Mick Jones revealed that the first new songs by him and co-founding Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm in 20 years might hit the public next year. The pair's June 2013 performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Juke Box Hero" at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left Foreigner for a second time.
Jones has rekindled a relationship with Gramm, and revealed to Classic Rock magazine, that the duo, who wrote most of Foreigner's classic hits together, might be teaming up one more time, explaining, "Lou told me a few weeks ago he's discovered a few songs we were writing in the '80s, but never quite finished. We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults. . . It's a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on."
When asked if a reunion -- which would sideline current lead singer Kelly Hansen -- would be unfair, Jones was quick to point out: "Kelly has dedicated everything to the band. He's phenomenal. So anything I do will be sensitive to that. If Lou and I do something it'll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly."
Jones was asked what shape a Lou Gramm / Kelly Hansen Foreigner show might take, and he explained, "Something special where the old members can be involved. That would be cool. But nothing in the immediate future."
The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony took place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center. A truncated version of the evening's events will air on HBO on May 31st at 9 p.m. The inductees to the Rock Hall class of 2014 were Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates.
Ahmet Ertegun Awards went to the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The Award for Musical Excellence -- formerly known as the Side-Men category -- was presented to the E Street Band, who were inducted by Bruce Springsteen.
Glenn Frey -- who got his major break as apart of Linda Ronstadt's backing band -- saluted her at the ceremony. Ronstadt did not attend the event, but a show-stopping tribute of her best-loved songs was performed by Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Bonnie Raitt. Questlove of the Roots saluted Hall & Oates. Surprise inductor Art Garfunkel paid tribute to Cat Stevens, and Peter Asher, of Peter & Gordon and record production fame, did the honors for his friends, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham -- who also was a no show at last night's event.
Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, inducted Kiss, who surprisingly were all on their best behavior and spoke respectfully -- and at times even lovingly -- towards each other as they recalled their early years. The evening's closest thing to a celebrity roast was Coldplay's Chris Martin's induction of Peter Gabriel. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe inducted Nirvana -- who closed the celebrations by reforming with three women fronting the band -- Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Lorde, respectively.
THE SCENE BACKSTAGE LAST NIGHT
In one of the most candid moments of the induction, Bruce Springsteen recalled a conversation he had at his home with Steve Van Zandt, who had urged Springsteen to force the Rock Hall's hand and induct the E Street Band along with him in 1999. Springsteen talked frankly about the reasons and situations as too why he elected to go in as a solo act. Backstage, Steve Van Zandt was asked his feelings pertaining to that: ["Y'know, we were having many conversations about, y'know, the reunion, and all that. And Bruce had tried some things with other players -- as he absolutely has a right to do -- and who can blame him, him trying different things with different people.
Tom Morello was asked about what he made of Kiss' inner-band issues going into the Rock Hall: ["Well, the way I look at it is; every garage band and every stadium band has beef. There's nothing special about that. Tonight is about what is special and that's the awesome band that Kiss is and was, and the four original members and how they rocked my world, how they've rocked the planet since. So that other stuff doesn't matter to me.
Although Kiss came backstage for photo ops, Ace Frehley was the only member to come back and talk to the press: ["Well, most of my influences are older than me. I'm one of the older inductees (laughs), y'know? I grew up with the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin. Y'know, those were the guys that influenced me. I influenced a lot of those guys that are getting inducted — guys like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and everybody else. But I'm so happy to be here, y'know, it's been 15 years (since the first) could've inducted us, y'know? But 15 years later they did. I'm just thrilled to be here and I'm in good company."
Glenn Frey touched upon how the Eagles learned their craft while serving as Linda Ronstadt's backing band: ["Obviously the first thing we all noticed was what a great singer she was. And for Don (Henley) and I, to be the two harmony singers to be singing with all these incredible songs that she loved, y'know, was just the step in the right direction for us. We both loved harmony singing, and to be able to do it with Linda was a treat."
Peter Gabriel said that he's always been in the right place at the right time to help further his craft: ["I just think I'm very fortunate because I've worked with extraordinarily people, great musicians. For me, it's not about rock n' roll or any label. I think it was (Count) Basie who said 'There's only two kinds of music -- good and bad.' And that's what I subscribe to."
Daryl Hall -- who has been openly critical of Hall & Oates being passed over for the past 16 years -- was asked about how he felt to finally be inducted: ["Y'know what I think? I think it's all about the past and we're about the present, if you want to know the truth. I got so much going on personally — and I know John does, too. I actually had to take time off to do this, 'cause I got so many other projects going on. I mean, that's not blowing smoke, it's really true. I got two television shows (laughs), touring (growls) -- on and on and on."
Michael Stipe was asked about the first time he met Kurt Cobain: ["It was in Chris' basement in Seattle. He and Courtney had moved into the house next door to my former guitar player Peter Buck. And they lived side by side. They were late to a little party at Chris' house. The first time I looked into his eyes, I went -- I, I, I get it. He is all that. He is a very special person."
LAST NIGHT'S SETLIST AT THE ROCK HALL
"Digging In The Dirt" - Peter Gabriel
"Washing Of The Water" - Peter Gabriel and Chris Martin
"In Your Eyes" - Peter Gabriel with Youssou n'Dour
"Father And Son" - Cat Stevens
"Wild World" - Cat Stevens
"Peace Train" - Cat Stevens
"Different Drum" - Carrie Underwood
"Blue Bayou"- Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt with Carrie Underwood
"You're No Good" - Sheryl Crow with Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Carrie Underwood
"It's So Easy" - Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood
"When Will I Be Loved" - Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood
"The E Street Shuffle" - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
"The River " - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
"Kitty's Back" - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
"She's Gone" - Hall & Oates
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" - Hall & Oates
"You Make My Dreams Come True" - Hall & Oates
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana with Joan Jett
"Aneurysm" - Nirvana with Kim Gordon
"Lithium" - Nirvana with St. Vincent
"All Apologies" - Nirvana with Lorde
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FAST FACTS
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983. Artists become eligible to enter the Hall 25 years after the release of their debut single.
