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  • Still Rockin In The Free World.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Neil Young toured with The International Harvesters from 1984 to ’85 and recorded a live album on the tour.  The twelve-track album called A Treasure features five previously unheard tunes and will be made available this summer with a tie-in Blu-ray chock-full of live corresponding video.

    While Neil Young & The International Harvesters were performing in ’84, Young was on tour without the support of a new record or his contentious record label.  Young’s ’83 album Everybody’s Rockin’ was 25 minutes long and comprised of half-a-dozen rockabilly cover songs.  Label head David Geffen criticized the album for its lack of commercial appeal and sued Young for making music “unrepresentative” of himself.

    Despite the experimental quality of Everybody’s Rockin’ (maybe because of it), Young dabbled for the first time in commercial music videos on this album.  His interest in filming performances for artistic purpose stuck, and A Treasure will be made available with a Blu-ray of concert footage to correspond with the tracks.  ”You can call me erratic,” says Young, “but I’ve been consistent about it, consistently erratic.”

    Neil Young & The International Harvesters’ mid-80s live record A Treasure will drop June 14.

  • U2 Beats The Stones For Highest Grossing Tour Ever

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     U2's 360 Tour has officially become the highest grossing tour of all time, surpassing The Stones "Bigger Bang" Tour of 2005-07.Quantcast

    It is estimated that, by the end of the tour on July 30, U2 will have made over $700 million from the tour.

    “We were always very conscious that we had two parallel careers, as recording artists and as live performers, and each was absolutely vitally important,” McGuinness adds.

  • Rutgers Students Want Speech From Springsteen...NOT SNOOKI!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Students at New Jersey’s Rutgers University have responded to the recent criticism surrounding a speech given by Jersey Shore star Snooki. It seems that some students would have much rather heard from a different New Jersey icon; Bruce Springsteen.

    The University made national headlines this month when news broke that the infamous party girl was paid $32,000 to give a talk to students. Her payout was $2,000 more than that paid to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, and according to one student, it’s bad for the school’s image.

    “It reflects negatively on the student population and it makes us feel negative about ourselves,” junior Paul Tranquilli, a labor studies major, told CBS News.

    Tranquilli says the he believes that the Boss would be more than willing to come and speak to his fellow Jersey residents without charging a fee.

    “We believe it’s probable and if there were anytime in our University’s recent history where we needed something that’s monumentally positive it would be right now,” Tranquilli said.

    Other students have also started a Facebook page hoping to raise awareness for their push to bring Springsteen to Rutgers.

  • You Give Thugs a Bad Name

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Jon Bon Jovi was not happy after someone broke into his home in MiddleTown, NJ last month and stole around 100,000 worth of jewelry.  But, as it usually happens, the thugs struck again in the same neighborhood last week, tripped an alarm, and were found cowering in the bathroom.  No word if the jewelry was recovered.   Maybe he forgot to set his alarm.

  • Music History: Ron Wood Announced As New Stones Guitarist In 1975

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The Rolling Stones announced that Ron Wood would step in as the replacement for Mick Taylor on April 14, 1975.

    By the mid-1970s, Taylor had become disenchanted with the band and Wood agreed to head out on the road with the Stones for their upcoming U.S. tour.

    Having already risen to prominence as a member of the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, Wood initially joined the group for their “Black and Blue” recording sessions in 1974. Wood was still active with the Faces, a band that featured Rod Stewart and future Who drummer Kenney Jones, while touring with the Stones in 1975, and became a full member after the Faces split in 1976.

    According to Rolling Stones blog timeisonourside.com, Mick Jagger liked Ronnie’s previous experience playing in well-known bands.

    “It’s quite a lot to ask of someone to come and do a big American tour with a band like the Stones, you know? I mean, not that I think the Stones are any really big deal, but it tends to be a bit of a paralyzing experience for people. You know what I mean? And I wanted someone that wasn’t going to be phased out,” the frontman said in 1975.

