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ZZ Top's remaining 2017 dates scratched


ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has come down with a stomach ailment that has forced the Texas trio to scrap the remaining dates on the 2017 Tonnage tour. The group hopes to work all 18 of the cancelled dates into its 2018-2019 schedule.  The exact nature of the problem was not addressed in the band's notification to fans, which just said Hill neededd to '"ay low for the next few weeks"

 

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Black Friday bright for music fans


The list of limited edition releases for the 11/24/2017 fall Record Store Day is impressive. Here are the highlights of ones most likely to be of interest to ROCKinsights readers...

Anthrax - Carry On Wayward Son (lp)

Chuck Berry - The London Sessions (lp)
Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities Vol 1 (lp)
Byrds - You Movin'/Boston (single)

Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas (lp)

Gary Clark Jr. - Come Together(12" vinyl)

Dimebag Darrell - The Hitz (lp)
Doors - Absolutely Live (douple lp)
Steve Earle - El Corazon (lp)
Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales - Side Trips (double lp)
Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead Records Collection (lp)

Wake Of The Flood, From the Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Steal Your Face
John Lee Hooker - Black Night Is Dalling (lp)
Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas (10" single)
Ziggy Marley - Love Is My Religion (lp)

Dave Matthews - Live at Luther College (lp)

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime (7" single)

Willie Nelson - Spirit (lp)
Willie Nelson - Yesterday's Wine (lp)

Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - Live 1973 (lp)

Iggy Pop - New Values (lp)
Procol Harum - The One & Only One (10" vinyl)

Queen - We Are The Champions (12" vinyl)
Raspberries - Pop Art Live (lp)

Otis Redding - Live in Europe (lp)
Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson - Bottom Line (interviews with Vin Scelsa)

Rush - Closer To The Heart (7" vinyl)

Son Volt - Ballymena (EP)

Southside Johnny - Detour Ahead (lp)
Roger Taylor - Journey's End (12" vinyl)

Toto - Hold The Line/Alone (10" picture disc)
Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas (lp)

Utopia - P.O.V. (12" vinyl)
Neil Young - Harvest Moon (double lp)

Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy/Primordial (12" vinyl)

 

 

 

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Robert Plant still considers Zeppelin reunion a non-starter


No matter how many times people ask the question, the answer remains the same; Robert Plant has zero interest in joining Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on stage to perform a set of Led Zeppelin songs.  The front man man made that clear yet again to the Daily Telegraph when talking with the publication about his most recent solo album. As he put it this time afround, 'You can't ever really go back.  It's tough enough repeating yourself with something that's a year old, never mind 49 years old. I've got to keep moving.'  The last time the trio of survivng members of the group played together was in 2007 at London's 02 arena, a performance released as Celebration Day in 2012.

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Tom Petty funeral a small, private ceremony


Tom Petty's funeral was held Monday  (10/16) in Los Angeles. The family and close friends only ceremony was conducted at the same site fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison's was held.  One of Tom's daighters shared some photos taken at the event on Instagram.

 

 

 

The dark of the sun we will stand together????

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360 view of Gregg Allman's recording of Willin'


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Bob Seger settles on album title & release date


Bob Seger's new solo album was recorded in appreciation of several of the artists he considers  to have had a major influence on him. I Knew You When includes song by or about Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, Lou Reed and others.  It is due November 17.

 

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Roger Daltrey to publish life story


Roger Daltrey says the time is right for him to put his storied life and career in the Who into book form.  The charismatic lead singer plans to have his memoire published next fall.  Speaking of the undertaking, Daltrey said 'It's taken three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday.'  Given the volume of legendary tales about Who tours, it is bound to be a fascinating read.

 

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Foreigner musical in production


Jukebox Hero: The Musical will use the that song and others from the group to tell the story of who the boy '...standing in the rain' without a ticket to a sold out show was and later became.  Set in a blue collar  town in Pennsylvania with shrinking jobs and growing despair, the production is set to debut in Calgary with premier performances August 10-12.  The show includes 16 Foreigner songs, among them, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded and Waiting For A Girl Like You.  Guitarist Mick Jones says, 'I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping to bring this music to life.'