The official Rock Hall and Museum opened on September 2nd, 1995 in a building designed by I. M. Pei. The city of Cleveland was chosen after successfully lobbying that "rock and roll" had started with Alan Freed, a Cleveland native who first took to the airwaves in the city.
The inductees to the Rock Hall class of 2013 were Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, blues legend Albert King, Randy Newman, and rappers Public Enemy. The prestigious Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award was given to record mogul Lou Adler and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.
The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony took place on January 23rd, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio. The inaugural class of the Hall of Fame featured rock's forefathers -- Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Included in the Non-Performer category were Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, and seminal disc jockey Alan Freed.
Also inducted that night in the Early Influence category were blues icon Robert Johnson, country's Jimmie Rogers, and boogie-woogie pianist Jimmy Yancey. Columbia Records' A&R man John Hammond -- who was responsible for discovering Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, among others -- received the Hall's first Lifetime Achievement Award.
The emotional inductions included Keith Richards' speech inducting Chuck Berry, and John Lennon's sons Julian and Sean Lennon inducting their father's hero, Elvis Presley.
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck have just announced a joint 20-date U.S. summer tour, according to Vintage Vinyl News. The trek kicks off on August 8th in Missoula, Montana's Ogren Park and winds down on September 12th in The Woodlands, Texas at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Prior to hitting the road Stateside, Beck and ZZ Top will play two European dates set for June 30th in Milan, Italy and July 2nd in Saarbruken, Germany.
JUST ANNOUNCED: ZZ Top & Jeff Beck tour dates (subject to change):
August 8 - Missoula, MT - Ogren Park
August 9 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle
August 10 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheatre
August 12 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
August 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Amphitheatre
August 15 - Murphys, CA - Ironstone Amphitheatre
August 16 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
August 20 - Englewood, CO - Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
August 22 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
August 23 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theater
August 24 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 27 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 28 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia
August 31 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
September 2 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 3 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 4 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
September 6 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 7 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
September 12 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
An album featuring guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young before they went on to form the legendary AC/DC is being reissued, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The disc by the Marcus Hook Roll Band, called Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy, will surface on June 2nd on CD, vinyl and digital download.
The band was the brainchild of the Youngs' older brother George, who had been a member of the Easybeats and scored a U.S. hit with that act's "Friday On My Mind." After the Easybeats broke up in 1969, George and his musical partner Harry Vanda started the Roll Band in 1972, releasing three singles and recording a full-length album in 1973. It was for this album that George recruited his younger brothers.
The album marks the first time Malcolm and Angus worked in a recording studio.
George told Classic Rock magazine, "It was the first thing Malcolm and Angus did before AC/DC. We didn’t take it very seriously so we thought we’d include them to give them an idea of what recording was all about.”
George added that he didn't remember much about the sessions because almost everyone was getting drunk. He explained, "We all got rotten -- except Angus, who was too young -- and we spent a month in the studio boozing it up every night."
The Marcus Hook Roll Band did not last long and never played live, while Angus and Malcolm started AC/DC in November 1973.
AC/DC is reportedly gearing up to record its first new album since 2008's Black Ice and play select shows this year to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.
CHECK IT OUT: See the album cover and track listing, as well as a photo of the Youngs in the studio, at http://bit.ly/1gfyHvO
Listen to "Red Revolution" from the Marcus Hook Roll Band:
Paul Stanley feels that Kiss had no other option than to go "unmasked" in 1983 with the release of their Lick It Up album. Stanley, who will be inducted along with Kiss into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, has come under attack along with Gene Simmons for deciding that no lineup of Kiss would be performing at the celebrations -- in essence robbing fans of one last time to see the band's founders, including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, play together.
Over 30 years ago, on September 18th, 1983, Kiss -- then featuring guitarist Vinnie Vincent and drummer Eric Carr -- unveiled themselves without makeup for the first time live on MTV. Paul Stanley told Guitar World that it had come to a point where Kiss needed to make a drastic change, recalling, "I didn’t see any other choice at that point. And I take my hat off to Gene that, although he was uncertain about it and maybe less comfortable with it, he came to realize that it was the right move. Or at least he saw that I was very committed to the idea."
Billy Joel will release a deluxe edition of A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia documentary on May 20th. The collection will be issued as a two-CD set, a DVD/Blu-ray package, and in a deluxe edition that collects both the audio and visual elements together. Rolling Stone reported that the deluxe edition contains the documentary -- which premiered last month on Showtime -- "along with a book of rare photos and new liner notes."
The original live album chronicling Billy's Russian visit, 1987's Kohuept -- which translates to "Concert" -- only featured 12 songs, but the new CD -- A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia - The Music, features newly remastered sound with 11 additional tracks -- including a bonus rehearsal version of the Beatles' classic "She Loves You."
Although Billy Joel's primary instrument has always been the baby grand piano, he revealed that when recording 1980's Glass Houses, he felt the need to stretch out with different keyboard, as his act started to fill the arena and "enormo-domes" across the world. As witnessed in A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia -- Billy didn't pay a second thought to flipping the electric piano over when his lighting director kept spotlighting the audience who immediately froze from being singled out.
"Prelude/Angry Young Man"
"The Ballad Of Billy The Kid" - previously unreleased
"She's Always A Woman" - previously unreleased
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - previously unreleased
"Big Man On Mulberry Street"
"What's Your Name" - previously unreleased
"The Longest Time" - previously unreleased
"An Innocent Man"
"Pressure" - previously unreleased
"A Matter Of Trust"
"Only The Good Die Young"
"It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" - previously unreleased
"Sometimes A Fantasy"
"You May Be Right" - previously unreleased
"Back In The U.S.S.R."
