Friday, August 18, 2017

Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Kick-Off Headlining Tour in Vegas (UCR)

Last weekend, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple began a month-long co-headlining tour of North America at the Chelsea, the concert venue located inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. You can check out the set lists from both acts below.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Kick Off Co-Headlining Tour in Vegas: Set List + Videos 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Widespread Panic Welcome Special Guests at Peach Fest (

Widespread Panic welcomed a number of friends for their Saturday night set at Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA including Brandon Niederauer and Marcus King, both of whom helped the band out on originals and covers.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bruce Springsteen to Make Broadway Debut (UCR)

After months of rumorsBruce Springsteen has confirmed that he’ll make his Broadway debut this fall, performing the solo show Springsteen on Broadway for eight weeks at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Read More of Debra Filcman's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Bruce Springsteen to Make Broadway Debut With Eight-Week Solo Show

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Morning Jacket Debut 'Give Peace a Chance' (

My Morning Jacket continued their August run with a stop at North Adams, MA last night and responded to the events in Charlottesville with a cover debut of Plastic Ono Band’s “Give Peace a Chance.”

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Monday, August 14, 2017

UCR's List of Classic Rock Artists Who Hate Their Own Records

Sometimes, bands got sick of a project because it simply became too popular and, in turn, too confining. Other times, something just went terribly wrong along the way. However they got there, each ended up on a rarefied list of Classic Rock Artists Who Hate Their Own Records.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 33 Classic Rock Artists Who Hate Their Own Records

Sunday, August 13, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too

Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band the New Radicals. Released October 16, 1998, it is their only album release before disbanding in 1999. The album charted in several North American and European countries, and was frontman Gregg Alexander's third album, following two unsuccessful albums released in 1989 and 1992, respectively. For the album's recording, Alexander enlisted numerous session musicians and is the only band member to perform on every song. The album's musical style was compared to numerous rock artists, including Billy CorganChumbawamba, and the Rolling Stones.
The album spawned two singles. "You Get What You Give" was released as the first single off the album, and was commercially successful worldwide, reaching number one in Canada and New Zealand and peaking in the top 40 in the US and the UK, among other countries. The album's second single, "Someday We'll Know," was released shortly after the group disbanded. It was far less successful than its predecessor, entering the top 40 only in Brazil and failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

On the turntable this Sunday...OK Computer

OK Computer is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was released in Japan on 21 May 1997 and in the United Kingdom on 16 June by Parlophone, and in the United States on 1 July by Capitol Records. The members of Radiohead self-produced the album with Nigel Godrich, an arrangement that the band has used on all of their subsequent albums to date. Other than the song "Lucky", which was recorded in 1995, Radiohead recorded the album in Oxfordshire and Bath between 1996 and early 1997, mostly in the historic mansion St. Catherine's Court. The band made a deliberate attempt to distance themselves from the guitar-oriented and lyrically introspective style of their previous album The Bends (1995). OK Computer's abstract lyrics, densely layered sound, and eclectic range of influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead's later, more experimental work.
Upon the album's delivery to the band's record company EMI, label representatives generally lowered their sales estimates, deeming the record's sound "uncommercial" and difficult to market. Nevertheless, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and became the band's highest album entry on US charts at the time, debuting at number 21 on the US Billboard 200. Five songs from the album—"Paranoid Android", "Karma Police", "Lucky", "No Surprises", and "Airbag"—were released as promotional singles. The album expanded Radiohead's international popularity and received widespread critical acclaim; in subsequent years, it has been cited by listeners, critics, and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album initiated a stylistic shift in British rock music away from the then-ubiquitous genre of Britpop toward melancholic, atmospheric styles of alternative rock that became more prevalent in the next decade. Critics and fans have noted that the album's lyrics and music depict a world fraught with rampant consumerismsocial alienation, emotional isolation, and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer is often interpreted as having prescient insight into the mood of 21st-century life. OK Computer has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. A remastered version with additional tracks, titled OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017, was released on 22 June 2017, commemorating the album's twentieth anniversary. In 2015, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Rolling Stones Detail 'Sticky Fingers" Release (

The Rolling Stones will release a new live video and recording from their vault, Sticky Fingers: Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 on September 29 with DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and LP packages.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Hot Tuna Announce NYC Shows (

Hot Tuna have announced a run at New York’s City Winery this fall, with the classic duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady teaming up for two shows.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Listen to the Title Track from Neil Young's New 'Hitchhiker' LP (UCR)

Neil Young has unveiled the title track from his upcoming Hitchhiker album, offering fans the first glimpse of a set that’s been sitting in the vault since summer 1976.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Listen to the Title Track From Neil Young's New 'Hitchhiker' LP 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Red Rocks Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Tribute (

