Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This is embarrassing...

Thanks to Mike in Hampton Bays for sending this in to me...

I always enjoy it when people try to make themselves famous by singing or rapping to something major going on in the news. In this case, the clearly talented.... Bob Brown is going to teach us how to do the Obama Dance...

My only prayer is that this stupidity stops and that no one creates a McCain Dance...

Zpoke too soon...

My day of optimism yesterday for a reunion is crushed just 24 hours later... Despite reports that Robert Plant had finally signed on to team up with Led Zeppelin for a reunion tour, the singer has posted on his official website, robertplant.com that he has no road plans after his current tour with Alison Krauss, which wraps on Sunday October 5th in Saratoga, Florida.

The message reads in part: "Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years. Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets."

Plant himself was quoted as saying, "It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward. I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

Page, Jones, Bonham, have been rehearsing with a series of other vocalists, which reportedly include Myles R. Kennedy from Alter Bridge. There has been no official announcement as to whether the band is planning to tour or record together without Plant's involvement.
Oasis has announced the details of a new North American tour that will begin on December 3rd in Oakland, California and wrap up on December 20th in Washington D.C. The trek will mark the band's return to these shores since a run of dates was cut short earlier this month after guitarist Noel Gallagher was assaulted onstage (had his ass handed to him) by a concertgoer in Toronto. The group was forced to scrap the last few gigs of that jaunt, as well as several European shows, while Gallagher recovered from hip and rib injuries sustained in the incident.

Oasis will release its seventh studio album, titled Dig Out Your Soul, on October 7th. For a limited time, every Oasis ticket order made through Ticketmaster will include an option to upgrade to a special package containing the concert ticket, a copy of Dig Out Your Soul and an exclusive Oasis T-shirt.

Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday October 3rd at 10:00 a.m for their December 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

Monday, September 29, 2008

Super Bruce, Zep Reunion Rumors don't go away, Streaming Dylan

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have signed on to perform during the half time slot at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida on February 1st, 2009, according to Reuters. This year's Super Bowl half time show with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was watched by nearly 150 million people.

Over the past decade, the Super Bowl half time show has featured Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and U2. Springsteen has been on the NFL's shortlist for decades, but this marks the first time that he has ever agreed to perform in connection to any organized sporting event. So far, the half time appearance is "The Boss'" only scheduled show of 2009 so far.


Robert Plant has reportedly agreed to reunite with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham for a Led Zeppelin tour which may kick off as early as May. Page, Jones, and Bonham, have been rehearsing with a series of other vocalists -- which reportedly include Myles R. Kennedy from Alter Bridge -- in a move which many saw as a message to Plant that the band would hit the road with or without him.

An "inside source" told The Sun: "They were over the moon when he gave them the news. They are now forging ahead with tour plans and can't wait to get on the road... When Robert realized the band were serious about doing it without him, it made him think long and hard... (They) had all but given up on Robert joining them, but they were determined to go ahead (and) started to seriously explore other avenues."

Following the band's one-off reunion show on December 10th at London's O2 Arena, Plant had been the lone hold out for an extended Zeppelin tour, but according to reports, he's put off plans to enter the studio with current partner Alison Krauss in order to rehearse and plan the tour.
Bob Dylan will be streaming his new archival collection, Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8, for free on National Public Radio's website, beginning tomorrow until at least the album's release date on October 7th, according to NME.com

Friday, September 26, 2008

Money Money Money Monaaayyyy Mooonnnaaahhh!!!

The Police have been named as the highest-earning musicians in 2008, raking in $115 million in the past year. They were named the world's highest paid music stars by Forbes magazine for the $28.3 million each they made from their reunion shows. Also in the Top Five are Beyonce Knowles, Toby Keith, Justin Timberlake and Madonna.
  • The highest paid music stars of the past year, according to Forbes magazine:

    1. The Police ($115 million)
    2. Beyonce Knowles ($80 million)
    3. Toby Keith ($48 million)
    4. Justin Timberlake ($44 million)
    5. Madonna ($40 million)
    6. Celine Dion ($40 million)
    7. Rascal Flatts ($40 million)
    8. Van Halen ($35 million)
    9. Genesis ($31 million)
    10. Gwen Stefani ($27 million)
U2 lead singer Bono is moonlighting as a blogger for London's Financial Times newspaper this week. The anti-poverty crusader is dispatching reports for the publication about New York's Millenium Development Goals summit and related meetings.

