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The 7th Beatles album got its US release on this date. More than half of the tracks on it also appeared on Beatles For Sale.

Beatles '65 was the tops selling album in the country for more than two months at the start of that year. Close to two million copies were sold in the US by year's end.

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Sambora looking forward to Bon Jovi induction


Richie Sambora says he will be happy to take part in Bon Jovi's induction into the Rock Hall Of Fame in April.  The former Bon Jovi guitarist told Rolling Stone that no formal exchanges about him playing during the Cleveland induction have taken place, but added, 'I'm sure those conversations will happen.'  More than a million fans voted for the band to get in on its first appearance on the ballot.

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12/14 Retro ROCKinsight


Queen released its third studio album in the US on December 14th, 1974,
more than a month after its UK release.  The tour mounted by the band in
support of the album would be Queen's first global trek.

 

 

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Eddie Money & Family on AXS TV


Eddie Money is as entertaining off stage as he is on one.  AXS TV is banking on that coming through on Real Money, a reality show featuring The Money Man and other members of his family.  The 10 episode series will debut April 8 and will include all the mahem and hijinx you would expect in a household of several talented musicians with eight family pets.  The episodes will also include candid and tender moments. Money says, 'We may not be the typical cookie-cutter family, but we have a strong sense of love and loyalty for each other that really shines through.  It's real, and it's somehting I think everyone can relate to.  We're xcited to share our lives with America, as they join us on this wild ride. I've only got two tickets to paradise, but I'm taking everybody!'

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Doors Isle Of Wight 1970 coming on DVD and Blu-ray


The last concert the Doors performed in the UK took place during the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. That set is also the only known unreleased concert performance of the group.  The timing couldn't be better. As the footage sat in storage, the technology for restoring it developed to a point that the quality is substantially better than it could have been if it had been released in any decade prior to this one. Remixed from the original recording by the Doors go-to guy for production and engineering, Bruce Botnick, the audio for The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 is encoded in 5.1 digital format, producing a result that makes viewing this DVD like being among the 600,000 lucky enough to witness it live.  Ray Manzarek described the performance as one the band '...played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form.  He sang for all he was worth.'  The 84 minute DVD includes a closing segment of interviews.  Here's a brief preview of what's in store on the February 23 release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.

 

 

 

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A-Rod and The Boss


Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez took in Bruce Springsteen's one man show on Broadway Tuesday night and the pair got some hang time with Bruce after his performance.

 

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David Bowie: The Last Five Years preview


David Bowie: The Last Five Years is just that - a revealing film documenting the final five years of one of the more reclusive major figures in Rock.  HBO will debut the movie January 8 at 8pm (Eastern).  Here's a glimpse of what to expect.

 

 

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2018 Rock Hall inductees reveal


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the roster of inductees that will be enshrined in the Cleveland music museum on Saturday, April 14.  Heading the list,  and long ovedue for the honor in the minds of legions of Classic Rock fans, is the Moody Blues.  Bon Jovi rode into a first round eligible induction on the crest of more than 1 million fan votes.  The Cars also get member status, but another Boston band many feel deserve it got passed over again - the J. Geils Band.  Also getting recognition from the Hall is Nina Simone.  The exclusion of several other nominees that many Rock fans consider inappropriate for a Rock museum makes the 2018 class one of the least contentious ones in ages for the Rock Hall.  
RockHall.com

 

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Wolfgang Van Halen goes multi-instrumental on solo album


Wolfgang Van Halen sticks to playing bass with VH, but shows that's just one instrument he's mastered on his forthcoming solo album.  His father is psyched about it, telling a gathering he adddressed at the Smithsonian, "This is not 'pop talking, this is real talk; it blew my mind".  No title or release date has been announced yet for the project.  Here he is demonstrating how well he can shred on one of his father's favorite guitars.

 

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Neil Young's model trains raise $300k


Neil Young's life long love of model trains turned into a windfall Saturday (12/9) for the special needs school Young and his former wife started.  After discontinuing the annual benefit concert for the Bridge School the Youngs had staged for many years, Neil decided to put more than 200 pieces from his train collection, a couple of cars, a considerable number of instruments and other assorted pieces of musical equipment up for auction.  The trains alone brough in $300,000. His 1953 Buick Roadmaster convertible with a "Customized for Neil Young" emblem embedded in its steering wheel sold for $400,000.

