Tuesday, October 17, 2017

moe.'s Bassist Rob Derhak Completes Cancer Treatment (jambands.com)




moe. bassist Rob Derhak has completed his chemotherapy and radiation treatment to deal with his oropharyngeal cancer, which was revealed this summer and led to the band’s current hiatus.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/10/14/moe-s-rob-derhak-completes-cancer-treatment/#ixzz4vUpYr400

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stevie Nicks Remembers Tom Petty (UCR)




A close friend and self-professed super-fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for decades, Stevie Nicks has been looking back on her relationship with Petty and the last time they performed together.

Read more @ Ultimate Classic Rock


Sunday, October 15, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Long After Dark




Long After Dark is the fifth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in November 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the major MTV hit "You Got Lucky", the album was also the first to feature the late Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein's vocals are evident throughout the album, most notably on "Change of Heart". From this point on Epstein's vocals became an integral part of the Heartbreakers' sound.
Two other singles from the album were released, "Change of Heart" and "Straight into Darkness," with the former joining "You Got Lucky" in the Billboard top 40. "Keeping Me Alive" was one of the outtakes from the sessions for the album. A Petty favorite, "Keeping Me Alive" was eventually released on Petty's 1995 box set compilation Playback.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bob Seger Postpones 2017 Tour (UCR)





Bob Seger has been forced to postpone all 19 dates of his current 2017 Runaway Train tour for an undisclosed amount of time due to an “urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae.”

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Bob Seger Postpones 2017 Tour Due to 'Urgent Medical Issue'

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Releasing Final Madison Square Garden Show (jambands.com)





Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band reunited in 1999 for their first tour since 1988, the culmination of which took place at Madison Square Garden in 2000 where the band performed ten nights to close out the run.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/10/07/bruce-springsteen-releasing-final-madison-square-garden-show-from-2000-reunion-tour/#ixzz4urzB1Jth

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ghost's Papa Emeritus Replaced by 'New' Frontman (UCR)




The current incarnation of Ghost came to an end on Saturday night (Sept. 30) when frontman Papa Emeritus was forcibly removed from a stage in Sweden and a “new” Papa introduced himself. The Gothenburg show was the band’s last appearance in support of most recent releases, the album Meliora in 2015 and last year’s Popestar EP.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Watch Ghost’s Papa Emeritus Replaced by ‘New’ Frontman

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Terrapin Family Band Honor Tom Petty (jambands.com)




Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band honored Tom Petty with a cover of his classic “Breakdown.” The tribute took place at the outdoor space located at San Rafael, CA’s Terrapin Crossroad as part of “Shelter From the Storm: A Hurricane Relief Benefit.”

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/10/07/bob-weir-phil-lesh-and-terrapin-family-band-honor-tom-petty/#ixzz4urPwNuDx

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aerosmith Cancel Tour Dates (Ultimate Classic Rock)




Aerosmith have canceled a handful of dates while singer Steven Tyler recovers from an undisclosed illness. Tyler, who had been touring South America with the band, flew back to the U.S. last night.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Aerosmith Cancel Tour Dates Due to Steven Tyler's Undisclosed Medical Issues 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Concrete and Gold




Concrete and Gold is the ninth studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters. It was released on September 15, 2017. The album's first single, "Run", was released on June 1, 2017, and topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart the following month. The second single, "The Sky Is a Neighborhood", was released on August 23, 2017. A third song, "The Line", was released a week prior to the album's release. The album received positive reviews, and topped the US all-format Billboard 200 chart in its debut week of release, selling 120,000 copies.

