The only document know to have been signed by all four Beatles and Brian Epstein brought proved to be a very good investment for the collector that paid a bit more than $364,000 for it 7 years ago. The Sotheby's auction of the contract the group and its manager signed in 1962 was purchased for $554,000. A page extracted form the detention records of John Lennon while he attended high school was bought for $3,873. The bargain of the sale was a batch of manuscripts, clothing and instruments belonging to Jack Bruce of Cream which brough a top bid of just over $1,000. BBC.com
The Who were forced to postpone dates last week after doctors advised Roger Daltrey that full recovery prospects from his bout with viral Meningitis would be much better if he got R&R instead of barnstorming around North America on tour (story). The lead singer complied and the net result seems to be that he is feeling better fast enough for his band to go ahead and release an updated Spring 2016 tour. The rescheduled tour will open in Detroit on February 27 and continue through the end of May, winding down in Las Vegas.
Led Zeppelin fans converged on Redditch, UK on the 35 anniversary of drummer John Bonham's death for a weekend of remembrances of Bonzo. Several musicians donated their time to entertain crowds and help raise funds toward creating a permanent memorial to the drummer.
Richard Fortus broke his shoulder blade, his collar bome a half dozen ribs and is toe in a motorcycle crash on Spetember 17 that also caused a liver laceration. Fortus, who also plays guitar in the Dead Daisies, says doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
On a weekend that saw more than one unexpected combination of Rockers with Pop stars, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl hatched a supprise appearance by pop crooner Jewel on a Led Zeppelin classic during his group's Friday (9/25) set in Phoenix. Both Mick Jagger and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler teamed up with Taylor Swift during the cousre of the weekend. There are some Zeppelin songs Jewel's range and style are more suited for, but she apparently wanted to tackle Whole Lotta Love. Here's the result.
At least a couple of decades late in our opinion, but Gregg Allman is finally in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The 37th annual induction ceremony took place Saturday (9/26) in Atlanta. Allman was not in attendance due to a medical matter we hope is nothing more serious than being sick of waiting. Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame and the Peach State based band Drivin' N' Cryin' were also inducted by the Hall, which also honored the sardonic musical comedian Tim Wilson, who passed away last year.
Fans hoping to see the Who live this fall won't get the chance after all North American tour dates were postponed because Roger Daltrey needs time and rest to recover from viral Meningitis (story). The next best option will be to catch the movie of legendary band's concert in Hyde Park. Nearly 70,000 gathered in the London park to take in a decades spanning set list and performance that provided compelling evidence of why the group has legions of fans in multiple generations, all of them glad the My Generation wish to die before growing old went unfulfilled for Townshend and Daltrey.
Today is the second video from David Gilmour's 2015 soo release Rattle That Lock. It features footage captured in rehearsals for David's tour as well as scenes shot during the pre-tour performance he ran through with his band In Brighton. The song was developed out of portions of earlier songs Gilmour had been working on but set aside. Co-producer Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) put them together. Gilmour credits him for going through his unfinished material and finding musical passages that would work together well as a new song, calling Manzanera's talent for it 'a gift'.
We reported some weeks ago that Jeff Lynne had signed a deal for the Electric Light Orchestra to release a new album (story). The ELO project must have been well under way because a release date has already been set. All Alone In The Universe will drop November 13 on Columbia Records. Your first listen come with When I Was A Boy.
There have certainly been times in the long tortured history of the Chicago Cubs when the manager calling his infield '...totally messed up' could be assumed to be a reference to the team's caliber of play. But Joe Maddon was talking about the field itself. Wrigley hosted an AC/DC concert on September 15th that caused enough damage to to the infield to make relatively routine ground balls an adventure. Damage beyond the base paths was so extensive that all of the outfield turf was replaced following the concert. With the Cubs in contention for post season play, MLB's hippest manager hopes the Wrigley infield gets enough TLC to rule out the possibility that a bad bounce on a critical play in a crucial game could put his team on the Highway To Hell instead of keeping it on the road to a long longed pennant.