 

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Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Show rolls again


Sammy Hagar will be Rocking AXS TV for a third season. The Red Rocker's show has the Montrose, Van Halen, Chickenfoot and solo veteran wheeling his way in one of his exotic cars to meet-ups with Roger Daltrey, Dave Grohl, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bob Weir and Sarah McLachlan.  Some shows include impromptu performances and guest time at the wheel of one of Sammy's rides. All include the kind of fun conversations Sammy has with other artists when they are hanging out together or backstage at concerts.  Good stuff.
Deadline.com

 

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2017 Christmas Jam Highlights


An early season snow storm in Asheville presented a challenge for fans and musicians, but the 29th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Saturday (12/9) provided enough musical warmth to make it another great night out in one of the nation's best small music cities.  Haynes joined Jake Shimabukuro on a moving version of Melissa on a night that Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks were on the minds and in the hearts of everyone in US Cellular Center. Shimabukuro and Holly Bowling combined on Bird Song, The Other One and Hallelujah before Blackberry Smoke lit the place up.  The Avett Brothers did a strong set and lingered on stage to do a couple of songs with Haynes, who was also joined by Ann Wilson for Southern Accents in tribute to Tom Petty. Trey Anastasio and Haynes got together for the Phish song Miss You and Gregg's Midnight Rider.  The full-on tribute to Allman featured Haynes with Marc Quinones, Lamar Willimas Jr., Bruce Katz, Paul Riddle and Gov't Mule bass player Jorgen Carlson.  The long evening rocked to a close with a Mule set with Wilson that included Zeppelin's Black Dog, Immigrant Song and No Quarter, along with Heart's Magic Man.

JamBands.com

 

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Steven Tyler opens sanctuary for abused women


Aerosmith's Steven Tyler wrote Janie's Got A Gun as a description of the plight of women that are victims of abuse.  He has now opened a shelter in Atlanta as a place women that have drawn the line on continuing in an abusive relationship or those that are victims of sexual attacks outside of a relationship can find safety and support.  Janie's House will provide therapists in addition to shelter.  Tyler describes it as a place where girls and women will get assistance in dealing with the trauma they have experienced, saying, 'It's a safe haven, and more than anything, it gives them a voice'.  The facility has room for 30 residents.

 

 

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Freddie Mercury biopic names new director


It did not take the production team behind the Freddie Mercury biopic long to pick a new director.  Just two days after dismissing Brian Singer (story), Dexter Fletcher has been named as director for the film starring Rami Malek as Queen's charismatic front man.  Fletcher's past credits include Eddie The Eagle and Sunshine On Leith.  

Here's a look at Malek in the role.

 

 


HollywoodReporter.com

 

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Joe Perry previews new release (Listen)


Joe Perry releases the album Sweetzerland Manifesto January 19. Here's an advance listen to the track Aye, Aye, Aye, recorded with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick.

 

 

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U2 does underground gig in Berlin


Bono and The Edge staged an acoustic performance on a subway platform of Berlin's U-Bahn Wednesday (12/6) and then boarded the a train with 120 of the assembled fans for the trip to the Deutsche Opera stop, where U2 did a live set for radio station ticket winners.

 

 

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10 previously unreleased Hendrix tracks due


A 13 song Jimi Hendrix album that includes 10 not previously released tracks is due early in 2018 from Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recodrings.  The unreleased material was recorded during the two years prior to his 1970 death and includes a couple of tracks that also feature Stephen Stills.  Eddie Kramer, the engineer of all of the recordings Hendrix did during his brief but prolific career, describes those two songs as '...like Crosby, Stills & Nash, except it's on acid'.  Both Sides of the Sky gets its release on March 9.

SFGate.com

 

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John Mayer undergoes emergency appendectomy


John Mayer underwent an emergency appendectomy Monday, causing The Dead & Company to postpone a scheduled New Orleans concert that evening. No decision had been announced as of late Monday night as to whether the group's Wednesday and Thursday tour closing concerts in Orlando and Sunrise, Florida would get rescheduled.  The only other concerts currently on the group's slate is  a series of four sold out nights in Riviera Maya, Mexico in mid February.

