The final one on November 20 will be streamed live by Disney+, which will also carry the documentary once production of it wraps-up.

 


John Lennon's killer denied parole again

John Lennon's killer will remain behind bars until at least 2024. Mark David Chapman was denied parole for the twelfth time, New York State corrections officials announced Monday (9/12). Chapman, now 67, will continue serving his 20 years-life sentence at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York, about 70 miles north of New York City.


Brian Johnson's autobiography coming in October

 

AC/DC front man Brian Johnson's autobiography hits bookstores and online sellers on October 13 in the UK and October 25 in the US. The Penguin publication titled The Lives of Brian will chronicle Johnson's childhood, his musically formative years in a series of bands and the skyrocketing career opportunity auditioning and being anointed by AC/DC to be the successor to the late, great Bon Scott turned out to be for him.



David Bowie stamp series rolls out

Photo: Isle of Man Post Office

A run of commemorative stamps celebrating David Bowie's acting career can be ordered from the Ilse of Man Post Office starting on Monday, September 12th. The set of stamps covers his stage and screen roles in The Elephant Man, Everybody Loves Sunshine, Labyrinth, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Just a Gigolo, The Man Who Fell to Earth and the BBC's televised adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Baal. Design of the series was entrusted to Jonathan Barnbrook, who Bowie relied on to create all of the album covers from 2002 - 2016 Blackstar, the lp released within days of Bowie's passing.



 


1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert release due in November

A Jimi Hendrix Experience concert set recorded at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California in the spring of 1969 is set for a November 18th release. Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 features a medley of VooDoo Child and the Cream classic Sunshine Of Your Love and will be available in a double disc vinyl version, a CD release and on several digital streaming platforms.


Revolver expanded edition due out in October

 

The 5th expanded edition reissue of a Beatles album will be 1966's Revolver. Producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell have remixed the album's original tracks and enhanced them by processing them in stereo with Dolby Atmos, a spatial sound technology that creates a more immersive listening experience.
Out on October 28th, the expanded edition will also include nearly 30 alternate takes from the original sessions, a few home demos and a 100 page hard cover book with a forward penned by Paul McCartney.


Taylor Hawkins tribute concert rocks Wembley Stadium

Photo credit: YouTube

What was already an impressive lineup grew even more so with some late additions and surprise guests during last night's tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium in London. The night's music opened with the Foo Fighters backing Liam Gallagher on the Oasis songs Rock and Roll Star and Live Forever. Other highlights included Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme joined by Nile Rogers, Jane's Addiction's Chris Chaney doing David Bowie' s Let's Dance, Taylor's side bands Chevy Metal and Coattail Riders did versions of the Talking Head's Psycho Killer and T. Rex's Children of the Revolution, with Wolfgang Van Halen later joining the Riders on VH's Hot For Teacher. Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones reconvened Them Crooked Vultures for the first time in 12 years to do Goobye Yellowbrick Road. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders emerged with Dave Grohl on bass to do Brass In Pocket, Precious and Tattooed Love Boys. Joe Walsh brought former James Gang members out to play Walk Away, The Bomber and Funk #49, with Grohl playing drums on the closing song. AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Metallica's Lars Ulrich teed-up Back In Black and Let There Be Rock. Police drummer Stewart Copeland did Next to You with the Foo Fighters and added Gaz Goombes on Evey Little Thing She Does Is Magic. Rush veterans Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson performed 21121 Overture (Grohl on drums), Working Man and YYZ. Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor raised the roof with We Will Rock You, I'm In Love With My Car and Under Pressure with Roger Taylor's son Rufus and Luke Spiller of the Struts, followed by May doing a solo acoustic rendition of Love of My Life. The Foo Fighters took the stage with rotating drummers Omar Hakim, John Freese and Travis Baker to do Times Like These, All My Life, The Pretender, Monkey Wrench, Learn to Fly, One of These Days and Best of You. Unannounced guest Paul McCartney then emerged with Hynde to join the Foos on the Beatle songs Oh! Darling and Helter Skelter. The epic evening drew to a close with the Foo Fighters doing Aurora, then bringing out Taylor Hawkin's son Shane to drum on My Hero, after which Dave Grohl did Everlong solo.


Colt's owner staging giant free concert

 

The owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts also happens to be one of the leading collectors of iconic rock instruments. Ones in his possession when they're not on display include a 1964 Gibson SG guitar owned by both George Harrison and John Lennon, David Gilmour's 1969 black Fender Stratocaster, Jerry Garcia's custom made Tiger guitar , Jimmy Page's 1959/60 Gibson Les Paul, the 1964 Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan played during his first electric concert set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, Kurt Cobain's 1969 Smells Like Teen Spirit Fender Mustang guitar, Ringo Starr's 1963 Ludwig drum set, and numerous other high-ticket collectibles he prizes much as he does his team's 2006 Super Bowl victory.

 

Many owners of high value instruments owned and played by music legends limit who gets to see them to a very few people, but Irsay has loaned many of the ones in his collection to museums and even financed a tour including a good number of them that went to several cities.

 

This year, the Colts owner's fan friendly gesture will be to celebrate his team's return to the field with a free concert at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 9th that will include a set of rock classics with Irsay himself on vocals, Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass, Kenny Aranoff behind the drums and Kenny Wayne Shepherd on guitar.

 

The drummer will also perform that night with the lead vocalist

he regularly backs on tour and in the studio, John Mellencamp, as well as doing sets with Buddy Guy, John Hiatt, and Heart's Ann Wilson.

 

Aranoff, who has known Irsay more than 30 years, says his love of rock music is intense and genuine. According to the drummer, the billionaire is "...listening to music 24/7. It's not a hobby, It really touches him, and he relates to the spirit and the lyrics of what these musicians have done."