Posted Friday, January 20th, 2017 5:45ambyROCKinsights
Sony Music and ATV Music Publishing are being sued by Paul McCartney in an effort for the former Beatle to regain the rights to many of his biggest early songs, including some he wrote with John Lennon. The latestfiling continues a campaign McCartney has waged since 2008. Paul closed out 2016 by having his attorney send another termination notice to the parties involved seeking to have them relinquish the rights to early Beatles songs. The suit filed in Federal Court in Manhattan contends that McCartney's ownership of the songs is protected by a section in the 1976 Copyright Act that extended ownership on songs written before 1978 an additional 19 years, extending the total period of protecction to 75 years. CourtHouseNews.com
Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2017 4:56ambyROCKinsights
In a town where few secrets remain secrets very long, news of Bruce Springsteen's free, private performance for the White House staff not only stayed under wraps until the event happened on Monday (1/12), it was kept quiet days after. Somewhere between 200 and 250 were in attendance, including the outgoing President and First Lady, for the 15 song acoustic set. Solo with the exception of the E Street Band's Patti Scialfa joining her husband on Tougher Than The Rest and If I SHould Fall Behind, the set included several of Bruce's most poignant songs and some between tunes comments and observations from the Boss. Opening with Working On The Highway, Bruce worked his way through Growin' Up, My Hometown, My father's House, The Wish, Thunder Road, The Promised Land, Born in the U.S.A., Devils & Dust, Tougher Than The Rest, If I Should Fall Behind, The Ghost of Tom Joad, Long Walk Home, Dancing In The Dark and Land of Hope and Dreams.
Springsteen expressed his disappointmtnet that so many people and politicians fail to realize that Born in the U.S.A is a protest song and, dedicating Tougher Than The Rest tothe Obamas, praised the President and Michelle for setting such a good example as individuals and a family during their years in the White House.
Get a good full account of the evening at Backstreets. JamBase.com
Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 5:26ambyROCKinsights
Brad Whitford will rejoin the Experience Hendrix tour on some dates. That adds the Aerosmith guitarist to a lineup that already features Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Doyle Bramhall II, Dweezil Zappa, Keb Mo' , Beth Hart and others, along with Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys veteran Billy Cox. David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos are also being added. The dates Whitford is confirmed for are in Houston, San Antonio and Jackson, Mississippi. Commenting on the opportunity to do some dates on this year's tour Whitford said, 'It's such a wonderful atmosphere. Sometimes we'd get on the bus at night and we're watching old Hendrix videos. It just doesn't stop. It's a great group of people.' AntiMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 7:02ambyROCKinsights
Steely Dan will reel off 9 nights at the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian between April 12 and 29. The Reelin' In the Chips residency finds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen joined by a 4 piece horn section and Jon Herington (guitar), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), and Keith Carlock (drums).
Metallica is promising an element of surprise will come into play at the Grammy Awards when the nominated group performs during the 59Tth annual ceremony on February 12. The Bay Area band is declining to spill any details about what's in store, but posts it will be "something very unique and special". The band may reveal additional info about what's planned on its web site in the coming days. Unplugged seems unlikely, but maybe with symphony?
Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2017 2:34pmbyROCKinsights
With Fleetwood Mac's studio album bogged down because Stevie Nicks has been unavailable for studio work, Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are changing plans. Christine and Lindsay will do a duets album backed by the others - and may title it Buckingham McVie, a play on Buckingham Nicks, the group that Lindsay and Stevie were in together before joining Fleetwood Mac in 1975. In an interview qith the LA Times, Christine said of the collaboration, 'We've always written well together, Lindsay and I, and this has spiraled into something really amazing'. Plans call for the album to be ready for a May release.
Posted Friday, January 13th, 2017 1:54pmbyROCKinsights
Two members of the Bay Area band Tower Of Power were struck and critically injured by an Amtrak train Thursday (1/12) just before the group was scheduled to take the stage at Jack London Square in Oakland. Drummer David Garibaldi and bass player Marc Van Wageningen were in a group crossing the tracks behind the last car of a slow moving freight when a passenger train traveling in the opposite direction at about 25mph blind sided them. Both have regained consiciousness but are in critical condition at an Oakland hospital.
Posted Friday, January 13th, 2017 6:40ambyROCKinsights
John Wetton is expressing disappointment that a new round of treatment against the cancer he has battled the last few years will force him to miss upcoming Asia tour dates with Journey and his band's cruise ship performances. John took to his social media to update fans, writing, "I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from the Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour, March 15 - April 4. I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly." Billy Sherwood, who has taken the bass role Chris Squire had in Yes, will cover for his friend in Asia's dates until Wetton is able to resume.
The Cruise to the Edge sails from Tampa Feb. 7-11 and includes on-board performances by Kansas, Steve Hackett, Patrick Moraz and others.
Posted Friday, January 13th, 2017 6:18ambyROCKinsights
Roger Waters has spent time between tours featuring Pink Floyd songs working on his first solo album of new studio material in 25 years. He updated Rolling Stone on his progress recently, saying, 'We've got some really good work in the can'. He describes the album as '...part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish' and says that at least some of the songs on it will be included in his upcoming solo tour, which will be a 75:25% older to new material mix, connected by a common theme and a tour he promises will be, '...spectacular like all of my shows have been.'
Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 4:50ambyROCKinsights
One of the more unlikely jams we've ever heard of takes place at a guitar makers VIP get together at a music industry trade show Jan. 20. Bob Weir, ex Guns N' Roses' Matt Sorum, The Doobie Brothers' Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, The Rascals' Gene Cornish and Robert Randolph will play together at the D'angelico Guitars event at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim. It's invitation only and features a premium open bar.
Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 2:25pmbyROCKinsights
U2 will launch the first leg of the Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour in Vancouver on May 12th and has dates firm through a July 1 date at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Staduim. Other dates that have been confirmed:
May 14 - Seattle (CenturyLink Field)
May 17 - Santa Clara, CA (Levi's Stadium)
May 20 - Los Angleles (Rose Bowl)
May 24 - Houston (NRG Stadium)
May 26 - Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
June 3 - Chicago (Soldier Field)
June 7 - Pittsburgh (Heinz Field)
June 8-10 Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN
June 11 - Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 6:09ambyROCKinsights
A part-time reunion of Foreigner with Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood is in the works. Billboard reports that the band will do some dates on its upcoming tour with their former vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player. The news was apparently a surprise to Gramm, who tweeted, " I have not been asked to join any part of the summer 40th Anniversary Tour 2017." The trek is scheduled to open July 11th in Syracuse and will also feature Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's band. No information has been provided about which dates will include the former members.
1938 Wolfman Jack born... 1966 George Harrison marries Patti Boyd, Paul McCartney Best Man… 1968 Jimi Hendrix records All Along The Watchtower 1968 The Graduate soundtrack album released… 1984 Jackie Wilson suffers heart attack during concert in New Jersey, enters coma and dies 8 years later… 1996 Bruce Springsteen appears on 60 Minutes… 2011 SCKBSTD, musical by Bruce Hornsby, opens
1945 10cc's Eric Stewart born … 1952 Judas Priest’s Ian Hill born, Paul Stanley of KISS born… 1964 Meet The Beatles released in US… 1965 Byrds record Mr. Tambourine Man… 1965 Alan Freed dies… 1966 First Trips Festival staged at Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco… 1977 Jimmy Buffett releases Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes... 1982 Ozzy Osbourne hospitalized after biting a bat during his Des Moines concert… 1993 Don Henley plays for Bill Clinton at Presidential Inaugural Ball sponsored by MTV…
1943 Janis Joplin born… 1943 Robert Palmer born 1963 Beatles make UK TV debut on Thank Your Lucky Stars… 1976 Beatles offered $30 million to do a 20 minute concert… 1979 Dire Straits release self-titled debut… 1981 Styx releases Paradise Theater... 1986 Bruce Springsteen plays benefit concert for 3M workers laid off in New Jersey… 1991 Sting plays Saturday Night Live… 1998 Carl Perkins dies of a stroke… 2006 Wilson Pickett dies of a heart attack… 2009 Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp performs at pre-inaugural concert for Barack Obama in front of Lincoln memorial in Washington… 2010 Steven Tyler shows up at Karaoke night at Palm Desert, CA bar… 2011 Steven Tyler makes his American Idol judging debut on TV talent search show…
1973 Pink Floyd starts recording Dark Side Of the Moon, Rolling Stones do benefit concert for Nicaragua earthquake relief in LA… 1974 Bad Company forms… 1978 Sex Pistols end US tour, break-up the following day… 1978 Warren Zevon releases Excitable Boy... 1980 Capricorn Records announces bankruptcy… 1985 Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia busted in Golden Gate Park. Band gives him an ultimatum… 1989 Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 1991 3 killed in rush for general admission AC/DC concert at Salt Palace in Salt Lake City… 1995 Jerry Garcia wrecks his BMW in Mill Valley, CA crash… 1997 Queen reunites for AIDS benefit with Elton John in Paris… 1998 Jimi Hendrix Guitar Festival finals in Seattle judged by Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and Jerry Cantrell form Alice in Chains…1998 Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks…2006 Martin Guitars releases custom Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers model… 2011 Gregg Allman releases Low Country Blues… 2011 Pearl Jam releases Live on Ten Legs…2016 Glenn Frey of the Eagles dies of pneumonia and complications from other ailments… 2016 Don McLean arrested on domestic violence charge in Maine…
1948 Rolling Stones Mick Taylor born… 1965 Rolling Stones record The Last Time and Play With Fire… 1969 Doors record Absolutely Live at the Felt Forum in New York City… 1974 Bob Dylan releases Planet Waves… 1975 Bob Dylan releases Blood On The tracks… 1990 The Who and the Kinks inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 1995 Gilby Clark quits Guns N Roses… 1996 Rock Hall Of Fame inducts Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane… 2001 Jason Newsted announces he is leaving Metallica… 2009 Doors movie When You’re Strange premiers at Sundance Film Festival…
1957 cavern Club opens in Liverpool... 1976 Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive… Bob Dylan releases Desire… 1979 Gregg Allman & Cher divorce becomes official… 1980 Paul McCartney busted when ½ lb. of marijuana turns up in his luggage in Tokyo. Tour canceled… 1984 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested on drug charges in Barbados… 1996 Jamaican police fire on Jimmy Buffett’s plane after JB and Bono take-off from Montego Bay… 1998 Rolling Stones play Madison Square garden for the first time in 20 years… 2010 Bruce Springsteen joins Joe Gruschecky & The Houserockers for a live set at Parkinsons benefit at Paramount theatre in Asbury Park, NJ…
1941 Captain Beefheart (Don Vliet) born… 1948 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie van Zant born… 1951 Motels Martha Davis born… 1967 Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show… 1970 John Lennon’s Bag One art exhibit opens… … 1979 Scorpions release Love Drive... 1982 Kinks release Give The People What They Want 1992 Jimi Hendrix inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame… 1994 Harry Nilsson dies of a heart attack… 2001 Sting given human rights award in Chile. It gets stolen from his dressing room in Buenos Aires the next night… 2007 Hand written lyrics to George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps sold for $300,000 in Scottsdale, AZ auction… 2010 Charlie Daniels suffers minor stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado… 2015 Rich Robinson announces the break-up of the Black Crowes....