Thursday, July 31, 2014

Doobie Brothers Reveal Guest List for 'Southbound' Country Tribute (UCR)

Their roots are in the Bay Area, but their busy concert schedule takes them all over the world — and this fall, the Doobie Brothers‘ next album is sending them ‘Southbound’ for re-recordings of some of their biggest hits and fan favorites, accompanied by an all-star roster of country music guests. 

Read More: Doobie Brothers Reveal Guest List for 'Southbound' Country Tribute Album 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Phish Finish Merriweather Run with "Tweezer" Fest, "Jennifer Dances" (

Phish treated Merriweather Post Pavilion to a few big bust outs and something of a “Tweezer”-fest last night at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. From the opening bass drum hits of “Fee,” fans knew they were in for an evening of old-school Phish, but little did anyone know that they’d be treated to a specifically ’94-style show...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tom Petty Slams Catholic Church on Hypnotic Eye (UCR)

Throughout his career, Tom Petty has largely steered clear of taking on controversial topics in his lyrics. That will change, however, with a pair of songs on his upcoming album, ‘Hypnotic Eye,’ where he goes after both the nation’s wealthiest one percent and, perhaps more surprisingly, the Catholic Church.

Read More: Tom Petty Slams Catholic Church on New Album 

For full review of Hypnotic Eye, please follow the link to Consequence of Sound to read Julian Ring's excellent review.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stevie Nicks Raids Her Vaults for New Album (Ultimate Classic Rock)

On Oct. 7, Stevie Nicks will put out a new album, ’24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault.’ The record contains new recordings of songs that, for one reason or another, never received an official release, either on her own or with Fleetwood Mac.

Read More: Stevie Nicks Raids Her Vaults for New Album 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Talking Heads: 77

Talking Heads: 77 is the debut album by Talking Heads, released in 1977. The single "Psycho Killer" reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #290 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed it in the #5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list. 

The album was released by Sire Records in the UK and US and Philips Records throughout continental Europe.

In 2005, it was remastered and re-released by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format with five bonus tracks on the CD side (see track listing below). 
The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and videos of the band performing "Pulled Up" and "I Feel It in My Heart". In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.

The album was re-released on vinyl on April 18, 2009 for Record Store Day.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mike Gordon Joins Gov’t Mule in Charlotte (

Ahead of Phish’s show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte last night, bassist Mike Gordon came to town early to sit in with Gov’t Mule during their show at the Uptown Amphitheatre in downtown Charlotte. Gordon replaced bassist Jorgen Carlsson during part of the second set for a special drums and bass jam that also featured a “Cactus Dragonfly Jam” with Craig Sorrells, who also guested throughout the show. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Jack White Debuts Covers, Plays "Longest Set Ever" in Chicago (

Jack White headlined the first of two shows in Chicago Wednesday night as the guitarist took the stage for what would turn out to be the longest show ever in his career.

While White peppered the beginning of the show with tunes from his latest Lazaretto as well as White Stripes favorites, he would dip into a cover of Hank Williams’ “You Know That I Know” as well as The Dead Weather’s “I Cut Like a Buffalo.” 

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Tweedy, Weezer to Play The Tonight Show (

Jeff Tweedy and his new project Tweedy, along with son Spencer, will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 24. Tweedy is preparing for the release of _ Sukierae_ due out September 16 via Wilco’s label dBpm. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Listen: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye (

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 13th studio album, Hypnotic Eye, will be released July 29 via Reprise Records. Nearly a week before its release date, the album is now available to stream via NPR.  

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Phish Fall Tour 2014

Phish has announced their fall tour and will be heading to the West Coast in October. The fall tour will kick off in Eugene, OR on October 17 and  will wrap-up on October 31-November 2 with a Halloween run at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The online ticket request period is now underway and will end on Sunday, August 3 at midnight ET. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public beginning on August 7.