HenneMusic.com

 

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Bruce Springsteen mellows out on next album


Bruce Springsteen opened his multi-month residency on Broadway last week.  In addition to developing the concept of how those performances will be staged, Bruce spent time during recent months finishng up a new solo album.  Talking with Variety, Bruce says he resisted going political on the next album, saying he '...got a lot of what I had to say in that vein on Wrecking Ball.'  He calls the new one more of a 'singer-songwriter' release influenced by artists like Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach.  No release date has been set.

 

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90,000 Gator fans salute Tom Petty


Close to 100,000 strong, Florida Gators football fans joined in singing I Won't Back Down in tribute to Tom Petty in his hometown of Gainsville.

 

 

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Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Moody Blues lead Rock Hall Ballot


The Rock Hall Of Fame has introduced a ballot that includes 18 bands or artists in contention for induction in 2018.

Leading the list of nominees (in our opinion) are Dire Straits the Moody Blues, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, The Cars and the J. Geils Band.  Also included are Depeche Mode, Rage Against The Machine, the Zombies, the MC5, Radiohead, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Te Meters, Eurthymics, LL Cool J, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Kate Bush.

 

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Tom Petty's last encore


The last venue Tom Petty played on his final tour was a close to home tour closing date at the Hollywood Bowl.  It took place on September 25, one week before the heart attack that took his life. The encore included a rollicking version of one of his relatively recent songs, followed by the one that introduced him to most of his legions of long time fans.

 

 

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Bob Seger sidelined by medical complication


Bob Seger's Runaway Train tour has been derailed by a bum vertebrae.  The veteran Detroit Rocker's web site posted notification that remaining dates on the tour are off on "doctor's orders" while Bob gets the matter tended to.  Seger himself commented, "I'm so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll.  It's a privilege to play for our amazing fans.  Hoping to be back out on the road very soon."  Indications are that Bob plans to reschedule the 19 dates between September 30 and November 17 getting knocked off the schedule.

BobSeger.com

 

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Tom Petty dies peacefully with family, band & friends at his side


Tom Petty was stricken by a major heart attack at his Malibu home in the early hours of Monday (10/2) and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where tests indicated that his brain showed no activity and the decision was made not to continue life support measures.  Numerous usually relaible sources incorrectly interprpreted that as meaning Petty had passed away, but he did not die until Monday evening.  Official word came from his long time manager, Tony Dimitriades, who said that Tom "...died peacefully at 8:40pm (Pacific Time)) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends".

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Tom Petty reportedly suffered severe heart attack


Although nothing addressing his condition appeared on his web site as of this writing, reports were circulating that CBS news had apparently confirmed that Tom Petty died Sunday night after being rushed to UCLA Medical center in Santa Monica.  TMZ had reported that the 66 year-old Petty had been found in full cardiac arrest and was transported to the hospital where tests indicated that his brain showed no activity and the decision was made not to continue life support measures.  Official confirmation that Petty had died has not come as of 5pm Eastern time Monday, but he may be clinging to life under a do-not-resussitate protocol.
This hearbreaking news for Heartbreaker fans comes as Tom and the band were coming off triumphant and critically acclaimed concerts at the Hollywood Bowl just days ago.  While many of his contemporaries settled for doing 'victory lap' tribute concerts that paled in comparrison with shows they did in their prime, Petty continued to pour everything into his shows, often surprising fans with archive tracks and outstanding covers of unexpected titles written by others. 
He was as big a fan as he was an artist.

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Springsteen joins Bryan Adams in closing Invictus Games (watch)


Two of the top musicians from the host country and its closest neighbor got together in Toronto for the closing ceremony of Canada's Invictus Games, a multi-sport competition involving athletes from 17 countries.  Bryan Adams invited Bruce Springteen to join him on stage.  The pair did Badlands and Cuts Like A Knife together on Friday night (9/30).

 

 

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Steven Tyler denies accounts of a seizure


Steven Tyler calls reports evidently triggered by a Boston Globe story on the reason Aerosmith had to cancel the remaining dates of a South American tour "creative speculations".  The tour came to a halt last week after Tyler was ordered to get immediate attention for a medical condition (story). A Globe report suggested a source supposedly with connections with Aerosmith had passed along the info that the singer had experienced a seizure.  Tyler took to his social media accounts to discount the credibility of the account, writing, "I give you all an A+ for creative speculations but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin' a rippin' lead). Sorry to have to cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States can perform." 

