Did you know that Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta have a Christmas album out? No? Well now you do. They just released a new video, which some may find cute, but opening with country line dancing on some random street made me tune away very quickly. As one commenter on TMZ said, "I got irritable bowel syndrome after watching this."
I remember what I was doing exactly 45 years ago this weekend, I was hitchhiking up Hwy 101 from my home in San Mateo to the Monterey Peninsula. It was a huge music event billed as the "Monterey Pop Festival". It was the first of it's kind, and would be the template for Woodstock, 2 years later. My friend and I were lucky enough to make it down to Monterey to see the most incredible roster of SF Bands, LA Bands, International acts and lots of good vibes. The scene was mellow and absolutely perfect. It was casual, naive, innocent and a freaking good time. It's the first real glimmer of what was to come. Janis did an amazing set, so good, they asked her to come back the next night so they could get it all on film. Otis Redding showered the crowd with his love and gritty soul, the Who exploded and Jimi Hendrix just stunned everyone. For one weekend in 1967, the promise of the Woodstock generation was conceived on the Monterey Peninsula. Happy Birthday Monterey Pop..45 years ago, hard to believe it all really happened.
Finally April. I like that idea cause it's one month closer to some perfect weather. Time to spend outdoors, dancing and celebrating the life force with our brothers and sisters. Some birhdays to remember this weekend include Ronnie Lane. He was born on April Fool's Day..in fact he recorded and toured with his own group and collaborated on an album with Pete Townshend that featured a song commemorating his birthday called of all things, "April Fool". We know Ronnie from his work with the Small Faces, later the Faces with Rod Stewart. He was theÂ bass playerÂ and one of the principal songwriters. The Faces were contemporaries of the Who and came over here to tour in the 60s as the second band to the Who. Many times they would headline, cause they were big and they were ALWAYS tourning.Â Ronnie Lane died June 4th 1997 at age 51 due to MS.Â Another April Fool was the late John Lennon. John and Yoko always enjoyed a good April Fools joke. On April 1st 1973, John and Yoko announced the fanciful formation of Nutopia, a new country with no laws or boundaries and a national anthem of silence. It was at this same news conference in New York that John announced he would appeal the Immigration Department's decision to deport him. You can count on some April Foolery this weekend on Say You Want A Revolution. Our flashback to the 60s and early 70s. See you Saturday.
Bob Dylan has done it again, come up with something that has never been done in the music business. He is releasing aÂ $130Â box set, that has no music in it!Â The Bob Dylan Archive is a linen-covered box that can hold all 43 Dylan CDs and be expeanded to hold more. But, it does come with a 220 page book of LP sized artwork reproductions, an updated discography with excerts from more than 90 historical reviews, and 27 advertisements spanning his entire career. the first edition run is limited to 10,000 copies. This project should win some kind of award for most creative packaging of a box set with no music.Â Check out the Revolution this Saturday morning, I will play some Dylan, and it will include music!
This weekend marks the anniversary of the Bob Dylan release "Bringing it All Back Home". It was Dylan's first electric rock album and it totally would freak out the patrons at the Newport Folk Festivalthat would be held in June. One side of the album was just Dylan ala folksinger, the flip side was Dylan with a full on electric band backing him. 1965 will always be the year that Dylan went "Electric". It turned out to be a turning point in Bob Dylan the protest singer's career. By June of that year, Dylan had been toying with the idea of performing electric for his fans in Newport, the fans had a mixed reaction to this move, many booed him others thought it was pretty cool. Actually it was more spontaneous than it may have seemed at the time. Dylan was hearing a lot of remarks that disrespected what the Butterfield Blues Bandwas doing at the festival. People backstage, including Pete Seeger and festival organizer Alan Lomax didn't think the electric blues of Butterfield was right for the event. Dylan didn't like that attitude much and he got together with several of Butterfield's band and rehearsed in a house the night before his performance. When Dylan came out to perform, the band blasted away and the audience reeled back in horror. Some of it had to do with the short set, some of the boos were because the sound quality was bad, and most of it was because they wanted Bob the protest folk singer, not the rock start Bob. Eventually the album Bringing it all back home made believers of everyone and Dylan went on to a great career. The day the album came out, March 26th 1965, Dylan attended a record release party in LA. Later that night he went down to the strip and sat in with the Byrds at Ciro's nightclub. Dylan added harmonica to the band's performance of his song, "All I Really Want to Do".Â I think it was the Byrds more than anything that convinced Dylan to go electric. The hit Mr. Tamborine Man proved that Dylan's songs could be amped up and still make perfect sense, maybe make even more sense. This Saturday we'll jump on some of that 1965 transition Bob Dylan, and we'll play some of the Byrds as well. We'll also clear the decks for Chicago, Canned Heat and Clapton w/John Mayall. Joe Cocker, the Stones and Hendrix will all be part of the "happening". Join me this Saturday 7-10am for Say You Want a Revolution.
Dylan at Newport 1965
I spoke Joe Elliot , vocalist and founding member of the band Def Leppard. We talked about the tour with Heart and what we can expect when they hit the Sleeptrain amphitheater in September. Also, what projects turn him on, what the new Live CD Mirrorball is like and some of the other things like a cartoon series, and coffee table book that are in the works. Check it out below.
A talk with Mr. Joe Elliot
Our show is called say you want a Revolution, Saturday mornings. A reference of course to the Beatles song of the same name, a reference to what was going on in our world in the 60s. Well guess what.. Revolution is again in the air, in a hundred ways and and a hundred different places. Every few decades, the oppressed, out of desperation, push back against the "Man". I wish success to those struggling for freedom and a better life. This Saturday's Revolution will celebrate the freedom of Rock and Roll, Lou Reed style, we'll put together a set from Rod Stewart'searly solo career, when he really was a true rocker. He blended folk, rock, blues and acoustic music better than most. Canned Heat will drop by for some hard scrabbled blues, CSN will blend their voices to just take you away, and the Beatles and Stones will jump in from time to time. That's the Revolution...It's the spirit of the 60s, may the spirit live forever. Have a far-out weekend.
Here is the line-up for the rest of the week..
Weds.Â Â Class reunion of 1978
Thurs.Â Â The Police
Fri.Â Â Â Â Â Â Take 2...covers, demos, live and acoustic versions.
Plus I will have tickets to Eric Clapton every single day..ummm, eat that!
This Saturday will be our first of the new year. Let's make it Fab! For the last part of the Revolution this Saturday morning we will count down and play all the #1 songs from the Beatles. You won't believe how many they have. Join the eagle club online eagle969.com, and you can win a great Beatles collection. It's both the Red album which covers their greatest hits from 1962-66 and the Blue album from 1967-70. It's virtually all the great songs that made the Beatles the most successful rock band ever in the whole world..ever.
We will also have plenty of non-Beatle related flashbacks as well. So join the party on the first day of 2011 and we will make it a great way to start a new year. Call it a flashforward flashback. Just relax your mind and float downstream. Peace Out.
It was this week back in 1968 that the Beatles were the subject of a Newsweek article that notes the double-disc White Albumsold more than a million copies in it's first five days in stores. The magazine's critic gives the 25 song package a mixed review. ...ending with the comment, "With some judicious editing, the Beatles could have turned out a real fine album of 1 LP...not two. And maybe they could have even put a picture on theÂ cover". I like the White Album a lot. The record was written mostly during the Beatles Maharishi days of meditation. There was already bad feelings in the band, and this was the first record that would be made without the comfortable presence of Brian Epstein. Nonetheless, it's a great collection of songs and we will play some of those this Saturday at the Revolution. We'll also have the Spencer Davis Group, Moody Blues, Early Grace Slick, Jethro Tull, Donovan, The Stones, The Doors and many more hanger-ons. Birthday wishes go out to Allman Brother Greg Allman (63) and Dicky Betts (67). Also a moment of silence for our soul brother Otis Redding who died 43 years ago this weekend. Join me for our weekly revelation of the revolution. It's hip, it's happening, it's free. 7am. Peace Out.