This could be a lock for the oddest Rock collectible of the year. On Friday (9/25), an amulet fashioned by Mountain's Felix Pappalardi using strands of Jimi Hendrix hair will get auctioned off. The odd charm once used in a seance conduted by Guitar World magazine is just one of the Hendrix artifacts being sold in the Profiles In History Million Dollar Auction. Other items include a wristwatch band and a stash bag. The 19" long amulet could bring a top bid of $60,000 or more. No word on whether DNA for cloning could be extracted from it.
The U2 concert scheduled to take place Sunday (9/21) in Stockholm's Globe Arena has been pushed to Tuesday after officials concluded there had been a security breach that could pose a threat to the band and audience. While authorities declined to specify what caused them to instruct the promoters to reschedule the concert, the Swedish news source Aftonbladet reported that an individual claiming to be a police officer and carrying a firearm had been passed through a security checkpoint and admitted into the facility, apparently without providing police identification. All tickets for the Sunday concert will be honored on Tuesday night at the Globe Arena.
R40 Live, a DVD filmed during Toronto dates of the final Rush tour, will reportedly include a number of tracks the Canadian Power Trio has never played live before. The presentation also features a stage setup that transforms itself to synch with the era of the song the group is playing. While the group may no longer mount full-scale tours, members are not ruling out future recording sessions and could do occasional concerts. R40 Live gets released November 20.
A record contract signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best in 1961 sold at auction Saturday (9/19) for $75,000. The soon to be Beatles recorded and released the song My Bonnie as Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers in Germany. The six page document had been in the possession of a German Beatles collector that died five years ago. His estate arranged the sale through Heritage Auctions.
After an on-off relationship with actress Meg Ryan got shut down for the last time, John Mellencamp has struck up a thing with Christie Brinkley, Billy Joel's former wife. Brinkley accompanied the Indiana Rocker Wednesday (9/16) when John went on Stephen Colbert's Late Show to do a song with Willie Nelson. The still astonishingly striking for 61 model in black high-top Golden Goose Distressed Superstar Sneakers and her black suit clad date slipped out of a chauffeured car and into the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The first 4 dates of the Who US tour scheduled to start this week were cancelled a few days ago due to an unspecified illness. Friday (9/18), the group announced that the entire tour is being put on hold due to what the band web site says is a 'mystery virus' Roger Daltry has contracted that has apparently been identified as viral Meningitis. The diagnosis will also result in the lead singer missing the Teen Cancer America benefit concert in Los Angeles for the organization that he and Pete Townshend have long supported. The outlook for Daltrey is good. He wrote, 'I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better but I am going to need a considerable time to recover. The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year.' Townshend indicates that they hope to schedule make-up dates for the spring of next year.
Keith Richards maintains that all members of the Rolling Stones are committed to recording another album next year. Speaking with The Quietus, the Stones guitarist said, "I was at a meeting with the lads three or four days ago where everybody said 'Yes, we must go into the studio!' ." Full recording sessions are not expected to start before the band wraps up a South American tour in February, but Richards left open the possibility that some preliminary studio get togethers could take place as soon as December.
KISS has established a new record for albums by a US band being declared gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Including solo releases that reached the million mark in sales, the group now has 30 to its credit, 14 of which went on to achieve platinum status by exceeding 3 million in sales and a trio of those, Love Gun, Destroyer and Rock And Roll All Over going multi-platinum.
The first solo album from Billy Gibbons has been delayed, but you can get a feel for what the ZZ Top veteran is exploring musically in the video just posted for the song Treat Her Right from Perfectamundo, which is now due November 6.
