Saturday, May 31, 2014

Phish Unveil Studio Version of "The Line" (

Phish premiered their new song “The Line” earlier this week via Rolling Stone. The track, which is set to appear on the band’s forthcoming album Fuego, deals with the story of Darius Washington Jr., the University of Memphis basketball player who cost his team a the Conference USA Championship when he missed two free throws against Louisville in 2005. 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Brian May Reveals New Queen Album Title (Ultimate Classic Rock)

In a recent BBC Wales Radio Interview, Queen guitarist Brian May confirmed that the group will be releasing a new record later this year which will feature a selection of previously unreleased songs sung by Freddie Mercury.
News of the album first surfaced from at the end of January but the guitarist shared additional details when he and photographer Denis Pellerin were recently speaking with radio host Wynne Evans.

Read More: Brian May Reveals New Queen Album Title, Release Plans |

Thursday, May 29, 2014

moe.on Jeopardy

The band moe. was featured on the game show, Jeopardy, earlier this week when Alex Trebek asked a question/answer about the band’s song “Captain America.” 

The $800 clue—“moe. is known for their song this guy, aka The Star Spangled Avenger”—came up as part of the “Super-Hear-O” category.

moe.‘s latest album, No Guts, No Glory, was released on Tuesday. You can check out the Relix review of the new LP here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The History of the Who's 'Tommy' (UCR)

Pete Townshend has always been obsessed with stories, not just songs. In the mid-’60s, there were few songwriters (the KinksRay Davies comes to mind) who were more interested than the Who guitarist in crafting songs that related a short tale or painted a character portrait. Listen to those early Who singles and album cuts; many of them are simple, two-and-half-minute stories – ‘A Legal Matter,’ ‘Pictures of Lilly,’ ‘Tattoo’ and (most of all) ‘I’m a Boy.’ 

Read More: The History of the Who’s ‘Tommy’ |

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Don't Stop Believin': Steve Perry Finally Returns to the Stage! (Yahoo! Music)

Steve Perry, one of the most elusive frontmen in rock, hasn't performed with Journey since 1991, or performed solo concerts since 1995. But don't stop believin', Perry fans. The rock icon finally returned to the stage Sunday night… to join indie-rock band the Eels at the 1,000-capacity Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

Follow the link to read more and watch full video at Yahoo! Music 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Phil Collins Returns to the Stage (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Phil Collins recently made his return to the concert stage after three years of self-proclaimed retirement — but the performance did not take place at the kind of venue you might normally expect.

On May 20, the Genesis and solo star casually strolled onstage at Miami Country Day School’s middle school spring concert and addressed the audience: “How are you? Before we start, actually, I just want to say: Hello, and thank you for having me. It’s a lovely school. I’ve been here a few times before. You’re all very lucky to have such great, committed staff.”

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories is the sixth studio album by British rock band Coldplay. The album, co-produced by the band with Paul Epworth along with returning Mylo Xyloto producers Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson, was released by Parlophone on 16 May 2014. The album was released by Atlantic Records in North America on 19 May 2014. It is the first full-length release by the band in North America under Atlantic, after Coldplay were transferred from Capitol Records in 2013, following the purchase of EMI and its assets by the Universal Music Group in 2012.

Ghost Stories, partly inspired by lead singer Chris Martin's troubled relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow at the time of the album's recording, is a concept album that tells the story of a man going through a dramatic and sudden breakup, with the narrative following the man's various emotional states leading up to his eventual acceptance of the situation. The album revolves around a central theme of "opening yourself up to love", and accepting that love does not last forever. The album was recorded by the band throughout 2012 and 2013 at the band's purpose-built home studios in London, England, and features guest producers Avicii, Timbaland and Madeon, in addition to the band's frequent collaborator, Jon Hopkins. The album is packaged with original etchings by Mila Fürstová, created specifically for the album.

