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.
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.
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.
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.”
Dead & Company flash forward to the scene of one of the Grateful Dead's greatest concerts, Cornell university's Barton Hall. Be there virtually with this live stream via Nugs
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 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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Prepare to be blown away when Billy Strings and his band live stream three concerts from Colorado on nugs.net February 2, 3, & 4. Click to get in on this and to discover all the great
archived concert material available on nugs!
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. 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.
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.
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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.
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