Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rock Talk - Steve Hackett & Rick Springfield

Part 1 1. Genesis - I know what I like in your wardrobe 2. Genesis - The carpet crawlers 3. Genesis - Firth of fifth Part 2 1. Rick Springfield - Jessie's girl 2. Rick Springfield - Don't talk to strangers 3. Rick Springfield - Rock of life 4. Rick Springfield - Human touch 5. Soundgarden - Black hole sun 6. Chris Cornell - You know my name

Brit Rock 27th May

1. U2 - The fly 2. Def Leppard - Animal 3. L7 - Pretend we're dead 4. Johnny Cash - Hurt 5. Gregg Allman - Midnight rider 6. Lynyrd Skynyrd - The ballad of Curtis Loew 7. Ghosts Of Social Networks - Outside the wheel 8. This Party - Lover 9. 10,000 Maniacs - Candy everybody wants 10. Soundgarden - Black hole sun 11. Audioslave - Like a stone 12. Chris Cornell - You know my name 13. Chris Cornell - Nearly forgot my broken heart 14. Blink 182 - I miss you 15. The Rasmus - In the shadows 16. Fountains Of Wayne - Stacey's mum 17. The Darkness - Love is only a feeling 18. Bowling For Soup - 1985 19. The Killers - All the things that I've done 20. Green Day - Boulevard of broken dreams 21. Velvet Revolver - Fall to pieces 22. Marillion - Fantastic place 23. ELO - 10538 overture 24. Paul Weller - The changing man Hour three continues our look at artists in the rock and roll hall of fame 1. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 2. Aerosmith - Love in an elevator 3. Fleetwood Mac - Big love 4. Bob Dylan - Tangled up in blue 5. Queen - One vision 6. Cheap Trick - Surrender 7. The Eagles - Take it easy 8. Elton John - The bitch is back 9. Grateful Dead - Touch of grey 10. Alice Cooper - Ballad of Dwight Fry 11. Kiss - Beth 12. Heart - All I wanna do is make love to you

Today in rock history 25th May

1948 - Klaus Meine-singer for The Scorpions born in Germany 1950 – Born today, Robby Steinhardt-violinist for Kansas 1965 - Dave Davies, guitarist for The Kinks stumbled onto drummer Mick Avory’s cymbal and was knocked unconscious during a concert in London. 1969 - The Who & Led Zeppelin performed on the same bill for the only time at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. 1978 - The Who performed a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Film Studios for their documentary The Kids Are Alright. This would be Keith Moon’s last performance with The Who. 1983 – This Day in Dio: Dio release their Holy Diver album. 1988 – Frank Zappa must have had a great agent. Because he’s invited to perform during the opening night of the historic Reagan/Gorbachev summit in Moscow. But he also had lousy business sense. Zappa declined. 1989 – “Weird Al” Yankovic records “She Drives Like Crazy” and “Isle Thing” for the UHF soundtrack. 1990 - Lou Gramm departed Foreigner. Guitarist Mick Jones said Gramm’s departure was due to Gramm’s solo work conflicting with Foreigner’s commitments. Gramm later re-joined Foreigner in 1992 before departing again in 2003. 1997 – The day after his 56th birthday, Bob Dylan is admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains. What’s feared to be a heart attack turns out to be a case of histoplasmosis, or an inflammation of the sac around his heart. He cancels a European tour. 2000 – In Houston, Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The hospital says that the tests are routine, and that the guitarist is not ill. 2000 – Paul McCartney wins the ultimate accolade from Britain’s music industry when he is awarded the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award during the annual Ivor Novello awards in London. 2000 – The 21st annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards are webcast live via the House Of Blues website. 2003 – Mars Volta keyboardist Jeremy Ward is found dead of a suspected drug overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was 27. 2004 – Courtney Love pleads guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a charge stemming from a 2003 arrest. She is now eligible for a sentence that would require her to attend a drug treatment program instead of going to jail. 2004 – In a surprising move, Vermont-based jam band Phish announces that it plans to split following the conclusion of its summer tour in August. 2006 – Legendary songwriting and producing team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, electro-rock outfit New Order and veteran pop siblings the Bee Gees are among the honorees at the 51st Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters. 2007 – Wayne Fontana of the 60’s group, “Mindbenders”, was taken into custody. Wayne admitted to pouring petrol on a bailiff’s vehicle and setting it on fire.

Today in rock history 24th May

1941 – Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) is born in Duluth, Minn. 1947 – Born today, Albert Bouchard-drummer for Blue Oyster Cult 1963 – Guitarist Elmore James, who influenced blues boom bands like Fleetwood Mac, dies in Chicago from a heart attack. More than 400 blues musicians attended his funeral. 1964 – On The Ed Sullivan Show tonight, the Beatles appear in a previously taped performance of “You Can’t Do That” from the set of A Hard Day’s Night. 1965 – John Lennon publishes his second volume of prose, A Spaniard in the Works, in England. 1968 – Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested on charges of marijuana possession. The same day the Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” 1969 – Born today, Rich Robinson-guitarist for The Black Crowes 1979 – Patrons looking to buy tickets to Genesis’ benefit show at L.A.’s Roxy are surprised to find the band itself manning the box office. Proceeds from the show go to local hospitals. 1982 – Jefferson Starship, the Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe McDonald play San Francisco’s Moscone Center to raise money for the Vietnam Veterans Project. 1982 – Drummer Topper Headon leaves the Clash 1988 – OU812 (Van Halen) is released this day 1991 – Byrds co-founder and Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Gene Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46. 1994 - Poison singer Bret Michaels lost control of his Ferrari & crashed into a telephone pole in Burbank, CA. Michaels broke his thumb, nose & collarbone, lost four teeth, cracked his sternum, & received a hairline fracture of his upper jawbone. 1998 – In an official ceremony backstage prior to Van Halen’s show at the CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaims May 24th Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. Each member of the band is given a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell. 1999 – An online audience watches David Bowie write and record the song “What’s Really Happening” in a Webcast. 2004 – Bruce Springsteen’s lawyers shut down an online auction of what purports to be the Boss’ birth certificate. 2005 – Rock act Motley Crue files suit against NBC, arguing the network violated the group’s free speech rights and hurt its concert and album sales. 2005 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale. 2012 – Elton John cancels shows to “The Million Dollar Piano” Last weekend Elton was treated for respiratory infection that triggered the cancelations.

Today in rock history 23rd May

1934 – Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser, is born 1946 – Born on this day, Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band 1947 – Born on this day, Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra 1963 – The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema, Nottingham, England. 1967 – Pink Floyd went into the studio and recorded ‘See Emily Play’, the group’s second single and written by original frontman Syd Barrett. 1967 -Philip James Selway, drums, Radiohead, is born 1970 – Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. 1970 – The Beatles album ‘Let It Be’ started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart, featuring ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Across The Universe’ and ‘Let It Be.’ 1970 – The Grateful Dead gives its first performance outside the U.S., a four-hour set at the Hollywood Rock Festival in the U.K. 1973 – Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban. 1974 – George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Dark Horse.’ 1975 – Led Zeppelin started a three night run at Earl’s Court, London, England. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70) – £2.50 ($4.25). 1978 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea’s Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. 1979 – Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing is partly the result of a dispute with Petty’s record label, which had been purchased by MCA. 1980 – Saxon and Tygers Of Pan Tang kicked off a 22-date UK tour at Bristol Coliston Hall. Tickets, £2.00-£3.00. 1987 – The Beastie Boys and Run DMC opened their UK tour in London. 1991 – Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. 1992 – A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million/$17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin. 2000 – “Binaural,” Pearl Jam’s long-awaited sixth studio album hits U.S. store shelves. 2000 – Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins announces that the Seattle-based rock group will officially break up at year’s end. 2003 – Moody’s Investor Service warns $55 million worth David Bowie Bonds may be downgraded due to the record industry’s sales slump. 2006 – The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music. 2010 – The Rolling Stones re-release, “Exile On Main Street”, and hit the UK No. 1 Album chart for the first time in 16 years.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Today in rock history 22nd May

