Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Foo Fighters Announce New Album (jambands.com)

After debuting some new material over the weekend, Foo Fighters have officially announced their new album, Concrete and Gold, which is set for release September 15 via Roswell/RCA. The new effort will follow up 2013’s Sonic Highways.

Read more @jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/06/20/foo-fighters-announce-new-album-concrete-and-gold-set-cal-jam-lineup/#ixzz4kfjJw6my

Monday, June 26, 2017

July 2017 New Music Releases (Ultimate Classic Rock)

In a month dominated by reissues, a few new albums stand out – including one from the reigning shock rocker, a pair of comeback albums and a cool collaboration.

Topping the list of July 2017 New Music Releases is Alice Cooper‘s Paranormal, which features a stack of original solo material. But there are also three new songs written and recorded with the surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band, as well as “carefully selected live recordings.”

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: July 2017 New Music Releases 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Powerslave

Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in North America. It was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Recordsin the US in 2002.
It is notable for its Ancient Egyptian theme displayed in the cover artwork, lifted from the title track, which was carried over to the album's supporting tour. "The World Slavery Tour" began in Warsaw, Poland on 9 August 1984 – and is widely regarded as being the band's longest and most arduous to date – and also led to the live album Live After Death.
The release also contains a musical re-telling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", which uses pieces of the original poem as lyrics. At 13 minutes and 45 seconds in length, it was Iron Maiden's longest song for over 30 years, until it was surpassed by the 18-minute "Empire of the Clouds" from the 2015 album, The Book of Souls.
Powerslave is also notable as being the band's first album to feature the same personnel as their previous studio release. This lineup would remain intact for two further studio releases. Also, it is their last album to date to feature an instrumental piece.
"2 Minutes to Midnight" and "Aces High" were released as singles.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dead & Company Dust Off Bob Dylan Cover at SPAC (jambands.com)

Dead & Company continued their summer tour with a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York as their run hits the home stretch in its final week of shows.

Read more @ jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/06/21/dead-company-dust-off-bob-dylan-cover-at-spac/#ixzz4kfig0C1W

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Guns N' Roses Announce Invitation-Only Show @ Apollo Theater (UCR)

Before launching the next North American leg of their Not in This Lifetime tour, Guns N’ Roses will play a special invitation-only show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Guns N' Roses Announce Invitation-Only Show at Apollo Theater 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nine Inch Nails to Release New LP This Summer (jambands.com)

According to an email (via Stereogum) from Trent Reznor to Nine Inch Nails fans detailing production delays in various vinyl releases, the frontman says the band will release a second EP this summer as a part of a trilogy following Not the Actual Events.

Read more @jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/06/05/nine-inch-nails-to-release-new-ep-this-summer/#ixzz4jAdNCpAn

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Buckingham McVie Review (Paste)

While Fleetwood Mac has maintained its reputation over the years as a bona fide live legacy act, getting all five members into the studio has proven elusive. You’d have to go back three decades to 1987’s Tango In the Night to hear a recording that features Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine and John McVie and patriarchal drummer Mick Fleetwood all contributing as usual.

Read Mark Lore's full review @ Paste 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Why Metallica Open Their Concerts With ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ (UCR)

Metallica‘s concerts have changed a lot over the past few decades, but a few things have stayed the same — like the group’s intro music, which has been Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold” since almost the very beginning.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Why Metallica Open Their Concerts With ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Curtis

Curtis is the debut album by American soul musician Curtis Mayfield, released in September 1970. Produced by Mayfield, it was released on his own label Curtom Records. The musical styles of Curtis moved further away from the pop-soul sounds of Mayfield's previous group The Impressions and featured more of a funk and psychedelic-influenced sound. The album's subject matter incorporates political and social concerns of the time.
Curtis sold well at the time charting at number one on the Billboard Black albums (for five nonconsecutive weeks) and number nineteen on the Billboard Pop albums charts. Only the single "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" charted in the United States, however an edited version of "Move On Up" would spend 10 weeks in the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lou Gramm Hints at Bigger Involvement in Foreigner's 40th Anniversary Tour (UCR)

It doesn’t sound like it’s 100 percent official yet, but Lou Gramm says he’s talked “at length” with former bandmate Mick Jones about reuniting with Foreigner for multiple dates on the band’s 40th anniversary tour — and it sounds like he could be onstage for awhile.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Lou Gramm Hints at Bigger Involvement in Foreigner's 40th Anniversary Tour 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gov't Mule Stir New 'Revolution' on the Road and in the Studio (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Gov’t Mule‘s new album, Revolution Come … Revolution Gocovers a lot of ground. The veteran band — which features former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Jorgen Carlsson, drummer Matt Abts and keyboardist Danny Louis — entered the studio on election day 2016 in Austin to start recording. 

