Friday, September 30, 2016

Listen to Metallica's New Song, 'Moth into Flame' (UCR)

Metallica are offering a free preview of “Moth Into Flame” from the group’s upcoming Hardwired … to Self-Destruct.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article and listen to the new Metallica track @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Listen to Metallica's New Song, 'Moth into Flame'  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Umphrey’s McGee Close Out Chucktown Ball, Reveal Atlanta Run (

Umphrey’s McGee wrapped up their second annual Chucktown Ball with a show that saw them bust out a recent favorite cover for the first time since 2015...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Van Morrison Says He Has So Many Unreleased Songs 'It Makes My Head Spin' (UCR)

Van Morrison will release his 36th album later this week, and the 71-year-old singer and songwriter has no plans to slow down. In fact, as he tells Rolling Stone in a new interview, “I have so much unreleased stuff it makes my head spin.”

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Van Morrison Says He Has So Many Unreleased Songs 'It Makes My Head Spin' 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gov’t Mule and Jason Bonham Collaborate on 36th Anniversary of Father’s Death (

Gov’t Mule brought their tour to The Fillmore on Miami Beach on Sunday night as the group collaborated with drummer Jason Bonham to mark the 36th anniversary since Jason’s father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, passed away. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Set North American Leg of The Getaway Tour (

Red Hot Chili Peppers will hit the road for the North American leg of dates supporting their The Getaway record, which will kick off January 5 in San Antonio, TX at the AT&T Center.

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January 5 San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center
January 7 Houston, TX—Toyota Center
January 8 Dallas, TX—American Airlines Arena
January 10 New Orleans, LA—Smoothie King Center
January 12 Memphis, TN—Fedex Forum
January 14 Tulsa, OK—BOK Center
January 15 Wichita, KS—Intrust Bank Arena
January 18 St. Louis, MO—Scottrade Center
January 20 Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena
January 21 Minneapolis, MN—Target Center
February 2 Detroit, MI—Joe Luis Arena
February 4 Toronto, CA—Air Canada Centre
February 7 Boston, MA—TD Garden
February 10 Buffalo, NY—Key Bank Center
February 12 Philadelphia, PA—Wells Fargo Arena
February 15 New York, NY—Madison Square Garden
March 2 Denver, CO—Pepsi Center
March 4 Glendale, AZ—Gila River Arena
March 5 San Diego, CA—Valley View Casino Arena
March 7 Los Angeles, CA—Staples Center
March 12 Oakland, CA—Oracle Arena
March 15 Portland, OR—Moda Center at Rose Quarter
March 17 Seattle, WA—Key Arena
March 18 Vancouver, CA—Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Sunday, September 25, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Excitable Boy

Excitable Boy is the third studio album by Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the top 40 success "Werewolves of London". The album brought Warren to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007.

The tracks "Excitable Boy" and "Werewolves of London" were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical "Veracruz" dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz, and likewise "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is a fictionalization of a mercenary in Africa. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man's adventures in Cold War era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships ("Accidentally Like a Martyr" and "Tenderness on the Block"), as well as a dance tune ("Nighttime in the Switching Yard").

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bruce Springsteen to Appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to Discuss New Autobiography (

Bruce Springsteen will make his first appearance on Stephen Colbert’s edition of The Late Show on September 23 for an extended interview surrounding his autobiography Born to Run due out September 27.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Police Albums Ranked from Worst to Best (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Most artists resist labels. The Police were one of the few bands that were truly able to distance itself from them by making music that couldn’t be classified, no matter how hard fans and critics tried.

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Police Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jim James Details New Solo Album and Supporting Tour (

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James will release his sophomore solo effort Eternally Even on November 4 via ATO/Capitol Records. The record follows up his 2013 solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God and, according to James, deals with many issues currently weighing on the world. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

October 2016 New Music Releases (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Our (Ultimate Classic Rock's) list of October 2016 New Music Releases often looks both forward and backward. For instance, David Bowie‘s final recordings will be released, and his old friend and collaborator Iggy Pop issues a celebrated 2016 concert at the Royal Albert Hall that features several of their old songs.

