On Monday (8/28), an injunction grounded any additional production of a movie recounting the tragic October 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that claimed the lives of band members Donnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines as well as Cassie Gaines, the sister of Steve that was touring with the group as a background singer. Filming of Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash had violated an oath surviving band members had taken in the late 1980's to never exploit for profit the misfortune without first obtaining their approval. Former drummer Atrimus Pyle evidently side stepped that agreement.
David Bowie: A Life, a new bio about the iconic Rocker due September 12, delves into some of the complicated family dynamics that influenced him as a person and an artist. The book, written by Dylan Jones, the author and Bowie fan who previously wrote the highly regarded When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook The World, digs into some of the family factors that figured in Bowie becoming the artist he did. His youth was spent in a home life frought with troubles, many of them stemming from mental instabilities of members of his mother's family. One aunt was administered a lobotomy and another died in her 30's after having been committed to mental hospitals. His schitzophrenic half brother was hit and killed by a train in an apparent suicide. Bowie once said, 'One puts oneself through such psychological damage trying to avoid the threat of insanity, you start to approach the very thing that you're scared of.'
Although it's written that he went through cocaine at a pace during a period in his so furious it had nearly "eaten away his nose" at one point, Bowie once let a lover know that he was afraid of taking LSD because he considered '...the prospect of losing control during the psychedelic terrifying.' DailyMail.co.uk
Drummer Neil Peart's reluctance to continue recording and touring is not shared by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Eddie Trunk is of the opinion that drummer Peart is '...out. I think he's done, done, done' but contends Lee and Lifeson are energized and look forward to making more music. But recent rumors that the former Rush guitarist and its bass player and primary vocalist were forming a band together but without Peart are being discounted by a source with access to members of the Canadain power trio. Donna Halper, a radio personality that was an enthusiastic supporter of the band in its early years, has informed Society Of Rock that Lifeson told her there is no truth to rumors that he and Lee have or intend to work together musically. BraveWords.com
A number of U2 fans received some unexpected snail-mail over the last few days. A letter from the band seems to be promoting a new track titled Blackout. Silhouettes of a young boy and girl holding hands obscure much of the text. The next U2 album, Songs of Experience, is expected to be released December 1.
Always the show man, Ozzy Osbourne wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to time his set at the Moonststock Festival so that he could do Bark At The Moon just as the eclipse went total at Walker's Bluff, Illinois on Tuesday (8/21).
Right in synch with the start of MLB's post season, Pearl jam is releasing a concert film and companion CD of the group's 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field on September 29. Devout Cubs fan Eddie Vedder has equated walking into the historic ballpark with '...stepping into Oz.' Director Danny Clinch commented, 'In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location. When it happens that the main characsters are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic.' The 17 song set includes Vedder's Cub rally song All The Way and a cover of the Beatles I've Got A Feeling.
Carry Fire, an album of new material from Robert Plant and his band Sensational Space Shifters, includes a song with a title extracted from Stairway To Heaven's lyrics. The May Queen will be instantly recognized by fans of the epic 1971 song as part of the line '...it's just a spring cleaning for the May Queen'. Asked about it by BBC 6, the former Zeppelin front man said he loves the season of renewal and that it just seemed to fit the song. RTE.ie
Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall will have Who fans feasting their ears and eyes on the group's April performance of the 1969 Rock Opera at the historic London concert hall. The October 13 release will come in DVD, Blu-ray, 2 CD and 3 LP configurations. In addition to the start-to-finish performance of Tommy, the release will include a live set of Who classics from multiple eras and animated visuals created for Pinball Wizard and The Acid Queen. Lat October also brings the release of Maximum A's & B's, a 5 CD bos set of singles and B side songs. That drops on October 27.
Ted Nugent's recent claim during a radio interview that he hasn't been nominated for the Rock Hall Of Fame because of his political opinions drew a counterpoint from David Crosby. The CSN/CSN&Y member took to his Twitter account to contend Nugent hasn't earned consideration for the Cleveland museum because he "...just isin't good enough". Nugent returned fire on his Facebook page with the following rant. "Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life. I couldn't be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me while he competes with Michael Moore to see who can go the longest without hygiene. Zombie-boy would hurt himself if he tried real rock & roll like mine. Let's all pray he can form a syllable before his borrowed liver fails. I laugh at his pathetic slovenliness as I wrap up the greatest ultra-fun tour of my life."
We'll have a lead track from the next U2 album early in September, but he full Songs of Experience album won't get released until December 1. The three year span since the last album, Songs of Innocence, saw the goup make several false starts in the studio before settling on a direction to take the project in. Adam Clayton describes this as an album that conveys the band's evolution. 'Songs of Experience is going to be taking everything we've learned in the last 40 years and consolidating them into one piece of advice'.