HenneMusic.com

 

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John Fogerty steps up for Vets


John Fogerty was front and center in support of a new Veterans crisis intervention center in Las Vegas.  In addition to contributing time and money to support the efforts to bring the center online, John attended the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday (9/28) to make some remarks and perform.  Before Creedence Clearwater Revival's emergence as one of the more socially conscious groups of the 60's, Fogerty spent sime in the Army National Guard.  He stood in opposition to the Vietnam War, but his loyalty to those who served has always held firm, saying, 'Humanly, how can anyone be against veterans? It's inconceivable. These are the people that defend our coungtry and defend our rights in ways most of us probably couldn't come up with or even understand.  There's bravery and herosim there.' Fogerty played a new song he co-wrote with Brad Paisley and also did the CCR classic Fortunate Son.  
The goal is to have the 3500 square foot crisis center up and running by Veterans Day.  The facility will supplement other services available in the Veterans Village.

LasVegasSun.com

 

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McCartney & Joel combine on Beatles songs (watch)


Tuesday night's (9/26) Paul McCartney concert at the Nassau Coliseum featured a pair of Beatles songs that paired Sir Paul with Billy Joel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aerosmith's Tyler ailing


"Unexpected medical issues" have caused Aerosmith to cancel dates on their current tour while the lead singer seeks "immediate care". No specifics have been released about his condition or the problem Tyler is facing. The fact the dates in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico are being cancelled rather than postponed could be telling, but the band's official web site does relay word that a full recovery is expected and that he should be good to go "soon".  The singer's message to fans expressing his disappointment about the need to cancel indicates he flew back to the states on a doctor's order following the concert in São Paulo and adds, "I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances."

 

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Paul McCartney fires up the Carrier Dome


Fans attendng Paul McCartney's first ever concert in Syracuse Saturday (9/23) hoped the music would be hot and knew the venue would be. The lifetime naming rights for the Syracuse University dome were awarded to the Carrier Corporation. At the time Carrier locked that deal in, the world leader in air conditioners was one of the largest employers in Syracuse. Ironically, the Carrier Dome has none, making it a terribly uncomfortable place to attend any event when the outside temp is above 75.  Gone are the days late September Syracuse days can be counted on to be relatively cool.  The McCartney date fell in the middle of a two week stretch the city and region were in the middle of a two week stretch of daily highs in the mid 80's.  The uncomfortable conditions proved undaunting to Sir Paul and the multi-generational legion of fans that came close to filling the venue the now 75 year old Rocker cancelled a scheduled concert at when he was 51 due to mediocre ticket sales.     

The 39 song, 3 hour long show delivered by a band being cooled by discreetly placed but powerful fans seemed to meet or beat the expectations of nearly everyone that attended.  There was a moment during the hot evening that things threatened to get even hotter - in a very dangerous way. A jet of pyro-generated flame during Live and Let Die ignitied some rigging above the stage.  Rapid response by crew members averted what could have brought a wonderful evening to a tragic close.

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Jackson Browne's tribute to Gregg Allman (watch)


Thursday night (9/21) at the Laid Back Festival, Jackson Browne did the song by Gregg Allman that Duane considered his younger brother's finest tune in tribute to the festival founder.

 

 

 

Three years ago, Browne and Allman did the song together.

 

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Springsteen puts a charge into Laid Back Festival (watch)


The Laid Back Festival at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel NJ got an extra jolt of energy Thursday night (9/21) courtesy of Bruce Springsteen, who emerged to perform two songs (Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and It's Been A Long Time) with E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt's own outfit Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, joined Jackson Browne on  Take It Easy, and then took part in an all-hands-on-stage encore with Peter Wolf bounding out to lead everyone through a version of the J. Geils Band's Freeze Frame.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KISS reunites with Simmons & Frehley (watch)


Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley took the stage with KISS for the first time in more than 15 years when the group  played a benefit concert for The Children Matter in St. Paul, MN Wednesday night (9/20).  The pair of original members did Parasite, Cold Gin, Shock Me and broke into the inevitable encore Rock And Roll All Night as dozens of fans crowded around the band on stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springsteen warms-up for Broadway at NJ college


Monmouth College is the home of the Bruce Springsteen archives. Tuesday night (9/19), it apparently was also the scene of a dress rehearsal for Bruce's multiple month residency in Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre.  The unannounced performance was an invitation only affair that the University declined to confirm or deny.  Semi-confirmation it took place came in a non-specific social media reference by Patti Scialfa's brother who wrote, 'It's easy sometimes to forget what true genius is, until its right in front of you."  The audience in the 700 seat Pollack Theater on the Long Branch, New Jersey campus of Monmouth was limited to about 200.  Capacity at the Walter Kerr Theatre is just under 1,000.