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This Thanksgiving the Eagle will continue with our tradition of playing the entire song Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. A real classic and a real peek into the times ofÂ hippies, anti-war protests and general craziness. It's actually a spoken monologue that recounts a true but comically exaggerated Thanksgiving Day adventure as a satirical, deadpan protest against the Vietnam War draft. Alice is actually Alice M. Brock, who in 1964 used 2,000 dollars supplied by her mother to purchase an old church in Great Barrington Masachusetts where Alice was living. On Thanksgiving Novermber 25, 1965, 18 year old Guthrie and his friend Richard were arrested by Stockbridge police officer William "Obie"Obanhein for illegally dumping some of Alice'sgarbage after discovering that the town dump was closed for the holiday. Two days later the two pleaded guilty in court before a blind judge, and were fined 50 dollars. The song goes on to describe the surreal bureaucracy at the New York City induction center. Because of Arlo's record ofÂ littering he issent to the Group W Bench. Arlo complaines "I'm sitting on the Group W Bench cause you want to know if I'm moral enought to join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after being a litterbug." You can hear the whole story, music and all on Thanksgiving, we will air it out twice that day, once at 11:50am and again at 5:50pm. Join us this week, there is always room at the table for you at Alice's Restaurant.
I just finished reading Keith Richards autobiography entitled "Life"...all 500 pages of it. I have been a Stones fan my whole life, ever since I first saw them at the San Jose Civic Auditorium back in 1965. I paid 3 dollars for the ticket, worth every penny. That was the first time I remember seeing Keith. Since then his life has been an incredible journey of luck, talent and charm. It's all in his new book. And the book verifies what I've always loved about Keith, and that is his humanity. He is so damn real. It's because he knows who he is. He has nothing really to prove. He is the ultimate rock and roller. His book starts with the childhood years growing up in post WW ll England, learning the blues, hooking up with Mick and the crazy life of being the band leader for the Rolling Stones. Through it all Keith has maintained his self-awareness. He has been off the stuff for 30 years and yet that is what most people remember about Keith. How he is this hopeless drug addled rock casualty. He is far from that. He is super intelligent, modest, well read and a loving man. It's all in his book. And what's more, on a recent stop on the book tour, he mentioned that the Stones are not quite ready yet to throw in the towel. Below is an hour with Keith interviewed by Anthony De Curtiss, the rock journalist. It was filmed at the New York Public Library. Tickets were sold to this event and they sold out in 42 seconds! We love our Keith. check out the interview and by all means, get his book "Life". May he live for a long time.
We are in for a treat here Sacramento! Two very fine musicians will be performing together . The legendary co-founder of the Doors, Ray Manzarek and the critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist Roy Rogers are doing an evening of Rock and Roll tales and music. The two men have recorded an instrumental CD called Ballads Before the Rain, nine songs that sonically areÂ one of the finest recordings to be released this year. Now here is the good part, and it's true. Ray and Roy will be performing at the intimate 24th Street Theaterhere in Sacramento. What was Jim Morrison really like? Ray will share his personal insights and play great music including Doors classics.Â Joining and jamming with Ray, Sonoma county's own RoyRogers will perform with the kind of guitar prowess he has shared with John Lee Hooker, Norton Buffalo, and the Delta Rhythm Kings. This combined with Ray's charismatic story telling and keyboard work will make for an incredible evening of spoken word and music. Friday night Oct. 22nd,Â at Sacramento's 24th Street Theater, come out and see two of the giants in the music biz.
Hi again from the black lit hippie pad that we call the revolution. Join me on the bean bag chair and enjoy this week's trip. Eric Burdon will remind us why the Monterey Pop Festival was not only the first, but in a lot of ways maybe the best music festival ever. Arlo Guthrie will give a whole new meaning of to the termHomeland Securityand the Beatles will lead us down Abbey Road with a couple of George Harrison's songs. Bob Weir is celebrating his birthday today I'm sure of it. We'll get some good ol Grateful Dead going and we'll pass it around to our friends. Been going into the early Fleetwood Mac stuff lately and this Saturday we'll pick one from 1973.Â Justin Hayward is another sixty something celebrating a birthday this week. He will take us to the dreamy world of those special days, the Days of Future Past. The Stones will sing one of the songs they sang on their very first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Later Ed would say, "geez these guys are thugs, We'll never have them back again". ...of course he would have them back a bunch more times. Hey they were a lot bigger than Ed Sullivan, eventually. We'll hear from Zombies vocalist Colin Blunstone about his band. How they met, why they went to places they never anticipated. Pink Floyd, the Allman Brothers and Cream will keep this thing rocking on Saturday. We'll also talk about the American Tribal Love- Rock musical Hair. It was a cultural breakthrough and it played before the public for the first time on October 16th 1967 at New York's Public Theater. It would go on to play on Broadway and beyond, even a movie was made from the play. It even had a local Sacramento Production a few years ago. So let's get together this Saturday, share a good vibe or two, be sure to hold it in till you grin. Peace Out.
Hair today...............Gone Tomorrow
This Saturday, October 9th, would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. We will remember John with a full hour of his music this Saturday on the Revolution. Selected cuts from Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, Help, Sgt Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour and plenty of solo work as well. This all will be going on in the 8am hour. There are many things planned for John worldwide and we'll talk about some of them. If the music and life of John Lennon have some special meaning for you, let us know, post something on our facebook page or down below. This week also marked the 40th anniversary of Janis Joplin's death. Of course she will make an appearance on the show. Add to that the Stones in their "Exile" mode, Jimi Hendrix from Electric Ladyland, and even some John Mayall for a little crazy harp playing. We'll see you this weekend. Wear some flowers in your hair, if you still have some hair. Peace Out.
This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Led Zeppelins first gig. They played in Denmark and were billed as theÂ New Yardbirds. The quartet played a Teen club in the early evening, then moved on to the Brondby Pop Club in Copenhagen. Are we gonna play Zep this weekend? Hell yeah we are!. Led Zeppelin a band who bridged the 60s into the 70s and brought us closer to some pretty heavy blues. Gonna have a double shot of John Lennon, his songs are statements that were the rallying cry of the Revolution. The Stones were practically a punk band early on, and their work from 65 and 66 will be highlighted. Neil Young's Harvest album will be part of our collective vibe and so will the Who....punks. We'll talk about a new book that is out now called Rock Roadie. It's by former roadie Tappy Wright. Tappy was a friend and original roadie for the Animals, also Ike and Tina Turner, Herman's Hermits, Jimi Hendrix and many others. It's his time with Jimi that is the centerpiece of the book, and the shocking revelation at the end of the book on how Jimi was actually murdered. He was done in by his manager, a man named Michael Jefferies. Tappy was in a postion to know this stuff. Look for an interview with this guy soon on our website. Birthdays gone by this week include Dead drummer Mickey Hart (67) and the late Buddy Holly.Â We will have a look at this day Sept 11th, 1967...still technically the Summer of Love. Let's make September 11th, a happy day not a sad one. Peace Out.
