Although work continues on the next Rolling Stones studio album -- Mick Jagger admits that it's still a long way's away from release. The Stones' last all-original collection was 2005's A Bigger Bang, and they've been frequently recording since 2012. 2016's Grammy Award-winning Blue And Lonesome set was actually recorded in the midst of the Stones' original album sessions.
During his recent chat with Apple Music, Mick Jagger revealed that the band knows a new Stones album in this day and age will be a major event -- and is leaving nothing to chance as they cull their best material: "It's so long ago, that you want it to be really good. So, I don't want it to just be a good album -- I want it to be great (laughs), y'know? So, I'm very hard on myself, y'know, if I write something, or if I write something with Keith (Richards), or whatever -- it can't just be good. We've been recording and we've got some really good stuff -- But, I mean, don't hold your breath."
New York Stones fan Carl Denaro made the trip down to Charlotte to catch the band last week at Bank Of America Stadium. He told us he's still amazed by the band -- especially Mick Jagger: "I tell you, it was everything I hoped for -- and maybe even better. Y'know, when you talk about music, you hate to lead with the guy's physical ability; but the guy's 78-years-old, he's got more energy than a 20-year-old. He was sometimes running so fast, you couldn't even keep track of where he was on the stage. It was unbelievable."Continue Reading
Foo Fighters will once again be issuing a new seven-inch 45 r.p.m. single for the upcoming Record Store Day on November 26th. The single -- "Making A Fire (Mark Ronson Re-Version)" b/w "Chasing Birds (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version)" -- features two "Re-Versioned" tracks from the band's 2021 chart-topping Medicine At Midnight album. The upcoming single is limited to 9,500 copies
The "Making A Fire (Re-Version)" includes contributions from members of the Dap-Kings, the Budos Band, Antibalas, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more.
The "Chasing Birds (Re-Version)" features appearances by from Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Clint Maedgen, Walter Harris, Branden Lewis, and Ronnell Johnson, among others.Continue Reading
Ringo Starr, "Mighty" Max Weinberg, Stewart Copeland, Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, along with more than 100 other musicians, have joined forces for a new cover version of the Beatles' "Come Together" to help end world hunger.
Rolling Stone reported, "The 'Drum Together' clip was organized by WhyHunger, and along with Starr, Weinberg, and Cameron, it features drummers like Jim Keltner, Steve Gadd, Cindy Blackman Santana, and 11-year-old prodigy Nandi Bushell. While a massive coalition of percussionists (including an orchestra timpanist) create the base for this epic rendition of 'Come Together,' the meticulously stitched-together performance also features an array of other musicians from guitarists and pianists to trombonists and trumpeters."
Ringo said in a statement: "We all can agree that no kid should be hungry, and everyone should have access to nutritious food. This is a great cause that I've supported in the past and a great track -- one of my favorite Beatles songs. So when Jim Keltner asked me to join all these other drummers I was happy to."
Matt Cameron told Rolling Stone: "It's incredibly rewarding to be a part of such a unique collaboration for an important cause. There's nothing like the power of a good beat, and it's great to see that so many musicians across so many genres and backgrounds were able to come together to support WhyHunger's mission."
Among the musicians spotted in the clip were Nic Collins, Anton Fig, Kenny Aronoff, Gregg Bissonette, the Bangles' Debbi Peterson, bassists Nathan East and Lee Sklar, and many more.
Legendary producer Don Was, who first worked with Ringo during the sessions for the former Beatle's 1992 Time Takes Time collection, told us that he always jumps at the chance to play with Ringo: "As a musician, when you finally get to play music with him, it's one of the most distinctive feels, y'know? His feel is just, it's such a unique fingerprint of where to lay the beat and where to play it. And, like, in the first few minutes of the first few songs, I thought, 'Oh man! You couldn't have had those Beatles records without this guy.' There's a musical personality that's so strong. I think he's one of the great rock n' roll drummers of all time."Continue Reading
It was 58 years ago today (October 5th, 1963) that Beach Boys guitarist and co-founder David Marks played his final concert as a full member of the band. Marks, who grew up across the street from future Beach Boys' Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, was only 15 at the time of his final show, which took place at San Diego's Balboa Park Bowl.
Marks, who began making music with the Wilsons as a pre-teen, was a member of the Beach Boys from 1961 to 1963 and one of the five names on the band's original contract to Capitol Records. He performed on the group's first five albums, including the hits "Surfer Girl," "409," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfin' Safari," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Little Saint Nick," "Catch A Wave," "Be True To Your School," and "Surfin' U.S.A." Marks, who was part of the Beach Boys' 2012 50th anniversary tour, toured in 2013 with Brian Wilson as part of his joint trek with Jeff Beck. Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and '70s-era Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin were also on board. Marks has also joined up several times with Mike Love's touring version of the band for a string of overseas dates.
David Marks quit the Beach Boys in 1963 due to his frustration at not having his own music incorporated into the act, and over frictions with the Beach Boys' manager, the Wilson brothers' father Murry Wilson. Marks, who's now a sober, happily married family man and world renowned for his guitar work, told us that it's only in recent years that he's able to look back clearly at his exit from the group back in '63: "I let those guys down when I quit the band. I did. I never really thought of how it affected them, but looking back, it had a profound effect on Brian, for one, because he was forced to come back on the road -- which was his worst nightmare -- and bummed him out, because he wanted to stay home and write and produce records."
Marks and Beach Boys historian Jon Stebbins recently co-authored Marks' autobiography chronicling the band's early days, called The Lost Beach Boy. Stebbins shed some light on Marks' exit from what was -- at that point -- the hottest rock and roll band in America: "Basically, Murry had been needling him for a long time. I mean, this had been an ongoing thing where Murry was giving David a hard time. And David, you've got to remember is a 14-year-old kid; he's not exactly a show-business veteran. Y'know, Mike Love and Brian were in their early-'20s; 19, 20, 21 at this point -- they're a lot older, a lot more mature. Yeah, Murry kind of set him up. I think, in a sense. But you've gotta give David credit, 'cause he stuck to it."
After splitting from the Beach Boys, Marks formed his solo band the Marksmen and became one of the first acts signed to A&M Records. Later on he played in the late '60s psychedelic and jazz-inspired band the Moon, and went on to attend classes at Boston's Berklee School of Music before becoming a session guitarist.
Although Marks had initially kept in touch with his former bandmates, as the '60s progressed he had pretty much lost touch with the group. In 1971 he was surprised to receive a phone call from Mike Love, urging him to rejoin the band: "He just thought that it was a good idea that I started touring with the band. And I guess Carl, grudgingly, went along with him. I went up to Brian's (house) and was going to be in the band. But Carl informed me that I was going to be the bass player in the band, and proceeded to try to get me to do, y'know, '(Help Me) Rhonda,' and 'Dance, Dance, Dance.' So, he sat at the piano and we played those songs and I played the bass. And I really didn't feel comfortable. I wasn't focused on that kind of music."
In the early '70s, Marks occasionally would pop onstage at Beach Boys concerts. In the early '90s, he contributed to Brian Wilson's unreleased album Sweet Insanity.
Marks rejoined the Beach Boys in 1997 and stayed for three years. After regrouping with the original Beach Boys for the 2012 Top Three comeback album, That's Why God Made The Radio, he amazed audiences with his guitar work during this year's 50th Anniversary Tour, where he took lead vocals on such Beach Boys classics as "Hawaii," "Getcha Back," and his show-stopping solo guitar spotlight -- "Pet Sounds."
Mike Love says that after years of watching him battle his demons, Marks is a pleasure to be around: "David Marks, y'know unfortunately he got involved in alcohol and drugs, and so on like that, like too many people have in the music business. But he is so intelligent and such a great artist, too. I mean, he's really gifted at guitar and a really great person, and fun as could be. Whenever we've hung out together it's nonstop fun."
Of all the Beach Boys, Al Jardine performs most often with Marks and says that he's impressed with their onstage chemistry: "Dave's a great guy, he really is. He's a nice, nice man. He's grown into a man from a boy. He's become a real gentleman; it's been nice working with him. He has a little self-confidence issue. He needs to step forward. . . He needs to grow into his own skin, but he's getting there. He's been under the radar for a long time."