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John Lennon's widow sour about lemonade


Yoko Ono is threatening to file suit against a small UK company marketing a series of flavored beverages under the name John Lemon.  Even though the company insists it does not use images or likenesses of John Lennon, lawyers for Ono contend that it has used some and made inferentail references to Lennon in some social media posts that, in the process, infringed on the John Lennon trademark registered with the European Union.  The company's owner does not think the claim has merit, but says fighting the suit is beyond him company's means because an unfavorable decision could leave it responsible for covering Ono's legal expenses as well as its own.  Making matters even stranger, the John Lemon trademark was apparently filed withthe EU two years before the John Lennon one was.

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Eddie Vedder joins street performers outside Wrigley (Watch)


The Cubs sit atop the NL Central with just over a week left in MLB's regular season.  That's cause for celebration for one of the team's highest profile fans, Eddie Vedder.  The Pearl Jam lead singer took to the sidewalk outside Wrigley Field to join a couple of street musicians on a version of his band's song Courduroy Friday (9/15) and was at it again on Sunday, that tim sitting in on drums.

 

 

 

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United Nations recruits Bob Weir


Bob Weir likes to keep up on social-political matters and has lobbied formally and informally for environmental and social reforms he believes in.  The former Grateful Dead veteran will be doing it in a more official capacity now that the United Nations has named him a Goodwill Ambassador.  Weir takes on the role of helping the international body inform the public and advance the cause the positive role counteracting climate change can have in reducing poverty while promoting sustainability.  A ceremony honoring the newest Goodwill Ambassadors takes place Sunday (9/17) during the 8th annual Social Good Summit in New York City.

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Springsteen joins McCartney at MSG (Watch)


Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band took the stage to join Paul McCartney on I Saw Her Standing There during Paul's Madison Square Garden encore Friday (9/15).

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Eddie Vedder, Pete Townshend & Billy Idol Rock Chicago (Watch)


Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined Pete Townshend and Billy Idol's Orchestra backed Quadrophenia concert in Chicago Wednesday night (9/13).

 

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Gilmour dishes another Pompeii preview (Watch)


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Gregg Allman I Love The Life I Live (Watch)


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KISS reunites with Frehley & Simmons for Hurricane Harvey benefit


Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will rejoin KISS in a benefit to assist Gulf Coast families with young children hammered by Hurricane Harvey. The reunion will take place on September 20 at  CHS Field in St. Paul MN. Proceeds go to The Chidren Matter to help speed restoration of normal lives for the 10,000 children in the Houston area displaced by the storm.  It will mark the first time in more than 15 years the pair has been back on stage with the band in concert.
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Stones raid the vault on opening night in Hamburg (watch)


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U2 previews You're The Best Thing About Me


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New life for a legendary recording studio


A New York City recording studio where many great albums were recorded has been spared the fate of several former studios that have gone the way of condos or the wrecking ball in recent years.  The Power Station had been renamed Avatar by its more recent owners.  When they sought an interested party to take it over that would commit to continue operating it as a studio, Boston's Berklee College of Music jumped at the opportunity. Renamed the Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the studio will, in addition to serving as a traditional recording studio, hos educational programs and live performances for intimate size audiences.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave Pete Muller much of the credit to bringing the deal to fruition, saying  'Renovating this amazing, historic music venue is a powerful nod to New York City as a continuing center for innovative art, culture and creativity.  I commend Berklee and Trustee Pete Muller for their investments, their vision, and for the public performing space that will benefit many budding and future New York recording artists.'

The former ConEdison power plant opened as a studio in 1977.  The list of albums recorded there includes major albums from Bruce SPringsteen (Born To Run), the Rolling Stones (Tattoo You), Bob Dylan (Infidels), David Bowie (Scary Monsters & Let's Dance), and many, many more.

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Stage swallows James Hetfield


James Hetfield was in the middle of Metallica's song Now That We're Dead during group's concert Monday (9/4) at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam when he averted a brush with it when he fell through into an open trap door in the stage.  He was assisted up out of the opening, telling the audience after completing the song 'I'm okay. My ego, not so much. But we're fine. Hurt my feelings'.  