Join me this Saturday for a musical romp through the smoke rings of your mind. We shall start right at 7am with a long opus that is a testiment to the creative power of one of Steve Winwood's early bands. He had many, but it was Traffic that had that incredible blend of rock, blues, jazz and folk music. Somehow it all worked. The band Jethro Tull tackled some rather weird subjects in their music. It immediately set them apart from everyone. Starting with a lead singer and front man who didn't play guitar, and wrote songs, not about cars, or girls, or drugs or being free, or getting harrased by the man or any of that. Instead the band's songs were more about thedregs of forgotten, downtrodden people.The poor and twisted, right out of a Dicken's novel. Canned Heat will do a tribute to Wilbert Harrison with a song that was the mantra of the revolution. This week marks the passing of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson. He was the founding memeber, singer and harp player with the Heat.Â In fact we shall take a look at a day in the life of the Revolution, September 4th 1970. Dlyan sings a song to and about either Joan Baez or Edie Sedgwick or possible someone we don't even know. Mysterious. Clapton will team up with his old bandleader John Mayall, The Animals will show us why they were the second biggest band out of England in 1965, and of course the Beatles, with only 2 songs,Â will put the entire revolution in it's proper perspective. Steve Miller was writing great songs at the end of the 60s, we shall hear one of my personal favorites, do you have one? Let me know. I'll fire up the incense, and whatever else is appropriate this weekend. Join me in a love fest, a happening, a trip, a gathering of the tribes, right here this Saturday the 4th. I'll be waiting behind the beaded curtain.
The 2nd most important band out of England in 1964
Steve Miller with one of my all time favorites
Hey my brothers and sisters, and other assorted family members. I think we have a great show this Saturday AM. Starting with one of the most familiar guitar virtuoso players in the world. A man whose sound defies description. He is an original and he will kick off the show at 7am. We'll talk a bit about Keith Moon, who would have turned 64 this week. Pete will remember him, and we of course will play the Who, at least once. Some interesting Doors triva about a time when they were on Ricky Nelson's A-B-C summer series Malibu U. Suffice it to say it was weird. Cream's beautiful fusion of blues and psychedelc will be in evidence and we will play some later day CCR. That would be their last two albums. Doug Cosmo Clifford's garagewas the scene of the Factory and it's where the bands last great album would take place. The Rolling Stones, thanks to the late Brian Jones, used some interesting instruments in their early work. Some of it will absolutely transport you to a higher place. We'll also play something from a band that although not a household name, probably influenced more bands and musicians than any other touring band at the time. From Dave Mason, to Eric Clapton to Leon Russell to John Lennon, Â to some of the finest players in the South, Delaney and BonnieÂ had something going on.Â Also, Canned Heat for the good vibes, Joni Mitchell because we can, and the Kinks on the anniversary of thier biggest song ever. All this music will collide and come together under the tent we call the greatest show on earth. Say You Want a Revolution, our flashback to the 60s and early 70s.
The Delaney and Bonnie Road Show.
It's usually around the middle of August I start thinking about the Woodstock Festival. I am still amazed by the scope of it. The spirit of those kids through 3 days of Hell and Rock and Roll. Just a passing thought, but I tip my hat to those who were in attendance, and having a great sense of the moment while it was happening. They talk about the Woodstock Nation and indeed it was. There is something empowering about being in the mix, with hundreds of thousands of people experiencing the same high. Well, that thought is gone, now what? ..this Saturday at the Revolution, we'll start with a song Steve Winwood wrote and the big band Chicago took and turned it into one of the fine jams we expect from the late 60's. How bout some Pink Floyd from the earlyBarrett days, Syd was the man who really gave Pink Floyd their name , Rodger Waters will have a word to say about this subject. CSNY defined a genre of music that was part singer-songwriter and part rock and roller. The infulences were many but all came from a place that lent itself to some amazing harmonies. We will experience that just the way we did before, I believe that's called Deja Vu. Paul McCartney was done being a Beatle in 1970, whether he wanted to be or not. His first solo album proved he had a lot of great music left and he knew how to put it all together. He knew the studio, he wrote the material and played all the instruments. It was a simple, homemade little project that had some wonderful music on it. It was right around this time, 1970, that Elton John was performing in L.A. in front of the biggest record lable moguls in town. His reputation preceeded him and expectations were high. Elton ripped through a stunning set of original material, he had fire, he had it all. I'll play a tune that pretty much clinced the deal for him, he never looked back after that. Also around that same time, 1970, Dave Mason was off on his solo career after leaving Traffic. Another amazing song from his early days will be featured this Saturday. O.K. that's the deal, keep feeding each other, o.k. you two, keep nursing each other. Be Free.
Elton, is it a wig or real?
This Saturday is National Garage Sale day and we have cleaned out some great relics to rock with. This weekend marks the End of the Doors, whether they knew it or..and that is where we'll start at 7am sharp, no loitering. How bout some good ol family feeling from the Allman Brothers. Like all great bands from the South, they have plenty of church and gospelin their music. Dicky Betts will show you that "Love is Everywhere". We picked up some happy carefree stuff from the Beatles to start the 8pm hour, today will mark the 45th anniversary of their 1965 tour opener at Shea Stadium. The largest rock concert to date at the time. Screaming New York teens going wild and listening to the Beatles do Twist and Shout. Dylan hung out with the Beatles that weekend and turned them on to some conscious altering substances. They dug it and it showed in their next album's Rubber Soul and Revolver. We'll also highlight a band that was so damn good, had so many good writers and guitar players and singers that there was no way they could stay together for more than a couple of years. I have a song that the Guess Who will do that was not real poplular in the Nixon Whitehouse. Invited to play for the Prez and his freinds, Pat Nixon stepped in and requested they don't play their big hit. They did anyway. I'll play it too. The Scottish flower child, the cosmic spirit, the mystic muse, Donovan will contemplate the pros and cons of bannanas, The Rolling Stones will get down and dirty with some Willie Dixon, Steve Miller will take us back to the Fillmore and an anniversary of a famous recordingÂ studio in Greenwhich Village turns 40 this weekend. We'll throw in a a couple of one hit wonders and soon the wonder of it all will open your eyes, close your mouth, open your mind and finally close the bathroom door. If this sound like just what your were waiting for, your right. See you Saturday Brothers and Sisters.
Here are the Beatles kicking off their 1965 tour at Shea Stadium.
This week we will honor our old Friends of the Devil, the Grateful Dead. Actually it's Jerry we will remember this week which has been designated as "Jerry Week" in San Francisco. This August 9th will be the 15th anniversary of his death. Besides playing a killer set of Dead tunes, I'll let you kow about a few more Jerry related things going on in the coming week. The moring will start when we sing up the Sun around 7am, the Beatles will take us down Abbey Road, and as you know, that usually leads to some pretty good things. We'll include a scoop of Vanilla Fudge, and get into some early Fleetwood Mac when Bob Welch was an important part of the band. Iron Butterfly will add to the heaviness of the proceedings with a nice long trip into the Garden of Eden, long enough for us to go outside and groove on a brand new day in Sacramento. All we ask is that we share everything, so take a big ol hit and pass it on. As the Dead would say "What a long strange trip it's been".
Happy Jerry Week Captain Trips.
Hey once again my brothers and sisters. Here we are at the end of July, and what have we learned?..who knows, was anyone even paying attention? Some significant milestones this weekend include the birthday of Ahmet Ertegun the music mogal who started from humble beginnings to establish Atlantic Records and to go on and sign Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Big Joe Turner, and rockers like CSNY, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. He also was a co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He died backstage at a Rolling Stones concert when slipped and fell. He was 83. Other milestones include this weekend in 1962 when Mick Jagger moved into a flat with Brian Jones in London's Chelsea section. The Rolling Stones were starting to brew! Meanwhile the Beatles were using an 8 track recording device for the first time back on this weekend in 1968 at Trident studios where they were recording Hey Jude.
