Friday, January 31, 2014

Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, CRB, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne Set for Phases of the Moon Festival (

Widespread Panic (two nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Revivalists, JJ Grey and Mofro, Soulive and many more will perform at the inaugural Phases of the Moon Festival. The four day camping festival will take place in Kennekuk County Park in Central Illinois September 11-14.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Allman Brothers Band to Stop Touring in 2014 (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Following the announcement three weeks ago that two key members of the Allman Brothers Band — guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks — would be leaving the group at the end of the year, frontman Gregg Allman has more bad news for the group’s loyal fans: It will stop touring altogether at the end of 2014.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mike Gordon Says The New Phish Album Will Be a Little Different from Wingsuit (

Mike Gordon has revealed a few details about Phish’s forthcoming studio album in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The bassist told the publication that the actual LP will be a bit different from the Wingsuit “album” that Phish “covered” during their 2013 Halloween how at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic more here

Monday, January 27, 2014

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Will Perform Together at Beatles Tribute Read More: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Will Perform Together at Beatles Tribute (Ultimate Classic Rock)

It’s official. After much speculation, the two surviving members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will play on an upcoming TV special commemorating the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Dare

Dare (released as Dare! in the U.S.) is the third studio album from British synthpop band The Human League. The album was recorded between March and September 1981 and first released in the UK on 16 October 1981, then subsequently in the U.S. in mid-1982.

The style of the album is the result of the rapid evolution of The Human League from experimental avant-garde electronic group into a commercial pop group under Philip Oakey's creative direction following the departure of fellow founding members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. Dare became critically acclaimed and has proved to be a genre-defining album, whose influence can be felt in many areas of pop music today.

The album and its four singles were hugely successful commercially, with the album reaching #1 in the UK and being certified Triple Platinum by the BPI.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

U2 Will Be Jimmy Fallon’s First Musical Guests on The Tonight Show

U2 will be the first musical guests on The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon takes over from Jay Leno. Fallon’s music booker, Jonathan Cohen, revealed the news via his Twitter recently. Other sources have also reported that Will Smith will make an appearance on that first episode as well.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham to Collaborate for Grammys Finale (

The Grammy Awards have announced that Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham will all team up for a performance during the program’s finale this Sunday, January 26. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin's Most Mysterious Concert Takes Place-Or Does It? (UCR)

On Jan. 20, 1969, Led Zeppelin performed a show for less than 60 people at the youth center in Wheaton, Md., a town with a population under 50,000 near Washington, D.C. Or, maybe and more likely… they didn’t.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

G. Love and Special Sauce Reunite for Album, Extensive Tour (

G. Love & Special Sauce will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with a new LP and an extensive tour. The new album, Sugar, reunites the band’s original members—G. Love, James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott (upright bass) and Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens—for the first time in eight years. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Genesis Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Genesis are best known these days for their string of glossy pop hits in the ’80s. But their rock cred stretches back further than the hit making Tony Banks / Phil Collins / Mike Rutherford era. Most notably, there’s the prog-centric version of the group from the ’70s that also included Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett, but the band started, ironically enough, playing the kind of melodic pop that eventually turned Collins into a superstar...and this was years before he even joined Genesis. In the late ’60s, Banks, Rutherford and Gabriel were paired with original guitarist Anthony Phillips and a revolving-door of drummers on records not too far removed from ’80s smashes like ‘Invisible Touch.’ 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

David Bowie Releasing 40th Anniversary ‘Rebel Rebel’ Picture Disc (UCR)

David Bowie's series of picture-disc reissues will continue on March 10th, with a 40th anniversary release of his classic single, 'Rebel Rebel.'  Please follow the link to Ultimate Classic Rock to read more.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Avalon

Avalon, released in 1982, is Roxy Music's eighth (and, to date, last) studio album. 

