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Woodstock 5Oth ticketing delay

 

Already contending with complaints about its lineup and the fact the concert won't be at the original one's site, the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival organizers have now delayed the on-sale date, raising doubts in some quarters as to whether it will happen. Michael Lang insists it is still on.

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Roger Waters joins Nick Mason's band in New York

Nick Mason invited his former Pink Floyd band mate Roger Waters to join him Thursday (4/18) in New York City.

 

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Hollywood Vampires back with another

Hollywood Vampires, the group that includes Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry is back with another album on June 21. Here's a taste ...

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Clapton joined by John Mayer at Budokan

Fans attending Eric Clapton's Satyray (4/13) concert at the Budokon got to see Clapton trade licks with Joh Mayer on this one.

 

 

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The rebirth of Capricorn Studios underway

 

The fabled building in Macon, Georgia where many Southern Rock's most iconic songs and albums were recorded has been saved from the wrecking ball and will reopen as both a museum and working studio by the end of 2019.

The studios the late Phil Walden, his brother Alan and Frank Fenter teamed-up to operate became a second home in Macon for the Allman Brothers Band and attracted many of the other southern bands and artists of the 70's, including the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop, Grinderswitch, Cowboy, the Outlaws, Delbert McClinton, the Dixie Dregs, Stillwater and Sea Level.

$2 million in foundation funding with additional assistance assistance from Mercer University will transform the building listed as a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation 'Places in Peril' structure into a museum of instruments, equipment and memorabilia related to the albums and musicians that made musical history in it and a music incubator offering more than a dozen rehearsal spaces available on a round the clock basis.

The re-opening of the Capricorn building is scheduled, for December 3 and will feature tours and live music.

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Preview new Alan Parsons track featuring Lou Gramm

Alan Parsons first new album in a long while includes a song with former Foreigner front man Lou Gramm.  The album drops April 26.

 

 

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Geddy Lee hits the stage with Claypool Lennon Delirum

Rush is up on blocks, but Geddy Lee was out and about Wednesday night (4/10) in Toronto to join the Claypool Lennon Delirium on bass at the Danforth Music Hall.

 

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Young and Crazy Horse planning new album

 

Neil Young's more frequently off than on backing band Crazy Horse is apparently back 'on' and planning the release of its first album in 7 years. Guitarist Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band is also said to be back on board. No title or release date info is available yet.

 

MORE NEIL YOUNG INSIGHTS

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The Metropolitan Museum Rocks Out!

The ordinarily hushed confines of a major art gallery isn't the place you'd expect to find a display of many of the loudest instruments in the history of music, but that's exactly what Classic Rock fans will be streaming into the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York to see in the coming weeks. Play It Loud!, an exhibt that includes 130+ instruments, many of the iconic, opened yesterday.

Visitors will be treated to axes, drums and other instruments owned by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry,Bob Dylan, James Hetfield, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and dozens more.

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll runs through October 1 at the Met.

 

 

 

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Fleetwood Mac drops Stones fill-in headline slot in New Orleans

 

Just days after being booked to pinch hit for the Rolling Stones at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival while Mick Jagger recovers from a heart valve procedure, Fleetwood Mac has pulled out of the headlining slot on May 2 to give Stevie Nicks time to recover from a severe case of the flu.

 

MORE FLEETWOOD MAC INSIGHTS

 

 

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Another health setback for Ozzy Osbourne

 

Mick Jagger is well on his way to recovering after having a heart valve issue tended to at Presbyterian Hospital in New York last week.

Ozzy Osbourne is not doing nearly as well. The 70 year-old Black Sabbath veteran got off to a rough start this year, landing in an ICU due to a severe respiratory illness. A recent fall in his home has presented another setback that will sideline Osbourne for an undetermined amount of time, forcing postponement of his No More Tours 2, which had been scheduled to start in late May. Word is the tour's start is getting pushed all the way to February, 2020.

 

MORE OZZY OSBOURNE INSIGHTS

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Echo In The Canyon preview

Here's one film we are def lookging forward to seeing!

 

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Mick's on the Mend!

Legendary Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger underwent successful, minimally invasive heart surgery to address a leaky heart valve at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The procedure did not require the kind of full-scale operation that would have sidelined Jagger a good deal longer. The band will still miss the Jazz & Heritage Festival gig scheduled for May 2 (Fleetwood Mac is stepping into that headline slot), and at least the early dates on their North American will need to be rescheduled, but overall, we're happy to pass along that things are looking a lot better than they did for Mick and the band just a few days ago.

 

MORE MICK JAGGER INSIGHTS

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Eagles join the album concerts bandwagon

 

The MGM Grand has landed the Eagles only 2019 North American tour dates. The two Vegas concerts will feature the group performing it's 1976 album Hotel California in its entirety, plus a greatest hits set. Tickets go on sale April 12 for the September 27 & 28 concerts.

 

MORE EAGLES INSIGHTS

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Jagger heart valve problem the cause of Stones cancellations

 

The ailment that forced the Rolling Stones to cancel their scheduled May 2 concert at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and postpone other 2019 tour dates was revealed Monday (4/1).  Mick Jagger will undergo heart surgery to repair a faulty valve.  Jagger, famous for keeping himself fit, is expected to rebound from the procedure in time for the band to hit the road later in the year.

