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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sammy Hagar Announces Ticket Details for 70th Birthday Bash (UCR)

Sammy Hagar will turn 70 on Oct. 13. As he does every year, he’ll celebrate with a Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, by performing four concerts between Oct. 9 and 14, and will be joined by special guests who have yet to be announced.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ UCR: Sammy Hagar Announces Ticket Details for 70th Birthday Bash 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Paul McCartney Spans 60 Years of Music at Tour Opener in Miami (UCR)

Paul McCartney began the latest leg of his One on One tour with a lengthy show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami last night (July 7). The set list, which can be viewed below along with fan-shot video of the concert, contained his earliest recorded song and some of his most recent ones.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Paul McCartney Spans 60 Years of Music at Tour Opener in Miami: Set List + Video 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Family Reunion

Family Reunion is a 1975 album by American R&B group The O'Jays.
The album was released in late 1975 on the Philadelphia International Records label. Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon HuffFamily Reunion includes the enduring classic "I Love Music" and "Livin' for the Weekend", both of which topped the R&B singles chart, and placed at #5 and #20 respectively on the pop chart. The ballad "Stairway to Heaven", originally issued as the B-side to "Livin' for the Weekend", has also gone on to become a staple of quiet storm programming. While the title track did not chart, it still garnered airplay, as the lyrics (as well as the album artwork) focused on the importance of the family structure especially at gatherings.
Family Reunion became the group's third consecutive R&B chart-topping album, and its #7 peak on the pop chart was their highest placing on this chart at the time (1978's So Full of Love would peak one place higher). Family Reunion was awarded a Platinum Album for RIAA Certification of over one million copies sold.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers Reunite with Original Drummer in Memory of Late Guitarist (

Last week during their stop at Grand Rapids, MI’s Van Andel Arena, iconic rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers offered a tribute to a lost friend and bandmate while welcoming another former bandmate to the stage, as founding RHCP drummer Jack Irons emerged to honor late guitarist Hillel Slovak, NME reports.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Iron Maiden Announce 'Hallowed' Belgian-Style Beer (UCR)

Following the success of their Trooper ale, as well as the limited-edition Trooper 666 and Red ‘N’ Black porter, Iron Maiden have announced their latest foray into the beer world. They’ve once again teamed with Robinsons to create a Belgian-style beer, Hallowed.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ UCR: Iron Maiden Announce 'Hallowed' Belgian-Style Beer 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Umphrey's McGee Confirm Three-Night Return to Denver for NYE (

After bringing their New Year’s Eve event back to their hometown of Chicago, Umphrey’s McGee will return to Denver to celebrate the end of 2017 as keyboardist Joel Cummins confirmed the news on Twitter.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

UCR's List of Rock's Most Hated Records

First off, let’s point out the difference between a list of Rock’s Worst Records and Rock’s Most Hated Records. There’s crossover between them, for sure, as you’ll see in our above list of Rock’s Most Hated Records, but there’s a special place for records that aren’t just bad but totally despised too.

Read More of Michael Galluchi's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Rock's Most Hated Records

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Miker Gordon Debuts New Material (

Mike Gordon’s solo band hasn’t seen much of the road since their fall tour last year, but the collective took to the stage at High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA, yesterday to deliver a set that featured several brand new tunes.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

See Classic Rock Record Covers Given a Marvel Comics Twist (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Select issues of Marvel Comics titles will put some of the publisher’s best-loved characters in the middle of classic rock album covers later this year.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: See Classic Rock Record Covers Given a Marvel Comics Twist 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Revolution Come...Revolution Go

In the four-year interim between Gov't Mule studio albums, guitar boss Warren Haynes has been busy: He played on the final Allman Brothers Band tour, paid tribute to Jerry Garcia with a symphony orchestra, issued an Americana-esque solo album, and played on James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man. That said, no other music he makes resonates in the same way as what he creates with Gov't Mule (co-founder and drummer Mat Abts, keyboardist/guitarist Danny Louis, and bassist Jorgen Carlsson).

Read more @ AllMusic

Saturday, July 1, 2017