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I love to read stories like this when famous people like Dave Grohl meet their Idols!  This is from Jeff Giles from the website "Ultimate Classic Rock" It's a great read.

No matter how successful a person might be in his chosen field, he can still have heroes who make him feel like a kid again. Just ask Dave Grohl, who had what sounds like a deeply emotional experience when meeting up with the members of Rush for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Speaking with the Pulse of Radio, Grohl admitted that inducting Rush into the Hall — and later performing with them on stage for a version of ’2112′ — was “one of the most special nights of my life.”

Calling the performance “terrifying” and “amazing” in equal measure, Grohl recalled, “When I got ’2112′ when I was eight years old, it f—ing changed the direction of my life. I heard the drums. It made me want to become a drummer.” Naturally, all that history meant meeting Rush drummer Neil Peart proved particularly special; as Grohl put it, “This man was as influential as any religion or any hero or any person in someone’s life. He said, ‘So nice to meet you. Can I make you a coffee?’ And he made me a coffee, man. And later on that night, I went to dinner and had a couple glasses of wine and I started f—ing crying because my hero made me a f—ing coffee.”

A conversation about Dave Grohl inducting Rush into the Rock Hall seemed like as good a time as any to point out that his former band Nirvana will be eligible for that honor next year. “Wow. I didn’t even know that. Interesting,” he responded. “Well, hopefully they make us wait as long as Rush did, because did you see all their f—ing fans out there tonight?”

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The Allman Brothers Band are taking the show on the road this summer for a series of 15 concerts. The band has just added stops in August and September in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Chicago; Hartford, Connecticut; Gilford, New Hampshire; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Alpharetta, Georgia; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Mansfield, Massachusetts; and Wantagh, New York. Steve Winwood will open for the band on a handful of shows.
 The Allman Brothers Band tour dates (subject to change):

August 16, 17 - Scranton, PA - The Peach Music Festival at Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
August 17 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
August 20, 21 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
August 23 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (with Steve Winwood)
August 24 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre (with Steve Winwood)
August 27 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook (with Steve Winwood)
August 28 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (with Steve Winwood)
August 30 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
August 31 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (with Steve Winwood)
September 2 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park

September 4 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
September 6 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
September 7 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

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Van Halen played its first show of 2013 and first since last spring on Saturday night (April 20th) as one of the headliners at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. The band has not played live since canceling 31 North American dates last summer, citing exhaustion. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen was then sidelined for four to six months after undergoing surgery for the inflammatory intestinal affliction diverticulitis.

The group opened its 20-song set with "Unchained" and proceeded through a solid list of hits and fan favorites, ending the night with "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Jump." Only three songs from its 2012 album, A Different Kind Of Truth -- "She's The Woman," "Tattoo" and "China Town" -- were performed during the evening.

  • Van Halen will next play three shows in Japan in late June before coming home to appear at the annual Rock USA festival, scheduled for July 17th through July 20th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Van Halen perform "Unchained" in Australia:

Here's "Hot For Teacher":

And here's more footage of the band doing "Jump":


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Heart finally gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the ceremony at L.A.'s Nokia Theater. Jason Bonham will induct the band, which in addition to sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, will include the classic 1975 to 1979 Heart lineup featuring lead guitarist Roger Fisher, bassist Steve Fossen, longtime guitarist/keyboardist Howard Leese, and drummer Michael DeRosier.

The members of Rush hope that their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday nigh will pave the way for more progressive and heavy rock acts to get inside the doors. Bassist Geddy Lee said, "I hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit. Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence."

Guitarist Alex Lifeson added that he hoped Rush's long-awaited inclusion "opens the doors for bands like the Moody Blues and King Crimson . . . it's odd to have (a Hall of Fame) where there seem to be guidelines for who's acceptable and who's not." Thursday's event will be filmed and broadcast on HBO on May 18th.