"The Times They Are A Changin'"
"She Loves You" - previously unreleased Russian concerts rehearsal recording
"New York State Of Mind" - previously unreleased
"Piano Man" - previously unreleased
t was 50 years ago today (February 7th, 1964) that the Beatles landed at New York's JFK Airport launching what has become known as the "British Invasion" and forever changing the face of popular music -- along with literally everything that came after -- arguably marking the modern world's cultural "big bang." The group's trip took in three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show -- one being pre-taped prior to their first live appearance, and two full-scale concerts: the first at Washington, D.C.'s Washington Coliseum on February 11th -- one year to the day of recording their debut UK album, Please Please Me -- and a second show on February 12th at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall.
Once in New York, George Harrison fell ill with a 102-degree temperature and missed the following day's photo shoot in and around Central Park and a camera blocking session at the midtown CBS studio. He was well enough to recover for the show without incident.
Prior to the visit, on January 20th, 1964, the album Meet The Beatles was released. Although, it wasn't the first Beatles record released in America; Vee-Jay's Introducing The Beatles beat the band's Capitol Records debut by just short of six months, it was Meet The Beatles, with its hit chart-topper "I Want To Hold Your Hand" that kick started the post-Kennedy '60s, the British Invasion, and completely revolutionized how music was written, played, sung, and produced. On February 1st, 1964, Meet The Beatles entered Billboard's Top 100 LP listings at Number 92, jumping the next week to Number Three, and the following week -- February 15th, 1964 -- hitting Number One for the first of 11 weeks.
Despite Paul McCartney's claims, the Beatles did not wait until topping the U.S. charts to come to America. The logistics of waiting until February 1st, 1964 to plan the group's entire itinerary -- including lodging, travel, security, and numerous contracts -- would be nothing short of ridiculous. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" knocked Bobby Vinton's "There! I've Said It Again" out from the top spot and stayed at Number One for a whopping seven straight weeks, before being toppled by the Beatles' own "She Loves You," which after two weeks was overturned on April 4th, 1964 by the band's official new single, "Can't Buy Me Love" -- the same week that "Fab Four" made history by holding down the Top Five positions in the Billboard singles chart.
Sunday night (February 9th) marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Seen by over 73 million viewers, the show has gone on to become one of TV's most iconic moments, much like Neil Armstrong's 1969 walk on the moon. The Beatles performed twice, both opening and closing the program.
The Allman Brothers Band will retire from the road at the end of 2014, which in effect will put the largely non-recording band to rest after 45 years. Bandleader and co-founder Gregg Allman spoke candidly about the band's end during an interview with Relix, revealing, "This is it -- this is the end of it. 45 years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good perspective (sic) bands." Allman was pressed about a possible Allman Brothers Band reunion in the future: "Who's to say? We may get together every five years and just do one play at a time."
Earlier this month, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their departure from the legendary group after this year. Haynes joined the band via co-founding member Dickey Betts in 1999, with Derek Trucks -- the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks -- joining in 1999. Trucks will focus his efforts on his Tedeschi-Trucks Band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi. Haynes will carry on his work with his primary band Gov't Mule and possible future gigs with the Dead.
Fans will no doubt be clamoring to catch one of the band's upcoming annual "March Madness" shows at New York City's Beacon Theatre -- marking the final run of one of rock's most beloved traditions.
The Allman Brothers Band's 2014 "March Madness" run at New York City's Beacon Theater will play on March 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 28th, and 29th.
On April 11th and 12th, the Allmans will perform in Live Oak, Florida at the Wanee Festival at the Spirit Of Suwannee Park.
The Allmans' third annual Peach Music Festival is set for August 14th through the 17th. The event, which will take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania's Pavilion At Montage Mountain, will feature two headlining sets from the band -- including a set to close out the weekend.
The Allmans' final date on the books for the year is set for September 7th at Arrington, Virginia's Lockn' - Interlocking Music Festival at Oak Ridge Farm.
CHECK IT OUT: The Allman Brothers Band in 1996 performing "Blue Sky" live on Austin City Limits:
It was 37 years ago today (January 15th, 1977), that the Eagles' album Hotel California hit Number One. The album, which was released on December 8th, 1976, was the group's third chart-topper in a row, following 1975's One Of These Nights and 1976's compilation Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
Hotel California included two Number One hits featuring the group's main songwriters and distinctive lead vocalists, with guitarist Glenn Frey taking the lead on "New Kid In Town," and drummer Don Henley singing the album's famous title track. The album's third single, "Life In The Fast Lane," just missed the Top Ten, peaking at Number 11 in the spring of 1977.
Hotel California featured the addition of former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who joined shortly after co-founder Bernie Leadon's departure. It turned out to be the only Eagles album featuring the lineup of Henley, Frey, Walsh, guitarist Don Felder, and co-founder and bassist Randy Meisner.
The album's themes reflected the state of America through the decaying Los Angeles rock scene, which by the mid-'70s had changed from an earnest singer-songwriter community into a far more decadent lifestyle fueled by celebrity, money, and drugs.
In their original review of the album, Rolling Stone commented on Hotel California's music and its reflection of its creators by saying, "Hotel California showcases both the best and worst tendencies of Los Angeles-situation rock. . Its lyrics present a convincing and unflattering portrait of the milieu itself."
Hotel California went on to top the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks, and to date has sold over 16 million copies. Over the years, the Eagles have included most of the Hotel California album in their concert setlists, including such classic album tracks as "Wasted Time," "Victim Of Love," "and "Pretty Maids All In A Row."
DID YOU KNOW???
The Eagles' Hotel California LP has been replicated into the "world's largest record" to sit on top of the L.A. Forum in commemoration of the band's six-night residency at the newly revamped venue. The Eagles kick off their 2014 dates at the Forum on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.
