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  • Sam Andrew, Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist, dies

    02/17/2015 12:53:18 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Monday, February 16, 2015 | Aidin Vaziri
    Sam Andrew, a founding member and guitarist of the San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, died Thursday in San Rafael. He was 73. His death, of complications from open-heart surgery after a heart attack, was confirmed by John Byrne Cooke, a friend and former manager... Big Brother served as the house band at the Avalon Ballroom, which was run by band manager Chet Helms before recruiting Joplin and gaining international attention with their explosive performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. “She walked in one day and started singing some songs,” Mr. Andrew said...
  • Joe Mauldin, Bass Player for Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Dies at 74

    02/09/2015 2:24:54 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    AP via Billboard ^ | Feb 9, 2015 | no byline
    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe B. Mauldin, a bass player for Buddy Holly and The Crickets, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 74... Mauldin began playing bass in his early teens and was a member of The Four Teens before joining Holly's band, The Crickets, in 1957. After Holly's death about two years later, The Crickets continued to record and perform, backing the Everly Brothers on an international tour and, in 1960, releasing their first of several post-Holly albums, "In Style with the Crickets." ..Mauldin and fellow Crickets Allison, Sonny Curtis and the late Niki...
  • Virtual Buddy Holly to Appear in New Touring Show

    01/29/2015 2:18:59 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3:00 AM PST 1/28/2015 | Carolyn Giardina
    A virtual Buddy Holly performance will headline a new show that’s planned to debut in Holly’s birth state of Texas during 2016. Hologram USA Entertainment will present the show in partnership with Maria Elena Holly, the star’s widow and head of Buddy Holly Licensing; plans are to use this debut to kick off a show tour. Hologram USA is already working on the hologram-like performance of the rock and roll icon, as well as on a similar show around Liberace, which will debut in Las Vegas. Through the partnership with Buddy Holly Licensing, the company has access to music and...
  • Tucsonans: See you tonight at The Loft for a Freeper's Movie (get-together afterwards)

    01/07/2015 1:53:12 PM PST · by lulu16 · 13 replies
    The Loft Cinema Tucson ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | vanity
    Historian and documentarian Larry Schweikart will be at the theater for the 7:30 show, which happens also to be a freebie. So come and meet him and local conservative talk host Charles Heller, both who will go out for coffee after the screening with myself and a few others. Schweikart's movie is about the effect of rock and roll on the destruction of the Berlin Wall. You may also know him for his books, The Patriot's History of the United States.
  • Rockin The Wall (Free in Tucson) A Freeper's Film

    01/05/2015 10:19:02 AM PST · by lulu16 · 23 replies
    The Loft Cinema Tucson ^ | 01/ 05/ 15 | vanity
    Rockin' the Wall Studios began when noted history professor and best selling author Larry Schweikart contacted Hollywood filmmaker Marc Leif about producing a documentary based on a chapter of Professor Schweikart's then forthcoming book, Seven Events that Made America, America. The result was Rockin' the Wall, an independent documentary feature about how Rock 'n Roll helped bring about the fall of the Iron Curtain. The film was completed one year after that first conversation and in distribution about six weeks after that; an absolutely astounding record for an independent film. Immediately after came the start of the sequel, Other Walls...
  • Legendary Cosimo Matassa dies at 88

    09/11/2014 5:26:47 PM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies
    WWLTV ^ | 9/11/2014 | Dominic Massa
    Cosimo Matassa, the legendary recording engineer and studio owner who helped introduce and shape New Orleans' early rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll sound and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recognized with a Grammy for his efforts, died Thursday. He was 88. Matassa was sidelined by a stroke in recent years and his health had declined over the past few months, according to his family. Matassa's face, or even his name, may not have been known to some, but the sound he helped create defined a generation. From the 1940s through the 1970s,...
  • Was heavy rock born 50 years ago? The Kinks' You Really Got Me was released on August 4, 1964.

