As Black Sabbath wraps up it's farewell tour, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler looked back on the band's history for an article in Rolling Stone magazine. During it, Ozzy equated the success of the band to being something of a 'clever mistake' and attributed their ability to become such a big band despite not producing conventional hit songs to the working dynamic he and Tony Iommi managed to develop. As Osbourne put it, '...what Tony Iommi and myself have been through with each other personally, I've never took it away from him. There's no other guy on the face of the earth that can come up with riffs like him.'
Lita Ford writes in her book Living Like A Runaway about something she discussed a couple of years back in a session with Bravewords.com. Ford maintains that Robert Plant attended a Runaways concert in 1975 and, after the gig, offered her the chance to join Led Zeppelin if she was willing to play bass. She admits that Plant might have been tipsy of just kidding, but maintains she thinks he was 'dead serious' about the idea. The timing of the encounter does match-up with the period that the future direction and lineup of Zeppelin was uncertain. ConsequenceOfSound.com
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who have been front and center in helping raise money for research and treatment of cancer in young people. Recently, Daltrey recorded a new version of Let My Love Open The Door, a song from his band mate's outstanding 1980 solo album Empty Glass. Proceeds from downloads of the song on iTunes will benefit Teen Cancer America. Learn more about the cause and hear some of the song (at about the 6:30 mark) below. Download the song alone for $1.29 here.
Peter Wolf will release his 8th solo album on April 8. A Cure For Loneliness finds the former J Geils Band front man working with Will Jennings, who had a hand in writing Higher Love (Steve Winwood). The singer calls the 2 song release, '...a continuation of a body of work that I've been creating for a long, long time', and adds, 'I still feel the way I felt when I started out decades ago - I'm just trying to prevail and continue to grow as an artist.' Wolf has 10 live dates lined up between the end of April and late May.
4/29 Hartford, CT, Infinity Music Hall 4/30 Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts 5/01 Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 5/05 Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall 5/06 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 5/11 Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall 5/12 Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre 5/19 & 20 Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 5/21 Chicago, IL, Park West
Signs that John Mellencamp and Billy Joel's ex will marry in the near future seem to be on the increase. If it hapens, it will be Christie Brinkley's 5th trip to the alter. Different kinds of sign involving the Indiana Rocker could spring up soon, too - Indiana road signs recognizing the state's native son. State Representative Terry Goodin introduced a resolution Tuesday (2/24) that a stretch of Interstate 65 between Austin and Seymour (John's hometown), be named in his honor. The proposal to name the stretch of the southern Indiana highway for Mellencamp was approved by the legislature.
The tribute to David Bowie at the Brit Awards Wednesday (2/24) evidently impressed David's son a lot more than the over-the-top, breakneck paced one that Lady Gaga delived during the Grammys ceremony. Film director Duncan Bowie, who tooke to his Twitter account to express his disappointment with the one from LA. He posted a much more fovorable and appreciative response to the one done last night that featured his father's recent backing band performing with Lorde.
While Axl Rose hasn't joined the process yet, the former publicist for Guns N' Roses tells Classic Rock magazine that Slash has been in the studio working on songs. Arlett Vereecke is quoted as saying, 'They're definitely doing something there in the studio. Axl hasn't been there, but Slash is definitely in there and it's not for anyone else.' The reunited group's former manager adds that Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan have logged recent studio time together. That account was later dismissed by Stradlin (story). The GNR reunion launches live in Las Vegas with dates April 8 & 9.
Eddie Vedder did his former high school a solid over the weekend by taking the stage with students and other alums to perform a couple of songs. The Pearl Jam front man was took his place on the small, crowded stage at San Dieguito Academy for versions of the Joe Jackson song Got The Time and a The Modern Lovers rave-up Roadrunner.
We wrote some weeks back the Deep Purple's long overdue induction the Rock Hall could turn into a Rock Brawl. Comments flying back and forth between current and former members make it sound like we're already entering the middle rounds. The latest member to mouth off against another's qualifications for being a legit inductee is Joe Lynn Turner. Speaking with That Heavy Metal Show's Eddie Trunk, Turner called the latest lineup that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore put together a 'cover band' Turner says he found out that he was being excluded from the lineup through a media interview. Blackmore himself could be outside looking in during the April 8th ceremony if reports we got over the weekend prove true. (story).
What's rarer than spotting a La Ferrari? Seeing one with Sammy Hagar at the wheel and Dan Rather strapped into the passenger seat. Some surprised bystanders probably caught a glimpse of th pair when the former CBS anchor man and the Red Rocker went out for a ride together recently. Rather and Hagar both host shows on AXS TV. Sammy's Rockin' Road Show features the former Montrose and Van Halen member motoring around to hang out with musical friends. Rather's new show, The Big Interview with Dan Rather, will bow Tuesday (2/23) (8p Eastern). During the session they recorded together for Rather's show, Hagar performed a new song titled Inner Child.