Brian Wilson clearly has a deep connection to David Marks and told us he loves being around him both on and off the stage: "David is a very, very, good musician. He's a good singer and he's a very, very good musician. And he loves playing on my shows -- he loves it."
Jon Stebbins says that Marks, who quit the Beach Boys after their first five albums, hates being compared inaccurately to the Beatles' drummer Pete Best, who was fired prior to the group recording their first single: "It's funny, it's like the only thing in the world that gets his hackles up. Y'know he's the easiest going guy on earth, but one thing is, 'Don't call me Pete Best.' Y'know, you just need to point out to these people when they mention it, (that) Pete Best played on no Beatles hits. He played on none of their hit albums, none of their hit singles. And David played on all of these iconic Beach Boys singles."
Out now is David Marks' latest album, called Back In The Garage. The collection -- which features Marks backed by the renowned surf band the a-Phonics from Valencia, Spain -- includes newly recorded takes on Marks' classic tunes by the Beach Boys and the Marksmen.
Also recently released is the 17-track compilation David Marks & The Marksmen The Ultimate Collector's Edition 1963 To '65.Continue Reading
It was 59 years ago today (October 5th, 1962) that the Beatles' first single "Love Me Do"'/"P.S. I Love You" was released on EMI's Parlophone Records in England. Although the song went on to top the U.S. charts two years later, its initial release in 1962 saw the Beatles score a sizable, but still minor, Top 20 hit with "Love Me Do" peaking at a respectable Number 17. The song, which was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney was far from being one of their most recent collaborations, having been written along with the duo's first batch of songs from 1957 and 1958.
The history of the "Love Me Do" single is one of the more confusing sagas in the Beatles' history. After the group's June 6th, 1962 audition -- in which a runthrough of "Love Me Do" was taped -- producer George Martin, who was unhappy with then-drummer Pete Best's playing, told the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein that he would be using a session drummer for future work with the band. Despite that, when the Beatles -- with new drummer Ringo Starr -- showed up to their first proper session on September 4th, a version of "Love Me Do" was recorded with Ringo behind the drums.
Unsatisfied with Ringo's performance, for their September 11th session, Martin hired studio ace Andy White to drum on the two sides of the single -- with Ringo being relegated to tambourine on "Love Me Do" and maracas on "P.S. I Love You." Despite George Martin's dissatisfaction with the first version of "Love Me Do," the original Ringo recording from September 4th was accidentally released as the original single version -- and was the version that shot the song up the British hit parade. The mix-up wasn't noticed until the song had long peaked on the charts and was replaced by the "Andy White" version for the Please Please Me album in March 1963 and single's second UK pressing about a month later. The actual master and mixdown tapes of the "Ringo" version of "Love Me Do" have long been lost and the version that's now included in the Beatles' catalogue was taped from a collector's pristine mint version of the single.
Shortly before his 2016 death, George Martin recalled the confusion surrounding Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best between the band's audition and first sessions: "I didn't even know the guy was coming. I'd had this fellow, Pete Best, and I didn't. . . I thought we could do better and I booked a good session drummer (Andy White) to replace him, and then the boys turn up with a fellow called 'Ringo Starr.' And they say, 'He's our new drummer.' And I said, 'No, no he's not. I booked this fellow. We're paying good money for this chap. I'll let your fellow in later on, but I want to be sure of this track.'"
Having two versions of "Love Me Do" remains confusing for even the "Fab Four" with Ringo Starr confusing his performance on the single version as opposed to the album track. He remembered his disappointment of being sidelined at the "Love Me Do" session: "I was devastated! I came down ready to roll, and (soft, serious voice) 'We've got Andy White, the professional drummer.' But it was, it was devastating. And then we did that -- which Andy plays on, and then we did the album -- which I play on. So Andy wasn't doing anything so great. He wasn't doing anything so great I couldn't copy when I did the album."
Paul McCartney recalled one of George Martin's first duties as the band's producer: "On the first recording session, we did 'Love Me Do.' And in the middle of the session, it suddenly turned out that I had to sing one of the lines that I hadn't sung in rehearsal. 'Cause John had been playing harmonica; he used to go (sings) 'wah, wah, wah -- Love Me Do,' and George wanted it continuous, so he gave me this 'Love Me Do' line. So, I'm suddenly, 'Oh God, oh, no!' -- and I'm quaking with nerves."
The late-Geoff Emerick, who worked with the Beatles throughout their career and became their primary engineer with 1966's Revolver album, first met the Beatles in 1962 during his second day on the job, while the group was recording "Love Me Do." He told us that he was immediately struck by how unique their humor and personalities were: "They were down in the studio. 'Cause it was the second day that I had been there. And I just liked the vibe, y'know the happy vibe. It was completely different, because it's like their attitude was against the establishment -- although George Martin had some decorum within the control room, an air of decorum. And it's like these kids down in the studio clowning around, y'know?"
In 1963 John Lennon recalled the success of the group's first single: "The best thing was it came into the charts in two days. And everybody thought it was a fiddle 'cause our manager's stores send in these, what are they, record things -- returns. And everybody down south thought, 'Ah-ha, he's buying them himself, or he's just fiddling the charts' -- but he wasn't."
George Harrison remembered that although not a blockbuster, "Love Me Do's" noticeable success laid a foundation for future works: "It got to, whatever, 17 within the following weeks after it came out. And then and I don't recall, it probably died up and went. But, it meant the next time we went back to EMI, they were really more friendly, 'Oh, hello lads, yes, okay.'"
One old friend of the band's who wasn't able to enjoy in the success of "Love Me Do" was Pete Best, who was replaced by Ringo Starr 17 days before the first session for "Love Me Do." Best, who says that he has had no substantial contact with any of the Beatles since the night before he was fired, told us that he feels Ringo walked into a much cushier job than he did upon joining the Beatles: "Y'know, when you think about it, the first trip out to Hamburg, (Germany), we were playing six, seven hours a night. And I think actually, when (laughs) Ringo joined they were playing 20 minutes, half-an-hour sessions, or something like that. So, I did a lot of the spade work, put the long hours in and he was the one who picked up the glory."
Paul McCartney's most recent dates have seen "Love Me Do" -- in its original arrangement -- finally make its way into his concert setlist. Back in 1990, McCartney had very briefly performed a funk-based medley of "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" as "P.S. Love Me Do" during the Japanese leg and the initial shows on the tour's second North American leg.
"Macca" chatted with Rolling Stone, and was asked what was the latest Beatles classic to be added to the show. McCartney said: "'Love Me Do.' People have asked me through the years -- David Bowie said, 'Why don't you do 'Love Me Do'?' I thought, 'Well, because it's a little song.' But enough people said they liked it for me to go, 'We'll rehearse it. And if in rehearsal it sucks, then no.' In actual fact, it was great. Now it's a big favorite."Continue Reading
A new book that will detail every song that KoRn has ever written will be released next month. According to NME.com, the book is entitled Korn: Every Album, Every Song and it is written by author Matt Karpe.
The book will take a deep-dive into the lyrics, song compositions and stories behind every track ever penned by the band. It includes B-sides, standalone singles, unreleased material, and songs that have only ever featured on film and gaming soundtracks. The book will also chronicle the band's history via the song profiles.
Korn: Every Album, Every Song will be released in the UK on November 25th and the rest of the world on January 28th, 2022.Continue Reading
John Mellencamp spoke candidly about his relationship with Bruce Springsteen and their recent collaboration, which includes the pair's new duet, "Wasted Days."
While chatting with SiriusXM's E Street Radio, Mellancamp recalled the first time the two shared a stage back in the day: "In the '80s, I was playing down in Laguna Beach, (California). Bruce came up on stage with me and played 'Way Back Then.' I've played with a lot of people, but I always thought the one thing that I had going for me was on stage, that I had a certain charisma on stage and that, that's how we got over, because I wasn't afraid to make a fool of myself."
He went on to recall: "Bruce came on stage. . . And I remember this, he was the only guy that I ever sang with -- and I've sang with a lot of people -- that I could feel his presence next to mine. I always felt like, y'know, whoever I was singing with that I was overshadowing them because of my presence. But when Springsteen came on stage, it was like, 'Jesus Christ, this guy's got some energy.'"