Rolling Stone reported, "The record, which is indeed made of vinyl, covers a staggering 5.7 acres. The record is 407 feet in diameter and spins at 17 miles per hour or roughly 70 r.p.m — but sadly, will not play any music. It is held up by what (the company designing the structure) Pop2Life claims is the only 120-foot truss circle in the U.S and is visible from over a mile high, with planes flying into LAX able to spot the classic album from above. The Forum hired 75 people to construct the album over Christmas time."
On Friday night (January 10th) Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band were among the many performers who took the stage at Atlanta's Fox Theatre at the All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman tribute concert.
Highlights included performances by Jackson Browne, Sam Moore, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, John Hiatt, Zac Brown, Keb’ Mo’, Train's Pat Monahan, Martina McBride, and Widespread Panic, among others.
"Come & Go Blues" - Warren Haynes
"End Of The Line" - Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks
"Stand Back" - Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
"Can’t Lose What You Never Had" - Devon Allman, Jimmy Hall and Robert Randolph
"Please Call Home" - Sam Moore
"Just Another Rider" - Keb’ Mo’
"Just Before The Bullets Fly" - Brantley Gilbert
"Let This Be A Lesson To Ya" - Dr. John
"Queen Of Hearts" - Pat Monahan
"One Way Out" - John Hiatt
"Statesboro Blues" - Taj Mahal and Gregg Allman
"Just Ain’t Easy" - Widespread Panic
"Wasted Words" - Widespread Panic and Derek Trucks
"I’m No Angel" - Trace Adkins
"Trouble No More" - Trace Adkins
"Multi-Colored Lady" - Vince Gill
"All My Friends" - Martina McBride
"Can You Fool" - Pat Monahan and Martina McBride
"Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More" - Eric Church
"Win, Lose Or Draw" - Eric Church
"These Days" - Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman
"Melissa" - Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman
"Midnight Rider" - Vince Gill, Zac Brown and Gregg Allman
"Dreams" - The Allman Brothers Band
"Whipping Post" - The Allman Brothers Band
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken" – Full cast
DID YOU KNOW???
Actor William Hurt has been cast as the present-day version of Gregg Allman in the upcoming Allman biopic, Midnight Rider. Hurt is best known for his work in such films as The Big Chill, Broadcast News, along with his Oscar-winning role in 1985's Kiss Of The Spider Woman.
Hurt joins the cast, which features All American Rejects lead singer Tyson Ritter, who plays the younger Allman in the film, along with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son Wyatt Russell, who'll portray the late Duane Allman.
Tickets are now on sale for the Allman Brothers Band's 2014 "March Madness" run at New York City's Beacon Theater. As it stands now, the band will play 10 nights between March 7th and 22nd -- with more shows expected to be added should the initial dates sell out.
The Allmans' Beacon dates are: March 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd.
The Allman's third annual Peach Music Festival is set for August 14th through the 17th. The event, which will take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania's Pavilion At Montage Mountain, will feature two headlining sets from the band -- including a set to close out the weekend."
The Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have announced their departure from the legendary group after this yea. Haynes joined the band via co-founding member Dickey Betts in 1999, with Derek Trucks -- the nephew of drummer Butch Trucks joining in 1999. Speculation is divided between who will replace the two iconic guitarists and whether the Allman's should simply pack it in while on top.
CHECK IT OUT: From Friday's tribute -- Gregg Allman, Zak Brown and Vince Gill performing "Midnight Rider":
The first performers have been announced for CBS' upcoming Beatles tribute, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The Eurythmics -- Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart -- will reunite for one night only, with the show also featuring appearances by Alicia Keys with John Legend, Maroon 5, and a special team-up of John Mayer and Keith Urban. Other performers are expected to be announced soon.
The Night That Changed America, celebrates the Beatles' career and the 50th anniversary of landing in America and first appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. The show will tape on Monday, January 27th, the day after The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, February 9th at 8 p.m. ET/PT -- exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the "Fab Four's" original Sullivan Show appearance.
The Beatles’ first Capitol album, Meet The Beatles!, was released on January 20th, 1964.
After holding down the British Number One spot chart position for five consecutive weeks in the England, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” reached the top of the U.S. singles chart on February 1st, 1964, holding the top spot position for seven consecutive weeks -- and within two months, over 3.5 million copies of Meet The Beatles! were sold in the U.S.
On January 21st, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first U.S. Number One hit, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Capitol Records will release the 13 CD set, called, The U.S. Albums, which will span the group's American albums from 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude.
As most fans are aware of, the "Fab Four's" U.S. albums differed from the band's British releases, with the albums including different tracklistings, song mixes, album titles, and cover art.
The new box includes: Meet the Beatles! (1964); The Beatles’ Second Album (1964); A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1964); Something New (1964); The Beatles’ Story (1964); Beatles ’65 (1964); The Early Beatles (1965); Beatles VI (1965); Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1965); Rubber Soul (1965); Yesterday. . . And Today (1966); Revolver (1966) and Hey Jude (1970).
The collection and individual albums are now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Although fans were hoping to get their hands on all of the new Led Zeppelin remasters this year, the wait for the majority of the band's catalogue continues, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Jimmy Page posted an update on his officiate website (JimmyPage.com) stating, "The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues -- comprising of Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III -- will be released this year. I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014."
The wait for Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains The Same, In Through The Out Door, and Coda, will likely stretch into 2015.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for the 2014 class. The six artists selected for the Performer Category are: Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens.
Ahmet Ertegun Awards will go to the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The Award for Musical Excellence -- formally known as the Side-Men category -- will be presented to the E Street Band.
The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 2014 Ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland in 2009 and 2012, and Los Angeles in 2013. This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York City.
Tickets will go on sale to the public in January. A pre-sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will take place in advance of the public on-sale date. To be eligible for the member pre-sale, you must be an active Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum member by December 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Exact sale dates will be announced in January. Details at www.rockhall.com.
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 700 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first recording.
