Number 9, number 9, number 9... The man who murdered John Lennon has lost possibility of parole for the ninth time. Mark David Chapman will remain 'under protective custody against his wil' at the Wende Correctional Facility in New York's Erie County. Sentenced to 20 years to life for gunning down John Lennon outside his New York City apratment building on December 8 1980, Mark David Chapman is eligible for another review in two years. Every parole possibility has been opposed in writing by Yoko Ono. Apparently, the parole board received several letters supporting his parole prior to this latest rejection.
Drummer Mick Brown says the brief reunion tour Dokken has going on in Japan got Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch going at each other even before the tour opened. Speaking with Classic Rock, Brown said, 'Nothing's changed. George and Don, during the conversations to get this going, they're already starting up.' Brown said he'd like to feel good about the tour but doesn't because he knows band members agreed to it only because the money was so good. Assuming the wheels don't fall completely off, the group will do a half dozen dates between October 5th and 12th.
Neil Young's concerts to provide funding for the special needs Bridge School this fall will include a number of musicians that have made previous appearances at the annual event. The 30th anniversary edition includes Young performing with Promise of the Real, Metallica, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, Nils Lofgren, Cage Tthe Elephant and Norah Jones. The dates for the shows are October 22 & 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountainview, California
Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 5:59ambyROCKinsights
Lakeside Camera Photoworks is marketing a 3 day turnaround service that will convert a ticket stub from a concert or other event into a coffee mug or a doormat. Size options for the mats are 60"x 36" or #6"x 24". The smaller size mats are priced at $34, plus $15 for shipping. The ticket stub or concert photo can be sent to them and will be returned with the order, or a high resolution scan file can be submitted through the site with the order. Lakesidephotoworks.com/site/concert_mats
Posted Sunday, August 21st, 2016 7:13ambyROCKinsights
TMZ is reporting that former 3 Doors Down member Matt Roberts has died. The guitarist was in Milwaukee to perform at a charity event. After rehearsing on Friday night (8/19), Roberts headed to his room. Detectives called to the hotel after the discovery of the body in a hotel hallway contacted his father at about 9am on Saturday. Prescription pills were found at the scene. His father thinks that if Matt's death was due to an overdose, it would not have been intentional. Roberts parted ways with the Mississippi based band due to health complications related to blood circulation.
Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016 5:14ambyROCKinsights
The label that released Beatles and Paul McCartney solo material in the US will now be Paul's label on a global basis. Capitol Records has announced the signing of McCartney. His first album under the deal is already a work in progress and a major reissue campaign is being designed for the McCartney catalog with a 2017 launch anticipated. Chairman Steve Barnett clearly can't be more pleased about the arrangement. He said, 'Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people.' Paul calls the return to Capitol '...extremely exciting for me', adding, 'Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's B--Bop-A-Lula on the Capitol label.'
Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016 4:48ambyROCKinsights
Metallica's first album of new material may have taken twice as long to come along than most fans wanted it to, but their wait will be rewarded with a double disc set. Hardwired To Self-Destruct comes out November 18th. Hardwired To Self-Destruct, the group's first album of new material since 2008's Death Magnetic, has been produced by Greg Feldman, who handled engineering and mixing on the last release. Here's the title track.
Unless Head Job means the same thing Down Under as Head Case. Phil Rudd has either gotten his head together or picked the wrong title for his first solo album. Rudd, whose off-the-wall conduct during a several month span cost him the spot he'd held in AC/DC for decades, will release Head Job on September 30th. The drummer says 'My hellraising days are over'. In a short span of time, Rudd managed to get mixed up in an alleged murder for hire scheme, get busted for drugs and placed under house arrest, get popped for violating the terms of his sentence and lose his status as AC/DC's drummer. Malcolm Young fell victim to dementia and had to retire before Rudd's travails began. Since his ouster, the group has lost Brian Johnson due to the risk of permanent hearing loss and has been notified by bassist Cliff Williams that he intends to retire after this tour. That would seem to make rehiring Rudd tempting to Angus Young intends to attempt to extend the AC/DC legacy. Rudd admits to the hope he could play in his former band again, but questions whether AC/DC can exist without the members its lost.
Posted Sunday, August 14th, 2016 7:07ambyROCKinsights
The Peach Festival in Pennsylvania produced some cool combinations Saturday (8/13), including members of the Allman Brothers joining String Cheese Incident on Ain't Wastin' Time No More and moe doing a Pink Floyd set. Here's some of the jamming that went on while Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jack Pearson and Marc Quiñones were on stage with STI.
Posted Friday, August 12th, 2016 6:04ambyROCKinsights
Green Day's first album in 4 years has a title and release date. Revolution Radio will come out on October 7th. The lead track from the effort is Bang, Bang, a song Billie Joe Armstrong called the band's response to, '...the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media' in a recent discussion about the album with Rolling Stone. The group is also in the planning stage for another world tour.