RM Sotheby's gets the opportunity to auction one of Rock's most iconic vehicles in December when the 1965 Porsche that Janis Joplin had a custom psychedelic paint job done on goes up for bids. The New York sale could produce a top bid in excess of $400,000 for the once simple white sports car that Joplin purchased in 1968. Unlike some exotic cars that musicians drove only on special occasions, the eye catching convertible was driven extensively by the front woman for Big Brother & The Holding Company. Joplin's sister says, 'Janis drove the car everywhere' in the San Francisco Bay Area and that the car also accompanied her to Southern California when she was recording in LA. The one-of-a-kind Porsche has been on display at the Rock Hall Of Fame in Cleveland for 20 years. It is one of 30 uniquely adorned cars being featured in the Driven by Disruption auction being conducted on December 10. Reuters.com
Jose Cuervo has entered an agreement with the Rolling Stones to celebrate the brand's sponsoship of the group's legendary 1972 tour with the release of an ultra premium tequila along with a less expensive featured option. Rolling Stones Jose Cuervo Especial can be had for about $17 while the high-end Ultra Premium Rolling Stones Reserva de la Familia Collectors Edition bottles will be about $150 a pop.
Joe Lynn Turner was apparently banking on being the front man when Ritchie Blackmore tours in the spring of 2016, but Blackmore seems to have another lead singer in mind. The Deep Purple and Rainbow veteran is gushing about an unidentified singer he's discovered, telling Billboard his vocals make him '...a cross between Dio and Freddie Mercury' and says he's confident his new find is bound to become famous fast.
Beatles items come to auction with some regularity and always command a good deal of interest, but the auction being conducted by Julien's December 4 & 5 in Beverly Hills, California make this sale quite exceptional. The bulk of the items being offered are from the personal collection of Ringo Starr and include a 1963 Ludwig drum kit he played from May of 1963 through February 1964, a Rickenbacker guitar John Lennon gave to his drummer and more than 800 hundred other items. The drum set alone is expected to bring in a top bid of up close to a half million dollars and the guitar could fetch between $600,000 and $800,000. All told, the take for all of the items could exceed $10 million.
No One Like You is an appropriate song to invite a 12 year-old guitar wizard to join Scorpions on in concert. That's what the band did during their set at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Saturday (9/12). Brandon Nierderauer looked right at home sharing the arena stage with his favorite band during a concert that was being streamed world wide. The young six string prodigy says that Rock You Like A Hurricane was the first song he learned to play guitar to. His debut with Scorpions will be followed by a performing role in Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical adaptation of School Of Rock, slated to open November 9.
The guitarist for REO Speedwagon from 1970-1989 has died. Gary Richrath was honored by Kevin Cronin on the lead singer and band's Facebook page in a post that read, in part, 'The entire REO family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time.' The drummer in Richrath's solo band, Tim Fiers, expressed his condolences, calling Richrath '... one of the greatest guitarists the state of Illinois has produced.' No cause of death was provided for Richrath, who Cronin called '...both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath.' ClassicRock.TeamRock.com
The town of Kirriemuir, Scotland will honor Bon Scott with a statue after a grass roots funding campaign reached the amount needed to pay the sculptor the work. The £45,000 figure of Scott wearing a sleeveless denim jacket, holding bagpipes under his left arm and with his right arm pointing to the heavens will be situated in a memorial garden honoring the late AC/DC front man being designed and installed by students at the Dundee & Angus College. Guardian.com
Eric Clapton Live At The Royal Albert Hall will debut in select theaters in the UK Monday (9/14) and be screened elsewhere on future dates. The footage comes from a run of dates in May of this year that brought the total number of appearances EC has made on stage at the historic venue to and beyond the 200 mark. A preview of the the film comes in the form of Eric's rendition of JJ Cale's Cocaine.
Electric Light Orchestra has orchestrated a deal for a comeback album. Jeff Lynne says the new work will be in the same vein as the group's distinctive former sound that some referred to as pop prog. News the band was considering coming back together to work on new material first emerged around the time of a reunion concert staged in Hyde Park last year. Last November, Jeff Lynne told Classic Rock that ELO was a 'going concern'. That's now in writing in the form of a new album contract with Columbia Recrds.
