Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017 6:04ambyROCKinsights
Having finished work on the remix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5/26/2017 release), Giles Martin is taking on the challenge of doing the same thing with the epic 30 track release the Beatles followed it up with, the 1968 double disc that came to be known as The White Album. The release will give the son of original producer George Martin plenty to work with. Martin says are around 70 takes of the song Sexy Sadie alone, and multiples of most of the other tracks to sift through. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Martin said he is eager to take it on because he considers it an '...album that changed the face of pop muisc'.
Posted Sunday, May 21st, 2017 4:31pmbyROCKinsights
The 4th song of Gov't Mule's Friday (5/19) concert set at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia was Black Hole Sun. It was the first time the Warren Haynes led band had played the Soundgarden song since a 2008 concert. Haynes and the band closed the second set with their first concert performance of Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground, a song that is included on the Mule's new album coming out June 9.
Posted Sunday, May 21st, 2017 8:24ambyROCKinsights
Bono paused before U2 did Running to Stand Still at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday (5/20) and said, 'For The lion that was, Chris Cornell'. Before the Joshua Tree Tour concert began, the massive speaker system cranked out Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun and the crowd of 100,000 responded by lofting cell phone screens in tribute to Cornell.
Posted Friday, May 19th, 2017 6:49ambyROCKinsights
Photo: Heritage Auctions
The Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played during his jaw-dropping set at on June 18 at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival goes to auction June 17 in Beverly Hills. A private collector in the UK is turning it over to Heritage Auctions for the sale. The 1966 Black Pepper Fender is said to be the guitar Hendrix prized and played the most - and traded off for the one he ignited at the end of his set. Jimi's manager bought the guitar for Hendrix at Manny's Music in New York City. It is expected the guitar will attract a top bid of 3/4 of a million - possibly more.
Chris Cornell died following Soundgarden's concert at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night (5/17). The cause of death for the 52 year old Rocker was confirmed Thursday afternoon by the Wayne County, Michigan Medical Examiner as having been a suicide by hanging. Shortly after midnight, Detroit police were summoned to the MGM Grand hotel. They arrived to find Conell, unresponsive, on a bathroom floor.
During what would be his final encore, Cornell wove portions of Led Zeppelin's In My Time Of Dying into Soundgarden's Slaves & Bulldozers, including the lines, “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home”.
Ashley Zlatopolsky was at the show which, according to her account for the Detroit Free Press that was also picked up by USA Today, included a number of instances in which Cornell seemed detached during the performance - leaving out lyrics and seeming lethargic. But, during the encore, she wrote, Chris became fully engaged; "Cornell finally gave his all. He played the guitar backward, hung over his head, and dragged the mic stand along the strings. Caught in a cathartic-like moment, the singer-guitarist let himself shine one last time."
Posted Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 7:24ambyROCKinsights
Seniors at Fairleigh Dickinson University's graduation in MetLife Stadium Tuesday (5/16) got more than their diplomas. Jon Bon Jovi and his band did an unannounced live appearance for them. The New Jersey University won the performance by triggering the greatest amount of social media interest in making it happen. Jon also imparted some wisdom, telling graduates, 'Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another. Enjoy the book; you're the one writing it. Don't take anything personally. Accept both praise and criticism equally, but take neither to heart. There are many surprises awaiting you on the journey.'
Several months ago, Don Henley suggested that the Eagles only had a future if the late Glenn Frey's son Deacon would join the band. He later announced that the group had decided it could not go on without Glenn. But the lure of an opportunity to co-headline a pair of concerts with Fleetwood Mac and a lineup that includes Journey, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire has gotten them to change their minds. Deacon has signed on, Henley confirmed during a guest session on Dallas sports radio station The Ticket on Monday (5/15). Henley said, 'I never planned on it coming out this way but it is my responsibility to keep these song alive.' He added that, 'Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems up to the task. He's enthusiastic about it and he's been working real hard on it'. He attributed the decision to get the band together for the Classic East and West concerts and possible additional touring and recording to an outpouring of messages from all over encouraging them to continue. We imagine their agents and accountants added some, too. HenneMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 5:31ambyROCKinsights
Alice Cooper was joined for his encore at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville Sunday (5/14) by Michael Bruce (guitar), Neal Smith (drums) and Dennis Dunaway (bass). Those three, Alice and Glenn Buxton, who died of pneumonia in 1997, made up the original lineup that cranked out 7 albums and did countless tour dates from the 60's up until 1975. They still sound fantastic together. Alice brought his current band members back for an all-in version of Schools' Out.