  • Peter Gabriel...Older, Wiser And Still Puts On a Great Show

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Peter Gabriel will take his stunning concert experience to Chicago this summer with the New Blood Orchestra tour! It rolls through Chicago on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at the United Center.
    You’ll get to hear classics from his deep catalogue including hits from his multiplatinum album "So", which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, all arranged with his New Blood Orchestra. The songs will be arranged by long-time Gabriel collaborator John Metcalf and the New Blood Orchestra will be conducted by Ben Foster. The shows precede the highly anticipated album from Peter Gabriel with the New Blood Orchestra later this year, also featuring these classic hits in reinterpreted orchestral arrangements.

  • Mick Jagger And Keith Richards Met Brian Jones. The Rest As They Say, Is History

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The core group of what would make the early Rolling Stones first came together on April 7, 1962, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were introduced to original Stones guitarist Brian Jones.

    All three were attending a performance by the band Blues Incorporated at the Ealing Jazz Club in London. They were introduced by the group’s founder Alexis Korner.

    Blues Incorporated was a revolving group of London’s top musicians and also featured Charlie Watts on drums for a period of time. After Watts left to join the Rolling Stones, he was replaced by Cream legend Ginger Baker. Jagger, Richards and Jones, along with Blue Inc. member Ian Stewart, had their first informal rehearsal shortly after meeting.

    The group also invited guitarist Geoff Bradford and vocalist Brian Knight to the session but they both passed on the group because they didn’t like its rock and roll sound. The Stones gave their first performance on July 12, 1962 at London’s Marquee Club, launching the career f one of the most important bands in rock history.

  • A Concert My Wife Would Love To See...Ok, Me Too.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks announced on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that they will be going on tour together for "The Heart & Soul Tour," which will begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    The two legendary singers will be touring 13 North American cities, including New York, Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

    "We haven't yet begun rehearsals but I can already tell you this, with Stevie on board our audiences are in store for an evening of pure rock n' roll music." Rod Stewart told Ellen DeGeneres. "I'm already thinking about which of my old favourites to bring back and vocally, I think we've both begun thinking about which songs might be great fun and well-suited for a duet or two."

    Tickets for "The Heart & Soul Tour" went on sale Friday, January 21st.  Most concert dates will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, except for the Philadelphia and Montreal shows, which are available at comcasttix.com and evenko.ca, respectively.

    Both Stewart and Nicks have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and have several decades of music experience between them.

    Stewart has had an estimated 250 million album and single sales and has 16 Grammy nominations, including one this year for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" for his 2010 album, "Fly Me To The Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V." Stewart won a 2005 Grammy for his album "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook Volume III."

    Meanwhile, Stevie Nicks will be releasing her eagerly-awaited new album, "In: Your Dreams" on May 3, 2011. Nicks has been nominated for seven Grammy awards and as a member of Fleetwood Mac, took home a Grammy for the band's 1977 album, "Rumours."


    Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks "The Heart & Soul Tour" 2011 tour dates are as follows:

    March 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Bank Atlantic Center
    March 23 - Tampa, FL, St. Pete Times Forum
    March 24 - Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
    March 26 - New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
    March 27 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
    March 30 - Boston, MA, TD Garden
    April 1 - Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
    April 2 - Toronto, ONT, Air Canada Center
    April 5 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
    April 9 - Chicago, IL, United Center
    April 10 - Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
    April 15 - Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
    April 16 - Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

  • Will Any Other Band Top What The Fab Four Accomplished?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The Beatles made rock history on April 4, 1964, when they held all of the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

    The achievement came at a time of unprecedented success for the group. At the time they also held the top two albums in the U.S., the top single in the U.K. and the number one and three albums in the U.K.

    The group had left the U.K. to make their U.S. debut just months before and had built on the growing Beatlemania with their famed performances on the Ed Sullivan Show in early 1964. By April, they had 12 tracks charting on the Hot 100 chart, and that number they would expand to 14 in the following weeks.

    Beatles Hot 100 Singles on April 4, 1964:

    #1 Can’t Buy Me Love

    #2 Twist and Shout

    #3 She Loves You

    #4 I Want To Hold Your Hand

    #5 Please Please Me

    #31 I Saw Her Standing There

    #41 From Me to You

    #46 Do You Want To Know A Secret

    #58 All My Loving

    #65 You Can’t Do That

    #68 Roll Over Beethoven

    #79 Thank You Girl

  • The Ultimate "Sideman" Turns 70 Today

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Singer/songwriter/sideman Leon Russell turns 70 years old today. Some sources say he’s turning 69, but we’re going with 70, because that’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says.

