The reunion Buffalo Springfield staged at Neil Young's Bridge School concert last year went so well (story) that Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay seemed certain to take the revival of the seminal 60's group out on a North American tour. That plan was scaled back to a couple of additional performances, with the expectation a full tour would come together in 2012. Now, Furay says the prospect for that happening is dim. Speaking with WBAI in New York City, Furay was reluctant to lay all the blame on Young, but did say'...Neil is just fickle, and even though it boils down to all three of us making a decision, without the three of us, really there can't be anything that would even resemble a Buffalo Springfield.' Gibson.com
Guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner is recovering from what the New York Post reports was urgent heart surgery performed at the Mount Sinai Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. Jones was moved out of intensive care late last week after undergoing the surgical procedure, the exact nature of which was not revealed. The paper quoted a source as saying 'The surgery was more urgent because Mick had needed it for some time.' Jones, the last original member in the group, missed a series of dates due to illness during the last Foreigner tour. Gibson.com
Carlos Santana was one of the first Rockers to enter a long term play and stay deal with a Las Vegas venue, and this week he announced he's coming back for more. His new residency in the desert finds the guitar great getting comfortable with the folks at Mandalay Bay, site of the House Of Blues. His two year deal starts May 2 and tickets to see him perform in the 'intimate'(?) setting will set fans back $172. The price is steep, but the guest player list is expected to include everyone from members of Phish to Buddy Guy. Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Ben Harper are also expected to appear during one or more of the 80 per year Greatest Hits Live: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. RockCellarMagazine.com
Van Morrison, who sought and was granted a temporary ban on tabloids and other media outlets publishing information about his life the singer feels should be off limits, is seeking a new restriction apparently aimed at preventing newspapers from publishing information contained in private journals kept by GiGi Lee, the late business associate and the woman that Morrison is believed to have fathered a child with. Both Lee and the child died of unrelated natural causes in the months following the boy's birth (story). The original ban on coverage was prompted by sensationalistic coverage of the World, the Rupert Murdoch owned tabloid that later folded amid a scandal broke open over allegations the newspaper's employees used illegal means to gain access to the private messages stored on celebrity cell phones. BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
The week leading into the release of Wrecking Ball and the start of a new E Street Band world tour (album drops and tour opens March 6 in Atlanta) finds late night TV host Jimmy Fallon going wall-to-wall Bruce. The Boss himself will be there to launch the series of shows on Monday (2/27) with a live performance of a couple of songs. Kenny Chesney guests the following night to do I'm On Fire, followed by Elvis Costello with the Roots taking on Brilliant Disguise (3/1). Bruce is back as the only guest on Friday (3/2) for a show that will include and interview and at least three songs by Bruce with the E Street Band. In addition to premiering tracks from the new album in advance of the release, our friends at Backstreets.com are giving fans the chance to win tickets to the tapings of all of the Fallon shows.