Recorded in 1981–82 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band's later work. It was a huge commercial success, hitting No. 1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year. Although it only climbed as high as No. 53, Avalon is notable as the band's only platinum record in the US. Bryan Ferry's girlfriend (and soon-to-be wife) Lucy Helmore appeared on the cover (designed by Peter Saville) wearing a medieval helmet and carrying a falcon, evoking King Arthur's last journey to the mysterious land of Avalon and continuing the tradition for Roxy Music albums to feature images of women on the cover artwork (though perhaps less apparently than previous albums). The lush arrangements and synthesizer-drenched sound of Avalon later found its way onto Bryan Ferry's solo album Boys and Girls (1985).

A single, "More Than This," preceded the album and was a hit in Britain (#6), Australia (#6) and most European countries (#2 in Norway, No. 6 in Switzerland, No. 8 in France, No. 17 in Sweden, No. 24 in Germany & The Netherlands, No. 32 in Italy). Although a chart failure in the US, the song was popular on the college radio circuit. It is unusual for a pop song in that Ferry's vocal ends at 2.45 minutes, leaving the last 1.45 minutes as a synth-driven instrumental. It has since become regarded as a classic Roxy Music song. In 1997, a cover of "More Than This" performed by 10,000 Maniacs with the lead singer Mary Ramsey became a US hit when it reached 25 on US Hot 100.

The title track was released as the album's second single and also became a UK Top 20 hit. A third extract, "Take a Chance With Me," with a remixed version of album track "The Main Thing" on the b-side, reached UK No. 26 and was Roxy Music's last UK hit single. The extended remix of "The Main Thing" is only available on the 1995 box set, The Thrill of It All. New York DJ duo Rub N Tug released an official dance remix in early 2007.
The music video for the single "Avalon" was directed by Howard Guard in Mentmore Towers country house and features Sophie Ward.

"The Main Thing" was also used in a 2006 television advertisement for the Vauxhall Vectra, which was based around football and featured Pierluigi Collina. Pianos were added to the track in the advertisement version.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks to exit Allman Brothers Band (USA Today)

Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced last Wednesday that they will leave the Allman Brothers at the end of 2014. 

Please follow the link to read full article at USA Today.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

U2 Make Surprise Appearance at Benefit Event (Ultimate Classic Rock)

U2 made a surprise appearance over the weekend at Sean Penn's third-annual Help Haiti benefit, the first time the band has performed together in over three years.  

Please follow the link to see a clip from the performance and read more about the band's plans for 2014 at Ultimate Classic Rock

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Widespread Panic Announce Spring Tour, Acoustic Dates

Widespread Panic have announced the dates for their upcoming Wood Tour and their upcoming Spring Tour 2014.  Please follow the link to see all confirmed tour dates for 2014. 

Widespread Panic 2014 Tour Dates
March 6 Richmond, VA—The National (Wood Tour)
March 7 Richmond, VA—The National (Wood Tour)
March 8 Richmond, VA—The National (Wood Tour)
March 11 Birmingham, AL—BJCC Concert Hall (Wood Tour)
March 13 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (Wood Tour)
March 14 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (Wood Tour)
March 17-20 Punta Cana, DR—Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 25 Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre
March 26 Portland, OR—Schnitzer Concert Hall
March 28 Oakland, CA—Fox Theatre
March 29 Oakland, CA—Fox Theatre
March 30 Reno, VA—Grand Sierra Theatre
April 3 Santa Barbara, CA—Arlington Theatre
April 4 Los Angeles, CA—Orpheum Theatre
April 5 Los Angeles, CA—Orpheum Theatre
April 11 Wilmington, NC—Azalea Festival
April 12 Wilmington, NC—Azalea Festival
September 4-7 Arrington, VA—Lockn’ Festival (two nights)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Christine McVie to Rejoin Fleetwood Mac (UCR)

Over the past weekend, Mick Fleetwood broke the news to a concert crowd in Hawaii that Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac. 

Please follow the link to read more at Ultimate Classic Rock. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Led Zeppelin Reissues Will Continue in 2015 (UCR)

The Led Zeppelin remasters that Jimmy Page has been working on will start seeing the light of day in 2014 — but it’ll take a little longer than we initially believed for all of them to arrive in stores.  Please follow the link to read more at Ultimate Classic Rock. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Odessey and Oracle

Odessey and Oracle is the second studio album by English rock band The Zombies. Mainly recorded between June and August 1967 at Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, it was released on 19 April 1968 by CBS Records. "Time of the Season" was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969. The album was received indifferently on release, but has since become critically acclaimed. It ranked #100 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Odessey and Oracle was released in the UK on 19 April 1968 and in the US in June. The single "Time of the Season" became a surprise hit in early 1969, and Columbia Records (in the US) re-released Odessey in February, with a different album cover that severely cropped the original artwork.