This week on the Revolution we will get into some Beatles for sure, something from Sgt Peppers, and a dash of the White Album also. The Rolling stones have announced their end of the world world tourwill start next year and run until 2011, the 50th anniversary of the band..hats off to the Stones..We shall also serve the hungry munchie crazed hippies a nice buffett of tidbits from the likes of Brewer and Shipley, Canned Heat, Simon and Garfunkel, the Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield. Our music, our generation, our lives, our flashback. Man, I just hope we can all come down in time for work on Monday..Peace Out.
Here is the Stones happy birthday message to Ahmet Ertegun.
This Saturday morning we will feature mini-sets from the artists who had a profound effect on the music of the 60s. We'll start with a perfect foursome from Neil Young. These are live performances he did in 1971 at Toronto's Massey Hall. Just Neil and his guitar, much like his Thursday night performance at Mondavi Center this Thursday. This is new material, and the audience really got it's first listen to songs that would appear later with CSNY. Cream will always rise to the top and it does when we delve into the Disreali Gears album, the finest fusion of blues and psychedelic music ever to waft over the scene. The Grateful Dead's American Beauty recordwas such a breakthrough for what is now called Americana music. This is organic stuff and it moves me like no other Dead Album before or since. Some Early Beatles of course, they only changed the way a whole generation of youth would think, dance, sing and dress. The Stones Sticky Fingers album sizzels from front to back and it was a showcase of the kinds of killer hooks that Keith would become famous for. The first band to break out of San Francisco in a big way was the house band at the Fillmore.Their 1967 Album Surrealistic Pillowwas on every record player in every house I was in that year. It was on the radio, it was in our heads. Feed Your Head!..Another Bay Area Institution was CCR, they brought more Americana to our ears and made it cool to wear flannel again. Led Zeppelin and Elton John. Two very different English and music sensibilities, both important to the evolution of the revolution.Â It's the big ones this weekend brothers and sisters. Bring your good vibes and clean up after yourselves.
The Jefferson Airplane "Today" from Surrealistic Pillow. Live at the Fillmore.
Hey, the incense is burning, and the tribe is gathering again this Saturday for our flashback to the 60s...We'll start with one of the hottest English bands ever, featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page..it's a real rave-up. Rave-up is the term the English used to define a song that keeps building in momentum and has plenty of room for jamming. Neil Young will give us a peek into his acoustic side before he takes the stage at the Mondavi Center next week. We'll hear a band that represents the East Coast mindset of the revolution, it was different from us out here on the coast. Some organic rock and roll from the Golden State will be featured in the second hour. Later it would be called Americana, then, it was just good time picking. I have a mess of Beatles singles, Steppenwolf, The Who and Jethro Tull. Put on that headband and Beatle Boots and meet me at the Van. Psychedelic and far out man.
Well we have a 4th of July weekend and we'll celebrate our independence by expressing our freedom. Freaks, we will free up our souls with some sweet rock and roll from those days when we were young and feeling frisky. The Byrds, The Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead should satisfy our California roots. Let's face it, the real cultural revolution took place here in the Golden State, eventually everyone figured out we were having a good time and they joined in also. Neil Young will bust out with some early Crazy Horse stuff, Traffic will go into a long dreamy jam, perfect for inner reflection and George Harrison will show us why his soul was always searching for the inner peace. Procal Harum will show off why Robin Trower was their best guitar player ever and Rod Stewart will break from the faces and launch his solo career with some real flair. We'll take a side trip to the White Album with the Beatles, hot off their enlightened trip with the Maharishi. And Leon Russell who is coming to Harlow's soon, will step out onto the tightrope. Now, don't you feel free. The revolution, a great intro into the Eagle's top 200 classic rock songs of all time. The trip starts at 7am sharp, see you there.
This week's guilty pleasure is what we call Say You Want a Revolution...admit it, 60s rock still turns you on. How could you not love Arlo sing about smuggling in weed, the Rolling Stones sailing down America's mainstreetand Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs jaming on some early San Francisco stuff. The world will get a little crazy with Arthur Brown and Graham Nash reflects on the flash point of the counter culture. The Dead, The Band and Sly and his family will all keep our toes tapping, which is kind of fun when your not wearing shoes. Ray Davies turned 66 this week, he will be by with a few choice words regarding his English Accent. The one true collaboration from CSNY will bring us back like a case of Deja Vu. And Traffic will take us to the place where Fantasy meets more Fantasy...the bus leaves at 7am sharp, even though your not "into Time"...Come a little further with me this Saturday..
Here it is, the middle of June and it's that time of the year I think about the Monterey Pop Festival. The first real pop festival of it's kind. An innocent time when the straights, the Hippies, the Soul Brothers and Sisters, all got together to see some great music and feel free. It was in 1967 and it sort of kicked off the Summer of Love.Â This is when music became business. It was when big deal record execs. came to N. Cal and started signing most of the San Francisco bands. Steve Miller signed for a huge amount at the time. We'll have plenty of artists that played Monterey this weekend. The Who made their U.S. Festival debut, Jimi made his American Debut with the Experience, Eric Burdon was there and so were a bunch of L.A. Bands.And Janis Joplin mesmerized the audience with her energy and sheer power. About 200, 000 people over the course of 3 days made their way to the Monterey Penninsula that weekend. Put on your bell bottoms, love beads, roach clips, granny glasses and buckskin jackets, we are going to the first pop festival this Saturday...Monterey.
Jimi at Monterey
Get on the Bus and travel back to the 60s, and yes, even the early 70s. Back when a band could go off to the country, work up some creative juices, and create truly unique music. We'll start at 7am with a band just like that. A couple from Rock's first true opera, and a song that was made as a promotional piece for some new technology of the time. We'll flash back to Clapton and Mayall working together, Jimi Hendrix will bring out his blues chops and the Allman Brothers will wail Fillmore style. Steve Miller, who headlines our 20th anniversary concert, will drop back to his S.F. days and earn the name "Space Cowboy"..the Beatles are gonna do a couple of covers, from the Isley Brothers and Carl Perkins. Also, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Grand Funk will stretch out on their classic "I'm Your Captain". and yes, I will be. As long as I am at the helm, this psychedelic ship will sail on..hopefully avoiding the rocks up ahead. If you have a suggestion for the flashback, let me know. Now, keep feeding each other.
Allman Brothers with DuaneCheck out Keith
Nothing new here, we all knew the Beatles blew their own minds. It happened shortly after they met Bob Dylan in 64. We'll check out their 1966 work, two albums actually. Rubber Soul and Revolver. Were the Beatles slightly altered, you bet. These two albums seal the deal. Highly creative stuff here. Early Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett will explore women's lingere, Jimi Hendrix will get all cosmic on us, and the Jeff Beck group will get down. C.S.N will remember this anniversary date of Robert Kennedy's assasination...42 years ago. One of rock's first supergroups will cover a Buddy Holly song, and Cream will take us on a journey through a psychedelic haze of ancient mythology. The Stones will take it to the streets and the Who will sell out, but in a good way.Â Birthday's this week included Big Brother's Bassist, Peter Albin, and we'll remember a couple of great musicians that played with the Byrds. Clarence White and Michael Clark. All in all, a pretty good trip this Saturday. Keep feeding each other. We must be in paradise man!
