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March 29
  • The console from Abbey Roads Studio used during the recording of Dark Side Of The Moon has  been auctioned for more than $1.5 million.

     

    The wife of former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested in Palmetto, Florida after she allegedly threatened to shoot members of a rowing team. Authorities have charged her on 18 counts after they say she made threats from the shore of the Gulf Coast city before throwing the rifle into the water.

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  • Bev Bevan has announced that he will not be attending the Rock Hall Of Fame induction of the Electric Light Orchestra at the Barclay Center on April 8.  Citing conflicting commitments involving other concerts he's scheduled to perform at, the co-founding ELO member wrote on his Facebook page, "Unfortunatley I will not be able to attend ELO's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame due to the fact that I am on tour in the UK with another friend of Jeff, Richard and Roy.., the legend that is 'Jasper Carrott'.  These dates have been sold out for sometime and when the news broke about our induction it was too late to change them."

     

     

     

     

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  • The Manhattan digs David Bowie an Iman resided in for a decade is available for $6.5 million.  The apartment has a commanding view of Central Park and comes with the piano that Bowie used during the decade he and his wife resided there, features exotic stone bathrooms and a recently renovated kitchen, but much of the 1,877 square feet remains as it was when Bowie lived there from 1992-2002.  One thing did revert to a former state.  The master bedroom was reported to have been retrofit by the couple to serve as a secured panic room in the event of an attack by a thief or a deranged fan.  It is now just a bedroom again. Iman still lives in the SoHo apartment she and David bought after unloading the Essex House apartment.

    DailyMail.co.uk   photo: Corcoran Real Estate

     

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  • The drummer that provided the beat on the first two Boston albums died Wednesday night (3/22), reportedly mid performance on a cruise ship.  Sib Hashain was in the lineup of performers booked on a Rock themed cruise.  His death, reported by TMZ, was confirmed by his son.  Efforts to revive the 67 year-old drummer following his collapse failed.  The tragedy struck five days into a cruise that began in Florida and sailed to Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.  The other musicians on board will complete the cruise and perform tributes to their fallen band mate.

     

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  • Todd Rundgren is held in high enough regard by legions of musicians that recruiting ones he admires for his next album was easy.  Todd's White Knight release (5/12) includes Joe Walsh, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, NIN veteran Trent Reznor and guitar wiz Joe Satriani.  The 15 track effort include a wide range of styles.

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    Spring 2017 Record Store Day will offer vinyl enthusiasts lots to choose from. Some highlightsforClassic Rock buyers along with the quantity available:

    Alice in Chains: Welcome to GAZI picture disc
    Ben Folds with the Australian Symphony Orchestra
    Blondie: Long Time single
    Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon 1975 (3,000 4lp sets)

    Buddy Guy: Sick With Love/She Got it Together (New songs, 1,500)
    David Bowie: Cracked Actor - a live 1974 LA recording

    Cars: Live atthe Agoura 1978 (4,000)
    Dave Matthews Band: Red Rocks 1995 (2,500)

    David Crosby: The Lighthouse Band (2,500)
    Def Leppard: First, rare EPs (4,000)
    Doors: Live at the Matrix  1967 (4,500)
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery single (1,500)

    Fleetwood Mac: Mirage Alternate takes LP (3,500)

    Frank Zappa: Rollo (4,000)
    Grateful Dead; Vancouver 1966 (4,000)
    Kinks: All Day and All Of The Night single (2,500)

    Lou Reed: Perfect Night 1997 London Live acoustic shows (3,000)

    Neil Young: Decade (5,000)

    Patti Smith: Hey Joe single (2,250)

    Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello: Flowers In The Dirt (cassette)

    Pearl Jam: State of Love/Thrust single (5,000)
    Pink FLoyd: an extended version of Intestellar Overdrive recorded in 1966
    Ramones: 76-79 singles box set (6,500)

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Go Robots/ Dreams of a Samauri Live (5,000)

    Rush: Cyngus X1, Hemispheres EP (5,000)

    Santana: Woodstock 1969 (3,000)

    Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK box set singles (3,500)

    Stevie Ray Vaughan: Carnegie Hall double lp (3,000)

    Sting: Live at Bataclan (3,500)

    T Rex: Rock N Roll single (750) and T Rex Live 1977 album

    Talking Heads: The Wilding - This Could Be The Place single (3,000)

    Todd Rudgren: Fox Theater Live 1973 (1,000)