Mellencamp went on to discuss his long relationship with "The Boss": "I would consider Bruce, now, one of my better friends in the music business. Bruce and I talk quite a bit. He and I relate to each other because we've had similar experiences of growing up in a small town, and y'know, starting out, and being bandleaders. 'Cause, y'know, Bruce -- y'know, for guys like me -- I'm a couple of years younger than him -- he put down a big footprint, y'know, and he said, 'Fill it.' And it inspired a lot of guys to work a little bit harder."Continue Reading
Roger Daltrey launches a new podcast on Tuesday (October 5th), called The Real Me. The Who fromtman, tapped the band's Quadrophenia classic for the title and theme of the show, which "features teen cancer patients not only talking about their stories but presenting songs they've written and performed." All proceeds from the podcast go to the Who's patron U.S. charity, Teen Cancer America.
Daltrey, who's set for a 12-date full-band UK tour kicking off next month, told Rolling Stone, due to venues dealing with backed up and rescheduled tours in the wake of the pandemic, the soonest the Who could be back on the road isn't until March 2022.
When pressed if the band was considering playing their 1971 masterpiece Who's Next in its entirety for the album's 50th anniversary, Daltery admitted he had little interest: "No, I don't see the point. Who's Next is a great album, but it's best left as a great album. Just playing albums live doesn't do anything for me, personally. The show we've got with the orchestra is fantastic, and the Who's catalog has so much varied stuff that makes it better than just listening to Who's Next. Why do that? Go and play the record and get stoned or whatever you wish and have a good time! That's a way to celebrate. You don't need us to do that."
Daltrey had to laugh when he was told about how in a recent interview Pete Townshend revealed he'd already started demoing songs for the Who's next album. When Daltrey was asked if that came as a surprise, he said, "Certainly is. I've just fallen off the chair! But there's a song on the last album we did, which I think is a fabulous album called Who. It's called 'Beads On One String.' And the opening line is, 'Don't you ever say never/It don't mean a thing.'"
Roger Daltrey, who's made raising awareness and money to combat teen cancer his life's mission, explained how and why teen cancer patients are hit extremely hard by the disease: "Teens, they get very rare cancers, generally -- some of the rarest cancers. Because of their age and the speed that they're growing, they get really aggressive cancers. The impact of the disease is worse. Plus the psychological effect; there they are just coming into the age where they're really gonna enjoy life and they get hit with this whammy."Continue Reading
It was 51 years ago today (October 4th, 1970) that Janis Joplin was found dead. After a long night of partying, Joplin's body was discovered in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood with fresh needle marks in her arm, and her death was ruled an accidental overdose. Joplin was 27-years-old, and at the time of her death was working on what became her final album, Pearl.
Last March, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of it topping the Billboard Hot 100, was the first official video for Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee." The clip, which was created in partnership with the Janis Joplin Estate and Columbia/Legacy Recordings, features the classic tune written by Kris Kristofferson, which in Joplin's death became her signature song. The new clip features elements included in the new book, Janis Joplin: Days & Summers - Scrapbook 1966-68, which was released in June.
Originally released on January 12th, 1971, Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee" from the posthumous Pearl album, became the second posthumous single in pop music history to reach Number One; the first was Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," in 1968.
The recent Joplin documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue, premiered in 2015 at the Venice Film Festival, before hitting PBS via its American Masters series. The doc is now available for digital download.
2018 saw the 50th anniversary of Big Brother & The Holding Company's major label debut and the double-disc release of Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills -- featuring the material that introduced the world to Janis Joplin. The set was issued under its original title, which was nixed by Columbia Records for being too controversial. Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills "restores the band's vision and intent in an essential new collection of 30 rare performances including 29 studio outtakes -- 25 previously unreleased -- from the mythic 1968 sessions that generated Big Brother & The Holding Company's Cheap Thrills." Highlights on the set include such Joplin & Big Brother classics as "Piece Of My Heart," "Ball And Chain," and "Summertime," among others.
Sadly, on February 12th, 2015, Joplin's closest musical collaborator, guitarist Sam Andrew -- who performed alongside her in both Big Brother & The Holding Company along with her solo band Kozmic Blues Band -- and was the primary musician that promoted and championed her work over the decades, died at 73 following complications from a heart attack.
In August 2014, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative Joplin "Forever" postage stamps as part of the USPS' ongoing "music icons series," and unique in that while purchased at the current first class rate, it will always be accepted as a first class stamp throughout the years and never need additional postage as rates increase.
In November 2013, Joplin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard. Among those who paid tribute to Joplin were Kris Kristofferson, record label exec Clive Davis -- who signed Joplin along with Big Brother & The Holding Company to Columbia Records, and Joplin's siblings, Michael and Laura.
Janis Joplin recalled her long road to personal and creative freedom: "I started singing when I was about 17. I listened to a lot of music first and one day I started singing, and I could sing. It was a surprise (laughs) -- to say the least. About '63, I couldn't stand Texas anymore and I went to California, ‘cause it's a lot freer, and you can, y'know, you can do what you wanna do and nobody bugs you."
Fans have often wondered since her 1970 death what Joplin would have gone on to do, and shortly before his death, her old friend and bandmate Sam Andrew told us that a very modest Joplin might have gone away from rock n' roll: "I think she would have gone through a couple of jazz standard albums, maybe -- I, I hope she would have, 'cause I loved the way she did 'Little Girl Blue' and 'Summertime,' and to hear a couple of albums of that kind of material would have been truly great. But mainly, I think she'd just be really tickled -- (does Joplin impression) 'They're still thinking about me? How can they be thinking about me? (laughs).'"
Andrews recalled that Joplin was a lot deeper than people might have gotten from her public image: "She was, like, real fast and real funny, and she had these colorful Texan expressions, and then behind there, there was an IQ maybe of 165 or something. She was just as bright as could be and interested in everything. And then, on top of that, she was punctual, which doesn't sound like an important thing when you're talking about a diva, but in day-to-day life it becomes really important. So, I just loved Janis a lot."
In 2008, in commemoration with Joplin's 65th birthday (January 19th), a historic marker was placed by one of her childhood homes in Port Arthur, Texas.
In 2012 it was announced that actress Amy Adams had signed on to portray Joplin in the upcoming biopic, Get It While You Can. Adams, a three-time Academy Award nominee, joins a long list of actors around Hollywood who either are, or have been, attached to different Joplin films in varying stages of pre-production -- including The Gospel According To Janis, which had Zooey Deschanel attached to it and a Sean Durkin-directed feature starring Nina Arianda. No start date has been announced for the biopic.
Actress Zooey Deschanel -- who at one point was on board to portray Joplin -- told us her research into the role has given her a deeper understanding of the legendary, yet ill-fated singer: "She's more recognized for her dysfunction than she is for, y'know, what she brought to the world of music and women in general. She was a strong woman in a time when the views of women were changing and I think she had a lot to do with that. She was a really smart person but because she had a lot of problems, that's what people focus on. That, to me, is her tragedy."
Janis Joplin's road manger John Cooke, who sadly discovered Joplin's lifeless body on October 4th, 1970, recalls the power of Joplin's live show: "People just hadn't heard a white girl sing the blues this way. If you hadn't heard Janis before and she came out and started singing you were just blown away."Continue Reading
- Guns N' Roses welcomed Wolfgang Van Halen on stage Saturday night (October 2nd) to play on their show-closing tune, "Paradise City." Van Halen's band Mammoth WVH has served as the tour's opening act and the Hollywood, Florida show at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino marked their first time Van Halen sat in with the band. Frontman, Axl Rose told the crowd: "Wolfgang Van Halen. Do you know how cool it is to say that? That's f***ing cool. You don't understand. We're talking legacy." (Loudwire)
- On Saturday night (October 2nd), Pearl Jam closed out their Ohana Music Festival appearance with an all-star rendition of Neil Young's 1989 classic, "Rockin' In The Free World." Joining the band onstage at the Dana Point, California gig was Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Sleater-Kinney, Brandi Carlile, actor Tim Robbins, tennis legend John McEnroe and rocker wife Patty Smyth, along with surfer Kelly Slater, among others. (Rolling Stone)
- During Ozzy Osbourne's latest appearance on SiriusXM's Ozzy's Boneyard, he revealed his new album will feature several guest musicians. Among the noted guitarists appearing on the set are Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath collaborator Tony Iommi, and former solo guitarist Zakk Wilde. (Blabbermouth)
- Dave Grohl revealed to the BBC, that although he was raised on and loved stadium rock as a kid, seeing Nirvana inch towards playing massive crowds left him uneasy: "You end up in this sort of conflicted ethical crisis. But I'm one of those people that just wants to share everything with everybody, whether it's pain or joy, a song or a drink. So I think I finally got to the point where I came to terms with it and got really into it. . . Still to this day when I see a new artist that's becoming popular, my initial reaction is concern. It's not an easy thing to find your way through that unscathed." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Out today (October 1st) is the Doobie Brothers' first new album in seven years, titled, Liberté. The album, which features Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, and John McFee, was produced by John Shanks, best known for his work with Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow.
