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Noteworthy Now Archives for 2020-12

David Bowie's 1967 debut gets picture disc reissue


David Bowie's self-titled first album dropped on the same day in 1967 that the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band and it languished in the lower reaches of the charts before getting relegated to the cut outs bins of record stores. The fourteen song album gets new life in the form of a limited edition picture disc being released January 29, 2021.

2020 Epitaph

In a year that the Covid Pandemic robbed us of being able to enjoy live music in person, it and other causes silenced many musicians permanently. We hold these and others we lost this year dear. Their music helps sustain us through good and hard times.

Eddie Vedder drops EP on Christmas Day



Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder released a six song EP on Christmas Day that includes this version of Growin' Up from Bruce Springsteen's debut album.


Mountain guitar great Leslie West dies at 75


R.I.P. Leslie West. The guitar great that got his start in the Vagrants and found greater success after teaming with bassist Felix Papalardi and Corky Laing to form Mountain passed away today after having been rushed to a Florida hospital following a heart attack on Monday at his Daytona home.


When the White House Rocked documentary

Jimmy Carter still contends he probably wouldn't have won the White House without the support of the Allman Brothers Band, so it wasn't surprising that during his residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he hosted so many of the musicians that supported his candidacy that he became known as "the Rock & Roll President".

CNN has secured the TV rights to a recent rock doc of that title directed by Mary Wharton, who has been praised for her previous films about Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, The Doors and Elton John.

The film includes insights into Carter's love of music from the President himself and a number of musicians and includes performance segments featuring Buffett, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and others. Jimmy Carter: The Rock & Roll President premieres on CNN January 3, 2021 at 9pm and will air again January 9 at that same time.


Preview Peter Jackson's Beatles rock doc

Highly acclaimed Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson is at the helm of a Beatles Documentary that promises to be something very special. Here's an update from him on the project...


Rock Hall Of Fame on verge of major expansion


The Rock Hall Of Fame Hall is working with architectural firm PAU on development of a 150,000 square foot addition at its lakefront location that will extend laterally from the west side of the original I.M. Pei glass pyramid style building that now contains multiple floors of exhibit space. So far, the Hall has raised close to 3/4 of the $100 million projected price tag for the addition, which has early 2022 earmarked for groundbreaking.

We hope that the institution also adds more of the to this point overlooked but deserving inductees and puts a stop to inducting non-Rock acts. Some of the many that ought to be in by now...

Bad Company, Joe Cocker, Foreigner, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden, King Crimson, Boston, Judas Priest, Mott the Hoople, Iggy Pop, Steppenwolf, Thin Lizzy, Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Todd Rundgren, Procol Harum, John Mayall, Little Feat, the Guess Who, Blue Oyster Cult...

Bono and The Edge on Ireland's Late, Late Show

In recent years, Bono could be found busking holiday tunes on street corners in Dublin. Concern for his own health and the safety of others led to the U2 front man and guitarist opting to do a televised slot instead on Ireland's Late, Late Show.


Massive 1978 tour box set coming from Springsteen


Bruce Springsteen will release a 24 CD box set of 8 complete concerts recorded during the E Street Band's 1978 Darkness on the Edge of Town tour on February 1.  The collection features concerts performed in Cleveland, Atlanta, Houston and two concerts each from Passaic, NJ and San Francisco.



Two season early Stones series in the works


The creative outfit that produced the highly acclaimed Netflix original series The Crown and Outlander for Starz is in the early stages of producing a new series based on the origins of the Rolling Stones for FX. Left Bank Pictures is reportedly courting High Fidelity author Nick Hornby to write the two season series that will cover the period from the band's inception through 1972.



Ozzy Osbourne's 2021 album progressing


Producer Andrew Watt is working on Ozzy Osbourne's next album, Ordinary man. Speaking with Guitar World, Watt reported that the project is about at the half way point and that he, Ozzy and the engineer are collaborating in person but that all three get Covid tested daily.

In addition to Watt who plays some guitar on the album, Ozzy has recruited Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo, Guns N' Roses veteran Duff McKagan, drummers Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins to play on the forthcoming release.



Carlos Santana serves up java


A guitarist with a masterful hand at blending smooth and searing guitar licks is adding a line of coffees to his repertoire. Carlos Santana will also use his java brand to generate funding for his Milagro Foundation that he launched more than 20 years ago to support programs to provide services to children in struggling communities in the US and abroad. The trio of blends being introduced are available for home delivery at

Little Steven's musical pilgrimage


Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul will release an album of Beatles songs the E Street Band member recorded with his reunited solo band at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 2017. Among the 15

songs Van Zandt and his band recorded for the album album due out January 29 are covers of All You Need Is Love, Got To Get You Into My Life, Magical Mystery Tour, Good Morning, Good morning, Boys, and Slow Down.

Van Zandt says, "Playing in the same venue where the Beatles started their careers was a childhood dream of mine come true. This was a band that set me on course for a life of music. For my rock n' roll religion, the Cavern Club is the first sacred site".


Eddie Money estate suing hospital


Eddie Money's estate has filed a lawsuit against the USC Keck Hospital contending that the singer's death resulted from negligence of the hospital and three physicians. Money died in September of this year after contracting pneumonia following a heart valve procedure. The TMZ report yesterday indicated that court filed documents claim the hospital staff attending to Money failed to provide adequate care.

Alice Cooper's Detroit Stories due in February


Alice Cooper describes Detroit Stories, his 2021 album due out February 26th, as a tribute to the city's embrace of angry hard rock, saying that at the time his band emerged, "Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show".

The 15 track album reunites him with all of the living members of his original band.

Paul McCartney's 18th solo album due soon


McCartney III, the new album the former Beatle will release December 18, draws its title from the fact it will be the third on which he plays all of the instruments on it. Paul recorded the eleven tracks on what will be his 18th solo album during a nearly two month stretch at his home studio in Sussex.

Sammy Hagar releasing Lockdown 2020 album


Sammy Hagar's the Circle has been cranking out distanced collaborations on tunes throughout the pandemic. On January 8 he and Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will release an album of many of the tunes they've streamed to this point, including Won't Get Fooled Again, Good Enough, Whole Lotta Rosie, For What It's Worth, RIght Now, Heroes and others.

Joe Walsh Vets Aid gets even better

Puttin' this out there for our friend Joe Walsh, who could be riding out this pandemic comfortably without lifting a finger, but is volunteering his time and energy to keep this important annual benefit going. Good for us, this year you can attend virtually no matter where you are.


Bob Dylan cashes out


Bob Dylan has struck a deal with Universal that gives the giant entertainment group ownership of more than 600 songs, including most all of the prolific songwriter's best known titles.?

Long delayed Neal Schon album imminent


Not much good comes of a pandemic, but this one may have contributed to Journey guitarist Neal Schon finally getting around to finishing an album he's been intending to release for several years. Universe will include a mix of originals and covers and "some very healing music for Christmas", according to the guitar great's Twitter account. He didn't provide a track list, but does tip the fact it will include his version of songs from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Prince and John McLaughlin. It could be available within a matter of days.


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