An evening featuring one of the most impressive line-ups to ever come together to perform in tribute to a fallen musician gathered at the Apollo Theater in New York City Friday night (2/24). Howlin' for Hubert, a concert organized to celebrate the life and music of Hubert Sumlin, a fixture in Howlin' Wolf's band that died in early December, put Keith Richards and Eric Clapton on stage together on versions of Going Down Slow, Little Red Rooster and Spoonful. Richards clearly enjoyed being back out in front of an appreciative crowd, at one point exclaiming, 'God damn, it's good to be back.' The night also saw Clapton team with harp master James Cotton on an acoustic run through Key To The Highway, along with performances from Jimmy Vaughan, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Elvis Costello and Allman Brothers Band mates Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks backed by a band that included legendary session players Jim Keltner, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, plus Ivan Neville. RollingStone.com
Band fan clubs were around long before 1971. But they were operated by uber-fans, not by the artists or their inner circle. That changed when Jon McIntire, manager of the Grateful Dead, came up with the idea of inserting a piece of paper in the packaging of his band's 1971 double live album. His simple request of fans throughout the country - let the band know "Who are you? Where are you? How are you? Send us your name and address and we'll keep you informed. Dead Heads." With that request began the building of one of the most remarkable band-fan relationships in music history. Social Media has made collecting and informing fans easy these days, but few groups have managed to build the kind of community started by the former insurance company systems analyst turned band manager. Long time Grateful publicist Dennis McNally notes, 'Jon was the manager at a critical time for the band. He recognized that it wasn't just a job, but that we were on a mission.' McIntire, who also played piano, acted and co-managed the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco for a spell, parted with the band in 1990 but remained active as an informal advisor and served on the board of the Rex Foundation, the Grateful Dead charitable organization. McIntire passed away Feb 15 at the age of 70 at his Marin County, CA home in Stinson Beach. The cause of death was complications resulting from lung cancer. SFGate.com
Guitarist Joe Perry has begun committing his life story his life. The Aerosmith guitarist will have no shortage of stories to tell, even though other members of the Boston band beat him to print. Perry revealed that he has begun recounting his life in print on his Twitter account. The band is simultaneously doing sessions for its first studio album of new material in nearly a decade and preparing for a world tour that opens in South America this June. GuitarWorld.com
Mississippi State House members voted Thursday (2/23) to honor Blues legend Robert Johnson by naming a stretch of Interstate 55 that runs through the country Johnson lived in during his early years in his honor. The distinction comes just hours after President Barack Obama joined living legends BB King and Buddy Guy on a rendition of Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago during a celebration of Blues music at the White House. Johnson remains a tremendous influence on musicians, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Guy Clark Jr, Warren Haynes and countless others. SacBee.com
Wrecking Ball, the release due March 6 from Bruce Springsteen, is being previewed one track at a time online in advance of the release date. The decision to make the entire song available to stream instead of just a clip will give fans the chance to decide whether the album that includes only limited contributions from E Street Band has enough to like about it for them to spring for. Easy Money made it's debut on Monday (2/20) on Backstreets.com. RollingStone.com gets the preview of Shackle and Drawn the next day, followed by Jack Of All Trades(Wed. 2/23). The other tracks from Wrecking Ball become available on the Backstreets site on this time line: Death To My Hometown(Thur. 2/23), This Depression(Fri. 2/24), the title song, Wrecking Ball(Mon. 2/27),You've Got It(Tues. 2/28), Rocky Ground (Wed. 2/29), Land of Hope and Dreams(Thur. 3/1) and We Are Alive (Fri. 3/2).
Guitarist Ron Wood is letting Rolling Stones fans know they can count on one more tour from the band. Asked about the possibility of a 50th Anniversary tour, Wood told Radio Times, 'That's what we're on the verge of', adding, 'I dunno what the hell is going to happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something.' He confirmed that the group got together for some rehearsals toward the end of last year. Speculation that the band would do a show during the opening or closing ceremony of the London Summer Olympics has been shot down by Mick Jagger, but Wood recently suggested it could still happen - and that his prior band, the Faces, might bookend that performance. ContactMusic.com
Many of the fans that supported Phil Lesh in his efforts to establish a new community music and cultural center in Marin County, Califorrnia (story) are expressing surprise, disappointment and outrage over the $150 ticket price for a 12 concert grand opening series of dates by the former Grateful Dead bass player and his band, Phil Lesh & Friends. One irate fan suggested on the Terrapin Crossroads Facebook page that a more accurate name for the venue would be Shakedown Street. Operators of the venue defended the price in a post on the venue web site, writing that expenses involved in presenting a 'major rock show' in an intimate setting requires '...a few bucks more' - an explanation not likely to settle things down. MarinIJ.com