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The members of Black Sabbath were interviewed last Wednesday (April 10th) by new Fuse News correspondent Jack Osbourne, who of course had an inside advantage in landing the interview thanks to being singer Ozzy Osbourne's son. Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler made a surprise appearance that evening at a Los Angeles listening party for their new album, 13, where Jack asked if there was any nervousness about making a record together after 35 years.

His father replied, "The pressure was on us, because it had been so long since we'd worked together . . . it's like now or never. This album, for me, was probably the most important of my career."

Iommi discussed the writing process for the disc, saying, "I had a bunch of riffs on CDs and played it to everybody, and then everybody decided, 'We like this one' or 'We don't like that,' and the ones we liked, we started work on them." The band was also asked about working with producer Rick Rubin, who has a reputation for actually not showing up very often to the sessions he is getting paid to "produce." Iommi said, "It was funny at first, because coming to rehearsals, when we were actually writing the songs, he'd come down for like, five or ten minutes and then go. Then he'd go,'Call me when you've got another one.' So it was really strange. We'd never worked with anybody like that before.".

13 comes out on June 11th and is the first Sabbath album to feature Ozzy, Iommi and Butler together since 1978's Never Say Die!. Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine provided drum tracks in lieu of original drummer Bill Ward.
Sabbath will begin a world tour later this month in Australia, with North American dates coming in the summer and European gigs penciled in for the fall.
The band will also make a rare TV appearance to perform a new song called "End Of The Beginning" on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The episode is set to air on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS.



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Yet another reason why Joe Walsh just may be the coolest guy in rock -- he can't wait to play with the guy he replaced in the Eagles. Walsh confirmed to us that co-founding guitarist Bernie Leadon -- who Walsh replaced in December 1975 -- will be back on the road with the band this year playing during parts of the Eagles' 40th anniversary tour.

Walsh shed some light on how Bernie Leadon would be fitting into the upcoming Eagles shows: ["Bernie's gonna come out, Don and Glenn and Bernie are gonna maybe do some acoustic stuff. Y'know, Bernie's brilliant. He's a great, great, guitar player. I never really got a chance to play with him, 'cause I kind of replaced him. But, y'know, we've been in contact. We, we see him from time to time. And I'm really glad he's comin'. Really glad he's comin', because it's gonna take the whole show up a notch and I'm really looking forward to playing with him, finally."

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Legendary producer - engineer Andy Johns, best known for his work with the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, died on April 7th of undisclosed causes, according to Noise 11. Johns, whose older brother is noted Stones engineer and Who and Eagles producer Glyn Johns, made his bones at London's legendary Olympic Studios working early sessions for Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, and Humble Pie.

Despite a career of quality and groundbreaking work, Johns will always be remembered for engineering such legendary albums as Blind Faith's self-titled debut; Led Zeppelin's second, third, and fourth albums, Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti, and Coda; along with the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup, and It's Only Rock N' Roll, among many others.

Among the classic albums Johns produced were Free's Highway; Television's Marquee Moon; Cinderella's Night Songs; Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge; Joe Satriani's The Extremist; Chickenfoot's self-titled debut, and the Steve Miller Band's two most recent albums, Bingo! and Let Your Hair Down.

Peter Frampton posted on his Facebook page: "Andy Johns engineer/producer and long time friend has left us and way too soon. He worked with Humble Pie on our first 2 albums. Better known for Led Zep and Stones classic albums. And Songs For A Tailor by Jack Bruce. A big fav of mine. So many other amazing sounding records were recorded/produced by Andy. My thoughts are with his family and especially his brother Glyn. We will all miss Andy. RIP"

Queen's Brian May posted a tribute to Johns on his website ( saying: "Ouch. So sad to hear of the passing of Andy Johns -- great record producer. Lovely guy -- patient, skilled, funny, encouraging, sharp. . . all the qualities you want in someone who is getting your music on to tape. I remember him as one of the Olympic Studios team in Barnes playing around with varying tape speeds and early phasing with George Chiantz. He went on to become one of the very top rock producers in the world. Condolences to all the family. Andy was such a great guy. RIP. Bri"

Slash tweeted: "1 of the great engineer/producers of our time."