American CBS boss Clive Davis initially decided not to release the album. However, at the urging of staff producer Al Kooper, the US CBS/Columbia Records label was eventually persuaded to release the album on their small Date Records subsidiary label. Kooper had picked up a copy of the album during a trip to London and, when he returned to America and played the album, loved it and believed it contained three hit singles. CBS chose to release "Butcher's Tale" as the first single in the States, feeling the song's anti-war theme would resonate with record-buyers due to the Vietnam War.  After its release, "Time of the Season" slowly gained popularity before finally hitting big on the US charts in 1969, by which time Rod Argent and Chris White were busy with their new band, Argent.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Beatles Reunion? Paul and Ringo May Perform Together on ‘Letterman’ (UCR)

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may mark the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania arriving in the U.S. next month by performing together on the 'Late Show With David Letterman.' Please follow the link to read more at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Hold Steady Confirm Teeth Dreams, 10th Anniversary Shows (

The Hold Steady have announced their plans to release a new album, Teeth Dreams, on March 25, 2014. Please follow the link to read more about the new record and the band's 10th anniversary.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Stevie Wonder to Perform with Daft Punk

Stevie Wonder will perform with Daft Punk at the Grammy awards ceremony on CBS, January 26th.  

The collaboration will be the electronic duo's first live performance in support of their wildly successful 2013 release, Random Access Memories.  

Daft Punk will also perform with several other artists, including Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, who both also collaborated with the duo on Random Access Memories.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Wishing my AUburn Tigers the very best tonight in the BCS Championship!!  


-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids

Butch Trucks: "Oteil Was Offered a Gig with Another Band But Turned It Down" (

Allman Brothers Band drummer and co-founder Butch Trucks has commented on the rumor that bassist Oteil Burbridge was leaving The Allman Brothers Band.  Please follow the link to read the full article.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Court and Spark

Court and Spark is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.  Released in January 1974, the album saw Mitchell infusing her folk-rock style, which she developed throughout her previous five albums, with jazz inflections. 

A very accessible and commercially appealing album, Court and Spark was Mitchell's commercial and popular triumph—it was not only praised by critics, but was also very warmly received by the public, becoming her most successful album.

It reached No. 2 in the United States and No. 1 in Canada and eventually received a Double Platinum certification by the RIAA, the highest of Mitchell's career.  It was voted the best album of the year for 1974 in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.  In 2003 it was listed at No. 113 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Rockers We've Lost in 2013 (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Sadly, 2013 saw a large number of classic rock musicians pass away. Their names range from members of some of the most popular bands of all time to sidemen to those who are lesser known, but still influential. Please follow the link to Ultimate Classic Rock to read their brief tributes to the contributions each made to the history of classic rock.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Widespread Panic and Phish NYE 2013 Recap

For the first time since 2009, Widespread Panic returned to Phillips Arena in Atlanta to ring in the new year. Please follow the link to read the full re-cap of Panic's NYE show.   

Phish closed out their NYE run at Madison Square Garden with a mammoth 3 set show that included several 'bust outs' and references to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary.  Please follow the link to read more.  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

STS9 Bring Out Guests, Cover Eddie Murphy in Atlanta (

Cherub and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s Kenny “Barto” Bartolomei sat in with STS9 during the fourth show of their New Year’s run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta earlier this week.  Please follow the link to see a video of Monday night's encore and setlist recap on

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

44 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Debuts Band of Gypsys

Jimi Hendrix‘s short-lived power trio Band of Gypsys made its debut appearances with a series of concerts held on Dec. 31, 1969, and Jan. 1, 1970, at New York City’s Fillmore East. By the end of January, Hendrix had broken them up, but not before releasing a classic live set from the shows. Please follow the link to read the rest of the article at Ultimate Classic Rock.