Syd Barrett and his friend Arnold Layne.
Robert Kennedy r.i.p. We remember you this week.
On you way to Woodsquawkthis Saturday, stop by the Revolution. 7-10am. We'll throw out a set of hit singles from the mid 60s, AM radio fodder you know. You will also trip out on a whole long set of music to encourage the Sun to come out, stay out and give us that Summer vibe..bout time don't ya think? A double shot from the Stones fine albumLet it Bleed, and a deuce from the boys in theÂ Zeppelin. Birthday boys John Fogerty and Bob Dylan will be represented with some of thier finest work. In fact, check out Dylan in the video below to catch one of the first ever music videos, except it's actually on film, not video. John Fogerty just recieved an "Icon" award from the music industry, and indeed he is becoming one. Also celebrating a birthday is one of our favorite stoners, Tommy Chong. How can this hipster be 72 years old?! We'll also go back to a certain hotel room in 1966 in London where the Beatles sat around with the only musician they felt was superior to them. High praise indeed. In fact that particular day there was a lot going on elsewhere. We'll talk. We will also be forming a caravan in front of the Head Shop for a trip up to Max Keller's farm. Hey man, your either on the Bus, or your off the Bus. Ken Kesey said that. By the time we got to Woodsquawk, we were half a million strong.
HAPPY B'DAY TOMMY
Here comes the weekend, and we are definitely going to rock revolution style this Saturday A.M. We'll light the incense and peppermint and let the groovy vibe take us to some far-out places. Neil Young will come down from the mountain and plug into some great rock and roll. We will have a stretch from those boys who were "torn and frayed in the South of France"..the result was the Stones album Exile on Main Street. The duluxe edition is released this coming week. I will have some great background info for ya. It was a crazy week in history for the Jefferson Airplane, both the bass player and lead singer seemed to have gotten arrested for pot possesion. I guess they didn't have a medical marijuana cardwith them.Â A couple of great cover tunes from the Springfield and C.C.R. Dylan will team up with Leon Russell and the Beatles will once again get on the bus for the Magical Mystery Tour. The birthday room will honor the likes of Cream's Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Eric Burdon. and of course, the Revolution's court jester, Wavy Gravy picks up another candle on the carrot cake. Join Moonbeam and I for the hippest show on the radio since Amos and Andy, Say you want a revolution..our flashback to the 60s and early 70s.
THE STONES ARE GETTING HIGH...DON'T BOGART IT MICK!
MAGICAL MYSTER TOUR...SILLY FUN FROM THE FAB 4
Hitch a ride to the Revolution this Saturday. Our first stop is the Fillmore, Winterland, the Avalon, the Carousel Ballroom and all the other places that offered a venue for the San Francisco Bands. It will be our Bay Area Band Boogie Hour with Janis, the Dead, Santana, Quicksilver, the Airplane, Moby Grape, Steve Miller, CCR, and It's a Beautiful Day..whew..I hope Bill Graham has a big barrel of apples waiting for us. We'll feature a song that Dylan gave us that broke all the rules, inspired a whole book, and had a message that we are all still trying to figure out. Clapton and Peter Greene will keep the British Blues scene going and the Stones will be their naughty cool selves with a couple of mid 60s rockers. We will also have a song that ran so long most stations only played the edit..not here on the Revolution..we play the whole damn thing. We will have plenty of collective groove material to get us up and going this Saturday. Join me in the Brown Rice room and we will get out thing together.
By the way, here is some of the interview with Sam Cutler, Stones and Dead tour manager 60-74.
Saturday morning, the Sun is up and you would like to be? Join the party for Say You Want a Revolution, our flashback to the 60s and early 70s. This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the great White House invasion. Even before the recent White House party crashers, in 1970 Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman, who is on trial for conspiring to riot in the 68 democratic National Convention at the time, are turned away from a party for Tricia Nixon. Grace was invited by Tricia, Abbey was her date. We'll get into some early Airplane in our first hour this weekend. 1967, the year of the first Doors album, and second album also now that I think about it. We will feature this most amazing debut, talk about the stories behind it and revel in the renassaince of Jim and the Doors. CCR's rythm section is having a birthday this weekend. Both Doug the drummer and Stu the bassist, are turning the big 65. We are going to have the best of British guitar players drop by, listen for a set from Clapton, Harrison, Frampton and Beck. We will also be putting up some of the interview with Sam Cutler, the man who was the Stones tour manager in 69 (sitting with me in the above pix)Â and the Dead's road manager from 70-74..He has some great stories to tell in his new book "You Can't Always get What You Want". Until then," keep feeding each other, and keep kissing, it builds up your lips: I believe Wavy Gravysaid that.
It's the show worth getting up early on Saturday for, it's our weekly trip back to the 60s, those crazy, psychedelic, free-form 60s. Starting with the number 1 album of the 60s, Sgt. Peppers and working our way through some early Stones. Jimmy Page will split his time between the Yardbirds and Zeppelin and then we'll give you a good hit of CSNY's album Deja Vu. It's almost like all this has happened before.Donovan will speak in tongues, the Dead will remind us why we love them, and Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar, part of the stage, and his hair on fire. Whew, and there is more. I'll have a story of why Jim Morrison reallly needed some job counseling, and why the Beatles 1966album sounds like they may have discovered drugs, ya think?. And A rare recording of the Jefferson Airplane before they could fly, when they were called theGreat Society. We'll finish it up with a band that made it's debut at a free concert in front of a half a million people.in London's Hyde ParkÂ ..A lot going on, best to get their early. The hog farm will be serving breakfast in bed for 400,000 and we'll save some for you. See you Saturday!
Here is the Jefferson Airplane before Grace, with Signe Toly Anderson. Marty is singing lead.
The Supergroup, Clapton, Winwood, Baker and Gretch.
Dylan and the Band will get us up and grooving first thing this Saturday morning. We'll take a minute out to remember the Band's keyboard player Richard Manuel who would have celebrated his 67th this week. The English gave us progressive rock and those classically trained musicians will get their licks in. We'll get a double shot of Hendrix in on this, the anniversary of his first British tour. We'll talk about photographer Jim Marshallwho died two weeks ago, his photos were a remarkable and gave form to our lives in the shape of album covers, posters and magazine articles. Peter Frampton's early band, Humble pie will rock the house, and we will remember the lead singer of the Boxtops, Alex Chilton.I have a Stones song that features only Mick and Keith, the other boys in the band fell asleep and missed the session. Lou Reed will give us a taste of New York rock and roll and Canned Heat will echo the sentiment of so many hipsters of the time, words that still ring true today. Birthdays this week for Eric Clapton, 3 time inductee into the rock and roll hall of fame, John Barata, the drummer who played with the Turtles and CSN. Leon Russell who pretty much was the all around session player of the 60s,Â and hats off to the late McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters. This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of MLK's assasination. We'll also talk about the time when Paul McCartney visited San Francisco and hung out with the Jefferson Airplane. It snowed in SF that day...crazy huh? I'll turn on the black light for you. Just let yourself in around 7am this Saturday morning.
Richard Manuel, one of the most soulful dudes on the planet. Happy B'day.R.I.P.
Check out who Jim Marshall is.
Alex, you died too young man!
Leon kicks ass at the George Harrison benefit
Legendary rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall died in his sleep last night. He was 74. Marshall is best known for his iconic shots of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop, The Who greeting the sunrise at Woodstock and Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin. He was chief photographer at Woodstock and was the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles' final concert. Marshall had a special affinity with rock and roll artists, as he said himself, "I see the music."