 

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Keith Richards Ferrari hits the block


A mint condition 1983 400i Ferrari that Keith Richards bought while the Rolling Stones were recording in Paris goes up for auction on Saturday (9/9).  In Keith's stable of exotic rides since being shipped back to London after the band finished recording the album Dirty Work, the car is almost certainly the most pristine a Ferrari of that style and vintage anywhere in the world.  With just 3.6km on the odometer (2,200 miles), the car is valued at $225,000 and is expected to bring close to or possibly more than that during the RM Sotheby's Ferrari sale.  In addition to the car itself, the high bidder gets the original sale materials, including the warranty card that designates the Stones guitarist as the owner.

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker dies (updated)


Walter Becker who, with Donald Fagen were the core members and provided the creative genius of Steely Dan, passed away Sunday (8/3) at 67.
The Queens, New York born Becker took up the saxophone during his school years but set that aside to become a guitarist. Becker became a proficient guitarist with help from Randy Wolfe, who later changed his name to Randy California and was a founding member of the band Spirit.
Becker met Walter Fagen while the two were enrolled at Bard College.  For a time, the two were in a band named Leather Canary that had Chevy Chase on drums.  Becker and Fagen ditched Bard before graduating and set out to become professional song writers and, briefly, were members of Jay and the Americans under assumed names.
In 1971, the two relocated to the west coast and soon after arriving formed Steely Dan.  Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, Denny Dias (guitars) and Jim Hodder (drums) rounded out the band.  Becker contributed some guitar at the outset, but his primary instrument was bass.  Once the band acquired the services of bassist extraordinaire Chuck Rainey, Becker was free to shift entirely to guitar, and made his recording debut as Steely Dan's guitarist on Pretzel Logic (1974).



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Steely Dan as a band was soon distilled down to Becker and Fagen, giving the pair the option to base which musicians they worked with on the nature and style of each album.  Taking this approach allowed them to fine tune the sound for the studio but made concerts difficult, and Steely Dan became one of the least regular touring acts in Rock during Becker & Fagen's most active years of releasing popular albums.  The two dissolved their writing partnership in 1981, the year after releasing Goucho, the final Steely Dan album released during the consecutive years of the collabortation of Becker and Fagen.  Free of the pressures and obligations of needing to reinvent the band each time they did an album, the pair eventually began to tour somewhat regularly. 

Walter Becker contended with a number of health issues, including injuries sustained when he was struck by a taxi while crossing the street in New York in 1978 and substance problems.  He got that in check after the final album was released and went on to produce albums for Rickie Lee Jones (Flying Cowboys), Michael Franks, China Crisis.

 

Becker and Fagen reunited in 1993 for a tour after Becker had produced Fagen's album Kamakirird.  The following year, Fagen returned the favor, producing Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack.  They then collaborated as Steely Dan, releasing Two Against Nature (2000), an album that collected four Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year.

Becker & Fagen were inducted into the Rock Hall OF Fame in 2001.

 

A cause of death has not been released. News of his passing was not a shock as it was common knowledge that he had health issues, but the circumstances under which we learned of his death because numerous sites seem to have announced it before it actually happened.  

We always await substantiation before firing off a story. So, when people in a position to know cast doubts about reports that emerged going into the weekend that Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame had passed away and a chorus of claims of a hoax grew, we awaited verification.  His passing was confirmed. But the assuming the date of death indicated on his web site is accurate, the initial reports of his death were false.  While many repudible people and sites got duped into spreading news of his death prematurely, the misinformation had to have started with someone.  We hope whoever that was feels remorse over having made a difficult time for Becker's loved ones and friends even more painful.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springsteen Broadway residency adds 10 weeks


E Street Band members will have more time on their hands than they assumed. Bruce Springsteen's fall  series of solo dates in a Broadway theater has generated such a frenzy of anticipation that 10 additional weeks of performances have been added.  The Boss had been scheduled to will sing songs and spin yarns at the 950 seat Walter Kerr Theatre from October 12 - November 26.  It has now been announced that the closing night won't come until three days into the second month of 2018.