Bono has blogged about his discussions with the Presidents of Spain, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana, and he reported Thursday (September 25th) that his meeting with Republican Presidential ticket John McCain and Sarah Palin was cancelled "due to gridlock in Manhattan and the (financial) markets." Instead, Bono spoke to the Senator and Governor by phone in what he called a "spritely discussion across a few subjects, including progress on AIDS and malaria, and the use of non-military tools as part of United States foreign policy."

Bono was in New York as a representative of the ONE campaign. Bono wasn't the only music bigwig at the summit -- Latin superstars Shakira and Alejandro Sanz met with several Latin American Presidents to discuss early childhood development issues.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Plea Fumpkin Ployd hapennings...

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is furthering his education while his band is on its two-year hiatus. The 45-year-old musician is taking classes as an "undergraduate visitor" at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. The Los Angeles Times reports that Flea is enrolled under his real name, Michael Balzary, and comes to campus several times a week for courses in theory, composition, and jazz trumpet.

The Smashing Pumpkins are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's formation with a tour featuring "unique" sets in cities where they'll be playing multiple dates. Original Pumpkins Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin announced that set lists will fall into two categories -- "Black Sunshine" or "White Crosses." Songs included in the "Black Sunshine" set will not be performed on the "White Crosses" list, and vice-versa.

The Pumpkins will play special "one-off" sets in cities hosting the band for a single night. Closest the pumpkins are in our area is:

November 6 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre ("Black Sunshine")
November 7 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre ("White Crosses")
David Gilmour paid tribute to his recently deceased Pink Floyd bandmate Rick Wright on Tuesday night (September 23rd) when he appeared on BBC's Late Night... With Jools Holland (Which is probably one of the greatest shows on television right now... I have Cabelvision HD and I can watch the show on channel 785... I suggest you check it out!) , and performed "Remember A Day," which Wright had written and sung on Floyd's second album, 1968's A Saucerful Of Secrets.

While talking to Holland, who co-founded Squeeze, Gilmour spoke about Wright who died earlier this month of cancer. He said, "He was a very self-effacing but very talented, lovely chap. We're incredibly sad to have lost him."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A little deeper with CH

The Pretenders are gearing up to release their first new studio album in five years -- Break Up the Concrete, which arrives October 7th. It marks the Pretenders ninth studio album, and the band's first release since 2003's reggae-tinged Loose Screw. The set was recorded in a Los Angeles studio in just 12 days, and according to Reuters, the material has an Americana, almost rockabilly sound. Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde said, "This was something that I really felt I was being becoming pulled toward and attracted to, this more American sound which I had never explored before."

Part of that Americana sound may have to do with Hynde spending more time in her birthplace, Akron, Ohio. Hynde left the city for London in 1973 and has been overseas ever since. But more recently, she's been back to Akron to be with family. The 57-year-old singer said, "I think I probably have, as a singer, more of an inherent country voice than I would ever like to imagine I did. I think I was in denial."

Meanwhile, Hynde is pretty happy the way things are, saying, "Hey, rock music, playing in a band, that's all I ever wanted to do. I don't think I've done anything groundbreaking. I'm just trying to play in a rock band. It keeps me from waiting tables."

The new album features guitarist James Walbourne, pedal steel player and guitarist Eric Heywood, bassist Nick Wilkinson and veteran drummer Jim Keltner.
Neil Young has announced the line-up for his 22nd annual Bridge School Benefit concerts on October 25th and 26th, at Shoreline Amphitheater just outside San Francisco. Rolling Stone reported that this year's shows will feature Young, ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Sarah McLachlan, Death Cab For Cutie, and Josh Groban.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Musicians are loving that Obama

A star-studded new CD compilation inspired by Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency is available from Hidden Beach this week. The project, titled Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, features classic and current tracks by Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Kanye West, Dave Stewart and others. The set also features brand-new music as well as excerpts from Obama's inspiring campaign speeches.

The first-of-its-kind musical collection features an array of artists and material that reflects America's diversity and taps into the creative community's overwhelming response to the campaign's universal themes of hope, unity and change.