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Widespread Panic Dust Off "Werewolves of London" in Asheville (

While Widespread Panic’s streak of no repeats came to an end earlier last week, their fall tour rolls on and the band is now digging deep into their cover repertoire...

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Widespread Panic
US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Set I: And It Stoned Me, Send Your Mind, Dyin’ Man, All Time Low, Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > I’m Not Alone, Shut Up And Drive, Werewolves of London*, Lawyers Guns & Money
Set II: Wondering, B of D, Sell Sell, Gimme > Bust It Big > Driving Song > Papa’s Home > Drums > Maggot Brain^ > Imitation Leather Shoes^^ > Jam > Driving Song > Red Hot Mama
Enc: Dream Song, Waitin’ For The Bus, Jesus Just Left Chicago

Notes:*Last time played 10/27/15
^with spoken word introduction
^^with Wherever I May Roam jam

Monday, September 19, 2016

Led Zeppelin, ‘The Complete BBC Sessions': Album UCR Review

There’s a line that can be drawn between Led Zeppelin‘s first four albums and their last four. From 1969 through 1971 — the period that spans their self-titled debut through their untitled fourth record — Led Zeppelin played the blues, sometimes twisting and evolving it to their modern, heavy sound (like they did on their fourth LP), other times just lifting it outright (see their first three albums, particularly the first two).

Read More of Michael Gallucci's review @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Led Zeppelin, 'The Complete BBC Sessions': Album Review 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Ain't Life Grand

Ain't Life Grand is the fourth studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. The band held a CD release party at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta on August 28, 1994. It was first released to the public by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on September 6, 1994. It would later be re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. On July 3, 2014 the band announced that Ain't Life Grand would be reissued on Vinyl in August, 2014. The reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores.

The band got minor airplay for their cover of Bloodkin's "Can't Get High," as well as their own "Airplane." They also performed the song Ain't Life Grand at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA for Good Morning America.

The band begun rehearsing for the album by recording pre-recording sessions at John Keane's home studio like their first album, Space Wrangler. They were so pleased with the results that they decided to use the sessions for Ain't Life Grand instead of going into the studio on a future date with their producer Johnny Sandlin.

The album reached a peak position of #84 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Why Mitch Malloy Didn’t Join Van Halen (UCR0

Singer Mitch Malloy has once again discussed his brief mid-’90s tenure as the almost-third singer for Van Halen, saying he turned down an offer to join the group because “it was clear to me that there was something amiss.”

Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Why Mitch Malloy Didn't Join Van Halen

Friday, September 16, 2016

Widespread Panic Stretch Run of No Repeats As Fall Tour Continues

Widespread Panic are seven shows into their fall tour and have yet to repeat a song, playing 120 unique tune as their streak continued Tuesday night in Baltimore.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Songs of Love Foundation Reveals Lineup for 20th Anniversary Show Honoring the Allman Brothers (

A benefit show for The Songs of Love Foundation will honor the Allman Brothers as the 20th anniversary celebration of the foundation takes place October 19 in The Marlin Room at New York’s Webster Hall.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Phish Announce New Album ‘Big Boat’ Due Out in October (

Phish will release a new album and their thirteenth studio effort entitled Big Boat on October 7, marking their follow-up to 2014’s Fuego and the second album with producer Bob Ezrin.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Freddie Mercury Gets an Asteroid Named After Him (UCR)

In 1978’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Queen singer Freddie Mercury described himself as “a shooting star leaping through the sky” and “travelin’ at the speed of light.” Nearly 40 years later, he’s come pretty close to being the real thing. It was revealed that an asteroid has been named in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday, which is today (Sept. 5).