A war of words between Paul Stanley of KISS and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider is finding both eager to kick things up a notch. The exchange started after Snider dissed Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer of KISS while guesting on the Eddie Trunk Show. Stanley came to the defense of his band mates by calling Snider a 'wannabe' desperate for attention and Twisted Sister '...a whole bunch of buffoons.' Stanley's comments were made on the Talk Is Jericho, a blog hosted by Chris Jericho. That prompted Snider to rip into Stanley on his Facebook page Wednesday (9/9). A 'Letter to Paul Stanley' startes out with Snider professing to having had '...nothing but respect' for Stanley and KISS. But it quickly veered into a retaliatory challenge to the member of the band Snider wrote could easily be considered the 'king of the buffoons', KISS. Sniders letter ended with him writing, 'Lastly, on the subject of me being a wannabe? Do you really think so? Well then... any time, any stage. But let's do this old school - no costumes, no pyro, no bulls&*t - let's just get up there and rock. I will bury you, son. Sincerely, the attention getting, wannabe, lead buffoon of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider.' Next, Mr. Stanley?
While not denying that retirement is something he and the other members of AC/DC contemplate, lead singer Brian Johnson tells Morning Sun Music the group intends to keep on doing what it's doing for as long as fans continue turning up in big numbers for concerts. Johnson explains, 'The thing about the boys in AC/DC, you've got to remember, is we're constantly surprised and amazed at how we keep the successs going', adding, '...we just play 100% every night and give it everything we've got', and, 'We never expect the crowds. We never take anything fro granted. How can you? Times change. You've just got to keep doing what you're doing, basically, and just hope they come back for more.' They have, as AC/DC continues to add impresssive numbers to one of Rock's biggest tours. The current run of North American dates ends with the band at Dodger Stadium on September 28.
The latest indication that Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are no closer to mending the rift between them comes with the announcement of another new guitarist for Bon Jovi. He is fellow Jersey axe man Matt O'Ree, who will take the spot in the band Bobby Bandiera had been filling when Jon and the band are on tour. Phil X remains the primary lead guitarist. O'Ree moves into the slot after having fronted a self-titled group under his name in Jersey since 1994. Here's a look at him in action on a Jimi Hendrix track.
David Gilmour convened his touring band for a rehearsal Saturday (9/5) in Brighton and led the group through a 21 song set that included close to a 50/50 mix of solo and Pink Floyd songs. Among the songs band fans will be most eager to hear on the tour that opens tomorrow were Wish You Were Here, Money, Astronomy Domine, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (I-V), Run Like Hell, Time, Breathe and Comfortably Numb.
Led Zeppelin's bass player and Queen's drummer joined Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters for a rendition of the song Queen and David Bowie recorded together. The Saturday (9/5) concert at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK paused for Grohl to introduce the special guests that would turn his band into a 'superdupergroup' for a song, adding, 'I don't even know what to say because this kind of s*&t doesn't happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters, right now, are living our Rock n' Roll fantasy with you tonight.' With that, John Paul Jones and Roger Taylor emerged to join the group on Under Pressure on Freddie Mercury's birthday.
It took four decades to happen and only lasted 7 songs, but the Faces finally got together. The reunion of Ron Wood, Rod Stewart and Kenny Jones had been close to happening several times in recent years, only to be sidetracked. Sadly, the band's performance at a Saturday (9/5) fund raiser for prostate cancer research came much too late for Ronnie Lane and months too late for Ian McLagan, the keyboard player who had worked hardest to bring the band back together. Lane died in 1997, McLagan in December of 2014. The seven song set at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club at Ewhurst, Surrey opened with I Feel So Fine, followed by You Can Make Me Dance, Ooh La La, I'd Rather Go Blind, (I Know) I'm Losing You, Stay With Me and Sweet Little Rock n' Roller.
Trouble Town, a track recorded during Joe Bonamassa's New York City concerts in January that is included on his Live At Radio City Music Hall DVD due out October 2, is here for the viewing. The release will feature nine songs Bonamassa has not previously released live versions of as well as two new songs. The hour and a quarter of concert footage, half live and half acoustic, will be supplemented with a 45 minute documentary and a book.
Tom Perersson says that Cheap Trick has plans to put out two albums in 2016, a disc of vintage material and one of newly written songs. The band, which had replaced Bun E Carlos on drums with Daxx Nielsen, the son of guitarist Rick Nielsen, settled a lawsuit filed by Carlos, who contended he expected to remain a member even though he'd decided he would rather not be the touring drummer any longer. The agreement apparently restores him as a Cheap Trick member, but does not preclude the group from having someone else play drums. As for the longer term outlookk for the group, Petersson told the Macomb Daily that Trick plans on releaseing new albums for each year for as long as they remain a band.
In a conversation with the Daily News Keith Richards, a musician that seldom hesitates to filter any response, attributed rap music's popularity to '...tone deaf people' craving only a '...drum beat and someone yelling over it.' The Rolling Stones guitarist wasn't much kinder toward heavy metal bands, saying he thought Metallica and Black Sabbath were just great jokes. Like Donald Trump, Richards, who is granting interviews to promote his first solo album in nearly 25 years, knows that one sure way to generate attention and coverage is to make headline generating remarks. He did not spare Mick Jagger from a few pointed barbs either. Richards said his front man is, '...preoccupied with something really boring', and added, '...he's a hell of a front man,' and, ' I love him dearly'.
Black Sabbath's farewell tour will open in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20 of next year. The tour will log a couple of weeks in the mid west and Canada in the dead of winter before working its way west at the start of February, but will head back into frigid territory from mid month through its final date, February 25 at Madison Square Garden. Ozzy and the band will take March off and resume the tour in Australia in mid April. Bill Ward, evidently exiled from the band in a pay dispute when the initial reunion and album plans were announced, might feel better about not being invited back ones he sees the itinerary!
The head of Epic Records tells Billboard that the new album Ozzy Osbourne is working on is, '...something Ozzy has never done before that he's always wanted to do', a statement that is sure to fire-up some interesting speculation. A-ca-pella, orchestral, foreign language, folk, polka... with Ozzy, ya never know. Sylvia Rhone assures that '...it's going to be amazing.' The remarks by Rhone followed Epic Fest, a publicity drawing rally staged by Epic on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles that Osbourne made an appearance at.
Sponge Bob Squarepants will debut on Broadway next year with a score that includes songs written for it by Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and David Bowie. Director Tina Landau says that getting the songs from some of Rock's biggest artists wasn't that difficult because they're fans of the character. Others serving up songs for the SpongeBob production include Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, John Legend and Lady Antebellum. Preview performances of the musical are slated to open June 7 in Chicago's Oriental Theatre and run for about a month before audiences in New York get the chance to soak it up.
John Fogerty has plenty of reasons to feel bitter about the music industry - and he does. Fortunate Son; My Life, My Music, the book the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man is releasing on October 6, chronicles the long, contentious relationship the singer has had with band mates, including his late brother, and a host of other industry figures through the decades. Fogerty equates life in the music business and being in a band to being in a foxhole during wartime. Fogerty was introduced to the deceit within the industry early when a label executive changed the name of the band without consulting with the group, which found out after the record had already been packaged. He attributes his falling out with CCR's Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, who now tour as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, to the pair's decision to sell the equal shares they received from John's writing to producer Saul Zaentz for $30,000 in 1988. Zaentz later sued Fogerty, claiming that John's solo track The Old Man Down The Road infringed on Run Through The Jungle, one of the Creedence songs the producer obtained a portion of the publishing rights to. Fogerty was so disgusted with Zaentz and his band mates that he refused to perform Creedence songs for a long period in his career. HollywoodReporter.com Billboard.com