Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 5:29ambyROCKinsights
Ringo Starr was joined in the studio by former Beatle band mate Paul McCartney and fellow All-Starr alum Joe Walsh over the weekend (2/18 &19) for some recording. Just how many songs the three worked together on remains unknown. The extent of what is known comes via tweets. From Ringo referencing Paul's presence: "Thanks for coming over and playing great bass. I love you man peace and love", and from Walsh: "Humbled to play in the studio with these two. What a great time we had!"
Posted Sunday, February 19th, 2017 5:24ambyROCKinsights
If Pink Floyd's three remaining members are to perform together again, Glastonbury could be the place. Appearing together at a Pink Floyd exhibit in London, Nick Mason and Roger Waters sent a clear signal to their guitarist that they are open to the idea of playing the festival. As has Peter Gabriel with Genesis, Gilmour has been the hold-out on reuniting Floyd. Asked about the prospects of them getting together again, Mason said, 'It would be nice to add that to the list of things. I've never played Glastonbury. It would be fun to do.' Worth noting, he also added, 'I don't think it would be very likely.' The three last reunited 5 years ago at the O2 Arena in London. In 2015 Gilmour admitted that he a Waters developed a strained relationship, saying, 'Roger and I don't particularly get along. We still talk. It's better than it's been. But it wouldn't work' when asked about performing or recording together.
Posted Saturday, February 18th, 2017 5:06ambyROCKinsights
Springsteen plucking someone from the audience to dance or maybe share a few lines of a song with him during a concert is a fairly regular occurance. But a Brisbane, Australia youngster got the chance to strap on a guitar and share a mic with the Boss for a complete rendition of Growin' Up - and get some posturing pointers from Bruce in the middle of it. Judging from the vantage point of the video and the ecstatic reaction, it might have been his mom that captured it as it happened.
Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017 5:58ambyROCKinsights
David Bowie was elusive and, during the last decade of his life, made a point of avoiding almost any public appearance at music related events. What he was up to during the last five years of his life will be brought to light in a new documentary that HBO has just obtained the rights to. David Bowie: The Last Five Years is being directed and produced by David Whately, the man who directed a 2013 documentaty titled David Bowie: Five Years that delved into 5 different years of the singer's fabled career. HBO says Whately gained "unprecedented access to Bowie's closest friends and artistic collaborators" while making the film. The director/producer says, 'Looking at Bowie's extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life's work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change.' Deadline.com
The mic problem that plagued James Hetfield during Metallica's Grammy Award performance (story/video) infuriated him to a poing drummer Lars Ulrich says he's never seen before. Addressing the tech trouble and his guitarist and singer's reaction to it, Ulrich said to the event's host James Corden, 'We get off stage, we gt back there, and I haven't seen him like that in 20 years. I mean he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first 5 or 10 minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun.' HenneMusic.com
Posted Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 5:28ambyROCKinsights
Yes veteran Rick Wakeman will be one of the musicians paying tribute to Keith Emerson during a concert July 28 in Birmingham, UK. The event includes performances of Emerson's music from the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with musicians said to have been held in high regard by the late keyboard player from Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In addition to Wakeman, a young piano virtuoso from California named Rachel Flowers, French musician Thierry Eliez and the ELP tribute band Nobody's Puncture are also slated to appear. An additional 'surprise guest' will be announced soon, according to organizers.
Posted Monday, February 13th, 2017 5:07ambyROCKinsights
James Hetfield's mic didn't work and Lady Gaga almost did a face plant when a boot clipped the corner of a monitor, but they made it through a thundering version of Moth Into Flame during Grammys at the Staples Center. A pissed off Hetfield gave his mic stand the boot at the end and then threw his guitar as he exited the stage.
Posted Monday, February 13th, 2017 4:35ambyROCKinsights
During his life and career, David Bowie's impact and influence on music was largely overlooked by the people that decide who deserves a Grammy award. Now that he's gone, they flocked to reward him posthumously for an album that few fans consider on a par with his best work. Of the dozen nominations Bowie received during his lifetime, he only collected the hardware for one - and that was in the video/short film category in 1985 for Jazzin' for Blue Jean (the song Blue Jean was also nominated, but lost that year).
Sunday night (2/12) in LA, Bowie cleaned up, winning a Grammy in four categories - all of them recognition for the music on Blackstar, the album released within days of his death at the end on 2015. Bowie won for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical).
Posted Saturday, February 11th, 2017 7:52ambyROCKinsights
The Grammys are irrelevant and unwatchable to most Rock fans, but the MusiCares Person of the Year event that takes place a couple of nights before them proved outstanding this year. Tom Petty was the recipient this year, and on Friday night (2/10) the honoree reunited his Heartbreakers. Sliding into Don't Come Around Here Anymore, Petty invited those gathered to come on down and dance in front of the stage. Among those taking him up on the invitation was actress Helen Mirren. Stevie Nicks then joined Petty and his band on Stop Draggin' My Heart Around before inviting fellow Traveling Wilbury and ELO leader Jeff Lynne and George Harrison's son DhAni to the stage for a version of I Won't Back Down. The evening ended with a roaring rendition of Runnin' Down a Dream.
Tributes to Petty included Jackson Browne doing The Waiting and Learning to Fly, the Foo Fighters covering Honey Bee and were joined by Guy Clark Jr. on Beakdown. Don Henley performed Free Fallin', Randy Newman did a solo piano version of Refugee.