Phish Fall Tour
October 17 Eugene, OR—Matthew Knight Arena
October 18 Seattle, WA—Key Arena
October 21 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
October 22 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
October 24 Inglewood, CA—The Forum
October 25 Chula Vista, CA—Sleep Train Amphitheatre
October 27 San Francisco, CA—Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
October 28 San Francisco, CA—Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
October 29 San Francisco, CA—Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
October 31 Las Vegas, NV—MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 1 Las Vegas, NV—MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 2 Las Vegas, NV—MGM Grand Garden Arena

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

40 Years Ago: Neil Young Leaves the Middle of the Road for ‘On the Beach’ (UCR)

In the liner notes to his triple-LP compilation, ‘Decade,’ Neil Young wrote that the chart-topping success of ‘Heart of Gold’ “put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.” The first studio album to emerge from that ditch, ‘On the Beach,’ was released on July 19, 1974. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Neal Schon Talks Working with Steve Perry: 'I've Approached Him' (UCR)

A large portion of the Journey fanbase will never stop believin’ in the idea of a reunion with Steve Perry. And although the odds of full-on return to the fold seem slim, guitarist Neal Schon has once again made it clear that he’s open to the idea of working with Perry in some capacity. 

Read More: Neal Schon Talks Working with Steve Perry: 'I've Approached Him' 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Rio Grande Mud

Rio Grande Mud is the second album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, was released in 1972. 

The album title was inspired by the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas.

In 1987, the album was remixed for CD release. On January 11, 2011, Rhino released a remastered version from the original 1972 mix on vinyl only. This album was put up for download on's MP3 store and iTunes as a digital download in 2012, and features the original mixes of the tracks that are on Chrome, Smoke & BBQ, and the 1987 remixes of the tracks that are not from that boxset. The original mix of the album was released on CD in June 2013 as part of the box set The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Johnny Winter Dies at Age 70

Guitarist Johnny Winter died earlier this week at the age of 70 in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. The blues legend was overseas to play what turned out to be his final concert — Saturday night at the Lovely Days festival in Wiesen, Austria. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

AC/DC Completes New Album, Without Hospitalized Malcolm Young (UCR)

AC/DC has completed work on a follow up to 2008′s ‘Black Ice’ after a series of focused sessions in Vancouver, though frontman Brian Johnson admits the absence of Malcolm Young weighed heavy on the group.

Read More: AC/DC Completes New Album, Without Hospitalized Malcolm Young

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Neil Young Cancels Israel Concert Due to Security Concerns (

Neil Young & Crazy Horse will not perform at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park this week due to the conflict between Hamas and Israel. The show, originally scheduled for July 17, will no longer take place due to tensions that have rendered the event unsafe.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Carini," "Ghost" and "Harry Hood" Highlight Phish’s Saturday Night at Randall’s (

After opening night at Randall’s Island saw Phish deliver standout versions of “Bathtub Gin” and “Down with Disease,” many anticipated the second act would be just as thrilling. While the band’s first set on the second night in New York City stuck closer to the script than the looser performance from the previous night, fans were still treated to high energy takes on the opening “AC/DC Bag” and “46 Days” as well as newer songs “Devotion to a Dream,” “Halfway to the Moon” and “The Line.” 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ted Nugent On New Bands: Jack White Lacks Soul, Black Keys Need Him on Guitar Read More: Ted Nugent On New Bands: Jack White is Soulless, Black Keys Need Him on Guitar (UCR)

They may share a Detroit lineage, but that doesn't necessarily make Ted Nugent a fan of Jack White, whose recent appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ left the Motor City Madman cold

“It doesn’t make me want to shake a tail feather,” Nugent tells Fuse. “It did not make me want to shimmy. But I’m spoiled because I came up around — and created — the ultimate shimmy music of all time. I’m not hearing a tight groove.”