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Legendary record producer Phil Ramone died of a brain aneurysm on Saturday, March 30th at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to Billboard. Ramone was first hospitalized in late February for an aortic aneurysm, in which the aorta swells to 1.5 times its normal size, and runs the risk of fatally rupturing. Ramone is survived by his wife Karen and three sons, Matt, B.J. -- named for Billy Joel, and Simon -- named for Paul Simon. Ramone's most recent project, was Tony Bennett's Latin album, Viva Duets which featured Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, and Marc Anthony, among others. In 2007, Ramone published his memoir, called Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music.

Phil Ramone was born on January 5th, 1934 in South Africa and as a child prodigy violinist at age 10, he performed for Queen Elizabeth II. He emigrated to the U.S. in the late-1940's and was classically trained at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, becoming a naturalized American citizen in 1953. In addition to co-owning and operating Manhattan's A&R Recording Studios, Ramone became known as one of the best sets of ears in the business, with his engineering work among the best and most sought after in the U.S.

The 14 time Grammy winner's resume reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry over the past 50 years, with Ramone's name on the label of albums by such icons as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, and Elton John, among others. Ramone is also credited for introducing optical surround sound for motion pictures.

Despite those credits, Phil Ramone -- lovingly referred to by many as the "Pope Of Pop" -- will always be best known for the seven albums he produced for Billy Joel -- The Stranger (1977), 52nd Street (1978), Glass Houses (1980), Songs In The Attic (1981), The Nylon Curtain (1982), An Innocent Man (1983), and The Bridge (1986).

Ramone produced and helped arrange such Billy Joel classics as "Just The Way You Are," "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "She's Always A Woman," "Only The Good Die Young," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," "Big Shot," "My Life," "Honesty," "You May Be Right," "It's Still Rock N' Roll To me," "Don't Ask Me Why," "She's Got A Way," "Pressure," "Allentown," "Goodnight Saigon," "Tell Her About It," "The Longest Time," "Uptown Girl," and "A Matter Of Trust," among others.

Billy Joel issued a statement saying: "I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented member in my band. He was the band member that no one ever ever saw onstage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with -- longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him. I have lost a dear friend -- and my greatest mentor. The music world lost a giant today."


Paul McCartney: "Phil was a great friend of mine for many years. We first worked together when I recorded 'Another Day' in New York at A&R Studios. He was a very sweet man who combined this with expert knowledge of both engineering and production. I'll always remember him as a great friend that I knew, loved and admired over the many years that we worked and played together."

Quincy Jones: "There aren't enough words to express how heavy my heart is with the news of the passing of my dear friend and brother Phil Ramone. Phil was a collaborator in the studio and a friend in life for more than 50 years. Whenever I was in the studio recording, if Phil wasn't there by my side it would seem like one ingredient was missing. Today we lost one of the true musicians, innovators and geniuses of the record industry. His immense talents were only surpassed by the gigantic size of his heart, and I will miss him terribly."

Barbra Streisand: "I'm so saddened to learn of Phil's passing. We first worked together in 1967 when I did a free concert in Central Park. His brilliance at capturing sound was immediately evident. Later we worked together on the film A Star Is Born, where Phil was able to record me singing live, including 'Evergreen.' In the next decade we worked on the soundtrack to Yentl and many other recordings. Phil had impeccable musical taste, great ears and the most gentle way of bringing out the best in all the artists he worked with. The monumental recordings he produced will endure for all time."

Stevie Wonder: "What a heart break to all of us who knew him and loved him. What a great man, what a kind spirit, such an incredible producer. The star of stars behind the stars. Phil will be missed always."

Aretha Franklin: "This is so shocking. I just performed for his tribute in December. Truly one of the great names in music has gone on, but the melodies will remain."

Elton John: "A friend, a musical genius and the most lovable person. It was a thrill for me to have worked with Phil, and I have so many wonderful memories."