Read More of Matthew Wardlaw's Interview @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Gov't Mule Stir New 'Revolution' on the Road and in the Studio: Exclusive Interview

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dead & Co Debut Dancin' In The Streets (jambands.com)

Dead & Company kicked off their two night run at Boulder’s Folsom Field with the debut of “Dancin’ in the Streets,” a popular cover in the Grateful Dead canon as they performed the song 127 times over the course of their career.

Read more at jambands.com: http://www.jambands.com/news/2017/06/10/dead-company-debut-dancin-in-the-streets-at-folsom-field/#ixzz4jidhRnWo

Sunday, June 11, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...It's Hard

It's Hard is the tenth studio album by English rock band the Who. Released on 4 September 1982, it was their last album until 2006's Endless Wire, and therefore the last to feature bass guitarist John Entwistle, who died in 2002. It was also the final Who album with drummer Kenney Jones, as well as the last to be released on Warner Bros. Records in the US. It was released on Polydor Records in the UK, peaking at No. 11, and on Warner Bros. in the US where it peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

The US rights to both this album and Face Dances subsequently reverted to the band, who then licensed them to MCA Records (later Geffen Records, itself once distributed by WB) for reissue. The album achieved gold status by the RIAA in the US in November 1982.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ann Wilson Says Heart Won’t Ever ‘Be Like It Was Before (UCR)

Heart have survived decades of changes, both internal and external — and while singer Ann Wilson feels confident that the band will emerge from the personal turmoil driving its current hiatus, she understands things will be different.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Ann Wilson Says Heart Won't Ever 'Be Like It Was Before' 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

15 Years Ago: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar Launch Joint Tour (UCR)

Since the mid ’80s, the debate had raged between Van Halen fans: Sammy or Dave? Fans got to judge for themselves when the band’s two former singers teamed up for a co-headlining tour that turned out to be highly contentious.

Read More of Michael Christopher's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 15 Years Ago: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar Launch Tour 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Is Bob Seger Retiring After His Next Tour? (UCR)

Bob Seger might be ready to turn the page – for good. A new video indicates that he’s contemplating retirement after one more tour.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Is Bob Seger Retiring After His Next Tour? 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...The Story of the Ghost

The Story of the Ghost is the seventh official studio album by American rock band Phish. It was released by Elektra Records on October 27, 1998.

Much of the album originated during large-scale improvisation sessions. The band then took favorite moments from those in-studio jams and wrote songs around them, adding lyrics from a book of writings by long-time Phish lyricist Tom Marshall.   Additional excerpts from the improvisational "Ghost Sessions" were also later released as The Siket Disc.

A few of the album's songs reflect the band's 1997 "cow-funk" sound, with bass guitarist Mike Gordon taking a more prominent role. Much of the album, however, is defined by what Rolling Stone called an "unhurried vibe ... with airy, uncluttered grooves and relaxed vocals."   Unlike Phish's previous albums, The Story of the Ghost does not include any instrumentals. "End of Session" is the only song on the album to have never been performed live.

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 frontman Trey Anastasio and lyricist Tom Marshall.

"Birds of a Feather", "Frankie Says", and "Shafty" (the latter song a reworking of Phish original "Olivia's Pool") were all debuted live during the "Island Tour", a brief run of shows the band played while taking a break from recording the album in April 1998. All four nights of the "Island Tour" were later released as part of the LivePhish Series.

In 2000 during the promotion for Farmhouse, many interviews saw Anastasio citing a certain disdain for the process of creating The Story of the Ghost. He was critical of the band's "socialistic" approach to the song selection for the album. "There were songs I thought should have gone on The Story of the Ghost album, that were better than the songs that got on there" Anastasio said in a 2000 interview. "if anyone didn't like a song it was out. But what happens with that approach is the material gets watered down. You end up with songs that everyone is fine with, but the best songs are usually those where one person is passionately for and one person really hates, because the best songs are those that arouse strong reactions".

Tom Marshall recalls that one of these stronger songs was omitted in favor of what he felt was a weaker track in "Fikus".

