Number 9, number 9, number 9... The man who murdered John Lennon has lost possibility of parole for the ninth time. Mark David Chapman will remain 'under protective custody against his wil' at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York's Erie County. Sentenced to 20 years to life for gunning down John Lennon outside his New York City apratment building on December 8 1980, Mark David Chapman is eligible for another review in two years. Every parole possibility has been opposed in writing by Yoko Ono. Apparently, the parole board received several letters supporting his parole prior to this latest rejection.
Drummer Mick Brown says the brief reunion tour Dokken has going on in Japan got Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch going at each other even before the tour opened. Speaking with Classic Rock, Brown said, 'Nothing's changed. George and Don, during the conversations to get this going, they're already starting up.' Brown said he'd like to feel good about the tour but doesn't because he knows band members agreed to it only because the money was so good. Assuming the wheels don't fall completely off, the group will do a half dozen dates between October 5th and 12th.
Neil Young's concerts to provide funding for the special needs Bridge School this fall will include a number of musicians that have made previous appearances at the annual event. The 30th anniversary edition includes Young performing with Promise of the Real, Metallica, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, Nils Lofgren, Cage Tthe Elephant and Norah Jones. The dates for the shows are October 22 & 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview, California
Lakeside Camera Photoworks is marketing a 3 day turnaround service that will convert a ticket stub from a concert or other event into a coffee mug or a doormat. Size options for the mats are 60"x 36" or #6"x 24". The smaller size mats are priced at $34, plus $15 for shipping. The ticket stub or concert photo can be sent to them and will be returned with the order, or a high resolution scan file can be submitted through the site with the order.
TMZ is reporting that former 3 Doors Down member Matt Roberts has died. The guitarist was in Milwaukee to perform at a charity event. After rehearsing on Friday night (8/19), Roberts headed to his room. Detectives called to the hotel after the discovery of the body in a hotel hallway contacted his father at about 9am on Saturday. Prescription pills were found at the scene. His father thinks that if Matt's death was due to an overdose, it would not have been intentional. Roberts parted ways with the Mississippi based band due to health complications related to blood circulation.
The label that released Beatles and Paul McCartney solo material in the US will now be Paul's label on a global basis. Capitol Records has announced the signing of McCartney. His first album under the deal is already a work in progress and a major reissue campaign is being designed for the McCartney catalog with a 2017 launch anticipated. Chairman Steve Barnett clearly can't be more pleased about the arrangement. He said, 'Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people.' Paul calls the return to Capitol '...extremely exciting for me', adding, 'Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's B--Bop-A-Lula on the Capitol label.'
Metallica's first album of new material may have taken twice as long to come along than most fans wanted it to, but their wait will be rewarded with a double disc set. Hardwired To Self-Destruct comes out November 18th. Hardwired To Self-Destruct, the group's first album of new material since 2008's Death Magnetic, has been produced by Greg Feldman, who handled engineering and mixing on the last release. Here's the title track.
Unless Head Job means the same thing Down Under as Head Case. Phil Rudd has either gotten his head together or picked the wrong title for his first solo album. Rudd, whose off-the-wall conduct during a several month span cost him the spot he'd held in AC/DC for decades, will release Head Job on September 30th. The drummer says 'My hellraising days are over'. In a short span of time, Rudd managed to get mixed up in an alleged murder for hire scheme, get busted for drugs and placed under house arrest, get popped for violating the terms of his sentence and lose his status as AC/DC's drummer. Malcolm Young fell victim to dementia and had to retire before Rudd's travails began. Since his ouster, the group has lost Brian Johnson due to the risk of permanent hearing loss and has been notified by bassist Cliff Williams that he intends to retire after this tour. That would seem to make rehiring Rudd tempting to Angus Young intends to attempt to extend the AC/DC legacy. Rudd admits to the hope he could play in his former band again, but questions whether AC/DC can exist without the members its lost.
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The Peach Festival in Pennsylvania produced some cool combinations Saturday (8/13), including members of the Allman Brothers joining String Cheese Incident on Ain't Wastin' Time No More and moe doing a Pink Floyd set. Here's some of the jamming that went on while Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jack Pearson and Marc Quiñones were on stage with STI.
Green Day's first album in 4 years has a title and release date. Revolution Radio will come out on October 7th. The lead track from the effort is Bang, Bang, a song Billie Joe Armstrong called the band's response to, '...the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media' in a recent discussion about the album with Rolling Stone. The group is also in the planning stage for another world tour.