Initial writing sessions only involved Grohl, who continued being in seclusion from the band, although he initially struggled, feeling "out of practice" and "creatively atrophied" due to his longer than usual break from music. Grohl rented an Airbnb in Ojai, California, so he could focus on long bouts of writing, with Grohl recounting "I brought a case of wine and sat there in my underwear with a microphone for about five days, just writing." After twelve or thirteen rough ideas were mapped out, he ran them by the band, who shared Grohl's belief that he was on the right track with the material.  Happy with his work, but feeling the material still required further development, Grohl started thinking about reaching out to a music producer.
The band ended up working with music producer Greg Kurstin on the album.  Grohl had been listening to the work of Kurstin's indie pop band, The Bird and the Bee since 2014 and was very impressed with his work, calling it "so much more sophisticated than anything [he'd] ever heard."  Grohl reached out to Kurstin, and learned that he had taken a hiatus from The Bird and the Bee to focus on his work as a music producer, producing songs including Halsey's "Strangers", Sia's "The Greatest" and "Cheap Thrills" and Adele's "Hello".  The two both were interested in the challenge presented with working together – Kurstin had never worked on a heavy rock album, while Grohl had never worked with a pop songwriter – and decided to collaborate on the album.

Recording was done at the heavily populated EastWest Studios, where the band frequently ran into, and interacted with, various other musicians in the studio building.  Recording sessions frequently culminated into large barbecuesand alcohol drinking among the other artists using the studios, often leading to Grohl grilling meat for parties of up to forty people while finishing up recording sessions. The set up lead to the band having a number of high-profile collaborations on the album. The band worked with Boyz II Men member Shawn Stockman on the album's title track and album closer, which stemmed from a chance meeting between Grohl and Stockman in the parking lot. Grohl also announced that "probably the biggest pop star in the world" would provide backing vocals on a track as well, though he refused to name who, leading to much speculation due to the number of pop stars Kurstin had previously worked with prior to the Foo Fighters.  Grohl later clarified that it was not Adele or Taylor Swift, and that the person has " been around a long time", and eventually revealed it to be Justin Timberlake. Further collaborations include vocals by Inara George on the track "Dirty Water", saxophone by David Koz on the track "La Dee Da", and vocals by Alison Mosshart of The Kills on "La Dee Da" and "The Sky Is a Neighborhood".  Additionally, Paul McCartneycontributed drums to the track "Sunday Rain" after entering the studio and recording two drum tracks without even hearing the song first, basing his performance entirely on Grohl recreating the song acoustically for him on the spot.  Concrete and Gold also marks Rami Jaffee's first credit as an official band member, having been a session and touring keyboardist for the band since 2005.
While not a formal collaborator on the album, Grohl also would travel to visit past collaborator Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age during the recording sessions as well, who was working in the nearby United Recording music studio.  The two often played in-progress material for each other, as each was working on a new approach of recording a rock album with a pop music producer, Homme doing the same thing with music producer Mark Ronson on the album Villains.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ultimate Classic Rock: Bands That Reunited Without Their Lead Singer



“Let’s get the band back together” is a rock ’n’ roll cliché, yet it has remained a difficult task for some of the world’s most legendary groups, as you’ll see in the above list of Bands That Reunited Without Their Lead Singer.
In fact, a number of the highest-profile bands have reformed without the inclusion of the act’s most famous voice – and, usually, face – out front. To be clear, however, rock history is rife with examples of bands that traded one frontman for another – AC/DCVan HalenJourneyQueen and many more. But you won’t find those bands in this gallery, because none of them ever broke up.


Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Bands That Reunited Without Their Lead Singer 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kung Fu Announces Fall Tour (jambands.com)




Kung Fu will hit the road for a fall tour beginning September 29 in Columbus, OH and stretching towards the end of the year, with a December 29 gig in Portland, ME.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/29/kung-fu-announce-fall-tour/#ixzz4uGt8yvXD

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eagle Contribute New Cover Song to Dan Fogelberg Album (UCR)




The Eagles are among the artists featured on the upcoming album A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg, which is released on Nov. 17 and available for pre-order now via Amazon and iTunes.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Eagles Contribute New Cover Song to Dan Fogelberg Tribute Album 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tom Petty Never Abandoned His Values, Or His Band, Over a Remarkable Career (UCR)




The late Tom Petty‘s first group was a bust. Well, sort of.