 

MORE ROLLING STONES INSIGHTS

 

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Jagger ailing, Stones postpone tour

Rapid recovery wishes going out to Mick Jagger. After the 75 year old front man tweeting that the Stones needed to cancel their appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the band has also postponed the rest of its tour so Jagger can be treated for an undisclosed ailment.   Mick hinetd the cancellation of the May 2 date in New Orleans was due to a medical issue when he wrote, 

I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”

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Stevie Nicks makes Rock Hall history

Stevie Nicks joined the ranks of artists inducted twice by the Rock Hall Of Fame last night. Enshrined as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Nicks was honored for her solo work Friday night  (3/29) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn during a ceremony  that included her performing Stand Back, Leather and Lace, Stop Dragging My Heart Around and Edge of Seventeen. 
Don Henley was there to join her on Leather and Lace and Tom Petty almost certainly would have been to accompany her on Stop Dragging My Heart Around and to induct her if he was still around. Former One Direction star Harry Styles stood in for Tom in both roles, calling Stevie '...the mystical gypsy godmother'. Nicks praised Styles during her backstage presser for deciding to do a Rock album after stepping away from his pop boy band, which she mistakenly identified as NSYNCH before correcting herself and adding 'I'm never gonna live that one down'.
The rest of the class this year was predominantly British, with The Zombies, Roxy Music, Def Leppard and Radiohead.
Def Leppard brought the night to a hi decibel close with Pour Some Sugar On Me and Photograph.

 

 

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2019 Crossroads Festival guitarists announced

Classic Rock fans disappointed by the lineup Michael Lang has put together for the The Woodstock 50 concert are apt to find the guitar greats Eric Clapton has lined-up for his Crossroads Festival much more impressive. When Eric calls, who's not going to jump?!
The September 20 & 21 roster of six string masters appearing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas includes Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr,, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth and more.
Proceeds from the concerts will support the Crossroads Centre, the substance recovery facility that EC established a number of years ago.
 

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3-27&28-1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen recorded

 

One of the great live albums of all time was recorded on this and the following night at the Fillmore East in New York City in 1970. Mad Dogs & Englishmen featured Joe Cocker and Leon Russell backed by a great band that included a horn section and backing vocals from a choir that included Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, and Pamela Pollard.

Chris Stainton joined Russell on piano and organ, Carl Radle played bass, sax players Jim Horn and Bobby Keys were joined by Jim Price on trumpet, Don Preston played guitar and Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell and Bobby Torres provided drums and percussion.

The album got released in August. Expanded editions have been released since, and the complete sets from both nights are now available. There is also a great film documenting the tour that includes lots of behind-the-scenes footage of what proved to be one of the wildest tours ever staged.

 

Rockers of note born on 3/27 include Tony Banks of Genesis (1950) and INXS keyboards player Andrew Farriss (1959).

 

The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop near Philadelphia on 3/27/1973.

 

Scorpions released Love At First Sting on this day in 1984.

 

U2 shot the video for Where The Streets Have No Name during a rooftop live set in LA on 3/27/87.

 

And Sammy Hagar made his live debut fronting Van Halen on this night in 1987 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

 

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Joe Perry's birthday message to Steven Tyler

Few band members have been through as much together as Aerosmith's lead guitarist and their front man.  Here's Joe Perry's birthday message to Steven Tyler and Tyler's reply.

 

 

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Piano Man and John Fogerty team-up at MSG

Billy Joel's monthly concerts at Madison Square Garden have resulted in some great guest drop-ins. This week, John Fogerty was in the house to join the Piano Man on this CCR classic.

 

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3-23 Ric Ocasek born (1944) Eliminator released (1983)

Ric Ocasek, front man and rhythm guitarist for The Cars, was born today in Baltimore. After moving to Cleveland with his family at 16, Ocasek met bass player Ben Orr and the pair began promoting concerts together in the Columbus area in the early 70's. The two also played together in a few other bands before relocating to Boston and starting a harmony based folk rock group named Milkwood. A subsequent group called Cap'n Swing added guitarist Elliott Easton and caught some airplay on WBCN. After recruiting Modern Lovers drummer David Robinson to join them and re-adding Milkwood member Greg Hawkes on keys, the group shifted gears, becoming The Cars in 1976.

ZZ Top released a couple of albums on March 23. On this day in 1983 the blockbuster Eliminator got its release and on 3/23/90 Recycler came out.
The Red Rocker, Sammmy Hagar, earned his spot on the Bay Area Music Walk Of Fame during a ceremony on this day in 2018.

 

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3-22-1974 On The Border released

 

Keith Relf of the Yardbirds was born on this day in 1943.
Bob Dylan's Bringin' It All Back Home got released on 3/22/1965.
On The Border was released by the Eagles on this day in 1974. The group's third studio album introduced a shift into a more of a Rock mode with the addition of Don Felder to the group and the decision mid-way through the recording to replace Glyn Johns as producer with Bill Szymczyk, who had impressed them with his production on future Eagle Joe Walsh's 1973 album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Are. 
Aerosmith played on Saturday Night Live 3/22/1997.

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Check this 9 year-old's guitar chops

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3-21-1976 David Bowie & Iggy Pop busted in Rochester, NY

 

Happy birthday to The Money Man, born on this day in 1949 in New York City. With his father, a grandfather and brother int eh NYPD, a young Edward Mahoney enrolled as a trainee in the department, but the lure of music proved stronger than the appeal of a career in law enforcement. Moving to the Bay Area of California, Eddie established a solid performing reputation playing San Francisco and East Bay clubs in the mid 70's and landed a recording contract with Columbia Records.His debut album, released in December of 1977, remains the biggest release of his career, which includes 10 additional lps.

David Bowie and Iggy Pop got popped in a drug bust in the Americana Hotel in Rochester, NY after a concert in the city on this night 0n 3/21/1976.

Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for Streets Of Philadelphia on this night in 1994.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson joined Billy Joel on Highway To Hell during one of the Piano Man's concerts at Madison Square Garden on 3/21/1994. For some reason, David's mug shot was not taken until days after the arrest.

Mike Campbell and Neil Finn rehearsed with Fleetwood Mac for the first time on this day in 2018 after having been invited to replace Lindsey Buckingham in the group.

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