    08/05/2014 12:43:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 73 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 11:35AM BST 04 Aug 2014 | By Neil McCormick, Rock Critic
    ...You Really Got Me delivered something very different. It is taut but increasingly hysterical, hard driven and explosive, an out-and-out rocker. It is more riff than song. And what a riff. It consists of just two power chords, three strings of the guitar, sliding up and down over two frets, striking five times in three beats of the bar then restarting after the fourth beat. It has a feeling of being chopped off in its prime and constantly restarted, spluttering like a motorbike getting ready to race, a jerky, stop-start quality that creates an incredible sense of urgency. It was...
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to evict ashes of Alan Freed, DJ who gave birth to rock 'n' roll...

    08/05/2014 12:18:41 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 30 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | updated August 02, 2014 at 9:57 PM | Laura DeMarco
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is in Cleveland thanks in large part to Alan Freed. But Freed is no longer welcome in the Rock Hall, according to his son, Lance Freed. Lance Freed says he was told several months ago by Rock Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Harris that he would have to "immediately" remove his father's ashes, which had been on display since 2002, from the building. "He said, 'look Lance, there's something strange, people walk past the exhibit and your dad's ashes and they scratch their heads and can't figure out what...
  • Citing ‘racist views,’ tribe cancels Nugent show

    07/21/2014 6:45:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2014
    WORLEY, Idaho — A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."
  • Rip Tommy Ramone, Last Of The Ramones

    07/12/2014 8:48:01 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone died on Friday. Frey didn't have additional details. Ramone — born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary — was 65. Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. The band members weren't related and had different last names, but took the common name Ramone. The...
  • This List Of Bands Banned On Soviet Radio Is A Real Head Scratcher

    06/03/2014 7:56:46 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 84 replies
    Uproxx ^ | 06.02.14 | Robo Panda
    Did you ever want to see AC/DC, The B-52′s, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, The Village People, and Julio Iglesias in the same place? Well then, you can either read my dream journal or check out this list of Western music banned on Soviet radio stations. The list was titled “The approximate list of foreign musical groups and artists whose repertoires contain ideologically harmful compositions” (catchy title) and was distributed to Communist Party officials in January of 1985. We like how they call it an “approximate list”. Everything in the USSR was so slapdash.

    05/24/2014 7:39:25 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 25 replies
    youtube ^ | 1962
    "Dale soon began appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show where he played his signature single "Misirlou". He later stated, "I still remember the first night we played it. I changed the tempo, and just started cranking on that mother. was eerie. The people came rising up off the floor, and they were chanting and stomping...." .....;
  • Triumph "Lay It On The Line"

    05/20/2014 10:58:50 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 47 replies
    I heard this wonderful song again recently as bumper music while listening to conservative talk shows this week, and it just feels natural to share with my FRiends. Any comments are welcome.
  • Led Zeppelin sued over Stairway To Heaven

    05/19/2014 9:21:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 118 replies
    Henne Music ^ | May 19, 2014
    Led Zeppelin are being accused plagiarising the introduction of their iconic 1971 anthem, “Stairway To Heaven”, in a new lawsuit brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band. Business Week reports the estate – and group’s members – believe the acoustic introduction to “Stairway” was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, “Taurus.”
  • Nirvana Steals the Show at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebration [President Reagan mocked]

    04/13/2014 10:04:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 122 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jon Wiederhorn
    The band was introduced by Stipe, who delivered an eloquent speech that addressed the power and historical importance of the band as part of a counterculture that somehow became mainstream. "Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard," he said. "In the '80s and early '90s, the idea of a hopeful, democratic country had practically been dismantled by Iran Contra, by AIDS, by the Reagan, Bush Sr. administrations. With their music and their attitudes, Nirvana blasted through all that with crystalline, nuclear rage and fury. Nirvana were kicking against the system to show a sweet and beautiful,...
  • Uriah Heep 1970 - Album [50:52 music]

    04/05/2014 7:40:05 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 30 replies
    "Uriah Heep's origin goes back to 1967 when guitarist Mick Box formed a Brentwood band called The Stalkers, which began playing in local clubs and pubs...the name was changed to that of the well-known character from David Copperfield, Uriah Heep. They decided to widen the sound. "We'd actually recorded half the first album when we decided that keyboards would be good for our sound. I was a big Vanilla Fudge fan, with their Hammond organ and searing guitar on top, and we had David's high vibrato vocals anyway so that's how we decided to shape it,...." .....; Very 'Eavy ...Very...
  • Kinks - You Really Got Me (Stereo - 2:13min)