Black Sabbath was apparently willing to tour without drummer Bill Ward(story), but the prospect of hitting the road without guitarist Tommy Iommi was a deal breaker. Iommi, who recently revealed that he has cancer (story) is undergoing treatment and is not expected to be in a condition that will permit him to tour. The only date the band remains committed to is a June 10 appearance at the Download Festival in England. In place of the Sabbath reunion tour, Ozzy Osbourne is planning to go out with a lineup that will include his Sabbath band mate Geezer Butler, Slash and the Ozzman's former guitarist Zakk Wylde. Gibson.com
The appetite for revenge and publicity of some people knows no bounds - just an observation in general and certainly not intended to suggest that former reality TV cast member Tareq Salahi is motivated by either of those crass things. The former Real Housewives of DC 'star' does claim that Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and his former wife should fork over $50 million in compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damage he has suffered because his wife left him to take up with Schon. Wait, it gets better: the suit even goes so far as to suggest the whole affair was a conspiracy on the part of Schon and the band to help sell tickets! ClassicRockMagazine.com
We already know that the next Aersomith album has a more stripped down Rock approach than a lot of the lavishly produced albums the veteran band churned out during the last two decades. Now, producer Jack Douglas says that the album he has been working on with the band also has a theme running through it. Calling the new project '...a bit of a concept album', Douglas said the forthcoming release will be one that reverts to '...that 70's feel and a sense of humor.' While Douglas and the group have declined to reveal a title or announce a release date, the news from the studio has given fans of the unrefined and raw Aerosmith hope that the album can recapture the magic that made the bad boys from Boston one of the best Rock bands on this side of the Atlantic. MusicRadar.com
Conflicting stories coming out of the Rolling Stones camp has been the norm for quite some time. Guitarist Ron Wood became the latest member of the group to stir up speculation about the group's future plans when he said the Stones have been asked to play the opening ceremony and his former band, the Faces, have been invited to participate in a closing ceremony, quipping that the distinction would make him '...the first bi-athelete musician'. Absent from Wood's comment was any echo of earlier comments from Mick Jagger that Stones participation in the Olympics has been ruled out by the group. From Woody's perspective, the idea of playing the event '...would be too good an opportunity to miss.' MonstersAndCritics.com
Blues legend BB King joins Mick Jagger, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, guitarists Guy Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and others for the latest In Performance at the White House. Highlights of the event will be broadcast on PBS stations on Feb. 27 at 9p (Eastern). Booker T Jones will be the band leader for the eighth program in the series, which has previously honored Paul McCartney,Stevie Wonder, Motown, American musicals and Country Music. First Lady Michelle Obama hosts an afternoon gathering of 120 students from 24 high schools ry during an afternoon workshop titled At The Crossroads: A History of Blues in America. Whitehouse.gov
News is out that several members from leading bands on the heavy metal front are banding together to stage a major tour that is expected to start in South America. If true, the lineup adds up to the most impressive onslaught of high decibel musicians to ever tour on the same bill. The Titans Of Rock tour will supposedly include Metallica veteran Jason Newsted, Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple & Black Country Communion's Glenn Hughes Guns N' Roses alums Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke and Matt Sorum, Gene Simmons of KISS, Vince Neil from Motley Crue and former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach. North American dates are expected to follow the initial series of concerts slated for Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and other stops in the southern hemisphere. Gibson.com
The typical Grammy awards show has too little to offer Rock viewers to make watching it worth the time. The 2012 edition of the music industry schmooze fest lived down to that tradition, but did provide a few worthwhile moments. Bruce Springsteen opened the show with the advance track from his Wrecking Ball album, We Take Care Of Ourselves (but backed with strings, depriving fans of the chance to see the horn section he will be touring with (story). Paul McCartney closed it with an Abbey Road medley that included Bruce, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl. In between, Sir Paul did a song from his new standards collection that featured Walsh playing some very tasty acoustic guitar, the Foo Fighters roared through a song for a big crowd outside of the Staples Center and Bonnie Raitt delivered a heart felt tribute to the late Etta James with Alicia Keys. The rest of the night had a lot less to do with music than spectacle, with the exception of Jennifer Hudson's tribute to Whitney Houston, a feisty performance by Taylor Swift, a high voltage performance by Bruno Mars and Adele erasing any doubts about whether her voice would be as remarkable as it was before she underwent surgery. She collected six awards on the night, sweeping the Song and Album of the year categories. McCartney picked-up his 15th Grammy and, in one of the most unusual match-ups in Grammy history, Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band was the winner of Best Blues Album in a category that pitted the ABB guitarist against his fellow band mates, Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman. Haynes shares his award with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, for the Tedeschi Trucks Band album Revelator.
