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Noteworthy Now Archives for 2015-01

Ringo's 2015 album includes Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton

Ringo Starr recruited an impressive group of guests for his 18th studio album. Joining the former Beatle on Postcards From Paradise are Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and others.  Recorded at his home studio in LA, the 11 track album is scheduled to drop on the last day of March.



Black Sabbath bassist busted

Geezer Butler got a trio of arrest charges added to his resume Tuesday (1/27) when the Black Sabbath bass player got into allegedly punched another patron at a Death Valley, California bar.  Butler was at the Corcscrew Saloon when an unidentified man was hit and a window broken, leading to charges being filed against Butler for assault, intoxication and vandalism by the Inyo California Sheriffs Department.   After Butler posted a pic of himself on his facebook page captioned, 'After that little distraction', Ozzy Osbourne added a message to his page reading, 'Sending my love and support to Geezer Butler. I'm here if you need me.'



Sly Stone awarded big settlement

Sly Stone has seen more than his share of hard times since the days when Sly & The Family Stone was a fixture on Rock radio.  Now 71, Stone saw his fame and fortune evaporate and ended up close to destitute.  He maintained that he had been cheated out of a substantial amount of money by an unscrupulous manager.  It took a jury just two days of deliberations to agree with Stone and award him $5 million.  Stone claimed the manager skimmed money he was owed to support his own extravagant lifestyle.  The manager's lawyer claims Stone violated a contract put in place to revive his career in 1988.

Smithsonain taps Eddie Van Halen

As one of the few guitarists we believe reinvented influenced guitarists to the point of reinventing the instrument's capabilities. Eddie Van Halen is imminently qualified to address innovation.  He will get the chance on February 12th when he gives a talk on innovation as it relates to being an American at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.  The event has sold-out in advance, but the innovative folks at the Smithsonian are making his talk available to all via a live stream through this link. 




ZZ Top back in action (video)

ZZ Top has been out of action for months after Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury last August (story), but the Texas trio is back at it and in good form.  Here's the rendition of Tush the Top delivered on the Jimmy Kimmel Show Monday night (1/26).


Dead Chicago dates ticketing change

With more than 60,000 mailed in ticket requests to process, organizers of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well concerts at Chicago Field during the July 4th weekend have decided to delay the on-sale date for tickets through Ticketmaster.  Aiming to fill as many of the mailed requests as possible and uncertain about how many of the approximately 350,000 tickets available during the 3 nights are being sought by mail-ins to GDTSTOO, the promoters have opted to cancel a planned online pre-order and move the Ticketmaster on-sale date to 9am (Eastern) on February 28th.



Surf injury derails Black Keys tour

Patrick Carney didn't just relax on a beach while in Saint Barts over the holiday.  The Black Keys took-on the surf and got a painful lesson in the power of water when he got pounded into the bottom by a wave, dislocation his shoulder.  The injury has forced the band to scrub a series of dates planned for England and other European countries.

Rush tour likely to be trio's last big trek

The Rush R40 tour is being billed as 'not to be missed concerts' with good reason.  Band members are giving clear indications that it is unlikely Rush will mount another major world tour once this one wraps-up in LA this August.  The official announcement of the tour included the statement that the R40 tour '...will most likely be the last major tour of this magnitude' for the Canadian Rock mainstays.  The 34 city tour gets underway May 8 in Oklahoma City.



Slash rips into Queen with Foo Fighters (video)

We posted the footage of Alice Cooper performing with he Foo Fighters during a birthday set they did for Dave Grohl Saturday (1/17).  Here's a look and listen at the Queen Classic the Foos did that night with Slash and Tanacious D.



Metallica back in studio

An Instagram photo Lars Ulrich posted of Robert Trujillo in the studio evidently laying down the bass part for a new song indicates Metallica is at work on the group's first new album in 6 years.


CSN/CSN&Y drummer Dallas Taylor dies

Dallas Taylor, a member of the California band Clear Light that became best know through his long association with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning (1-18) at his home.  The drummer was 66.  No cause of death was announced.  Taylor played on Crosby,Stills & Nash, the trio's 1969 debut album and was also behind the kit for Deja Vu, the following year's album that also included Neil Young.  He would become the drummer for Manasas, the Stills fronted band that had a brief run in the 70's.  Taylor also performed with Van Morrison and became a touring member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  He had battled substance issues in his life and eventually served as a counselor and intervention specialist in Southern California.

Springsteen reprises Light Of Day appearance

Supporters of the Light of Day benefit concert in New Jersey had every reason to expect a certain unannounced special guest to make an appearance.  Bruce Springsteen has only missed 4 of the 15 annual concerts staged to raise money to combat Parkinson's Disease. Saturday night (1/17) at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, The Boss delivered an epic performance that went on into the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Bruce joined Willie Nile, Southside Johnny Lyons, Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandier and Joe Gruschecky and his Houserockers during their performances and roamed through the crowd between his stints on stage.  Things didn't wrap-up until around 2am.



