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Noteworthy Now Archives for 2017-11

Ringo adds and subtracts All Starr Band mates

Ringo Starr's All Starr Band revolving door gets another spin as Todd Rundgren and Mr, Mister veteran Richard Page are replaced with previous member (2003/2008) Colin Hay of Men At Work and first timer Graham Gould from 10cc.  Remaining in the 2017 lineup for next year are Journey and Santana's Greg Rolie, sax player Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bisonette.  While rotating mebers in and out keeps the lineup fresh, Rundgren wishes Ringo had done more to reboot the set list more regularly to keep things fresh for band members. Ringo's 2018 All Starr Band launches a Europen tour on June 5 at L'Olympia in Paris.



Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes pay tribute to Elmore Jmaes

The 100th birthday of slide guitar legend Elmore James will be marked with the release of a tribute compilation that includes versions of songs James did performed by Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Rodney Crowell, Keb Mo and several others. All profits from the sale of the January 26 release will benefit MusiCares.


Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James track list:

Can't Stop Lovin' You - Elayna Boynton

Person to Person - Bettye LaVette

Shake Your Money Maker - Rodney Crowell
Son Somebody Wrong - Tom Jones

Mean Mistreatin' Mama - Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, Mickey Raphael

Dust My Broom - Deborah Bonham

It Hurts Me Too Jamey Johnson

Strange Angels - Shelby Lynne, Alison Moorer

Look On Yonder Wall - Keb Mo'

My Belleding Heart - Chuck E. Weiss

Dark and Dreary - Addi McDaniel

Bobby's Rock - Elmore's Latest Broomdusters

Pearl Jam releases DC/DVD & 8 bit baseball game

Pearl Jam's concert film and CD of the group's 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field came out at the end of September. Now, there's a companion retro baseball video game to go along with it featuring band members.

Sammy Hagar video birthday roast

Sammy Hagar's birthday was October 13th but as with everything else in the Red Rocker's life, the celebration goes on.


Walter Becker estate returns ire in Steely Dan name battle

Donald Fagen's legal effort to obtain sole rights to use of the Steely Dan name (story) has provoked a response from the Walter Becker estate.  A statement issued by a spokesperson for the Becker estate read in part, "We believe the agreement to which Mr. Fagen refers in his suit - drafted 45 years ago - was not in effect at the time of Walter's death", and added, "Mr. Fagen's lawsuit, riddled with half-truths and omissions, misleadingly fails to state that the day after Walter died, Mr. Fagen had his lawyer send a demand letter to Walter's estate", a counter to Fagen's suggestion that the legal battle was initiated by the Becker estate.  The spokesperson went on to contend that Becker's widow made efforts to arrive at a compromise in the matter that were all rejected or ignored by Fagen.

Malcolm Young laid to rest in Sydney



Bagpipes accompanied the casket carrying Malcolm Young's body as it departed from the ceremony at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney on Tuesday.  The funeral for the late founding brother of AC/DC was attended by his brother Angus, the sole surviving current member of the group, as well as former members Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams.  Guitar picks with the dates of Malcolm's birth and death on them were given to those attending the service as they entered the cathedral and Angus Youn entered carrying his brother's favorite guitar.  The ceremony was a somber one the included a choir singing Amazing Grace and The Lord is My Shepherd in honor of the rhythm guitarist who died after suffering from dementia the last several years of his life.  Family members elected not to speak at the service but expressed appreciation in the program handed to those attending for the "love, support and overwhelming outpouring of kindness" shown them during Young's illness and following his passing.  Singer Brian Johnson was particularly grief stricken as he entered and departed the ceremony.



Neil Young concert site outted

The Toronto Star is reporting that Neil Young's undisclosed concert venue for the set he plans to live stream is a small venue in the town of 1,200 he grew up in.  If the account that an area web site near Omemee, Ontario solved the mystery when it identified Coronation Hall proves accurate, only around 150 people will get the chance to take in the set that Young plans to stream live through his Facebook page and on CTV on Friday night (12/1).