The son of a Florida insurance salesman, Petty quit high school to start Mudcrutch at age 17 with Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. The three of them – later rechristened with new members as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – ended up as rock and roll legends anyway, selling millions and millions of albums. All it took was a little tinkering, a lot of patience and the ability to take a proverbial punch.


Read More of Nick DeRiso's tribute @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Tom Petty Never Abandoned His Values, Or His Band, Over a Remarkable Career 

R.I.P. Tom Petty




A family spokesman has confirmed the death of Tom Petty at age 66, following a day spent clinging to life. Various news outlets reported his death, only to retract those same headlines, as he fought to overcome an apparent heart attack on Monday.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Tom Petty Confirmed Dead: Daughter and Family Spokesman

Monday, October 2, 2017

Trey Anastasio Performs with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra





Last week, Trey Anastasio played the first of two special symphony orchestra shows at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, as the Phish frontman teamed up with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for a performance that featured two sets of Anastasio’s compositions reimagined for an orchestral setting.

Read more @jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/28/trey-anastasio-performs-with-the-nashville-symphony-orchestra/#ixzz4uGsBHtgj

Sunday, October 1, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Burnin'



Burnin' is a reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973. The sixth album by Bob MarleyPeter Tosh and Bunny Wailer (the last before Tosh and Bunny departed for solo careers and the band became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers), Burnin' opens with a signature song, the call to action "Get Up, Stand Up" and includes a more confrontational and militant tone than previous records, such as in another Marley standard turned into a number one hit by Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff". The songs "Duppy Conqueror", "Small Axe", "Put It On" and "Pass It On" are re-recordings of songs previously released.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

moe.’s Rob Derhak Shares Health Updates After Starting Chemotherapy (jambands.com)




moe. are currently on hiatus due to the treatment Rob Derhak is undergoing after his throat cancer diagnosis, and the bassist shared an update on his situation today, saying that he is halfway through his chemo and radiation therapy.

Read more: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/21/moe-s-rob-derhak-shares-health-updates-after-starting-chemotherapy/#ixzz4tb1WhiTM

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pretenders Add New Live CD to Recent ‘Alone’ Album (UCR)




The Pretenders have announced a new edition of their most recent album, Alone, which will come with a second disc of 15 live tracks recorded over the past year.

Read More of Martin Kielty's article @ Ultimate Classic RockPretenders Add New Live CD to Recent ‘Alone’ Album 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Widespread Panic Announces New Year's Run (jambands.com)



Widespread Panic will once again return to Atlanta for New Year’s Eve with three nights of the Fox Theatre beginning December 29. 
Tickets to the run will go on sale September 29 at 10 AM ET. All ticketing information is available here.






Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/22/widespread-panic-confirm-new-year-s-eve-in-atlanta/#ixzz4tb0m9AwT

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dweezil Zappa Will Not Be on the Frank Zappa Hologram Tour (UCR)





The proposed tour featuring a hologram of Frank Zappa and many of his sidemen has the backing of the Zappa Family Trust, but not Frank’s son, Dweezil. The guitarist said that he will not take part in it.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Dweezil Zappa Will Not Be on the Frank Zappa Hologram Tour 

Monday, September 25, 2017

R.I.P. Charles Bradley



Charles Bradley has passed away, an announcement on his various social media channels confirmed. He was 68. 

While no cause of death was given, Bradley recently canceled the entirety of his tour earlier this month after discovering that his cancer spread to his liver. Bradley was initially diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and returned to music before another cancelation.