Sudden illness hits Mick Fleetwood

Saturday's Fleetwood Mac concert in Lincoln, Nebraska was cut short when Mick Fleetwood was struck with a sudden illness. The drummer was overcome with nausea and vomiting, forcing the group to leave the stage several songs short of its planned set closing tunes.

Grateful Dead announce Fare Thee Well concerts

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will return to the last venue Jerry Garcia played with them before his death in 1995 for a series of concerts Bob Weir vows will be the last time he, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart  and Bill Kreutzmann will play together.  Phish's Trey Anastasio will join the band for the July 3,4 & 5 concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago, as will Bruce Hornsby, a Dead member during the latter years of Garcia's tenure with the band.  They have also enlisted Jeff Chimenti from Bob Weir's RatDog ranks.  We don't know whether these dates mean the previously reported concerts planned with a holographic Garcia are no longer in the mix (if those were for real to begin with).



Black Crowes officially finished

In an announcement that's hardly surprising, Rich Robinson Thursday (1/15) announced that the Black Crowes has broken up. The group has hardly been an entity over the last several years.  Rich blames the permanent split on his brother's insistence that his now equal share in the band be reduced and that drummer Steve Gorman settle for being a hired member instead of a vested partner.  Chris Robinson recently called being a member of the Black Crowes 'tedious' and expressed doubt that the group would ever be able to '...turn around and be something that I think is super amazing again'.  Ironically, that's what a lot of Crowes fans have been waiting for his new band the Chris Robinson Brotherhood to become, too.  Speaking with Billboard, Chris responded to his brother's announcement attirbuting the break-up to Chris wanting a bigger share of the money than other members by saying the reasons for the split were '...way more complicated than Rich's public outburst.'



Keith Richards downsizes Justin Bieber

Apparently Keith Richards and Justin Bieber might have trouble picking one another out in a lineup. Us Weekly reported that the two encountered each other at a beach bar on Turks and Caicos over the New Year's holiday.  The Stones guitarist supposedly blurted out 'Who the f*&k are you?'  when Justin approached. According to the account, The Bieb's response was 'I don't know, who the f*&k are you?'.  Informed of the whipper snapper's identity, Richards later invited Bieber to join him for a drink, during which the guitarist is said to have told Bieber, 'Let's get one thing straight. You're a wannabe.'




AC/DC a lock to Rock the Grammys

We mentioned a couple of weeks back that AC/DC was in discussions for a performance during the Grammy Awards. That appearance has now firmed-up.

Who, Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Winwood in Jazz Fest lineup

Baseball's Spring Training and announcements of spring and summer festival performers help combat cabin fever, so we always look forward to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup release.  This year's annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be staged from April 24-26 and April 30-May 3d.  Big name acts announced this week include The Who, Elton John, Steve Winwood, Jimmy Buffett. Other artists of interest to Rockers include Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmy Vaughan, Widespread Panic, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton.



Physical Graffiti next Zeppelin deluxe edition

After rolling out expanded, remastered versions of their first 5 albums last year, Led Zeppelin will open 2015 with a deluxe edition of the group's 1975 double album Physical Graffiti.  The Feb. 24 triple disc release will include alternate mixes of the tracks Trampled Underfoot (under its original title Brandy & Coke), Sick Again, In My Time of Dying, Houses Of The Holy, In The Light (under it's early working title Everybody Makes It Through), Boogie with Stu and Kashmir.



Dentist loses Rock collectibles in burglery

Dentist Jeffrey Katz arrived to his office following the Thanksgiving break to find his office gutted of 60 autographed albums, including 8 signed by Led Zeppelin and one by all four members of the Beatles.  Seeing a collection with an estimated value of a quarter million dollars stripped from his office's walls and counters was heartbreaking for the Corona, Claifornia dentist, but he feels confident that the rareness of many of the items in the collection will make getting them back more likely. Because computers and other non-musical items were also taken, Katz thinks those responsible did not target his office knowing about the Rock artifacts.  Assuming that's the case, he thinks they will try and fence them and is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the return of the stolen items.

Jimmy Buffett Benz thief busted

Jimmy Buffett is easy going but also sharp enough to know leaving the keys in your exotic ride even in a place as posh as Palm Beach isn't advisable.  He won't be doing it again.  Tuesday night or in the early hours of Wednesday, someone made off with the Mercedes.  Fortunately, the teen police are charging stole the vehicle from the driveway of the singer's West Palm compound wasn't sharp enough to disable the vehicle's global positioning system.  Authorities had an easy time tracking the car south on I95 to a gas station. They were also able to to pick-up the surveillance video that showed the suspect gassing-up the car at another station.  A 17 year-old faces a likely grand theft auto charge after admitting that he was going to swap the Benz for drugs.