The entrance to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles is where the Grammys doled out the 2012 Lifetime Achievement awards Saturday afternoon (2/11), which this year went to the Allman Brothers Band, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell. Warren Haynes, who is also up for a solo Grammy this year, brought some smiles when the 20+ year member of the ABB said he is still considered the 'new guy'. Since only a passing reference will be offered during the official ceremony telecast from the Staples Center Sunday, we wanted fans of the band to get a look at the band members accepting the award (video).
Of all of the bizarre moments in Grammy awards history. one that always comes to mind among Rock fans was the year the Academy awarded Jethro Tull the Heavy Metal Band of the year honor. Producers could not cut to commercials quickly enough to avoid viewers hearing the barrage of boos and seeing the stunned look of disbelief on the faces of of people in the audience. Everybody there and everybody viewing with any understanding of the genre knew that Tull did not even belong in the category and that Metallica would win the award. Tull front man Ian Anderson says that the certainty that Metallica was going to win was so absolute that people didn't even bother raising objections to his band having been improperly nominated by the clueless members of the Academy. And Anderson is still amused by the travesty, telling Powerline recently, '...I'd like to think that it wasn't that the six thousand voting members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were voting for Jethro Tull as a heavy rock band or heavy metal band. They gave us the award because we were a bunch of nice guys who never won a Grammy before.And sad to relate, even after all these years, there is still no category for best one-legged flute player. Otherwise, I'd be winning it every year.' Powerlinemag.com
Anyone that grew up when the Beatles were securing their place in music history knows that just about every reference to the group members was in the order John, Paul, George & Ringo, so the idea that Paul McCartney, co-writer of the vast majority of Beatle originals and by far the most active of the four in the post band era, would be the last to get recognition by the Hollywood Walk Of Fame managers is surprising. MCCA finally got his star unveiled near those of his three former band mates near the Capitol Records tower Thursday (2/9). Joining McCartney for the event were Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Elvis Costello and Jeff Lynne. In giving the official introduction to the latest Hollywood Walk inductee, Young said, 'As a musician, as a songwriter, Paul's craft and his art are truly at the top of his game, the way Charlie Chaplin was as an actor', and noted that, '...it's the soul that he puts into everything he does that makes me feel so good and so happy to be here.' VintageVinylNews
Ron Wood was approached by his manager about joining the Yardbirds, the group that went on to feature three of the greatest guitar players in Rock history - Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Speaking on his radio show, the Faces and Rolling Stones veteran said he shot down Peter Grant, who also managed Beck and Rod Stewart, quipping, '...I can't join a bunch of farmers.' The New Yardbirds, as they were known at the time, would eventually morph into Led Zeppelin. Things still worked out fine for Woody. After a run with Rod Stewart in the Faces, he would be recruited by the Rolling Stones as the replacement for Mick Taylor at the start of 1975. His most recent career move has been very well received as well. The Ron Wood Radio Show has earned an avid following and awards in the UK and is now being heard on stations in the States. NME.com
We take issue with a lot of the things the people who manage the Grammy awards do and don't do, so it's nice to hear something that doesn't make us roll our eyes, cover our ears, change the channel or just not bother watching to begin with. Organizers have apparently decided to open the telecast of the 54th annual music awards show with the one guy a lot of Rock viewers will think is the only one worth tuning in for. Access Hollywood is reporting that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will lead off the program on Sunday (2/12). Bruce, who has collected 20 Grammy awards during his 40 year recording career, is expected to play We take Care Of Our Own, the lead track from the Wrecking Ball album he will release in March. The telecast will give fans their first look and listen to the E Street Band since Springsteen added Jake Clemons, a nephew of the late, great sax man Clarence Clemons, to the lineup of other backing musicians that will accompany him on the upcoming tour (story).