Read more @jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/23/charles-bradley-passes-away/#ixzz4tb0A3j8i

Sunday, September 24, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Ship Ahoy




Ship Ahoy is a rhythm and blues album by Philadelphia soul group The O'Jays, released on November 10, 1973 on Philadelphia International Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #1 on Billboard's "Black Albumschart and #11 on the "Pop Albums" chart and launching two hit singles, "For the Love of Money" and "Put Your Hands Together." Conceived as a theme album built around the title track, Ship Ahoy includes socially relevant tracks and love songs under a cover that is itself notable for its serious subject matter. The album, which achieved RIAA platinum certification for over 1 million copies sold in 1992, has been reissued multiple times, including in a 2003 edition with a bonus track. Ship Ahoy was the highest selling R&B album on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1974.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Examining the Rocket Man's Film and TV Career (Ultimate Classic Rock)




Elton John is one of the bestselling artists of all time, having sold more than 300 million records throughout his five-decade music career. But his role in 2017’s The Kingsman: The Golden Circle shouldn’t be a surprise for fans who’ve seen him onscreen too, as you’ll see in the above look at Elton John, Movie Star: Examining the Rocket Man’s Film and TV Career.

Read More of Victoria Shaffer's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Elton John, Movie Star: Examining the Rocket Man's Film and TV Career

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Bonnie Raitt to Play Texas Benefit (jambands.com)




Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will lead the lineup for a benefit show held at the University of Texas’s Frank Erwin Center tomorrow evening , Friday, September 22.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/13/willie-nelson-paul-simon-bonnie-raitt-and-more-to-play-texas-benefit-show/#ixzz4sw5Q439j

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Adrian Belew and Stewart Copeland Say Gizmodrome Band was an 'Immediate Lovefest' (UCR)





With former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and guitar virtuoso Adrian Belew in the lineup alongside Level 42 bassist Mark King and keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, Gizmodrome can hardly avoid being labeled a supergroup. But as Copeland and Belew tell Ultimate Classic Rock, their new band started out very simply.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Adrian Belew and Stewart Copeland Say New Gizmodrome Band Project Was an 'Immediate Lovefest': Exclusive Interview

Monday, September 18, 2017

Steely Dan Announce Fall Tour Dates (UCR)




Steely Dan have announced almost a dozen tour dates for this fall. The new shows come a little more than a week after the death of band co-founder Walter Becker.

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Steely Dan Announce Fall Tour Dates 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Farmhouse



Farmhouse is the eighth official studio album by the American rock band Phish. The tracks were recorded at The Barn, frontman Trey Anastasio's studio in Chittenden County, Vermont. The album was released on May 16, 2000, by Elektra RecordsFarmhouse was the last Phish studio album before their temporary split in October 2000 (the band subsequently returned in late 2002).
Songwriting for Farmhouse was a joint effort between Trey Anastasio and Phish lyricist Tom Marshall, with contributions from Tony MarkellisRuss Lawton and Scott Herman. All of the songs were already part of Phish's live concert song rotation before being recorded for the album, some dating back to 1997. Rolling Stone gave Farmhouse only 2.5 Stars, stating that on the album the band walks "a thin line between mellow and torpid" with songs that "are going to need a lot of live [concert] resuscitation".
"Heavy Things" became Phish's biggest single to date, and was a hit on Adult Top 40 radio and on the Radio & Records pop 100 chart. The song was performed for live broadcast during the overnight set of Phish's New Year's Eve 2000 show at Big Cypress (reportedly then the largest concert in the world) as part of ABC's coverage of New Year’s festivities around the globe.
The song "First Tube" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Early incarnations of several tracks from the album can be heard on the 2000 release Trampled by Lambs and Pecked by the Dove, a collection of song sketches recorded by Anastasio and Marshall.
Farmhouse had the highest-ever first week sales for a Phish record. The album was certified gold by RIAA on January 30, 2006.
In February 2009, the album was made available as a download in FLAC and MP3 formats at LivePhish.com.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn to release new album (jambands.com)




Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will release their new album, Echo in the Valley, on October 20, marking the second collaborative studio effort from the banjo power couple after their 2014 self-titled debut.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/09/07/b-la-fleck-abigail-washburn-detail-new-album-share-first-single/#ixzz4sGysi0Yx

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017