In a recent conversation about his post Zeppelin vocals, Robert Plant said the work he did with Zeppelin, '...kicked ass' and added 'I used my voice sometimes kind of like an instrument, like a psychedelic scat or whatever it was. I pushed the range up more and more as I went on... But when I started working in a different time, I found that a lot of that stuff was a cliche... So I was glad to make the departure. The former Zeppelin front man says he finds his current group Sensational Space Shifters gives him to take a different approach that is still high energy. SomethingElseReviews.com
Prog Rock fans have a reunion to listen forward to. Robert Fripp has reconstituted King Crimson with a lineup that will include Tony Levin, Pat Matstelotto, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk. Fripp projects a timeline of about a year to get the group performance ready. Fripp's online diary first announced the plan September 7, when he wrote 'dear brother crims, we have one year to prepare for action of the savage variety, and be in Go! mode for september 2014'. On the 24th he added details of who is involved and added, 'All the Crims have expressed great excitement at the return to Go! mode'.
Always an innovator, it's fitting that Todd Rundgren will be the recipient of an honor named for one of the most innovative guitartists of all time, Les Paul. The award in recognition of '...individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology' will be handed to the Nazz and Utopia veteran at a ceremony on January 24 at the Anaheim, California Hilton Hotel. Noise11.com
It was brief and simple - just like Levon would have wanted. On Friday (9/27), Amy Helm climbed a few steps up a step ladder to pull down a cloth and unveil the sign designating the section of New York State's Route 375 between Routes 28 and 212 near the of Woodstock Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard in honor of her late father, Band drummer Levon Helm. PoughkeepsieJournal.com
Fans eager to see Christine McVie play with the band she left in 1998 finally got their wish Wednesday (9/25) during the Fleetwood Mac set at London's O2 Arena, but those hoping she would spend the night on stage got just one song - Don't Stop - before the reunion did. Stevie Nicks has said her former band mate surprised everyone in the band when she said she would play if asked. Nicks told Rolling Stone that the odds of a reunion with McVie were of a par with an asteroid hitting the Earth. The door remains open for Christine to put in additional time on stage with the band during this tour.
How much value does having housed a world known rocker in his youth add to a home? About 10 times its assessed value in the mind of whoever decided what the listing price of the Aberdeen, Washington house that Kurt Cobain spent the first 9 years of his life in. The just over 1,500 square foot bungalow has had few alterations since the former Nirvana front man last lived in it between the ages of 16 and 20. A hole he punched in the wall of his bedroom is still there, as are furnishings and some of Kurt's wall drawings. The house sits just a few blocks from the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park.
Dave davies tells Rolling Stone magazine that a decision on doing a Kinks reunion tour in 2014 is up to his brother, Ray. That recent pronouncement would seem to make prospects for the group actually making it on to a stage much better than they have been in the past. Previous attempts to reunite have been under Ray's initiative. Bass player Pete Quaife passed away in 2010 and Dave has been slowly regaining his ability to make music after suffering a stroke nearly a decade ago.
Paul McCartney and his backing band attracted a big crowd to Hollywood Boulevard for a 15 song free concert Tuesday night (9/24) arranged by the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Opening with Magical Mystery Tour, Paul played a set that included 6 more Beatles songs (Lady Madonna, Birthday,Ob-La-D-Ob-La-Da, Back In The USSR, Day Tripper, Let It Be and Hey Jude), 3 songs on his forthcoming album and 4 titles from previous solo and Wings albums (Junior's Farm, Jet, Another Day and Band On The Run).
The cover and track list for Paul McCartney's next album have been made available through his web site. New will include a dozen tracks and a couple of bonus songs. Production credits go to several people, most notably Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin. The runtime of the deluxe edition that includes two bonus songs is just over :50 minutes. Paul describes the collection as '... quite varied and not necessarily in a style you'd recognise (sic) as me'.
