Posted Monday, October 24th, 2016 7:10ambyROCKinsights
What he describes as a 'persistent illness' has forced Brian May to put tour plans on the shelf. A post on the web site of the Queen guitar great says that his energy and will have been so severely tapped by whatever ails him that he has concluded there is no option other than to rest and recouperate. May had scheduled 11 Candlelight Christmas tour dates with singer Kerry Ellis. Ellis and May expressed their dismay over letting fans down.
Posted Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 10:48ambyROCKinsights
Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert at Mountainview Amphitheater on Saturday (10/22) produced one of the more unpredictable moments in the 30 years Neil and his ex-wife have been presenting the concerts to benefit the special needs school; Metallica performing a Buffalo Springfield song. Neil and the Bay Area masters of Hard Rock got together to deliver a jamming version of Mr. Soul on a night that also saw Metallica do versions of Deep Purple's When A Blind Man Cries and Clampdown by the Clash.
Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016 7:14ambyROCKinsights
Vince Neil was in an LA court room Thursday (10/20) to change his plea to guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge that stemmed from an altercation involving a woman that said Neil grabbed her by her hair and dragged her to the ground when she approached actor Nicholas Cage to compliment him on his acting. The incident took place last April in a Las Vegas hotel lobby and spilled over to outside the hotel when a visibly angry Cage took Neil aside and lit into him. A not guilty plea had been entered on Neil's behalf in July. The court ordered Neil to pay a $1,000 fine and issued a 120 day suspended sentence, contingent on him doing an online anger management course and avoiding any legal trouble for 6 months.
Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016 5:53ambyROCKinsights
Experience Hendrix tours have brought together a lot of great guitarists. The Rock Pack tour is a similar concept but features singers. The line-up includes Foreigner's original front man Lou Gramm, Gregg Rolllie, who sang on some of Santana's biggest songs, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Fee Waybill from the Tubes, Joyhn Payne of Asia and Steve Augeri, who has voiced tracks for Journey. Backing the singers will be Payne's Asia FJP group.
Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2016 2:13pmbyROCKinsights
Phil Collins says he would have jumped at the chance to fill the void in the Who left by the death of Keith Moon, but says nobody asked him whether he would leave Genesis to do it. The comment was made by the now former Genesis drummer during an online chat hosted by the Guardian. Moon died during a night of binge drinking in 1978. Collins also praised current Who drummer Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr. Collins has been unable to play since suffering nerve damage several years ago. He recently announced his first tour in more than a decade (story). The brief string of European dates will feature his 15 year-old son on drums.
Advancing years won't get in the way of keeping Chuck Berry from continuing to make music. The just turned 90 year old Rock pioneer has announced that he will put out his first sutdio album in nearly 40 years in 2017. Titled simply Chuck, the record will be comprised of mostly his own new compositions. On the album recorded in the St. Louis area, the master will be accompanied by two of his children, his name-sake son on guitar and daughter Ingrid on harmonica, joined by Robert Lohr on piano, Jimmy Marsala playing bass and Keith Robinson on drums.
Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 9:32ambyROCKinsights
Rock Hall Of Fame voters have quite a list of inductees to consider. Leading the ballot are some acts many fans consider long overdue for the honor - Yes, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra and the J Geils Band. Joining them on the ballot are Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, the Zombies, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, Bad Brains and the obligatory wtf nominee, Tupac Shakur.
Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 6:20ambyROCKinsights
The Red Rocker pulls out all the stops for his Birthday Bash in Cabo San Lucas. The 26th took place with Jerry Cantrell, Jason Bonham and Michael Anthony and Alice In Chains Jerry Cantrell joining Sammy Hagar and his band.
Posted Monday, October 17th, 2016 7:30pmbyROCKinsights
It's been a decade since Phil Collins performed in a full fledged tour. That hiatus will come to an end when the former Genesis drummer and front man returns to the stage for a limited number of dates opening with a 5 night stand at London's acclaimed Royal Albert Hall, followed by solo dates in Cologne, Germany abd Paris. In addition to having oercome physical problems, Collins says he looks frward to having. 'rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited, it just feels right."
The studio album U2 planned to release this year, is being pushed into 2017. The delay to the release of the Irish group's follow-up to Songs Of Innocence is apparently in part due to an over abundance of material. Speaking with RTE about the next studio album, Adam Clayton projected a March or April release and suggested that as many as 50 songs are under consideration by the band for the studio release.
Posted Friday, October 14th, 2016 5:23ambyROCKinsights
The Who have announced ambitious plans for a 5 disc box set revolving around material compiled during the time the group was recording its 1965 debut album My Generation. The 79 track compilation of demos, alternate takes, remastered album tracks and unreleased songs drops November 18th. Three unreleased songs are included that Pete Townshend discovered recently and says the other group members have never heard - My Own Love, As Children We Grew and The Girls I Could Have Had. The release includes a book covering the period and describing the process of putting the project together. Townshend writes, "Gathering thee demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it's wonderful for me to have these tapes made 52 years ago to listen to. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me."
Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2016 6:43ambyROCKinsights
Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Thurdsay (10/13) announcement commending Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" make the singer/songwriter the first American to receive the honor since author Toni Morrison earned it from the Sweedish Academy in 1993. The award puts Dylan in the rare company of masters of the written word, including John Seinbeck, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Rudyard Kipling, something we suspect will have greater meaning to him than the Grammys he has earned. His selection as the Nobel laureat also means Dylan will pocket close to a million dollars.
1948 Judas Priest's Glen Tipton born… 1956 Scorpions Matthias Jabs born… 1962 Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot's Chad Smith born… 1964 Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show… 1969 Pink Floyd releases Ummagumma… 1988 Dire Straits releases Money For Nothing…, Traveling Wilburys release debut… 1991 Promoter Bill Graham dies in helicopter crash near San Francisco… 2005 Aerosmith releases Rockin' The Joint… 2008 ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Jack Johnson play Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concert, Mountainview, California… 2014 Cream bass player/vocalist dies of liver cancer...
1944 Jon Anderson of Yes born… 1948 Mott The Hoople's Dale Buffin born… 1975 John Lennon releases Shaved Fish… 1979 Allman brothers Band release Enlightened Rogues… 1995 Ozzy Osbourne release Ozzmosis…, Bob Seger releases It's A Mystery… 1997 Johnny Colt quits Black Crowes… 2005 Cream does first of 3 nights at Madison Square Garden… 2005 Slash joins Queen & Paul Rodgers on stage in LA on Can't Get Enough…
1936 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman born… 1947 Humble Pie & Spooky Tooth's Greg Ridley born… 1969 King Crimson does first US show at Goddard College in Vermont… 1976 Led Zeppelin appears on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert TV show… 1978 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while jailed awaiting trial for murder of his girlfriend at Chelsea Hotel… 1998 Judge upholds school than bans playing of Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit by marching band on basis of it being a "drug anthem"… 1999 Eric Clapton, BB King John Mellencamp, John Fogerty Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz play at White House event promoting music programs in public schools… 2007 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss release Raising Sand… 2010 Neil Young reunites with Buffalo Springfield members Stephen Stills and Richie Furay at Bridge School benefit in Mountainview, California…
1920 Timothy Leary born… 1945 Mountain’s Leslie West born… Rascals Eddie Brigati born… 1964 EMI rejects the High Numbers, the group soon to become the Who… 1965 Rolling Stones release Get off of My Cloud, Who release My Generation… 1976 Who play last concert with Keith Moon in Toronto… 1977 Queen We Will Rock You… 1984 Paul McCartney releases Give My Regards To Broad Street…
Manfred Mann (Lubowitz) born… 1941 Steve Cropper born… 1957 Toto’s Steve Lukather born… 1961 Bob Dylan records first album in one day… 1970 Bob Dylan releases New Morning… 1975 Elton John awarded star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame… 2006 Rock Hall Of Fame opens Clash exhibit… 2008 Perception, Doors box set released… 2008 Who open 10 date US tour at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan 2010 Steven Tyler sings National Anthem before Bruins home opener in Boston 2010 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden pilots Liverpool soccer team flight to game in Naples, Italy... 2014 Allman Brothers open last concert series as a band at the Beacon Theatre in New York...
Engineer Tom Dowd born… 1945 Ten Years After’s Ric Lee born… 1953 Tom Petty born… 1973 Steve Miller Band releases The Joker… John Lennon releases Wedding Album… 1976 Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same premiers in London… 1977 Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, his sister, Cassie, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s road manager killed when tour plane crashes in Mississippi… 1979 Bob Dylan plays Saturday Night Live… 1990 Steve Miller Band does Special Olympics benefit concert at Cotton Bowl in Texas… 1998 Aerosmith releases A Little South of Sanity, Black Sabbath releases Reunion… 2008 AC/DC releases Black Ice…
Peter Tosh born… 1945 Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons born… 1966 Yardbirds arrive in US for first tour… 1971 Keith Godchaux does his first concert with the Grateful Dead… 1973 David Bowie releases Pin Ups… 1974 Who release Odds & Sods… 1979 Journey releases Evolution… 1993 Rush releases Counterparts… 2004 John Mellencamp releases Words & Music… 2005 Bono has lunch with George W Bush at the White House… 2007 Deborah Santana files for divorce after 34 years of marriage to Carlos Santana… 2009 ZZ Top releases Double Down Live DVD… 2010 Leon Russell & Elton John release The Union…