Thursday, June 30, 2016

Led Zeppelin Found Not Guilty in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case (UCR)

Led Zeppelin were found not guilty in their plagiarism trial regarding the classic “Stairway to Heaven.” The jury came back unanimous in its decision favoring the band in the case.

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Led Zeppelin Found Not Guilty in 'Stairway to Heaven' Case 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Widespread Panic Honor Bernie Worrell in Red Rocks Opener (

Friday night, Widespread Panic kicked off their three-night run at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the venue that has become synonymous with Panic’s summer tours. The show marked the band’s 53rd performance at the amphitheater and their 50th consecutive sold-out gig, for which they hold the Red Rocks record. Panic’s first show at the venue had them on a 1991 bill with Blues Traveler and Acoustic Junction.

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Widespread Panic
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Set I: Ain’t Life Grand, Happy > Airplane > Take~Off Jam > Rebirtha > Chunk of Coal, Contentment Blues, Steven’s Cat, Space Wrangler, Radio Child
Set II: For What It’s Worth, Pigeons > You Got Yours > Good People > Dyin’ Man, Cotton Was King > Cotton Jam > Protein Drink > Drumz > Drumz & Bass > Sewing Machine, Climb To Safety, Red Hot Mama
Enc: 1 × 1 > Action Man

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phish Revive "Fluffhead" in Wrigley Field Finale (

Phish concluded their Wrigley Field debut on Saturday night with a variety of highlights to follow up opening night, which saw the band pay homage to David Bowie. 

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Set I: The Moma Dance, AC/DC Bag > 555, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Happy Birthday, 46 Days, I Didn’t Know, Divided Sky, Cavern > Good Times Bad Times
Set II: Carini > Tweezer > Fluffhead > Piper -> Steam > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood > Tweezer Reprise
Enc: I Am the Walrus

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Red Hot Organization to Release Day of the Dead "Terrapin Station (Suite)" Vinyl EP (

The Red Hot Organization, who teamed with The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner to create the recent Day of the Dead massive Grateful Dead indie tribute compilation, have announced they will release a collection of those tunes on vinyl EP, anchored by the album’s “Terrapin Station” suite.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Doing It To Death

Doing It to Death is an album by The J.B.'s, released in 1973 by People Records. The album includes a ten-minute version of the #1 R&B hit "Doing It to Death", which is led by Danny Ray's introduction to simulate his MC in concerts.

Track listing

All songs were written by James Brown
  1. "Introduction to the J.B.'s" – 0:24
  2. "Doing It to Death Parts 1 & 2" – 10:01
  3. "You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight" – 0:14
  4. "More Peas" – 8:27
  5. "La Di Da La Di Day" – 5:39
  6. "You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight" – 0:14
  7. "Sucker" – 8:10
  8. "You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight" – 6:28


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Flea Talks 'Crazy' Snowboarding Spill, Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Direction (Rolling Stone)

Flea can't pinpoint the exact moment he knew the Red Hot Chili Peppers needed to take a different direction on their new album, The Getaway, out June 17th, but he vividly recalls the feeling. "I felt like we we were starting to do the same thing we've always done," the bassist tells Rolling Stone. "I could kind of feel it on the last record [2011's I'm With You.] I knew what we were gonna do or how we were gonna do it before we even did it."

Read more of Andy Greene's interview with Flea @ Rolling Stone :

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lars Ulrich Calls Metallica’s New Album ‘More Diverse’ and ‘Less Frenetic’ Than ‘Death Magnetic’ (UCR)

After years of delay, Metallica‘s new album is in the mixing stage with the hopes of a fall release. And while drummer Lars Ulrich admits he doesn’t fully know what it sounds like, he was able to describe how it contrasts with their previous effort, 2008’s Death Magnetic, in a new interview.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Lars Ulrich Calls Metallica's New Album 'More Diverse' and 'Less Frenetic' Than 'Death Magnetic' 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Who to Play Santa Barbara Bowl (

The Who, who finished up the North American leg of their 50th anniversary tour last month, have announced they will make their Santa Barbara Bowl debut this October, just a few days before participating in the classic rock mega-festival Desert Trip in Indio, CA

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

July 2016 New Music Releases (UCR)

The list of July 2016 new music releases is capped by a pair of classic rock legends making long-awaited returns to the studio, some intriguing new reissues and another shipment of cool box sets.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: July 2016 New Music Releases

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Members of Ween, Guster, Dr. Dog and More to Play Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Tribute (

On November 23, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, will host The Complete Last Waltz, a 40th anniversary tribute to the iconic final concert by The Band and the accompanying Martin Scorsese-directed film. The show will feature members of Ween, Guster, Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent, Fruit Bats and more playing all 46 songs from that 1976 concert.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Safety In Numbers

Safety In Numbers is Umphrey's McGee's fourth studio album, released on April 4, 2006. Huey Lewis and Joshua Redman both make appearances. The album contains many slower, acoustic songs and a simpler, stripped down approach with little jamming or progressive rock elements. The artwork for the album was done by Storm Thorgerson.