    "The Kinks an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies in 1963. The Kinks, who rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US, are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era....." .....;

    02/27/2014 7:33:19 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 30 replies
    “Our ’65 Chevy low rider convertible, flying the colors of ZZ Top’s El Dorado Bar is solidly a Texas car yet, equally at home on the streets of LA, Fresno, or Bakersfield.” –Billy Gibbons. This pic of ZZ Top has it all, in my opinion. Just checkout that custom-built Texas state Gibson guitar! The band has acquired an enviable car collection over the years, and is out and about in the custom scene. “We attend the Mooneyes Festivals in California and Japan and always make the SoCal Speed Shop summer ‘Open House’ gathering. Always a terrific time. As far as clubs...
  • Woman charged with allegedly sending death threats to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell

    02/13/2014 7:52:32 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    NME ^ | February 12, 2014
    Seattle radio station KIRO 7 says that a local woman has been accused of sending over 100 abusive and violent messages to the frontman from nine different Twitter accounts, including posts which threatened to rape his 13-year-old daughter.
  • The 50 Greatest Led Zeppelin Songs

    01/09/2014 6:50:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 78 replies
    Guitar World ^ | Jimmy Brown
    From “Dazed and Confused” to “You Shook Me” … from “Tangerine” to “The Lemon Song” … from “Trampled Under Foot” to “Stairway to Heaven” … Guitar World presents a critical analysis of the classic-rock group’s best tracks.
  • Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74.

    01/03/2014 6:46:57 PM PST · by Revolting cat! · 97 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2013 | Randy Lewis
    Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.
  • (Vanity) Thoughts on A Music Video

    11/19/2013 8:41:21 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 40 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 11-19-2013 | grey_whiskers
    Recently, I was watching an excellent concert video of the band Transatlantic playing their album The Whirlwind live in London. Neal Morse (formerly of Spock's Beard) had become a Christian -- I don't know whether any of the other band members were -- and the songs had a decidedly Christian overtone. Now the interesting thing I found, is not the Christian messages inherent in the songs; not of themselves. Rather, I found it interesting in that it differed from most contemporary Christian music in that it didn't suck. As Danny Glover said in the movie Angels in the Outfield, "There's...
  • Led Zeppelin II

    11/02/2013 7:45:33 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 160 replies
    "Led Zeppelin II is the second studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in October 1969 on Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969. Production was credited to lead guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page, while it also served as Led Zeppelin's first album to utilise the recording techniques of engineer Eddie Kramer. With elements of blues and folk music, Led Zeppelin II also exhibits the band's evolving musical style of blues-derived material and their guitar and riff-based sound. It has...
  • ‘Who’ legend Daltrey ‘won’t be fooled’ on Capitol Hill

    10/30/2013 4:46:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 66 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 30, 2013 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON – The Who’s Roger Daltrey brought some revolution to the Capitol Wednesday during the installation of a bust of late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, singing his classic “Won’t Get Fooled Again” to entrenched U.S. lawmakers. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!” the British rock royal belted in his famous American-ized twang, backed by a group of gospel singers, guitar and piano, as the graying congressional leadership looked on in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday. “It was very pertinent to the occasion,” Daltrey told the Post, declining to elaborate further on his song selection. “Isn’t it pretty...
  • Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71

    10/27/2013 10:58:25 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 120 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 10/27/13 | Jon Dolan
    Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
  • Rock Hall nominations? No, it's time to start kicking people out

    10/19/2013 5:06:13 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 85 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | October 17, 2013 | By John Petkovic
    Enough of this arguing over who deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's time to look at those already inducted and issue some indictments. Darwin would call it thinning the herd. You could also call it correcting un-natural selection -- as in, evicting those acts and artists undeserving of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It'€™s time to vote people OUT of the Rock Hall. Feel free to choose from the following list of 15 names -- or add your own. It's time to storm the Bastille, er, I mean, that glass...
  • How To Read This Year's Rock Hall Nominations