The album was heavily promoted by the band and Parlophone in the lead-up to its release, with an accompanying prime time TV special, a visual album and a six-date promotional tour of the album, as well as various appearances on television and radio. The album was further promoted by three singles: "Magic", released in March, "Midnight", released in April, and "A Sky Full of Stars", released in May 2014.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Jeff Tweedy Confirms Backing Band Lineup (

Jeff Tweedy has announced the members of the backing band for his upcoming solo tour. The Wilco frotnman has revealed that he will be joined by his son Spencer Tweedy (drums), Jim Elkington (guitar), Darin Gray (bass) and Liam Cunningham (keys) when he takes the stage for his forthcoming solo dates. Tweedy also confirmed that his highly anticipated debut solo album will be released soon, with more details about the record coming in the near future.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Plagiarism Claim May Jeopardize Led Zeppelin IV Reissue (

Attorneys representing Randy California, the deceased guitarist for 60s/70s rock band Spirit, claim that Led Zeppelin stole the intro to their classic “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 track “Taurus.” The lawyers would like to halt the release of the band’s upcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin IV in order to make sure that California is given a writing credit. 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills: Band Has 'Lot of Stuff in the Vaults' (Rolling Stone)

R.E.M. called it quits in 2011, ending one of the most acclaimed runs in rock history. But fans have reason to celebrate – first with the band's new Unplugged set, and now with a tease of future archival releases. "We have a lot of stuff in the vaults, a fair amount of stuff that's never been released," bassist Mike Mills tells Billboard in a new interview. "We all want to do something with this stuff. We know we've got some really good things hanging around."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Jimmy Page UCR Interview

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page told us he “left no stone unturned” while remastering and expanding the legendary group’s studio albums for their upcoming deluxe edition re-releases, and said his goal was to offer listeners “a window into when they were recorded.”

Page hosted an intimate listening event to preview songs from the expanded versions of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums yesterday in New York City. He shared alternate or newly unearthed live performances of seven of the band’s classics — including a version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ with a completely different vocal take, and a ‘Gallows Pole’ demo that removes the mandolin and banjo in order to put the focus squarely on Page’s acoustic guitar work. He also played us one of the collection’s most anticipated treasures, an acoustic version of the blues standard ‘Keys to the Highway / Trouble in Mind,’ which featured just himself on acoustic guitar and Robert Plant on harmonica and vocals.

Read More: Jimmy Page Says He 'Left No Stone Unturned' While Crafting Led Zeppelin Box Sets |

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Neil Young Talks Plans For ‘The Archives Vol. 2′ and Second Autobiography (UCR)

While he continues to write and record new music, Neil Young is also making time for his own journey through the past through a couple of upcoming releases.
Though it’s been five years and counting since the Canadian rocker released the first volume of his ‘Archives’ series, it looks like we might be close to seeing the release of the second. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Young talked about the state of the next box set. “It’ll be finished this summer. All of the music will be done,” Young said. “It goes just past [1979's] ‘Rust Never Sleeps.’ It’s full of albums that weren’t there before – stuff I did that I never put out.” Of the albums that Young recorded but never released during this period include ‘Chrome Dreams’ from 1977 and ‘Homegrown’ from 1974-5.

Read More: Neil Young Talks Plans For 'The Archives Vol. 2' and Second Autobiography |

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, Dawes and More Kick Off Hangout Festival (

“Look around you people—this is it,” Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme implored as his band tore through a 75-minute set on the Chevrolet Stage. Homme, who celebrates his 41st birthday today, was just one of the musicians to take time to acknowledge the beautiful surroundings on day one of this year’s Hangout Festival.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is the second studio album by the Canadian musician Neil Young, released on Reprise Records catalogue RS 6349. His first with backing band Crazy Horse, it peaked at number 34 on the US Billboard 200 and has been certified a platinum album by the RIAA

The album contains three songs that became standards in his performance repertoire: "Cinnamon Girl", "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand", all of which were written when Young had a 103 °F (39.5 °C) fever

In 2003, the album was ranked number 208 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Young's final lead vocal track (on the original album) was actually a temporary scratch vocal he sang through the low quality talk-back microphone on the mixing board, with no effects such as reverb.  Young liked the stark contrast to the rest of the recording and used the track, becoming one of Young's many innovations.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Foo Fighters Confirm Eighth Album, HBO Series Details

Yesterday we reported that Dave Grohl would be hosting an HBO show about iconic recording studios. It now appears that the series will be something of a companion to the Foo Fighters’ upcoming eighth album, which is set for release this fall.


Friday, May 16, 2014

TOP 10 MONSTER SONGS (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Classic rock history is filled with monster bands, monster albums and monster hits, but what about songs written about actual, you know, monsters? That’s the question we asked ourselves — because we lead sad, sad lives — and then proceeded to research thoroughly, debate extensively, cross-reference carefully, and finally sign off in triplicate (see above re: “life…very sad”) – all for the purpose of bringing you the following list of Top 10 Monster Songs.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hard Working Americans Add Alabama Show

Hard Working Americans will play at Iron City in Birmingham, AL on July 29 as the band wraps up their tour of the South. The stop in Alabama will follow a lengthy run in Texas that ends with a pair of shows in Austin and Dallas at Stubbs and House of Blues, respectively.