In an effort to thwart bots and scalpers, Ticketmaster has developed a system designed to limit sales to individuals that have an established history of having purchased tickets in patterns that makes them verifiable as legitimate fans.  The ticket seller's Verifiable Fan registration will be re-opened until September 3 for the additional dates.  People that registerd for the initially announced dates that did not get the opportunity to buy tickets do not need to register again.
NYDailyNews.com

 

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David Gilmour does Time/Breathe Live at Pompeii (watch)


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Court ruling blocks Skynyrd plane crash movie


On Monday (8/28), an injunction grounded any additional production of a movie recounting the tragic October 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that claimed the lives of band members Donnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines as well as Cassie Gaines, the sister of Steve that was touring with the group as a background singer.  Filming of Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash had violated an oath surviving band members had taken in the late 1980's to never exploit for profit the misfortune without first obtaining their approval.  Former drummer Atrimus Pyle evidently side stepped that agreement. 

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ZZ Top voices support for Houston


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David Bowie: A Life


David Bowie: A Life, a new bio about the iconic Rocker due September 12, delves into some of the complicated family dynamics that influenced him as a person and an artist.  The book, written by Dylan Jones, the author and Bowie fan who previously wrote the highly regarded When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook The World, digs into some of the family factors that figured in Bowie becoming the artist he did.  His youth was spent in a home life frought with troubles, many of them stemming from mental instabilities of members of his mother's family. One aunt was administered a lobotomy and another died in her 30's after having been committed to mental hospitals. His schitzophrenic half brother was hit and killed by a train in an apparent suicide.  Bowie once said, 'One puts oneself through such psychological damage trying to avoid the threat of insanity, you start to approach the very thing that you're scared of.'  
Although it's written that he went through cocaine at a pace during a period in his so furious it had nearly "eaten away his nose" at one point, Bowie once let a lover know that he was afraid of taking LSD because he considered '...the prospect of losing control during the psychedelic terrifying.'
DailyMail.co.uk

 

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David Gilmour previews Pompeii 2016 concert DVD (Watch)


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Rumors of a Lee-Lifeson Band shot down by guitarist


Drummer Neil Peart's reluctance to continue recording and touring is not shared by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.  Eddie Trunk is of the opinion that drummer Peart is '...out. I think he's done, done, done' but contends Lee and Lifeson are energized and look forward to making more music.  But recent rumors that  the former Rush guitarist and its bass player and primary vocalist were forming a band together but without Peart are being discounted by a source with access to members of the Canadain power trio. Donna Halper, a radio personality that was an enthusiastic supporter of the band in its early years, has informed Society Of Rock that Lifeson told her there is no truth to rumors that he and Lee have or intend to work together musically. 
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8-25-1975 Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run


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Foo Fighters The Sky Is A Neighborhood (watch)


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U2 sends letter to fans teasing new track


A number of U2 fans received some unexpected snail-mail over the last few days.  A letter from the band seems to be promoting a new track titled Blackout.  Silhouettes of a young boy and girl holding hands obscure much of the text. The next U2 album, Songs of Experience, is expected to be released December 1.

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Gov't Mule Revolution Come... Revolution Go (Watch)


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Ozzy Osbourne does Bark At The Moon during eclipse (watch)


Always the show man, Ozzy Osbourne wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to time his set at the Moonststock Festival so that he could do Bark At The Moon just as the eclipse went total at Walker's Bluff, Illinois on Tuesday (8/21).

 

 

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Pearl Jam concert film & album slated (preview)


Right in synch with the start of MLB's post season, Pearl jam is releasing a concert film and companion CD of the group's 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field on September 29. Devout Cubs fan Eddie Vedder has equated walking into the historic ballpark with '...stepping into Oz.'  Director Danny Clinch commented, 'In my films and photographs, I love to explore the relationship between a band, their fans and the location.  When it happens that the main characsters are Pearl Jam, the Chicago Cubs, their fans, and Wrigley Field during a historic moment, you know it's going to be epic.'  The 17 song set includes Vedder's Cub rally song All The Way and a cover of the Beatles I've Got A Feeling.

 

 

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Robert Plant streams new track (Listen)


Carry Fire, an album of new material from Robert Plant and his band Sensational Space Shifters, includes a song with a title extracted from Stairway To Heaven's lyrics.  The May Queen will be instantly recognized by fans of the epic 1971 song as part of the line '...it's just a spring cleaning for the May Queen'.  Asked about it by BBC 6, the former Zeppelin front man said he loves the season of renewal and that it just seemed to fit the song.
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Major Tommy release coming from Who (preview)


Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall will have Who fans feasting their ears and eyes on the group's April performance of the 1969 Rock Opera at the historic London concert hall.  The October 13 release will come in DVD, Blu-ray, 2 CD and 3 LP configurations.  In addition to the start-to-finish performance of Tommy, the release will include a live set of Who classics from multiple eras and animated visuals created for Pinball Wizard and The Acid Queen.  Lat October also brings the release of Maximum A's & B's, a 5 CD bos set of singles and B side songs.  That drops on October 27.
 