Less than two weeks after having an emergency appendectomy in Mexico, Tico Torres went back under the knife for gall bladder surgery. This operation will sideline the Bon Jovi drummer for a period of time. Rich Scannella, who drums in the Jon Bon Jovi side band Kings Of Suburbia, will fill-in on the Bon Jovi dates Torres is out of action for. Jon says, 'Tico has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago. He's also one tough S.O.B. . We look forward to him pounding away brilliantly on the remainder of this and future tours.' ClassicRockMagazine
A London newspaper reported that Liverpool's Cavern Club, a room the Beatles performed in hundreds of times before graduating into much bigger venues, was being put up for sale. A spokesman for the historic club denied that the venue is for sale, saying only a shopping center adjacent to it was being listed. Brian Epstein, the group's eventual manager, heard them live for the first time on the cramped stage under the club's arched ceiling in the fall of 1961. The club also hosted shows by the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks the Yardbirds and Elton John. GigWise.com
Rock anthems dominate the playlist of virtually every sports arena in the world, but the front office of Cincinatti's NFL front office couldn't resist the tie-in of a song titled Roar with a team named the Bengals, so they played the song before, during and after the team's recent home game - a mistake they will not be making again. The negative reaction of fans in the stadium was nothng compared with the social media firestorm of protest over the use of a pop song over a Rock song. Team officials were quick to respond - Ms. Perry will no longer be heard at Bengal games.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem has been a Mecca for black artists for decades. In recent years, white acts have gotten a chance to take the stage of the intimate New York musical landmark. Saturday night (9/21), the venue hosted perhaps its most unlikely act ever when Metallica stormed the stage for an 18 song set that included mainstays like Master Of Puppets, One, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman. Bravewords.com
During a week that a lot of people pause to remember the amazing talent of Jimi Hendrix, two men allegedly elected instead to deface a Seattle statue of the late guitar great. Police apprehended the evidently drunk pair they say were responsible for tagging the Hendrix statue with paint obtained from an art store on the same block with the help of a witness as well as the art store's surveillance camera's image of the two buying paint authorities tied to the vandalism of the statue and other surfaces in the Capitol Hill section of the city. Hendrix died 43 years ago this week. AntiMusic.com
The 2014 Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas has attracted some serious guitar slingers. Aerosmith's Joe Perry joins a lineup of instructors that includes guitarists Eric Johnson, Steve Vai and Gary Hoey for the four day camp taking place February 13-16. Also performing and advising are drummer extraordinaire Joe Vitale (Eagles & CSN), Elliot Easton from the Cars and Van Halen/Chickenfoot veteran Michael Anthony. Joe Perry will collect Fantasy Camp sponsor Guitar Player magazine's GP Certified Legend Award during the session. RockCamp.com
Roger Waters told a BBC interviewer that he regrets his 1985 decision to take legal action in an attempt to prevent David Gilmour and Nick Mason from continuing to use the name Pink Floyd in performances without him. Asked about the lawsuit, Waters said, 'I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!' He also revealed that he is working on new material for what will be his first solo album in nearly a decade. It sounds as though it will be a concept album relating to recent 'breakthroughs' he recently experienced, Waters saying, 'I've had a very, very strong idea, and I shall pursue it', and adding, 'I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into it. NME.com UltimateGuitar.com
Johnny Winter has collected quite the lineup of guest musicians for his next album. Eric Clapton is the latest to join a group of special guests that already includes Mark Knopfler, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Gregg Allman and Dr. John on an album that will feature covers of a number of blues standards from the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Robert Johnson. The as yet untitled album is expected out in the spring of 2014.
The 2014 Moody Blues Cruise out of Miami has added a new passenger/performer. Who front man Roger Daltrey has been announced as the latest to join a roster of musicians that, in addition to the host band members, will provide on-board entertainment during the voyage. Also in the lineup are Emerson, Lake & Palmer veteran Carl Palmer, the Zombies, Strawbs, Starship, the Little River Band, Lighthouse, and former members of Electric Light Orchestra and Toto. The MSC Divina sails April 2 on a five day voyage that includes stops in Nassau, Grand Turk Island and Turks & Caicos. AntiMusic.com
Slash will lend his talent to a Sioux Falls, SD academy that provides free musical training for members of the community's Boys and Girls Club. The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy was founded by Chuck Brennan, a rock fan whose day gig is running Dollar Loan Centers. Brennan met the former Gun 'N Roses guitarist when he opened for KISS, a group that has also thrown its support behind Brennan's academy. Slash was just going to attend the private September 28 program until he found out that one of the students planned to do the GNR version of Bob Dylan's Knocking On Heaven's Door. He then offered to also play with the three groups scheduled to perform that night.
