Bob Weir plans to ride back in time to the early 70's, when Grateful Dead albums and set lists included songs like Cumberland Blues, Me & My Uncle, Jack Straw, Deal and El Paso. Relix magazine talked with Weir about the project, the idea for which developed out of some recent work he's done with Josh Ritter. The plan is to, '...downplay the emphasis on the playing and pay up the emphasis on storytelling', according to Weir. The bi-coastal recording of the album will include Scott Devendorf of The Nationals,The Walkman's Walter Martin and former Yellowbirds guitarist Josh Kaufman.
Outdoorsman, hunter and unfiltered opinionist Ted Nugent has taken to Facebook to discount stories about the shooting of a lion apparently lured outside the safe confines of a preserve. Calling the accounts of the story 'a lie', the Nuge went on to contend that the animal ventured into an area where '... hunting is legal and essential' because animals would '...run out of room/food to live without hunting.' Nugent also apparently plans to deliver what he called a 'full piece on this joke ASAP', adding, 'God people are stupid.'
Hard to tell whether it's a case of Cat Scratch Fever or just Ted campaigning to be Press Secretary if The Donald makes it to the White House.
A Doobie Brothers cover band stands to get a big profile boost thanks the original band's contention that the faux Doobie band's name is similar enough to their's to confuse fans. A suit filed by the Doobie Brothers Corporation and Doobro Entertainment seeks to bar the Doobie Decibel System from continuing to use that name. The claim is the similarity is intended to '...trade on the fame and reputation, or to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers.' We have a hard time believing that fans of the real band would be fooled by the name into thinking the Doobie Brothers is now playing happy hours. If they got a cease and desist notice, The Doobie Decibel System might consider enlarging it for poster purposes or putting it on the front of their bass drum. Oh wait, IT's A DUO... there is no drummer! If they're forced to change it, Doobious Claim might be an appropriate one to go with.
Dave Grohl is doing three sessions daily playing air drums in synch with John Bonham on Led Zeppelin songs. the Nirvana and Foo Fighters veteran says that down time since the fall from a stage that resulted in a broken leg has turned his once oversized right calf has dwindled to a '...sad little chicken wing'. He's getting his kick drum pedal leg back in shape by wailing away on Zep tracks. No doubt Bonzo would be happy to hear that his awesome drum parts are helping restore strength to Dave, who told Q magazine, 'Sports doctors, take note.'
With the remastered, expanded edition Led Zeppelin albums project behind him, Jimmy Page says he is looking forward to performing live again. The guitarist told the Toronto Star that the all consuming process of putting together the Zep reissues was undertaken with the goal of being able to redirect his energy into performing live again once they were finished. He also said what he will be playing will draw in part from things he heard while working on the Zeppelin sets. The final trio of Zeppelin reissues comes out July 31. TheStar.com
The annual Newport Folk Festival attracts an eclectic group of performers. This year's lineup included My Morning Jacket and Amy Helm, the daughter of the late Band drummer Levon Helm, who has just released her solo debut. Both groups had guest appearances by Pink FLoyd's Roger Waters during their Friday (7/24) sets.
The market for one-of-a-kind documentable Beatle items continues to sizzle. The double-breasted suit coat Ringo sported in scenes on the set for the movie Help! sold Friday (7/24) for a high bid of $46,500. The undisclosed owner is a high-power collector in Rhode Island. The same RR Auction's sale saw other collectors fork over almost $31,000 for an autographed copy of a Jimi Hendrix Eperience album cover, close to $20k for a signed Janis Joplin photo and a figure just shy of $12,000 for the contract Jim Morrison signed for an appearance on American Bandstand. Billboard.com
Condolences to Gregg Allman, whose mother, known as Mama A, passed away Friday (7/24). The spirited and determined Geraldine Alice Allman raised Duane and Gregg on her own in Daytona Beach, Florida after her husband died when both boys were quite young... no small task, and one that earned Gregg's eternal admiration and appreciation. News-JournalOnline.com
Ann Wilson will release some new solo songs and head out on a short solo tour in September. The Ann Wilson Thing,as the side project is known, does not signal a rift between Ann and her sister Nancy; Heart will continue, but the small venue dates Ann has planned give her chance to, '...rock the blues up close and personal', as she puts it. Fans attending shows will also hear some fresh arrangements on songs she sings in Heart. Dates set so far include the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach CA (9/21), City Winery in New York City (10/7), Rams Head in Annapolis, MD (10/9 & 10), Wolf Trap Barns (10/12 & 13) and City Winery in Nashville, TN (10/15). HenneMusic.com
Jimmy Fallon's guest performances with artists on his own show have become a staple of his late night slot. Wednesday night (7/22) at Madison Squaare Garden, the roles were reversed when Bono brought Jimmy on stage at Madison Square Garden to join U2 on a couple of songs, including Desire.
Def Leppard is apt to land in the cross hairs of Donald Trump if a quote being attirbuted to Vivian Campbell prevents the candidate from a reported intro opportunity for the group's concert at the Iowa State Fair. CNN has apparently confirmed that Trump's campaign had secured an intro opportunity for the boisterous bad boy of the Presidential race when Def Leppard plays the Fair on a day The Donald was scheduled to be in town. Informed of the plan, guitarist Vivian Campbell said, 'I really, really, really hope there's no truth to this rumour. Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn't be associating my name with this clown.' Given the thumping Trump has unleashed on his opponents and critics in the campaign, we expect he'll have some choice words about the band if the intro opportunity gets pulled.