Posted Thursday, August 11th, 2016 6:42ambyROCKinsights
NME is reporting that Bob Daisley, the former bass player for Ozzy Osbourne, is suing Ozzy and Blizzard Music Limited for $2 million in unpaid royalties for the song Crazy Train, a track Daisley has a writing credit on. The suit contends that a 2014 audit indicates that Osbourne's music publishing entity improperly deducted fees prior to distributing royalties on the song, resulting in what the filing calls a systematic short changing of Daisley. Daisley was the original bass player in Osbourne's solo band, Blizzard Of Ozz. He was dismissed after the recording of Diary Of A Madman (1981), but participated in sessions on other Osbourne albums through 1991's No More Tears. Osbourne's organization has responded to the claims by Daisley with a statement saying the bass player has received statements and checks from Blizzard Music accounts in totaling millions and adds, "Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment", and goes on to characterize the motivation behind the suit as an "...unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success."
Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 6:20ambyROCKinsights
People Magaine is reporting that the year-long romance of John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley has reached its end. A rep for the couple told the publication that career demands and the distance between their respective homes make it impossible for the relationship to continue but says both intend to remain very close friends. When last asked by People about the prospect of marriage, Brinkley had said, 'You never really know what's going to happen. John and I are two people that have very full lives. We're just trying to enjoy each other when we can see each other.'
1945 Van Morrison (George Ivan) born 1948 Scorpions Rudy Schenker born 1957 Squeeze's Glen Tilbrook born 1971 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein for $29 million 1971 Security guard stabbed to death during Who concert at Flushing Meadows, NY 1973 Rolling Stones release Goat's Head Soup 1976 George Harrison loses plagiarism suit over He's So Fine riffs in his song My Sweet Lord 1988 Bob Seger and wife Annette Sinclair divorce 1989 Rolling Stones open Steel Wheels tour at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan memorial draws 25,000 2005 E Street Band's Little Steven stages concert and rally to save New York punk club CBGB
1969 Led Zeppelin, Santana & Janis Joplin play Texas Jam 1972 John Lennon & Yoko Ono stage One To One benefit at Madison Square Garden 1973 Doors announce break-up two years after Jim Morrison's death 1978 Joe Jackson does first concert 1981 Rolling Stones release Tattoo You 1988 John Hiatt releases Slow Turning 1988 Julianne Phillips fils for divorce from Bruce Springsteen 1989 Izzy Stradlin of Guns N Roses arrested for smoking and disrupting airline flight 1995 Coroner's report says Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia died of heart failure
1966 Beatles close US tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco… 1976 Boston releases debut album… 1976 Spirit reunites for a concert in Santa Monica, CA… 1989 Axl Rose joins Tom Petty on Knockin' On Heaven's Door at Syracuse Fairgrounds concert… 1990 Former Tubes member Vince Welnick joins the Grateful Dead… 1995 Two killed in helicopter crash during Meat Loaf video shoot in California 2006 Bob Dylan releases Modern Times…
1964 Beatles meet Bob Dylan for first time 1965 Bob Dylan booed off stage for playing electric at concert in Forest Hills, NY 1972 David Bowie debuts Ziggy Stardust at Carnegie Hall show in New York 1978 Television breaks-up 2005 Jonathan Caine of Journey has emergency appendectomy after Long Island concert 2009 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artimus Pyle found not guilty on charges he failed to register as a sex-offender after previous conviction for having had improper contact with a minor…
1953 Alex Lifeson of Rush born… 1965 The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at Graceland… 1967 Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies in London home of sleeping pills overdose 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan catches a ride on Eric Clapton’s crew helicopter after performing at Alpine Meadows in East Troy, Wisconsin and dies along with three of Clapton’s crew when the chopper collides with a hillside in thick fog… 1991 Pearl Jam releases Ten… John Lennon’s hand written lyrics to A Day In The Life auction for $100,000. The sheet of paper sells again in 2010 for $1.2 million…
1970 Duane Allman starts recording with Derek & The Dominos… 1970 Jimi Hendrix plays Isle Of Wight Festival… 1973 10cc makes live debut… 1978 Triumph headlines Canada Jam… 1979 Phil Collins joins Peter Gabriel for Lamb Lies Down On Broadway at Reading Festival… 1980 Tom Petersson quits Cheap Trick… 1993 Aerosmith honored with brass star at entrance to Tower Records in Boston… 2000 Allman Brothers Band & G'ovt Mule's Allan Woody dies in hotel room… 2003 Warren Zevon releases The Wind…
1950 Gene Simmons of KISS born 1951 Judas Priest's Rob Halford born 1954 Elvis Costello born 1962 Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell born 1970 Elton John makes US debut at the Troubadour in LA 1973 Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band breaks leg in a car wreck in Macon, GA 1975 Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run 1986 Paul Simon releases Graceland 1990 Alice Cooper gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 1994 Jimmy Buffett ditches plane in Atlantic after taking off from Nantucket 1994 Jimmy Page & Robert Plant do MTV Unplugged session in London 1996 David Byrne takes legal action to prevent use of 'The Heads' by other former Talking Heads members 2009 Cheap Trick releases Sgt. Pepper covers album