Friday night, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosted a special tribute to Jerry Garcia in celebration of what would have been the late Grateful Dead guitarist’s 75th birthday on August 1. The evening was headlined by Bob Weir and his Campfire Band, along with special guest Steve Kimock, and the collective also welcomed out a surprise guest in John Mayer for most of their set.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Journey Could Be on the Brink of a Split After Latest Feud (UCR)

Journey are apparently at another career crossroads. Founding guitarist Neal Schon spent the week taking a trio of bandmates to task publicly over their recent White House visit, capping a period of deep inner turmoil. By yesterday, Journey appeared to be breaking apart.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Journey Could Be on the Brink of a Split After Latest Feud 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Phish Cover Radiohead on Lemon Night of Baker's Dozen (

Phish opened up the final weekend of their Baker’s Dozen run at New York’s Madison Square Garden last night, playing the 11th of 13 shows and continuing in the same unexpected vein that the residency has established so far, with two more cover debuts and much more.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Just Another Day In Paradise

Just Another Day in Paradise is a 1982 album by American singer-songwriter Bertie Higgins.
The album spawned the Top 10 single "Key Largo" as well as the title track which was released as a follow up. The single "Just Another Day in Paradise" was not as big a hit as "Key Largo" but received much airplay and also hit the Country charts as well.
In Asia, the other international hit "Casablanca" was generated from the album. The song was recorded by Japanese singer Hiromi Go in same year, and its cover version reached #2 on the Japanese chart, finally selling more than 500,000 copies. Likewise, this album that featured the original version of "Casablanca" achieved commercial success, and finally it became the second best-selling album of 1982 by a Western artist on that country's official hit parade, Oricon.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wilco Reunite With Billy Bragg at Newport Folk (

Wilco headlined Newport Folk Festival and reunited wth their old friend and longtime collaborator Billy Bragg for “California Stars” taken from their collaborative, Woody Guthrie-inspired album Mermaid Avenue.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Guns N' Roses Launch U.S. Tour (UCR)

Guns N’ Roses‘ Not in This Lifetime Tour has been all about a band making peace with its past and embracing its legacy on its own terms — so it only makes sense that the schedule would eventually include a return to St. Louis, site of one of the more infamous footnotes in GNR history.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Guns N' Roses Launch 2017 U.S. Tour With Triumphant Return to St. Louis

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Arcade Fire Preview New Album (

Arcade Fire celebrated the release of their new album Everything Now with an intimate show last night at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall where they mixed in both old and new in a 19-song, career-spanning set.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rock Legends Who Never Had a No. 1 Hit Single (UCR)

The above list of Rock Legends Who Never Had a No. 1 Single is all the more surprising when you consider the success so many of them had by any other measure. They’ve sold million of albums, had videos in wall-to-wall rotation, sold out football stadiums across the globe, won Grammys and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Rock Legends Who Never Had a No. 1 Hit Single 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Phish Revive Neil Young Cover After Two Decades

Phish crossed the halfway point of their Baker’s Dozen run with their seventh of thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden Saturday night featuring a cinnamon theme complete with Saturday night rock standards.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

David Gilmour's 'Live at Pompeii' Getting CD and Blu-ray Release (UCR)

David Gilmour‘s historic return to Pompeii for a pair of live dates in 2016 will make its way to home audiences later this year with the CD/DVD/Blu-ray release of the Pink Floyd veteran’s latest concert recording, Live at Pompeii.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: David Gilmour's 'Live at Pompeii' Getting CD and Blu-ray Release 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, released in 1994. Certified Diamond by the RIAA, it is Seger's most successful album to date. In December 2009, Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan confirmed that with nearly nine million copies sold, Bob Seger's Greatest Hits was the decade's best-selling catalog album in the United States, even out-selling The Beatles1 and Michael Jackson's Number Ones. By September 2011, the album had sold a total of 9,062,000 copies in the United States.

Californian photographer Karen Miller took photos of the band as part of two photoshoots for the album. The most popular pictures out of the first photoshoot were the railroad track scenes taken on the Southern Pacific railroad tracks north of Mojave, California. The single picture of Seger holding his guitar became the cover photo as well as the most recognized photograph of Seger to date. Another photograph of the entire band on the same tracks was used for the centerfold of the booklet that came with the It's a Mystery CD, released the following year.
Other photos on the album include pictures of Seger's newborn son, Cole. The back cover of Seger's son at a water pump was taken at Seger's home at the time in Miami, Florida. Cole was 17 months old at the time. The inside of the booklet includes photos of Silver Bullet Band members Craig Frost, Chris Campbell, and Alto Reedwith their kids as well. Seger's manager, Punch Andrews, was skeptical about the idea of using the band's children as album art at first. However, Seger had seen it done before with other artists and insisted on the photographs being used on the final copy of the CD's insert.