  1. "Believe the Lie" (Jake Cinninger, Brendan Bayliss, Ryan Stasik, Joel Cummins, Kris Myers, Andy Farag) – 6:56
  2. "Rocker" (Bayliss, Cinninger) – 5:29
  3. "Liquid" (Cinninger) – 3:32
  4. "Words" (Cinninger, Cummins, Bayliss) – 7:08
  5. "Nemo" (Bayliss) – 4:25
  6. "Women Wine and Song" (Cinninger) – 3:53
  7. "Intentions Clear" (Bayliss, Cinninger) – 4:43
  8. "End of the Road" (Cinninger) – 3:16
  9. "Passing" (Bayliss, Cinninger) – 4:15
  10. "Ocean Billy" (Bayliss, Cinninger, Cummins, Farag, Myers, Stasik) – 6:37
  11. "The Weight Around" (Bayliss) – 3:33
Limited Edition Vinyl Bonus Acoustic Tracks
  1. "Memories Of Home" (Cinninger, Cummins) – 4:22
  2. "Divisions" (Bayliss) – 9:54

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Eric Clapton Says Nerve Damage Has Limited His Ability to Play Guitar (

In a new interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Eric Clapton detailed some of the health issues that he says have limited his guitar playing over the years.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hamilton‘s Andres Forero Shares Update on New Phish Album (

As Phish frontman Trey Anastasio revealed last month, the band is still currently working on their upcoming album, which features production from Bob Ezrin. Now, more information about the album has come from percussionist Andrés Forero, who plays in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton and will be featured on the album.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Heart Confirm James Hetfield Appearance, Full New ‘Beautiful Broken’ Album Details (UCR)

Heart‘s 16th album, Beautiful Broken, has been officially announced and scheduled for a July 8 release. As suggested in May, Metallica‘s James Hetfield does indeed perform on the record, as part of a track listing that aims to bring “new life” to a selection of songs from the band’s vaults...

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Heart Confirm James Hetfield Appearance, Full New 'Beautiful Broken' Album Details 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dead & Company Close Out Bonnaroo with Donna Jean Godchaux (

The 15th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival closed out with its fourth and final day on Sunday with a full schedule that wrapped up with headliners Dead & Company playing two sets that featured former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux on several songs. 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Pearl Jam @ Bonnaroo 2016

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder got to introduce one of his band's songs in a new way at Bonnaroo on Saturday...

Read full article @ The Tennessean

Sunday, June 12, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Coming Home

Coming Home is the debut studio album by American gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges, it was released on June 23, 2015, under Columbia Records. The album was written by Leon Bridges, Austin Michael Jenkins, Joshua Block, Chris Vivion and produced by Niles City Sound.

The album was supported by two singles; "Coming Home" and "Smooth Sailin'". Coming Home received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 78, based on 21 reviews. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Steely Dan Confirm Ten-Night Beacon Theatre Run (

Steely Dan will once again return to the Beacon Theatre in October for ten shows, each with a different special guest or theme.

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Steely Dan with Steve Winwood Tour Dates:

June 7 Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center
June 8 Detroit, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 10 New Buffalo, MI—Four Winds Casino Resort
June 11 Chicago, IL—FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly
June 13 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 14 Salt Lake City, UT—USANA Amphitheatre
June 16 Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 18 Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl
June 19 Las Vegas, NV—The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
June 22 Dallas, TX—American Airlines Center
June 23 Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre
June 25 Little Rock, AR—Verizon Arena
June 26 Atlanta, GA—Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 29 West Palm Beach, FL—Cruzan Amphitheatre
June 30 Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 2 Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion
July 3 Camden, NJ—BB&T Pavilion
July 6 Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts Center
July 7 Mansfield, MA—Xfinity Center
July 9 Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 10 Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 12 Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live
July 13 Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 15 Noblesville, IN—Klipsch Music Center
July 16 Milwaukee, WI—BMO Harris Pavilion Center
July 17 Burgettstown, PA—Niagara Pavilion

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dead & Company Share Open Letter Ahead of North Carolina Show (

Dead & Company have released a statement concerning their upcoming show in Charlotte, NC, and the recent passing of HB2, the controversial “bathroom law” that prohibits transgendered individuals from using the restroom of their choosing. The group has decided to go ahead with their performance despite their objections to the bill.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

UCR's List of 12 Bands With No Original Members

As you’ll see in the above list of bands with no original members, not everybody can be ZZ Top or U2. While those two sturdy groups have never reshuffled bandmates, others have experienced so much change over the years that they share no connection at all with their co-founding lineup.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 12 Bands With No Original Members 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Natty Dread

Natty Dread is a 1974 reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers. An important transition in Marley's discography, Natty Dread was the first album released as Bob Marley & the Wailers (as opposed to The Wailers) and the first recorded without former bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It is also the first album recorded with the I-Threes, a female vocal trio that included Bob's wife, Rita Marley, along with Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

Natty Dread peaked at No. 44 on Billboard's (North America) Black Albums chart, and at No. 92 on the Pop Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 181 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Natty Dread is a spiritually charged political and social statement. It opens with a blues-influenced positive celebration of skanking, reggae and sex, "Lively Up Yourself", which Marley used to open many of his concerts, in order to get the audience worked up; American R&B star Prince used it for the same purpose. The original and still unreleased demo of the Island version of "Lively up Yourself" was recorded in 1973.

