Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween from the Showbiz Kids

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Showbiz Kids! 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Sunlit Youth

Sunlit Youth is the third studio album by American indie rock band Local Natives, released on September 9, 2016 on Loma Vista Recordings.

Sunlit Youth was recorded between 2014 and 2016 in Thailand, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Hawaii, and Ojai, California.

The album was preceded by the singles "Past Lives," "Villainy," "Fountain of Youth," and "Coins."  Before its release, "Past Lives" was featured in the episode "7th" from the first season of the Netflix series Flaked, which was released on March 11, 2016.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Michael Anthony Says He Spoke With Alex Van Halen Earlier This Year (UCR)

There’s a bond between a bassist and a drummer that often goes deeper than those shared by the other players in the band — and it sounds like Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen‘s connection hasn’t been completely severed even after all the years of fallout stemming from Anthony’s unceremonious firing from Van Halen.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock : Michael Anthony Says He Spoke With Alex Van Halen Earlier This Year 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Phish to Webcast Las Vegas Halloween Run (

Phish will webcast all four nights of their return to Las Vegas this weekend for Halloween as their fall tour concludes in the same city they celebrated the holiday in 2014.

The webcasts will be available on LivePhish as Phish kicks off their run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 28. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Rolling Stones Share New Song, "Hate to See You Go" (

The Rolling Stones will release their new blues-centric album, Blue & Lonesome, on December 2, marking the legendary rockers’ first new record in over a decade, and today, the band has revealed another preview of the album in “Hate to See You Go.”

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

No Hall of Fame for You: 19 Artists Left Out of Their Band’s 2017 Nominations (UCR)

Now that we know which artists and groups have been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s class of 2017, we turn our attention to the individual members of those bands who are being left behind.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: No Hall of Fame for You: 19 Artists Left Out of Their Band’s 2017 Nominations

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Zombies Detail Final Odessey and Oracle Tour Dates, New Book (

Following their successful run of tour dates this year where they played their classic album Odessey and Oracle in full, ’60s baroque-pop icons The Zombies have announced another round of shows for spring 2017.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Neil Young Joins Roger Waters and My Morning Jacket, Metallica at Bridge School Benefit (

Neil Young is hosted his annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA, this weekend, and the kickoff featured the host guesting with multiple artists, including a My Morning Jacket-backed Roger Waters and metal legends Metallica. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Born To Run

Born to Run is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. As his effort to break into the mainstream, the album was a commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually selling six million copies in the United States. Two singles were released from the album: "Born to Run" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"; the first helped Springsteen to reach mainstream popularity. The tracks "Thunder Road" and "Jungleland" became staples of album-oriented rock radio and Springsteen concert high points.

Born to Run garnered widespread acclaim when it was first released on August 25, 1975, by Columbia Records. It has since been considered by critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time. On November 14, 2005, a 30th Anniversary remaster of the album was released as a box set including two DVDs: a production diary film and a concert movie.

The album was remastered again in 2014 by veteran mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, who has worked on much of Springsteen's audio output since 1982, for release as part of The Album Collection Vol. 1: 1973-1984, a boxed set composed of remastered editions of his first seven albums. It was later released in remastered form as a single disc as well.

In September 2016, Springsteen released an autobiography, Born to Run, that shares its name with this album.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lego Announces Sale Date for Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' Set (UCR)

Lego has announced the impending arrival of the latest in its ongoing Ideas series, and it’s packed with colorful Fab Four fun. Starting Nov. 1, you’ll be able to purchase Lego’s Yellow Submarine set — a $60 investment that recreates the titular vehicle in detail with more than 550 pieces in all, plus Minifig versions of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Lego Announces Sale Date for Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' Set  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bob Weir Joins Phish in Nashville

Bob Weir and Phish, both in town to perform in Nashville this week, collaborated at the Ascend Amphitheater as Phish kicked off their two-night run on Tuesday night..