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Ted Nugent rant provokes David Crosby response


Ted Nugent's recent claim during a radio interview that he hasn't been nominated for the Rock Hall Of Fame because of his political opinions drew a counterpoint from David Crosby.  The CSN/CSN&Y member took to his Twitter account to contend Nugent hasn't earned consideration for the Cleveland museum because he "...just isin't good enough".  Nugent returned fire on his Facebook page with the following rant. "Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life.  I couldn't be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me while he competes with Michael Moore to see who can go the longest without hygiene.  Zombie-boy would hurt himself if he tried real rock & roll like mine.  Let's all pray he can form a syllable before his borrowed liver fails.  I laugh at his pathetic slovenliness as I wrap up the greatest ultra-fun tour of my life."

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U2 sets Songs of Experience release date


We'll have a lead track from the next U2 album early in September, but he full Songs of Experience album won't get released until December 1.  The three year span since the last album, Songs of Innocence, saw the goup make several false starts in the studio before settling on a direction to take the project in. Adam Clayton describes this as an album that conveys the band's evolution. 'Songs of Experience is going to be taking everything we've learned in the last 40 years and consolidating them into one piece of advice'.
A video for the lead track, You're the Best Thing About Me was shot in Amsterdam.
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Deep Purple & Alice Cooper launch tour (watch)


Alice Cooper and Deep Purple will share headline status on the current tour that also includes Edgar Winter. It opened this weekend at the Chelsea, the concert hall housed inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

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Mutiple music greats on final Ronnie Montrose album


Ronnie Montrose ranks as one of the musicians most admired by fellow guitarists but underappreciated by music fans. Several fine players pay tribute to Montrose on 10 X 10 the album he began recording when he died five years ago. Working with with Styx and Kiss veterans Ricky Phillips and Eric Singer on the project, Montrose planned to feature 10 other musicians he had high regard for.  Phillips committed himself to getting the album completed to honor Montrose.  The release drops on September 29 and will feature Sammy Hagar (a member of Ronnie's self-named band) Joe Bonamassa, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple mainstay Glenn Hughes, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Styx veteran Tommy Shaw, Toto's Steve Lukather and more.  
Phillips considers the music Montrose was making at the time of his death some of the best of his career. "His songs still have the fire and angst of a youndg rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of 'guitar speak'. On 10 X 10 we hear Ronnie at the top of his game, from the opening crunch guitar on Heavy Traffic, all the way t the closing song, I'm Not Lying, which was Ronnie's tip of the hat to his friend Robin Trower.
A bonus edition of the album will include a number of demo songs and 11 songs recorded in the early '70's during studio performances at San Francisco's KSAN.
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8-13-1973 Lynyrd Skynyrd releasess Pornounced 'leh-nerd skin-nerd'


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Go Pro footage of Enter Sandman (watch)


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Chris Cornell statue commissioned by his widow


The widow of Chris Cornell hopes a statue of her late husband she has commissioned will help fans and the city he loved honor him. Cornell died shortly after performing a concert in Detroit last May. His death was ruled a suicide, but his wife believes that her husband's state of mind was skewed by a drug relapse and that he '...did not want to die', adding, 'If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn't have done this.'

The sculpture is being crafted by Wayne Toth and is expected to be finished by spring.  Speaking with the Seattle Times, she siad, 'He has already given me a design and the childrena and I love it.  He is Seattle's son and we will be bringing him back home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.'