Kansas - Miracles Out Of Nowhere

Miracles Out Of Nowhere, a documentary about the band Kansas, will be screened for the first time at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 2d.  The film relies on first-hand accounts of original members Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, Kerry Livgren, Dave Hope, Robby Steinhardt and Richard Williams to tell the story of the group.  A special release including the documentary, greatest hits and deep tracks CDs is being prepared for a March 24th release by Epic and Legacy Recordings.

Steven Tyler playing Rolling Stone Super Bowl party

Rolling Stone magazine's 4th annual Super Bowl party is set for January 31, the night before the NFL championship gets decided in Phoenix.  The Scottsdale bash will be attended by around a thousand guests who will be plied with food from celebrity chefs and entertained by the Aerosmith front man and a lineup of other musical guests yet to be announced. Like the game itself, the Rolling Stone party is mostly a sponsor schmooze... attracting plenty of people only there to be seen being there.




Young's Pono player set to launch

Monday (1/12) will be day 1 at  retail for Neil Young's new Pono player and file format. The $400 awkwardly shaped player and the files it plays are being touted as a major improvement over the mp3 and wav files being used on the vast majority of existing players.  Not only will the player set buyers back considerably more than other devices, the files temselves will be priced at a premium, will eat-up more storage space and will be harder to come by than the more familiar files.  We love Neil but still can't help wondering why someone so OCD about sound quality has put out so many albums of marginal audio quality.




Ozzy prepares to Rock Vegas

Sharon Osbourne says she is putting a lot of her time into planning a major extended production Ozzy Osbourne extravaganza for Las Vegas.  Speaking with The Sun, Ozzy's wife and manager confirmed the Hellgate project will take up residency in Vegas.  Plans call for the show to open in time for Halloween.



President drops in on Eddiee Vedder in Hawaii

Before boarding Air Force One for the flight back to Washington at the end of the Chief Exec's holiday break in Hawaii, President Obama and his daughters dropped by to pay a quick visit to Eddie Vedder and his family on Saturday (1/3). The Pearl Jam lead singer hosted the Obamas at his place in Kailua, close to the vacation home the Presidential family rented. The exchange of holiday greetings was brief, lasting just under 30 minutes.



McCartney plans bid for publishing rights

Paul McCartney is reportedly preparing to bid on the rights to 251 songs that he and John Lennon wrote during the Beatles era.  Michael Jackson and Sony Music currently own equal portions of the the publishing and performing rights to the trove of material Lennon and McCartney collaborated on.  Indications are that the Jackson estate may also plan to bid for the 50% Stake Sony currently controls. David Geffen and the owner of Warner Music may also be in the hunt for ownership of the songs.  As wealthy as McCartney is, some music industry and finance experts expressed the opinion the former Beatle might have to bring other investors in to compete for the catalog.  Estimates are that the portion Sony owns will go for more than a billion dollars.




Gov't Mule starts 2015 with AC/DC set (video)

Set two of the Gov't Mule set New Year's Eve at the Beacon Theatre was timed to start moments into 2015.  After the confetti flew, Warren Haynes and the band emerged with Myles Kennedy and launched into an AC/Dc set, starting off with Highway To Hell.  That was followed by 17 other tracks, including Shoot To Thrill, Girls Got Rhythm, T.N.T., Back In Black, Hell's Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap, For Those About to Rock, Whole Lotta Rosie, and It's a Long Way To The Top'.



The entire set is available for download here.

Idol on Ice (video)

Billy Idol warmed up the crowd at Nationals Park in the nation's capital before the home town Washington Capitals edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the NHL Winter Classic. The special date featured Idol cranking out Rebel Yell, White Wedding and Can't Break Me Down, a song from a forthcoming album titled Kings & Queens of the Underground. Idol starts a tour later this month with a January 21 concert at the House Of Blues in New Orleans.



AC/DC could Rock the Grammys (video)

AC/DC is surfacing as possible Grammy Award ceremony performers.  While the prospect that will happen is uncertain, the inclusion of a bona fide Hard Rock band to a lineup so overloaded with artists of little or no interest to Rock fans that it is unwatchable would be welcome.  The show will be telecast February 8th.  In the meantime, here's a look at the video for the title track on the band's new album.




Bono finding recovery difficult

A long message from Bono added to the U2 web site late Thursday (1/1) relayed word that his recovery from the bicycle crash he had in Central Park late last year has been more difficult than expected.  Showing his humor is intact, the U2 front man started his nearly 6,000 word year-end message by writing, 'This is too long. If you get to the end of it then you are probably on the same painkillers as me.  Addressing his recovery prospects Bono writes,  ' is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.  The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.'  The November accident happened while the singer was cycling near his New York City apartment.'  Surgeons at the city's Presbyterian Hospital operated for more than 5 hours, inserting a trio of metal plates to sstabilize his arm.  Lead doctor Dean Lorich said the arm injuries were severe due to the severity of the crash, which he called a 'high energy bicycle accident' that took place when the singer maneuvered in an attempt to avoid another cyclist.




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