Sunday, April 30, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Hysteria

Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records and reissued on 1 January 2000. It is Def Leppard's best-selling album to date, selling over 25 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.

Hysteria was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, referring to his 1984 auto accident and the ensuing worldwide media coverage surrounding it. It is also the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death, although songs co-written by him would appear on the band's next album, Adrenalize.

The album is the follow-up to the band's 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria's creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of the 31 December 1984 car accident that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm. Subsequent to the album's release, Def Leppard published a book entitled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine Senior Editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s.

Hysteria has earned critical acclaim from a number of sources. In 1988 Q magazine readers voted it as the 98th Greatest Album of All Time, while in 2004, the album was ranked at #464 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Lasting 62 and a half minutes, the album was, at the time, one of the longest albums ever issued on a single vinyl record.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen to Tour With a New Solo Band (UCR)

Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen will hit the road this summer with a new group called the Nightflyers. Dates begin with a two-night stand in August at Port Chester, N.Y., and continue through more than 20 U.S. cities before wrapping up in September in San Francisco. Dates in Japan will follow.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen to Tour With a New Solo Band

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UCR's Life of Top 25 New Wave British Heavy Metal Albums

It’s no exaggeration to say that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal saved metal from itself, when it simultaneously replaced and legitimized the efforts of many critically abused ‘70s pioneers (like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Judas Priest) with the next generation of denim and leather warriors.

Read More of Eduardo Rivadavia's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Top 25 New Wave of British Heavy Metal Albums 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gorillaz Announce First North American Tour in Seven Years (

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett will bring Gorillaz to North America for the first time in seven years (2010’s Plastic Beach Tour) with a run that kicks off July 8 in Chicago and centers around a number of festival gigs including Outside Lands, New York’s The Meadows, Life is Beautiful and Miami’s III Points.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Tango In The Night

Tango in the Night is the 14th studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Released in April 1987, it is the fifth and to date last studio album from the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Produced by Buckingham with Richard Dashut, Tango in the Night began as one of Buckingham's solo projects, but by 1985 the production had morphed into Fleetwood Mac's next album. It contains several hit singles, including "Big Love", "Seven Wonders", "Everywhere", and "Little Lies". The distinctive cover art for the album was a painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong which was hanging in Buckingham's home. The painting is a homage to the 19th Century French painter Henri Rousseau, emulating his colorful jungle theme works such as The Snake Charmer and The Repast of the Lion. It was also used as the cover of "Big Love", the album's first single. The album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. In March 2017, remastered deluxe editions of Tango in the Night were released, the first a double-CD set and the second a 3CD/1DVD/1LP boxset.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Record Store Day 2017 

Record Store Day Exclusives
Alice in Chains – Get Born (7″, 4,000)
David Bowie – BOWPROMO vinyl set (5,000); Live in Los Angeles ‘74 (5,000)
The Cars – Live at the Agora, 1978 (4,000)
Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. One (1,470)
David Crosby – David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band (2,500)
The Doors – Live at the Matrix ’67 (4,500)
Emerson Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (1,500)
Fleetwood Mac – Alternate Mirage (3,500)
Grateful Dead – P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, B.C. 7/29/66 (4,000)
Jimi Hendrix (as Curtis Knight) – Live at George’s Club 20, 1965 & 1966 (2 LP, 3,000)
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (12″ EP, 3,500)
Elton John — 11-17-70
The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night (2,500); Got Love If You Want It (2,500)
Motorhead – Clean Your Clock (Picture Disc, 1,500)
Stevie Nicks – Rarities (5,000)
Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes – Live at Jones Beach (3,000)
Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive (4,000)
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (1,200)
Ramones – ’76–’79 Singles Box (3,500)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot (4,750)
Lou Reed – Perfect Night: Live in London (3,000)
The Runaways – Cherokee/Gold Star Sessions (3,000)
Santana – Live at Woodstock (3,000)
Bob Seger System — “2+2=?
The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the U.K.: The U.K. and U.S. Singles (3,500)
Patti Smith – Hey Joe (7″, 2,250)
Sting – Live at the Bataclan (3,500)
Talking Heads/Wildlings – This Must Be the Place (Side-by-side, 3,000)
Toto – Africa (2,500)
The Turtles – More Golden Hits
U2 – Red Hill Mining Town (7,000)
Yes – 90125 (Picture disc, 2,500)
Neil Young – Decade (5,000)
The Zombies – I Want You Back (1,250); A Rose for Emily/This Will Be Our Year (1,250)

RSD Limited Run
Blondie – Long Time (7″, 750)
Randy Newman – Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums 1968-1977 (5 LP Box Set, 1,000)
Pink Floyd – 1966-1967 (12″ picture disc, 650)
Leon Russell – Guitar Blues (CD, 500)
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Live from E Street (EP, 1,000)
Uriah Heep – Live (2 LP, 1,000)