For this year’s Inductions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the selection process. The public was able to cast votes online for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 Inductees. Three of the top five artists from the fan ballot will be inducted in 2014.
THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE NOT IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Boston, The Monkees, Joe Cocker, Yes, Sonny & Cher, Ringo Starr, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, Gram Parsons, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago, ELO, Journey, the Zombies, Frankie Avalon, Squeeze, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Badfinger, Big Star, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sting, Humble Pie, Eddie Money, T.Rex, Beatles recording engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick, Styx, Free, Who engineer and producer Glyn Johns, Billy Idol, Rockpile, The Runaways, rock photographers Jim Marshall, Ethan Russell, Gered Mankowitz, Dezo Hoffman, Astrid Kirchherr, Annie Leibovitz, Henry Diltz, and Bob Gruen; Chubby Checker, The Guess Who, rock journalist Lester Bangs, The Turtles, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, The Scorpions, Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Kansas, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, Delaney & Bonnie, Roxy Music, The Dictators, Brian Eno, Meat Loaf, America, XTC, The Searchers, Leslie Gore, The Raspberries, Paul Revere & The Raiders, MC5, Herman's Hermits, The Moody Blues, Mountain, Blue Oyster Cult, Chic, The New York Dolls, The Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Bad Company, and many more.
Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy doesn't exactly come to mind when thinking about TV's heartfelt dramas but Sunday's (November 24th) episode took a sad turn when writers killed off the Griffin family dog, Brian -- voiced by MacFarlane. E! News sat down with executive producer Steve Callaghan to get to the bottom of the decision to kill off a character who had appeared in every episode of the animated series since the pilot.
Steve explained, "This was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters. It seemed more in the realm of a reality that a dog would get hit by a car, then if one of the kids died. As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet." When asked if he is worried about fan backlash from the twist, Callaghan responded, "Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series."
The Griffin family wasted no time in replacing Brian with a new dog named Vinny -- voiced by The Sopranos actor Tony Sirico.
Fans of the show have already started a petition to bring Brian back.
Stevie Nicks will make a cameo appearance on FX's American Horror Story: Coven. The series, which has referenced Nicks and utilized backing tracks of her music, has confirmed that she will appear. Nicks is reportedly a fan of the show and renowned for her romanticizing witches in such Fleetwood Mac classics as "Rhiannon" and "Sara," among others. There's still no word as to what Nicks' role will be or when she'll begin shooting her scenes.
Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has revealed in a new interview with Rock Cellar that he tried to listen to the recently released Sabbath reunion album, 13, but had to stop after just a few minutes. Ward said, "The only thing I’ve heard from 13 is maybe 40 seconds of the first song, and then I turned it off. I haven’t heard anything off that album at all. And to be quite honest, I don’t care to either. It’s too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I’ll put it on.”
Ward, the group's founding drummer, has played on and off with Sabbath over the years and had initially signed on for the original lineup's first album in 35 years and accompanying tour, announced in late 2011.
But he quit shortly before the writing and recording of the disc began, saying he was dissatisfied with the terms of the contract he had been offered.
Although he never specified what his issues were, the other members of Sabbath later hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of performing live.
It was rumored that Sabbath wanted to bring a second drummer on the road to share duties with Ward, which he allegedly balked at.
Sabbath used Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk for the recording of 13, while Tommy Clufetos has been the live drummer.
Ward added that he remains "deeply touched" by the outpouring of support that many fans have shown him, saying, "It tears me up, you know. Even as I’m talking to you now, I’m not far away from a tear. I had to follow my heart under the most difficult circumstances.”
Sabbath has been touring for much of the past year behind 13 and has dates lined up in Europe for this month and December.
DID YOU KNOW? Bill Ward recently underwent surgery for perforated diverticulitis, a very serious gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated. According to Blabbermouth, his operation was said to be successful, and he was expected to make a full recovery. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer last year. wrote online, "Dear Bill, sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you make a speedy recovery. Best wishes, Tony."
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley took time out to counter some of Gene Simmons' recent remarks against him and Peter Criss. Blabbermouth reported that during an appearance on New York City's Q104.3, Frehley touched upon Kiss' probable entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, and Simmons' recent inference that Frehley and Criss would not be performing with Kiss if they get the nod. Frehley said: "I'm happy that I'm gonna be inducted -- most likely -- next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be be a great event. There's no way Gene can put a lid on it. I mean, what's he gonna do?"
Frehley, who's clearly stung by Simmons seemingly constant attacks on his "blown opportunities" with Kiss and his substance abuse problems went on to take a few knocks of his won against the Kiss bassist, saying, "Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he's not respected by his peers; he's pissed off thousands of fans; he's never had a hit single, like I've had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn't. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and (Jimi) Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison. . . it's endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."
Guitar aficionados are in for a real treat with the new deluxe book, 108 Rock Star Guitars. The 396-page art book by photographer and author Lisa S. Johnson features incredibly high quality and artistic shots of some of rock's most legendary axes, revealing, "the intimate details, the wear and tear, nicks, scratches, sweat stains, burn marks and personal adornments" that most fans have never been close enough to spot.
Late, great guitar pioneer Les Paul provided the book's Forword and Johnson offers up first hand details of her quest in shooting each guitar for the book -- which features instruments by such notables as Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Nielsen, Slash, Robby Krieger, Ace Frehley, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Jack White, Zakk Wylde, Billy Gibbons, Tom Morello, Joe Walsh, and many more.
As rumored earlier this week, Metallica will play a concert in Antarctica next month, according to Blabbermouth. The one-of-a-kind show is being sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and fans from several Latin and South American countries will get a chance to enter a contest and win the opportunity to join the band on the expedition.