DeadAndCompany.com

 

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Freddie Mercury biopic director bounced


FOX studios reportedly attributed the decision to part ways with director Bryan Singer mid-project in the filming of a long awaited Freddie Mercury biopic to unprofessional conduct.  With announcements using those or similar terms increasingly associated with salacious conduct, Singer wanted to explain the parting in more detail.  He did so through the Hollywood Reporter by saying, "I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project ant to help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first."  He went on to say that there were "...pressing health matters concerning one of my parents" and the studio decided against delaying the project for him to take a leave to tend to that.   There had also been suggestions that Singer and Rami Malek, the lead actor in the film, had been at odds during recent weeks of filming.

AntiMusic.com

 

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Todd Rundgren Broadway Bound


His stint as a member of the Ringo Starr All Star Band over, Todd Rundgren is focused on bringing a musical highlighting his own 50 years as a recording artist to Broadway.  His ambition to do it predates similar ones from two artists already having a big impact on The Great White Way, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett.  Springsteen has twice extended his residency on Broadway.  Intended to run only from October into November, Bruce's run now extends all the way into June of next year.  Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville is opening, appropriately, to high expectations.  Speaking with The Hype Magazine, Rundgren pointed out that Groundbreaking musicals like The Book of Mormon and Hamilton have opened eyes and ears of a whole new audience on Broadway.  While Todd's production will draw mostly on well known material from his considerable catalog, he also anticipates adding some new compositions that help develop the story line.

BroadwayWorld.com

 

 

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Pontiac Silverdome demolition fails (watch)


The Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to become jsut a pile of rubble Sunady morning (12/3), but the Michigan arena that was the home of the the Detroit Lions from 1975- 2001 and hosted an April 30 1977 Led Zeppelin performance that set an indoor concert attendance record of more than 76,000 withstood the attempted implosion. Bob Seger, the Rolling Stones, the Who and many others also made Silverdome tour stops.  

 

 

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U2 rocks SNL (Watch)


 

 

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A very special night in Omemee, Ontario


Neil Young made this year's first of December one that folks in his childhood hometown of Omemee, Ontario will remeber and pass along for generations.  It was the night Young returned to the village of around 1200 and web cast a concert world wide from a small historic venue brimming with friends and family members.  Young worked his way through a number of instruments and songs from multiple eras of his long career at a casual pace during the 90 minute set.  As special as the event was for all lucky enough to get an invite or be able to take it in sitting on hay bales arranged in front of vintage TV sets spread out in a viewing area outside the venue, it was even more special for Barry Killen.  Killen hadn't expected to be able to go and would not have had he not happened to find someone's cell phone and do the right thing by contacting the owner, one Randy Bachman.  The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive member thanked him by taking him to Young's concert with him.

TorontoSun.com

 

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Rick Springfield cranks out a shockingly good song


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Ringo adds and subtracts All Starr Band mates


Ringo Starr's All Starr Band revolving door gets another spin as Todd Rundgren and Mr, Mister veteran Richard Page are replaced with previous member (2003/2008) Colin Hay of Men At Work and first timer Graham Gould from 10cc.  Remaining in the 2017 lineup for next year are Journey and Santana's Greg Rolie, sax player Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bisonette.  While rotating mebers in and out keeps the lineup fresh, Rundgren wishes Ringo had done more to reboot the set list more regularly to keep things fresh for band members. Ringo's 2018 All Starr Band launches a Europen tour on June 5 at L'Olympia in Paris.
RingoStarr.com  Billboard.com

 

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Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes pay tribute to Elmore Jmaes


The 100th birthday of slide guitar legend Elmore James will be marked with the release of a tribute compilation that includes versions of songs James did performed by Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Rodney Crowell, Keb Mo and several others. All profits from the sale of the January 26 release will benefit MusiCares.