Others featured on the album are Jill Scott, Los Lonely Boys, Jackson Browne, BeBe Winans, Lionel Richie, Adam Levine, Keb' Mo' and John Legend.
New music featured on the compilation include Lionel Richie's "Eternity," Dave Stewart's "American Prayer," John Legend's "Pride In The Name Of Love," Suai's "Am I All Alone?" Ken Stacey's "America," Malik Yusef's "Promised Land," featuring Kanye West and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, and Shontelle's "Battle Cry."

Yes We Can the CD is available via both digital download and hardcopy CD exclusively on the Obama campaign's official website with all proceeds benefiting the campaign's fundraising efforts. After the November 4th presidential election, the disc will be made available to the general marketplace by way of Hidden Beach's website as well as retail outlets worldwide.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Santana vs. Young Cage Match Comming Soon...

Carlos Santana took a swipe at Neil Young by responding to Young's recent comment that music couldn't change the world. Santana told dallasnews.com, that, "I'm sorry if people's feelings get hurt, man, but the ones that say music can't change the world weren't real musicians to begin with. Every day when you hear Bob Dylan's 'Blowin' In The Wind' or Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On,' we're changing the world. Music is the only way to bring unity and healing on this planet, beyond politics or religion."

Santana, who has often likened the art of making music to religion, "It's like church, but it's not plastic. A lot of churches are like going to a very slick car dealer. But this church doesn't want your money -- it wants you to invest in the light inside of you."

He said that his upcoming career-spanning compilation, called Multidimensional Warrior, expresses the earnest nature of some of his more overlooked songs: "Ain't no doubt about it, it's a spiritual CD. Something compelled me to go into the vault and compile the whole thing within an hour. This voice kept telling me, 'This is a letter to your fans reaffirming there's divinity in every molecule in your body."

Multidimensional Warrior is due out September 30th.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

So much going on today, I may be late for work...

So much to tell you about today I decided to start today's update with a poem...

(throat clearing)
Remembering a great
Taking long breaks
odd pairings with Bono
new jeans from sheryl

Roses are red
EHM Rules!!
I hope you enjoy
Today's music news

Thank You...

It was 38 years ago today (September 18th, 1970), that Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, about two months shy of his 28th birthday. Nearly 40 years later, the events surrounding his death remain sketchy at best, with the only clear fact being that the coroner report stated that Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, which mainly consisted of red wine. Monika Dannemann, his girlfriend at the time, has long contended that he was alive when placed in the ambulance.
Foo Fighters plan to take a "long break" from recording and touring, according to NME.com. Frontman Dave Grohl told England's BBC Radio 1 that fans should not expect to see a follow-up to last year's Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace for quite some time, explaining, "We've never really taken a long break, I think it's time...we've played to everybody. We're over in the U.K. every year, every summer, so I think it's time to take a break and come back over when people really miss us."
U2 frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge will guest on Tom Jones' upcoming new album, which is called 24 Hours and comes out on November 25th. The pair contribute to a track called "Sugar Daddy." Jones has also covered Bruce Springsteen's latest song "The Hitter," which Springsteen wrote and recorded for the soon-to-be released movie The Wrestler. The album is the first by Jones to be released in the U.S. in 15 years.
Sheryl Crow is making the most of her new clothing line, Bootheel Trading Company, by donating 10% of all proceeds from all retail sales to breast cancer research during the month of October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The cause means a lot to Crow, a breast cancer survivor and now advocate for research and awareness. The money raised will benefit the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. Crow plans to continue helping the cause by making donations and creating specific products to benefit research and education.

Crow's line will debut at Dillard's and other department stores nationwide this fall. Retail price points for the Bootheel Trading Co. collection range from $25 for tops to $65 for jeans.
The debut collection will feature mid-priced jeans, denim jackets and tops, featuring a vintage Americana style that reflects Crow's own style.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canceled Crowes

The Black Crowes have canceled five shows due to "a band member's unexpected illness," according to a statement issued by the group. The affected gigs began with Tuesday night's (September 16th) show in Mesa, Arizona, followed by four more West Coast shows. The statement from the group added, "Despite our best efforts, it is not possible to reschedule the canceled shows at this time. However, we are working diligently to reschedule these markets in early 2009...We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause our fans. We greatly appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon."

