Elton John was hosting some kind of music video competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and during a presentation he said that while videos CAN enhance music, they also covered up some CRAP music during the ’80s! “We were before the MTV generation, and I’m glad we were because we were real artists. The MTV generation brought with it a lot of people who were great, but a lot of people who just made videos. A lot of the artistry went out of the music. We were lucky that we made it before videos.” Unfortunately, Elton didn’t name any names. That said, Elton DOES have hope for the future. “I just love the energy and the adrenaline of the new kids. That’s the adrenaline we had when we were younger. You can’t buy it. You can’t bottle it. These people have it.” So, does this mean Elton generally PREFERS today’s music over what was being created 30 years ago? There isn’t a direct connection there, but if that IS how he feels, that’s a BIG shot at the ’80s! You can watch (a crappy phone recorded version of) his speech below:
The Blizzard of Oz is known as one of the first mainstream voices of metal, but it wasn’t until his MTV reality show that he entered into the pop culture zeitgeist.
On the other hand, the band Earth Wind & Fire had spent the 70’s and a chunk of the 80’s as an everybody-friendly act that would never offend a person’s sensibilities.
Enter DJ Cumberbund…the maestro of mash ups!
He had the brilliant idea of taking the biggest iconic tracks from the two artists and making them into one.
Once again, Cumberbund nails it!
The Eagles have found their replacement for Glen Frey, and it’s Glenn’s son Deacon Frey! In an interview yesterday with Dallas sports radio station KTCK, Don Henley said: “Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems to be up for the task. There’s an old system both in Eastern and Western culture called the guild system, where the father is the master and the son is the apprentice. The trade, the craft, the business is handed down from father to son. I think it’s the only appropriate way to carry on.” You may remember The Eagles are doing those two weekend gigs this summer: Classic West at Dodger Stadium in L.A. on July 15th and 16th, and Classic East at Citi Field in New York, on the 29th and 30th. They’ll be joined by Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire, and one more musician Henley refused to name.
Billy Joel has been bringing a lot of guest stars onstage during recent gigs, and Saturday’s show at Dodger Stadium was no exception. Axl Rose came out for two songs: “Big Shot” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”. Billy has actually been doing “Highway” for a few years, but he usually has a roadie named “Chainsaw” do lead vocals. Rose wasn’t the only guest star that night. Pink, who’s been rumored to be working on new music with Joel, also made an appearance to help Billy on “New York State of Mind”, and sing her own song, “Try”
Billy Joel hasn’t released a new studio album since “River of Dreams” in 1993. In that time he’s only released two original, non-instrumental songs: “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah”, both in 2007. Billy actually says he frankly isn’t all that interested in where pop music is these days. He also says his standards are so high that writing songs has become excruciating: “I’d turn into a caveman . . . walk around kicking things.” There has been an indication however, that he might come out of his creative hibernation to work with someone who’s a little more current. Billy told the “L.A. Times” that he and Pink recently got together to “throw around some ideas.” He said he had a good time, but he doesn’t know what’ll come of it. On an unrelated note, he also admitted that he does NOT like “We Didn’t Start the Fire”: “It’s the only song where I wrote the words first, which it sounds like, because the music sucks.” The Piano Man still plays it in concert though, because his fans want to hear it. Did you know he uses a teleprompter? Billy says “If I miss one word, it’s a train wreck.” See if you can spot him checking for lyrics in this clip:
Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony recently lost his infant grandson. The boy’s name was Rex, and he died when he was just a few days old because of a heart condition. Michael’s family is asking for donations for Walk L.A., which is a charity walk to benefit the Children’s Hospital in L.A. It’s taking place in June. They have a page set up where you can donate in Rex’s name. Interestingly enough, it appears that Sammy Hagar contributed $1,000. Not to be outdone by his former rival, David Lee Roth has also reportedly stepped up by giving $10,000! There’s no indication at this point that Gary Cherone chipped in. No one has officially commented, so we don’t KNOW they gave that money. When you contribute, you can put any name you want, so it’s possible it could’ve just been a prankster…a very generous prankster. If Dave did donate, he better watch out. Being kind to Michael Anthony is the kind of thing that can get you blackballed from Van Halen!
The Eagles are suing a place called Hotel California. However it isn’t actually in California, it’s in Todos Santos, Mexico. The band claims the owners are trying to make people think they’re connected. They play “Hotel California” and other Eagles songs in the hotel, and they sell merchandise calling the hotel “legendary”, which implies that it was actually the inspiration for the song when it reportedly was not. The suit says the hotel is infringing on the Eagles’ Hotel California trademark. They’re asking that the place be banned from using the name. For what it’s worth, the Mexican Hotel California was built in 1950, so it does predate the song. However, the lawsuit says they’ve been trying to sponge off the Eagles since 2001. The song “Hotel California” isn’t based on any particular place according to the Eagles. The building that stands in for it on the cover of the album is the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ironically, the band used the photo without the hotel’s permission, and they were at one point sent a “cease and desist,” before their lawyers settled it. All of this talk of Hotel California has me yearning for a great live version…so here you are!