 

Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James track list:

Can't Stop Lovin' You - Elayna Boynton

Person to Person - Bettye LaVette

Shake Your Money Maker - Rodney Crowell
Son Somebody Wrong - Tom Jones

Mean Mistreatin' Mama - Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, Mickey Raphael

Dust My Broom - Deborah Bonham

It Hurts Me Too Jamey Johnson

Strange Angels - Shelby Lynne, Alison Moorer

Look On Yonder Wall - Keb Mo'

My Belleding Heart - Chuck E. Weiss

Dark and Dreary - Addi McDaniel

Bobby's Rock - Elmore's Latest Broomdusters

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Pearl Jam releases DC/DVD & 8 bit baseball game



Pearl Jam's concert film and CD of the group's 2016 concerts at Wrigley Field came out at the end of September. Now, there's a companion retro baseball video game to go along with it featuring band members.

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Sammy Hagar video birthday roast


Sammy Hagar's birthday was October 13th but as with everything else in the Red Rocker's life, the celebration goes on.

 

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Walter Becker estate returns ire in Steely Dan name battle


Donald Fagen's legal effort to obtain sole rights to use of the Steely Dan name (story) has provoked a response from the Walter Becker estate.  A statement issued by a spokesperson for the Becker estate read in part, "We believe the agreement to which Mr. Fagen refers in his suit - drafted 45 years ago - was not in effect at the time of Walter's death", and added, "Mr. Fagen's lawsuit, riddled with half-truths and omissions, misleadingly fails to state that the day after Walter died, Mr. Fagen had his lawyer send a demand letter to Walter's estate", a counter to Fagen's suggestion that the legal battle was initiated by the Becker estate.  The spokesperson went on to contend that Becker's widow made efforts to arrive at a compromise in the matter that were all rejected or ignored by Fagen.

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Malcolm Young laid to rest in Sydney


 

 

Bagpipes accompanied the casket carrying Malcolm Young's body as it departed from the ceremony at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney on Tuesday.  The funeral for the late founding brother of AC/DC was attended by his brother Angus, the sole surviving current member of the group, as well as former members Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams.  Guitar picks with the dates of Malcolm's birth and death on them were given to those attending the service as they entered the cathedral and Angus Youn entered carrying his brother's favorite guitar.  The ceremony was a somber one the included a choir singing Amazing Grace and The Lord is My Shepherd in honor of the rhythm guitarist who died after suffering from dementia the last several years of his life.  Family members elected not to speak at the service but expressed appreciation in the program handed to those attending for the "love, support and overwhelming outpouring of kindness" shown them during Young's illness and following his passing.  Singer Brian Johnson was particularly grief stricken as he entered and departed the ceremony.

DailyMail.co.uk

 

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Neil Young concert site outted


The Toronto Star is reporting that Neil Young's undisclosed concert venue for the set he plans to live stream is a small venue in the town of 1,200 he grew up in.  If the account that an area web site near Omemee, Ontario solved the mystery when it identified Coronation Hall proves accurate, only around 150 people will get the chance to take in the set that Young plans to stream live through his Facebook page and on CTV on Friday night (12/1).

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Eric Clapton to Rock Hyde Park


Eric Clapton's long-term touring days are behind him, but the guitar legend continues to do occasional concerts, and an historic occasion has just been announced. Clapton, Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr. will perform on the Great Oak Stage that ECand Winwood first played in June of 1969 as members of Blind Faith.  Clapton also did a 1996 concert in Hyde Park to benefit the Prince's Trust.  This time around, Eric will be headlining the July 8 2018 evening of the BST Festival in the London park.

Independent.co.uk

 

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House Bruce Springsteen grew up in for sale


The childhood home Bruce Springsteen grew up in is on the market for about $270k. Bruce resided there with his parents and sister from when he was 6 until he was 18. The Zillow listing for the residence at 39 Institute Street in Freehold, New Jersey details the home as being 736 square feet and having 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The Zillow estimate of its value suggests the premium placed on it based on the home's most famous previous occupant is just over 20k. The house is now set-up as a two family home with a rental value of the other portion of the house projected as being about $150 more a month than the estimated monthly mortgage payment.  If AirBnB is an option there, that premium could end up getting paid down even faster. Get a look inside here.