We caught up with co-founder Tom Johnston, who explained the somewhat odd process the band took to record the new set: "We didn't do any work during the actual pandemic until vaccinations were available. It had been started in '19. I had gone in and done two or three tracks and then I played them for Pat and he liked 'em. And he went in and did a couple of tracks and everything got shut down. So, we picked up where we left off in May. And what started off as a four-song project ended up being a 12-song project."
The tracklisting to The Doobie Brothers' Liberté is:
"Don't Ya Mess With Me"
"Wherever We Go"
"The American Dream"
"We Are More Than Love"
"Just Can't Do This Alone"
"Amen Old Friend"
The Doobies are currently on tour with Michael McDonald back in the fold and play tonight (October 1st) in Spokane, Washington at the Spokane Arena.Continue Reading
The Rolling Stones have issued the lyric video to the latest teaser from the band's upcoming "Super Deluxe" edition of 1981's Tattoo You, which drops on October 22nd. This time out, the band has released its long-bootlegged -- but previously unreleased -- cover of the Chi-Lites' 1971 track, "Troubles A' Comin'."
The new version included on the set's Lost And Found bonus disc, which sports a new Mick Jagger lead vocal, keyboards, percussion on lead guitar by Ron Wood, was originally tracked during the 1979 sessions for the following year's Emotional Rescue album.
Around the time of Tattoo You's release, Keith Richards spoke about the Stones undying love of R&B: "Everyone in the band is very well grounded in that area of music, because that is at one time all that we used to play, y'know, faithfully (laughs), y'know? It was heresy to play anything else for a long time, y'know? After all the Stones' ambition as far as it went when it started, was three or four good pub gigs around London, and play rhythm & blues. But we couldn't see it getting any bigger than three or four back rooms of pubs, y'know?"
The Rolling Stones next perform on October 4th at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.Continue Reading
Four years ago, Saturday, (October 2nd, 2017) the rock word faced a particularly harsh blow with the sudden death of the legendary Tom Petty at age 66 at UCLA Medical Center, one day after suffering cardiac arrest at his home. Before the official announcement came down, fans had spent the better part of October 1st on tenterhooks as word was incorrectly leaked by law enforcement earlier in the day that Petty had died of a heart attack -- before it was retracted and announced that he was alive, yet unconscious and pulled off life support.
Petty had wrapped his 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers on September 25th, 2017 at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl. According to TMZ: "(Petty's wife) Dana York seemed confused and upset when she dialed 911 on Sunday, October 1st at around 10:45 PM. The dispatcher tried to get her to administer CPR, but Dana needed help. You hear another man take the phone but then Dana takes it back. She hears very soft breathing, tries CPR and it seems he breathes better. . . Tom was in full cardiac arrest and unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and put on life support but there was no brain activity. A chaplain came to administer last rights and he was taken off of life support."
The site posted that Petty was taken off life support and at "10:30 Monday morning (October 2nd), a chaplain was called to Tom's hospital room. We're told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he's still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer's death is inaccurate -- the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. handled the emergency."
According to a source close to Tom Petty, the Heartbreakers leader lived in near constant pain, with an unnamed insider telling Radaronline.com, "Tom hadn't been doing well for a while, and when the band got back from London, he seemed to be on his last legs. Back in the '90s, Tom had a very bad heroin habit, and it left him with muscle and bone pain. Recently, Tom had to be given vitamin B12 shots -- 30 or 40 units a day -- just to give him the energy to perform! Tom was in severe pain. He was due to have a hip replacement and was exhausted from working his butt off. . . His family begged him to rest up, but he vowed to finish the tour for his fans. Tom knew there wouldn't be any more shows. He wanted to go out on top. He blew the place away! Tom left it all on stage. Unfortunately, it cost him his life! Tom knew he gave everything he had to rock 'n' roll and his fans. He was ready to go."
Tom Petty's death was officially ruled an accidental overdose. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner stated the cause of death to be "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity." The report noted that Petty suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.
Prior to his death, Petty, who was suffering from a broken hip, "had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic (sleep aid) Restoril, and generic Celexa, (which treats depression).
The musician who was undoubtedly closets to Tom Petty was his partner in crime since the early-'70s, guitarist, collaborator, and co-producer Mike Campbell. Campbell, who along with Petty's family and Heartbreakers bandmates were at his bedside in his final hours, just recalled the scene at the hospital to Rolling Stone, "They had his hair straight. He was medicated and very still, but he looked like an angel. . . Sorry I'm crying. It's going to take me a while, but I'm at peace with the way we left things. . . It was more than friendship. It was almost like destiny or a divine power that brought us together."
Campbell is now part of Fleetwood Mac's touring unit, which includes Petty's 1989 Full Moon Fever classic "Free Fallin'" in the band's setlists.
Campbell, who was aware that Petty was dealing with hip pain during the band's final tour, revealed that he asked Petty about it, recalling, "I'd check on him and say, 'Are you OK?' He never said, 'I'm dying! I can't do this!' The worst he would say was, 'I can feel it, but I can do the show.' His face was always full of joy. After a while, I quit worrying about him."
Tom Petty, who had just wrapped the 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers, made no bones of the fact that whatever he had gotten as a musician over the decades was due to his connection and bond with his audience: "There were times when I really had to work and hustle. I never felt like a gotten a huge promo from the music business. I don't think they ever held me up and made things easy for me. My audience is what's made me survive, actually. It's actually the people we play to and that buy the records that have made us a sort of, contradiction."
Petty told us that he believed he was keeping up his end of the bargain to his fans each and every time he stepped onstage with the Heartbreakers: "I think there are a few that they expect to see -- 'Free Fallin',' and 'Refugee,' and 'Mary Jane's Last Dance.' I think this music was meant to be accessible to people. And when I was a young guy comin' up and an album was three bucks, and I'd go out and collect Coke bottles, or whatever, if I really had to have this album, I could raise three bucks and get it. And (concert) tickets were really cheap in those days. I don't want to play only to the elite. I'd like to play to everyone."
Tom Petty was laid to rest on October 16th, 2017 at a private service in Pacific Palisades, California at The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. Petty's daughter AnnaKim Violette Petty posted photos of the Lake Shrine on her Instagram account, including a shot of her and sister Adria Petty, writing: "We care about each other and love our bad ass father." Rolling Stone reported: "The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine previously hosted the funeral for Beatles legend -- and Petty's Traveling Wilburys bandmate -- George Harrison in 2001. Beyond the Shrine's Golden Lotus Archway notably sits the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial, which includes a 1,000-year-old Chinese stone sarcophagus holding a portion of Gandhi's ashes."
Among the close family friends shocked by the sudden loss of Tom Petty is George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison, who grew up with Petty as a constant in his life: "Y'know, we were all so close. As families we hung out; the Harrison's and the Petty's, y'know, I hang out with them. They've been my neighbors, they're my friends, y'know, they're my family. It's a huge, huge loss. I've spent a lot of time with the Heartbreakers in the last week. They're my family, y'know? And they've always really looked after me ever since my father passed away. And I spent a lot of time with Jeff (Lynne) this weekend -- it hasn't hit me yet how much I'm going to miss him. I just drove past his house a minute ago, and it's -- yeah, my heart's broken. I mean, I haven't felt an outpouring of grief and love like that since my father died."
Bruce Springsteen spoke about hearing of Petty's death, recalling to Rolling Stone: "I got the phone call and told the folks in my house. There were shrieks of horror. You couldn't quite believe it. We were from the same generation of rock & rollers. We started around the same time and had a lot of the same influences. And when I lived in California, I got to know him quite well. He was just a lovely guy who loved rock & roll and came up the hard way."