Canceled Black Crowes tour dates:
September 16 - Mesa, AZ
September 17 - Los Angeles, CA
September 19 - Santa Barbara, CA
September 20 - San Diego, CA
September 21 - Santa Rosa, CA

The bands 4 NYC dates in late October and early November are not affected.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Richard Wright

Pink Floyd co-founder and keyboardist Richard Wright died yesterday following a brief battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

A spokesman for the Wright family issued a statement saying, "The family of Richard Wright, founding member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Wright is survived by his third wife Millie and four children. Wright's daughter Gala is married to bassist Guy Pratt, who has been Floyd's main bassist since Roger Waters left the band.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Rick Wright founded Pink Floyd in London in 1965 with guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters, and drummer Nick Mason. In 1968 when Barrett's metal illness and drug use rendered him unable to keep up with the band professionally, Barrett's close friend David Gilmour joined the band as a second guitarist, and then eventually replaced Barrett as a full-time member.
Twenty-three vintage Bob Dylan poems will be included in the upcoming book Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript, according to Rolling Stone. The poems were written in 1968 for the book which feature classic Hollywood photos by photographer Barry Feinstein. Feinstein is best known for shooting the cover of Dylan's 1963 album The Times They Are A-Changin', George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Janis Joplin's Pearl, and many more legendary rock shots.

The long-unreleased book, which was originally planned over 40 years ago, pairs Dylan's poems next to shots of legendary movie stars, including Marlon Brando.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Some Pics from the Rowdy Hall Broadcast

Me behind the bar... I make a mean Shirley Temple

In the middle of a long set of EHM music and round 1 of appetizers...

Broadcasting Live from the middle of Route 27, thanks to everyone who honked!
Getting Help with the Blues Fix at 6!

Go Rowdy Hall Rugby Team!

Elton back in town to say goodbye...

For the first time in history, Elton John will perform his 1973 double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in its entirety on October 20th at New York City's New Amsterdam Theatre. It was announced on eltonjohn.com that all proceeds will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), and Friends In Deed charities, according to eltonjohn.com.

The show, which will be performed in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the album's release, will feature Elton trading off lead vocals on the songs with special guests including Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Jane Krakowski, Stew, Joey Arias, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, and the casts of the productions of Hair and The Lion King.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday! Friday! Friday! Is Live Broadcast Day!!!

I don't know about you but I'm definately ready for this weekend...

Don't forget to stop by and check out the live broadcast today at Rowdy Hall!!!

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OK on to music news...

If I could actually, physically kick myself in the face I would today, for missing the latest Dave Matthews Band show in which they headlined a benefit Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. According to RollingStone.com, the event raised funds for the Stand Up for a Cure organization, which raises money for cancer and HIV/AIDS research, among other causes. Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts, clad in a Barack Obama T-shirt, brought Matthews and co on-stage, saying, "I cannot tell you how excited I am to be in the greatest city in the world to introduce one of the greatest bands of the world!"

The two-and-a-half hour set featured DMB standards like "Ants Marching" and "Two Step," a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," (can't believe I missed this) a guest appearance by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson taking Alanis Morisette's part on the great ballad "Spoon," (seriously can't believe I missed this) and guitar work from Matthews' longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds.

Referring to LeRoi Moore, who died last month from complications due to an ATV accident, Matthews told the crowd, "We've had to great honor of playing this room a few times in the past, but this is the first time without our good friend LeRoi Moore. We want to salute him. We miss you very much, LeRoi." The audience responded with a standing ovation and chants of "LeRoi! LeRoi! LeRoi!"
Oasis or as I like to refer to them as Wussie-Oasis scrapped the final show of its North American tour, scheduled for tonight in New York City, because guitarist Noel Gallagher can't take a push, and is still suffering the after-effects of an attack that occurred onstage last Sunday in Toronto.(See my Tuesday, September 9th update below for the video of this incident) 47-year-old Daniel Sullivan shoved Gallagher into a stage monitor, bruising the guitarist's ribs and hip, during the band's set at the Virgin Mobile Festival. A show earlier this week in London, Ontario was also canceled. Sullivan was charged with assault and is due back in court October 24th.
It could only happen in rock and roll: Diehard Who fan Mark Wilkerson had a ton of unanswered questions about Pete Townshend and decided to collect everything he could on the Who's leader and write his own book. Townshend was so impressed with the results -- that he actually pitched in.

Wilkerson, who's an airplane mechanic, spent eight years writing and researching Who Are You: The Life Of Pete Townshend. He poured over Townshend's numerous interviews, and talked to many of Townshend's closest friends, family members, and colleagues before self-publishing the book in 2005. Townshend eventually got involved and granted Wilkerson a long and exclusive interview.

Fans can order Who Are You: The Life Of Pete Townshend directly through thewho.com. For more information on the book, log on to townshendbio.com.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

U.S. Foreign relations with U.K. A OK

The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are among the artists to be saluted this year at the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7th in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press reported that other honorees include Barbra Streisand, country singer George Jones, actor Morgan Freeman, and choreographer Twyla Tharp. Highlights from the honors will be broadcast at a later date on CBS.

Both Townshend and Daltrey released statements on thewho.com, with Townshend saying, "This is a great thrill. Since the Who began in the early '60s we have loved American music and audiences and have made deep and lasting friendships with everyone involved in the industry there. Roger and I both feel our work in the United States has been as important as our work at home. Because our medium, rock music, is quintessentially American music with broad and deep international and multicultural roots, this honor is especially meaningful to us Brits."

Daltrey added: "As a teenager growing up in the austerity of post war England, it was the music I heard emanating from America that gave me a dream to hang my life on. That dream was to make music and make it there. I am deeply touched at receiving this honor. The warmth and affection I feel from our U.S. audience is humbling indeed. To be added to the list of past recipients of this award makes that dream come true."


Paul Simon performed on Saturday night in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Convention Center as part of AARP's 50th-anniversary celebration, according to washingtomnpost.com. Simon's career-spanning set included such solo favorites as "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Gumboots," "The Boy In The Bubble," "Outrageous," "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard," and "You Can Call Me Al" alongside such Simon & Garfunkel classics, "The Sound Of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," and "The Boxer."
Amazon.com has previewed Bob Dylan's new video for his song "Dreamin' Of You." The clip features Harry Dean Stanton portraying a Dylan bootlegger in the desert who at times is seen rifling through such legendary and infamous Dylan bootlegs as The Great White Wonder and a CD version of the unreleased 1963 live album Bob Dylan In Concert.

"Dreamin' Of You" is an outtake from 1997's Grammy-Award winning album Time Out Of Mind, and will be featured on Dylan's upcoming set Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8, which will be released on October 7th but can be heard on EHM now...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Always keep your head on a swivel...

I think this is hysterical... Keep in mind I found this at 4 o'clock in the morning when I couldn't sleep. Watch as Oasis comes under attack. That's what happens when you tour in a rough and tough location like Toronto... watch this video starting at 1:20 in, Noel Gallagher goes down like a ton of bricks... Then when you think that it can't get any funnier, keep watching closely as this psycho turns and starts to go after Liam Gallagher... He doesn't make it but the punch that Liam attempts to throw is also very funny.

This story won't go away... Normally I'm ignoring all of the Led Zepplin reunion rumors because I'll believe it when I see it, but I decided to pass this one on because it has legitimate quotes in it. Basically Jimmy Page downplayed his recent sessions with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, explaining that the trio are not working up new material for an upcoming Led Zeppelin reunion album. Rolling Stone reported that on Saturday, Page appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival's press conference for the guitar documentary It Might Get Loud, which features him, Jack White, and the Edge.

Page dodged various questions about a Zeppelin reunion, but when asked point blank about the recent sessions -- which did not include Robert Plant -- Page reiterated that the Zeppelin reunion had already occurred at the one-off concert at London's O2 Arena last December: "We're not actually recording. Playing at the O2, that was our reunion and it was one day and it was at the O2 in London, and basically that was it because if you're going to do a reunion, you need four members. John Paul Jones, myself and Jason would sort of jam afterwards but it was nothing as monumental as people are speculating."

Monday, September 8, 2008

Desicion 08

For me the only thing this presidential election is about is getting a chance to see some great music. Whether or not "change" is in our future as a country is yet to be seen... I'll believe it when i see it, but political views aside there's no doubt that music, and some of our favorite artists are becoming more and more visible in politics and political support.