Metallica stated, "After over 30 years as a band, we have been unbelievably fortunate to visit just about every corner of the earth . . . except for one. That is all about to change as we are set travel to Antarctica, the only continent that Metallica has never played on until now!! We are partnering with Coca-Cola Zero for one of the most unique and special concert events in our career as we'll be performing near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on Sunday, December 8, 2013."
Fans from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico will be able to enter the contest, starting on October 28th and ending on November 22nd.
The winners will leave on December 3rd in a cruise from the port of Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, on a 10-day journey to Antarctica.
While on their trip, the winners will get to view the landscapes of the continent. participate in lectures to be provided by specialists, see audio-visual material on the work of the scientists and receive environmental information.
The concert will take place under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base will be heard by the fans through headphones, with no other amplifiers or sound system. The gig will also be live-streamed in the participating countries.
It was 36 years ago Sunday (October 20th, 1977), that a plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in a swamp near Gillsburg, Mississippi. At the time, the group was en route to its next show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The crash took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant; guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines; Lynyrd Skynyrd manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as the plane's two pilots.
All the other members of the band suffered horrific injuries, from which they eventually recovered. Two years later, survivors Gary Rossington and Allen Collins (guitars), Billy Powell (keyboards) and Leon Wilkeson (bass) formed a new group, the Rossington-Collins Band. A decade after the plane crash, the surviving members of Skynyrd regrouped under the legendary name and played a series of dates to mark the anniversary with Johnnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant, stepping in as his permanent replacement.
Today (October 9th) marks what would have been John Lennon's 73rd birthday. By nightfall tonight, hundreds of fans will have made the pilgrimage to Central Park's Strawberry Fields in New York City for a day of remembrance, sing-alongs, and celebrations dedicated to the memory of Lennon. Strawberry Fields, a triangular patch of land dedicated to Lennon by the city of New York and named after the Beatles' 1967 hit, sits directly across the street from the Dakota, Lennon's Manhattan apartment building, where he was gunned down on December 8th, 1980 at the age 40. Today is also Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon's 38th birthday.
Fans were shocked earlier this week when Lennon's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame was defaced by vandals. Volunteer fan crews have been working overtime to get the star ready for today's celebrations. The star, which is adjacent to the Beatle's record label headquarters in Los Angeles, is the primary spot for fans to gather both on Lennon's birthday and the day of his death.
Last month we reported that Lennon's only full-rehearsed concert from 1972 is getting a drastic overhaul. Producer Jack Douglas, best known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Lennon's final 1980 songs on Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey, revealed to us in an exclusive interview that plans are in the early stages to restore the show for an upcoming release. On August 30th, 1972, Lennon and Yoko Ono were backed by Elephants Memory for two full concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. The performances, known as the One To One concerts, included an afternoon matinee and an evening performance, benefited the Willowbrook House, with the proceeds from the shows going to help establish new accommodations for the mentally handicapped inhabitants of the former Willowbrook institution in Long Island, New York.
Douglas, who was behind the boards for the 2010 Double Fantasy Stripped Down collection, says that unlike the 1986 LP and VHS versions of the '72 show -- called, Live In New York City -- he plans to include material from both the afternoon and evening charity concerts. No release date has been set.
JOHN LENNON FAST FACTS
Lennon's full birth name was John Winston Lennon. In April 1969, he legally changed his middle name to "Ono."
Although Lennon is often said to be an only child, he in fact has five half-siblings. Julia and Jacqui Dykins are on his mother Julia's side, as well as another sister, Victoria, who was adopted at birth.
In the mid '70s, Lennon's father Freddie fathered two sons, named David and Robin Lennon.
Lennon's mother Julia taught John his first song on the guitar, Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame."
Lennon and Paul McCartney made a handshake deal in late 1957, agreeing that all compositions written by either one of them -- solo or in collaboration with each other -- would be credited to "Lennon-McCartney."
The Beatles performed Lennon's first original composition, titled "Hello Little Girl," at their unsuccessful Decca Records audition on January 1st, 1962.
After the Beatles' breakup, both Lennon and McCartney gave separate interviews detailing who wrote what within the duo's partnership. They two agreed on everything except two songs -- Lennon claimed that he wrote the majority of the lyrics to McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby" and McCartney claimed that he wrote the melody to Lennon's "In My Life."
Although uncredited, Lennon helped write the lyrics to George Harrison's song "Taxman" from the Beatles' Revolver album and "Piggies" from "The White Album."
Lennon's lucky number was nine. The number popped up in several of his songs, including "One After 909," "Revolution #9," and "#9 Dream."
Although primarily a rhythm guitarist, Lennon played bass on several McCartney-written Beatles classics, including "Back In The U.S.S.R.," "Helter Skelter," "Let It Be," and "The Long And Winding Road."
Lennon played keyboards on "I'm Down," "Tell Me What You See," "The Night Before," "We Can Work It Out," "Penny Lane," "The Being For the Benefit Of Mr. Kite," "All You Need Is Love," "Hello Goodbye," "I Am The Walrus," "Hey Bulldog," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Because," and others.
Lennon also played lead guitar on a number of Beatles tracks too, including "Get Back," "You Can't Do That," "Honey Pie," "Yer Blues," "For You Blue," "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."
Lennon published two books of short stories and prose during the height of Beatlemania -- 1964's In His Own Write and 1965's A Spaniard In The Works. In 1986 a novel written in the late-'70s, titled Skywriting By Word Of Mouth, was published posthumously.
Prior to returning to Yoko after their infamous 14-month separation in the early 1970s, Lennon was planning to travel to New Orleans to record with McCartney, who was then working on Wings' Venus And Mars album.
Lennon and McCartney last saw each other on April 24th, 1976, when they watched Saturday Night Live as producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles a whopping $3,000 to reunite on the show. They briefly considered heading to Rockefeller Center where the show was being performed, as a gag. The two last spoke on the phone in early 1980.
Before deciding to take a five-year sabbatical from recording, Lennon was composing material for a 1976 album, tentatively titled Between The Lines.
