A new song tease from Ann Wilson's Immortal, due on 9/14 is the Lesley Gore '63 track You Don't Own Me. In an interview w/ Billboard, Ann said “I think that song has come to be way more universal now. It could be the anthem of anyone who wants respect, anyone at all, not just women."
Pink Floyd's YouTube channel recently had an addition. The track One Of These Days (from 1971's Meddle) showed up in animated form. The video was created by British artist and filmmaker Ian Emes – Pink Floyd’s original animator.
The US Festival is a legendary event from the 80s. It was like the second-coming of Woodstock. Apple's Steve Wozniak was the event's brainchild (as with many other things) and brought together Fleetwood Mach, the Talking Heads, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Cars and a slew of other performers. Woz's goal was to "...create something that was a true celebration of Americana, cultivating positive vibes and building a deep sense of community through the power of technology and music.”
He talked about it quite a bit in his book I Woz and I already ordered my copy.
The Us Generation: The Making Of the 1982 Us Festival will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Aug. 10. Order it from Amazon by clicking here
Foreigner played the Sturgis Bike Rally on August 4 at the Buffalo Chip, combining original members w/ the current lineup. They also announced four additional dates coming up later this year with the original members. Read more here on the Sturgis show.
As far as the reunion dates go, they're nowhere near us.
Nov. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov. 10 – Rancho Mirage, CA @ Agua Caliente Casino
Nov. 30 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock
Dec. 1 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Someone used the '92 video game Mario Paint to create a version of Africa. With the Toto / Weezer musical back & forth that's going on, it found its way into the news.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of YES
Ever need to share a G&R song with someone who might not appreciate the rock version?
I still love this. After Weezer paid tribute to Toto by covering Africa, Toto returned the favor with a cover of Hash Pipe. Yep, the story is a week old and we already talked about it on the air but a couple stories back, I started thinking about it again :D
Here's what's wrong with the music industry. The people who are doing all the work aren't getting their fair share. From the article: "U.S. listeners are spending more money on music than ever before: over $20 billion a year. Total music revenues — including from on-demand streams, CD sales, radio play, live events, advertising — have risen to about $43 billion a year. Of that, artists only take home $5 billion, or about 12 percent."
Bob Dylan is hitting the road this fall. Nothing in our area (yet) but it's nice to know he still has the drive to put it out there.
Heading to the UK any time soon? Make sure you take time to visit the Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) drum store Drum One
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A story surfaced last week about AC/DC sightings in Vancouver and the author surmised that since the band had recorded their last three albums there, it was likely they were recording some more? Maybe this time with Axl Rose? You can read the story here.
Nick Mason is shooting to bring Saucerful of Secrets, his UK Supergroup that pays tribute to the early days of Pink Floyd to the stages.
A new book on Deep Purple is coming out and the timing coincides with 25th anniversary of Richie Blackmore's last appearance with the band.
Have some cash to spare? The guitar played by George Harrison during the Beatles’ final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool is expected to sell for as much as $500,000 at auction in September.
Given the asinine decision process the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame uses, combined with the views of people like Dave Marsh, I don't think I would ever see the day that Twisted Sister was voted in. Dee Snider says the band doesn't meet the mark and shouldn't go in.
Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood on Lindsey Buckingham: "We just weren't happy"
Foreigner's August 4th reunion at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Bike Rally has prompted the announcement of even more reunion shows. The "special celebrations" will take place later this year.
Just before their appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival last week, Judas Priest was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History.