    10/19/2013 4:57:42 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | October 19, 2013 8:00 AM | Chris Molanphy
    If you look beyond the headlines that greeted this week's announcement of 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Nirvana, a foregone conclusion for first-round induction; KISS, long snubbed, getting its second shot at glory — you might notice that two Rock Hall records were quietly set. They tell you all you need to know about how this mysterious institution works. The first involves '70s–'80s disco/R&B pioneer Chic. With this nomination, its eighth, Chic holds the current record for the most nominations for the Rock Hall without getting inducted. (The all-time record is still held by...
  • Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption" Tops Readers' List of the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos (edited title)

    09/19/2013 7:07:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 151 replies
    Guitar World ^ | September 19, 2013
    Who says lightning doesn't strike twice? For the second year in a row, Eddie Van Halen has topped a major summer-long poll at In 2012, readers crowned him the Greatest Guitarist of All Time. This year, one of his many six-string masterpieces, "Eruption," a wildly innovative instrumental track from Van Halen's self-titled 1978 album, was voted the Greatest Guitar Solo of All Time.
  • Ted Nugent Dubs Next Tour 'Black Power 2013'

    07/27/2013 6:45:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | February 22, 2013
    That's one way to mark Black History Month: When Ted Nugent hits the road this year, he's calling his tour "Ted Nugent Black Power 2013," he writes on the conservative website World Net Daily. In a column that describes "dirty Democrat politicians" as the enemies of black Americans, the right-wing rocker reels off a string of statistics he says demonstrate how ineffective Democratic policies, including Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, have been at helping African-Americans overcome poverty, crime and a lack of education.
  • Time still on his side: Mick Jagger turns 70 - 10 great performances

    More than four decades ago, Mick Jagger claimed that he couldn’t imagine jumping around a stage and singing rock and roll when he was thirty. If things didn’t turn out quite like he imagined they might, Jagger — who turns 70 on July 26 — has certainly beaten the odds. Not only has rock music not cut him down as it has far too many others, it’s kept him young. An impossibly agile performer, Jagger — as these clips, presented in chronological order, attest — still has most of the moves he displayed when he first took the stage with...
  • A Whiter Shade Of Pale (1967 16mm Scopitone conversion 4 min)

    07/23/2013 5:04:32 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 116 replies
    Procol Harum performing A Whiter Shade of Pale.. the 1967 version.... This is the original 16mm Scopitone conversion, from the 'summer of love' 1967 hit record. Vocals and piano played by Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher played the Hammond organ, and these original lyrics were written by Keith Reid...[H/T maggiesfarm]
  • 'Justice for Trayvon': Bruce Springsteen dedicates song he wrote (Amadou Diallo)

    07/18/2013 6:39:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 85 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 18, 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Bruce Springsteen is the latest famous face to call for justice for Trayvon Martin. At his show in Limerick, Ireland, the 63-year-old dedicated his protest song American Skin (41 Shots), to the 17-year-old who was shot dead in February 2012 by neighbourhood vigilante George Zimmerman. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, after seeing the song written on a fan's sign Springsteen decided to play the track, dedicating it to Martin.
  • Police-Synchronicity 30th Anniversary with Sting,Stewart Copeland (Sting calls Reagan "an idiot")

    05/31/2013 8:29:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    On their first U.S.tour in early 1979, the three members of The Police arrived for their first interview at my Memphis ROCK 103 radio studio in a station wagon. Barely 15 months later they returned to take me to lunch, except this time they were in a limousine.
  • Passings: Marshall Lytle (original bassist) of Bill Haley's Comets (1933 - 2013)

    05/27/2013 4:16:24 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Vintage Vinyl News ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2013 | no byline
    Marshall Lytle, the bass player for Bill Haley and the Comets during their biggest era, died on Saturday morning at 3:30 AM in his home in Port Richie, FL after battling lung cancer. He was 79. Lytle was honored one year ago when he and the rest of the Comets were among the first backing group's to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the Comets, the honor came 25 years after Bill Haley was accorded the same honor. Marshall started out his musical career as a guitarist but switched to double bass when he joined...
  • Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant ‘gets restraining order against crazed fan’

    05/06/2013 7:34:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | May 6, 2013 | Jack Losh
    LED Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has taken out a restraining order against a crazed fan after she bombarded him with threatening messages, it is reported. The rock legend, 64, is even said to have hired a security team in the wake of intensifying harassment from the deluded groupie.
  • Grateful Dead Guitarist Bob Weir Collapses Onstage in New York (Video) .