Metallica will stream their August 20th concert as it happens at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The 10 pm (Eastern) cast will be available through Pandora and at LiveMetallica.com.
NME is reporting that Bob Daisley, the former bass player for Ozzy Osbourne, is suing Ozzy and Blizzard Music Limited for $2 million in unpaid royalties for the song Crazy Train, a track Daisley has a writing credit on. The suit contends that a 2014 audit indicates that Osbourne's music publishing entity improperly deducted fees prior to distributing royalties on the song, resulting in what the filing calls a systematic short changing of Daisley. Daisley was the original bass player in Osbourne's solo band, Blizzard Of Ozz. He was dismissed after the recording of Diary Of A Madman (1981), but participated in sessions on other Osbourne albums through 1991's No More Tears. Osbourne's organization has responded to the claims by Daisley with a statement saying the bass player has received statements and checks from Blizzard Music accounts in totaling millions and adds, "Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment", and goes on to characterize the motivation behind the suit as an "...unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success."
Pearl Jam fans taking in the group's Sunday (8/7) concert at Fenway park got the added benefit of seeing Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton join them for a version of his group's song Draw The Line.
People Magaine is reporting that the year-long romance of John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley has reached its end. A rep for the couple told the publication that career demands and the distance between their respective homes make it impossible for the relationship to continue but says both intend to remain very close friends. When last asked by People about the prospect of marriage, Brinkley had said, 'You never really know what's going to happen. John and I are two people that have very full lives. We're just trying to enjoy each other when we can see each other.'
Led Zeppelin's attempt to force the party that lost the case against them in a copyright claim against the group over a chord progression in Stairway To Heaven to reimburse them for the $630,000 in legal fees they incurred plus another $170,000. The judge ruling on the matter says there was no evidence that the case had been filed as an attempt to 'shake down' Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The attorney on the losing end of the original claim that Zeppelin had lifted a chord progression from a 1968 Spirit instrumental has indicated that he intends to appeal the decision in the copyright case.
Jimi Hendrix and The Band of Gypsys did two New York City concerts a day on New Years Eve and New Years Day of 1969 & '70. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 will be released September 30th. The CD/LP release marks the first time the inagural live set by the group Hendrix formed after disbanding the Experience will be available. The 11 song 75 minute set recorded that Wednesday night includes Power Of Soul. Lover Man, Hear My Train A Comin', Changes, Izabella, Maching Gun, Stop, Ey Rider, Belleding Heart, Earth Blues and Burning Desire.
Pink Floyd veteran Nick Mason and Jay Leno share a passion for exotic cars. The drummer and the former Tonight Show host will be among those tasked with deciding which high-end entry at the Peninsula Classics car show in Monterey, California August 16th should be crowned the world's top classic car. Each auto in contention for the has already won top honors in one of a half dozen other highly prestigious auto shows. They include production, limited edition and race cars. Other judges atthe event include Henry Ford III, Ferrari designer Flavio Manzoni, GM head designer Anne Asensio, Peter Brock, a man closely associated with the Shelby Daytona Cobra and Corvette and fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
In a move attributed to 'serious health issues' Gregg Allman has cancelled upcoming tour plans. While no specifics were offered about the nature of the ailment, the decision and the terms used to describe the issue suggest the matter is of great concern. More as details become available.
After losing his brother to illness, drummer Phil Rudd to bizarre behavior, lead singer Brian Johnson to this risk of going deaf if he continued in the band and bassist Cliff Williams' to a decision to retire at the end of the current tour, Angus Young faces a tough decision. Does AC/DC go the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Foreigner route and become a band with just one original member, does he retire or will he soldier on by forming a band bearing a new name? Speaking with Rolling Stone, Young admitted he's perplexed. "At this point, I don't know. We committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I'll feel after?"
A David Bowie box set being prepped for release will feature material he recorded between 1974 and '76 for The Gouster, an album that never got relesed. Bowie's producer, Tony Visconti wrote in the liner notes for the box set titled Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) that, "Gouster was a word that was unfamiliar to me but David knew it as a type of dress code worn by African American teens in the '60's in Chicago. But in the context of the album it's meaning was attitude, an attitude of pride and hipness."
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