Posted Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:30ambyROCKinsights
Adam Clayton accepted the MusiCares award Monday (6/26) in New York City. In accepting the honor from the organization dedicated to assisting musicians confronting substance abuse issues, the U2 bassist thanked his U2 band mates and Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend for helping him beat his drinking probem. Speaking bout his difficulties controlling his drinking, Clayton inferred that he feared his career depended on him being in an alcohol fueled state but said, '...two heroes of mine were there for me and it meant a great deal that they would try to convince me otherwise.' The turning point, Clayton says, came 'After two particularly destructive benders Eric Clapton was there on the end of the phone. He didn't sugar-coat it, he told me that I needed to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it.' Clapton provided Clayton with the name of the treatment center that Clayton checked in to and, while he was there, Townshend visited and helped him '...put steel on my back'.
Posted Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 5:02ambyROCKinsights
Sammy Hagar has upped the stakes in his campaign to get Van Halen members to agree to a tour featuring both him and David Lee Roth. Talking with Rolling Stone, the Red Rocker proposed the group do a series of concerts that alternate every couple of songs between him and David Lee Roth singing lead. Hagar says the opportunity gives the group the chance to provide fans with the greatest Van Halen concerts ever without any ongoing obligation to continue with dual dueling front men. His notion is that Michael Anthony plays bass and Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfie, the current VH bassist, reconvenes his own band to be the opening act for the tour.
Sammy added that he would donate the money he makes on the tour to local food banks in the cities played if the band would make the same commitment. Hagar currently donates a portion of his currentt tour proceeds to food banks serving the areas he performs in. AntiMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 6:12ambyROCKinsights
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and a film company are targets of a suit filed by some other band members and the heirs of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve and Cassie Gaines seeking to block the production of a movie based largely on the 1977 plane crash that killed Van Zant, Gaines and his sister, a backup singer for the band. The suit against production and distribution of Street Survivor: The True Story of th Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash was filed in My but did not come to light until last week when a ruling was issued by a judge against an attempt to put the brakes on the project through a perliminary injunction. The case could be decided largely on the 'blood oath' surviving members committed to after the crash. One provision of it was to never try to capitalize on the tragedy that claimed their band mates. Barring developments that could end the case, a trial will start on July 11.
Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 5:29ambyROCKinsights
The early 80's session that produced the Queen-David Bowie collaboration on Under Pressure included the recording of other songs with both Bowie and Freddie Mercury, according to Brian May. The Queen guitarist recently revealed that additional tracks were laid down that haven't 'come to light yet'. "Yet" implies that they certainly could. May says there was a competitive tension between Bowie and Mercury that manifest itself in things like neither of them wanting to be the first to arrive at the studio. He added that the pair 'locked horns' at times while working out and recording Under Pressure but pointed out that, '...those are the things that happen in a studio, that's when the sparks fly and that's why it turned out so great.'
Posted Sunday, June 18th, 2017 5:07ambyROCKinsights
Ringo Starr may have to come up with the melody, but Olivia Harrison, George's widow, has delivered the lyrics to the drummer. She found them in a folder inside a piano bench her late husband used. The song, apparently written at about the time the Beatles we're falling apart, includes the line "Hey Ringo, now I want you to know. That without you my guitar plays far too slow." Olivia doesn't know whether George ever recorded a demo of the song, but she vows to look around to see whether she find a recording of it.
Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 6:42ambyROCKinsights
Bruce Springsteen has reportedly arranged a residency on Broadway for the fall that is expected to have an 8 week run at the Kerr Theatre. Bruce in a 975 seat venue so close to his home turf is certain to be one of the tougher tickets ever - and you can be sure the scalpers and after-market ticket hawkers are well into planning ways to make them even harder and much more expensive to come by. Whether any and how many members of his band will participate in the Kerr performances remains to be seen, as does who might guest with Bruce. There is also already speculation that the series of dates could be a forerunner to a Springsteen based musical.
Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 6:25ambyROCKinsights
The East/West Classic Rock Fests slated for CitiField and Dodger Staduim will not be Fleetwood Mac's final concerts. Christine McVie confirmed that her band is laying the groundwork for a 2018 world tour, and it sounds pretty firm. Speaking with The One Show in the UK, McVie said a plan is already in place for rehearsals to start in March and a tour to kick-off in June. The group's plan to put out an album this year got sidelined due to scheduling conflicts revolving around Stevie Nicks. The sessions then morphed into a Christine McVie/Lindsey Buckingham album.
Wendy Dio says she considers an effort by Gene Simmons of KISS fame to obtain a trademark on the 'horn's gesture (demonstrated by Lars Ulrich of Metallica) both 'laughable' and 'disgusting'. Her late husband Ronnie Jame Dio had as much or more to do with its adoption by Rock fans as anyone. Ronnie, who maintained the gesture was something his grandmother used to flash, once quipped when the gesture was brought up in an interview, 'Gene Simmons will tell you that he invented it. But then again, Gene invented breathing and shoes and everything else.'
Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 10:24pmbyROCKinsights
Neil Young and his former wife Pegi have announced that they will no longer be the hosts for the annual Bridge School benefit concerts the couple started in 1986. Pegi Young passed along the news on the Bridge School web site, writing, "They have been truly memorable events and we have great appreciation for everyone involved". The former couple also penned letters to Friends of Bridge School to let them know that the years of effort they put into the concerts was reflected in the eyes of the special needs students that the school serves and letting those who made a point of attending the annual concerts theat their contribution to the cause made them the "...soul that kept everything happening for all of these years."
The Youngs vowed to continue to help raise funds for the school outside the framework of the concert event. The event, held in recent years at the Shoreline Amhitheater, drew an A list of performers that included Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Metallica and dozens more.
News travels a little slower from Denmark. We've just learned that Metallica's Lars Ulrich was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog by his native country's Queen on May 26th. (Drum roll please) all hail Sir Lars! HenneMusic.com
Posted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 6:38ambyROCKinsights
A photo and caption posted to Ozzy Osbourne's Facebook account leave little doubt that a 2017 OzzFest is in the works. Expect an official announcement soon - and that it will again be a two day affair with Slipknot anchoring day two.
Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 6:51ambyROCKinsights
A Model- T Ford that was once owned by Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is up for sale. The vintage vehicle, featured in The Song Remains The Same film, is being offered through the UK branch of EBay in association with Midwest Performance, a car broker. The listing describes the car as an "iconic Hot Rod" that is a "...very collectible piece of Rock history." The C-Cab model was custom built in the early 70's in San Francisco and shipped to Bonham in the UK. The listing price is close to $325k. Gibson.com
1969 Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter and Frank Zappa play Denver Pop Festival 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience does final US concert, Mile High Stadium, Denver 1971 Allman Brothers, J. Geils Band and Mountain do last concert at Fillmore East in New York 1974 Grateful Dead release From The Mars Hotel 1978 Perter Gabriel II released 1989 Don Henley releases End Of The Innocence 1989 Who perform Rock opera Tommy in New York for first time in 17 years 1991 Carlos Santana busted in Houston airport, charged with holding a small amount of marijuana 1994 Aerosmith becomes first major band to offer song download through Compuserve 2002 John Entwhistle dies in a Las Vegas hotel the night before a Who tour opens 2009 Paul McCartney makes surprise appearance at Glastonbury Festival, joining Neil Young on A Day In The Life 2009 Eddie van Halen marries Jane Liszewski in LA 2014 Bobby Womack dies of a heart attack
1957 Mick Jones of the Clash born… 1957 Patti Smyth of Scandal born… 1964 Beatles release A Hard Day’s Night in the US… 1973 Mick Jagger named in a maternity suit filed by Marsha Hunt… 1976 Grateful Dead release Steal Your Face… 1979 Queen releases Live Killers… 1992 Van Halen sued by an Oklahoma family whose home phone number was the same as the one used on the cover of For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album… 1996 Van Halen announces David Lee Roth will rejoin the band… 2012 20 year old that attended party Bob Seger’s 16 year old daughter threw at Bob’s house while her father was on tour turns himself in for stealing several items including his 1978 Les Paul guitar… 2014 Like A Rolling Stone lyrics sell for $2 million in Sotheby’s auction... 2017 U2's Adam Clayton gets MusiCares Award in New York City...