Unbeknownst to fans, Petty was bravely enduring his last string of dates with a hairline fracture in his hip. Keyboardist Benmont Tench said of Petty's final shows: "He was just kicking ass and we had found another level of playing as a band. There was a depth of soul coming through. I figured I'd get a call in a month or two: 'Tom wants to get together and jam some s*** out.'"
Mike Campbell said about the tour closer and final Heartbreakers concert at the Hollywood Bowl: "It was magical, it was spiritual. Everybody was so happy, especially Tom -- full of glory and hope. I'm just so sad to think that I'm not going to play those songs again."
2020 saw the release of the five-disc set collection, Wildflowers & All The Rest, restores Tom Petty's original broad concept of the watershed 1994 solo release. The compilation was curated by Tom's daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty and his wife Dana Petty, who were assisted by Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, with the project produced by Petty's longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate.
The Wildflowers & All The Rest "Deluxe Edition" features 15 home studio recordings made by Petty and is rounded-off with 14 live performances of songs from Wildflowers, recorded on various tours from 1995 to 2017, along with 16 studio recordings of alternate takes of Wildflower's songs.
In April, the Petty's released Finding Wildflowers (Alternate Versions). The 16-track collection, culled from the recent deluxe box set of Petty's 1994 solo Wildflowers album, includes alternate takes of such favorites as "You Wreck Me," "It's Good To Be King," "Honey Bee," and "Wildflowers"
Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making Of Wildflowers, the new Tom Petty documentary focusing on the sessions for Wildflowers album, will hit theaters on his birthday, October 20th. The one-night global celebration via Trafalgar Releasing, also includes encore screenings in select cinemas on October 21st.
The doc draws from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film showing Petty at work on the celebrated album. Fans can experience the film on the big screen with immersive surround-sound before YouTube Originals will make it available worldwide for free in full 4K resolution on Tom Petty's YouTube Channel later this year.
2018 saw the first posthumous Petty releases with the box set, titled An American Treasure. The set was curated by Adria and Dana Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Ryan Ulate. The 60-track career spanning box features classic hits and album tracks, alongside unreleased live and studio material.
Also released was The Best Of Everything, the first career-spanning collection to feature all of Tom Petty's hits with the Heartbreakers, his solo work, and side band Mudcrutch. The 38-track set includes two previously unreleased tracks -- "For Real" and the album's lead single -- an alternate version of the title track, "which restores a never-heard second verse to the song that was originally recorded for 1985's Southern Accents album."
The package also features an essay on Petty written especially for the collection by Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, author and journalist Cameron Crowe."
Tom Petty was born on October 20th, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida. One of his first guitar teachers was future Eagle Don Felder. His band Mudcrutch featured Tom Leadon, they younger brother of Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon. Petty is survived by his second wife Dana York, two adult daughters, Adria and AnnaKim, along with a stepson Dylan.
After splitting with his early band Mudcrutch and forming the Heartbreakers with drummer Stan Lynch and Ron Blair along with Mudcrutch holdovers -- guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench -- Petty's songs, often written with Campbell, have been a part of the American lexicon upon release -- including such instant classics as "The Waiting," "American Girl," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee," "Breakdown," "Listen To Her Heart," "Here Comes My Girl," "You Got Lucky," "A Woman In Love," "Love Is A Long Road," "Walls," "It's Good To Be King," "You Wreck Me," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "I Won't Back Down," "A Face In The Crowd," "You Don't Know How It Feels," "Jammin' Me," "Into The Great White Open," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "Yer So Bad," "Runnin' Down A Dream," "Learning To Fly," "Wildflowers," and many more.
In 1988 he teamed up with ELO's Jeff Lynne along with idols George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison to form the Traveling Wilburys, releasing two albums in 1988 and 1990. In 2008 he reformed Mudcrutch, releasing the band's self-titled album with a followup in 2016.
Tom Petty was honored with the 2017 MusiCares Person of The Year in Los Angeles. Petty touched upon his early days in the speech -- including his first meeting of future friends George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Petty recalled: "I got into town in 1974 and I was signed by Denny Cordell to Leon Russell's Shelter Records. Leon brought me over to his house. He liked the songs I'd done. He said, ‘If it comes to a thing where we need some words I need you to be here, and I'll pay you for it.' The first session, in comes George Harrison, Ringo and (drummer) Jim Keltner, and they didn't need any words because those cats are so cool."
Petty went on to say: "We were hanging out and I found myself slipping my sunglasses on. Leon said, ‘What the hell you doing with dark glasses, man?' I said, ‘I don't know, it feels cool. Like Jimmy Keltner, he has his.' He said, 'Wearing sunglasses at night is an honor you earn. Lou Adler had Johnny Rivers and the Mamas & The Papas before he put them glasses on. Jack Nicholson made really s**** Boris Karloff movies before he put the glasses on.' Well, I'm putting my glasses on but I thank Leon for that advice."
Tom Petty's greatest commercial success came with his 1989 debut album, Full Moon Fever, which featured Jeff Lynne's songwriting and production. Petty recalled to Rolling Stone how the album's signature track, "Free Fallin'" came to be: "Jeff Lynne and I were sitting around with the idea of writing a song and I was playing the keyboard and I just happened to hit on that main riff, the intro of the song, and I think Jeff said something like, 'That's a really good riff but there's one chord too many,' so I think I cut it back a chord and then, really just to amuse Jeff, honestly, I just sang that first verse. Then he starts laughing. Honestly, I thought I was just amusing Jeff but then I got to the chorus of the song and he leaned over to me and said the word, ‘freefalling.' And I went to sing that and he said, 'No, take your voice up and see how that feels.' So I took my voice up an octave or two, but I couldn't get the whole word in. So I sang 'freeee,' then 'free falling.' And we both knew at that moment that I'd hit on something pretty good."
Petty went on to recall, "It was that fast. He had to go somewhere, and I wrote the last verse and kind of just polished the rest of the song and when I saw him the next day I played him the song and he was like, 'Wow, you did that last night?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' And he said. 'We've got to go cut this,' and we just took off to Mike Campbell's studio where we knew we could get in and get it done that day. So we went in and made the record that day."
Tom Petty recalled the genesis of Full Moon Fever, which has sold five million copies in the U.S. alone: "I co-wrote most of them with Jeff, I wrote two of them by myself, and a couple of them were Jeff and Mike Campbell got involved to some extent. It was all different, like, sometimes I might've had the song done and Jeff would come up with the one brilliant chord that made it even more special, y'know?"
Mike Campbell explained that a track coming together in the studio nearly always lived or died by Petty's actual performance: "You'll find -- just ironically -- any time a vocal on a track is good, usually everybody steps up to it. It's rare that there's a great vocal and no one played that well on that take. It seems to spur everybody on. We found that if the vocal was really good, that usually meant that Tom was in a good groove and the band was in sync with him. So usually the other stuff fell into place."
2015 saw the release of the officially sanctioned biography, titled, Petty: The Biography, written by Warren Zanes, who played in the band the Del Fuegos, who opened for the Heartbreakers back in 1987. Billboard.com published select quotes of Petty's featured in the tome, including the first time he remembers being beaten by his father Earl: "I remember it first happening when I was probably four. Four, maybe five, because it was a '55 Cadillac. I had this crappy slingshot my father had given me, a plastic thing, the first one I ever had. I was in the yard shooting this slingshot. And cars are driving by. I'm just like, 'I wonder if I can get a car.' And whack! This big Cadillac. It was going by pretty slowly, and I just nailed the fin on that thing. The car came to an immediate stop. The driver got out, and he was so f***ing mad. . . I felt kind of weird, not knowing what was coming next. But when my father got home later, he came in, took a belt and beat the living s*** out of me. He beat me so bad that I was covered in raised welts, from my head to my toes. I mean, you can't imagine someone hitting a child like that. Five years old. I remember it so well. My mother and my grandmother laid me in my bed, stripped me, and they took cotton and alcohol, cleaning these big welts all over my body."
Petty also spoke candidly about his bout with hard drugs, explaining how heroin slowly creeps in and ruins your life: "You start losing your soul. You realize one day, 'S***, I've lost myself. I'm hanging out with people I wouldn't be seen with in a million years, and I have to get out of this.' I wanted to quit. Using heroin went against my grain. I didn't want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn't work. Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work. It's an ugly f***ing thing. Really ugly. I fear that if I talk about it, people will think, 'Well, I could do it and get off.' But you can't. Very few people do."