The Rolling Stones Zip Code tour concluded with a show in front of more than 100,000 fans in Quebec last week. The tour's average ticket cost was clsoe to $180, enabling the band to gross a staggering $80.7 million for just 10 appearances.
Deep Purples performs on the Today Show Thursday (7/23).
A 1981 performance by Greg Lake of ELP at the Hammersmith Odeon that includes Gary Moore is getting re-released
Gary Rossington carries on the Lynyrd Skynyrd tradition for all of the legenday Southern Rock band's departed members. The current lineup staged a concert last November at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the venue the group's outstanding double live album One More For The Road was recorded at, to perform and record a tribute to the group's departed members and its loyal fans. One More For The Fans comes out 7/24 on CD & DVD. They were joined by an impressive lineup of special guests, including Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Charlie Daniels, John Hiatt, Aaron Lewis, moe and the late Ronnnie Van Zant's brothers, Donnie and Johnny. Here's a taste of Peter Frampton with the band doing a Skynyrd concert staple, JJ Cale's Call Me The Breeze. Billboard.com
A hot July night on the Jersey shore got hotter Saturday night (7/18) when Bruce Springsteen staged his first surprise appearance in a long time, joining Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers for a 15 song set heavy on late 70's material from Bruce's catalog. The scene was the Wonder Bar, a venue Bruce has previously joined Grushecky's band at, so it was little wonder the place was packed. Bruce emerged a couple of songs into the set. The band launched into Never Enough Time, followed by Adam Raised A Cain, Darkness On The Edge of Town, and Racing In The Street before heading into less familiar territory... Chain Smoking, Talking To The King, Save My Love, Frankie Fell In Love, Atlantic City, Pumping Iron and Code Of Silnece, before wrapping things up and bringing down the house with after midnight versions of Because The Night, The Promised Land, Pink Cadillac and Light Of Day, which he dedicated to fans evesdropping on the show from outside.
Less than two weeks after being sentenced to 8 months of house detention and days after announcing that he would contest that sentence (story), former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd apparently has a new rap to try to beat. Rudd was reportedly taken back into custody and locked up leading into the weekend by Bay Of Plenty Police, but officials declined to confirm the arrest or comment on the charges thad led to the arrest. Rudd is due in court on Monday (7/20).
The Eagles have been announced as recipients of a 2015 Kennedy Center Honor. The awards presentation will take place on December 5th in DC. It will be interesting to see whether the contentious relationship Don Henley and Glenn Frey have with some former members will stand in the way of past and present members sharing the spotlight that night. Others being honored that evening include singer-songwritter Carole King, film director and producer George Lucas, actresses Cicely Tyson Rita Moreno and Boston Pops conductor Seiji Ozawa.
We agree with Neil Young's contention that the low grade of sampling and file formats used by streaming services makes online listening inferior to just about any other forms of listening, but we also think he hasn't produced a decent sounding album in decades, so it's ironic that he is pulling his music off Spotify and other services. Young wrote on his Facebook page, 'Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans. It's not because of the money, although my share(like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent. It's about sound quality. I don't want my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.'
Even though he avoided jail time when a judge opted to sentence him to 8 months of home detention after he was convicted on drug charges and threatening to kill a man, there appears to be little chance Phil Rudd will win back his place behind the drums in AC/DC. That's not keeping Rudd from putting up a fight over the sentence of having to hole up in his mansion. An appeal has been filed on his behalf to vacate or reduce the sentence. The judge in the case dismissed Rudd's contention that he stood to lose upwards of $10 million due to being unavailable to tour with AC/DC, saying the claim had no basis since there was no indication he is any longer in the group.
Keith Richards hasn't been in a hurry about much of anything, including getting around to a new solo album. 23 years after his last (Main Offender, 1992), the Rolling Stones guitarist is releasing a 15 track album that draws on rock, reggae, country and blues performed by Keith backed by Steve Jordan (drums) fellow guitarist Waddy Wachtel and also features some of the last notes played by sax legend Bobby Keys. Crosseyed Heart will be released on September 18.
Our friends at Guitar World steered us to a video recorded during a 1996 benefit concert that has some jaw dropping fret work from Eddie Van Halen on songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendirx and the Beatles. The concert was arranged to raise funds for musician Jason Becker, who was diagnosed as haveing ALS just days after becoming a member of David Lee Roth's solo band in 1989. Billy Sheehan is on bass, Steve Lukather ot Toto fame plays guitar and Mr. Big's Pat Torpey is on drums.
Dean Castronovo, the drummer with Journey, was reportedly jailed without bail in Salem, Oregon Monday (6/29) on an array of charges that included several counts of fourth degree assault, two counts of menacing and other counts, including a second degree sexual assault charge and a weapons count. The drummer is alleged to have engaged in the illegal activities between April 25th and the day he was arrested. Castornovo was arrested on a rape charge after a domestic disturbance on June 14. He was released the following day and allegedly began a text and phone call barrage of the woman. The DA in the case maintains that Castronovo would violate terms of release if let go again. The drummer also had a run-in with the law in Oregon three years ago stemmiing from a domestic dispute. Journey has addressed the matter by signing on Omar Hakim to take Castronovo's place in the band indefinitely.