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.
Recently I did a phone interview with iconic Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson. We talked about a bunch of things but mostly it was about his latest project Thick As A Brick part 2. It picks up the story of the child Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age..now it's 40 years later and the story picks up in current times. It's really about a baby boomers journey through the years and what it has come to. There will be a tour with this production, No Sacramento date yet. The second part of the show will be the complete original Thick As A Brick performed in it's full form. Click here to hear the interview.
The Doors have put together a new video for their 1971 song "L.A. Woman". It features professional skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Alex Olson and Braydon Szafranski giving a tour of Los Angeles with stops at Doors related landmarks in Venice and Hollywood. Here is that video, it's really cool, and see if you can spot a few of the actual members of the Doors in this vid.
For all my "Feat Fans", here is a little conversation I had with Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere. He and the band will be performing this weekend at the annual B.R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival. Little Feat show up almost every year, and since they don't get to Sacramento much anymore, it's my annual chance to see them play. I am a HUGE fan of the band. I have gotten to know some of them a bit over the years, many interviews, backstage and even played golf with Billy and Paul and Kenny over the years. In our conversation, Paul let's us know what the band has been up to. Also, we talk about how much we both miss Little Feat's drummer, the late Richie Hayward, who passed away a little over a year ago. Check it out.
I just got off the phone with Bruce Cohn, owner of BR Cohn wine and olive oil company. Oh yeah, he is also the manager of the Doobie Brothers for the last 30 years or so. What a great life, making wine and olive oil in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the other foot, in the world of music. It's time for his annual charity Fall Music Festival, this year on September 24th and 25th. As usual it will be held at his magnificent winery and one of the best music venues I have ever seen. And so close to the stage! Everyone has a great seat. Here is a little bit of our conversation from earlier. Also listen to the Eagle and we'll tell you how to win tickets and accomodations in the wine country for the weekend. Good Luck!
We don't know what happened, but when Paul McCartney and his band opened Woodsquawk, there seemed to be some confusion with the band members.
While opening with "Hello Goodbye," part of the band decided to play "Jet" right on top of the song they were playing. Too much partying the night before with Betty Varacose? Probably.
Besides that, everything sounded great. This place is packed!
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
Bruce Springsteen's first car, a yellow 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with flames on the hood and side, is being auctioned off. He bought it on May 21st, 1975 for $2,000, and reportedly wrote the lyrics for "Born to Run," "Thunder Road" and "Backstreets" in it. In his book Songs Springsteen wrote, "In '70's New Jersey, the car was still a powerful image." The original vehicle registration, temporary insurance card and Allstate insurance card in Springsteen's name and address are included with the car, which is currently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Springsteen sold the car in 1976 and bought a 1960 black Corvette, which he still owns. The bidding starts at $390,000. --
The news came in this week that Owsley âBearâ Stanley died in a car wreck in Australia this week. He was about 72 years old, no one really knows for sure. Bear as he was affectionately called, was probably responsible for more LSD acid tripsthan anyone in the world. Not just his own trips, but Owsley turned on the world and was happy to do it. His LSD was legendary and made itâs way around the world and into some of the hippest musicians of the time. Iâm sure Jimi Hendrix was high on Owsley acid atMonterey, everyone was. This man who is the grandson of a Kentucky governor, had a life that was perpetual motion, a cosmic guy who once was actually a Ballet dancer for a while, Hence his iconic Dead Dancing Bear images. He was so much of the Grateful Dead. He was their sound man, light man; he helped design the lightning/skull logo. He created the wall of sound that was the best performance sound system in the world. Big and loud, but also subtle, Owsley gave the Dead their voice, a voice that could be heard all the way to the back of the stadium. Owsley was a student at UC Berkley for a while, and that is probably where he attained the knowledge to produce the best acid in the world. He turned on the bands, the audience and sent his product to England where the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and countless others got a little taste of West Coast Vibe. Steely Danâs songKid Charlemagne is the story of Owsley Stanley. He will be missed. Bob Weir of the Dead says Â "He taught me so many things, mostly to always be open and engaging.â Thatâs Owsley alright. He was always, to me, a man of mystery. Not a lot of pictures of him exist. He was happy to be in the background supplying the fuel for the revolution. You have to wonder if the Bear wasnât around, would Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters have been quite as merry? Would the ballrooms of San Francisco have been as colorful, or the people for that matter? Owsley always maintained âThe whole thing is about social movement. Itâs tribalism. Which is the only social structure that makes senseâ. Owsley, you made the universe grin, you set wheels in motion that still affects the way people think and relate to each other. I hope you have found peace. The Revolution is still going on Bear, R.I.P.