Luckily, Tom Petty, broke the cycle of addiction and abuse and maintained a strong and loving relationship with his two daughters: "What's interesting about my girls right now is they seem to be going back and finding older stuff. Y'know, I have one that's just discovered Muddy Waters and thinks he's great, and they have very eclectic tastes. They're all over the map -- but, sure, they play me stuff. They turned me on to Radiohead several years ago."
Tom Petty explained how night-after-night, he rewards the fans that stuck by him no matter what: "I actually don't sell the first two rows. We don't even put the first two rows on sale and we wait until we're actually at the venue, and then I have them go out and give the last two rows the first two rows -- and it's wonderful."
Petty also admitted that what he lacks in vocal chops, he made up for by being an honest singer: "My singing voice compared to Pavarotti wouldn't stand up, y'know? But I think I'm good at getting over a 'believably.' Y'know, if I'm going to play the narrator, I want people to believe me, y'know? And I think those are the best singers, the ones that you tend to believe."
In 2016, Tom Petty's good friend and hero, Byrds leader Roger McGuinn, performed "American Girl" before saluting Petty at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductions: "Tom Petty is a historian and he tells stories about people and cultures and he puts them on these really great rock n' roll records. He's the guy that really got me interested in touring and doing the things that I do solo. And I had the opportunity to write a song with him one time and it's amazing to watch him work."
Petty took the stage and joked with the crowd of music industry heavies: "I'm sort of the 'rock n' roll white trash section' of the show here (laughter). And, we're rock n' roll music, and it's so different to a lot of what goes on. Writing a song for a rock band, you better bring in a really good song, 'cause they don't take it well if it's not, and many times I went back to the drawing board. I've written so much. . . Y'know, I start thinking about songwriters, and I mean, if no one ever wrote another song -- we'd be fine, y'know? (Laughter) There's plenty of songs (laughter) -- but I still do it, y'know? Because I love it and it's a gift. It's not something everybody can do. Everybody can do it, but they can't do it good."
Tom Petty explained what he believes sets the Heartbreakers' brand of rock apart from many other bands: "So much about this music is about feel as opposed to, say, technique. Technique is great, but it will never substitute for feel. And that's what the Heartbreakers and I are striving for. So that you feel it and you believe it."
2017 saw the release of Bidin' My Time -- the Tom Petty-produced album by Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman. Hillman recalled to us the process of getting Tom Petty involved with the album: "(Laughs) After I had a conversation with Tom in the fall -- November -- I said, 'Are you sure you want to do this?' He says, 'Well, do you want me to?' and I said, 'Yeah, but can you make the commitment?' and he said, 'Well, do you want me to do this?' (laughs) I said, 'Of course -- I . . I'd love to work with you!' He said, 'Great, we'll use my studio and everything.' I told him the budget we had, which wasn't very much, and he said, 'That'll be interesting' when he heard the amount of money (laughs) we had to work with. I've never had as much fun recording as and I think a lot of it has to do with there was really no pressure attached."
When we last caught up with him, Tom Petty told us that over 40 years after releasing his first album, the songs he writes and records still need to ring true to his life: "With me, I just have to go with what I feel passionate about or it won't sound truthful, y'know, so I kinda just, as a songwriter, go where the wind blows me, y'know? I don't really know if one's harder than the other."
Ringo Starr was among the legions of fans and musicians left reeling in the wake of Tom Petty's death. We caught up with Ringo who was in Las Vegas preparing for his All Starr Band's current run at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, when the one-two punch of the 2017 Vegas massacre and Petty's death occurred. Ringo spoke to us about his good friend Tom Petty: "I'll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom -- Tom played with me, y'know? I got to know him over the years. 'Really got to know him when he was in the (Traveling) Wilburys, y'know, with George (Harrison) in there. Y'know, Vegas was on Sunday, the madness went on here; just by chance, I'd booked to come here Monday and the vibe was pretty low -- understandably, of course. But then in the middle of this meeting, someone turns to me, says 'Tom Petty's dead.' (I thought) 'Oh my God, what else can go down?' It was a shock. What you first hear, it's like, 'What???' Y'know, like, when I heard Elvis was dead -- it's like, 'What???' It has to sink in."
Unfortunately, Ringo went on to say that his peers dying off has been a constant for him since he became a professional musician nearly 60 years ago: "Our business -- we've lost them very young as well. All throughout my career, we've lost really great friends and people who weren't my friends, but were great musicians or writers. But overall, y'know, there's still a lot of us out there doing what we're do. Anyway, it was very sad, that. . . he died. But, that's all I can say, really. I'll miss Tom and God bless him and his family."
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
In 2005, Petty was awarded Billboard's Century Award, the organization's highest honor for creative achievement.
2017: FAMILY, FRIENDS, & FANS SALUTE TOM PETTY
AnnaKim Violette Petty (Tom's daughter): "One week ago today I was watching my dad play we showed up rushed to our seats I got stoned had a beer the lights went dark sat watching realizing I grew up on these songs -- everyone grew up on these songs. This is real American Art made from the roots of real people who deeply love life my father loves music more than anything and always put music first it's going to be healing to know I will never go a day without hearing his music I love his class honesty and how strange and funny he is. Tom Petty is an American Icon because his heart has always put human rights first. We are one I love you dad your songs are dreams manifested."
Bob Dylan: "It's shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend – and I'll never forget him."
Roger McGuinn: "Before there were books, music recorded our history. Tom Petty was a historian. He didn't just write songs. He wrote about the stories, people, and cultures of our times and then he put it all to music. When he wrote a song, he flew up to the great wide open, caught an idea and would come free falling back to earth. Then he did it again. I know, I had the privilege of writing with him once. His songs are movies for our imaginations and longer than 4 words. His every verse a diamond and every chorus gold. His music will always be with me and all of us."
Bruce Springsteen: "Down here on E Street, we're devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I've always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him."
Paul McCartney: "Dear Tom, so sad to hear of his passing. What a lovely, intelligent and talented man he was. Love to his family."
Ringo Starr: "God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom"
Julian Lennon: "More sad news today, hearing of Tom Petty's passing... Have always been a fan. Sadly never got to see him LIVE..."
Sean Ono Lennon: "Tom Petty R.I.P. Some people are just born cool. Such a legend. I was lucky to cross paths a few times."
Dhani Harrison: "Thank you dear Tommy for always being there for me. You got me through some of the hardest moments of my life. See you on the other side. I love you, bless."
Mick Jagger: "So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family."
Brian Wilson: "I'm heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty passing. He was just too young and still in his prime. Tom was a hell of a songwriter and record-maker and he will be missed by everyone who loves music. I'm so sad to hear about this. Love & Mercy to Tom's friends, family and fans."
Mike Love: "I'm very saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Petty. A great artist loved by millions, we will miss you greatly Tom. Rest in Peace"
Al Jardine: "Tom Petty. . . stunned. One of the great rock 'n' roll legends. The whole package. Our prayers go to his family, friends and fans - love Al & Mary Ann Jardine"
Elton John: "Tom Petty's music and songs are timeless. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique."
John Fogerty: "Tom's music means the world to me and my wife, Julie. He is her favorite artist. We are just devastated to hear of our friend's passing."
John Mellencamp: "Tom Petty was the Edward Hopper of American songwriters. He was a certain kind of bird that had no legs so he could never land on this earth; he lived his whole life in the sky. And now he will spread his wings and sleep on the wind. His name is written in the stars #TomPettyRIP"
Steve Van Zandt: "Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer."
Joe Walsh: "SAD SAD. day. I just heard Tom passed. One of the great ones. Thank you for all the great music T- Rest in peace."
Don Felder: "It is with a shattered heart that I write this post. Tommy's passing feels like I've lost a little brother. Growing up together in Gainesville and seeing one of my students blossom as an incredibly gifted musician and songwriter has been one of my most fulfilling experiences in this life. It was obvious very early on in his career that his talent, magnetism and charisma were a very special gift that few souls in this world are given. He has given this world so many wonderful memories and touched millions with his magic. Gone far too soon. May he rest in peace knowing how much he is loved and appreciated by all of us that are left behind."