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Add Tour Dates and Share New Single (jambands.com)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood are gearing up for the release of their new album, Barefoot in the Head, due out July 21 on Robinson’s Silver Arrow Records, and the band has announced the second leg of their tour in support of the album, along with sharing a new single.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Explains the ‘Beautiful Collusion’ of Roadcase Royale: Exclusive Interview Read More: Heart's Nancy Wilson Explains the 'Beautiful Collusion' of Roadcase Royale: Exclusive UCR Interview

Roadcase Royale are a powerful new band featuring Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson and singer Liv Warfield, a New Power Generation member who was mentored by Prince. Rounding out the band’s lineup is Warfield’s musical director and lead guitarist, Ryan Waters, as well as three members of Heart: bassist Dan Rothchild, drummer Ben Smith and keyboardist Chris Joyner

Read More of Annie Zaleski's Exclusive Interview with Nancy Wilson @ Ultimate Classic Rock : Heart's Nancy Wilson Explains the 'Beautiful Collusion' of Roadcase Royale: Exclusive Interview 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lindsey Buckingham Discusses Buckingham-McVie Album (UCR)

Lindsey Buckingham has revealed that the members of Fleetwood Mac had doubts over their contributions to the new duets album he wrote with Christine McVie.

Read More of Martin Kielty's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Lindsey Buckingham Says Fleetwood Mac Had Doubts Over New Buckingham-McVie Album 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Widespread Panic Release Archival Show from 1995 (jambands.com)

Widespread Panic’s latest release in their Porch Songs series comes from a Spring 1995 stop at the Metropol in Pittsburgh, PA as the band hit the road to support their new release Ain’t Life Grand.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Listen to King Crimson’s Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’

The current King Crimson lineup has unveiled its new cover of the David Bowie classic “Heroes,” in advance of the upcoming concert EP Heroes: Live in Europe 2016. You can listen to it above.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article and listen to 'Heroes' @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Listen to King Crimson's Cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes' 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Face The Music

Face the Music is the fifth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in September 1975 by United Artists Records and on 14 November 1975 in the United Kingdom by Jet Records. The album features a different line-up from their previous studio album Eldorado.

ELO's fifth studio LP was released in 1975 (see 1975 in music) and was their first to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich. A new line-up of the band was featured, with bassist Kelly Groucutt and cellist Melvyn Gale replacing Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards respectively. New member Groucutt sang lead vocals on "Poker" and "Down Home Town" (while Lynne sang harmony) as well as one of the verses in "Nightrider". (Usually, Lynne sang all lead vocals.)

The back cover of the record sleeve shows the members of the band with their faces pressed against a glass panel, supposedly watching the "electrocution" depicted on the front cover. The band member who is looking away is Richard Tandy, who didn't like the idea and didn't want to participate.  The back cover image was the inspiration for an advertising campaign for the 2004 horror comedy film Shaun of the Dead.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

R.I.P Gregg Allman (UCR)

Gregg Allman, the smoky-voiced B-3-playing Southern rock legend who soldiered on after his sibling’s motorcycle crash nearly derailed the Allman Brothers Band, has died. Allman battled sometimes unspecified health issues for several years, leading to a string of missed concert dates. He was 69.

Read More: @ Ultimate Classic Rock Gregg Allman Dies 

June 2017 New Music Releases (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The list of June 2017 new music releases includes a few notable returns to glory, some terrific live sets and a group of very tasty reissues.

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Phish Share Playlist of Setbreak Music from 2009-2017 (jambands.com)

Phish Inc.‘s Julia Mordaunt has compiled a new playlist of music that has comprised the walk-in, setbreak and walk-out music from Phish shows since the band returned from hiatus in 2009...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Brian May Reveals New Details of Freddie Mercury’s Final Days (UCR)

Queen singer Freddie Mercury was fiercely protective of his privacy, and he continued to guard it jealously even as his health succumbed to the ravages of AIDS — but as guitarist Brian May recently revealed, Mercury’s bandmates were privileged with glimpses of their frontman’s grueling final struggle.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Brian May Reveals New Details of Freddie Mercury's Final Days 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

U2 Offer Chris Cornell Tributes in Pasadena (jambands.com)

U2 kept their Joshua Tree tour going at Pasadena, CA’s Rose Bowl on Saturday night for the first of two shows at the venue. The band continued their run of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1987 album of the same name and added a couple of tribute to late Chris Cornell in the process.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

22 Dead in Manchester Concert Terror Attack: Rockers React (Ultimate Classic Rock)

In the aftermath of the carnage at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester concert last night — during which more than 20 people were killed in a terrorist attack — some of rock’s most widely respected artists have taken to social media to share their stunned responses to the news.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 22 Dead in Manchester Concert Terror Attack: Rockers React 

Sammy Hagar on Reuniting with Van Halen: "It would be fun" (jambands.com)

In a new interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Sammy Hagar addresses the possibility of reuniting with Van Halen at some point..