Eric Clapton to Rock Hyde Park

Eric Clapton's long-term touring days are behind him, but the guitar legend continues to do occasional concerts, and an historic occasion has just been announced. Clapton, Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr. will perform on the Great Oak Stage that ECand Winwood first played in June of 1969 as members of Blind Faith.  Clapton also did a 1996 concert in Hyde Park to benefit the Prince's Trust.  This time around, Eric will be headlining the July 8 2018 evening of the BST Festival in the London park.



House Bruce Springsteen grew up in for sale

The childhood home Bruce Springsteen grew up in is on the market for about $270k. Bruce resided there with his parents and sister from when he was 6 until he was 18. The Zillow listing for the residence at 39 Institute Street in Freehold, New Jersey details the home as being 736 square feet and having 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The Zillow estimate of its value suggests the premium placed on it based on the home's most famous previous occupant is just over 20k. The house is now set-up as a two family home with a rental value of the other portion of the house projected as being about $150 more a month than the estimated monthly mortgage payment.  If AirBnB is an option there, that premium could end up getting paid down even faster. Get a look inside here.



Neil Young streaming mystery concert

Neil Young's full recording archive goes live on December 1, and so will he.  Young will webcast a live concert from an undisclosed Canadian location starting at 8pm (eastern) on Friday, 12/1. tap into it on his Facebook Page at

Plenty in store on Record Store Day

The list of limited edition releases for the 11/24/2017 fall Record Store Day is impressive. Here are the highlights of ones most likely to be of interest to ROCKinsights readers...

Anthrax - Carry On Wayward Son (lp)

Chuck Berry - The London Sessions (lp)
Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities Vol 1 (lp)
Byrds - You Movin'/Boston (single)

Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas (lp)

Gary Clark Jr. - Come Together(12" vinyl)

Dimebag Darrell - The Hitz (lp)
Doors - Absolutely Live (douple lp)
Steve Earle - El Corazon (lp)
Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales - Side Trips (double lp)
Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead Records Collection (lp)

Wake Of The Flood, From the Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Steal Your Face
John Lee Hooker - Black Night Is Dalling (lp)
Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas (10" single)
Ziggy Marley - Love Is My Religion (lp)

Dave Matthews - Live at Luther College (lp)

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime (7" single)

Willie Nelson - Spirit (lp)
Willie Nelson - Yesterday's Wine (lp)

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Live 1973 (lp)

Iggy Pop - New Values (lp)
Procol Harum - The One & Only One (10" vinyl)

Queen - We Are The Champions (12" vinyl)
Raspberries - Pop Art Live (lp)

Otis Redding - Live in Europe (lp)
Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson - Bottom Line (interviews with Vin Scelsa)

Rush - Closer To The Heart (7" vinyl)

Son Volt - Ballymena (EP)

Southside Johnny - Detour Ahead (lp)
Roger Taylor - Journey's End (12" vinyl)

Toto - Hold The Line/Alone (10" picture disc)
Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas (lp)

Utopia - P.O.V. (12" vinyl)
Neil Young - Harvest Moon (double lp)

Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy/Primordial (12" vinyl)




Legal battle for Steely Dan name looms

Within days the death of Walter Becker (story), his estate sent a letter to his Steely Dan band mate, Donald Fagen, notifying him that the estate considers an agreement Becker and Fagen entered into that would award the share of whichever member left the group or died to the remaining members invalid.  In addition to the 50% ownership of the name, the notification included the contention that Becker's widow should get an official status as an officer or director.  Neither notion sits well with Fagen. He has initiated a suit against the estate in an effort to gain full control of the Steely Dan name - and tacked on a claim for more than $1 million in damages.  Fagen's suit contends that as recently as 2009 Walter Becker confirmed himself as in accord with the agreement the two drew-up in 1972.



Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward ailing

Drummer Bill Ward landed in the hospital recently due to a heart problem. While the former Black Sabbath member reports that he is feeling better, the condition and his recovery made it necessary to cancel dates Ward had scheduled for his solo band Day Of Errors.  Ward posted, "It's with great, great sadness that I must tell you I have to cancel the Day Of Errors tour dates scheduled in December.  I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However, I've never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to itsnature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates."