Elton John has canceled nine upcoming shows, including his remaining dates at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, and he has a good excuse: He almost DIED. He recently performed a series of shows in South America, and he became “violently ill” on the flight back. It turned out he’d contracted a “harmful and unusual” bacterial infection. His rep quickly took the mic: “Upon returning to the U.K., his doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection . . . Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly.” Fortunately, it sounds like Elton will be all right. He was discharged on Saturday, and is now resting at home, where he’s expected to make a full recovery. At this point, he’s planning on being able to perform again in June, when he launches a European tour. Refunds are available for all the canceled shows.
Tom Petty is hitting the road to celebrate 4 amazing decades with the Heartbreakers. He’s not only lined up a bunch of tour dates, but he’s got some special guests up his sleeve as well. One of those confirmed guests is none other than classic rock icon, Joe Walsh! The tour kicked off this last weekend in Oklahoma City and it looked nothing short of rockin’ Tom will work his way around the south, mid, and north east before making it’s way west with those dates expected to be announced sometime soon. Although Petty has hinted that the 40th anniversary shows might serve as his final extended tour trek, guitarist Mike Campbell isn’t ready to stop — and he doesn’t think Petty is either. “Tom is really happy. The band is playing great. I think we’re sounding better than we’ve ever sounded, and we’re inspired,” said Campbell prior to the tour’s launch. “It’s very exciting for us. And the band is really rising to the occasion and everybody is in a great place right now. I think we can keep going for awhile.” Unfortunately for us, the closest the tour gets is Tampa and West Palm. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour: 4/20: Oklahoma City, Okla. – Chesapeake Energy Center 4/22: Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Arena 4/23: Little Rock, Ark. – Verizon Wireless Arena 4/25: Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena 4/27: Atlanta, Ga. – Philips Arena 4/29: Houston – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 5/2: Austin, Texas – Frank Erwin Center 5/5: West Palm Beach, Fla. – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 5/6: Tampa, Fla. – Amalie Arena 5/8: Memphis, Tenn. – Fedex Forum 5/12: St. Louis – Scottrade Center 5/13: Indianapolis, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center 5/29-30: Morrison, Colo. – Red Rocks Amphitheatre 6/2: Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center 6/3: St. Paul, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center 6/5: Des Moines, Iowa – Wells Fargo Arena 6/7: Columbus, Ohio – Schottenstein Center 6/9: Pittsburgh – PPG Paints Arena 6/10: Cleveland – Quicken Loans Arena 6/12: Cincinnati – US Bank Arena 6/14: Hartford, Conn. – Xfinity Theatre 6/16: Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center 6/17: Hunter Mountain, N.Y. – Mountain Jam Festival 6/29: Chicago – Wrigley Field 7/1: Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Arena 7/2: Canandaigua, N.Y. – CMAC Performing Arts Center 7/5-6: Milwaukee, Wis. – Summerfest 7/18: Clarkston, Mich. – DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/20: Boston – TD Garden 7/23: Baltimore – Royal Farms Arena 7/26-27: Queens, N.Y. – Forest Hills Stadium
Bruce Springsteen has announced he’s got more classic concerts queued up for release – making public a professional recording of his 2008 show in St. Louis. The reason this show stuck out for the Boss is made apparent in a blurb written about the performance on his website: “On the 2007-08 Magic tour, fans began bringing song-request signs. Bruce seemed to revel in the challenge, while the suggestions also appeared to inspire him to resurrect songs he hadn’t played in decades. There’s no finer show to capture this fan-artist dynamic than this outstanding performance in St. Louis on 8/23/2008 including the surprise opener of the Crystals’ ‘Then She Kissed Me’ and Chuck Berry‘s ‘Little Queenie’ during the encore.” Aside from a few covers, Bruce also played songs from his own collection that he rarely dusts off in these shows, which is hard to believe since Springsteen is notorious for extra long sets during his shows! Titles like “Rendezvous,” “For You,” “Drive All Night” “Detroit Medley” and Harold Dorman’s “Mountain of Love,” haven’t been a staple of his sets, but get featured provenance in this set list Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Aug, 23, 2008 Setlist 1. “Then He Kissed Me” 2. “Radio Nowhere” 3. “Out in the Street” 4. “Adam Raised a Cain” 5. “Spirit in the Night” 6. “Rendezvous” 7. “For You” 8. “Mountain of Love” 9. “Backstreets” 10. “Gypsy Biker” 11. “Because the Night” 12. “Not Fade Away” / “She’s the One” 13. “Livin’ in the Future” 14. “Cover Me” 15. “Mary’s Place” 16. “Drive All Night” 17. “The Rising” 18. “Last to Die” 19. “Long Walk Home” 20. “Badlands” Encore 21. “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” 22. “Jungleland” 23. “Detroit Medley” 24. “Born to Run” 25. “Dancing in the Dark” 26. “American Land” Encore 2 27. “Thunder Road” 28. “Little Queenie” Encore 3 29. “Twist and Shout” You can buy this show from Bruce’s site by clicking here!