Peter Frampton: "I can't believe we have lost Tom Petty on this already horrible day. My love to his wife & children and the entire Heartbreaker family."
Bryan Adams: "RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin' music, hard to believe you're gone."
Carole King: "My heart goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family, friends & fans of Tom Petty, of which I'm one."
Peter Gabriel: "Very sad to say goodbye to Tom Petty, he was a kind and generous man, an excellent musician."
Jon Bon Jovi: "I'm crushed. . . Praying for all those affected by Vegas last night. And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty today."
Sheryl Crow: "This is unbearable. Vegas and now a great music hero has passed. You brought us so much joy. We will miss you."
John Densmore: "A superb songwriting craftsman has crossed over"
Sammy Hagar: "My thoughts and prayers go out for the victims & their families of #LasVegas today as well as for @tompetty's friends & family."
Meat Loaf: "Today Just gets worse. The very talented musician, writer Tom Petty has just passed away."
Paul Stanley: "No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music."
Rick Allen: "Rest In Peace Tom Petty"
Nikki Sixx: "Tom Petty. One of the greatest songwriters of our generation.T hank you for ALL the music. Prayers to your family & band members"
David Coverdale: "So sad to hear of Tom's demise . . . such a wonderful talent & super guy"
Billy Idol: "Shocked & upset 2 hear about #tompetty 'we got lucky when we found u.' RIP"
STEVIE NICKS REMEMBERS TOM PETTY: 2017
Two weeks after the October 2nd, 2017 death of her dear friend and collaborator, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks finally opened up about the Heartbreakers leader, sharing some recent memories of her and Petty. Nicks, who on July 9th, 2017 appeared on the bill at London's' Hyde Park with Petty and the band, watched from the wings with Shania Twain, before Nicks joined the band for a rendition of their 1981 joint hit, the Petty-written "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."
Nicks recalled to Rolling Stone: "We hadn't played 'Stop Draggin'' since (the February 2017 Petty) MusiCares (tribute). When I went into the dressing room before the Hyde Park show, it was me, the Heartbreakers, (Petty's backing singers on the 2017 tour) the Webb Sisters, some other friends. We stood there and rehearsed it with (drummer) Steve Ferrone beating on the couch, everybody sort of humming their parts. Tom and Mike played guitar. Ron Blair dragged out a bass but didn't play it very loud because it wasn't plugged in. We went through it a couple of times. It was funny -- you play a wrong chord, and everybody's eyes go straight up. We didn't know it as well as we thought we did (laughs)."
When asked how Petty was always able to write about women "with frank but affectionate empathy," Nicks explained, "He had two daughters. He had two amazing loves (first wife, childhood sweetheart Jane and his second wife Dana, whom he married in 2001). He was surrounded by really strong women. The women around him pretty much went their own way, and he was good with that. He gave me a lot of advice about stuff. He was the kind of person who said, 'Here's my advice. If you take it, great. If you don't, that's fine too.' He was never going to shake a finger in your face and make you feel bad if you didn't take his advice."
Stevie Nicks offered an example of how Petty handed out advice to her: "It was toward the end of 1994. I was at my house in Phoenix -- I had come out of rehab -- and I had dinner with him at the Ritz-Carlton. I had a visitation from an old boyfriend, right after my rehab, and it had shaken me. I asked Tom if he would help me write a song. And he said, 'No. You are one of the premier songwriters of all time. You don't need me to write a song for you.' He said, 'Just go to your piano and write a good song. You can do that.'"
She added: When I walked out of the Ritz-Carlton, I had that feeling that he would be waiting to hear it. The song is called 'Hard Advice.' It ended up on 24 Karat Gold (Songs From The Vault). The chorus goes 'Sometimes he's my best friend.' It was really 'Sometimes Tom's my best friend.' I changed it because I knew Tom would not want me to say his name. That's how well I know him."
A while back Stevie Nicks told us that she felt a particular kinship with Tom Petty and his music: "Tom is my favorite writer, 'cause I kinda feel if I had come into this word as a boy, I would've been him, y'know? It's like I really do, I feel that there's a part of Tom's writing that I relate so easily to."Continue Reading
It was 40 years ago Saturday (October 2nd, 1981) that the Police released their fourth album, Ghost In The Machine. The album, which was recorded in Montserrat's AIR Studios -- owned by George Martin -- and Quebec's Le Studio, saw Hugh Padgham replacing the band's original producer Nigel Gray, who was behind the boards for the band's first three sets. Padgham was hot off his recent work with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Genesis.
Ghost In The Machine was the band's biggest hit to date, hitting Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and scoring the band a Top tThree hit with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," along with the album's lead track, "Spirits In The Material World" hitting Number 12. Both tracks, along with video for "Invisible Sun" and "Demolition Man," secured the band near-constant MTV airplay.
Ghost In The Machine spent a whopping 23 weeks in the Top 10 -- with five of them stalled at Number Two. To date, the album has sold over three million copies in North America alone.
Around the time of the album's release, Sting was asked about his knack for coming up with complex, but instantly commercial songs: "It's beyond logic. I don't know why it happens. I'm glad it happens. I don't think people write songs. I don't write songs. The songs -- I trasmit the songs. They seem to be there, they seem to be already written, in a sense."
Guitarist Andy Summers felt that the band's musicality, coupled with a sixth sense when creating new sounds, was the secret weapon of the Police: "Being in that setting, y'know, I come from a lot of different places harmonically -- as had Sting. We were, y'know, we were a bit more than, like, three-chord folk musicians. Y'know, we we're pretty sophisticated with what we knew. But, again, we were in a rock context and so, y'know, whatever we were doing, we were going to make it rock."
Drummer Stewart Copeland, who formed the Police with Sting in 1977, told us he's still at a loss to explain why the music has endured over the decades: "Y'know, you can look back and say, 'Well, it must have been the fact that we introduced reggae. That was kind of a new ingredient,' or something. OK, well, that's one reason, (but) there's other bands that do that. 'Well, it must've been the fact that we all had blonde hair.' Well, that's possible. Y'know, you look for reasons why, but really, there's no way of figuring it out. We are just very blessed."Continue Reading
AC/DC has just issued "Through The Mists Of Time," their latest video from last year's chart-topping Power Up collection. The new clip, which was directed by Najeeb Tarazi, marks the third video from the album, following "Realize" and "Witch's Spell."
Blabbermouth reported, "The clip is a rock and roll museum tour through an exhibition of the band's incredible history. Based on a concept by guitarist Angus Young. . . and using footage of each of the five band members in five separate shoots around the world. They then enlisted Mathematic, a Paris-based visual effects studio, to combine all the elements so the band could take the stage together to perform the fan favorite from Power Up, almost one year to the day that the highly anticipated album was announced."
We recently caught up with frontman Brian Johnson, which explained why the Power Up sessions were so important to him and the band: 'There nothing like unfinished business to finish. And, y'know, I went into the studio and, y'know, the old magic was there, the old. . . just the old bond of guys who play together for 40 years."Continue Reading
In was 43 years ago Sunday (October 3rd, 1978) that Paul McCartney assembled Rockestra -- the largest group of rock legends to record together up to that date. The cream of the rock elite joined Wings to record two tracks for their upcoming Back To The Egg album that day at London's Abbey Road Studios for the instrumental "Rockestra Theme" and "So Glad To See You Here." Rockestra consisted of the Who's Pete Townshend and Kenney Jones, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, the Faces' Ronnie Lane, the Attractions' Bruce Thomas, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and John Bonham, among others.
Among those invited that couldn't make the session were Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page -- who never showed despite his amplifier making the session. Keith Moon had been asked to participate but had died less than a month before.
Despite "Rockestra Theme" being a guitar-based riff, Wings guitarist Laurence Juber recalled that McCartney often had guitarists shy away from their more obvious blues-inspired lead work while in Wings: "Where Paul wouldn't really go was into that kind of extended bluesy lead guitar solo. Now he'll go there more readily as part of the stage show; but then -- I won't say that it was an area not to go, but it was an area to maybe hint at. Y'know, so I needed to be inventive. And he drove me to be inventive."