Brennan is elated, saying, 'This is a HUGE deal not only for the students and academy. This program has taken on a life of its own around the country - having Slash brings it to the next level, for sure.' HenneMusic.com
More than a year before his command performance at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix was in the line-up of another festival also produced by Michael Lang. It took place at Gulfstream Park, a horse race course north of Miami in Hallandale, Florida. In addition to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Miami Pop festival featured Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Chuck Berry, Blue Cheer and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. On May 18 of 1968, Hendrix took the stage for a set that included Fire, Foxy Lady, Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Hear My Train A Comin and Getting My Heart Back Together. On November 5th, the original Eddie Kramer recording of the set the Experience did that day will get its first official release. Day two of the event got rained out - and is purported to be the day that Jimi wrote Electric Ladyland's Rainy Day, Dream Away'. About 50,000 attended the concert, a number that would double with a second festival on the same site in December of '68 that included the Grateful Dead, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Three Dog Night, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Former Asylum Records exec Jerry Sharell was in the company of a woman in his Woodland Hills, California home Sunday (9/15) when her ex-husband arrived on a motorcycle with flowers... and a machete. A five hour hostage situation ensued, with the man inflicting multiple wounds on Sharell. The victim, who worked closely with the Eagles, Queen, Linda Ronstadt and others in the 1970's, remains hospitalized. His condition has been upgraded from critical to stable. The alleged attacker, Beham Vasseghi, was taken into custody after slittting his wrists at the scene of the attack. NBCLosAngeles.com
Van Morrison fans might be glad that his record company is putting out an expanded edition of his classic album Moondance, but the singer is not at all happy about it. Morrison took to his web site to blast the label for its plan to release four CDs of material from the Moondance sessions together with a high quality DVD remix of the original songs on the 1970 album. Morrison's statement reads, 'I did not endorse this, it is unauthorized and it has happened behind my back My management company at that time gave this music away 42 years ago and now I feel as though it's being stolen from me again.' RTTNews.com
After a low-key marriage was performed in Dublin earlier this month, U2 bass player Adam Clayton and his new bride decided on a bigger ceremony. The pair chose to stage the event at the same chateau on the French Riviera that Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavign were married at in July. The Sunday (9/15) ceremony was attended by all of Clayton's band mates and their spouses along with siper model Christy Turlington. Bono's yacht and a villa Bono and The Edge share ownership of were expected to be sites for post ceremony festivities. AcesShowBiz.com
Friday the 13th proved unlucky for Carlos Santana. The guitarist was at the wheel in an upscale neighborhood west of the Vegas strip when he ran into at least one parked car. Police characterized the incident as 'minor' and said here were no injuries after striking a parked vehicle, but TMZ published a photograph of what the site claims is the guitarist's severely damaged Fisker Karma and reported that the car Santana was driving actually hit two cars before jumping a curb and coming to a halt against a large rock. The accident took place on a night off for Sanatana, who has been in residence at the Mandalay Bay House Of Blues. No sobriety test was judged necessary by the investigating officers.
37 previously unreleased Beatles tracks from the archives of the BBC will be released on Nov. 11. On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 will include the young group's cover of Chuck Berry;'s I'm Talking About You, studio performances and almost two dozen conversational tracks involving band members. The Beatles made frequent appearances at the BBC, logging hundreds of performances between early 1962 and mid 1965. The prior release of BBC session material that sold 5 million copies will be re-released in a remastered edition on the same date as Volume 2.
The Tuesday (9/11) Bon Jovi concert in Mexico City was cancelled after drummer Tico Torres was taken to a hospital where the drummer underwent an emergency appendectomy. Jon Bon Jovi passed the news along via the band web site in the early hours of Thursday, writing, 'Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering', and went on to thank the physicians and staff at the American British Cowdray Hospital for the care Torres received. Jon says Torres was determined to delay the operation until after the show, but doctors convinced him that doing the concert would pose a serious risk to him. The band hopes to be able to make-up the date. AntiMusic.com
Carlos Santana, Billy Joel and jazz legend Herbie Hancock are among the artists being honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Sunday, December 8. CBS will broadcast highlights from the event, which includes other artists rendering tribute versions of each honoree's songs, during a two hour special that airs December 29. News on who will fete the guitar great and Piano Man should emerge soon.
Neil Young was in Washington, DC Monday (9/10) to lobby against the Keystone XL Pipeline and oil sands projects in his native country. Young's opposition to the two Canadian projects prompted him to say that production already underway has turned portions of Alberta into a 'wasteland' Young equated to something that 'looks like Hiroshima'. That remark seems to have really rankled a number of people including a self professed Neil Young fan, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, who happened to be on Capitol Hill lobbying in favor of the pipeline. Young's description of the area that includes Fort McMurray as a 'wasteland' also got the mayor of the town's attention, who shot back that residents were '...probably outraged because it's such a gross misrepresentation'. TheHill.com CBS News
Brian May hints that he's open to the idea of putting together a Queen album that could include at least one song that has the late Freddie Mercury singing with Michael Jackson. The duet's existence was first revealed this summer, at which time May said there would be '...something for folks to hear' in a couple of months. With that time frame having passed without anything being released, the guitarist, speaking with iHeart Radio, suggested that he and his band mates had come across additional material they had '...just plain forgotten about' and began to think in terms of putting together a full album. As to whether that actually comes about, May said only, 'It just might be'. Some Queen fans are sure to hope otherwise. NME.com
Their are some likely (Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson) and some surprising (Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn and Taj Mahal) guests on Sammy Hagar's next album. Taj Mahal's participation in the project came about in a pretty interesting way. Sammy shares the story here.