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
Â A Couple of great ideas came out of the 60s, and both were born in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area is often cited as the center of the universe for the "hippie cultural revolution". San Francisco has always been a hip mix of new ideas, strange and sometimes cutting edge fashion, rebels, outlaws, people who just plumb run out of country. Once you get to the left coast, you pretty much have arrived. Bill Graham, the rock impressario who Â made the brutul trip from Nazi Germany to freedom..would have been 80 years old this Saturday. He made his way to California, created the template for rock shows, and eventually lived like a king in the hills of Marin County. He brought some of the greatest musicians in the world, in all genres to a hungry audience. Monterey, The Fillmore Auditoriums, The world wide tour of bands like the Rolling Stones, all sprung from Bill and his Bay Area sensibilites. Happy Birthday Bill, you made my early years a hell of a lot more interesting. While Bill wasÂ promoting his shows, across the Bay, another great idea was taking form. Rolling Stone Magazine would hit the racks for the firt time in 1967. For me, a long way from SF and serving in the Air Force, Rolling Stonewas better than a letter from home.Â Jann Wenner, a student at Berkley at the time, Â also celebrated his birthday this week, and the newspaper he started in San Francisco, above a print shop South of Market street, still holds up as aÂ mirror to our culture. A couple of great ideas to come out of the Bay Area in the 60s, the Rock Concert, and The Music Magazine for a generation. Thanks Bill and Jann, and happy birthday, you gave usÂ a lot. Peace Out.
Two of the most unsual and perhaps creative icons from the 60s came up in the news this week. Captain Beefheart passed away andFrank Zappa's birthday came around. Both artists were on the cutting edge of some truly weird stuff. Frank if you can believe it was actually more commercially successful than the Captain, but both came up around the same time, the 60's youth cultural explosion. They actually worked together on some projects. Here are a couple of videos for the true fans. One is from Zappa when he appeared on the Steve Allen show as a young, well groomed composer. The other is of Captain Beefhart on an appearance on the Letterman show. Both hosts looked somewhat confused, but seemed to get "the joke". Enjoy.
Young Frank Zappa and Steve Allen
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.
This week Neil Young turns 65, I wonder if he will apply for Social Security. Neil has been part of the Northern California Musicians Association for many decades now. He has a sprawling spread of land South of San Francisco and with a nice view of...well everything actually. He has his recording studio, electric trains, animals, tractors and trucks....sounds like a pretty good life. He just finished his Bridge School Benefit and of course the two day all star event sold out as it always done. He is currently tourning as a solo, not acoustic, sol0 act. His new album is called Le Noiseand it's pretty intense Neil Young and Electric guitar music. We'll get Neil in on this weekend's Revolution, somehting with the Buffalo Springfield would be nice. I'll also have a piece from the Rolling Stones from the albumthat Keith says was a turning point in his guitar playing. Some one hit garage bands will be standing by, The Who with their best work ever will give us a twofer and a few old friends from the Bay Area will jump in also. George Harrison will do some Dylan, and Jimi will remind us that yes, he can really play the blues. It all starts at 7am this Saturday, we'll kick it off with the Allman Brothers. Just relax and float downstream, let it happen.Â Peace Out.
Neil and his Harmonica...he was already a little confused!
Gibson Guitar's magazine has an interesting list of guitar sounds, tones really, that got our attention right away when we firs heard them.Â Making the list was Norman Greenbaumand that crazy, fuzzy, distorted guitar he played in Spirit in the Sky. It grabbed me the first time I heard it, it gets me every time I have heard it since. It just cuts through everything else and becomes the signature of this song. Check out the story here http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/guitar-sounds-1104/Â and go over the whole list. Also check out the video below, it's just the guitar part isolated and you can get a real feel for what he is dong. Â Stay Fuzzy!
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
John Lennon's 70th birthday will be celebrated with a limited edition release by Gibson Guitars. Three models in its J-160-E lineÂ Â the ones used by John -- will be released this Saturday. They include 70 all-white "Imagine" instruments, as well as 70 others that carry prints of Lennon's sketches identical to ones he drew on his own instrument.
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.
Recently I spoke with Tom Johnston and John McVee of the Doobie Brothers. Both of them, in fact the whole band is overjoyed at the way their new album came out. The first new Doobies album of new material in 10 years! is called World Gone Crazy. It was produced by Ted Templeman who produced about 10 of their greatest albums in the past, as well as producing Van Halen's early stuff. The thing Tom Johnston was so excited about was the fact that the record went into some new directions. In other words, they were creating music instead of just turning out some predictable product. There are some special guests including Norton Buffalo, bittersweet. Give a listen to a bit of our conversation below.