Posted Saturday, February 11th, 2017 7:20ambyROCKinsights
Guernsey's has the honor of auctioning a guitar it last sold for nearly a million dollars in 2002 to a private collector that wants them to offer it again to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Custom built by Doug Irwin and presented to Jerry Garcia in 1973, 'Wolf' became a cherished instrument to the Grateful Dead guitarist. First played by Garcia in concert during a set the band played for the Hell's Angels in '73, the guitar became an iconic instrument to Dead fans throughout the world. The auction will take place in May at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. Telephone and e-mail bids will also be accepted. Those interested in attending or bidding can learn more at www.guernseys.com.
Posted Friday, February 10th, 2017 6:40ambyROCKinsights
With pitchers and catchers reporting to training camps in Florida and Arizona next week, baseball fans are starting to eye home schedules to see which games to plan on beingat. For Metallica's San Francisco Giants fans, the game against the defending world champion Chicago Cubs on August 7th will be a priority. That is the date of the 5th annual Metallica Night at the Giants home park. The Bay Area hard Rockers will belt out the national anthem before the game, toss out the ceremonial first pitch and participate in other activities to interact with the players and fans. Ticket packages offered for the game that night include a Metallica/Giants T-Shirt. Partial proceeds from the sale of those tickets go to the Posey Family Foundation, founded by the veteran Giant to raise money to provide patient and family support to those in the battle against pediatric cancer.
There is nobody in Rock that's more fun to get hang time with than Sammy Hagar. The Red Rocker's season 2 of his Rock & Roll Road Show (AXIS-TV) finds him swapping stories and talking shop with Metallica's James Hetfield, John Mellencamp, Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Mick Fleetwood, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Toby Keith. Look for episode 1 on March 5th at 9pm (Eastern). The season premier finds Sammy with fellow Bay Area Rocker James Hetfield of Metallica at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit the two stage at the Fillmore San Francisco. Joe Satriani, John Mayer and Melisssa Etheridge also spend some time with Hagar during the session. New to the show will be a fan Q&A opportunity hosted on Hagar's Facebook live stream on Sunday (2/19). The broadcast schedule for season 2 is the March 5 premier, followed by:
1943 Record label exec David Geffen born 1949 Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads born 1951 Tubes and Grateful Dead keyboard player Vince Welnick born 1975 David Bowie releases Young Americans 1975 John Entwistle opens the first solo tour by a member of the Who 1976 Bad Company releases Run With The Pack 1986 Elvis Costello releases King of America 1992 John Mellencamp makes his acting, producing and writing film debut in Falling From Grace 2014 Film crew member killed when train plows into scene where Gregg Allman biopic is being shot near Jessup, Georgia
1946 Guitarist J. Geils born 1950 Steely Dan’s Walter Becker born 1951 Spirit’s Randy California born 1967 Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain born 1979 George Harrison releases self-titled album 1982 Pat Benatar marries guitarist & producer Neil Geraldo in Hawaii 1991 Bob Dylan given Lifetime Achievement award during the Grammys 1993 Sting plays Saturday Night Live 2003 A fire during a great White concert at a Rhode Island club kills more than 100
1948 Black Sabbath’s Tommy Iommi born, Spirit’s Mark Andes born 1980 ACDC’s Bon Scott dies 1982 Ozzy Osbourne arrested after taking a leak on the Alamo in San Antonio 1985 John Fogerty releases Centerfield, Mick Jagger releases She’s The Boss 1993 Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd do a pay-for-view concert together at the Fox Theater in Atlanta 1993 Cricket infestation shortens Elton John concert in Melbourne, Australia 2010 Bon Jovi web casts the opening 3 songs of his Circle tour opener in the Key Arena in Seattle
1933 Yoko Ono born 1947 Dennis DeYoung of Styx born 1953 BTO’s Randy Bachman born 1968 David Gilmour replaces Syd barrett in Pink Floyd 1971 Drummer Mickey Hart does last show with the graterful Dead before rejoining 3 years later 1974 KISS releases debut 2006 Stevie Nicks performs with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2006 Rolling Stones perform for a crowd estimated at 1 million on the beach in Rio
1972 Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong born 1972 Pink Floyd premiers Dark Side Of The Moon material during Rainbow Theater concert in London 1973 Free does final performance, Hollywood, Florida 1975 John Lennon releases Rock & Roll, begins 5 year hiatus 1990 Aerosmith plays Saturday Night Live appears in Wayne’s World skit 2006 Heart films VH1 Decades of Rock featuring during Trump Casino concert in Atlantic City
1992 Mick Jagger denied entry into Japan because of 1969 drug arrest… 1974 Keith Emerson, Gregg Lake & Carl Palmer cause a scene in Salt Lake City by skinny dipping in hotel pool during ELP US tour 1993 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases The Last Rebel 2010 Plastic Ono Band plays Brooklyn… Academy of Music 2011 Rod Stewart a father for the 8th time as Penny Lancaster gives birth to a son
1944 Kinks Mick Avory born 1945 Supertramp’s John Heillewell born 1959 Alarms Mike Peters born 1974 The Bottom Line opens in New York City 1974 Deep Purple releases Burn 1975 Rush releases Fly By Night 1980 Warren Zevon releases Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School Elvis Costello releases Get Happy 1981 Mike Bloomfield found dead of an overdose 1986 Stevie Ray Vaughan plays Saturday Night Live 1991 Rod Stewart hit by palimony suit filed by Kelly Emberg