The LA KISS, a new Orange County, California Arena Football League franchise branded with the band's name, is offering Tim Tebow a chance to QB the team. Even if the former New England Patriot passes on the deal, the Arena League and the team will get a lot of PR out of the move - something apparent in Paul Stanley's remark about the offer; 'His joining us would mean great things for his fans and for our team, especially from a buisness standpoint.' Having rejected deals reportedly offered by Canadian Football League teams, it's unlikely Tebow will settle for anything less than a return to the NFL, but Stanley and Gene Simmons will do their best to get him in their lineup. AntiMusic.com
Saying the event made it '...one of the most moving days of the year for me', Pink Floyd veteran Roger Waters has accepted the invitation to join Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart at the Bob Woodruff Foundation's annual benefit to raise funds to assist injured soldiers. The November 6 event will take place in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Last year, Waters did a performance that included more than a dozen musicians from the Walter Reed hospital's MusiCorps and he says he looks forward to seeing them again and plans to expand the participation of veterans in the program by '...contacting veterans in the area with the hope of broadening the scope of choral input.'
Carlos Santana stopped by the Andre Aggasi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas Tuesday (9/10) to make more than 200 instruments, including 100 guitars, available to its students. The massive musical donation, arranged by the guitar great in conjunction with the House Of Blues, PRS Guitars, Hermes Music and LP Music, was received by the tennis great on behalf of the students and the school. Aggasi thanked Carlos and praised him for his recognition of the vital role the arts play in educating well-rounded students. ReviewJournal.com
Calling the wardrobe in the film clips she has seen something, '...I would not be seen dead in', Kathy Etchingham says she thinks it is likely that the upcoming movie about her one time boy friend, guitar great Jimi Hendrix, could be equally off the mark in other respects. The production is already gotten a thumbs down from the Hendrix estate on using any of the guitarist's original music in the move. Etchingham's claim that the costumes have, '...Asutin Powers written all over them' was accompanied by her assertion that she is concerned that the film could '...fundamentally change history' about the legendary musician. She says her message to the producers encouraging them to contact her before production began was ignored. MusicTalkers.com
One of the most portable technologies on tour is adding entertainment value to former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's concerts and collecting data to help medical researchers develop strategies for attacking Alzheimer's disease. A specially equipped cap captures brain wave activity with electrodes and transforms them into a light show that displays in real time as the drummer performs. The brain storm of an idea was developed by Hart in collaboration with a University of California neuroscientist that specializes in cognitive problems related to aging. Hart began thinking that music's interaction with the mind could be a portal reseachers and doctors would find useful when he noted that playing drums for his grandmother made her more responsive. Speaking with KGO radio, the neuroscientist, Adam Grazzaley said, 'This concept that rhythm might be therapeutic has been around for a long time; there's just really not studies that have carefully controlled a rhythmic experiemnt and looked for changes in the brain'. TimesColonist.com
The Allman Brothers Band's short summer tour with Steve Winwood produced a number of highlights with guests sharing the stage with the legendary Southern Rock veterans. The closing night of the tour included a version of the Band's The Weight with lead vocals shared by Susan Tedeschi and Grace Potter and drum tech Stixx Turner getting the chance to take Jaimoe's role behind the kit. Check out Stixx and the band at Jones Beach on Saturday night (9/7). JamBase.com
Rod Stewart has been exceptionally busy. In addition to recently announcing plans to extend a Las Vegas residency, the Jeff Beck Group and Faces veteran has announced plans to do tour dates with Steve Winwood, an artist he hasn't shared a stage with since the mid 60's. Prospects for Stewart getting back together with other members of the Faces are more problematic, but Stewart remains hopeful they might find an opportunity to get together. The outlook for him doing something with Jeff Beck the singer calls '...slim and none', telling Billboard that his attempt to work with Beck on a blues based album left the two unable to agree on much of anything and adding that they have had no communication since that project died. Stewart also recently said he'd love to do some concerts together with Elton John. Billboard.com
The 27th annual benefit for the Bridge School at the Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheater on October 26 & 27 features a lineup that includes benefit organizer Neil Young's first on-stage reunion with David Crosby. Stephen Stills and Graham Nash since 2006. Elvis Costello, Heart, My Morning Jacket and Queens of the Stone Age will also do sets both nights of the event, with the Killers making an appearance on Saturday only.