Zillow.com

 

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Neil Young streaming mystery concert


Neil Young's full recording archive goes live on December 1, and so will he.  Young will webcast a live concert from an undisclosed Canadian location starting at 8pm (eastern) on Friday, 12/1. tap into it on his Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/NeilYoung/

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Plenty in store on Record Store Day


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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Legal battle for Steely Dan name looms


Within days the death of Walter Becker (story), his estate sent a letter to his Steely Dan band mate, Donald Fagen, notifying him that the estate considers an agreement Becker and Fagen entered into that would award the share of whichever member left the group or died to the remaining members invalid.  In addition to the 50% ownership of the name, the notification included the contention that Becker's widow should get an official status as an officer or director.  Neither notion sits well with Fagen. He has initiated a suit against the estate in an effort to gain full control of the Steely Dan name - and tacked on a claim for more than $1 million in damages.  Fagen's suit contends that as recently as 2009 Walter Becker confirmed himself as in accord with the agreement the two drew-up in 1972.

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Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward ailing


Drummer Bill Ward landed in the hospital recently due to a heart problem. While the former Black Sabbath member reports that he is feeling better, the condition and his recovery made it necessary to cancel dates Ward had scheduled for his solo band Day Of Errors.  Ward posted, "It's with great, great sadness that I must tell you I have to cancel the Day Of Errors tour dates scheduled in December.  I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However, I've never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to itsnature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates."

HenneMusic.com

 

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Preview Neil Young auction items



Photo: Juliens Auctions

 

Neil Young elected not to do his annual Bridge School benefit concert this year, but he is still stepping up big time to support it by having Julien's Auctions sell a lot of his belongings to raise money for the school. The reserves and estimates on a lot of items puts many within reach of average fans check out what's going, going before it's gone on December 9 here.  Model train items from his collection dominate the early pages. Instruments. musical equipment, clothing and other items start on page 124.

 

 

 

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U2 booked to play Saturday Night Live


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Malcolm Young dies at 64


Malcolm Young passed away with his family by his side Friday (11/18) following several years of declining health resulting from Dementia.  His widow passed along the family's appreciation for all of the messages of support sent to her late husband and family since his diagnosis. His brother wrote on the AC/DC web site, "...it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.  He leave behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done". The family has requested that donations honoring him be made to the Salvation Army. The Sydney Morning Herald will add a memorial web site through which fans can send condolence messages to the family next week.

 

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Joe Perry announces solo album


Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will release Sweetzerland Manifesto, a 10 track solo album on January 19 of next year.  His 6th solo album features 9 new songs and a cover of Eve Of Destruction with Johnny Depp drumming.  Other guest musicians on the release include Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, David Johansen, Zak Starkey and Terry Reid.  The instrumental track Spanish Sushi features synth and drum programming from Perry's sons Roman and Tony. 

JoePerry.com

 

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Eagles & Jimmy Buffett combine on stadium dates


Manager Irving Azoff has confirmed that the Eagles will do at least a few stadium concerts with Jimmy Buffett in 2018. While most dates have yet to be finalized, Coors Field in Denver is a lock.  Guitarist Joe Walsh told the Las Vegas Sun that his group has plans for a moderately extensive tour of between 40 and 50 concerts.  After calling it quits following the death of Glenn Frey, the band reconvened for Desert Trip concerts with Deacon Frey, Glenn's son, taking his father's spot and also recruited Vince Gill.  Of Deacon, Walsh said, 'He doesn't know he's great but he's great, and that really helped us spiritually.  Then we got Vince Gill and he filed in that ghost voice in the harmonies, and he's a brilliant musician.'

 

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U2 American Soul (listen)


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Neil Young opens floodgates


Neil Young is opening his entire archive of recorded material to fans to stream for free here.  A Timeline on the site provides a comprehensive listing of every recording available - and it literally includes every song he has recorded and dates back to 1963.  Zooming in to a particular portion of the timeline produces more detailed results on what is available from that period.

The recordings are all encoded in Xstream high resolution, delivering a superior quality of sound than other formats offered online.  Xstream is capable of optimizing the quality to take fullest advantage of each end user's available bandwidth.