RSD First Releases
Def Leppard – The Def Leppard EP (12″, 4,000)
Paul McCartney – Cassette Demos (Cassette, 2,500)
Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson (LP, 3000)
Pearl Jam – “State of Love and Trust”/”Breath” (7″, 5,000)
Todd Rundgren and Utopia – Utopia Live at the Fox: 1973 (2 LP, 1,400)
Rush – Cygnus X-1 (12″, 5,000)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 (4 LP, 3,000)
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Live at Carnegie Hall (2 LP, 3,000)
Frank Zappa – “Rollo”/”Portland Improvisation” (10″, 4,000)

Read More: Record Store Day Releases Highlighted by David Bowie, Def Leppard, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac and Others |

Friday, April 21, 2017

Journey Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide (UCR)

Ultimate Classic Rock's complete guide to Journey‘s lineup changes makes one thing clear: The band has a deep history outside of the platinum-selling Steve Perry era.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Journey Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide

Thursday, April 20, 2017

STS9 Set Supporting Acts, Theme Nights for Red Rocks Run (

STS9 will open up their 20th anniversary celebration with a three-night run at Colorado’s famed Red Rock Amphitheatre, and the band has released more information about the shows, including supporting acts and theme nights.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Yes Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide (UCR)

For years, as the above guide to Yes lineup changes shows, Chris Squire provided a steady (and steadying) presence in the band. His 2015 death after a battle with cancer meant the group no longer had any original members – and, it seems, the center of Yes couldn’t hold.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock

Monday, April 17, 2017

Steve Perry Say's He'll Release a "Cathartic' New Solo Album in 2017

Former Journey singer Steve Perry says he’s been recording his new, long-awaited solo album for about a year, and plans to release the “emotional” and “cathartic” record “later this year.”

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Steve Perry Says He'll Release a 'Cathartic' New Solo Album in 2017 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Pure Comedy

Pure Comedy is the third studio album released by American folk musician Josh Tillman under his pseudonym Father John Misty. Its release was announced on January 23, 2017. It was released on April 7, 2017, in the UK and Europe on Bella Union, and in the rest of the world on April 7, 2017, on Sub Pop. This is Tillman's third studio album since his departure from Fleet Foxes. It has been produced by Josh Tillman in collaboration with Jonathan Wilson, sound engineer Trevor Spencer and composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars.

Most of Pure Comedy was written in 2015.  It touches on themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all. Tillman included an 1800-word-long essay about its symbolism and meaning in the release announcement email to his fan club.
Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez, Tupac and ELO Inducted into the RRHOF (

Last Friday, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center hosted a ceremony welcoming the new 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The night, which saw Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Electric Light Orchestra inducted into the Rock Hall, plus the bestowing of the Award for Musical Excellence to Chic’s Nile Rogers, featured several performances from the inductees and more, along with many speeches from the new Rock Hall members and those who welcomed them in.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Jack White Releases New Song "Battle Cry" (

Besides a career-spanning acoustic compilation he released last fall and some collaborations, not much material has come out of the Jack White camp in some time. Today, however, the former White Stripes frontman has shared a new track via his Third Man Records, “Battle Cry.”

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Mama Used To Say

"Mama Used to Say" is the debut single release from British singer-songwriter Junior, taken from his debut studio album, Ji.

"Mama Used to Say" was released in April 1982 and peaked inside the UK Singles Chart top 10 in June 1982, where it remained at number seven for two weeks. "Mama Used to Say" was also a Top 40 Pop hit and Top 5 R&B hit in the United States, earning him a "Best Newcomer" award from Billboard magazine.

Friday, April 7, 2017

30 Years Ago: The Cult Reinvent Themselves on 'Electric' (UCR)

By 1987, two years after the neo-psychedelic triumph of 1985’s Love, fans and critics thought they knew the Cult. But the English quartet would stump one and all when it drastically reinvented its sound and, for lack of a better summation, went Electric.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 30 Years Ago: The Cult Reinvent Themselves on 'Electric' 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dan Auerbach Announces Solo Album Waiting On A Song (

Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach has announced he will release his second solo album, Waiting On A Song, on June 2 via his new label, Easy Eye Sound. The record follow’s Auerbach’s 2009 solo debut, Keep It Hid.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bob Dylan Will Finally Get His Nobel Prize (UCR)

Bob Dylan is belatedly picking up his Nobel Prize. He’s set to meet with members of the Swedish Academy this weekend in what’s being described as a “small and intimate” setting where he will finally receive a diploma and medal.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Bob Dylan Will Finally Get His Nobel Prize

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Drunk

Drunk is the third studio album by American musician Thundercat. It was released on February 24, 2017 by Brainfeeder. It features guest appearances from Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, and Pharrell. It is his first studio album in nearly four years, his last studio album being Apocalypse. Drunk received positive reviews from music critics.

Drunk received general praise from music critics. On the review aggregator website Metacritic the album received an aggregate score of 80 based on 22 reviews indicating "generally favourable reviews".  In a strongly positive review for Exclaim! Daniel Sylvester praised Bruner's groove and ability to seemingly shift through song to song while changing a few things, but keeping that groove going well.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wilco Add June Tour Dates (

Wilco will bolster their summer touring slate with a newly announced batch of June shows including stops across the Midwest beginning in Rochester Hills, MI and including stops in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, including a set at the Eaux Claires Festival.

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