In the years prior to his death in New York, Lennon usually woke up around dawn each day, and by mid-morning would walk over to the since-closed upscale neighborhood coffee house Cafe LaFortuna and read The New York Times, The London Times, and several other international newspapers to get a global view of daily current events.
Lennon was also known to occasionally go out for drinks at his local watering hole, Malachy's Donegal Inn, only a block away from the Dakota.
At the time of his death, John and Yoko were rumored to be planning a world tour, to tentatively start in the spring of 1981 with a free show in New York's Central Park, and eventually culminating with a concert in the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool.
In the weeks prior to his death, Lennon was working on two new songs, called "You Saved My Soul (With Your True Love)" and "Dear John." An edited version of "Dear John" appears on the 1998 John Lennon Anthology.
Following years of bad blood, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have opted out of appearing in what's being billed as the definitive Kiss documentary, You Wanted The Best You Got The Best. Classic Rock magazine spoke to director Alan G. Parker, who's behind the officially sanctioned film, and he shed light on why the two co-founders are staying away from anything having to do with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, explaining, "Gene and Paul were shocked at first, but now they don't seem to be. There's been so much bitchiness down the years, and so much said about and done to Ace and Peter that they interpreted the request to be in the movie as a favor to Gene and Paul. Because of that they won't go anywhere near it. The negotiations were interesting to say the least."
In the end Parker will use footage shot of Frehley and Criss by band archivist -- and current lead guitarist -- Tommy Thayer back in 2001. In addition to Thayer and current drummer Eric Singer, Parker has filmed interviews with former guitarist Bruce Kulick and his brother Bob Kulick -- who performed on many of the band's studio tracks. Parker also held, "positive meetings" with the family of Eric Carr, the band's late drummer, who replaced Peter Criss in 1980 and died of heart cancer in 1991.
With a few more interviews still to undertake, Parker "hopes to show the finished film to the band in February or March, followed by a spot at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a worldwide opening in the autumn of 2014."
Former Kiss filmmaker Tommy Thayer now "portrays" Frehley's character in Kiss' live show. Unlike Frehley's original replacement Vinnie Vincent -- who was given his own unique persona -- fans have had mixed reactions to Thayer duping some fans into thinking Frehley is still playing with the band. Thayer looks at it from a theatrical, rather than a historical perspective: "You've had different guitarists in and out of the band, and different members -- at this point, if you start introducing new characters and new makeup designs and things, that I think that it really dilutes the whole core and, y'know, the original foundation of what Kiss is. And those four original characters are certainly the whole basis of it. To change that and come up with a new design or character, it just convolutes things."
Ace Frehley left Kiss after the band's 2002 Farewell dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously.
Peter Criss claimed that his contract with Kiss wasn't renewed in March 2004.
Both charges have been disputed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
INTERNET COMMENTS at ClassicRockMagazine.com and UltimateClassicRock.com -- agree or not?
Chuck Thim wrote: "While I agree that Frehley & Criss have shot themselves in the foot numerous times because of their dependecies & most of the time have only themselves to blame, Gene & Paul, (mostly Gene), could've shown more class over the years. The bashing should've ended years ago. A compliment every now & then wouldn't kill him. I can't say I blame Ace & Peter for not participating. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if they're not just holding out for money. I'm sure they didn't make as much as Gene & Paul through the reunion years. Not sure if it was true, but I had read that Ace owed a lot in back taxes on his Conneticut mansion. Neither he nor Criss have ever been wise with their money. wasn't music a lot more fun before we realized it was a business?"
Brayton Wright wrote: "This film is being paid for by Universal - not Gene/Paul or KISS Co. Alan Parker is the one behind it and his resume is impressive for these documentaries. He has no incentive to lean it to Gene/Paul's favour when it's not them footing the bill. He wouldn't make a biased documentary now if he hasn't before. It'd be detrimental to his reputation as a filmmaker. Ace/Peter passed up on this - the largest platform for their side of the story, honestly. The fans lose on this because they're robbed of everyone's take. Ace/Peter want to have their side told? They just passed on it, and it's a shame."
warptek wrote: "Gene and Paul were shocked at Ace and Peter? Gee, could it be you both have bad mouthed them in the press for years and years, fired Peter, replaced the legendary Ace f****** Frehley with a tribute band replacement? Get real, pompous arrogant pr****. I wish whats left of this once great band would just quietly disappear."
Gary Fox wrote: "they were fired because they couldn't cut it musically or physically anymore"
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss in 1998 performing "I Was Made For Loving You" live at Dodger Stadium:
As expected, retired Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie joined her former bandmates on stage last night (September 25th) at London's O2 Arena for a show-closing rave-up of their 1977 Rumours classic, "Don't Stop." McVie, who quit the band shortly after its 1997 live album The Dance and reunion tour with Lindsey Buckingham, will also perform tomorrow night (September 27th) for the final London gig of Fleetwood Mac's current world tour. NME.com reported that during the show, Stevie Nicks dedicated "Landslide" to Fleetwood Mac co-founder, legendary blues guitarist Peter Green, who was in attendance.
It was 43 years ago today (September 18th, 1970), that Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, about two months shy of his 28th birthday. Over 40 years later, the events surrounding his death remain sketchy at best, with the only clear fact being that the coroner report stated that Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, which mainly consisted of red wine. Monika Dannemann, his girlfriend at the time, has long contended that he was alive when placed in the ambulance.