Jim Marshall had just published âMatch Printsâ (a new book by Jim Marshall and fellow photographer Timothy White) and was due to appear at a media event for the book tonight at designer John Varvatos' store in New York City. Varvatos said, "We lost one of our closest friends and a cultural icon today. I will miss Jim very much, but his images will not fade away."
Hi and welcome to the Revolution, this Saturday morning 7a-10a, is the special time that we, the hipsters of a generation, gather round the drum circle and let our freak flag fly. We'll start the morning with the last Doors album to feature Jim Morrison. It will highlight both the glamour and the seediness of L.A. Recorded in a house on La Cienaga Blvd. in Los Angeles, it is a fitting memory to the blues roots of this great band..We'll make the rounds in the Bay Areawith Janis, CCR and the good ol' Grateful Dead. In fact, I will have some Dead news that will be most welcomed. John Sebastian of the Loving Spoonful will tell us why the band had that good ol American sound at a time when most of the rock and roll was coming from England. Bands like the Hollies, which were just inducted into the AMERICAN rock and roll hall of fame. Graham Nash will have a few choice words to say about his former band. We will trace the family tree of a couple of Hippy bands who came from the LA folk scene, a testiment to the creavtive flood that was the Â mid 60s, anything goes mood of the times. Birthdays worth noting, producer Jimmy Miller, "Mr. Jimmy" the Stones refer to in the song "You Can't Alway's Get What You Want" Jimmy produced the best music the stones ever did. Also with a birthday, Keith Relf, the Yardbirds lead singer on "For Your Love" and "I'm a Man". 3 hours of intense flashbacking and frivolity..what more can you ask from your Saturday Morning?
Rock on my Brothers and Sisters...Peace out.
The Doors - LA Woman
Stephen Stills when he was still fresh!
Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth
Rock Royalty...ya think?
See you this Saturday!
Steve "guitar" Miller, yes the Joker himself will be featured today at the Cafe Rock. Music and words from the man who has been making music since he was a child, learning at the knee of Les Paul himself. Played all over Chicago with the heaviest blues dudes in the world. Moved to San Francisco with his buddy Boz Scaggs and became the Steve Miller Blues band, then got psychedelic and eventually moved into the Superstar status that he enjoys today.Â check out this interview with Gibson Guitar Mag.
Hey Brothers and Sisters, this Saturday we shall all meet down by the river, or at least somewhere near our radio, cause once again we will flashback to the time when Hippies roamed the earth. The show starts bright and early at 7am with what made the 60's so exciting, musical adventurism. A great jam that features Paul Butterfield, Mike Boomfield and Elvin Bishop...Not to be missed. We shall hear a quick dissertation on hair and what it meant to have lots of it. Donovan will make an appearance just to keep it trippy, and even more trippy will be Kenny Rodgers and the first edition ...surreal!..The Good ol Grateful Dead will make some music we can dance to, and we'll wish Phil Lesh a happy 70th!..Early Pink Floyd will have that bright British sense of humour, a couple from CCR will get us all choogling and David Crosby will explain why the Byrds loved to do Bob Dylan's songs. The Stones will get all revolutionary and Dave Mason will show us why he was one of the best songwriters of the late 60s. Speaking of Creedance, CCR's Doug Cosmo Clifford and Stu Cook are still trying to put out a DVD on their 1970 show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Contractual obligations, and other legal stuff has prohibited this footage to be released. Clifford tells us, "We're the only major band that doesn't have a video..It's really crazy that we don't have something out there". Maybe soon.
In other news, Look for three releases from theDoorsover the next month. The first two are vinyl editions of Absolutely Live and Live in New York, both of which are newly released. The third is the soundtrack to When Your're Strange" a Film About the Doors...the soundtrack contains narratorJohnny Depp reading several selections of Jim Morrison's poetry, 14 songs from the Doors catalog and interview clips with all four band members.
Â O.K., I'm gonna get the place ready for this weekend, light the incense, turn on the black light, bake some brownies, stare into the strobe, things like that..see ya at the happening!
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Here is some vintage Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967. Look how young Elvin Bishop is! I guess we were all that young once.
My first thoughts when I heard that the record label/Hendrix Estate were releasing another posthumous album by Jimi Hendrixâ¦ was âuhhg, please spare usâ. Â But now that we have the album in hand and Iâve had a chance to listen to it for awhile, Iâve changed my opinion. Past dredging of the Hendrix vaults have given us material that was sonically a bunch of noise or song wise were best left unfinished. But Jimiâs âLatestâ âValleys of Neptuneâ is actually quite good. Discovering unreleased alternate versions of songs that Jimi Hendrix cut during his brief 1967 to 1970 reign has been hit and miss affair over the years. Every so often nuggets turn up. But to find a complete, undiscovered song, well, that is a true âEurekaâ moment.
Now there are four never-before-heard songs to unveil: âValleys of Neptune,â the psychedelic title track. âShips Passing Through the Night,â Â an ambitious precursor to the orchestral âNightbird Flyingâ; and two April 1969 leftovers from the original Jimi Hendrix Experience, âLullaby for the Summerâ and âCrying Blue Rain.â
The disc also has a vicious full-band version of âHear My Train A Cominâ,â which first appeared as a 12-string acoustic solo performance on the soundtrack to the 1973 documentaryÂ A Film About Jimi Hendrix. But thatâs not the end of the surprises youâll find on âValleys of Neptuneâ.
Ten of the albumâs 12 tracks were cut in 1969, when Hendrix was at the height of his creative powers and typically spent the nights that he wasnât on the road hitting a nightclub and then heading into the studio until after daybreak. It only took the opening notes of the first track, plucked harmonics floating on the wobble of Hendrixâs guitarâs whammy bar, to dispel my cynicism about this exceptionally engineered posthumous CD. The sound quality and performances are both excellent.
The disc starts with a stripped down â69 version of âStone Freeâ that radically departs from the hit single that Jimi originally cut in 1966, with a more driving, funky bottom end generated in part by the replacement of original Experience bassist Noel Redding with the R&B leaning Billy Cox. âValleys of Neptuneâ comes next. A few tracks of the song appeared in a demo-like form onÂ Lifelines in 1990, but this is re-mastered and it makes a big difference
Then Hendrix revisits Elmore Jamesâs âBleeding Heartâ again, displaying his beautiful vibrato as he explores the songâs theme of loneliness, with D.C.-area drummer Rocky Isaac replacing Mitch Mitchell. Itâs followed by a staggeringly grungy, dirty take on âHear My Train A Cominâ â, complete with explosive bluesy fireworks. Hendrix vocally scats along with the notes his legendary flying fingers are producing, making this as a far different version than the electric performance on the 1994 collectionÂ Blues. The next track, âMr. Bad Luck,â also appeared in part onÂ Lifelines and this version was obviously a work in progress to the version of âLook Over Yonderâ we heard there. The vocal is rougher, the guitar less blazing, and the rhythm less commanding, but it is still fascinating listening to see how Hendrix would build upon previous sketches of songs.
Even before the Jimi Hendrix Experienceâs debut album was finished Hendrix and his band were playing Creamâs âSunshine of Your Loveâ on stage. The song remained a regular in Hendrixâs concert sets throughout his career, and theÂ Valleys of Neptune version is roaring unreleased studio instrumental performance that finds Hendrix riffing extending the song out to over six minutes. Next comes a slowed-down âLover Man,â which has appeared on live and studio releases in its typical form, but this version is based on super-heated strumming and gutty, gritty blue notes colored by splashes of wah-wah and his signature slides and vibrato.