How does spending a week in Mexico with some of the biggest names in classic rock sound? I know right? Well wish no longer, because there’s a resort in Riviera Maya that’s putting the whole thing together for you. Of course, you’ll have to dole out some serious cash, as packaged start at just under $2k. Taking a look at the bands, you may think it’s worth it anyway. Those who choose the four-day plan will be treated to concerts by Steve Miller, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cheap Trick, Don Felder, Blue Oyster Cult, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Foghat, Queensryche and Los Lobos. The seven and eleven day trips add shows by Don Henley, Santana, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
Journey fans, it wasn’t EXACTLY what you were looking for, but it is a step in the right direction! Rumors were flying pretty intensely that former lead singer Steve Perry was going to join his ex-band mates on stage at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. What nobody knew though, was if Perry would be getting along with decades old arch-nemesis, and former co-writer Neal Schon. Those fears were laid to rest pretty quickly when Perry took the mic and gave praise to the guitar virtuoso. Unfortunately for Journey fans, Perry opted not to take the stage with the band – instead choosing to watch Arnel Pineda belt out the hits in his place. It still was a pretty moving half hour of speeches and performances. Watch both below!
Heart fans disappointed that the band is on hiatus this year have a kindred spirit in Nancy Wilson, who's made it clear that the group's current downtime wasn't necessarily her first choice. Continue reading…
When Kansas shows up to Jacksonville in December to play the “Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour” they’ll obviously be playing this track. It may sound a little different than the audio below, that’s because the YouTube track is actually the boys in Anthrax shredding this legendary tune. I have to admit they did a killer job with it! You can find more info on the December 2nd show with Kansas at this link!
If nothing else, Nick Mason can definitively say he’s three things: He’s an iconic drummer who played in one of the most influential bands of all-time He’s an avid car collector who’s garage is worth millions upon millions He’s rich enough to repair the damage he caused on the track recently while racing his F1 GTR This past weekend Mason blew the dust off his super-rare McLaren literally worth near $15 million dollars. Unfortunately for him, the track wasn’t all to impressed with his driving skills, and the drummer was taking a break from crashing symbols, and opted instead to crash his race car.
There’s a new production of “Tommy” opening in England this month, and Pete Townshend wrote a brand new song for it. It’s called “Acid Queen 2”, and Pete was inspired to write it after he heard the production would feature actors with disabilities. He says, quote, “This is a totally new adventure, and [it] really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music. I can’t wait to see it.” Peter Straker is playing the Acid Queen, and he says, quote, “She is a shaman-like character, a very powerful figure. But in Act Two she hasn’t healed Tommy and the song deals with how you deal with fame when it’s faded.”
The Queen of classic rock recently took some time to sit with the folks at Rolling Stone, and discuss what’s been going on in the world of Nicks recently. The interview, for the most part, seemed pretty standard until they finally began to dig into recent happenings with her longtime band mates: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are about to release an album as a duo. It seems like it started as a Fleetwood Mac album, but you chose not to participate. “I’ve been on the road [solo] since last September, so I don’t understand their premise. Christine was gone [from Fleetwood Mac] for 16 years and came back, did a massive tour, and then it’s like, “Now I’m just gonna go back to London and sit in my castle for two years”? She wanted to keep working. I will be back with them at the end of the year for, I think, another tour. I just needed my two years off. Until then, I wish them the best in whatever they do.” While some read hostility and animosity in her assessment of Buckingham & McVie, others think Nicks is just being realistic about the way the music industry has changed: Do you want to make a new record with them? I don’t think we’ll do another record. If the music business were different, I might feel different. I don’t think there’s any reason to spend a year and an amazing amount of money on a record that, even if it has great things, isn’t going to sell. What we do is go on the road, do a ton of shows and make lots of money. We have a lot of fun. Making a record isn’t all that much fun. Stevie brings her tour to Jacksonville in a week. For more info click here. To read the entire interview, check out Rolling Stone.
It wasn’t too long ago that Peter Frampton was sitting in his home when he heard a thud at the window. This isn’t an experience that is unique to rock stars, or celebrities. Chances are it may have happened to you in your lifetime. Heck, If you’ve attended a football game in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, you can hear it up to 500 times per year. But for Pete, it became a muse for his latest single.