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Bruce on Broadway details dished



News that Bruce Springsteen was setting up a residency run on Broadway broke in June (story). Now, details about the series have been released.  The debut performance will be on October 3, with the series commencing 10/12 and running five nights a week through November 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.  Tickets go on sale exclusively through Ticketmaster at 10am Eastern on August 30 and are reportedly scaled from $75 - $800.  Ticketmaster will employ a newly developed screening system known as Verified Fan® in an effort to thwart scalpers and bots from commandeering tickets.  Verified Fan registration is open from now through 8/27.
The actual performances are expected to feature Bruce performing solo on guitar and piano, recounting stories and, perhaps, reading from his autobiography.  Springsteen says he set out to "...do some shows that were as personal and intimate as possible.  I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I had in mind."  He adds, "My show is just me, hte guitar, the piano and the words and music.  Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work.  All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to rovide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value."
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Steve Miller Ultimate Hits collection (preview)


Steve Miller's Ultimate Hits collection includes a round-up of all the songs you would expect, but a CD+Digital version bumps the track count to 22 songs with the addition of previously unreleased live versions of Living In The USA and Space Cowboy, along with a previously unavailable solo version of Seasons.  The collection drops on September 15

 

 

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Skynyrd off the road while Rossington recovers


Lynyrd Skynyrd is losing some tour dates so Gary Rossington can get treated for blockages in an artery. The guitarist and sole remaining member of the classic Skynyrd lineup has had recurring heart problems in recent years. The original announcement from the band did not specify which member was ailing or the nature of the illness.  After false rumors developed suggesting that Johnny Van Zant had suffered a heart attack, the band issued a denial and identified Rossington as the one needing medical attention.  The procedure is considered relatively low risk but does require a period of rest for recovery. The tour is scheduled to resume Friday (8/11) in Virginia Beach.

 

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Bob Weir, John Mayer and the Campfire band do Garcia tribute sets at Red Rocks (watch)


Bob Weir, Johan Mayer and the Campfire Band closed out a couple of sets of music dedicated to Jerry Garcia Friday night (8/4) at Red Rocks with Friend of the Devi and Brokedown Palace.  Garcia would have turned 75 on August 1.

 

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Stones preview Sticky Fingers Live (watch)


The latest From The Vault release from the Rolling Stones features a Sticky Fingers Live set done at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20 2015, a few days before launching their 2015 Zip Code Tour.  The DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD and DVD+LP configurations drop on September 29.

 

 

 

 

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Joe Walsh joins Late Show band for Life's Been Good (watch)


Joe Walsh dropped in on The Late Show on Wednesday (8/2) and did Life's Been Good with Steven Colbert's house band Jon Batistee & Stay Human.  During his conversation with Colbert, Joe also recalled a dining fiasco he and John Belushi were responsible for back during his pre-sobriety days.

 

 

 

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Clapton Rock Doc set for film fest premier


The Toronto International Film Festival has landed the first screening of Showtime's Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.  The movie will premier during the fest in September and is slated to be available on Showtime itself in 2018.  The film takes a very personal approach to unveiling details about a quite private and somewhat reclusive guitar legend.  Clapton himself speaks to some of difficult periods of his life, including a far from harmonious childhood, his struggles with substance abuse and the tragic loss of his young son.  Clapton's up front approach to the project allowed producers to sort through a considerable amount of archived material and media, and were even given access to personal letters and diaries.
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Def Leppard dishes Hysteria reissue preview 2 (watch)


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Metallica's Van Halen tribute at Rose Bowl concert (watch)


Metallica paid tribute to their southern California hard Rockin' brethren during their Rose Bowl set on Saturday (7/29)

 

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McCartney to weigh in on Trump


Paul McCartney's next album will likely include a song the former Beatle has written about Donald Trump.  During a recent appearance at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Paul reportedly confirmed plans to include the song on his album when he was said to have remarked to students at the academy he founded more than 20 years ago, 'sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy that you've got to address it.'  That could be taken as a general observation, but McCartney recently commented more pointedly about the US President directly, telling the Daily Telegraph that Trump has, '...unleashed the ugly side of America.'
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Rough ride for Brian Johnson


AC/DC veteran Brian Johnson has plenty of experience behind the wheel of high end race cars and knows how to get the most out of them in competition. Trying to get too much out of a lower end car during a qualifying run for the Silverstone Classic in the UK this weekend sent the Austin A35 he was driving into a roll.  Other than a bruised ego, Johnson emerged largely unscathed.

 

         

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The day the Doors changed everything


On July 29 50 years ago, Light My Fire broke into the Billboard singles chart. The fact AM radio first short-changed fans by playing the 2:53 single version of the song did a lot to spur the emergence and eager adoption of FM radio, where the full 7+ minute of the song became an instant staple. Here's guitarist Robbie Krieger talking about the song that shook things up so much.

 

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Mick Jagger debuts new solo song and video (watch)


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