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Noteworthy Now Archives for 2014-10

Peter Gabriel, Gregg Allman Quick Takes

Peter Gabriel fans will be able to buy recordings of his upcoming European tour concerts. Individual concert and complete tour sets will be available from the trek that opens in Brussels November 18.


Gregg Allman has been dropped from the lawsuit filed against producers of the documentary about him filed by the family of the film crew member that lost her life when a train barreled onto a railroad bridge while the crew was preparing to film a scene last February.

Rush premiers previously unreleased track (video)

A 1974 live performance Rush did for students at a school included a track the Canadian trio has never released but will include on R40, the career spanning retrospective.  Here is a video of the song, I've Been Running, being performed for that somewhat less than fully attentive audience.



Sabbath's Iommi working on CSI soundtrack

Tony Iommi is using down time between tours to write some new material for the CBS hit series CSI.  The Black Sabbath veteran says he's enjoyed the process of working with images to come up with song structure and melodies.  The piece that gets featured in the November 9 episode isn't very long according to Iommi, but he says he is open to doing more TV or film soundtrack composition and recording in the future.

Vintage Grateful Dead equipment truck for sale

The 1949 Studebaker truck the Grateful Dead carried gear to in the group's early years will be sold by Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, California on November 6th. The R Series 1 ton truck has seen little done to it prior to hitting the block.  Thee description touts the oriiginal interior and motor are still housed inn the body painted by Owsley.  Photo:



Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd Quick Takes

The Allman Brothers Band did its final concert as a touring band Wednesday (10/28). The Beacon Theatre show stretched past midnight, into the early hours of the anniversary of the day the group lost Duane Allman in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia 43 years ago. The last song played? The first they ever performed as a group - Trouble No More.


Pink Floyd's song One Slip likely has new meaning for Roger Waters. A bathroom slip has landed the Floyd veteran in a hospital with impact injuries.


Gilmour says thought of reviving Floyd triggers 'cold sweat'

David Gilmour says the mere thought of bringing Pink Floyd back together causes him to '...break out in a cold sweat.'  The Endless River, the release being called the band's final album, has become the most pre-ordered recording in history.  The November 10th release was primarily recorded two decades ago, but Gilmour spent a good deal of time in recent months adding finishing touches to the project.  Speaking with Rolling Stone, Gilmour expressed firm doubt that anything else worth releasing remains in the archive of recorded material from the group.  As for the idea of reconstituting Floyd for new work or touring, Gilmour told RS, 'I'm really enjoying my life and my music. There's no room for Pink Floyd.  The thought of doing any more causes me to beak out in a cold sweat.'



Musicians weigh-in on Jack Bruce's death

Eric Clapton took to his Facebook page to let fans know he admired Jack Bruce, who died Saturday (10/25) (story), as '...a great musician and composer', and called his former Cream band mate '...a tremendous inspiration to me.'  Drummer Ginger Baker, who was often at odds with Bruce, passed along his condolences via a fan club notice that read, 'I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce... My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time'.  Ringo Starr, who counted Bruce among the revolving players in his All Starr Band, Tweeted, 'We lost Jack Bruce today an incredible musician writer and a good friend peace and love to all his family.' (SIC)  Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath called Bruce 'My biggest influence and favourite bass player' (SIC), while Flea from the Chili Peppers wrote, 'Oh man. Jack Bruce. Too much. Wow. Holy holy. I love that guy. One of a kind greatness. End of an era'.



Stars out for Sting's Broadway debut

The Last Ship, a musical revolving around shipbuilding of old in England, opened Sunday at the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway.  The former Police front man described watching it as, ' out of body experience' for him. Reviews were generally favorable but some critics voiced disappointment. Variety's critic said, 'Melancholy tones of sorrow and regret saturate' the play, while Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the musical, '...trots out a series of dirges that lack the dynamism necessary to keep audiences fully engaged'.  Among the opening night crowd for the musical that tells the story of a crew of unemployed shipbuilders that take over a former factory to build one last ship were Billy Joel, Robert DiNero, Bruce Springsteen and Deborah Harry.


Rush returns to the road in 2015 (video)

The Clockwork Angels tour that saw Rush doing dates for just over a year took enough out of the group that Geddy & Co. decided to take all of 2014 off.  Now that the year is winding down, guitarist Alex Lifeson says the time has come for planning a 2015 return to concert stages.  While nothing is firm at this point, Lifeson recently told Artisan News he's looking forward to playing live again, adding, 'I can't believe it's been 40 years already' since Rush formed.  An R40 career spanning box set that includes a bonus disc of rare material is due from the Canadian Rockers in November.






Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

Liver cancer has silenced the voice of one of Rock's most distinctive vocalists.  Jack Bruce, bass player in Cream, the power trio comprised of Bruce, guitar great Eric Clapton and flamboyant drummer Ginger Baker, died with family bu his side in his Suffolk home, accorfding to a BBC report.  The musician's web site confirms his death.  Liver cancer claimed Bruce, says the Herald.  Bruce and Eric Clapton met while together briefly in John Mayall's Blues Breakers.  The pair teamed with drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream in 966.  Together just three years, the group produced four albums and is credited as being one of the great trios of all time.  Constant bickering between Bruce and Baker was set aside just a couple of times in recent decades for reunion concerts.  The group played London and New York in 2005.  Cream was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 1993.







Ozzy weighs in on music & more (video)

Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack, recently sat for an interview session that touched on everything from music to international politics.  The senior Osbourne will receive the Global Icon award at the European MTV Awards November 9th in Glasgow, Scotland.  Ozzy recently released two retrospective packages titled Memoirs Of A Madman in CD, LP and DVD configurations.



Pink Floyd collaborator faces deportation

David Gilmour is protesting Scotland's attempt to deport Steve Forman, a U.S. born percussionist that has recorded with Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac.  Forman's not a subversive and claims no social services or benefits from the government.  So why should he be forced to leave? Authorities say immigration regulations include income requirements that Forman's salary from teaching percussion at the Royal Conservtoire of Scotland do not meet.  Gilmour says the prospect of Forman being forced to leave Scotland over something so trivial would be a 'tragic loss'.  The loss of his work permit means Forman can not instruct his students until or unless the government relents.  His salary was just a few thousand shy of the £31,000 required.  Gilmour says Forman's '...skills and approach are totally his own and as far as I know there is nobody I know of like him teaching rhythm in the UK or even Europe.'

Joe Perry talks about getting his favorite guitar back (video)

The train wreck that was Aerosmith in the late '70's and early '80's gets laid pretty bare in Joe Perry's new autobiography. Things had gotten so bad for the guitarist after leaving the group that he resorted to selling his favorite guitar, a 1959 Les Paul, so he could scrape together some money for Christmas. Many years later, the guitar came back to him after Perry found out that it had found its way into the collection of guitars owned by another guitar great.  Perry shared the story with Conan on Monday (10/20).





Allman Brothers open final concert run

The Allman Brothers Band will do their final series of live concerts without any special guests sitting in.  Speaking with Relix, Gregg Allman revealed that a group meeting about the last six concerts of the legendary band's multi-decade run produced a concenses that the Beacon Theatre residency should not include any special guests.  Past years have produced a long list of special guests sharing the spotlight with the group during its annual run of New York City shows. Asked whether former guitarist Dickey Betts might be an exception, Allman said, 'Dickey is in the middle of a hunting trip. Of course we reached out.'  While the group has not closed the door on ever playing together again, the October 28 set on the Beacon stage will apparently be the last regular tour date the Southern Rock musical institution will play.



Zeppelin tripped-up in Stairway ruling

The copyright claim filed against Led Zeppelin over the group's epic song Stairway To Heaven last year by the estate of late Spirit member Randy California (story) will continue.  The band sought to have the case filed against them alleging that a key portion of the melody of the song was lifted from a Spirit song dismissed outright and lodged a legal objection to the case being heard in Pennsylvania., a state their attorneys say the band has no contacts or ties with. A District Court judge sided with the plaintiff on the basis of the claim that the group earns royalties from the area that target '...resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of Stairway to Heaven'.



Clapton books Royal Albert Hall spring series

Eric Clapton has hinted that he may stop performing live after he turns 70.  Fans can be assured that at least four concerts will take place after EC reaches that milestone.  The guitar legend has booked a series of concerts for Royal Albert Hall in May (14, 15, 17 & 18).  The concerts take place on the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performances at the fabled venue.  He made his debut at the historic oval shaped music hall on December 7, 1964 while a member of the Yardbirds when the group played for the BBC's Top Beat Show.



Santana in World Series lineup

Carlos Santana will do the national anthem with his son before the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals take the field at AT&T Park in SF on Saturday for game 4 of the World Series.  Carlos is the lone Rocker scheduled for the ceremonial presentation of the Star Spangled Banner for the fall classic, although that could change if the Royals  force a game 6 or 7 back in the Bay Area.  Trisha Yearwood does the honors for the opening game Tuesday (10/21) in KC.  American Idol Popster Phillip Phillips gets his chance Wednesday, and fans get a second dose of Country when Little Big Town performs before the opening pitch of Friday's game.



Bono apologizes for U2's Apple release

Bono says the decision to let Apple automatically deliver U2's latest album to iTunes accounts to coincide with the announcement of the release of the iPhone 6 was probably a mistake.  During a Q&A session on Facebook with fans Tuesday (10/14), the Irish band's front man apologized in reply to a post that called the delivery deal the group made with Apple '...really rude' of the band.  In response Bono wrote, "Oops... I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea... might have gotten carried away with ourselves.  Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of meglomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that theses songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.  There's a lot of noise out there. I guess. we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.'



