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.
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."
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. TheSun.ie
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.
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. Rhino.com
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.'
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." BruceSpringsteen.net
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. WheresEric.com
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.' NME.com The Liverpool Echo
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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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.
A one-off debut of a hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio 'performing' his songs during a 2016 festival in Germany went over well enough that a full tour has been put together. Dio Returns is being staged in Europe in the fall of 2017 and will migrate to the US in the spring of 2018. The backing band, Dio's Disciples, will do the full sets, with the Eyellusion created Dio hologram 'on stage' during several songs, including Rainbow In The Dark, Neon Nights, Man On The Silver Mountain and Holy Diver. The hi-tech reincarnation tour has the blessing of Wendy Dio, the late singer's widow, who says, 'Working with Eyellusion over the past year and a half to turn our dream of this tour into a reality has been absolutely incredible', adding, '...we like to think of Ronnie smiling down as we continue to find ways to share his music with all generations of fans.'
Southern Blood, the album featuring final songs and recordings of Gregg Allman, gets released September 8. While most of the Classic Rockers we have lost to date died unexpectedly, Gregg made this album knowing his time in this life was growing short. That perspective clearly inspired this song.
The new group Heart veteran Nancy Wilson has formed with a couple of Prince band veterans will launch a US tour on September 10 and release its debut album, First Things First, on September 22. Roadcase Royale's tour opens at the Gramercy Theatre in New York and include a handful of headline dates between dates it is opening for Bob Seger on his Runaway Train tour. Nancy's band lineup includes Prince veterans Ryan Waters (guitar) and vocalist Liv Warfield. Also on board are Chris Joyner (keyboards) and Ben Smith (drums). If she misses the prospect of touring with her sister Ann, there is little hint of it. In a statement to publicize the tour and release Nancy wrote, "Roadcase Royale is the band I've always wanted to be in. We all write and create songs as a unti. It's an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound."
Peter Frampton interrupted his set during the Minneapolis stop on his tour with Steve Miller after cameras projecting the concert onto screens in the venue focused on fans holding up Frampton album covers instead of him during a guitar solo. His anger over the misdirected attention began when one fan held up a copy of Frampton Comes Alive. When the camera zoomed in on that during his solo, fans erupted in cheers. When another fan held a cover up and the camera was again diverted from the stage to the album cover, Frampton reportedly gave a "&*%$ you" to the camera operator and stormed off the stage. He returned to complete his set after the cameras were shut down. A number of fans expressed disappointment and disapproval of his tantrum online.
Fans at the Sunday night (7/23) Roger Waters concert at the United Center in Chicago got the added benefit of seeing Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder join Waters on Comfortably Numb and Us + Them. It was Vedder's first appearance with Waters since the pair teamed-up during the Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden 12-12-2012.
The Eagles have agreed to a Classic Northwest Fest date in Seattle's Safeco Field on the final day of September. The date will include the lineup of the group that headlined the July 15 Dodger Stadium Classic WestFest concert, including Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, filling his father's role, and country star Vince Gill. the Doobie Brothers will open the Safeco Field date.
The Apollo Theater in New York City was the setting for an intimate concert by arena/stadium Guns N' Roses Thursday (7/20). The invitation only event featured most of the veteran lineup tearing through almost 30 songs. The group resumes its Not In This Lifetime tour this week in St. Louis.
Don Henley's 70th birthday fell on the weekend he had scheduled a concert in his adopted home base of Dallas. Joining him on stage during the 22 song set that featured solo material, Eagles songs and a smattering of covers were fellow Eagles Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and Stevie Nicks (on Leather & Lace and Boys Of Summer) and Patty Smyth on Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough. The evening ended with all of the guests joining in on Birthday, the Beatles song on the Double White album.
One of the rarest and more macabre Rock collectibles is being offered for sale. The copy of Double Fantasy, the album John Lennon autographed for the man that later the same night gunned him down, is being sold by Moments In Time. The album was discovered stashed in a flower planter not long after Mark David Chapman was taken into custody after murdering Lennon outside his New York City apartment building. The man who found it turned it over to police and the album was one of the items presented by prosecutors making the case against Chapman. Following the trial, the album was returned to the mane who found it. He sole it for $150,000 in 1999. Eleven years later it was sold again for $850,000. The saking price this time around is $1.5 million.