âShips Passing Through the Nightâ has a musical theme suggested by Howlinâ Wolfâs âSmokestack Lightning.â The studio version of âFireâ that follows is fast and furious, like the on-stage renditions that have been captured on many live Hendrix recordings. But itâs the 1969 version of one of my favorite Hendrix tracks, âRed Houseâ that truly makes this album a keeper for me. It was cut at Londonâs Olympic Studios and is a surprise for its sensitivity and restraint. It takes almost five minutes for him to really uncork a solo, and then itâs a lesson in guitar gymnastics that reveals his debt to Albert King the influences of Eric Clapton at his fiery Cream era best.
The ultimate test of any new Hendrix album, live or studio, to me is whether it achieves a level of quality comparable to the four albums he released during his lifetime, and while itâs not quite that quality through and through,Â Valleys of Neptune is easily one of the best posthumous Hendrix albums released. I would buy itâ¦ if hadnât found this copy in the mail a couple weeks ago!!To hear the Eagleâs Valleys of Neptune radio special on demand click here___http://www2.eagle969.com/listen_____________
Join me this week for our flashback to the 60s and early 70s. Say you want a Revolution....hell yeah I do! We'll start bright and early with a good old anti-war/pro military man protest song. We plan on prowling the backstreets of LA with the Doors and we'll hear from the best San Francisco band to never become superstars. Dylan will take us underground, Wilson Pickett is gonna get wicked and the Allman Brothers will take us to a old fashioned revival. I tell ya brothers and sisters, it will get rightous. / Cream, Clapton, Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, yes the blues will live and thrive this Saturday. Of course all the usuall suspects, the Beatles, Stones and CCR will drop in to catch the vibe. Our birthday salutes will go out to Walt Parazaider, the sax player and founding member of the band Chicago. The band that was organized in his apartment in 1967. Robin Trower also adds a candle this year, his work with Procal Harum is still the highpoint of that bands career as far as I'm concerned. Another fine old school guitar playerÂ is ex Canned Heat memeber Harvey Mandell. All still with us and celebrating another year. Here is your fun fact for the week:Â Billboard Magazineclaims that the Beatles are responsible for 60% of all current singles sold in 1964!
DYLAN GOING UNDERGROUND N.Y.C.
CHICAGO GETTING READY TO BLOW THE ROOF OFFÂ 1977
Just stick your thumb out and hitch a ride to the Revolution this week. I'll be waiting with a plate of brownies and a cup of Jasmine Tea.
Man this week it's going to rock. Our flashbackÂ will feature the man they call the "Belfast CowboyÂ Van the man will get things rolling at 7am, then we'll fly with the Byrds, a couple from the Beatles, we'll let Ringo sing one of them, the big sound of Chicago and the Allman Brothers will round out the first hour, better get up early. A little later Steve Miller with Boz Scaggs will remind us why it was cool to live in San Franciso in the 60s, so will the Jefferson Airplane and It's a Beautiful Day. We'll also spice things up with somegarage band rock, including a man who used to perform while his head was on fire..no, really. The Moody Blues, T Rex and Jethro Tull will prove once again why England used to swing. Just good vibes for the crew in the birthday room, including David Gilmour, Arthur Lee of the band Love, and Mathew Fischer, the cat who plated the incredible organ on Procal Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale.Â Oh, it's the 40thÂ anniversary of the album "Lie" by Charles Manson..we're not gonna play anthing from that. Join me Saturday, my furry freak brothers, and sisters. Looking forward to a farout trip with you.
This Saturday morning our freaks and friends will groove to Say You Want a Revolution..our flashback to the 60's and early 70s.George Harrison will go solo, I'ts a Beautiful Day will remind us why the San Francisco Scene was so cool, and to prove it even more, I'll highlight Santana'sincredible second album Abraxas. Winwood and Clapton, The Stones, and Steppenwolf will keep things rightous. We'll keep a spot open for you in drum circle, and enjoy the video, It'sÂ Santana right after Woodstock and weeks before Abraxas was released.
It's Friday morning, so that means after Mark and Brian we have the MetroPCS Unlimited Express. 90 minutes commercial free classic rock. We've got a special one today as we find out who will be crowned the champion in our Superbrawl of Classic Rock. Will it be AC/DC or Pink Floyd? Derek Moore will kick it off at 10AM, as I'm off today. Enjoy your commercial free start to your Friday.
In the meantime, check out the MetroPCS website.
Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood, Elvin Bishop and others came together Friday and Saturday night to pay tribute to Norton Buffalo, the late harmonica player and singer in The Steve Miller Band for 33 years. Buffalo died last October from cancer at the age of 58. The shows, which featured all of the acts doing their biggest hits and joining each other on some songs, raised money for the medical expenses incurred during his illness, as well as paying off his mortgage.
Miller organized the shows and had discussed his plan with Buffalo three days before his death. Buffalo did more than five-thousand shows with Miller, who was visibly upset backstage. He was overheard telling Buffalo's sister that he "can't get [his] head around the fact that he's dead." Elvin Bishop gave Miller a bottle of his homemade hot sauce, which Miller took a swig of, telling Bishop, "It stopped me from crying." -
January 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, Get Your Ya Yas Out.When it was released, Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone Magazine declared it the greatest live album of all time. But the main reason the album was recorded and released to begin with was to counter a very popular live bootleg recording that was circulating at the time, called âLIVEr Than Youâll Ever Beâ. Many devout Stones fans and critics actually still consider this 1969 bootleg the best live Stones recording of all time. It had been recorded by a fan in the audience at an Oakland Coliseum show using a âshotgunâ microphone and a small 5 inch reel to reel tape recorder, a fairly primitive method even for the time. Remarkably it boasts very clear well balanced and full sound. But itâs not just the recording quality; itâs the Stones performance itself. Let It Bleed had yet to be released at the time of the actual Oakland show and the Stones were heard blazing through Live with Me, Midnight Rambler and Gimme Shelter before anyone in the audience had actually ever heard them before.
The Stones countered in January of 1970 by releasing, Get Yer Ya, Yaâs Out. A series of shows in Madison Square Garden in New York City and one show in Baltimore had been recorded the previous November. Mick Jaggerâs initial vision of the album was to have it be a double disc that would include opening acts, B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner, but their label at the time would have none of that. The âsuitsâ at Decca would say, âWho is B.B. King, who are these peopleâ and trashed the idea. Mick says âI still have the original tapes at home and theyâre very goodâ. And in fact you can now hear them for yourself as theyâve just been released as part of a four disc CD/DVD package that commemorates the40th anniversary of the original release of Get Yer Ya Yaâs Out.
Whether you check the expanded new version or listen to the original vinyl or CD you will hear the Stones arguably at their creative prime. Beyond a strutting Mick Jagger and one of the best Rock and Roll rhythm sections of all time with Bill Wyman and Charlie Wattâs, youâll hear newly minted Stone, Mick Taylor joyously sparing and trading licks with Keith Richards. Sympathy for the Devil is a particular highlight. But there are really no bad moments and the adrenalin soaked version of Jumpinâ Jack Flash and the greasy, gut bucket blues of their Get Yer Ya Yaâs Out version of Honky Tonk Women will go down in Rock and Roll infamy.
Grab the volume knob and give it a hardy twist to the right and let us raise a whisky bottle and hail the band dubbed the âGreatest Rock n Roll Band in the Worldâ, from a time that they really were with a performance that perfectly marks them at their cockiest best!.