1950 – Bernie Taupin is born 1954 – Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) has his bar mitzvah. 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London with his 14 year old bride. At Heathrow Airport he is cornered by the press and Jerry answers all their questions concerning his new found Bride and 3rd cousin, Myra Lewis. The arrival was meant to kick off his British tour, but the controversial news so shocked the public that Jerry was forced to cancel the tour! 1962 – Jesse Valenzuela, Gin Blossoms, is born 1965 – The Beatles hit No. 1 with “Ticket To Ride” on the US charts 1966 – Bruce Springsteen, at age 16, begins his songwriting career in the back of a ’61 Mercury en route to a recording studio. He and George Theiss, the lead singer in the Boss’ first band, the Castiles, co-write “That’s What You Get” and “Baby I.” 1971 – The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” Hit No. 1 Today in the US . Artwork for the cover was create by Andy Warhol which consisted of a zipper that when unzipped revealed an image of Joallesandro’s Privates in some briefs and tight jeans. Fan frenzy proceeded believing that the image was really Mick Jagger’s. Also on the album is the “Tounge and Lip” trademarked design by John Pasche which has become the Rolling Stones Icon. 1979 - Cheap Trick received their first Platinum album for At Budokan, which was initially only released in Japan & only released in the U.S. after import copies sold well. 2000 - The ASCAP awarded Steely Dan the Founders Award, the ASCAP’s top honor for lifetime achievement in songwriting. 2001 - Motley Crue released their autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. 2002 – Southern California alt-metal band Alien Ant Farm’s tour bus is involved in a highway crash in Spain, resulting in the Deaths of the hired bus driver and injuries to the band and crew. 2006 – Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented during a nationally televised ceremony from Konserthuset, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert hall, where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is held. 2009 – White Stripes drummer Meg White marries Jackson Smith. They tied the knot at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White’s Nashville home. 2011 - Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested on assault charges at his home in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Vincent allegedly smacked his wife in the face & dragged her through a pile of broken glass. Cops also found four dead dogs at the scene. 2011 - Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made his second appearance on The Simpsons where he appeared as himself. 2011 – The end of the world was Heralded in today when Spinal Tap’s drummer, Butch Bangin’, spontaneously exploded today which started a chain reaction that began with all drummers.

Today in rock history 21st May

1943 – Born on this day, Vincent Crane, keyboards, The Crazy world of Arthur Brown 1943 – Born on this day, John Dalton, The Kinks 1943 - Hilton Valentine-guitarist for The Animals is born today 1955 – Born on this day, Stan Lynch, drums, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1963 – The Beatles, recorded record two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. 1971 – UK rock group Free announced that they were splitting up. 1973 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Frankenstein,” The Edgar Winter Group. 1979 – Elton John started a tour of Russia, the first Western star ever to do so. 1980 – Joe Strummer of the Clash is arrested at a Hamburg, West Germany, show after smashing his guitar over the head of an unruly audience member. 1980: - Bob Dylan performed his final gospel show in Dayton, OH. A second show there was canceled due to poor ticket sales. 1980 – Five Jimi Hendrix Gold discs were stolen from The Electric Ladyland studios in California. 1983 - Def Leppard made their first and only appearance on American Bandstand where they performed “Photograph” & “Rock of Ages”. 1983 – David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, his second US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. 1996 - Styx and Kansas kicked off a three-month tour at the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. This was Styx’s first tour with their classic lineup in 13 years. 2000 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and model Mary Forsberg, are wed in Los Angeles. 2001 – U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2007 – Former singer with Creed, Scott Stapp was arrested at his Florida home and charged with assault. The 33-year-old was held without bail following the charges, which related to a domestic assault. 2008 - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler checked into Las Encinas Hospital rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, CA to recover from multiple leg surgeries.