    U2: Red Hill Mining Town 12" picture disc

    Who: Ready,Steady Go single

    Yes: 90125 picture disc (2,500

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  • Eric Clapton is limiting his tour 2017 dates to a pair of shows in Madison Square Garden and the LA Forum this spring and again in the fall, with a three night series of shows at Royal Albert Hall in between.  Here's a look & listen to his opening night in New York on Sunday (3/21).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Nick Mason had his McLaren F1 GTR out for some laps during the Members Meet at the Goodwood Circuit race course over the weekend.  Mason, an experienced racer, was sailing through the turns at a good clip until he lost it on one. The Pink Flod drummer's car left the track, slid across the grass and into a barrier, doing a costly amount of damage to the driver's side of the front end.  Other than damage to the vehicle, his pride and his bank account, Mason was uninjured.  He bought the McLaren for around $3 million, but estimates of the value of the very few that have been retrofitted to make them street legal run several times higher than that amount.

     

     

     

    CarScoops.com

     

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  • Pete Townshend has composed some new songs that could get featured in a revival production of the Who's Rock Opera Tommy.  Motivation for writing the new material came when the Who guitarist found out the organizers of the production are making a concerted effort to develop and cast roles for actors with disabilities.  Townshend applauded the move in a media release that read in part, "when I heard they planned to do a production featuring actors with disabilities of various kinds, I became very excited.  This is a totally new adventure, and really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music.  I can't wait to see it."
    RTTNews.com

     

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  • One of the pioneers of Rock made his exit Saturday (3/18).  Chuck Berry, a six decade fixture in music and a man that had a tremendous influence on a long list of musicians that went on to become major influences on subsequent generations themselves, was pronounced dead by first responders in St. Charles County, MO that had been dispatched after a medical emergency was reported.
    Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in 1926 and grew-up in St. Louis. He launched his recording career on the Chess label and quickly gained an avid following that included John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and countless others.  Lennon famously said of Berry, 'if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry'. Richards called Berry '...the epitome of rhythm and blues playing, rock n' roll playing' and credited the guitarist he called an inspiration to him for a style he says  'I got down long ago but I'm still getting the hang of it.' Springsteen took to his Twitter account to proclaim Berry as "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer that ever lived.  This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages."

    Berry not only broke new ground musically, he opened eyes to the intoxicating effect a dynamic stage presence could have on an audience.  His life off the stage was wild, too.  He had a number of run-ins with the law and the IRS.  But Berry was irrepressible - a force of nature whose imprint on Rock was and will remain considerable.
    Billboard.com

     

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  • Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons was behind the kit at Key Arena in Seattle Friday (3/17) when the band dove into Pink Floyd's Shine On You Carzy Diamond

     

     

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  • James Cotton, the field laborer from Mississippi that gained notoriety as a harmonica player with the Muddy Waters Band and went on to be share bills with a number of major Rock acts during the late 60's and the 70's, passed away in an Austin, Texas hospital Thursday (3/16) after coming down with pneumonia. Cotton, who outlasted the cancer that robbed him of his ability to song in the 90's, barnstormed the country through many of the early years of Classic Rock doing headline dates with his James Cotton Blues Band and earning opening invites for concerts headlined by the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. 

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  • The Royal Mail is so much cooler than the US Postal Service.  Not only has it released several series of stamps celebrating some of England's Rock legends, it has gone above and beyond in promoting them ,literally in the case of the recently released (story) David Bowie stamps. 52 sets of the stamps (the number chosen because it represents the years of Bowie's career) were attached to helium balloons and released into the atmosphere.  All are marked with a special lightning bolt edition of the Aladdin Sane stamp. The location and direction of each balloon will be updated in hints posted to RoyalMail.com every two days so fans can enter guesses as to where they will land.  You can also watch the stream of that balloon's flight on the site. Those who guess the most accurately about the landing points will be rewarded with First Edition stamp sets.

    NormanGeester.net

     

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  • In typical Ray Davies style, the glib leader of the Kinks received one of his country's highest honors Thursday (3/16) with little fanfare of his own.  After the brief ceremony presided over by Prince Charles, Davies said, ' It laseted three minutes and it went very well. And I said goobbye and went home.'
    Billboard.com

     

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  • Peter Criss has lined up what he claims will be his final performances ever in the US and Australia.  If he doesn't really retire, the fans that fork over close to $1,900 for the VIP Dinner Performance at the KISS Expo Down Under in May could turn from fans to foes.  The price for his VIP Dinner Performance at the New York KISS Expo hasn't been announced.  The NY Expo itslef is slated for June 9-11, with the VIP gig taking place on June 16.