What do you do with 45 years of memorabillia from one of America's most popular rock bands? If it's from the Grateful Dead, you archive it. The University of California, Santa Cruz-home to video recordings, fan art, props and more donated by the band in 2008, is advertising for a trained archivist with a master's degree to oversee the collection. a $615,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help digitize the materials.
Most of the time when an artist releases an album full of covers itâs a sure sign that they have a monster case of âwriters blockâ or they are well past the zenith of their creativity. In the case of George Thorogood, itâs merely business as usual. George has been a master of re-working and mining the masters and not so well knownâs of the Blues and early Rock Nâ Roll pantheon through-out his career. Certainly many of George Thorogoodâs most well known songs, like Bad to the Bone, I Drink Alone, Gear Jammer and You Talk Too Much are from his guitar and pen. An equal amount of his most memorable songs and his signature sound, period, are close assimilations of the likes of Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Chuck Berry. So the fact that Thorogoodâs new Album, Dirty Dozen is nothing but covers, doesnât mean itâs an album to be immediately avoided. In fact itâs quite good and one of my favorite George Thorogood albums in a good long time.
On Dirty Dozen George is backed by the same band that was with him for his recording debut back in 1977 and most of his career. Though for this outing bassist, Bill Blough and drummer, Jeff Simon are now supplemented with some searing Texas Blues lead guitar work form Jim Suhler. Suhler is a great counter punch for Georgeâs always spectacular slide guitar playing and really gives this album much more grit and sonic depth.
Besides channeling his previously mentioned usual suspects, George steps up and hits one out of the park from Howlinâ Wolf and Willie Dixon, with Howlinâ for My Baby. Some others on the album that keep me hitting the repeat button are Six days on the Road, which is guaranteed to add about 10 miles an average to you speed if you happen to be driving while listening. Also the spend some time with the rave up in the Who Do You Love vein, Tail Dragger and the slightly novelty-esq lyrics of $20 Gig. (Another genera that George has been known to turn into gold in years past)
The long and the short of The Dirty Dozen is this; if youâve been a fan of Thorogood or rootsy authentic Blues and seminal Rock then jump right in. Or if want the mood and feel of a sweaty, beer soaked road house on Highway 69 without the expense of traveling there, youâll love the new George Thorogood album.
If you're Beatle's fan there is a new DVD due soon that should help tide you over until The Beatles edition the Rock Band video game is released in September. It ain't the Beatles, but a concert performance of the Plastic Ono Band's historic 1969 Toronto concert. The DVD offers a close-up look at John Lennon during a pivotal time in his career.
Filmed on Sept. 13, 1969, the eve of the release of Abbey Road (The last Beatles album to be recorded) The Beatles were already at each other throats. As Lennon later put it in an interview with Rolling Stone's publisher, Jann Wenner, "We were tired of being sidemen for Paul." So this performance was a bit of a release of pent up frustrations for Lennon and it shows. It had been three years since Lennon had performed onstage with The Beatles. This performance is raw and edgy, a seeming counter point to the overly produced and polished music that, in John's view, that the Beatles had been churning out.
Seemingly on a whim, John and wife Yoko Ono hopped on a plane with guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White (Later the drummer for Yes) to travel to the Toronto Rock 'N' Roll Revival festival showcasing. Many of Lennon's early musical heroes were on the bill, among them Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The film shows Lennon grinding out nasty chords and Clapton tossing out ripping solos on "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". It was the kind of material that fueled and inspired the early Beatles. After the early rock numbers at the beginning of the Plastic Ono Band's set Lennon delves into his own catalog with a rave-up of the Beatles "Yer Blues," and then the group feels its way through his then-new "Cold Turkey" and "Give Peace a Chance" before diving into Yoko Ono's improvised numbers filled with feedback and slashing chords and shrieks from Yoko... fortunately you can hit the skip button on these so you're not unduly scarred for the rest of your life. The entire performance is captured by Academy Award-nominated director D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room, Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop), this concert film serves as a great historical document, but probably isn't something for anyone but a devout Beatle or John Lennon fan. If you count yourself in the latter category, then by all means add it to your collection. You'll enjoy it.
Here is a list of "One Hit Wonders" from the staff at the Cafe Rock. Did we leave out your favorites?..any suggestions? Let me know.
1. FreeÂ Â All Right Now
2. Rick DerringerÂ Â RnR Hootchie Koo
3. Norman GreenbaumÂ Spirit in the Sky
4. T-RexÂ Â Â Bang A Gong
5. MountainÂ Â Â Mississippi Queen
6. Georgia SatellitesÂ Keep your hands to yourself
7. David EssexÂ Â Â Â Rock on
8. Gary Glitter Rock and Roll pt. 2
9.Â NazarethÂ Â Â Love Hurts
10. RomanticsÂ What I like about you
11.Â Mungo Jerry In the Summertime
12. Brownsville StationÂ Â Smoking in the boys room
13. Iron Butterfly In a gadda davida
14. Ram Jam Black Betty
15. Tommy tutone 867-5309
16. Head EastÂ Never been any reason
17. ArgentÂ Â Hold your head up
18. FabulousThunderbirds..Tuff Enuff
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We are coming up to that time of year for the rock n roll Hall of Fame to induct this years group of music makers. I am particularly happy that Jeff Beck gets the nod, even though he has stated many times he hates the idea of being put in any kind of museum. One of the things that the Rock Hall is doing to spice things up this year is to put together a Bruce Springsteen tribute called "From Sbury Park to the Promise land. It will feature various Bruce memorabilia and will live at the Rock Hall through next year. One of the more intresting items is the T shirt and jeans he wore on the cover of the born to run album. Whenver they have a special exhibit it really is exciting. The exhibits are displayed for only the biggest and most important acts..Bruce is all that. I saw one for Pink Floyd when I was there in 95..it was really complete. There is a ceremony every year, complete with performances.
What was the greatest year of what was the greatest rock band ever, The Beatles? 1968. That might not be the first year that comes to mind for most, but let me present my case the Beatles year a little over 40 years ago.
The Beatles put out a handful of No. 1 records, including the most successful single of their career, "Hey Jude" backed with "Revolution". Also "Lady Madonna, while late 1967's single "Hello Goodbye"/I Am The Walrus was ending it 11 week at Number 1 in January of 1968.
The Beatles release a sound track, A couple controversial solo releases. A monumental double album, The Beatles AKA The White Album. Some say their artistic if not creative high watermark.
Business on three continents was exploding with The Beatles seeing their most lucrative year of their career... to that point. They also founded Apple Corp., an artist-controlled record label and media company.
They went on their legendary international spiritual sojourn with the Maharishi to India. The Beatles also produced a ground-breaking animated feature and subsequent soundtrack to Yellow Submarine.
John and Paul made appearances on some of the biggest TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic. While both experienced the beginnings of the defining romances of each of their lives with Linda Eastman and Yoko Ono. The Beatles also graced the covers of some of the most important magazines of the era, Life, Look and Rolling Stone.
In America, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is bestowed four Grammy Awards at the 1968 ceremony, including Best Engineered Recording, Best Album Cover, Best Contemporary Album and Album of the Year.
For any other band, it would have been a spectacular career. For the Beatles, it was just 365 often hard days and nights. In a career that had long since transformed them from mere pop stars into cultural icons whose international celebrity was rivaled only by Elvis and Muhammad Ali. 1968 was arguably the Liverpool quartet's busiest, most productive year. Freed from the grueling tour schedules of early Beatlemania, the band's creativity blossomed with the turbulent times - as did the personal tensions between them. 1968 was indeed the crescendo and the start of the coda of a brilliant career.