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rich Robinson Recruits Former Black Crowes Members and More for The Magpie Salute

Rich Robinson will reunite with former Black Crowes members Marc Ford, Eddie Harsch and Sven Pipien to go along with Joe Magistro, Matt Slocum, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen for The Magpie Salute

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Don't Say No

Don't Say No is the second album by Billy Squier, released on April 13, 1981. It stands as Squier's biggest career album, including the hits "In the Dark", "Lonely Is the Night", "My Kinda Lover" and "The Stroke". The album hit the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and remained on the chart for over two years (111 weeks).

"The Stroke" was the first single, reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, and an even bigger hit at rock radio, hitting number 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song even dented the British Pop charts, rising to number 52. The video for "The Stroke" — as most of the music videos from both Don't Say No and its follow-up, Emotions In Motion — is a straight-ahead performance piece, featuring Squier on an arena stage. Billy's many videos were staples on the then brand-new channel known as MTV which brought him increased popularity.

"In The Dark" followed "The Stroke" into the Billboard Top 40, and the Top 10 of the Album Rock Tracks chart. "Lonely Is The Night" and many other tracks from the album were hugely popular on AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio stations.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 sales in July 1981 and Platinum two months later. Though multi-platinum awards weren't certified prior to 1984, Don't Say No belatedly received a Triple Platinum award in 1992, certifying sales of over 3 million US copies.

A cover of "Lonely Is the Night" is a playable track in the PlayStation 2 video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and the master recording is playable in Guitar Hero 5.
On July 27, 2010 Shout! Factory released a 30th Anniversary edition of the album complete with newly remastered sound, bonus tracks, and a new booklet.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Phish Announce Jacksonville Webcast (

Phish open up their fall tour this weekend, and the band has announced it will we streaming this Sunday’s performance at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL, via Live Phish.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Who and Roger Waters Close Out the First Weekend of Desert Trip (

After performances from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Neil Young, the final two performers took the stage to close out the first weekend of Desert Trip...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Phish Talk Creation of ‘Big Boat’ in Latest Issue of Relix

Phish cover the October_November issue of Relix as they celebrate the release of their 13th studio album, Big Boat, due out today. Speaking with all four members, the topics discussed ranged from crafting Big Boat with super-producer Bob Ezrin to reflecting on the collaborative writing process, their musical careers and much more.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Rolling Stones Announce 'Blue and Lonesome' Blues Album (UCR)

The Rolling Stones have announced the release date for their long-rumored blues album. Blue & Lonesome will come out on Dec. 2, and, as anticipated, it includes all covers of old blues songs

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Rolling Stones Announce 'Blue and Lonesome' Blues Album 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Revolver

Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 5 August 1966 in the United Kingdom and three days later in the United States. The record spent 34 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, for seven of which it held the number one spot. Reduced to eleven songs for the North American market, Revolver was the last Beatles album to be subjected to Capitol Records' policy of altering the band's intended running order and content. In America, the album topped the Billboard Top LPs listings for six weeks.
Revolver marked a progression from the group's 1965 release Rubber Soul in terms of style and experimentation, and heralded the band's arrival as studio innovators. The album's sounds include the incorporation of tape loops and backwards recordings on the psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows", the use of a classical string octet on "Eleanor Rigby", and the Indian-music backing of "Love You To". Aside from methods such as varispeeding, reversed tapes, and close audio miking, the sessions for the album resulted in the invention of automatic double tracking (ADT), a technique that was invented by engineers at Abbey Road studios, and was soon adopted throughout the recording industry.

In the UK, Revolver's fourteen tracks were released to radio stations throughout July 1966, with the music signifying what author Ian MacDonald later described as "a second pop revolution – one which while galvanising their existing rivals and inspiring many new ones, left all of them far behind".  The sessions also produced a non-album single, "Paperback Writer" backed with "Rain", for which the Beatles filmed their first on-location promotional films. Together with the children's novelty song "Yellow Submarine", "Eleanor Rigby" became an international hit when issued as a double A-side single. The album's US release coincided with the Beatles' final concert tour, during which they refrained from performing any of the songs live. Upon release, Revolver was praised by British critics as a forward-thinking album, although its reception in the United States was initially muted due to the controversy surrounding John Lennon's contemporaneous statement that the Beatles had become "bigger than Jesus".