Preview Neil Young auction items

Photo: Juliens Auctions


Neil Young elected not to do his annual Bridge School benefit concert this year, but he is still stepping up big time to support it by having Julien's Auctions sell a lot of his belongings to raise money for the school. The reserves and estimates on a lot of items puts many within reach of average fans check out what's going, going before it's gone on December 9 here.  Model train items from his collection dominate the early pages. Instruments. musical equipment, clothing and other items start on page 124.




Malcolm Young dies at 64

Malcolm Young passed away with his family by his side Friday (11/18) following several years of declining health resulting from Dementia.  His widow passed along the family's appreciation for all of the messages of support sent to her late husband and family since his diagnosis. His brother wrote on the AC/DC web site, " is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.  He leave behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done". The family has requested that donations honoring him be made to the Salvation Army. The Sydney Morning Herald will add a memorial web site through which fans can send condolence messages to the family next week.



Joe Perry announces solo album

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will release Sweetzerland Manifesto, a 10 track solo album on January 19 of next year.  His 6th solo album features 9 new songs and a cover of Eve Of Destruction with Johnny Depp drumming.  Other guest musicians on the release include Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, David Johansen, Zak Starkey and Terry Reid.  The instrumental track Spanish Sushi features synth and drum programming from Perry's sons Roman and Tony.



Eagles & Jimmy Buffett combine on stadium dates

Manager Irving Azoff has confirmed that the Eagles will do at least a few stadium concerts with Jimmy Buffett in 2018. While most dates have yet to be finalized, Coors Field in Denver is a lock.  Guitarist Joe Walsh told the Las Vegas Sun that his group has plans for a moderately extensive tour of between 40 and 50 concerts.  After calling it quits following the death of Glenn Frey, the band reconvened for Desert Trip concerts with Deacon Frey, Glenn's son, taking his father's spot and also recruited Vince Gill.  Of Deacon, Walsh said, 'He doesn't know he's great but he's great, and that really helped us spiritually.  Then we got Vince Gill and he filed in that ghost voice in the harmonies, and he's a brilliant musician.'




Neil Young opens floodgates

Neil Young is opening his entire archive of recorded material to fans to stream for free here.  A Timeline on the site provides a comprehensive listing of every recording available - and it literally includes every song he has recorded and dates back to 1963.  Zooming in to a particular portion of the timeline produces more detailed results on what is available from that period.

The recordings are all encoded in Xstream high resolution, delivering a superior quality of sound than other formats offered online.  Xstream is capable of optimizing the quality to take fullest advantage of each end user's available bandwidth.



Bidding on Dylan acoustic approaches $400k

The 1963 Martin D-28 guitar that Bob Dylan played during George Harrison's Bangladesh benefit concert and on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour was expected to bring a top bid of $300k when Heritage Auctions in Dallas sold it and the receipt Dylan provided guitar tech Larry Cragg, who paid $500 to buy it from Dylan. The guitar Cragg  says has kept it in a humidity and temperature controlled enclosure since the day he bought it sold Saturday (11/11) for $396,500. 























  Photo: Heritage Auctions

Billy Gibbons joins GNR in Houston (watch)

Billy Gibbons made an unannounced guest guitarist appearance with Guns N' Roses in Houston Friday (11/10), joining Axl and the band on Patience.




It's curtains for Ozzy Osbourne


With Black Sabbath over and done, Ozzy Osbourne has turned his attention to his own final tour, a trek that won't reach its end until 2020.  The opening date will be in the States when Ozzy plays the Welcome To Rockville festival at Metropolitan Park on April 27, 2018.  From there, Osbourne has a 7 date stretch in Chile, Argentina and Brazil before jetting to Russia for concerts in Moscow an St. Petersburgh, followed by dates in Finland, Sweden, the UK, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germ

any, Spain and Portugal before returning to the US for a full slate of North American dates.Although it is a 'farewell tour', the George Forman of Rock was quick to add that he has not ruled out doing one-off dates after his retirement from touring.