    Newly inducted into the Rock Hall as a sideman, Russell may have been the ultimate sideman. The list of records on which he performed, often anonymously, is staggering. According to his website, he’s played with, produced, or arranged for a range of stars from Eric Clapton to Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin to Barbra Streisand to John Lennon to the Beach Boys to Marvin Gaye, and on and on.


    Russell, born Claude Bridges, started playing in public in his native Oklahoma at age 4. A band he belonged to in high school, the Starlighters, backed Jerry Lee Lewis and featured another musician destined for success, J. J. Cale. After moving to Los Angeles in the late ’50s, Russell became part of the fabled group of studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, frequently used by Phil Spector on his “little symphonies for the kids.” Russell was also in the house band on the TV show Shindig!.

    It wasn’t until the dawn of the ’70s that Russell stepped into the spotlight on his own, but just tentatively at first. He played with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, and was the bandleader on Joe Cocker‘s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.

    Russell’s first solo album, released in 1970, was an all-star affair, with Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts among the players. He returned the favor to Harrison in 1971, backing him at the Concerts for Bangla Desh.

    Russell’s peak of commercial success came in 1972 and 1973, with the album Carney, the hit single “Tight Rope,” and a highly successful concert tour. At this moment, he began delving into country music under the name Hank Wilson.  In 1975, he scored another sizable hit single with “Lady Blue.” At the end of the 1970s, he would become a frequent collaborator with Willie Nelson.

    Over the next 30 years, he spent long periods of time out of the recording studio and the public eye, although he’s recorded and toured more consistently over the last half-dozen years. Russell’s most recent album is The Union, a collaboration with Elton John released last year.

    A favorite Russell performance of mine comes from the Concerts for Bangla Desh, where he takes a vocal on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Nearly 40 years since that performance, he’s still got that familiar Oklahoma drawl.

  • Some of My All Time Favorite Artists Are Back On The Road

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Legendary rock acts ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd are set to team up for the Rebels & Bandoleros tour. The run begins in May and continues a touring relationship that began back in 1974 when the duo first toured on the Outlaw tour.

    “We love the guys in ZZ Top, and their music, and can’t wait to get back out on the road with them,” Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant said in a prepared statement. “This show is an event that the fans are going to love.”

    Billy Gibbons shared much of the same excitement and anticipation for the upcoming tour.

    “‘Rebels & Bandoleros’ is more of a coming together of friends than a mere tour,” Gibbons said in a statement. “We’re delighted to be hitting the road with our Skynyrd brethren once more. It’s going to be a great ride.”

    The “Rebels & Bandoleros” tour kicks off In Wichita, Kansas May 12.

  • The Steve Miller Band Performs In Chicago

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     The Steve Miller Band Is Coming To The Chicago Theatre
    My wife & I will NOT MISS THIS SHOW! I recently saw him perform on a PBS special and I was BLOWN AWAY! I've always been a Big Fan but he's now taken all his biggest hits and rearranged the tracks with a much more bluesier tone. Absolutely Fantastic! Read all about it below.

    One of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years. His hit-making prowess landed him on the top of the charts with songs like Fly Like An Eagle, Rock ‘N Me, The Joker, Jet Airliner, Jungle Love, Swingtown, Take The Money And Run and Abracadabra.

    Besides those credentials, Steve Miller’s status as a legendary figure in rock music has found him in the company of some of music’s greatest artists, beginning with boyhood associations with Les Paul, Tal Farlow, T-Bone Walker, and Boz Scaggs. Later, as he worked to make his mark as a guitarist, he rubbed elbows and shared stages with preeminent figures like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Electric Flag, Glyn Johns, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney.

    Always moving forward, he follows up last years album, Bingo!, with a new record entitled Let Your Hair Down on April 19. His trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio and one of the centerpiece attractions of the summer rock concert season. Some people call him Maurice, the Midnight Toker or the Space Cowboy. He is the Gangster of Love.

    The Steve Miller Band is coming to the Chicago Theatre on August, 4, 2011.

    Tickets On Sale Saturday, April 2 at 10:00am

    Reserved tickets ($98 / $68 / $48 / $38) can be purchased at The Chicago Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com.