Paul McCartney explained that despite rock becoming more compartmentalized in the 1970's, variety was still the key element to his music: "Y'know, I'm not kind of into that, 'this is what I do -- one specific kind of thing.' Sometimes I sort of think, 'Well, maybe I should kind of get it all together into one kind of music form, so we come on and play one kind of thing.' But I'm not like -- that's not me, y'know? It never ends up like that with me. It always ends up a touch of this, a touch of that, 'touch of that, c'mon, let's have a laugh, get y'hands together, and we'll have a touch of that."
The day after the supergroup session, McCartney, wife Linda McCartney, and Wings co-founder Denny Laine returned to Abbey Road to fine tune the tracks and add vocals to "So Glad To See You Here."
Rockestra performed together only once, when most of the players regrouped on December 29th, 1979 at the closing night of The Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea benefit at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The group joined Wings at the end of their set and performed Little Richard's "Lucille," "Let It Be," and two versions of "Rockestra Theme."
"Rockestra Theme" went on to earn McCartney the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.Continue Reading
Elton John has released "Finish Line" -- his new collaboration with Steve Wonder. The song is a taster from Elton's new Lockdown Sessions album coming on October 22nd. The set also features Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, and others.
Elton said of the Stevie team-up in a press release:
Stevie's voice is as good as I can ever remember hearing him -- he sounds like a 17-year-old again. He's singing with a sheer joy and exuberance in his vocals. It was a magical process. I've always loved collaborating with Stevie, and I'm delighted that after (50) years of friendship, we finally get to do a full-blown duet. He has always been so kind and sweet to me, and his talent is beyond ridiculous. When you listen to what he does vocally and instrumentally on 'Finish Line,' you think, this is a true genius here."Continue Reading
Happy Birthday to Chubby Checker, who turns 80 on Sunday (October 3rd)!!! Checker, who was born Ernest Evans, received his nickname in the late-1950's because at the time he resembled a young Fats Domino. Checker is best remembered for his string of early '60s dance hits, including "The Twist" which topped the charts 1960 and 1961. Checker went on to score 21 more Top 40 singles, including "Let's Twist Again," "The Hucklebuck," "Limbo Rock," "Pony Time," and "The Fly."
Chubby Checker still loves to perform all over the globe and some time ago sat down with us to share his philosophy about life and birthdays: "I have some sayings in my life. Every day when I rise is a holiday. Every day that I rise is my birthday. Every day that I rise I have a new chance to correct the mistakes of yesterday. Every day that I rise I have a new chance to right the wrongs that I did yesterday. And then I pray for the wrongs I'm gonna do today, that's gonna come up, 'cause the devil's always waitin' to getcha. And one time in the day, he always gets you somehow. And so, birthdays with me. . . every day's a holiday and every day's my birthday."
In July 2014 Checker reached a settlement with Hewlett-Packard in a "penis measurement app" lawsuit. The Guardian reported that the legendary singer "had been seeking half a billion dollars from Hewlett-Packard for ‘irreparable damage and harm' caused by the Chubby Checker, an app for Hewlett-Packard's Palm OS platform.
Chubby Checker told us that he feels "The Twist" not only summed up its times, but kick-started the 1960's rock revolution: "The biggest thing in the '60s is Chubby Checker. The biggest song of the '60s is 'The Twist,' of the whole decade. There was Ray Charles and Elvis Presley and the Beatles, and the British Invasion, and Motown -- all that was there -- but the single most important song of the '60s was 'The Twist.'"
"The Twist" remains the most popular single in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having topped the charts in 1960 and again in 1962. Checker told us he's always been proud of the song's cultural significance: "The only song to be Number One twice as man walked on a planet is "The Twist," and it's the biggest song in the entire decade of the '60s. We have a tremendous batting average."
Despite "The Twist" being one of the biggest and most influential hits of the rock era, Chubby Checker, who has been eligible since the Rock Hall's inaugural in 1986, is resigned to the fact that he won't be inducted: "It's not a big deal. I mean, it's not completed without me anyway. I just like to talk about what we've done in the music business and what is still being done as a result of our being in the music industry and that will just put the Hall of Fame to shame. We don't need to talk about them. It's no sense. The Hall is not completed without Chubby Checker. What we've done is so incredible. It's okay."
Checker told us above all else he's most proud of influencing how people dance with one another: "The biggest event in the music industry, and it still is the biggest event in the music industry, is the way we dance to the beat. And before Chubby Checker, it wasn't here!"
In addition to performing, Checker has devoted the last decade, or so, to his snack company, Chubby Checker Snacks, which includes everything from cookies to chocolate covered popcorn to beef jerky, and other treats.Continue Reading
It was 44 years ago Sunday night (October 3rd, 1977) that CBS aired Elvis Presley's final concert special, Elvis In Concert. The show, which was broadcast six weeks after Elvis' death of a heart attack at the age of 42, featured a heavily made up and obviously ill Elvis, looking bloated and sweating profusely. Sadly, in pop culture circles, the show is best known as the "Fat Elvis" concert. After its initial airing and several repeats, which were allowed as part of the original contract with CBS, the Presley estate has never permitted any further showings of the full special, which showed Elvis at his worst.
Although he was physically in bad shape, his voice was able to carry the special, which featured footage taped on June 19th, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska and on June 21st in Rapid City, South Dakota. Although many have referred to the performance as Elvis' final show, his last concert actually took place on June 26th, 1977 in Indianapolis.
Among the high points of the show were a near operatic version of his cover of Timmy Yuro's "Hurt," 1970's concert staples such as "You Gave Me A Mountain," and such '50s and '60s hits as "It's Now Or Never," "Jailhouse Rock," "Teddy Bear," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and his version of the Frank Sinatra standard "My Way."
Pete Townshend told us the enormity of pressures surrounding Elvis is what ultimately led to his death at such a young age: "That's a terrible tragedy when you think what a decent kind of guy he seemed to be when you read the stuff. Y'know he came to pieces at the end. And it's easy to blame Vegas, but it wasn't about Vegas, it was just about the load."
James Burton, Elvis Presley's lead guitarist and bandleader from 1969 to 1977 says that "The King" was unpredictable as he was charismatic on stage: "With Elvis, y'know it was a lot of surprises, and you didn't have any idea. You could never take your eyes off of him. You had no idea where he was going to go next."
Former Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling, who was the longtime Creative Affairs director of Elvis Presley Enterprises -- and is now the president of the Beach Boys' Brother Records Inc. -- was asked whether fans can ever expect to see an official release of the 1977 special: "I wouldn't be one on a bandwagon saying, 'Let's do 14 DVD's on the concert on which Elvis looked the worst of his life and shouldn't have been on the stage, and was dying. . .' No, I'm not that guy. Should it ever come out again? Probably. I wouldn't say that it's never going to come out. I think there needed to be a moratorium after his death."
According to Schilling's recent memoir, Me And A Guy Named Elvis, he took Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker to task for allowing Presley to appear in such bad shape before the cameras. Parker reportedly told Schilling that he tried to stop the deal due to Presley's poor health, but that Presley demanded that the special go ahead as scheduled.
The soundtrack album to the Elvis In Concert special peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album charts and went all the way to Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.Continue Reading
Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp's first collaboration, "Wasted Days" is out now, with a new video shot on Springsteen's New Jersey farm.
Back on September 16th, Springsteen and Mellencamp were spotted together in Bay Head, New Jersey. The two legends posed for a picture with a fan on a boardwalk and were seen enjoying lunch together at the local Duyne Grass Cafe.
In April, "The Boss" was spotted out to dinner with Mellencamp in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana after laying down guitar and vocals on Mellencamp's still-untitled 25th album. No title or hard release date has been announced for Mellencamp's next set, which is due out in 2022.
With well over 45 years in business, we asked John Mellencamp how he sees himself and the state of his career in the present day: "Fortunate -- but unlucky. Unlucky enough to be a rock star. Y'know, you turn on the radio and you hear 'Pink Houses' for the 9,000th time, and you assume that's all that John Mellencamp does. Led Zeppelin was a lot more than 'Stairway To Heaven,' but, y'know, that's what you hear. Y'know, it's not just me -- y'know, the Rolling Stones are always more than 'Honky Tonk Women.' Bob Seger was always more than, y'know, 'Night Moves,' but sorry -- that's all you hear all the time. Of course you and I know that rock is over. We've had our 40 years. And so now, it's just total freedom to me. I don't have to listen to anybody (laughs), I don't do -- y'know, do exactly what I wanna do."Continue Reading