Metallica live streaming wildfire benefit set

Metallica will live stream its set at the Band Together Bay Area concert Thursday (11/9) to benefit those impacted by wildfires that raged north of there. One of the fires came very close to consuming Kirk Hammett's home. The stream can be taken in here...

Hendrix, Petty, McCartney guitars to auction

Guitars owned or played by Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and others go up for bids in New York on December 2. The axes include a Guild guitar Jimi Hendrix played in a Miami hotel after hs scheduled appearance at a festival there had been rained out, a Gibson Les Paul Paul McCartney performed with in 2012, the 1963 Fender Precision Bass played on Bruce Springsteen's debut album and a 1990 Alvarez-Yairi acoustic guitar owned by Jerry Garcia.  Guernsey's presided over the auction of Garcia's 'Wolf' guitar that sold for nearly $4 million to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.





U2 staging free London concert

U2 will perform a free concert set in  London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday (11/11) as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards. Portions of the concert, which is limited to 7,000 ticket holders rewarded through a lottery, will be televised the following evening.  The awards event itself will be held in the SSE Arena in Wembley on Sunday.



Gary Rossington faces another medical emergency

Gary Rossington, the sole surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has done his utmost to keep the legendary band going, but it has been a struggle since his health took a serious turn for the worse in 2015.  A heart attack sidelined him and the band late that year and related complications disrupted touring again in 2016. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that another medical emergency involving Rosssington was the reason Friday's (11/3) Skynyrd concert in that city's Capital City Amphitheater got cancelled on the day of the show. Also cancelled was the 11/4 date in Lakeland, Florida.  .38 Special will step in to fill the group's headline slot at the Rock Fest '80's festival November 5 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.



Neil Young selling trains, cars, guitars and more

Neil Young's long run of Bridge School benefit concerts reached the end of the line with last year's concert. His generosity toward the learning center for children with special needs  takes another form on December 9 when Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles will conduct a large scale sale of the Rocker's belongings for the benefit of the school.  Included in the sale are more than 200 are pieces from his extensive collection of Lionel Trains, some with estimated values of clost to $10k, his 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood, his 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse and a 1941 Chysler 28 Windsor Highlander Coupe.  Among the guitars Young is parting with are a 1935 Martin F-7, a left handed 1965 Gibson E-35 and a 1999 Gretsch White Falcon.  An assortment of amps and recording equipment is also in the mix, as is clothing of note, including a red & blue flannel shirt Young wore when he played with Paul McCartney at a Bridge School Benefit concert.



Beatle Christmas messages get limited vinyl release

The annual holiday messages the Beatles released to fan club members from 1963-69 will get a box set release on colored vinly December 15.  Each of the discs will be accompanied by the original flex sleeve artwork it was mailed to club members in. A 16 page compilation of production notess and newsletters sent with the discs is also included in the package.



U2 firms-up album and tour plans

Two songs from the forthcoming U2 album got pre-release circulation.  The remaining 11 will come out on the Songs of Experience official release on December 1. A deluxe edition of the album will add three additional tracks and a different mix of You're The Best Thing About Me.  The band's tour in support of the release kicks-off May 2 in Tulsa and wraps June 29 in Newark. While only 15 dates are on the initial schedule, off days between the dates allow room for additional shows in those cities or other cities gedtting added.


05/02 BOK Center, Tulsa OK

05/04 Scottrade Center, St. LouisMO

05/07 SAP Center, San Jose CA

05/11 TMobile Arena, Las Vegas NV
05/15 The Forum, Los Angeles CA

05/22 United Center, Chicago IL

05/26 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville TN

05/28 Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta GA

06/05 QC Bell Centre, Montreal

06/09 Nassau Coliseum

06/13 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA

06/17 Captial One Arena, Washington DC

06/21 TD Gardedn, Boston

06/25 Madison Square Garden, New York City

06/29 Prudential Center, Newark NJ


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