Reuniting Slash & Duff McKagan with Axl Rose has paid off big. The current Guns N' Roses tour has sold 1.4 million tickets, eclipsing the $150 milllion mark. The U2 Joshua Tree tour is gaining ground is a distant second at $118 million earned on close to a million sold, but that tour generated more than $61 million in sales for US dates between June 11 and July 1, so the gap is narrowing. Other Rockers in the top 20 include Metallica (4th), followed by Red Hot Chili Peppers (6), Bon Jovi (17), Bruce Springsteen (18), Green Day (19).
The family of a film crew member that died when a freight train plowed into a make-shift movie set on a railroad bridge in Georgia where a scene in a Gregg Allman biopic was being shot in 2014 (story) has been awarded $3.9 million dollars. The accident and legal wrangling that resulted from it derailed the biopic that had actor William Hurt cast to play Gregg. The parents of the crew member maintained that the railroad bore some legal responsibility for their daughter's death even though the film crew had not secured all of the authorizations needed to be filming on the bridge when the accident happened.
John Mellencamp has said that his hard headed son Speck reminds him of himself. John's 22 year-old son seems like he got the stubborn, confrontational disposition of his father but added a willingness to take things beyond words. Some years back, Speck and his brother had a run-in with the law after getting in a brawl at a party that came across as being a retaliatory beating (story). After midnight on Sunday (7/16) in Bloomington, Indiana, Speck was arrested and charged with public intoxication and resisting orders of law enforcement after he and his brother reportedly got into a row after a group of guys started taunting them. After Speck got mouthy with officers on the scene and first responders attempting to treat him for injuries evidently sustained during the the altercation with the group of other men, police elected to take him into custody and charge him with the two misdemeanors.
Queen members say Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic centering on Freddie Mercury featuring Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek in the role of the front man, will be ready for release in 2018. News that Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) is directing the project is raising expectations that this could be one of the better Rock docs ever. Commenting on Malek's on-screen portrayal of Mercury, Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May said, 'Rami has great presence and he is utterly dedicated to the project. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.' Queenonline.com Radio.com
Cheap Trick's bassist has revealed that his band will release a Christmas album at the end of October. Talking with Orange Amps, Tom Petersson said the album will include one standard, a few originals and their takes on some songs previously written and recorded by other Rockers. The only one he referenced was a Roy Wood song, which would be I Wish It Coul Be Christmas Every Day - a song we think would be a great one for them to do. HenneMusic.com
A film featuring highlights of David Gilmour's 2016 concerts at the site of the ancient Roman amphitheater at Pompeii where Pink Floyd performed in 1972 will be screened in theaters on September 13. It looks and sounds amazing.
Kid Rock claims he's not kidding about running for Congress. Robert James Ritchie has the sign at the left causing quite a stir. The Michigan Rocker says it has triggered "a ton of emails and texts aking me if this web site is real" and says the answer is "an absolute YES". In addition to the pictured sign, the site rotates through a series of slogans, including, "Pimp the Nation", "You Never Met A Politician Quite Like Me", "In Rock We Trust", and "Party For The People".
A motion to get a case a former drummer filed against Eddie Money dismissed has been rejected by a California judge. Glenn Symmonds initiated the wrongful termination suit against Money more than a year ago (story). Symmonds maintains that Money mocked his disability on stage and made unwanted advances toward his girlfriend. Money's lawyers say Symmonds was dismissed because he "...is a vindictive, ungrateful and awful person" and contend that "Everything in his lawsuit is a pack of lies." Barring a dismissal on the appeal that Money lawyers plan to file on the ruling or a pre-trial settlement, a trial will commence in November.
The setting was a church fundraising function in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. The entertainment at the fair on that Saturday included the skiffle group The Quarrymen. 16 year-old John Lennon did most of the vocals as the group played on the back of a flatbed truck being used as the makeshift stage for the event. After Lennon's band played outside, they went indoors to set-up for an evening performance. It was while setting up that a fellow student known by both John and 15 year-old Paul McCartney introduced the two.
