Tuesday, September 16th
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On September 16th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his last live performance when he joined Eric Burdon & War onstage at London’s Ronnie Scott Club.
Then, in 1977, T. Rex singer Marc Bolan died in a car accident in London at the age of 29.
And in 2005, during a reunion concert in Atlanta, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil slipped and tore his calf onstage. The show ended early but Vince didn’t let the injury ruin the band’s tour.
THE DOORS RELEASING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN DOCUMENTARY
In 1968, The Doors self-produced a documentary about the band called Feast of Friends. The film never came out but later this year, that will change. The flick, which provides an intimate and rare look at the group on tour, was shelved due to singer Jim Morrison’s legal issues. However, the movie has been remastered and compiled with bonus footage and a historic British documentary called The Doors are Open, and will come out on November 11th. You can preorder the documentary starting on October 17th. Learn more at TheDoors.com.
YUSUF/CAT STEVENS ANNOUNCES FIRST U-S TOUR IN 35 YEARS
This December, for the first time in 35 years, Cat Stevens, who now goes by Yusuf, will tour in North America. The singer-songwriter is hitting the road to promote a new album called Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, his first record in five years. The set, which features five new original tunes and five cover songs, comes out on October 27th but you can hear the first single from the effort, “Dying to Live,” at RollingStone.com. Meanwhile, the Peace Train… Late Again tour begins on December 1st in Toronto. Get all the dates at YusufCatStevens.com.
PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN AT NEIL YOUNG’S BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT
The line-up for the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert has been announced and this year, joining organizer Neil Young will be Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence and the Machine, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Band of Horses and others, including Pegi Young, Neil’s wife of 40 years from whom he just filed for divorced. The show takes place at the Bay Area’sShoreline Amphitheatre on October 25th and 26th and raises money for the Bridge School, which helps people with speech and physical impairments by providing them with assistive technologies. Tickets go on sale on Friday.
SOUND CITY STUDIOS FOUNDER TOM SKEETER PASSES AWAY
Dave Grohlmade L-A’s Sound City Studios famous in his recent documentary about the recording studio, which included interviews with owner Tom Skeeter. Well sadly, according to the studio’s Facebook page, Skeeter has passed away at age 82. Tom co-founded the studio in 1969, installing the fabled Neve 8028 recording console, and after that, the likes of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Metallica, Nirvana and many others created some amazing albums there. Tom also worked with managing artists, including Rick Springfield. No word on the cause of death but you can read more about Skeeter in a tribute posted to Facebook.com/SoundCityStudios.
THE EMPTY HEARTS ANNOUNCE TOUR
The Empty Hearts, the supergroup made up of members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, have just announced some tour dates. Next month, the guys will be playing dates on the East Coast and also in Japan. It’s all to promote their new self-titled album. More shows will be announced soon and you can see all the group’s dates at Facebook.com/TheEmptyHeartsBand.
HOMESICKNESS ALMOST RUINED KENNEY JONES’ CAREER
On Tuesday (9/16), Kenney Jones, who played drums for The Who and The Faces, turns 66 years old. The rocker must have really loved his London upbringing because he almost bailed on his music career due to being overwhelmed by homesickness. Kenney and his Faces bandmate, Ronnie Wood, told us about how it was back then.
“[Kenney] It did happen, yeah, it happened to me, very early, especially when we came to America. [Ronnie] I used to have to stop Kenney from going back to England. [Kenney] That’s right, going back now, I’m leaving. [Ronnie] Come on Ken, stick with it a bit longer. I’ll give you a shilling to make a call to your girlfriend. [Kenney] Yeah in those days, that’s the other thing, was no mobile phone. You had to book a phone call. It took like three hours before you could get through. [Ronnie] And then you’d have three minutes. ‘Okay! Your three minutes is up! BOOM! Slam!’ [Kenney] So the homesickness was quite relevant in those days.”Stay up to date with Kenney at Twitter.com/KenneyJones.
LET SLASH SET YOUR WORLD ON FIRE ON TUESDAY
On Tuesday (9/16), Slash releases World on Fire, his latest solo album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The set includes tracks like “Shadow Life,” “Wicked Stone,” “30 Years to Life,” “Too Far Gone,” “Dirty Girl,” “Safari Inn,” “The Unholy” and ten others. Hear all the songs on World on Fire by picking up the album on Tuesday.· _________________________________
DAVID CROSBY UPSET OVER NEIL YOUNG’S DIVORCE
Neil Young recently filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 40 years, and the singer’s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmate, David Crosby, is talking about the split, telling the Idaho Stateman that he isn’t fond of Neil’s new girlfriend, who is rumored to be actress Daryl Hannah. David said, “I happen to know that he’s hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now. And that’s Karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I’m just sad about it. I’m always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter.” Crosby went on to say how he would never break his marriage vows and loves his wife of 37 years.
SEGER REVEALS RIDE OUT TRACKLIST
Bob Seger’s long-awaited new album, Ride Out, comes out on October 14th, and we now know the songs on the effort. Among the ten tracks are tunes like “Hey Gypsy,” “Adam and Eve,” “California Stars,” “All of the Roads,” and the first single, “Detroit Made.” There are also three bonus songs that appear on the deluxe version of the set. You can learn more at BobSeger.com and if you pre-order Ride Out now, you’ll get instant downloads of “Detroit Made” as well as the song “You Take Me In.”
GET A BON JOVI COFFEE TABLE BOOK
If that Bon Jovi fan in your life has a coffee table with nothing on it, listen up! There’s a new coffee table book out called Bon Jovi: Work and it features rare, behind-the-scenes photos of the band shot during Bon Jovi’s world tours from 2010 to 2013 by David Bergman, the group’s official tour photographer. It boasts 210-pages and weighs nearly five-pounds. Get it now for 60 bucks exclusively at BonJovi.com/Work.
SEE ANTHRAX IN CHILE ON DVD ON TUESDAY
In May of 2013, Anthrax played a career-spanning show in Santiago, Chili and on Tuesday, you can get the set on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s called Chile on Hell and features songs from the band’s entire catalog, including hits like “I Am The Law,” “Madhouse,” “The Devil You Know,” “I’m Alive” and many others. Pick up Chile on Hell on Tuesday.
AUDIOSLAVE’S CORNELL AND MORELLO TO REUNITE FOR A GIG
It’s been seven years since Audioslave broke up and since then, singer Chris Cornell hasn’t played live with guitarist Tom Morello, but that is set to change this month. The pair will take the stage together at a benefit show in Seattle that brings awareness to 15 Now, the grassroots organization that successfully fought for a 15-dollar minimum wage in Seattle and hopes to do the same across the country. Chris will make a guest appearance during Tom’s set at the September 26th event.