Friday, July 28, 2017

moe. Play First Show Since Rob Derhak's Cancer Diagnosis (

moe. played a late-night show at New York’s PlayStation Theater the other night after Phish’s Baker’s Dozen-opening performance at Madison Square Garden, and the two-set performance marked the first since the band announced an indefinite hiatus following bassist and singer Rob Derhak’s cancer diagnosis.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' Hijacked the Music Industry (UCR)

Maple trees line the roads of Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Shaped into the curved body of a guitar, the old growth can produce a warm tone that’s absent from the ‘80s metal canon...

Read More of Art Tavana's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: How Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' Hijacked the Music Industry 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Phish Kick Off Baker's Dozen Run with Coconut Theme at MSG (

The time has finally arrived, and Phish’s much-anticipated 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at New York’s Madison Square Garden is fully underway, as the band delivered a night-one performance on Friday that playfully centered around a coconut theme. Fans getting to the show on the early side were given coconut donuts from Federal Donuts as they entered (something that will continue each night), and the band returned to the theme a few times throughout the show, weaving it into two solid sets that deftly mixed covers in with carefully chosen originals, giving the first taste of what’s to come in the extended run but not providing too many hints to settle the great debate of whether or not the band will repeat any tunes during the remaining 12 outings.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

August 2017 New Music Releases (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The list of August 2017 new music releases is highlighted by much-anticipated reissues of two of the biggest albums of the ’80s. Rock fans will also get a chance to celebrate the return of two familiar names.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: August 2017 New Music Releases 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Members of The Motet, TAB, RAQ and More to Play Tribute to Jamiroquai at Brooklyn Comes Alive (

Brooklyn Comes Alive has revealed another grouping of artists for this year’s third annual event, which takes place at three venues in the borough over two days in September, as members of The Motet, Trey Anastasio Band, RAQ and more will come together for a tribute to Jamiroquai.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Survival

Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon HuffSurvivalincludes the R&B chart-topping single "Give the People What They Want" and "Let Me Make Love to You", which reached #10 on the same chart. Survival matched exactly the chart performance of its predecessor Ship Ahoy, topping the R&B chart and peaking at #11 on the pop chart. Critical assessment of the album tends to the view that, while it may not reach the peaks of Back Stabbers or Ship Ahoy, it is nevertheless a strong, worthwhile recording in its own right. (Allmusic's Ron Wynn notes "It was unrealistic to expect masterpieces every time out".)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SiriusXM’s Jam On to Play Baker’s Dozen Sets During Run (

This weekend, Phish take over New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first of 13 nights over three weekends and two weeks, kicking off their much-anticipated Baker’s Dozen run, and SiriusXM’s Jam On channel will be broadcasting the band’s sets throughout the residency.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Foreigner Reunites with Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for the First Time Since 1980 (UCR)

The much-anticipated reunion of four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner took place at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, N.Y. tonight. Singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined Mick Jones and the band’s current lineup for a three-song encore.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Foreigner Reunites with Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald for the First Time Since 1980 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rolling Stones to Release New 'On Air' Book and DVD (UCR)

The Rolling Stones‘ TV and radio broadcasts from the ’60s will be the subject of a new book due later this year.

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Rolling Stones to Release New 'On Air' Book and DVD 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Todd Nance Talks Leaving Widespread Panic, Forming Interstellar Boys (

Former Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance, who parted ways with the band early last year after periods of time off the road, spoke with recently in an interview that covered both Nance’s new band, Interstellar Boys, and his break from his old bandmates.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Eagles' Classic West Appearance Marks First Concert Without Glenn Frey (UCR)

The Eagles took the stage last (July 15) at the Classic West festival for their first full-length concert since Glenn Frey suddenly passed in 2016. Frey’s son Deacon and country star Vince Gill joined the group as Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh offered a hits-filled evening at Dodger Stadium.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: The Eagles' Classic West Appearance Marks First Concert Without Glenn Frey 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...That's The Way of The World

That's the Way of the World is the sixth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on March 15, 1975 by Columbia Records. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name which featured several of the band members in cameo roles. Included on the album was the single "Shining Star", which was a #1 U.S. pop and R&B hit. Another popular single was the title track, which reached #12 on the pop chart. The album spent three weeks atop the Billboard Pop Albums Charts, five nonconsecutive weeks atop the Soul Albums chart.
That's the Way of the World was also the third best-selling pop album and the number one best-selling R&B album of 1975 respectively and has been certified triple platinum in the U.S by the RIAA.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2012, on a revised list by the magazine, the album listed at #486.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Neil Young Rounding Up 1976 Vault Recordings (UCR)

A long-unheard collection of acoustic studio performances from Neil Young is scheduled to finally make its way out of the vault and into stores this summer.

Read More of Jeff Giles' Article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Neil Young Rounding Up 1976 Vault Recordings for Previously Unreleased 'Hitchhiker' LP 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Umphrey's McGhee Welcome Taulk's Isaac Teel in Central Park (

After raging a three-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks last weekend, Umphrey’s McGee returned to the East Coast last night for a stop at SummerStage in New York’s Central Park, and the band welcomed a frequent collaborator for the encore.

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