Hendrix fans are in for a treat this fall with a new American Masters special airing on PBS. The two-hour documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin,' will be released on DVD on November 5th -- the day of its TV premiere -- along with the new concert CD culled from Hendrix's two concert appearances on May 18th, 1968 as part of the Miami Pop Festival. The two new releases cap off the year-long commemoration of what would've been Hendrix's 70th birthday. Back in March, the guitarist's latest vault release, People, Hell And Angels, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Earlier this summer fans welcomed the latest Jimi Hendrix "official bootleg" sold through AuthenticHendrix.com. The collection, Live In Cologne, which has been bootlegged numerous times over the years, is more of a historical curio for die-hards than an audiophile's delight, having been recorded on January 13th, 1969 in Cologne, Germany by a fan using a single microphone in the audience. The set was released on 180-gram vinyl with a digital download as a web exclusive.
The tracklisting to the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Live In Cologne is: "Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)," "Foxey Lady," "Red House," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Fire," "Spanish Castle Magic," "Hey Joe," "Sunshine Of Your Love," "Star Spangled Banner," and "Purple Haze."
ODD CIRCUMSTANCES OF HENDRIX'S DEATH
Hendrix aide James "Tappy" Wright claimed in his recent memoir Rock Roadie that Hendrix's final manager Michael Jeffery confessed to killing the legendary guitarist a year after Hendrix's death in September 1970. According to Wright, Jeffery claimed that he plied a semi-conscious Hendrix with enough pills and alcohol to kill him so that he could collect insurance money and not risk Hendrix breaking their management agreement.
Wright, who also roadied for Elvis Presley and Tina Turner, among others, said that Jeffery said in his confession: "I had to do it, Tappy. You understand, don't you? I had to do it. You know damn well what I'm talking about. . . I was in London the night of Jimi's death and together with some old friends . . . we went round to Monika's (Dannemann's) hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth . . . then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe. I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I'd lose everything."
Jeffery, who died in 1971, had told Wright that he had taken out a $2 million policy out on Hendrix, which named him as the chief beneficiary.
The official cause of Hendrix's death was "barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit."
The events surrounding Hendrix's death have always been shady, especially when it comes to how Hendrix was found and who exactly called for an emergency crew -- neither things which are ever out of the ordinary in an O.D. case.
FRIENDS AND FANS REMEMBER JIMI HENDRIX
Eddie Kramer, who was the engineer on the Jimi Hendrix Experience albums Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland, recalled his memories of Hendrix's death: ["We had just completed Electric Lady Studios, and we were halfway through a record which was going to be called The Cry Of Love. I spoke to Jimi a week before he died, and he was very positive, and was looking forward to coming back to America. His death was an unfortunate accident, there's no question about that."]
Journey guitarist Neal Schon first saw Hendrix play when he was only in his teens, and says that he was simply the greatest guitarist he ever saw perform: ["Y'know, if I had to pick one guy, I'd probably say Jimi Hendrix, just because he was so innovative in inventing the electric guitar, almost reinventing it."]
Janie Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix's step-sister and president and CEO of Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, told us that Hendrix was always good to his father Al and was about to buy the family a new house -- but one a bit different than the one he'd grown up in as a boy: ["He was gonna come stay with us, and he told my dad to go look for a house on Mercer Island, which here it's a little island that you can get to via bridge. It was where all the upper-class people lived, and he wanted him to go find a house in that area, and he was going to come stay with us."]
Stephen Stills spent hours jamming with Hendrix and recalled that Hendrix turned him on to restringing lefty guitars for righties for a better sound: ["Jimi showed me up close and personal, something about the positioning
Woodstock promoter Michael Lang recalls trying to talk Hendrix out of his closing spot at the legendary 1969 festival: ["I think they came in Sunday morning. I asked them if they wanted to go on earlier. And Michael (Jeffery, Hendrix's manager) said 'No, we definitely want to close the show.' I said 'Well, closing the show might not be good idea. It's running approximately 12 hours behind. Chances are you're going to be closing in the morning,' and they sort of insisted on it. Unfortunately, most of the audience was gone by the time Jimi played. But he played an unbelievable set."]
Chicago trombonist and co-founder James Pankow recalls the band touring with Hendrix being a life-changing experience: ["That was quite an experience. He was a god, if you will. He could snap his fingers and disappear into thin air, in a matter of speaking. He was psychedelic ladyland. Musically he was daring and innovative as anybody was -- if not more. I mean, an Africa-American who played guitar left-handed, a trio who had a bigger sound than big ensembles, and did music that was not only expressive, but was characteristic of the day."]
Band Of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox was asked what he thinks Hendrix would have accomplished had he not died in 1970: ["I get asked that question quite often, and we were gravitating toward more, like, The Rays Of The New Rising Sun. We were gravitating toward classical music, I think. We would've taken those modes into a classical vein. And then he had thought about perhaps maybe going to Juilliard, and there's no telling. (He) always talked about it."]
CHECK IT OUT: The Jimi Hendrix Experience on June 18th, 1967 live at the Monterey International Pop Festival performing "Hey Joe" and "The Wind Cries Mary":
Gene Simmons can't stop taking swings at Kiss co-founders Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. In the current issue of Rolling Stone, Simmons who carries on the Kiss banner 40 years later with Paul Stanley, talked about the group, while publicizing his and Stanley's joint memoir, Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75).
As always, Simmons pulled no punches when talking about the disappointment he feels towards Criss and Frehley, but refused to take any of the blame the former drummer and guitarist -- along with millions of fans -- continue throw his way, declaring, "I am the bad guy. I won't stand for drunks and alcoholics who get up on stage and consider it their birthright. I consider it a privilege to get up there and arrive on time and be sober, and I'll be an a***hole to anybody who thinks otherwise. You know who else is an a***hole? Your teacher was an a**hole. Your parents are a**holes. Your drill sergeant was an a***hole. Because they wouldn't let you get away with s***. Ace and Peter have had a lifetime of being losers. And not just with drugs and alcohol. They're losers because of wrong decisions. You sleep in the bed you make. How many chances in life do you get? They were in and out of the band three different times. Why should they get another chance?"
Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75), was co-written with Ken Sharp and draws on "more than 200 interviews, offering a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of super-stardom. Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter, as well as producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time."