Read More: Ted Nugent On New Bands: Jack White is Soulless, Black Keys Need Him on Guitar

Monday, July 14, 2014

RIP Tommy Ramone (UCR)

Tommy Ramone, the drummer for the legendary punk band the Ramones, has died at the age of 62. He had been in hospice care after treatment for bile duct cancer.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Space Wrangler

Space Wrangler is the first studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by a small Atlanta label, Landslide Records, on February 4, 1988. It was later reissued three times, the first two times by Capricorn Records/Warner Bros. Records, and, in 2001, by Zomba Music Group

Due to time restraints on the original issue, concert staple "Conrad" was not included in the 1988 release. The reissues featured three extra tracks not found on the original release. Holden Oversoul and Contentment Blues were both from a John Keane Studio session in September 1990. Me and The Devil Blues / Heaven was recorded as one take and was taken from "try-out" sessions with Capricorn Records that would result in the Widespread Panic album.

Space Wrangler has been released on vinyl, cassette and CD.

The band played the original Landslide release in its entirety during the first set on December 31, 2008. This show was held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Nearly two years later, at their annual 'Tunes For Tots' Benefit concert on September 23, 2010, Widespread again used the first set to play through Space Wrangler in its entirety. However for this concert, they used the track listing from the re-released Capricorn Records version of the album- adding the four additional songs (three studio tracks) included with the reissues to the setlist. For the second set of this benefit concert, which took place at the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, GA, the band played the entirety of their self-titled, second studio album.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

34 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Their Last Concert With John Bonham Read More: 34 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Their Last Concert With John Bonham (UCR)

On July 7, 1980, the original members of Led Zeppelin performed together for the final time at Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany.

The concert was the last scheduled stop on a 14-date European tour in support of the group’s most recent (and ultimately final) studio album, 1979′s ‘In Through the Out Door.‘ Trouble had been circling the band in previous years, with John Bonham and Jimmy Page both struggling with alcohol and drug addictions.

Read More: 34 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Their Last Concert With John Bonham 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Third Man Records Offers Vault Package Featuring New Dead Weather Material, White Stripes Live Show (

The 21st Vault Package from Third Man Records will feature two new original tracks from the Dead Weather pressed to golden vinyl—“Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad”—as the group continues to unveil new material through these 7-inch releases. 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Phish’s Fuego Marks Group’s Highest Charting Album Since 1996 (

Phish’s twelfth studio album, Fuego, came in at number seven on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest charting album since 1996’s Billy Breathes. Moving 32,000 units in its first week, the album is Phish’s 32nd charting effort and it’s first top-10 since 1998’s Story of the Ghost, which peaked at No. 8. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Widespread Panic to Reissue First Four Albums on Vinyl (

Widespread Panic will reissue their first four albums on vinyl later this summer. The group’s first LP, 1988’s Space Wrangler, will be available on July 15, while the reissue of their self-titled 1992 album will be released on July 29. Panic have also confirmed that vinyl versions of 1993’s Everyday and 1994’s Ain’t Life Grand will be available some time in August, though no specific dates have been announced... 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pink Floyd Reportedly Set to Release New Album This Fall (UCR)

It has long been believed that Pink Floyd broke up for good following the tour in support of 1994′s ‘The Division Bell.’ However, earlier today it was declared that they are working on a new album, with a release date scheduled for the fall...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Old Material Highlights Final Night of Phish at SPAC (

While the first two nights of Phish’s SPAC run were centered around newer material from Fuego, the finale last night featured some of their best older material and compositions... 

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic is the self-titled, second studio album by the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on July 30, 1991. It was re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group.

The band had originally recorded material in September 1990 at producer/collaborator/friend John Keane's studio in Athens, Georgia. This session, called Mom's Kitchen, featured the majority of the songs that would eventually be recorded for Widespread Panic, along with other tracks like "A of D", "Impossible", "Machine", "Liza's Apartment (L.A.)", "Conrad", "Contentment Blues", and "Holden Oversoul", of which the latter two were included on the reissues of Space Wrangler (1988). Mom's Kitchen, however, was never released because the band signed a six album deal with Capricorn Records in January 1991.