NeilYoungArchives.com

 

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Dave Grohl guests with GNR in Tulsa (watch)


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Bob Seger posts preview for I Knew You When


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Bidding on Dylan acoustic approaches $400k


The 1963 Martin D-28 guitar that Bob Dylan played during George Harrison's Bangladesh benefit concert and on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour was expected to bring a top bid of $300k when Heritage Auctions in Dallas sold it and the receipt Dylan provided guitar tech Larry Cragg, who paid $500 to buy it from Dylan. The guitar Cragg  says has kept it in a humidity and temperature controlled enclosure since the day he bought it sold Saturday (11/11) for $396,500. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Billy Gibbons joins GNR in Houston (watch)


Billy Gibbons made an unannounced guest guitarist appearance with Guns N' Roses in Houston Friday (11/10), joining Axl and the band on Patience.

 

 

 

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It's curtains for Ozzy Osbourne


 


With Black Sabbath over and done, Ozzy Osbourne has turned his attention to his own final tour, a trek that won't reach its end until 2020.  The opening date will be in the States when Ozzy plays the Welcome To Rockville festival at Metropolitan Park on April 27, 2018.  From there, Osbourne has a 7 date stretch in Chile, Argentina and Brazil before jetting to Russia for concerts in Moscow an St. Petersburgh, followed by dates in Finland, Sweden, the UK, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germ

any, Spain and Portugal before returning to the US for a full slate of North American dates.Although it is a 'farewell tour', the George Forman of Rock was quick to add that he has not ruled out doing one-off dates after his retirement from touring.

 

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Metallica live streaming wildfire benefit set


Metallica will live stream its set at the Band Together Bay Area concert Thursday (11/9) to benefit those impacted by wildfires that raged north of there. One of the fires came very close to consuming Kirk Hammett's home. The stream can be taken in here...

 

 

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Hendrix, Petty, McCartney guitars to auction


Guitars owned or played by Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and others go up for bids in New York on December 2. The axes include a Guild guitar Jimi Hendrix played in a Miami hotel after hs scheduled appearance at a festival there had been rained out, a Gibson Les Paul Paul McCartney performed with in 2012, the 1963 Fender Precision Bass played on Bruce Springsteen's debut album and a 1990 Alvarez-Yairi acoustic guitar owned by Jerry Garcia.  Guernsey's presided over the auction of Garcia's 'Wolf' guitar that sold for nearly $4 million to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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U2 staging free London concert


U2 will perform a free concert set in  London's Trafalgar Square on Saturday (11/11) as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards. Portions of the concert, which is limited to 7,000 ticket holders rewarded through a lottery, will be televised the following evening.  The awards event itself will be held in the SSE Arena in Wembley on Sunday.

Standard.co.uk

 

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University of Georgia marching band honors Gregg Allman (watch)


The University of Georgia dedicated its half time performance during Saturday's (11/4) game against South Carolina to Gregg Allman by performing a medley of Allman Brothers Band classics.

 

 

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Gary Rossington faces another medical emergency


Gary Rossington, the sole surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has done his utmost to keep the legendary band going, but it has been a struggle since his health took a serious turn for the worse in 2015.  A heart attack sidelined him and the band late that year and related complications disrupted touring again in 2016. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that another medical emergency involving Rosssington was the reason Friday's (11/3) Skynyrd concert in that city's Capital City Amphitheater got cancelled on the day of the show. Also cancelled was the 11/4 date in Lakeland, Florida.  .38 Special will step in to fill the group's headline slot at the Rock Fest '80's festival November 5 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

HenneMusic.com

 

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Neil Young selling trains, cars, guitars and more


Neil Young's long run of Bridge School benefit concerts reached the end of the line with last year's concert. His generosity toward the learning center for children with special needs  takes another form on December 9 when Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles will conduct a large scale sale of the Rocker's belongings for the benefit of the school.  Included in the sale are more than 200 are pieces from his extensive collection of Lionel Trains, some with estimated values of clost to $10k, his 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood, his 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse and a 1941 Chysler 28 Windsor Highlander Coupe.  Among the guitars Young is parting with are a 1935 Martin F-7, a left handed 1965 Gibson E-35 and a 1999 Gretsch White Falcon.  An assortment of amps and recording equipment is also in the mix, as is clothing of note, including a red & blue flannel shirt Young wore when he played with Paul McCartney at a Bridge School Benefit concert.

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Beatle Christmas messages get limited vinyl release


The annual holiday messages the Beatles released to fan club members from 1963-69 will get a box set release on colored vinly December 15.  Each of the discs will be accompanied by the original flex sleeve artwork it was mailed to club members in. A 16 page compilation of production notess and newsletters sent with the discs is also included in the package.