Revolver's cover artwork, designed by Klaus Voormann, earned the Beatles the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. The album was ranked first in Colin Larkin's book All-Time Top 1000 Albums and third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2013, after the British Phonographic Industry had changed its sales award rules, Revolver was certified platinum in the UK. The album has been certified 5x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ezra Koenig Says Vampire Weekend’s Fourth Album "Very Much Going to Happen

While not much has surfaced in the way of actual music from Vampire Weekend, frontman Ezra Koenig ensured fans on Twitter that a fourth LP from the band is “very much going to happen” sometime in the future.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Howard Stern Enlists Gov’t Mule, Grace Potter, Cheap Trick, James Taylor and More for Tribute to Beatles’ Revolver (

Howard Stern will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ iconic Revolver record with a special episode featuring various artists covering tunes from the album.

Read more @ and be sure to check out the show today on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Story of John Mellencamp’s Long Battle to Escape ‘Johnny Cougar’ (UCR)

Early in his career, John Mellencamp had a choice. He could either change his name and release his first album on MCA Records, or he could head back home to Seymour, Ind. Potential rock stardom or a minimum wage job for the phone company – these were the options for the young singer, not even 25 years old, when presented with the stage name of Johnny Cougar...

Read More of Bryan Wawzenek's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock:
The Story of John Mellencamp's Long Battle to Escape 'Johnny Cougar'  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kings of Leon to Play ‘TODAY’ Show in Support of New Album (

Kings of Leon will release Walls, their seventh full-length LP on October 14 and will celebrate the record with an appearance on the Today show as a part of their Citi Concert Series.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rush Tour Documentary ‘Time Stand Still’ to Screen in Theaters (UCR)

A documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at Rush‘s R40 Tour is headed to theaters for a special one-night screening event later this year.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Rush Tour Documentary 'Time Stand Still' to Screen in Theaters 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wanee Festival Announces 2017 Dates (

Wanee Festival has announced it will return next year with a three-day festival on April 20–22, as the annual celebration returns to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

On the turntable this Sunday...Some Girls

Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, and became the band's top selling album in the United States, certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Rolling Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy in the Album of the Year category. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form and their best album since 1972's Exile on Main St.

By 1976, the Rolling Stones' popularity was in decline as the charts were dominated by disco music and newer bands such as Aerosmith and Kiss. In the UK, the punk rock movement was a rising force and made most artists connected with the 1960s era seem obsolete. The group had also failed to produce a critically acclaimed album since 1972's Exile On Main St.

At least as important for the band's re-invigoration was the addition of Ronnie Wood to the line-up, as Some Girls was the first album recorded with him as a full member. His guitar playing style meshed with that of Keith Richards and slide guitar playing would become one of the band's hallmarks. His unconventional uses of the instrument featured prominently on Some Girls and he contributed to the writing process. In addition, Jagger, who had learned to play guitar over the previous decade, contributed a third guitar part to many songs. This gave songs like "Respectable" a three-guitar line-up.

Jagger is generally regarded as the principal creative force behind Some Girls. Richards was in legal trouble for much of 1977, which resulted in the band being inactive on the touring circuit during that year, except for two shows in Canada during the spring for the live album Love You Live. He was able to attend the recording sessions for the album. Jagger claimed in a 1995 interview to have written a great number of the album's songs (though when the amount was pointed out to him he denied that the record was mostly his own), including its signature song, "Miss You". In addition to punk, Jagger claims to have been influenced by dance music, most notably disco, during the recording of Some Girls, and cites New York City as a major inspiration for the album, an explanation for his lyrical preoccupation with the city throughout.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Phish Confirm Madison Square Garden Run for New Year’s (

Phish have officially confirmed their return to New York’s Madison Square Garden to ring in 2017 with a four-night run at the famed venue for the second year in a row, kicking off on December 28 and rounding out with a New Year’s Eve performance on December 31.

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