Benefit, the 1970 Jethro Tull album that included pop-up figures of the band members, pops up again this fall in an expanded edition re-issue. The October 29 release adds an additional disc of alternate versions of songs on the original release and several bonus tracks not included on the album, plus 5.1 surround sound takes on the songs that were on it. It is accompanied by a booklet including rare photos and interviews with group members. Rhino.com
Joe Bonamassa has a versatility that few guitarists can match. He puts his capabilities on display in a DVD collection culled from a series of four performances in London dedicated to performing songs he'd never done live before. The venues and lineups moved from a 200 seat club set delivered in jam band mode to a big band blues show at Shepherd's Bush Empire, followed by a straight ahead Rock performance at the Hammersmith Apollo and concluded with a top tracks performance in a sold-out Royal Albert Hall. Each performance is available as a double DVD or Blu-ray. The entire collection is also being packaged as a set that includes a hard-bound book commemorating the mini-tour handsomely housed in a box modeled after a Marshall amp. The individual sets and collector's edition go on sale September 28.
Christine McVie is indicating that she would be willing to rejoin Fleetwood Mac on stage during UK dates if invited. A BBC Radio host reportedly coaxed the words 'If they ask me, I'll play' out of the former member who retired from the band in 1998 during an interview last week. The band is slated to open a tour in Dublin on September 20 and to do the first of three O2 Arena dates in London on the 24th. ClassicRockMagazine.com
The Bluebird Cafe, a tiny Nashville venue that is a favorite among Music City's famous and aspiring performers, got a surprise appearance by one of Rock's biggest front men on Tuesday (9/3) when Steven Tyler took the stage to perform Jaded with Marti Frederiksen, the guy that co-wrote the tune. Tyler followed that by accompanying himself on Aerosmith's Dream On for the amazed audience.
The third time proved the charm for Adam Clayton. The U2 bass player married Brazilian model Mariana de Carvalho during a ceremony Wednesday (9/4) conducted at a secret location in Dublin. The Edge and his wife attended but Bono and Larry Mullen were not spotted. Clayton was previously engaged to Naomi Campbell and to an assistant to U2 manager Paul McGuinness. The small, private ceremony was scheduled to be followed by a reception at an undisclosed location expected to include upwards of 150 invited guests. BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Things are not well with Rockford, Illinois band Cheap Trick. Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson have initiated a suit of their own aagainst drummer Bun E. Carlos after he sued the band contending he'd been squeezed on a deal for him to continue as the group's drummer despite not wanting to tour. The Carlos suit was instigated after he learned the other band members had recorded a new studio track without him. Friday (8/30), the others filed a counter claim that contends Carlos was removed from the band and associated corporations in accordance with proper process. ClassicRockMagazine.com
Mild mannered Graham Nash reveals a good deal about his wilder early years in his upcoming book Wild Tales, due September 17. His stories include revealing info about CSN&Y band mates. During the group's tumultuous 1974 tour, Nash and David Crosby, who Nash writes '...had incredible sexual energy', brought along a companion identified only as Goldie Locks who Crosby routinely had orally pleasuring him while he was '...on the phone and rolling joints and smoking and having a drink'. Nash confesses to finding beautiful women irresistible and recounts that they were plentiful when he flew to Los Angeles after leaving the Hollies. Arriving at David Crosby's house, Nash writes, 'Beautiful young women all over the place, some clothed, some not so clothed' and called the Hollywood Hills home of Stephen Stills a 'storehouse' of drugs and '...nubile young women' that Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix frequently visited. Nash describes the state of the band during recording sessions for DejaVu as '...tormented' and '...coked out of our minds.' NYDailyNews.com
With major promoters offering millions for him to return to the concert stage, the reclusive David Bowie steadfastly prefers to remain out of the spotlight. Speculation about a tour gained new traction after Bowie surprised the world with a new album earlier this year. Representatives doused those. Recent reports that Live Nation and AEG are actively attempting to get a commitment from Bowie for 2014 dates were met by another denial from his camp. The new year will mark the 50th anniversary of his career. Other than a cameo with Alicia Keys in 2006, Bowie has not performed live in almost a decade. ClassicRockMagazine.com Mirror.co.uk