 

 

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U2 firms-up album and tour plans


Two songs from the forthcoming U2 album got pre-release circulation.  The remaining 11 will come out on the Songs of Experience official release on December 1. A deluxe edition of the album will add three additional tracks and a different mix of You're The Best Thing About Me.  The band's tour in support of the release kicks-off May 2 in Tulsa and wraps June 29 in Newark. While only 15 dates are on the initial schedule, off days between the dates allow room for additional shows in those cities or other cities gedtting added.

 

05/02 BOK Center, Tulsa OK

05/04 Scottrade Center, St. LouisMO

05/07 SAP Center, San Jose CA

05/11 TMobile Arena, Las Vegas NV
05/15 The Forum, Los Angeles CA

05/22 United Center, Chicago IL

05/26 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville TN

05/28 Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta GA

06/05 QC Bell Centre, Montreal

06/09 Nassau Coliseum

06/13 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA

06/17 Captial One Arena, Washington DC

06/21 TD Gardedn, Boston

06/25 Madison Square Garden, New York City

06/29 Prudential Center, Newark NJ

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Dave Grohl is Letterman for Halloween & joins Alice Cooper (watch)


Dave Grohl was both the trick and treat on the Halloween edition of the Jimmy Kimmel Show.  The Foo Fighter came out spoofing as David Letterman before joining Alice Cooper and his band.

 

 

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David Gilmour talks Pompeii, then and now


One of Pink Floyd's most unique concerts took place amid the ancient ruins of Pompeii 46 years ago. In 2016, David Gilmour revisited the setting and did a spectacular performance that recently was released as a DVD.  Gilmour recently sat down with Mary Beard in a BBC studio to discuss the original and more recent concerts.

 

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Dylan acoustic guitar goes to auction


A 1963 Martin D-28 guitar that Bob Dylan played during George Harrison's Bangladesh benefit concert and used extensively during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour is being put up for bids by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on November 11.  The instrument was bought from Dylan for $500 by a guitar tech in 1977. The receipt from that transaction also goes to the high bidder.  Larry Cragg says the guitar hasn't been played since he got it and nothing on it has been replaced.  He has kept it in a humidity and temperature controlled enclosure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metallica's wildfire relief benefit concert announcement (watch)


Metallica will headline a benefit concert lineup that also includes the Dave Matthews Band on November 9 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, to raise funds to assist residents that lost homes that ravaged areas north of the city in recent weeks.

 

 

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Geddy Lee sits down with Dan Rather (watch)


AXS TV preview of Dan Rather's discussion with Rush veteran Geddy Lee (airs starting 10-24-2017).

 

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Bob Seger on the mend following surgery


Bob Seger revealed Monday (10/23) that he had surgery Friday to alleviate the vertebra problem that forced him to postpone tour dates a few weeks ago (story).  Official word came from the Detroit Rocker's social media and web sites in a statement that read, "Bob is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgey on Friday to address the medical issue causing the postponement of his tour."  The account includes that his doctors feel the operation '...couldn't have gone better', and adds that make-up dates for the concerts that were postponed should be setg soon.

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Judas Priest campaigning for Rock Hall spot (watch)


Fan based initiative to help bands gain entry to the Rock Hall Of Fame got some added traction when the Hall announced it would add a popular vote to the selection process that had been exclusive to a bunch of music indusrtry and related business insiders. One nominated band is taking direct action in an effort to get fans to vote on its behalf.  Judas Priest has cut a video designed to drive votes for its induction in 2018.

 

 

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Black Sabbath's final concert out on CD/DVD November 17 (Preview)


Black Sabbath's final show on the band's farewell tour took place in Birmingham, England last February. In the months since, a film and the recording of the concert have been getting produced. Eagle Rock will release the concert in CD and DVD formats on November 17. The CD will include some recent live studio recordings of five of the group's biggest songs.

 

 

 

 

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Dylan covers Petty during Denver concert (watch)


Bob Dylan, who regularly rearranges his own songs in concert to the point they are hard to recognize, did a true to the original version of Tom Petty's Learning To Fly during his Denver concert over the weekend.

 

 

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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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