Please follow the link to jambandscom for full article and tour dates...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Neal Schon Hints At New Journey Album

Could there be a new Journey album on the horizon? The group’s guitarist certainly seems to think it’s a strong possibility. 

In a conference call promoting their upcoming tour with the Steve Miller Band, Neal Schon was asked about new Journey material. “I don’t know exactly what it will be at this time,” Schon said. “I know we’ve been talking of re-doing some songs, not stuff we did with Steve Perry but other stuff we’ve done before in the past that just never saw the light. Re-doing it, rearranging it, maybe adding some new sections to it and writing some new stuff too. We’ve got a lot of stuff sitting there.”

Read More: Neal Schon Hints At New Journey Album |

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin Reunion 'I'm Not Part of a Jukebox' (UCR)

It’s hard to believe it has already been seven years since Led Zeppelin regrouped for a one-off performance at London’s O2 Arena, headlining the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Tickets sold out faster than the speed of light, and got everyone talking about a full blown tour. Everyone that is, but singer Robert Plant, who has been very vocal about his lack of interest in reliving his past.

Read More: Robert Plant On Led Zeppelin Reunion 'I'm Not Part of a Jukebox!' |

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Black Keys to Appear on Letterman and The Colbert Report

With their album Turn Blue, out tomorrow, The Black Keys will perform on Live On Letterman tonight. The show will be webcast on  The band will also perform two songs on Late Show with David Letterman.

The Black Keys will also appear on The Colbert Report on May 14 at 11:30 PM on Comedy Central.

The Black Keys 2014 Tour Dates:

September 5 Columbus, OH- Schottenstein Center
September 6 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
September 7 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
September 9 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
September 10 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
September 12 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
September 13 Pittsburgh, PA – CONSOL Energy Center
September 14 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
September 16 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
September 18 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
September 20 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
September 21 Boston, MA – TD Garden
September 24 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
September 25 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
September 27 Chicago, IL – United Center
October 24 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
October 25 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
October 27 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
October 28 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
October 30 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
October 31 Portland, OR – Moda Center
November 1 Seattle, WA – KeyArena
November 9 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl
November 10 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
November 12 Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
November 13 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
November 15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
November 16 Dallas,TX – American Airlines Center
December 4 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena
December 5 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
December 6 Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
December 8 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
December 9 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
December 11 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
December 12 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
December 13 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
December 15 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
December 16 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
December 17 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
December 19 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
December 20 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
December 21 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Escape

Escape (stylized as E5C4P3 on the front of the album) is the seventh studio album (and eighth overall) by American rock band Journey, released on July 31, 1981. It topped the American Billboard 200 chart and features four hit Billboard Hot 100 singles - "Don't Stop Believin'" (#9), "Who's Crying Now" (#4), "Still They Ride" (#19) and "Open Arms" (#2) - plus rock radio staples like "Stone in Love", "Mother, Father" and the title track "Escape". It was a massive success, being certified 9x platinum by the RIAA and selling over twelve million copies worldwide. Only their Greatest Hits, at 16x, has sold more copies. Escape is the band's most successful studio album and is recognized by fans and critics as one of the greatest and most successful arena rock albums of the 1980s.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

40 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Launch Swan Song Records (UCR)

Led Zeppelin wasn’t the first band in rock ‘n’ roll to be given their own label, but they surely were among the most successful. In May 1974, they kicked off the experiment with a bang, launching Swan Song Records.

The idea to form their own custom label was first tossed around a year earlier when the band’s original contract with Atlantic Records expired. Naturally, Atlantic president Ahmet Ertegun was keen to do whatever it took to keep one of his label’s biggest acts. With full knowledge of the unprecedented leverage they had, the band’s manger Peter Grant struck a deal with Ertegun for the group to work under their own distinct imprint with an exclusive distribution deal given to Atlantic.

