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Keith Richards-"Sgt. Pepper's Was Rubbish"

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Keith Richards covered many areas including how he thought The Beatles got a little bit carried away in the late 60's.

Esquire: I've been thinking about Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and The White Album and listening to Beggars 
Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St. Over the past 20 years, I've 
listened to that Stones stuff far more often.

Keith: No, I understand—the 
Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you're the Beatles in the '60s, you just get carried away—you forget what it is you wanted to do. You're starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties—"Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we."

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The Grateful Dead Return With John Mayer

Just when you thought the Grateful Dead were done, it looks like they are not. Three of the Dead's "core four" players -- guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will play with John Mayer on guitar. It will be a Halloween night date at New York's Madison Square Garden, where the Grateful Dead had played more than 50 times in their career.
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Pretenders Chrissie Hynde Memoir Coming

There aren't a lot of details yet, but we do know that Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde will publish a memoir. Due on September 8th, you can imagine as frank as she has been in interviews, that the book will be no different. In fact, the press release has quotes like "incredibly frank” and "strikingly intimate portrayal." There should be plenty of material here, from losing early members of The Pretenders to divorce from Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr.
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Napa's Bottle Rock Festival/Coachella Announce Lineups

Napa's Bottle Rock Festival and Coachella in Indio, Ca both announced their lineups this morning, and both involve legendary Classic Rock artists.
Napa will bring in Robert Plant, Los Lobos and Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) Brotherhood with many other well known acts on May 29th-31st. We will have tickets to give away coming very soon. Also, if you want to buy tickets, they go on sale this Thursday, 1/8.

Coachella also made their announcement with AC/DC and Steely Dan as headliners on Friday nights April 10th and 17th. Yes again, Coachella will do the same acts on two consecutive weekends. See their poster here.

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Stream the New Robert Plant Album

You can now listen to the new Robert Plant record in full before it's release September 9th,“Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar.” Interesting that the new album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK A lot of nice tracks and textures are on this record. Stream the new album here
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George Harrison First Six Albums Part of New Box Set

If you are a Geroge Harrison fan, you might want to check out his new box set featuring his first six albums. The release, The Apple Years 1968-75, comes after the 2004 release, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92. Look for it to come with a DVD and a seven-minute film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia. Check out more below.

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McCartney and Kanye to Collaborate

Rapper Kanye West seem to have scored the ultimate guest artist for his next album. According to Page Six, West has recruited none other than Sir Paul McCartney to make an appearance on his next album.

The publication report that McCartney might be working on several songs together with West. Macca has previously expressed interest in working with either West or Jay Z, and it now seems as if at least one of those collaborations is set to happen.

McCartney recently had the honor of being the last artist to play San Francisco's famed Candlestick Park before the venue is demolished. Macca was the perfect choice for the event, since the stadium was the place for the Beatles' last concert way back in 1966.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Facilitate Bon Jovi Reunion?

The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days. Aside from providing amusement from seeing one of your friends or perhaps a celebrity being doused in ice water, the purpose of the stunt is to promote awareness and raise money for ALS research.

Now the challenge might actually produce a welcome side effect - helping to restore the working relationship between two of rock's biggest icons - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Jon recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge, as you can see in the video below. The participant in the challenge is called to nominate three new participants, and Jon decided to challenge Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres, David Bryan, and also estranged guitarist Sambora.

Whether Richie will take the Ice Bucket Challenge remains to be seen, but if anything it might be the crucial first step towards repairing Jon and Richie's working relationship, and bring the guitarist back to the band. Sambora left the group abruptly early last year at the start of the band's latest world tour in support of the album What About Now.

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Aerosmith Don’t Wanna Miss A Gig

Aerosmith have resumed their US tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, after drummer Joey Kramer was taken ill last week.

The band cancelled its Let Rock Rule Tour stop at Concord Pavilion in Concord, California so Kramer could undergo a minor medical procedure. Reports had suggested that Kramer had suffered from heart complications but the band released a statement saying that he had no history of a heart condition. “I’m feeling better than ever and I'll be back sitting in the best seat in the house, hitting it harder than ever for our amazing fans,” Kramer said. “My gratitude and thanks for all the love and support showered on me during this time. Feelin’ good feelin’ groovy feelin’ great!!! Nothin’ keeps the Kramedog down.”

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Jack Bruce: “I don’t believe there will be further Cream reunions”

It’s likely there will be no more Cream reunions, says bassist Jack Bruce. Speaking recently to M Music & Musicians, the rock veteran said, “I’m only in irregular contact with Eric [Clapton], but I know we have mutual respect for each other’s work. I don’t believe there will be further Cream reunions. However, I never thought the first one would happen, so there you go.”

Bruce, whose new album, Silver Rails, marks his first solo record in a decade, also talked about writing the Cream epic “Sunshine of Your Love” “One night I was working with my lyricist and friend Pete Brown, and we just hadn’t come up with anything good,” Bruce said. “Suddenly I picked up my double bass and played the ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ riff. Pete looked out the window at the glow in the sky and wrote, ‘It’s getting near dawn.’ I took the riff, melody and lyrics to a band rehearsal and Eric wrote the turnaround chords and we had a song.”

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