Recording of the album proper took place at Emerald Sound Studios (Nashville, Tennessee), Kiva Studios (Memphis, Tennessee), and Duck Tape Music Studio (Decatur, Alabama). The album features T Lavitz on keyboards and was produced by Johnny Sandlin.

The band played the album in its entirety at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on September 2, 2009.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Eric Clapton Says Touring Has Become 'Unbearable' (UCR)

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has again said that he is thinking of quitting touring, attributing his decision to the road being “unbearable” in addition to “odd ailments” that may force him to put down his guitar permanently.

Read More at Ultimate Classic Rock: Eric Clapton Says Touring Has Become ‘Unbearable,’ Confirms Retirement Plans  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Who to Record New Album, Announce 50th Anniversary Tour (

The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey held a press conference on Monday to reveal the tour dates for the band’s upcoming “The Who Hits 50” U.K. tour, set to begin this November. 

According to the two bandmates, this will be “the beginning of a long goodbye” as the band prepares to embark on their last major tour. The nine-date tour will land the iconic rockers in most of the major markets around the U.K. including Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and the finale in London.  

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Widespread Panic Red Rocks 2014 Recap

Being a devoted fan of Widespread Panic for over 20 years, this past weekend in Colorado was a special one for me as I finally had the opportunity to see my favorite band at one of my favorite venues on earth-the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.  The band delivered a blistering marathon of music with several surprises during their three-night stand at Red Rocks... 

On Friday, the band treated fans to their first “Bayou Lena” since November 8, 2008, while the encore was a trio of Talking Heads covers—“Papa Legba,” “Life During Wartime” and “City of Dreams.”

Saturday night saw Panic pay tribute to singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, as the group performed four of his songs, “Aunt Avis, “Degenerate,” “Protein Drink” and “Sewing Machine” during the second set. 

The Sunday show also featured another tribute, as Panic closed out their first set with another trio of songs by The Band—“Ophelia,” “The Shape I’m In” and “Chest Fever.”

-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids

Here’s a look at this past weekend’s setlists, courtesy of the best site around for any and all things Widespread Panic,

Friday, June 27, 2014, Widespread Panic, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Set I: Imitation Leather Shoes, B of D, Tortured Artist, Papa Johnny Road, Send Your Mind, And It Stoned Me, Happy > Sell Sell, Postcard, Conrad
Set II: Second Skin > Rebirtha > Jam > Sleeping Man, Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi), Driving Song > Ribs and Whiskey > Drums > St. Louis > Driving Song, Bayou Lena^, Love Tractor
Enc: Papa Legba, Life During Wartime, City of Dreams
Notes: ^last time played 11/28/08

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Widespread Panic, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Set I: Holden Oversoul, Old Joe, Shut Up and Drive, North, Good People, Greta > Fishwater, Aunt Avis, Degenerate, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine
Set II: Rock > Solid Rock, Thought Sausage > Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, Honky Red, Pigeons, Don’t Be Denied, Ain’t Life Grand, Saint Ex > Chilly Water
Enc: Jack > Chainsaw City*
Notes: *with Madison Smith on percussion (daughter of roadie)

Sunday, June 29, 2014, Widespread Panic, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Set I: Flicker, C Brown, Better Off, Genesis, All Time Low, Crazy, It Ain’t No Use, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, Chest Fever
Set II: Can’t Get High, Quarter Tank of Gasoline, True To My Nature, Tall Boy > Bust It Big > Big Wooly Mammoth > Time Fades Away, Ballad of John and Yoko, Pickin Up The Pieces, Surprise Valley, You Should Be Glad
Enc: May Your Glass Be Filled, Climb To Safety

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Phil Collins Rehearsing for Possible Comeback Tour (UCR)

Phil Collins admitted last fall that he’d been considering the possibility of a return to active duty. Now, according to Collins’ longtime bassist Lee Sklar, it looks like a comeback might really be in the cards.