Remarkably, two songs of that day's performance by The Quarrymen were recorded by a member of the church's youth club. Bob Molyneux offered the tape to Lennon via Ringo Starr in 1963, but John never reached out to get it. After keeping it under wraps for three decades, Molyneux sold the tape through Sotheby's auction house.
A trio of newly critters at Toronto's High Park Zoo have been named for the three members of Rush after more than 32,000 of the nearly 45,000 votes cast in a naming poll were for naming the capybaras Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. If having their names applied to South American Rodents seems unflattering, Geddy, Alex and Neil aren't letting on. Alex took to his Instagram account to write "We are thrilled" and to thank Rush fans for the honor and add, "By the way, which one is me? In the picture I saw none of them were wearing glasses."
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'.
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
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.'
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
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.
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
U2 did its first US festival set ever at Bonaroo on Friday night (6/9). During it, Bono paused before the band did One Tree Hill to say, 'This next song is about a friend of ours that was stolen away from us far too soon, way back then. And I’m sure a lot of people here at Bonnaroo have had a similar experience. Tonight, we want to sing it for Lily Cornell. Her dad had an epic heart.'
Phil Collins might be second guessing the naming his comeback the Not Dead Yet Tour. The former Genesis member lost his balance on his way to the John in his hotel room and suffered a rather serious head injury in the early morning hours Thursday (6/8). The fall and resulting postponements were announced on his Facebook page.
The 30th anniversary of the release of Def Leppard's Hysteria will be accompanied by a remastered reissue that will be available August 4 in a number of configurations, topped by a Super Deluxe 7 disc version that includes 2 DVDs. Here's a look & listen.
The annual Country Music Awards show opened Wednesday (6/7) with a host of artists performing Midnight Rider in tribute to Allman Brothers Band co-founding member Gregg Allman. ABB member Derek Trucks delivered a great solo on the rendition that included Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley. HuffingtonPost.com
Pete Townshend has added Billy Idol to his lineup of musicians with his band for limited run of US dates performing Quadrophenia with orchestras. The founding member of the Who says, 'Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike'. HenneMusic.com
Quadrophenia US Tour dates
9/2 Tanglewood Music Center - Lenox, MA (with Boston Pops Orchestra)
9/9 Metropolitan Opera House - New York City
9/10 Metropolitan Opera House - New York City
Dead & Company keyboard player Jeff Chimenti has accepted the daunting task of deciding which Grateful Dead songs should get featured in an upcoming musical based on the band. Broadway World is reporting that that the yet-to-be titled stage production will be a "...semi- fantastical and immersive Americana tale" based on a 1920's family engaged in various nefarious enterprises, including gambling, conning and swindling. Based on that description, songs like Me and My Uncle, Deal, Jack Straw and Friend of the Devil should be good candidates. The last attempt (1998) at a play based on the band's material was practically dead on arrival - it folded after just a few performances.
Guitarist Neal Schon and keyboard player Jonathan Cain apparently are at odds. Schon went on Instagram on Sunday (6/4) to post "I want to be elevated by whom I play with, not feel like I've got cement shoes. If anyone is unhappy they are not running My band, they should leave". That post was followed by one in which he called out Cain specifically and shed some light on the nature of his issues with him. It appears Schon thinks Cain is trying to interject politics and religion into Journey's songs or performances because the guitarist wrote, "I've stated how I felt about mixing Religiona nad Politics and how our music is not of 1 religion - Democratic or Republican. This and has been an issue with myself Mr Cain and his now wife since he married." Cain is married to a Pentecostal Christian televangelist. Cain's online reaction was "A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time." HenneMusic.com
Guns N' Roses hasn't hit the studio yet, but band members have been recording some rough demos of songs that could make it onto a new album. Guitarist Richard Fortus describes the process as '...sort of assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually recording a new album.' Any formal recording will need to get done between dates or legs of the current GNR tour, which is slated to run through November. Speaking on The Stage Left podcast, Fortus also said Axl Rose has a knack for formulating songs; 'The genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs from different parts and make them feel cohesive as a song. And I've never seen anybody able to do that in the same way.'