    AntiMusic.com

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Noteworthy Then
  • 1967 Blues Traveler’s John Popper born…     1978 David Bowie opens Low tour…    1979 Supertramp releases Breakfast In America...  1982 Scorpions release Blackout...  1997 George Thorogood releases Rockin’ My Life Away…     2005 Elton John sells his management company for $30 million...   2009 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh join the Allman Brothers Band during the closing show of the Beacon Theater 15 concert run…

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  • 1951 Rupert Greenall of the Fixx born…     1970 Blues Traveler’s Brendan Hill born…     1973 Led Zeppelin releases Houses Of the Holy…     1976 Genesis opens first tour without Peter Gabriel in Buffalo…     1979 Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd, George Harrison’s Ex, and the inspiration for Layla…    1980 Genesis releases Duke... 1982 David Crosby arrested on cocaine, qualudes and handgun charge in LA…     1990 Steven Adler officially ousted from Guns N Roses…     1992 Ozzy Osbourne injured when fans rush stage during Randy Rhodes memorial concert…      1996 Phil Collins leaves Genesis…     2000 Kiss releases Kiss Alive IV... 2010 Rush inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame…   2009 Tom Petty & Mike Campbell join JJ Caleduring his set at McCabes night club in LA

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  • 1950 Tony Banks of Genesis born…     1959 Andrew Farriss of INXS born…     1970 Joe Cocker records Mad Dogs & Englishmen album during concert at the Fillmore East in New York…     1973 Jerry Garcia busted for drugs outside Philadelphia during a traffic stop…      1973 Carlos Santana changes his name to DevaDip…   1984 Scorpions release Love At First Sting...   1987 U2 plays LA rooftop, shooting video for Where The Streets Have No Name…     1987 Sammy Hagar’s first concert as a member of Van Halen, Shreveport, Louisiana... 2001 Buckcherry releases Time Bomb... 2001 Train releases Drops Of Jupiter... 2001 Pearl Jam releases 10/4/00 Montreal, Canada

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  • 1948 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Boston’s Fran Sheehan born…     1965 Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds…     1972 Mott The Hoople disbands after 4 albums…    1985 Tom Petty releases Southern Accents...  1996 Mark Knopfler releases The Golden Heart...   1996 Stone Temple Pilots release Tiny Music, Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop…     2006 Jon Bon Jovi appears on NBC’s West Wing…  2016 Steven Tyler surprises Disney Orlando visitors on his birthday by giving high 5's to people lined up to ride the Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster...

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  • 1947 Elton John (Reginald Dwight) born…     1966 Jeff Healey born…     1967 Who make US concert debut in New York City…     1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono start Bed-In For Peace at Amsterdam Hilton…     1976 Jackson Browne’s wife commits suicide…     1992 Steve Miller Band, Kinks, Midnight Oil play Earth Day concert at Foxboro Stadium…     1995 Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam rescued from rip tide while swimming off New Zealand… 2007 Ronnie Wood stages tribute concert to his brother who died of prostate cancer...  2014 Asi release Gravitas... 2014 Neil Young releases A Letter Home

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  • 1949 Nick Lowe born…     1951 Supertamp’s Dougie Thomson born…     1965 Bill Wyman knocked unconscious during Stones concert in Denmark…     1967 Jimi Hendrix releases Purple Haze…     1975 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Nuthin’ Fancy…     1982 Rolling Stones release Dirty Work…     1986 Van Halen release 5150…   1991 Black Crowes bounced from ZZ Top tour after bad mouthing the tour sponsor, Miller Beer…   2001 Duane Allman and Berry Oakley honored with street and bridge named in their honor in Macon, GA… 2016 David Crosby joins David Gilmour on 3 songs at Gilmour's Hollywood Bowl concert...2016 Beatles fan buys Ringo Starr's childhood home for $99,000

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  • 1949 The Cars Ric Ocasek born   1964 John Lennon publishes In His Own Write   1973 Derek & The Dominos release In Concert double live album   1975 Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jefferson Starship play SNACK Benefit at Keezar Stadium in San Francisco   1978 Police sign recording contract with A&M   1980 Journey releases Departure... 1983 ZZ Top releases Eliminator...   1985 Billy Joel marries Christie Brinckley   1987 Whitesnake releases self titled album   1999 Sammy Hagar releases Red VooDoo  1999 Gov't Mule releases Live...   2009 Jay Weinberg makes drumming debut with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band during rehearsal concert in Asbury Park

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