Producer Jack Douglas reportedly floated the idea of recruiting author Stephen King to write the lyrics for the Boston band's comeback album. It might not be far-fetched. The suspense-horror king is a hard rock fan, owns a Bangor, Maine rock radio station, recently collaborated with John Mellencamp on a musical, the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, and shares a passion for the Red Sox with members of the group. Still, the band apparently shot Douglas down. The album, which Douglas and band members say will have a much stronger appeal to early Aerosmith fans than several of the pop laden albums of more recent times, should be ready for a spring release. Aerosmith is currently plotting a North American tour for the summer and fall. 411mania.com
Speculation about how Bruce Springsteen would address the absence of Clarence Clemons was partially answered several days ago when Southside Johnny Lyons let slip that Bruce had enlisted members of his horn section for the upcoming E Street Band world tour. We now know that Asbury Jukes regular Eddie Manion won't be the only sax player in the horn section backing Springsteen. Jake Clemons will help fill his uncle Clarence's shoes. They will be joined by trumpet players Curt Ramm and Barry Danielian, who has worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Paul Simon and Billy Joel, trombone player Clark Gayton and background singers Cindy Mizelle and Curtis King. NJ.com
Just when you figured every possible combination of compilations has been put together documenting the Long, Strange Trip of the Grateful Dead, along comes word that Shout! Factory and Rhino are preparing to release a 14 DVD set of concert footage and bonus material not included in previous releases of the original DVDs in the set. All The Years Combine will be released with a companion 40 page booklet packed with rare photographs. A dozen concert movies are included in the package, including The Closing Of Winterland (1978), Dead Ahead (Radio City Music Hall. 1980), Ticket To New Year's (Oakland Coliseum 1987), Truckin' Up To Buffalo (Rich Stadium, 1989), and Views From The Vault series films from Pittsburgh (1990), Washington (RFK Stadium, 1991), Shoreline Amphitheatre (1990), Oakland Stadium (1987) and Anaheim Stadium (1987). Five previously unreleased concerts from the band archives will be thrown in for good measure. JamBase.com
Metallica seems intent on filling the void left by the demise of OzzFest. The benchmark mainstream metal band has announced plans for Orion Music + More, a two day event in Atlantic City, NJ that the group promises will include 'lifestyle' elements along with plenty of high decibel music. Metallica fans will be treated to the group's only full album performances this year of two albums - Ride The Lightning and Black at the festival. Lars Ulrich says the idea of the band organizing and staging its own festival has been under consideration for years and that 2012 the .'ducks lined up in a row' for making it happen. The event will also include Avenged Sevenfold, Gaslight Anthem, Guy Clark Jr., and several other acts. AntiMusic.com
One of the most interesting long-term touring propositions by a former member of a mega-group has been the Ringo Starr All Starr Band. The evolving and revolving lineup the former Beatle has put together in recent years has included a number of top notch players and the 2012 edition is no exception. With Joe Walsh overloaded with his own album and tour plus an expected Eagles tour, Starr has turned to Todd Rundgren, Toto veteran Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie of Santana to step into the lineup. The group is scheduled to kick things off on June 14 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and stay on the road through a July 21 date in LA. Gibson.com
Slash still has a bit of work to do on his second album, but the former Guns N' Roses guitarist gave himself a deadline for getting it done and coming up with a title by announcing it will be released on May 22. The second album under his own name since parting ways with Axl Rose will feature the members of his own touring band - guitarist and vocalist Myles Kennedy, who Slash is writing the new songs with, drummer Brent Fitz and bass player Todd Kerns. Slash calls the new album '...much more cohesive' than his 2010 self titled solo debut. Hear Slash talk about the project and get a behind the scenes studio look here. Gibson.com