Ozzy plans OzzFiesta in Mexico

Ozzy Osbourne will team with the Hard Rock Hotel on the Mayan coast of Mexico next spring for a 5 day OzzFiesta that will combine music, comedy and a golf tournament that will raise money for Sharon Osbourne's Colon Cancer charity program. The May 27-31 event will include a concert by Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, an evening of standup comedy from Jim Florentine and Jim Norton, a chance for attendees to ask questions of Ozzy and his band mates and will close with a beach concert by Ozzy.  Tickets go on sale Friday (10/17). The first 500 rooms booked include a meet & greet with the host.


Neil Young wants Obama impeached (video)

Neil Young took time during his visit with Stephen Colbert Tuesday (10/14) to promote his new low fidelity album and ultra fidelity Pono music player and music file format to call for the impeachment of President Obama. Young's biggest beef with Barak is the President's failure to take a stand against fracking.  





Foo Fighters & Zak Brown cover Sabbath (video)

One of the more unlikely combinations we can imagine was put together Monday (10/13) by David Letterman when the Foo Fighters were joined by Zac Brown on War Pigs.





Young vows no more CSN&Y dates

"Never again' pronouncements by musicians are usually no more credible than similar announcements by boxers, but Neil Young let fans attending a Philadelphia concert on Wednesday (10/8) that he sees no circumstance under which he would do a future tour with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.  Grabbing a guitar and telling his audience '...this was given to me by my good friend Stepehn Stills' during his solo concert at the Academy Of Music prompted one fan to yell something about Young playing again with them. Young responded by saying, 'CSNY will never tour again, ever... but I love those guys.'





Henley lawyers-up over clothing ad

An email ad touting a Duluth Trading Company shirt has provoked Don Henley to file suit against the company for unauthorized use of his name in promoting the shirt.  The Eagles drummer and vocalist says the 'Don A Henley and Take It Easy' reference in the electronic ad promoting the shirt makes use of his celebrity in a way that is likely to cause confusion and make consumers believe he endorses the apparel.



Rock Hall nominees announced

The Rock Hall Of Fame announced its slate of nominees Thursday (9/9). Leading the list of candidates were Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting, Lou Reed, Paul Butterfield and Green Day. Others gettin the opportunity to vie for a place in the Cleveland shrine include Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Joan Jett, the Marvelettes, Kraftwerk, War, Bill Withers and the Spinners. Leaders in the Go Figure category this year are NWA and Chic.

Pink Floyd channels Stephen Hawking

Roger Waters wants to disavow any involvement with The Endless River, but Professor Stephen Hawking was impressed enough that the Pink Floyd album includes a track called Talkin' Hawkin to grant permission to use his synthesized voice on the song.  Louder Than Words, one of the only other tracks on the release with lyrics, feature David Gilmours' vocals. The late Rick Wright is given writing or co-writing credits on a dozen of the 18 tracks included on the release.  The majority of material compiled on the album was collected from session work that wen into The Division Bell.



Wilson sisters disrobe for auction

Clothing including the pink bodice Nancy Wilson laced herself into for the These Dreams video will be in 175 Heart memorabilia lots being auctioned by Julien's. Also under the gavel are concert certified instruments, the Hofner bass Ann played when Even It Up was recorded, album awards, hand-written track lists, and more.  The Icons & Idols Auction takes place in Beverly Hills November 7 & 8.  Other highlights are a pair of John Lennon's glasses, a guitar played on stage by David Bowie and original Grateful Dead artwork by famed poster artist Rick Griffin.



Red Rocker unplugs

One of the last guys you'd expect to go acoustic is doing just that on a new album.  Sammy Hagar will release Lite Roast, an album recorded without electric instruments or overdubs. The October 14 release features a number of tracks from Sammy's past including versions of the Van Halen songs Dreams and Finish What Ya Started recorded with guitarist Vic Johnson from Hagar's Waboritas band.  The sparse arrangements find some tracks totally solo and others with two guitars, but that's it.



Waters distnaces himself from Floyd album

Roger Waters is disassociating himself with The Endless River, the Pink Floyd album culled from sessions recorded in 1993 & 94 that will be released November 11.  Waters, who has toured extensively recreating Pink Floyd concert sets on his own since leaving the group in 1985, released a statement saying, 'I have nothing to do with either of the  Pink Floyd Studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and the Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.'  He's always been a prickly guy, and many consider that description more accurate without the last two letters!


Sabbath plans final album and tour


Ozzy Obourne says Black Sabbath has a farewell tour and one last album in the works.  Speaking with Metal Hammer, the Sabbath front man said his wife got busy after he told her '...I ain't f&*^ing 21 any more, if wed're going to do it I want to do it before I'm 70!'  She quickly confirmed that the label wanted another album and that other members were on board with the idea of recording and doing a final tour.  Whether Bill Ward gets invited to participate remains to be seen.  He was left off the last album and tour after reportedly finding fault with Osbourne making much more money under the arrangement than he would.  Rick Rubin is expected to guide the project.  The final release will be album #20 for the fabled Heavy Metal group.  Work will begin on the new album as 2015 gets underway.




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