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Morello, Springsteen and Vedder on Highway to Hell
Ann Wilson joins Gov't Mule on Heart and Zeppelin classics

 

Ann Wilson hit the stage with Warren Haynes during Gov't Mule's set last weekend in New Haven, Connecticut to tear into a couple of Zeppelin songs and a Heart classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aqualung gets new video treatment
Billy Gibbons West Coast Junkie

Billy Gibbons is back in the solo album mode saddle for a June 4 release he's titled Hardware. The ZZ Top guitarist recruited Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver veteran Matt Sorum to co-produce the album with him, Sorum also plays drums on the release. The album title is a nod to longtime ZZ Top recording engineer Joe Hardy who passed away in February of 2019 at 66. Here's a look and listen to the song West Coast Junkie from it.

 

 

 

 

Fleetwood Mac previously unreleased Gold Dust Woman live

Fleetwood Mac will release an expanded edition of the group's 1980 Fleetwood Mac Live album on April 9th . Here's a version of Gold Dust Woman recorded August 29th in 1977 at the Inglewood Forum in California that's among the additional tracks on a bonus disc that includes over an hour of previously unavailable concert recordings from that year through 1982.

 

 

Peter Frampton previews new instrumentals album

Peter Frampton's April 23rd album aptly titled Peter Frampton Forgets The Words is an instrumental album, but Peter certainly knows how to make his strings sing. Here's the version of Roxy Music's Avalon he and his band did for the album.

 

 

Royal Albert Hall's 150th anniversary salute

One of the world's most venerable venues for live music turns 150 this year. The anniversary is being marked by a salute that includes more than 40 clips from performance highlights from Royal Albert Hall's archive that dates back to 1933. Featured in the short-form film is footage featuring Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and others, as well as narration and the reading of a poem by Mick Jagger.

 

 

Eddie Van Halen mural going up in Hollywood

Artist Robert Vargas has designed a larger than life portrait mural of Eddie Van Halen he's titled Long Live The King that fills an exterior wall of the Guitar Center in Hollywood. The official unveiling will take place on the late guitar wizard's birthday on January 26th, but you can get a look at it right now in this video.

 

 

David Gilmour Comfortably Numb in isolation

From the David Gilmour Polly Samson family live stream on 12/23/2020

 

 

Joe Bonamassa rock doc preview

A documentary spanning Joe Bonamassa's career form his emergence as a child guitar prodigy to him gaining universal recognition as one of the greatest guitarists of our time will debut on December 8th. Guitar Man includes childhood footage, concert segments, interview clips featuring a number of prominent musicians and music industry figures and behind the scenes footage. Here's a taste...?

 

Wolfgang Van Halen shares song written for his father

 

Wolfgang Van Halen delayed release of his solo debut album until 2021 in order to devote more time and attention to his ailing father. With so many others contending with losses, he decided to share a song that will be on the release that he describes as a open letter to Eddie Van Halen and adds, "While this song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life." Here is The Distance.

 

Van Halen's 1975 Pasadena High School set

 

Before becoming one of the biggest acts in Rock, Van Halen was playing almost anyplace it could in SoCal, including an April, 1975 set at Pasadena High School, where the group did a covers heavy set that included songs by Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Edgar Winter and the James Gang. Fortunately, whoever did the sound that night also recorded a board tape.

Frampton and the Doobie Brothers do Let It Rain
As much as we all look forward to a Covid free future, the pandemic has produced some collaborations that might not have come together without being under the limitations most of us, including musicians, live with these days. Here's another...
Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony salute Eddie Van Halen
Rolling Stones - All The Rage

The Rolling Stones rolled out a video for All The Rage, a previously unreleased track included on the expanded re-release of Goat's Head Soup.

 

 

Deep Purple - Nothing At All
Remote COVID covers of Beatles and AC/DC classics

Come Together done by Lzzy Hale, Linda Perry, Slash, Gilby Clark, Mike Garson. Its A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)  by Lzzy Hale, Robin.

 

 

Astronomy Domine - Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets continues to dish out versions of early Floyd classics. Astronomy Domine is the latest the drummer has posted.

 

 

Joan Jett - Jeepster

Joan Jett from the recently released T-Rex tribute album.

 

 

John Lodge In These Crazy Times

Moody Blues bassist John Lodge, his wife and son teamed with former Yes lead singer Jon Davison on this new song in Lodge's Florida home studio.

 

 

Roger Waters - Two Suns in the Sunset (6-21-2020)
Neil Young Vacancy

Neil Young's decades delayed Homegrown album gets released next Friday. Here's an advance listen to the song Vacancy.

 

 

John Fogerty plays Centerfield at Dodger Stadium

Baseball''s status as "the national past time" may have passed, but it unquestionably has inspired more songs and in-song lyrics than any other organized sport. A favorite of many is the title song to John Fogerty's 1985 album Centerfield. The song earned the Creedence Clearwater Revival veteran an invitation to perform it at the Baseball Hall Of Fame's annual induction ceremony in 2010. John even donated his Louisville Slugger custom guitar to the Hall when he was in Cooperstown. Fogerty fulfilled another dream of his on his 75th birthday when he got to play at Dodger Stadium, albeit an empty stadium due to the MLB season being on hold due to Covid-19. John said, "It took 75 years and it's a little different than I envisioned", but added,"I get to fulfill my dream playing 'Centerfield' in centerfield with my kids on the team. A home run!"

 

 

Tommy Shaw covers Goin' to California

Tommy Shaw has released a cover of Led Zeppelin's Goin' to California. The Styx mainstay recorded the version a number of years ago with Will Evankovitch of the Guess Who when the pair collaborated during a Shaw Blades covers project. Redoing anything by the mighty Zep is a pretty ballsy undertaking. We think it's a decent take.

 

 

Deep Purple rehearsal footage

 

Deep Purple dishes out rehearsal footage of the band working through one of the tracks on Whoosh, the new album due out on August 7.

 

Roger Waters collaborates remotely on Mother

Roger Waters serves-up a Floyd classic from isolation that's fitting for perilous times...

 

 

David Gilmour includes Syd Barrett songs in COVID-19 stream

David Gilmour reached waaay back for a couple of Syd Barrett songs during a recent COVID-19 Von Trapped Family live stream.

 

Mick Jagger's quarantining parody

 

How tedious is quarantining? Even Mick Jagger is resorting to doing household chores...

 

Rolling Stones share COVID-19 Quarantunes preview

PBS segment on Levon Helm's barn venue
Pink Floyd shares 1970 studio live session

 

Pink Floyd's weekly stream of a quarantine concert has revisited a couple of great ones in its first sessions, but this week's is one not as widely known as Pulse and The Pompeii concert casts. It was filmed during the group's 1970 tour by KQED radio in San Francisco and includes renditions of some real gems from Ummagumma, A Saucerful of Secrets and the about to be released at the time Atom Heart Mother.

 

Sammy Hagar Lockdown Challenge, song 3

The Red Rocker and his Circle band mates take on this VH track as song 3 in their ongoing Lockdown Challenge.

 

 

Sting joins Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on covid-19 session (4-9-2020)