    04/28/2013 7:29:53 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2013
    Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Bob Weir collapsed during his performance with Furthur at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York last night. The band, which also includes bassist Phil Lesh, was closing out a nine show residency at the historic venue when the 65-year-old Weir stumbled and fell to the floor about a minute into the song “Unbroken Chain.” He was helped up by crew members and was able to complete the tune while seated in a chair before the band took a brief break. When they returned without him, Lesh told the crowd that Weir had strained his shoulder...
  • Rockin' in the Free World

    02/16/2013 3:39:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 16, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    While watching the Grammy awards last Sunday, it occurred to me that American culture has been defined by music ever since the end of World War II. After the Germans and Japanese surrendered in 1945, millions of GI's returned home to marry and begin families. The big-band era of good-time music accompanied that, and romantic singers like Frank Sinatra ruled the day. In the '50s, many young people, tired of conformity, began to rebel. The rise of Elvis Presley illuminated that rebellion. Then the angst kind of died out as Chubby Checker ushered in "The Twist" in 1960, and...
  • Zoomer Radio AM740***50s/60s Rock and Roll music [streaming]

    02/15/2013 8:04:16 PM PST · by virgil283 · 7 replies
    Friday night bandstand ...Elvis..Ricky Nelson...Gene Pitny...Jack Scott...Good music listen in ...few commercials...*** G.P
  • Shadow Morton, producer of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" dies

    02/15/2013 4:22:03 PM PST · by LS · 14 replies
    friends of Shadow Morton | 2/15/2013 | LS
    George "Shadow" Morton (b. 9/3/1940), the innovative record producer associated with Phil Spector, died yesterday. Morton had visited Ellie Greenwich at the Brill Building when he heard songwriter Jeff Barry working on a tune. Morton commented that it wasn't a song, and Barry replied that if Morton was so great, why didn't he show them on of his songs. Morton said he'd return in a week. Sitting in his car, he wrote "Remember (Walking in the Sand)," which would be a hit by a local girl-group, the Shangri-Las (and an unknown Billy Joel on piano in the recording session). He...
  • Reg Presley of the Troggs dies aged 71

    02/04/2013 3:52:27 PM PST · by the scotsman · 38 replies
    BBC News | 4th February 2013 | BBC News
    'Reg Presley, lead singer of 60s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71. The band's frontman died at his home in Hampshire, his daughter, Karen, confirmed to the BBC. The Troggs had a number of hit songs, including Wild Thing and Love Is All Around. Music publicist Keith Altham paid tribute to Presley on Facebook, saying his "dear old pal" had died "following a succession of recent strokes and a losing battle with cancer". Presley announced his retirement from music a year ago after being taken ill during a concert in Germany and then being diagnosed with lung cancer.'
  • Swedish heavy metal man: 'I'm still addicted'

    01/15/2013 7:20:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | January 11, 2013
    A Swede who gained worldwide fame for having his love of hard rock classified as a disability says he remains addicted to heavy metal music five years after being granted social security benefits for his affliction. "I'm still very addicted," Roger Tullgren, 47, told The Local this week from his home in Hässleholm in southern Sweden. "I listen to heavy metal music 24 hours a day."
  • Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Blasts 'Anti-Gun' Media