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Freddie Mercury Gets an Asteroid Named After Him  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1993. It is Petty's best-selling album to date and was certified 12x Platinum by the RIAA on April 28, 2015. The single "Mary Jane's Last Dance" became one of Petty's most popular songs, reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The other new song on the album is a cover of the Thunderclap Newman hit "Something in the Air". The album contains no songs from 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). However, three songs from 1989's Full Moon Fever were included; despite the album's technical status as a Tom Petty solo album, it contained contributions from several members from the Heartbreakers, thus legitimizing its inclusion on this compilation. As of September 2011, Greatest Hits had sold 7,464,000 copies in the United States, making it Tom Petty's best-selling album.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mike Gordon Reveals New Tour Dates (

Phish bassist Mike Gordon will be taking his solo band on the road again in 2016 for a tour that will kick off in St. Louis on November 18.

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Mike Gordon Tour Dates
November 18 St. Louis, MO—Delmar Hall
November 19 Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre
November 20 Chicago, IL—Park West
November 22 Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
November 23 Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom
November 25 Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
November 26 Albany, NY—The Egg – Hart Theatre
November 28 Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
November 29 Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
December 1 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel
December 2 Nashville, TN—The Cannery Ballroom
December 3 Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse
December 9 Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair
December 10 Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair
December 11 Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair

Friday, September 9, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Robert Randolph to Release New Album, Got Soul, in 2017 (

Robert Randolph has a new record label and a new album on the way. The pedal steel guitar icon has signed with Sony Music Masterworks and will release his first album in three years, titled Got Soul, in early 2017.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Phish Close Dick’s Run with "Crosseyed" Teaseathon (

Phish’s tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park came to a thrilling conclusion Sunday night as the band delivered a second set for the ages, turning it into a “Crosseyed and Painless” teaseathon.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Queen Dominate New Scientific Study of History’s Most Addictive Songs (UCR)

When researchers at the University of St. Andrews began studying the science of earworms, they discovered something classic rock fans already know: Queen make very addictive songs.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Queen Dominate New Scientific Study of History's Most Addictive Songs 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Core

Core is the debut album by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released on September 29, 1992 through Atlantic Records. The album, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #3 on the Billboard 200, was certified 8x platinum by the RIAA on December 18, 2001, making it the band's best-selling album.

Core, as a debut album, displayed the band's attempt to revive the album-oriented music approach of the 1970s. Striving to create an intense and emotional sound, vocalist Weiland has said that the main theme of the album is that humanity is confused, with songs like "Sex Type Thing" and "Naked Sunday" dealing with social injustice. "Sex Type Thing", according to Weiland, deals with abuse of power, "macho" behavior, and humanity's attitude toward women, treating them as sex objects. "Naked Sunday", according to Weiland, "is about organized religion. About people who tell others what to do and what to believe. They switch off people's minds and control the masses. It gives me a feeling of isolation, when I think about it. Organized religion does not view everyone as equals."[3] Further explaining his lyrical style on Core, Weiland was quoted as saying:
I feel very strongly that all individuals, regardless of age, race, creed or sexual preference, should have the freedom to exercise their rights as human beings to enjoy life, pursue what they want and feel comfortable about who they are. I guess I tend to find the darker sides of life more attractive than the yellows and oranges. I know it's something that I relate to when I listen to music.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The James Brown Dance Party Announces Fall Dates (

The James Brown Dance Party, a traveling collaborative tribute to the late Godfather of Soul that debuted early last year, has announced a run of Northwest dates for this fall.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Lemmy Honored With Life-Size Statue at Rainbow Bar and Grill (UCR)

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign and months of anticipation, a memorial statue in honor of late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been publicly unveiled at his favorite hangout.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Lemmy Honored With Life-Size Statue at Rainbow Bar and Grill 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kings of Leon Announce New Album, WALLS (

After teasing an upcoming album on social media, Kings of Leon have officially announced that they will release their seventh studio effort, WALLS, on October 14 via RCA. The record follows up the band’s 2013 album, Mechanical Bull.

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