1945 Carly Simon born… 1946 Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier born… 1946 Foreigner & King Crimson veteran Ian McDonald born… 1952 Tim Finn of Crowded House born… 1967 Eric Clapton guests on All You Need Is Love during a Beatles world-wide live broadcast of the song… 1969 Mick Taylor does his first show as a member of the Rolling Stones… 1984 Patti Scialfa joins the E Street Band… 1988 Red Hot Chili Pepper Hillel Slovak dies of heroin overdose in LA... 1993 Bruce Springsteen a surprise guest on the final David Letterman Show on NBC… 2009 Michael Jackson dies in LA… 2016 Colts owner Jim Irsay pays $155,750 for locks of David Bowie's hair and a custom made Prince guitar
1942 Drummer Mick Fleetwood born… 1944 Traffic’s Chris Wood born… 1945 Zombie’s Colin Blunstone born… 1948 Yes and Moody Blues member Patrick Moraz born… 1949 John Illsey of Dire Straits born… 1952 Jeff Beck born… 1967 Jeff Cease of the Black Crowes born… 1995 Neil Young fills in for Eddie Vedder after the Pearl Jam front man is unable to continue a San Francisco concert due to the flu… 2009 Big Brother & the Holding Company release lost recordings featuring Janis Joplin... 2011 Glastonbury festival security prevents a group from inflating a sign protesting that U2 are Irish tax evaders for moving their business operations to the Netherlands during the band’s set… 2016 Billy Joel joins tribute band Big Shot on three songs during Huntington, NY show
1941 Jerry Garcia writing partner Robert Hunter born… 1975 Alice Cooper breaks 6 ribs when he fall off the stage during a Vancouver concert… 1980 Rolling Stones release Emotional Rescue… 2010 Gregg Allman gets a liver transplant… 2009 Spinal Tap releases Back From The Dead 2010 Pete Quaife of the Kinks dies of kidney failure… 2010 Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant in Jacksonville, Florida 2016 Jury sides with Led Zeppelin members in suit claiming Stairway To Heaven melody was lifted from Taurus, a Spirit instrumental released two years earlier
1936 Kris Kristofferson born… 1948 Todd Rundgren born… 1968 Jeff Beck Group does first US concert at the Fillmore East… 1969 Blind Faith releases self-titled and only studio album… 1970 Pete Townshend detained after using the word ‘bomb’ in describing something while on a plane… 1978 Cream reunites at Ginger Baker’s polo club… 1981 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty in shooting of John Lennon… 1990 Billy Joel headlines the first concert at Yankee Stadium… 2009 Styx members visit the White House… 2010 Bruce Springsteen releases previous year's Hyde Park concert on DVD... 2010 Ozzy Osburne release Let Me Hear You Scream
1944 Ray Davies of the Kinks born… 1947 Joey Molland of Badfinger born… 1950 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith born… 1951 Nils Lofgren of the E Street band born… 1966 Rolling Stones sue New York City hotels for banning the group… 1972 Led Zeppelin opens 8th US tour… 1975 Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow… 1979 Rolling Stones (ex) Mick Taylor releases "Mick Taylor" four years after leaving band 1980 Sammy Hagar releases Danger Zone 1981 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the end for Steely Dan… 1990 Bono joins David Bowie on stage in Cleveland on a version of Gloria… 1994 John Mellencamp releases Dance Naked… 1995 Dan Rather of CBS News sings during REM soundcheck in new York on What’s The Frequency Kenneth? … 2009 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith invites 20 wounded veterans to his birthday party when Aerosmith plays Washington… 2011 Bruce Springsteen eulogizes Clarence Clemons and does a sole version of Tenth Avuenue Freeze-Out at a memorial service in South Florida…