Tom Johnston Interview-
doobie world gone crazy
I just finished reading a behind the scenes book about life on the road with bands like the Animals, Ike and Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix. It was written by James "Tappy" Wright, It's called Rock Roadie.In the book Tappy talks about the adventures of a young man, thrown into the world of international rock and roll, and traveling with the Animals who had their number 1 hit, House of the Rising Sun.The book has lots of fun and not so fun stories about groupies, hotel destruction and late night debauchery. In this respect it is much like other books written by people who worked with the big names in the biz. What makes this book chillingly different, is the premise that Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his then manager Michael Jefferies. Mike Jefferies was a pretty scary guy, and his main source of income was Jimi Hendrix. When Jimi threatend to change managers, Mike had him killed. It's all in the book and it's in the interview I did with Tappy a few weeks back. Check out the clip below and he will, in his own words tell you about Mike Jefferies and some other more entertaining stories about life on the road for a young man. The book is available on Amazon. Join me this Saturday for not only Jimi and Janis and Jim, but a whole 3 hours of the songs that kept the Revolution going for the up and coming generation of the 60s and early 70s.
The Animals, Circa 1964
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.
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.
I talked with Sammy Hagar about the upcoming show with Heart. Raley Field May 30th. It's a benefit called Walk and Rock for the Hope Foundation. They help kids right here in our community. Click here and listen to the Red Rocker.
There seems to be a trend lately where artists play a couplete album live. Bruce Springsteen did it, so did Steely Dan, even Devo have performedÂ a complete album, start to finish, live on stage. Now Keith Richards has been hinting that the Stones may join the fun. No word yet from the other Stones about this idea, but it's got me pretty hot! I would love to hear them play the entire Sticky Fingers album live and in the order the songs appear on the album. Start it off with Brown Sugar and that great guitar riff. I mean a gleefull song about interracial sex and slavery and lost virginity! Come on you know this is going to be good. How beautiful is Wild Horses, Bitch just cooks, and finally with Can't You Hear me Knocking we get to hear Mick Taylor off the leash and really wailing. Of course Mick Taylor isn't with the band anymore, but Ronnie could have a go I'm thinking..Please boys, tour and do this complete album. Sticky Fingers..It would be a dream come true for aÂ hardcore fan like me.Â What album would you like to see the Rolling Stonesdo in it's entirety? Let It Bleed? Beggars Banquet? Some Girls?....check inÂ and let me know, I'll pass it along to Keith.
Pete Townshend, Prophet?
Pete Townshend is generally acknowledged as a gifted writer/composer, a flamboyant guitarist and one of the true iconic figures in the history Rock N Roll, but a prophet? Yep!Â Certainly not in the Biblical sense, but Pete was a bit of a futuristic visionary back in 1970.
Iâve recently been reading, âWho Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend by Steve Wilkerson (great read by the way) and I was at the point in the book where Pete is struggling to wrestle the concept for his next âRock Operaâ he had in his brain into a form the rest of the members of The Who could understand and embrace. He never did. Pete was calling the story, âLifehouseâand the core of songs he had composed for âLifehouseâ were eventually re-tooled and become, âWhoâs Nextâ. A brilliant rock album, one of The Whoâs best, but it was a far cry from the epic sci-fi movie Pete had in his head and he always considered the album a compromise.
It would take almost 30 years for Pete Townshend to actually flesh out the concept of âLifehouseâ and technology to catch up so it could be performed on stage. Roughly the story is about a fictional post-apocalyptic society where people are cloistered in cities and forced to stay indoorsâ¦ nothing new there, weâve all seen plenty of movies and books with this theme. But itâs the next part I found so amazing and bit prophetic. People never left their homes they were forced to wear âExperience Suitsâ that were plugged into boxes that were in turned wired into a government system called, âThe Gridâ. This was a network that fed them âlife experiencesâ â everything they were deemed to need, from entertainment, news, social interaction and even sex. The story goes on to find a Hacker breaking into the system.
This was 1970!!! Long, 30 plus years, before the Internet, the World Wide Web, household computersâ¦ and porn sites would become ubiquitous. I would say Pete Townshendâs vision was pretty prophetic.
Oh, the âLifehouseâ story goes on to have that Hacker producing a rock show in a theater and inviting people to leave their homes once more to experience music together, person to person as a community. So I say, log off, unplug, get out of the house and head to a live show with some friends sometime soonâ¦ Ok, you can bring your iPhoneâ¦ (Cold turkey can be tough, I know!)
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_____________
It's another Friday, which means we have our MetroPCS Unlimited Express about to take off. How about 90 minutes of commercial free classic rock? Not a bad way to get headed towards the weekend. It's Bob Keller, and we'll kick it off after Mark and Brian at 10AM here on The Eagle.
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