"No Woman, No Cry", the second track, is probably the best known recording on the album. It is a nostalgic remembrance of growing up in the impoverished streets of Trenchtown, the ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica, and the happiness brought by the company of friends. The song has been performed by artists as diverse as Boney M. (sung by Liz Mitchell), The Fugees, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Rancid and Gilberto Gil. Songwriting credit for "No Woman, No Cry" went to V. Ford. Vincent Ford, better known as "Tartar" to his friends and neighbors, had been a kind friend of Marley as a child in Trenchtown. Marley claimed he would have starved to death on several occasions as a child if not for the aid of Tartar. The original version of the song was in gospel style, featuring Peter Tosh and some unknown female backing vocals and was cut for Island in 1973.

"Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" is a warning against allowing a nation's poor to go hungry, with the prophetic warning "a hungry mob is an angry mob", while "Talkin' Blues" and "Revolution" go deeper into controversial political commentary. "Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)" is a reflection on the potential impact of reggae music on Jamaican society. The song was written after Marley had been stopped by a night-time police carcheck. The influence of Marley's increasing devotion to Rastafari can be heard in religious-themed songs like "So Jah S'eh", "Natty Dread" and "Lively Up Yourself", while Marley's reputation as a romantic is confirmed with smooth, seductive songs like "Bend Down Low". The title track of the album takes its title from an idealised personification of the Rastafari movement, Natty Dread.

In 1975, this album was mentioned in a few audio magazines as being ready to be released on Quadraphonic 8-track tape. This never happened. However, the Quadraphonic mixes of "Lively Up Yourself" and "No Woman No Cry" have been bootlegged from the master tapes and are available on the internet. In 2001, a re-mastered edition of Natty Dread was released by Universal Records containing a bonus track. In 2003, the album was ranked number 182 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter covered the entire album in his 1997 Blue Note release of the same name. 

Read more @ Wikipedia

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Umphrey’s McGee Welcome Warren Haynes and Marco Benevento at Mountain Jam (

Thursday night, Hunter, NY’s Mountain Jam kicked off its 2016 run with a headlining act from Umphrey’s McGee that featured sit ins from a couple of the festival’s other acts in Warren Haynes and Marco Benevento. 

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Umphrey’s McGee

Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY

Set I: Similar Skin, Rocker 2, Attachments, Little Gift > Higgins*, Linear > Booth Love > Breathe^ > Mulches Odyssey
Set II: Bridgeless > Upward, Speak Up, The Triple Wide, Educated Guess, Conduit, Thunder Kiss Relax
Enc: Hajimemashite > Bridgeless
Notes: *with Warren Haynes ^with Marco Benevento

Friday, June 3, 2016

Questlove Pens List Explaining Why Prince Was 'Hip-Hop Pioneer' (Rolling Stone)

Questlove has penned another tribute to Prince, this time a humorous Instagram post that lists 40 reasons why the legendary artist was a "hip-hop pioneer." Inspired by the Prince-dedicated issue of The Source, the Roots drummer broke down what made Prince such an influential artist and cutting edge talent, from the fact that he "turned a long music video into a revolution" to his reputation as the "best drum machine programmer ever."

Read more of Daniel Kreps' article @ Rolling Stone:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jimmy Herring, David Sanchez Join Dave Matthews Band in Atlanta (

Dave Matthews Band’s tour continued with its most guest-heavy show of the run thus far as the band’s Lakewood Amphitheatre show in Atlanta featured guest spots from Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring and saxophonist David Sanchez.

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Dave Matthews Band

Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA

Warehouse, The Song That Jane Likes, Squirm, Death On The High Seas, Why I Am, Minarets, Samurai Cop, Crush, Raven*, Satellite*, Sugar Will*, Grey Street, Crash Into Me, Jimi Thing^ > Sexy M.F.^, Bob Law, You and Me, You Might Die Trying
Enc: Ants Marching > Halloween
Notes: *with Jimmy Herring ^with David Sánchez


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chris Robinson on Bringing the ‘California Cosmic Dance Floor’ to Mountain Jam: Ultimate Classic Rock Exclusive Interview

The 2016 installment of Mountain Jam, which will be held June 2-5 in Hunter, N.Y., will find former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson making a return with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The band made their first appearance at the fest in 2014 and it’s a time that he has fond memories of.

Read More of Matt Wardlaw's interview with Chris Robinson @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Chris Robinson on Bringing the 'California Cosmic Dance Floor' to Mountain Jam: Exclusive Interview