Read More: 40 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Launch Swan Song Records |

Friday, May 9, 2014

Phish’s New Album Will Be Called Fuego

Phish’s forthcoming album will be called Fuego. Live Music Blog was among the first sites to suggest this information. A number of songs from the prospective album appear on website of BMI, the music publishing company.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Wailers Add Legend 30th Anniversary Tour Dates (

The Wailers have added some more summer dates to their 2014 schedule. The band are currently on the road in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the the Bob Marley & The Wailers greatest hits album Legend, and they have been performing the classic LP in its entirety during all of their shows.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Babys To Release ‘I’ll Have Some Of That’

One of the great unsung bands of the ’70s, The Babys are back with their first album of new material in more than 30 years. ‘I’ll Have Some of That’ will be released on June 24.
The 2014 lineup of the Babys features two original members, guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock, who are joined by guitarist Joey Sykes and bassist/vocalist John Bisaha. As previously reported, original singer John Waite and longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain both declined to be part of the action, but gave their blessings on their new adventure.

Read More: The Babys To Release 'I'll Have Some Of That' |

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Stream The Black Keys’ Turn Blue Now

The Black Keys’ forthcoming album Turn Blue is now available to stream via iTunes. Slated for a May 12 release, the eighth album from Auerbach and Carney features production work from Danger Mouse as well as the band themselves.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Gov’t Mule Welcome Thirty-Six Guests in New Orleans (

As the Gov’t Mule Twitter stated following the band’s show in New Orleans last night, “Never miss a NOLA Mule show.” Over the course of the evening at NOLA’s Saenger Theatre, the band would trot out 36 guests in all to add their talents to Mule originals as well as covers. 

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes is the seventh studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. The is his breakthrough 1977 album, which remains the best-selling album of Buffett's career, and contains his biggest single, "Margaritaville". It was initially released in January 1977 as ABC AB-990 and later rereleased on its successor label, MCA.

Changes was very popular and critically well received and was a transitional album on several levels for Buffett. In a commercial sense, it ushered in Buffett's greatest period of chart and airplay popularity - changing him from an FM cult favorite and minor hitmaker to a top-draw touring artist whose albums sold in the millions, receiving regular AM airplay at the time. Changes would be followed by equally popular and more grandiose expressions of Buffett's "Caribbean Soul" on Son of a Son of a Sailor (1978) and Volcano (1979). All of these albums would combine pop, bar-band rock, country, folk, and reggae influences with the professional production of Norbert Putnam.

Changes also represented the beginning of the end of the "Key West Albums": the Don Gant-produced A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean (1973), Living & Dying in 3/4 Time (1974), A1A (1974), and Havaña Daydreamin' (1975). It is these four albums that capture the feel of early 1970s Key West, Florida and Buffett's experiences as a struggling musician and storyteller. Although the albums are not exclusively about Key West, they detail the laid back island ethos of the small island city and its pre-"condo commando" status as an American Casablanca...a place where no one knows your name and would not care if they did. At the time, Key West was a derelict navy town looking for a direction and was filled with small bars and restaurants craving troubadours like Buffett, Steve Goodman, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others who would play for bar money. The albums document life in the Gulf of Mexico Region ("Biloxi", "Banana Republics", "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home") with displays of touring craziness ("Miss You So Badly"). After Changes, Buffett's scope grew to include the entire Caribbean and, later, the vast expanse of what would become "world music." Buffett's Key West experiences would pepper his later work (even recording his albums in Key West's Shrimpboat Sound), but not like it did in the 1973-1977 period. It is this period, along with the 1978 and 1979 albums that created the mythos Jimmy Buffett has parlayed into icon status as a performer, restaurateur, entrepreneur, author, and celebrity.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Eric Clapton and Friends to Honor JJ Cale with New Release (

Eric Clapton and a group of musicians have gathered to release Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze An Appreciation of JJ Cale on July 29. Joining the guitarist in honoring Cale are Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, among others.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Paul McCartney, ‘Band on the Run’ Lyric Video – Exclusive Premiere

Ultimate Classic Rock is pleased to present the exclusive premiere of a brand-new lyric video for Paul McCartney & Wings‘ iconic song ‘Band on the Run.’ 

The title track from McCartney’s masterful 1973 album was first released as a single forty years ago, in April of 1974. This video was created by Ben Ib, whose work you may recognize from the gigantic video screens that appear behind McCartney and his band on tour. It’s one of over 200 videos you can enjoy on McCartney’s official YouTube page.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The String Cheese Incident Play Record Store Gig in San Francisco

The String Cheese Incident stopped by Amoeba Records in San Francisco, CA prior to their show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland that evening. The band ran through four tunes from their new album Song in My Head including the title track along with “Can’t Wait Another Day,” “Stay Through” and “Colorado Bluebird Sky.” 

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