Organizers and attendees of a vintage motorcycle expo in the Miami area were equally caught off guard when Billy Joel (or someone so convincing that everyone swears it was the Piano Man) emerged from the bike enthusiasts, jumped on stage and asked the lead singer of a local band if it was okay if he jammed with them. The small gathering of people at the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show more focused on the music than the wheels quickly swelled as word spread on Facebook and Twitter that Joel was taking the stage. A few songs later he left the stage, paused for some photo ops and autographs, and then got on his motorcycle and took off. Catch Joel's jam here Gibson.com
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been added to the lineup of musicians performing to honor Paul McCartney when he is given the MusiCares Person of the Year award Friday (2/10) in Los Angeles. The Grammy related event caps off a big week for the former Beatle. In addition to that event, Paul will complete his former group's representation on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when his star joins those of John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr on the sidewalk near the Capitol Records tower. Coldplay and the Foo Fighters are also scheduled to play at the MusiCares event. Young recently confirmed plans to release two new albums in 2012 with Crazy Horse, the group that has backed him on and off ever since his late 60's solo debut.
Bill Ward apparently had enough issues with the terms of the Black Sabbath reunion to throw a drumstick into the works. In an online post about the prospects for him going forward with the album and tour, the drummer says that his willingness to participate depends on him getting a contract that, '...reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band.' Reading between the lines, it is easy suspect that his position reflects that Ozzy Osbourne's name value to the credibility and success of both the album and concerts means that an equal share in the proceeds from both were not on the table for Ward, who called the contract he was presented 'unsignable'. The other members of the group fired back that they will tour without Ward if he decides to hold out for a better deal. Banana1015.com
A DVD & Blu-ray release featuring highlights from Joe Bonamassa's electrifying sold out perfromances at the Beacon Theatre in New York City is slated for a March 27 release. Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre - Live From New York will include songs Bonamassa performed with Bad Company and Free veteran Paul Rogers, John Hiatt and the outstanding blues vocalist Beth Hart. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Black Country Communion), performances on the double disc sets were captured using more than a dozen HD cameras and the audio is mixed in 5:1 surround sound. Catch the video trailer for the forthcoming set here. PRNewswire
Our earlier announcement of Ian Anderson's plan to stage a Thick As A Brick tour this year and the apparent end of Jethro Tull(story) has a sequel - and so will the 1972 album. Anderson has has ghost written another album based on the life of Gerald Bostock, the character he assigned the writing credits of the original album. The new release, due April 2, uses alter-egos to take stock of what Bostock's life might have turned out like had he pursued different paths - a theme that is evident in many of the album's 17 song titles. In addition to the standard digital download and CD versions, Brick 2 will be available in a double disc package with a DVD 5.1 mix of the album and footage of the recording sessions, interviews and segments of Anderson reading lyrics to many of the songs in a variety of settings. PRNewsWire
Few groups have enjoyed as many highs and endured as many lows as the Allman Brothers Band. The triumphs and tragedies of the Southern Rock institution and its members will be documented in print with the May 1 publication of Not My Cross To Bear, the Gregg Allman biography being penned by Hittin' The Note Editor John Lynskey and Alan Light. Gregg's candor in discussing his personal story and his inside look at the often wild ride the group has been on during the 5 decades it has been making music is bound to be a great read.
On the 43d anniversary of the date the Beatles played in public for the last time, Ringo Starr revealed that the band had given though to a much grander exit than the casual three song set they delivered on the London rooftop. He says that the four members of the group and Billy Preston kicked around the idea of staging a farewell concert at the base of one of the pyramids (something the Grateful Dead would do in September of 1978) or in the shadow of a volcano in Hawaii. In the end, as he put it, they decided, 'Sod it, just do it on the roof', a decision that brought a portion of London to a complete stand still and created an iconic Rock event. Blabbermouth.net