    01/13/2013 6:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Noise Creep ^ | January 13, 2013 | Allyson B. Crawford
    Amid the media swirl surrounding possible gun control measures after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre just last month, many pro-gun advocates are speaking out. Musicians are no different. Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch, used his Facebook page to discuss his annoyance at the media and the concern that his guns will be confiscated by the government, despite the fact there is no evidence to back up that fear. Bathory writes: "Let's talk about 'assault' rifles for a second. Anti-gun advocates in the media placing all the emphasis on the word 'ASSAULT' for a reason. It sounds menacing...
  • The Return of The Moving Sidewalks (Billy Gibbons returns to his first band)

    01/01/2013 5:37:18 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | ALLAN KOZINN
    Before ZZ Top became a blues-rock band known for gritty, boogie-based rhythms, sizzling guitar flights, humorous lyrics and luxuriously long beards, it was a Houston-based psychedelic proto-punk garage band called the Moving Sidewalks. And though its following was decidedly regional at the time – its biggest hit, “99th Floor,” was a chart-topper in Houston for six weeks in 1967 – the group’s recordings can be found on more than half a dozen compilations of 1960s garage band tracks, not to mention the ZZ Top anthology “Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box.” ... with ZZ Top between tours, Billy...
  • 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' rocker Dorman dead

    12/22/2012 8:25:11 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | December 22, 2012
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Lee Dorman, the bassist for "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" rockers Iron Butterfly, has died of apparent natural causes in California, a coroner said. He was 70. Dorman, who had a history of heart problems, was found dead in his car Friday in Orange County, E! Online reported.
  • Source: Belcher was out with 2nd woman prior to murder-suicide

    12/03/2012 9:20:33 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 17 replies ^ | Monday December 3, 2012 11:53PM | Thayer Evans
    According to a law enforcement official close to the investigation, Jovan Belcher was out "partying" the night before he shot Kasandra Perkins. He had been with a woman in the Power and Light District, an area of bars in downtown Kansas City. Read More:
  • Stone aged

    11/27/2012 7:46:27 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | November 27, 2012 | OLIVER HARVEY
    ALL fast approaching or beyond 70, the Rolling Stones are entitled to look a little lived in. Their 50-year career has taken its toll — as have the booze, the drugs and the groupies. In fact, it is a wonder they are still standing, let alone rocking and rolling.
  • Rocking at 50: Rolling Stones to tour again

    10/15/2012 5:08:49 PM PDT · by ETL · 100 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | October 15, 2012 | DANICA KIRKA
    LONDON (AP) — You can't always get what you want — but if your desire is to attend a Rolling Stones concert this might be your lucky day. The legendary band said Monday it would return to the stage this year with four concerts in Britain and the United States. The shows will take place on Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, followed by gigs on Dec. 13 and 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, just outside of New York. The shows mark the first time in five years that the Stones have performed live,...
  • Hey, girl: Duran Duran’s John Taylor ‘likes Ryan, basically,’ thinks Biden was ‘a bit of a d***'

    10/14/2012 7:22:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 14, 2012
    Hey, girls (on film), he’s not just a pretty face! Duran Duran’s John Taylor seems to agree with many on Twitter, including Tawny Kitaen, who called Joe Biden an “embarrassing jackass.” The consensus is that Joe Biden’s debate performance was disgraceful, from the creepy smirk to the cranky old man attitude, capped off by his shameful laughing at the issues.
  • Rush, Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame noms

    10/03/2012 9:53:37 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 51 replies
    AP ^ | 10/4/2012
    Rush, Public Enemy among Rock Hall of Fame noms By CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Music Writer – 6 minutes ago Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are among the group of first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join returnees Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Kraftwerk among the 15 artists vying for entry. Even in the iPod age, the list of nominees up for induction in 2013 is as eclectic as they come. Nominees differ wildly in sound, origin and influence, ranging from the enduring prog rock of Canadian trio...
  • Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham Dies – 32 Years Ago

    09/25/2012 7:07:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 81 replies ^ | September 24, 2012 | Ken Kelley
    On Sept. 25, 1980, at 32 years of age, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away, inadvertently bringing an end to one of rock’s greatest bands. The group’s final studio effort ‘In Through The Out Door’ had been released in Sept. 1979 after many delays. In May 1980, the group performed what would be their last European tour. That September, the band was in rehearsals at guitarist Jimmy Page’s house in advance of an American tour.