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glenn Frey’s Son to Join the Eagles (UCR)

Glenn Frey‘s son Deacon is apparently joining the Eagles when they play the Classic East and Classic West music festivals this summer.

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Glenn Frey's Son to Join the Eagles 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly is a studio album by American singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, released on August 1, 1973, by Atlantic Records. She recorded the album with producer Joel Dorn for 18 months.

Killing Me Softly reached number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape and number two on the Soul LPs chart. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold on August 27, 1973, and double platinum on January 30, 2006, denoting shipments of two million copies in the United States. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which it lost to Stevie Wonder's 1973 album Innervisions. The album's title track was released as a single and topped the Billboard Hot 100. It won the 1974 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chris Cornell’s Police Report Reveals Full Timeline for Singer’s Death (UCR)

A police report from the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell provides some details about the last 90 minutes of his life. The report appears to back up, in part, what his widow, Vicky, said this morning about the role that the prescription drug Ativan may have played in Cornell’s decision to take his own life.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Chris Cornell's Police Report Reveals Full Timeline for Singer’s Death 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Axl Rose Joins Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium (UCR)

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was a special guest at Billy Joel‘s Dodger Stadium concert in Los Angeles over the weekend, singing AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell” and Joel’s own “Big Shot.”

Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Watch Axl Rose Join Billy Joel for 'Highway to Hell' and 'Big Shot' at Dodger Stadium 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eddie Vedder and Mumford & Sons Join U2 in Seattle (jambands.com)


U2 continued their recently launched Joshua Tree tour on Sunday at Seattle’s Centurylink Field, and the arena rockers ended up welcoming local hero Eddie Vedder to the stage, along with the members of opening band Mumford & Sons.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

25 Manic and Mind-Blowing ‘Are You Experienced’ Facts (UCR)

It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of Are You Experienced in rock history. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album was a game-changer for rock guitarists, a mind-mending collection of songs and sounds, a sonic embodiment of psychedelic 1967 and the Summer of Love. Today we’re delving into 25 Manic and Mind-Blowing Are You Experienced Facts

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 25 Manic and Mind-Blowing ‘Are You Experienced’ Facts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wilco Share Elvis Costello Cover (jambands.com)

Wilco released their new two-song addition to the Spotify Singles series last week, including a cover of Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Beatles Channel’ Coming to SiriusXM (UCR)

Following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles are getting their own SiriusXM channel.

Read More of Michael Galluchi's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 'Beatles Channel' Coming to SiriusXM 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...High n' Dry

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on July 11, 1981. High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200[6] and No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart.[7] "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[8] Following the success of Pyromania, the album re-entered in the US chart and reached No. 72 in 1983.[6]
High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:
  • "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix), essentially the same recording with a few synthesiser overdubs. The remix was released in 1984 as a single, peaking at No. 61 in the US charts.
  • "Me & My Wine" (Remix), a remixed version of a 1981 B-side.

Videos for both were made, featuring Phil Collen (who was not in the band at the time of the album's recording). Both bonus tracks were omitted from the mid-1990s re-releases of the album.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

60 Rock Star Beer, Wine and Booze Brands ltimate

There was a time when Iron Maiden‘s “Trooper” was just a killer song. Then it became a drink, joining a series of rock-star beer, wine and booze brands. Click through the above gallery for a look back at some of the best.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 60 Rock Star Beer, Wine and Booze Brands 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mickey Hart Shares 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Grateful Dead’s Cornell ’77 Show (jambands.com)

Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s legendary performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977, and Dead drummer Mickey Hart shared a comprehensive collection of archival photos and links on his website to celebrate the occasion.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Robert Plant Website Message Prompts New Round of Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors (UCR)

A cryptic message on Robert Plant‘s website has resulted in the latest batch of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors. The latest has them playing the 2017 installment of Desert Trip, the classic rock-focused weekend festival. It must be noted that this is coming from someone citing anonymous “well-placed sources.” Until there is more chatter, as there was in the run-up to last year’s Guns N’ Roses‘ reunion announcement, these rumors should be treated with no small degree of skepticism.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Plant Website Message Prompts New Round of Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors