Monday, December 9th
THIS WEEK IN CLASSIC ROCK HISTORY
ON DECEMBER 9TH…
In1992…Bassist Bill Wyman formally announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones.
ON DECEMBER 10TH…
In 1967…Steve Miller shocked the music industry when his previously unknown Blues Band signed with Capitol Records for a whopping 750-thousand dollars. Miller dropped the “Blues” portion of his group’s name and went on to return Capitol’s investment with hits like “The Joker.
ON DECEMBER 11TH…
In1976…At a Kiss concert in Florida, Ace Frehley accidentally touched a short-circuited light bulb and was electrocuted. An unconscious Frehley was taken off the stage then wheeled back on ten minutes later to complete the concert.
ON DECEMBER 12TH…
In 1970…The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans. The band stopped touring after that concert and drummer John Densmore was instrumental in that decision.
ON DECEMBER 13TH…
In 1985…Phil Collins made his U-S TV acting debut on Miami Vice.
MUSICIANS PAY TRIBUTE TO MANDELA
Many musicians were inspired by Nelson Mandela either in person or through his life’s work, and in the wake of his passing, they have paid tribute to him with statements and on social media. Here are some of those comments about the late leader of South Africa:
Bono of U2: “It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humor and above all else in patience. In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job.”
Paul Simon: “Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace.”
Slash: “Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left.”
Carlos Santana: “The Lion King has gone home to be with our Lord Supreme. May he rest in peace.”
NEIL YOUNG, U2, CHICAGO, CCR ALBUMS IN GRAMMY HALL OF FAMEThe nominations for the 2014 Grammys aren’t the only Grammy thing people are talking about – The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Among the 27 titles the Academy felt have become part of the musical, social and cultural history are Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Chicago’s The Chicago Transit Authority, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory, U2’s Joshua Tree and a handful of songs by the likes of CCR, War, The Rolling Stones and more. To see the list of the latest inductees or all 960 recordings in the Hall, head to GrammyHallOfFame40.com.
On Tuesday (12/10), Eric Clapton will release his latest collection, Give Me Strength, The 1974/1975 Recordings. The 5CD/1-Blu-ray box boasts Slowhand’s albums 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One in Every Crowd and the live set, E.C. Was Here. There are also new mixes, original mixes and rare recordings. Pick it up on Tuesday.
We recently reported that handwritten working lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 hit “Born to Run” were going up for bids and now, we know how much they sold for. According to the Associated Press, the early draft of the lyrics went for a whopping 197-thousand dollars. They were originally estimated to sell for between 70 and 100-grand. There’s no word on who the buyer was or who the seller was, but the lyrics were once owned by Bruce’s former manager, Mike Appel.
McCARTNEY SINGS WITH JAPANESE BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
Paul McCartney gave his wife, Nancy Shevell, a 54th birthday to remember last month while in Tokyo. According to England’s The Mirror, the legendarysinger hired the Japanese Beatles tribute band The Parrots to perform for her. When the band sang “I Saw Her Standing There,” Paul joined them onstage. He also got a Queen tribute act called Gueen to play the event. McCartney was in Japan at the time promoting his latest album, New.
Friday, December 6th
ROD STEWART HOPING TO REFORM THE FACES IN 2015
It’s been 20 years since Rod Stewart last performed with The Faces, but in a couple more years, that all may change. According to The Guardian, the singer said he and Ronnie Wood are planning a Faces reunion for 2015. Rod explained, “I think we have got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact, Ronnie’s office is talking to my people, and we’re earmarking 2015.” Earlier this year, Stewart said he has wanted to reform The Faces and figured he’d do it if and when Wood’s band, The Rolling Stones, retire.
VIVIAN CAMPBELL WORKING ON SOLO RECORD
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is working on a solo record. He revealed on his Facebook page that the set will feature “lots of guitar,” and went on to write, “I intend to sing. However, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages.” No word on when the effort will come out but Viv is currently writing music for Def Leppard to record in February, so he is keeping pretty busy. Stay up to date at Facebook.com/OfficialVivianCampbell.
REMEMBERING JOHN LENNON
Sunday (12/8) marks the 33rd anniversary of the day John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in New York City. It’s a day when many people reflect on the legendary singer’s life and wonder what he’d be doing if he were still around today. His former Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr, told us that John would definitely still be out performing shows for the fans.
"I think he’d be like what we are, if you look, I’m still out there doing what I do, Paul is still going out there and I think, in all honesty, John would have had his band and he’d have been out there.”
John Lennon would be 73 years old if he were alive today. Learn more about his life and his message at JohnLennon.com.
DENSMORE AND KRIEGER DO FIRST JOINT INTERVIEW IN 10 YEARS
Late Doors singer Jim Morrison would’ve been 70 on Sunday (12/8), and to mark the occasion, the band has released the first official update to the Doors iPad app they launched earlier this year. The update features unpublished photos, album art, music and concert footage, but most remarkably, it includes an interview with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger – their first together in more than a decade. In it, the pair remember late keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away in May.
OZZY REMEMBERS RANDY RHOADS
Late guitar great Randy Rhoads would have turned 57 years old on Friday (12/6). Sadly, the world lost the legendary rocker in a 1982 plane crash, but his music lives on, including the work he did with Ozzy Osbourne. The Prince of Darkness spoke with us about Randy.
“He was a phenomenal player, he was a phenomenal guy. A very, very good player, very, very good person.”
Randy’s family will be celebrating his life with an event in Burbank, California this weekend. You can meet them, drink wine and see some of Randy’s personal items.
BOWIE RELEASES ANOTHER VIDEO
David Bowie has released another video, this one for “I’d Rather Be High (Venetian Remix” off the Next Day Extra edition of his latest album, The Next Day. The clip features vintage footage of soldiers at war juxtaposed with shots of soldiers at dances and parades. It’s all set to lyrics that point out the realities of war. Check it out at Bowie.com.
NO PORCH SITTING FOR GREGG ALLMAN
Gregg Allman turns 66 on Sunday (12/8). The rocker is a busy man, spending many months of the year on the road either with the Allman Brothers Band or going it solo. So does Gregg ever think of just retiring and passing his days relaxing on his porch with a good book? Here’s what he told us.
I don’t know how long that would go on with me (laughs) because just sitting on a porch doing nothing is not my idea of retirement anyway.”
Gregg has tour dates lined up for later this month and next month. See them at GreggAllman.com.
LIFE GETTING EASIER FOR PHIL COLLEN
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen turns 56 on Sunday (12/8). While when most people get older, things get a little more difficult for them, but that’s not the case for Phil. He told us more.
“It gets easier actually, I know it sounds ridiculous, but for me personally, it’s easier and it gets more fun because the more experienced you get musically and with all the other stuff, it just opens up different doors. You go, ‘Wow, this is great, I wish I felt like this when I was younger, I wish I knew this when I was younger, that’s the thing.’”
You can see how easy it is for Phil by watching Def Leppard’s Viva Hysteria DVD, which features a show from their residency at Vegas’ Hard Rock Casino from earlier this year when they played their 1987 hit record Hysteria in its entirety. It’s out now.