A lock of hair a German stylist tucked away after trimming John Lennon's hair in 1967 for his role in How I Won The War sold in a Dallas auction for $35,000. The 4" strands were purchased from Heritage Auctions by a British collector, Paul Fraser, whose web site has transacted several rare, high-end Beatles artifacts. A pre-trim photo of Lennon autographed that was taken shortly before the stylist sat him down to make him more plausible as Private Gripweed in the black comedy was sold during the same auction for $2,125, while a signed photo of all four Beatles brought $42,500 and an intact ticket that belonged to someone that did not attend the group's US concert debut in Washington, DC was bought for $30,000. BBC.co.uk
I Still Do reunites Eric Clapton with producer Glyn Johns on an album that will include new originals from EC along with some covers. In addition to bringing Clapton and the producer back together, Slowhand also included some musicians he hasn't worked with in some time on this project. The twelve track disc drops on May 20.
Ritchie Blackmore is apparently claiming that Deep Purple's manager wants him 'banned' from the group's April 8 induction into the Rock Hall Of Fame. The guitarist issued a statement saying that he received notice from the Hall President indicating that Bruce Payne does not want the Hall to allow him to participate in the April 8 ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Knowing something of the band's past history of ball breaking, it could turn out to be a prank. Then again, even before this latest incident, actions were taken to exclude others from the event (story).
Lady Gaga got to do the David Bowie tribute on the big stage, but Nirvana veterans backed Beck doing a rendition of the Bowie song Nirvana recorded on its Unplugged CD during the party hosted by producer and label exec Clive Davis the night before the Grammys.
When the Hollywood Vampires tore things up at the Grammy awards with a scorching tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, (story & video), they led off with As Bad As I Am. That track is now available as one of 3 bonus tracks on an expanded edition of the debut album the group released last year. Fronted by Alice Cooper and featuring Joe Perry of Aerosmith and actor/musician Johnny Depp on guitars, the hard Rockin' outfit adds Duff McKagan & Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses) and Bruce Witkin and Tommy Henriksen when touring. The group's first concert of 2016 takes place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY on May 24. Three days later, the group will appear at a major festival in Lisbon, Portugal.
A CD/DVD combo featuring a Judas Priest 2015 performance for 85,000 festival fans in Germany will be released March 25th. Battle Cry Live , a 15 track CD, 17 track DVD was recorded and filmed duing the group's August 1 set at the Wacken Festival in Germany. Three songs from a concert at the end of 2015 in Gdansk, Poland are also included as bonus tracks on the DVD. The group posted this teaser for the upcoming release.
The attempted robbery of workers transporting money from beverages sales following the second Rolling Stones concert in Argentina has prompted the group to add armed guards to its security detail. A 55 year-old employee was killed in the botched heist after several vehicles converged on the Toyota being driven by the victim's boss. Pedro Luis Tabares was shot and killed during the incident. A 31 year-ol Columbian has been arrested in the case. Standard.co.uk
If David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Lemmy hadn't died, only vague and diluted versions of Rock would have represented at all in the 2016 ceremony. The fact they did produced trio of performances during Monday's (2/15) ceremony. Surprisingly, the least interesting or inspired tribute was done by the actual band mates of the musician that died. The Eagles went through the motions playing Take It Easy with Jackson Browne in honoring Glenn Frey. If they were feeling more than it appeared, they kept it in check during a perfunctory rendition of the song Frey helped complete when Browne was living below them and couldn't figure out what to follow the line 'I was standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona' with. Imagine how special it would have been to share that with the audience and viewers. Instead, they just played the song without a hint of the special meaning it had to Glenn and to them.
In contrast, Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute was surprisingly strong. It was obvious from the outset that her love of David's music was genuine - and the condensed clips of songs from Bowie's most prolific periods were well chosen, well sung and brilliantly choreographed.
Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Duff Mckagan, Matt Sorum and Johnny Depp cranked out a pyro infused, high energy tribute to Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead that was intense enough that it was surprising to see that the rows of seats filled by pop, country, rap and hip-hop acts were still occupied when they wrapped it up.
Bonnie Raitt and Best Country artist Chris Stapleton also did a tasty tribute to Blues legend BB King.
Kirk West logged a lot of miles with the Allman Brothers Band and had a camera with him plenty of the time he spent with the band. The former road manager has distilled his massive collection of photos down to 350 that he feels tell the story of the iconic Southern Rock band best. They are featured and captioned by West in a large format book titled Les Brers: Kirk West's Photographic Journey with the Brothers. Spanning the period between the release of Brothers and Sisters (1973) all the way through the group's final run as a touring band at the Beacon Theatre in 2014, the book includes a lot of photos never before published. The photos and Kirk's personal insights about the moments they were taken are supplemented with written reflections on the band by late era ABB member Warren Haynes, noted Rock author Alan Paul, who wrote One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, Sam Cutler, who served in West's role during stints with Tthe Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead, and John Lynskey, editor and publisher of ABB fan mag Hittin' The Note. AntiMusic.com
Many people denounced the choice of Lady Gaga to honor David Bowie with a performance during the Grammy awards show Monday (2/15), but she she silenced a lot of people that scoffed at her being chosen to do the National Anthem at the Super Bowl with a poignant and powerful rendtion of the notoriously difficult song. Whether she is equal to the task of doing justice to Bowie remains to be seen and heard, but sent the world a message that she is more of a Bowie fan than many assume by getting the image of the David from the Aladdin Sane album cover art tattooed onto the left side of her torso, and captioned the Snapchat photo of it being inked on her with, '...this was the image that changed my life'. Her segment in honor of Bowie will also be done with the direction of Nile Rodgers, who collaborated with Bowie on the singer's Let's Dance album (1983).
Plenty of books about Bruce Springsteen have been published, but The Boss will finally add his own. Simon & Schuster has reportedly awarded Springsteen a $10 million advance on his autobiography, which the publisher will release September 27th. Born To Run, the book, will be a first-person account of 'disarming candor', according to the publisher, and will include insights into 'personal struggles' that played roles in Springsteen's ability to write some of his most compelling songs. Bruce evidently started working on the book early in 2009. A preface from the book has been quoted as saying, 'Writing about yourself is a funny business. But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I have tried to do this.'
Peter Frampton is revisiting his classic material in acoustic form on a new album and tour. Acoustic Classics gets released February 26th and includes rearranged versions of Show Me The Way, Lines On My Face, Baby, I Love Your Way, Do You Feel Like I Do, a half dozen other tracks and one new song, All Down To Me. The guitarist says he wanted to 'reverse engineer' each song into the form it took when he first wrote it. HenneMusic.com
Ace Frehley releases Orgins Vol 1 on April 15, a solo album that features the former KISS guitarist doing covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, the Stones and other groups that helped shape him as a musician. Frehley recruited Paul Stanley to do the vocal on Fire and Water, a song recorded by Paul Rogers with his pre Bad Company band, Free. It marks the first time almost 20 years the former KISS band mates have collaborated on a song, although they were not in the studio together. Rolling Stone reports that Frehley sent Stanley the instrumental version of the song and Stanley recorded his vocal in another studio last month. Frehley loved the job Stanley did, calling his vocal 'fabulous'. As for the frequently mentioned friction between him and Stanley, Frehley insists, 'We've always been friends. The press seems to amplify the negativity.'
Partial Track List
White Room (Cream)
Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
Til The End Of The Day (Kinks) Cold Gin (KISS, featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam)
As unsettling as the prospect of Lady Gaga performing in tribute to David Bowie is, there are a few potentially redeeming reasons to watch or check back here for other performances at the Grammys honoring BB King, Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister and Glenn Frey. Frey's band mates will be joined by Jackson Browne in tribute to the Eagles guitarist and songwriter. Bonnie Raitt will participate in the BB King tribute and Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Johnny Depp will do the dust up for Lemmy. The CBS telecast of the ceremony kicks off at 8pm (Eastern) on Monday (2/15).
Carlos Santana took to his Facebook page to express his disappointment that no Bay area musicians were invited to perform during halftime at the Super Bowl. The guitarist, who did get a slot to deliver some firey riffs for television viewers of the game, wrote, 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both (NFL & CBS) for including me as a part of your Super Bowl entertainment. I do feel compelled to point out to you that the halftime show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the world would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly.' Metallica did perform live the night before the game in a concert at AT&T Park, but was not offered the opportunity to play during the game break in San Jose, a snub the band took in stride.
The latest band to receive Legends Of Rock treatment by the Rock Hall Of Fame will be Guns N' Roses. The exhibit to coincide with the heard Rockin' bands 2016 reunion will open on February 26, but a GNR themed reception will take place at the Hall on the 17th. Among the things visitors to the exhibit will see are instruments. clothng, including a signature top hat belonging to Slash, and one of his pinball machines. The reunited Guns N' Roses tour featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagen is slated to begin with a pair of concerts in Las Vegas in April. Mexico City and Coachella performances are also taking place that month and additional stadium dates are evidently in the works. HenneMusic.com
Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Shine hit the pavement in search of the perfect car to restore to the road in the premier episode of Rockin' Roadsters, a new Discovery Channel series featuring the ZZ Top guitarist and the custom car builder. Finding the ramblin' wreck of their dreams in the California desert is just the start. Can Jimmy and his team restore it in time for a big Hollywood event in less than a month - and include a signature 'Billy-ism'? Find out starting Feb. 29th at 10.
Rick Wakeman, the keyboard wizard on some of the greatest Prog Rock songs of all time with Yes, also played on songs recorded by David Bowie. In discussing those sessions with the BBC following Bowie's death, Wakeman recalled having told friends he ran into shortly after leaving a recording session with David that he'd just recorded perhaps the best song he ever would get the chance to play on. Wakeman's tribute to Bowie in the form of his own versions of Space Oddity and Life On Mars, two of the songs he was featured on the originals of, will raise money to help fight cancer. Here's a look and listen to his BBC visit.
Metallica unveiled a new touring stage for a hometown crowd that packed AT&T Park in San Francisco the night before the Super Bowl was played in nearby San Jose. The concert, which sold out less than 1/2 hour after tickets wen on sale, featured the band ripping through a multi-era set of material and was streamed live.
Beyonce and Coldplay got the half time entertainment slot, but Classic Rock remains the soundtrack of choice for more advertisers during the Super Bowl. The 50th go round for the game includes commercials featuring a host of core artists of Classic Rock radio.
The Rolling Stones included a song the group had only played 10 times live in the set list for the opening night of their South American tour Wednesday (2/3). The band did She's A Rainbow from Their Satanic Majesty's Request.
Van Morrison has an appointment at Buckingham Palace Thursday (2/4). Van will be Knighted by the Prince of Wales during the London ceremony.
A suit filed almost two years ago (story) by the estate of Randy California claiming that Led Zeppelin lifted the melody of Stairway To Heaven from a song California's band Spirit moved into the deposition phase recently. Surviving members of Zeppelin were questioned separately about aspects of the band's creative process and business during the period they and Spirit did some dates together. The estate's lawyer requested more time to look into specifics after each former member of Zeppelin indicated they new little about group finances or earnings during the period in question. The attorney for Spirit's estate filed papers in the aftermath of the deposition of Jimmy Page indicating that the Zeppelin guitarist claims he '...remembers nothing about the 1960s or 1970s despite many public interviews concerning Spirit where he stated that he listened to the band's albums and that they struck him on an emotional level'. The album containing the epic Zeppelin song that the suit contends contained a melody lifted from Spirit's song Taurus has sold close to 40 millions copies since its 1971 release.
Cancer claimed Canadian guitar great Jeff Healey at the age of 41 in 2008. Some of the most powerful material by the blind six string prodigy never saw the light of day. His family will release a number of those tracks on an album titled lHeal My Soul, due out March 25th on what woud have been Healey's 50th birthday. Here's a taste.
The campaign trail is littered with empty promises by just about every candidate, but one in particular got our attention. Ohio Governor John Kasich went on CNN with a claim that, as President, he would reunite Pink Floyd. Kasich, a self described big fan of Roger Waters, vowed to '...once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple of songs.' When you have about as much chance of winning the election as Pink Floyd does of reuniting, you can say just about anything. And if Kasich was a real contender, the other candidates would be tearing him apart over Waters' controversial statements about Israel.
A reported attempt by the ex-wife and the son of Scott Weiland to remove one of his guitars from a Burbank, California studio resulted in an argument that police were called to quell. TMZ says a law enforcement source tipped them to the story. According to the story, Mary Forsberg and the couple's son attempted to take the guitar from the studio when a studio employee intervened. An argument apparently broke out between the parties and the call to the police went out. A battle has been brewing over the estate of the former Stone Temple Pilots singer. Forsberg claims that Weiland wanted her to be his executor, not Jamie Weiland, Scott's wife at the time of his death.
On doctor's orders, Def Leppard has announced that the US tour due to start Tuesday (2/2) in San Antonio be put on hold. Joe Elliot has been experiencing voice problems that require rest to avoid the singer doing permanent damage, according to a tweet from the band's Rick Allen. That resulted in the postponement of all dates from the opener through a 2/17 show scheduled for Allentown, PA. The dates are expected to be made up.
Health issues also derailed some Black Sabbath farewell tour dates after Ozzy Osbourne came down with a severe case of Sinusitis.