An air traffic delay set up as a security measure because Air Force 1 was using Lakeland Airport during a Florida trip to appear on behalf of Hillary Clinton resulted in an unexpexted meeting of President Obama and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, whose plane was arriving at the airport after a concert in South America. Informed that the Aerosmith charter was also on the runway, the President extended an invitation to the members to climb aboard his plane for a 'meet & greet', something the lead singer and guitarist gladly did. Whether other members were also on the Aerosmith plane but were not invited or declined an invitation to join Tyler and Perry is not clear, but Joey Kramer called the chummy behavior of his band mates with the President 'not representative' of Aerosmith as a band.
Rick Wakeman went off on the Rock Hall of Fame over the way it has ignored Progressive Rock bands and artists. Speaking with Prog Magazine, the founding keyboard player of Yes claimed that the museum has been that '...anything to do with prog rock was a dirty word' while to him the genre is '...the most inventive and the most influential music to musicians that there's ever been in the history of rock'. While we might take issue with the last part of that, there is no doubt that Progressive Rock artists have been largely ignored by the Hall. This year's ballot marks the 3rd time his former band has been nominated, but many other prog bands and artists have not even been given that consideration. The snub is one that disgusts Wakeman so much that he may not attend even if Yes finally gets in this coming spring.
A few hundred friends and business associates of New England Patriots owner Robert Craft were in on an exclusive performance by the Rolling Stones Tuesday night (10/25) within the Foxboro stadium's complex. Attendees learned of the opportunity to enjoy a lavish dinner followed by a private performance by the band via an invitation in the form of a painted stone inside a box delivered to each by FedEx. Catch some of the action at this exclusive gig here.
Bon Jovi has been eligible for the Rock Hall of Fame for 8 years, has only been on the ballot once (2011), and was passed over for a nomination again this year. Asked about it by Howard Stern, Jon started by saying he '...couldn't be as honest about it as I'd like to', but then cut to the chase, saying his band has been blocked from getting in by '...two f#%kers' on the nominating committee, one of whom he had a big blow out with in the past. Jon declined to identify who either of them are, but his words and attitude made it apparent the relationship between him and the guy he has a beef with is not likely to improve much in the future. 'I'm never shy, when I see him, to call him a few more choice words. And there's other guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to f#%k with me.' Asked by Stern whether one of them was Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone and the Chairman of the Hall's foundation, Jon declined to say.
Limited edition vinyl releases featuring Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and Alice In Chains will be available during the 2016 Black Friday Record Store Day. AIC will make their December 1990 concert set at the Moore Theatre in Seattle available for the first time on vinyl. The Dead's first single, Stealin' backed by Don't Ease Me In, a 1966 45 released on Scorpio Records will reportedly be available. Material Jimi Hendrix was working on with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles in 1969 will also be featured. Titled Morning Symphony Ideas, the Hendrix collection also includes early working versions or alternate arrangements of several songs. Also up for grabs, limited edition releases from David Bowie, Big Star, Anthrax, Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Joan Jett, the Kinks, the Moody Blues, Mudcrutch, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, the Sex Pistols, Simple Minds,the Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Muddy Waters and more. Get the complete rundown here. BraveWorld.com Jambase.com RecordStoreDay.com
Alex Lifeson is among the guest artists on the new album by Triumph veteran Ric Emmett. The Rush guitarist joins Dream Theater front man James LaBrie and and Emmett's former band mates Gil Moore and Mike Levine on Res 9, Due November 11. Here's a preview...
What he describes as a 'persistent illness' has forced Brian May to put tour plans on the shelf. A post on the web site of the Queen guitar great says that his energy and will have been so severely tapped by whatever ails him that he has concluded there is no option other than to rest and recouperate. May had scheduled 11 Candlelight Christmas tour dates with singer Kerry Ellis. Ellis and May expressed their dismay over letting fans down.
Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert at Mountainview Amphitheater on Saturday (10/22) produced one of the more unpredictable moments in the 30 years Neil and his ex-wife have been presenting the concerts to benefit the special needs school; Metallica performing a Buffalo Springfield song. Neil and the Bay Area masters of Hard Rock got together to deliver a jamming version of Mr. Soul on a night that also saw Metallica do versions of Deep Purple's When A Blind Man Cries and Clampdown by the Clash.
Vince Neil was in an LA court room Thursday (10/20) to change his plea to guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge that stemmed from an altercation involving a woman that said Neil grabbed her by her hair and dragged her to the ground when she approached actor Nicholas Cage to compliment him on his acting. The incident took place last April in a Las Vegas hotel lobby and spilled over to outside the hotel when a visibly angry Cage took Neil aside and lit into him. A not guilty plea had been entered on Neil's behalf in July. The court ordered Neil to pay a $1,000 fine and issued a 120 day suspended sentence, contingent on him doing an online anger management course and avoiding any legal trouble for 6 months.
Experience Hendrix tours have brought together a lot of great guitarists. The Rock Pack tour is a similar concept but features singers. The line-up includes Foreigner's original front man Lou Gramm, Gregg Rolllie, who sang on some of Santana's biggest songs, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Fee Waybill from the Tubes, Joyhn Payne of Asia and Steve Augeri, who has voiced tracks for Journey. Backing the singers will be Payne's Asia FJP group.
Phil Collins says he would have jumped at the chance to fill the void in the Who left by the death of Keith Moon, but says nobody asked him whether he would leave Genesis to do it. The comment was made by the now former Genesis drummer during an online chat hosted by the Guardian. Moon died during a night of binge drinking in 1978. Collins also praised current Who drummer Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr. Collins has been unable to play since suffering nerve damage several years ago. He recently announced his first tour in more than a decade (story). The brief string of European dates will feature his 15 year-old son on drums.
Advancing years won't get in the way of keeping Chuck Berry from continuing to make music. The just turned 90 year old Rock pioneer has announced that he will put out his first sutdio album in nearly 40 years in 2017. Titled simply Chuck, the record will be comprised of mostly his own new compositions. On the album recorded in the St. Louis area, the master will be accompanied by two of his children, his name-sake son on guitar and daughter Ingrid on harmonica, joined by Robert Lohr on piano, Jimmy Marsala playing bass and Keith Robinson on drums.
Rock Hall Of Fame voters have quite a list of inductees to consider. Leading the ballot are some acts many fans consider long overdue for the honor - Yes, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra and the J Geils Band. Joining them on the ballot are Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, the Zombies, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, Bad Brains and the obligatory wtf nominee, Tupac Shakur.
The Red Rocker pulls out all the stops for his Birthday Bash in Cabo San Lucas. The 26th took place with Jerry Cantrell, Jason Bonham and Michael Anthony and Alice In Chains Jerry Cantrell joining Sammy Hagar and his band.
It's been a decade since Phil Collins performed in a full fledged tour. That hiatus will come to an end when the former Genesis drummer and front man returns to the stage for a limited number of dates opening with a 5 night stand at London's acclaimed Royal Albert Hall, followed by solo dates in Cologne, Germany abd Paris. In addition to having oercome physical problems, Collins says he looks frward to having. 'rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited, it just feels right."
The studio album U2 planned to release this year, is being pushed into 2017. The delay to the release of the Irish group's follow-up to Songs Of Innocence is apparently in part due to an over abundance of material. Speaking with RTE about the next studio album, Adam Clayton projected a March or April release and suggested that as many as 50 songs are under consideration by the band for the studio release.
The Who have announced ambitious plans for a 5 disc box set revolving around material compiled during the time the group was recording its 1965 debut album My Generation. The 79 track compilation of demos, alternate takes, remastered album tracks and unreleased songs drops November 18th. Three unreleased songs are included that Pete Townshend discovered recently and says the other group members have never heard - My Own Love, As Children We Grew and The Girls I Could Have Had. The release includes a book covering the period and describing the process of putting the project together. Townshend writes, "Gathering thee demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it's wonderful for me to have these tapes made 52 years ago to listen to. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me."
Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Thurdsay (10/13) announcement commending Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" make the singer/songwriter the first American to receive the honor since author Toni Morrison earned it from the Sweedish Academy in 1993. The award puts Dylan in the rare company of masters of the written word, including John Seinbeck, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Rudyard Kipling, something we suspect will have greater meaning to him than the Grammys he has earned. His selection as the Nobel laureat also means Dylan will pocket close to a million dollars.
Prince William presided over the ceremony knighting Rod Stewart Tuesday (10/11) at Buckingham Palace. Stewart, accompanied by wife Penny Lancaster and two sons, attended the investiture ceremony wearing a Scottish military style jacket and plaid trousers. The recipient of the honor quipped that he promises to 'wear it well' when expressing his appreciation to Queen Elizabeth II for selecting him to receive the medallion. With it, his formal name becomes Sir Roderick David Stewart.
Roger Waters had both words and images to convey his disgust with Donald Trump to fans attending the Desert Trips concert Sunday (10/9). The Pink Floyd veteran revived the inflatable pig prop his former band used, this time with the Republican presidential nominee's face depicted on it along with the words 'Ignorant, lying, racist, sexist pig'. During his set, an image of Trump with a Ku Klux Klan hood imposed on it was also displayed. The words 'I can't believe I still have to protest this shit' were projected as he and his band played Us And Them. Waters also used the stage to express his solidarity with those supporting the rights of a group Israel has prevented from being able to provide humanitarian relief supplies to Palestinians. Waters recently got David Gilmour and Nick Mason to join him in calling for the Israeli government to stop obstructing the delivery of aid in areas where shortages are causing suffering. Telegraph.co.uk
Day two of the Desert Trip concerts in Indio, California saw Neil Young and Paul McCartney combine Saturday (10/8) for versions of A Day In The Life/Give Peace a Chance and Why Don't We Do It In The Road? during McCartney's 2 1/2 hour set.
Mick Jagger feeds off the energy of audiences, but the burden of generating it Friday (10/7) was almost entirely on him due to a relatively lethargic audience comprised of some enthusiastic fans but also loaded with a lot of sluggish, smug types attending for the bragging rights of having been there. Dylan, who has a tremendous catalog to draw on, opted to do a set that drew 7 of it's 16 songs from just one album, Time Out Of Mind. The Stones did a 20 song set that featured a version of the Beatles Abbey Road lead track Come Together.
Ozzy Osbourne invaded the set of his wife's talk show on Thursday (10/6) to make an early delivery of flowers for Sharon's Birthday, which is on the 9th. The couple, in their 34th year together, recently ended a separation sparked by reported infidelity by Ozzy.
The Rolling Stones album paying homage to a number of the group's early influences has a December 2 release date. Recorded live with no over-dubs, the album includes Eric Clapton two songs, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing and I Can't Quit You Baby. The other tracks on the album, recorded in just a few sessions in London, include Little Walter songs Just Your Fool, I Gotta Go, Hate To See You Go and the title song, Blue & Lonesome, Howlin' Wolf and Chester Burnett's Commit a Crime, Wolf's Just Like I Treat You as well as songs by Little Johnny Taylor, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam, Lightnin' Slim and Otis Hicks.
Neil Young is among the artists that eagerly accepted the invitation of Desert Trip concert organizers to join the lineup for the consecutive weekends of concerts at the Coachella concert site that will also include sets from the Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Bob Dylan. Young's former bandmate David Crosby is blasting the event as a scam and a rip-off. In an interview with the Daily Mail, the former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member tore into the event and the artists as being motivated by nothing but greed. Crosby claims, 'The sound outdoors at that place is shit' and adds, 'You could give me tickets and I wouldn't go.' Ticket and merchandise sales from the concerts are expected to generate close to $150 million in sales. The Stones alone were reportedly offered $8.5 million for their set. DailyMail.co.uk
Metallica will put itself into rare company with the group's November 18 release Hardwired... To Self Destruct. The double album contains just a dozen tracks, but the overall run time was too long to get them on a single disc, so To Self-Destruct is coming out as a double. Not many double albums with so few songs have come out. Derek & The Dominos sole studio album sported just 14 songs. Cream's Wheels Of Fire had 11 actual songs, but listed 3 untitled tracks that didn't actually exist. The Allman Brothers Band's Eat A Peach had just 9 (10 if you counted part II of Mountain Jam, the epic song that spanned a full side on each disc as a seperate title). James Hetfield says the decision to double-up was easy because it only eneded up costing about a dime mor for the group to produce it as a double. A deluxe 3 disc version of the band's first new studio album in 8 years will also be available. TeamRock.com
Deep Purple and Rainbow veteran Joe Lynn Turner is releasing a covers album he has enlisted a strong cast of players for. Joining Turner on the 17 track effort are Vivian Campbell (Stone Cold and Lunatic Fringe), Phil Collen (Back In Black), Michael Schenker (All Shook Up), Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter (Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You), Leslie West (The Seeker), Steve Morse (Jungle Love), Tony Kaye & Steve Cropper (Riders On The Storm), Steve Lukather (Hellraiser). The October 7 release is titled Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions.
David Lee Roth contends that someone is stalking him by phone, and he equates the harassing calls to domestic terrorism. Hello?! The former and once again Van Halen front man says he's gotten around 75 calls in the last month from 917 and 301 area code numbers, most coming in the early morning. Roth claims private detectives and the FBI and a former agent with the agency have been unable to put an end to the calls, which also don't show up on his phone bill, leading Roth to believe the caller is someone with tech skills. His frustration over the problem has him reaching out to fans for a tip on who's behind them or ideas on a way to put a stop to them. Writing in his blog, the singer conveyed this to fans: '...I certainly invite anyone who speaks tech to weigh in here because it's pretty rare that just one person does this much obsessive conduct and nobody else knows about it.'
The sale of a single work of art from Eric Clapton's personal collection could bring a top bid in the neighborhood of $20 million when Christies puts it up for bids on November 15. The textured oil work titled Abstract Painting by Gerhard Richter was one of a trio of paintings by the German artists that EC acquired in 2001. One sold by him four years ago brought $34 million, Another went for just over $20 million in 2012. A Richter painting set a record for the highest price ever paid for a living European artist's work when one of his canvasses sold for $46.3 million in 1986.