A video for the lead track, You're the Best Thing About Me was shot in Amsterdam. TheSun.ie
Alice Cooper and Deep Purple will share headline status on the current tour that also includes Edgar Winter. It opened this weekend at the Chelsea, the concert hall housed inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Ronnie Montrose ranks as one of the musicians most admired by fellow guitarists but underappreciated by music fans. Several fine players pay tribute to Montrose on 10 X 10 the album he began recording when he died five years ago. Working with with Styx and Kiss veterans Ricky Phillips and Eric Singer on the project, Montrose planned to feature 10 other musicians he had high regard for. Phillips committed himself to getting the album completed to honor Montrose. The release drops on September 29 and will feature Sammy Hagar (a member of Ronnie's self-named band) Joe Bonamassa, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple mainstay Glenn Hughes, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Styx veteran Tommy Shaw, Toto's Steve Lukather and more.
Phillips considers the music Montrose was making at the time of his death some of the best of his career. "His songs still have the fire and angst of a youndg rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of 'guitar speak'. On 10 X 10 we hear Ronnie at the top of his game, from the opening crunch guitar on Heavy Traffic, all the way t the closing song, I'm Not Lying, which was Ronnie's tip of the hat to his friend Robin Trower.
A bonus edition of the album will include a number of demo songs and 11 songs recorded in the early '70's during studio performances at San Francisco's KSAN. Rhino.com
The widow of Chris Cornell hopes a statue of her late husband she has commissioned will help fans and the city he loved honor him. Cornell died shortly after performing a concert in Detroit last May. His death was ruled a suicide, but his wife believes that her husband's state of mind was skewed by a drug relapse and that he '...did not want to die', adding, 'If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn't have done this.'
The sculpture is being crafted by Wayne Toth and is expected to be finished by spring. Speaking with the Seattle Times, she siad, 'He has already given me a design and the childrena and I love it. He is Seattle's son and we will be bringing him back home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.'
News that Bruce Springsteen was setting up a residency run on Broadway broke in June (story). Now, details about the series have been released. The debut performance will be on October 3, with the series commencing 10/12 and running five nights a week through November 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tickets go on sale exclusively through Ticketmaster at 10am Eastern on August 30 and are reportedly scaled from $75 - $800. Ticketmaster will employ a newly developed screening system known as Verified Fan® in an effort to thwart scalpers and bots from commandeering tickets. Verified Fan registration is open from now through 8/27.
The actual performances are expected to feature Bruce performing solo on guitar and piano, recounting stories and, perhaps, reading from his autobiography. Springsteen says he set out to "...do some shows that were as personal and intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I had in mind." He adds, "My show is just me, hte guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to rovide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value." BruceSpringsteen.net
Steve Miller's Ultimate Hits collection includes a round-up of all the songs you would expect, but a CD+Digital version bumps the track count to 22 songs with the addition of previously unreleased live versions of Living In The USA and Space Cowboy, along with a previously unavailable solo version of Seasons. The collection drops on September 15
Lynyrd Skynyrd is losing some tour dates so Gary Rossington can get treated for blockages in an artery. The guitarist and sole remaining member of the classic Skynyrd lineup has had recurring heart problems in recent years. The original announcement from the band did not specify which member was ailing or the nature of the illness. After false rumors developed suggesting that Johnny Van Zant had suffered a heart attack, the band issued a denial and identified Rossington as the one needing medical attention. The procedure is considered relatively low risk but does require a period of rest for recovery. The tour is scheduled to resume Friday (8/11) in Virginia Beach.
Bob Weir, Johan Mayer and the Campfire Band closed out a couple of sets of music dedicated to Jerry Garcia Friday night (8/4) at Red Rocks with Friend of the Devi and Brokedown Palace. Garcia would have turned 75 on August 1.
The latest From The Vault release from the Rolling Stones features a Sticky Fingers Live set done at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20 2015, a few days before launching their 2015 Zip Code Tour. The DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD and DVD+LP configurations drop on September 29.
Joe Walsh dropped in on The Late Show on Wednesday (8/2) and did Life's Been Good with Steven Colbert's house band Jon Batistee & Stay Human. During his conversation with Colbert, Joe also recalled a dining fiasco he and John Belushi were responsible for back during his pre-sobriety days.
The Toronto International Film Festival has landed the first screening of Showtime's Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. The movie will premier during the fest in September and is slated to be available on Showtime itself in 2018. The film takes a very personal approach to unveiling details about a quite private and somewhat reclusive guitar legend. Clapton himself speaks to some of difficult periods of his life, including a far from harmonious childhood, his struggles with substance abuse and the tragic loss of his young son. Clapton's up front approach to the project allowed producers to sort through a considerable amount of archived material and media, and were even given access to personal letters and diaries. WheresEric.com