Posted Monday, May 15th, 2017 6:21ambyROCKinsights
Paul Rodgers sprung quite the surprise on fans attending the Bad Company front man's solo band concert at the New Theatre Oxford Sunday (5/14). Rogers returned to the stage for the encore with two legendary former front men - Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The three belted out a version of Money (That's What I Want).
Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 12:52pmbyROCKinsights
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt delivered the commencement address at the Rutgers University graduation Sunday (5/14) and picked up an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Selected for the address by a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff of the New Jersey university, the musician and Sopranos actor used the opportunity to urge graduates to challenge themselves to make the world a better place. Here are the closing thoughts he shared during the address at the university's football stadium. NJ.com
1950 Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin born 1965 Bob Dylan releases Bringin' It All Back Home 1966 Bruce Springsteen records his only single with the Castilles in Bricktown, NJ 1980 Jimi Hendrix gold album awards stolen from Electric Ladyland Studio in New York 1997 Fleetwood Mac reunite to record MTV special 2007 Ozzy Osbourne releases Black Rain 2010 Bono undergoes emergency back surgery in Munich, Germany, next US Leg of 360° tour delayed 2010 Clarence Clemons of E Street Band performs and gets degree during graduation at University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1943 Animals Hilton Valentine born 1955 Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's Stan Lynch born 1968 Rolling Stones Brian Jones arrested on marijuana charges in London apartment 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record Ohio in LA 1996 Soundgarden releases Down on The Upside 1997 USC Marching Band does Louie Louie with Stone Temple Pilots before San Diego concert
1944 Joe Cocker born 1949 Fabulous Thunderbirds Jimmy Vaughan born 1967 Jimi Hendrix signs recording contract 1968 Peter Cetera of Chicago beaten by fans at Dodger Stadium because of his long hair 1968 Pete Townshend marries Karen Astley 1970 Let It Be premiers in New York 1995 Don Henley marries Sharon Summerall, Eagles, Springsteen, Sting, Bob Seger attend Malibu wedding 1998 Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan attend Frank Sinatra funeral 2006 Ozzy Osbourne plays Prince's Trust 30th anniversary concert in London 2009 Santana, Queen and KISS appear on season finale of American Idol 2012 Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies of cancer
1945 Who's Pete Townshend born 1949 ZZ Top's Dusty Hill born 1952 Joey Ramone born 1954 AC/DC's Phillip Rudd born 1975 Guess Who & Strawbs Syracuse War 1978 Kinks release Misfits 1997 Billy Joel delivers commencement address at Hofstra, gets honorary degree 2001 Eddie Van Halen reveals he is undergoing cancer treatment 2007 U2 does unannounced red carpet performance at Cannes Film Festival 2009 Drummer Liberty DeVito sues Billy Joel over royalties claim 2009 Mike McCready of Pearl Jam does National Anthem Hendrix style before Angels-Mariners game at SafeCo Field 2012 Mick Jagger hosts and is musical guest on Saturday Night Live
1949 Rick Wakeman of Yes born 1968 Doors, Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Jefferson Airplane play northern California Folk Rock Festival 1980 Yes replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman with Trevor Horn & Geoff Downs 1991 Elvis Costello plays Saturday Night Live 1993 Clay County Florida dedicates Ronnie Van Zant Park in honor of the late Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist 1999 Jimmy Buffett releases Beach House On The Moon 2006 Beatles Apple Corp. loses trademark infringement case against Apple Computer 2007 Roger Waters opens US tour doing Dark Side Of The Moon during second set.
1948 Yes & King Crimson's Bill Bruford born 1964 Pearl Jam's Dave Abbruzzese born 1971 Paul McCartney releases Ram 1975 Mick Jagger cuts hand in fall through restaurant window in New York 1980 Peter Criss of KISS goes solo 1987 Tom Petty loses LA house to arson 1989 Doobie Brothers release Cycles 1989 Bill Wyman opens first Sticky Fingers restaurant 2017 Chris Cornell hangs himself after Soundgarden performs at the Fox Theater in Detroit
1951 Jonathan Richman born 1966 Beach Boys release Pet Sounds 1969 John lennon declared 'inadmissable immigrant' by State Department 1969 Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane arrested on drug charge in New Orleans hotel 1969 Pete Townshend jailed for hitting plain clothes cop who went on stage during Who Fillmore East concert to tell audience to evacuate due to a fire next door 1970 Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane busted on drug charge in Bloomington, Indiana hotel 1974 Queen cancels US tour when Brian May comes down with hepatitis 1975 Kinks release A Soap Opera 1986 Elvis Costello marries Caitlan O'Riordan of the Pogues 2010 Ronnie James Dio dies of stomach cancer in Houston hospital