Tony Bennett: "Phil Ramone was a lovely person and a very gifted musician and producer. It was a joy to have him work with me in the recording studio on so many projects as he had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love of music. Phil had the admiration and respect from everyone in the entertainment industry and his passing is a great loss."

Julian Lennon: "I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of my dear friend & First Ever Producer, Phil Ramone's Passing. . . My Heart, of course, goes out to all of his Family & friends. . . Phil, We were just getting to know each other again. . . I'm going to miss you. . . As will countless others. . . You were one of the best. . . Always will be. . . x"

ASCAP president and singer/songwriter Paul Williams: "Phil Ramone was a giant whose love and understanding of songwriting, combined with his mastery of the recording arts and science led to a lifetime of producing beautiful music. His legacy of timeless classics includes the seminal work of a long list of iconic songwriters and legendary recording artists. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. While the world has lost a giant his work will live on and be celebrated for all time. Godspeed, my friend."

Bette Midler: "Phil Ramone. A giant in the recording world; kind beyond words."

Songwriter Diane Warren: "Phil Ramone was the epitome of class. And what a true producer should be. Musical. Sensitive. He knew his s***. And was a gentleman. One of not only the greatest producers EVER but one of the greatest people EVER."

Robbie Robertson: "I am deeply saddened to hear my friend Phil Ramone passed away. We first met in 1968 at A&R Studios while The Band was making Music From Big Pink. I am currently doing a new mix on an album we worked on together many years ago. He was a true sonic genius and a brilliant, versatile record producer. They just don't make 'em like that no more. Blessings."

1965 - Best Engineered Recording (non classical) - Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto
1970 - Best Musical Show Album - Promises, Promises
1976 - Album of the Year - Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
1979 - Record of the Year - "Just The Way You Are" - Billy Joel
1980 - Album of the Year - 52nd Street - Billy Joel
1981 - Producer of the Year (non classical)
1984 - Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special - Flashdance
1995 - Best Musical Show Album - Passion
2003 - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues - Tony Bennett
2005 - Album of the Year and Best Surround Sound Album - Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles
2005 - Technical Grammy for a Lifetime of Innovative Contributions to the Recording Academy
2006 - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - The Art of Romance - Tony Bennett
2007 - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Duets: An American Classic - Tony Bennett
2012 - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Duets II - Tony Bennett


Calypso In Brass - Harry Belafonte
The Art Of Romance - Tony Bennett
Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool - Tony Bennett
Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues - Tony Bennett
Duets: An American Classic - Tony Bennett
Duets II - Tony Bennett
Lovelines - The Carpenters
Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles
Genius And Friends - Ray Charles
Hot Streets - Chicago
Chicago 13 - Chicago
Stardust - Natalie Cole
Watermark - Art Garfunkel
The Stranger - Billy Joel
52nd Street - Billy Joel
Glass Houses - Billy Joel
An Innocent Man - Billy Joel
The Nylon Curtain - Billy Joel
The Bridge - Billy Joel
One Night Only: The Greatest Hits - Elton John
A Night To Remember - Cyndi Lauper
Valotte - Julian Lennon
The Secret Value Of Daydreaming - Julian Lennon
Celebrate Me Home - Kenny Loggins
Just A Little Lovin' - Shelby Lynn
Songs From The Last Century - George Michael
Duets: Friends And Legends - Anne Murray
Guitar Slinger - Brian Setzer Orchestra
Am I Not Your Girl? - Sinead O'Connor
There Goes Rhymin' Simon - Paul Simon
Paul Simon In Concert: Live Rhymin' - Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
One Trick Pony - Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What - Paul Simon
The Concert In Central Park - Simon & Garfunkel
Duets - Frank Sinatra
Duets II - Frank Sinatra
Phoebe Snow - Phoebe Snow
Second Childhood - Phoebe Snow
Never Letting Go - Phoebe Snow
Time Takes Time - Ringo Starr
It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook - Rod Stewart
As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook Volume II - Rod Stewart
A Star Is Born - Barbra Streisand
Till I Loved You - Barbra Streisand
Mary - Mary Travers
Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall - Rufus Wainwright

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