The Allman Brothers Band will open for the Grateful Dead during their October 13th reunion benefit for Sen. Barack Obama at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, according to pennlive.com. The show will feature the Dead's surviving members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann. Last February, Weir, Lesh and Hart performed together for the first time since 2004 at the "Deadheads For Obama" concert at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre.

Allman Brothers lead guitarist Warren Haynes will be pulling double duty by stepping in for the late Jerry Garcia, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti will be handling keyboard duties for the band's Vince Welnick, who committed suicide in 2006.

Meanwhile Sen. John McCain continues to get yelled at by musicians for using their music.

Ann and Nancy Wilson and Heart's music publishers have sent a "cease and desist" order to the McCain-Palin campaign demanding that they refrain from using the band's 1977 hit "Barracuda" as a campaign song for Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The Vice Presidential nominee has been nicknamed "Sarah 'The Barracuda' Palin, and the song was used last week during her appearance at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

No matter where you are in the political landscape of this country you have to admit Obama wins when it comes to landing the support of musical talent. With the Allmans's commitment to the Obama fundraiser, they join a long list of musicians who have thrown their support behind the Illinois senator, including, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Roger Daltrey, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to name a few.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I look like I'm forcing myself on Minnie!!

Its not as bad as it looks... I promise this photo was consensual!!!

John Mellendylan

John Mellencamp has uploaded a home video of himself performing Bob Dylan's 1963 social anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on his official website mellencamp.com. The simple video shows a black and white reflected image of Mellencamp wearing glasses and performing a straightforward version of the song.

Mellencamp's latest album Life, Death, Love, And Freedom was released in July and peaked at Number Seven on The Billboard 200 album charts.

John Mellencamp will next appear at Farm Aid on September 20th in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the Comcast Center. Among the other musicians appearing on the bill are Arlo Guthrie, Dave Matthews, Jakob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, Neil Young, Steve Earle, the Pretenders, and Willie Nelson.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bruce Springsteen will contribute a new song to Darren Aronofsky's upcoming film, The Wrestler, according to backstreets.com. Aronofsky, who is best known for such features as Pi, Requiem For A Dream, and The Fountain, posted about the song on his online blog darrenaronofsky.blogspot.com and described it as "... a wonderful acoustic piece. It makes me choke up every time I hear it. He really captured the spirit of the film and Mickey's character in the piece."

The Wrestler is about the struggles of an aging professional wrestler on the independent circuit, and will run at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. The film will make its U.S. debut next month at the New York Film Festival.

I'm hearing the boss will make a cameo in Judd Apatow's upcoming comedy Funny People, co-starring Seth Rogan.

Don't forget, in 1993 Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Song, for "Streets of Philadelphia" from the movie Philadelphia.
Bono says U2 is on such a writing streak that the band has decided to hold off on releasing its new album this year. According to U2.com, the set is now expected out in early 2009 so that the guys can keep plugging away at recording sessions in the south of France. Bono is feeling great about the new material, saying, "We've hit a rich songwriting vein and we don't want to stop."

The group has been working on songs for the follow-up to 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb since the beginning of the year in Ireland, Morocco and France. Bono said, "This is our chance for us to defy gravity once again. We have what it takes, we have the songs, new rhythms and a guitar player who is not ready to re-enter earth's atmosphere until he's taken a slice of the moon."

Bono, who says he wants to make the next album U2's best release ever, added, "I thought a while back we might have the album wrapped by now, but why come up above ground now if there's more priceless stuff to be found?"

BS Alert here...
I'm not saying I don't believe Bono and Co. but when an album gets pushed back thats usually a sign that something is going wrong.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chris Isaak Interview

Last Friday Chris called in to the show and gave a great interview... Thank you to everyone who gave great feedback and asked for this to be posted on the site...

Chris tells some great stories here, its a little long... but worth the whole trip!

Barack getting help from the dead?

The Democratic Presidential Nom is not exactly lurking around cemeteries... actually the Grateful Dead just announced that they will reunite on October 13th for a fundraiser for Senator Barack Obama, according to dead.net. Details on where the show will be are still pending, but foxnews.com reported that the concert will take place in either Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and possibly lead to future band shows.

The show will feature the band's surviving members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann. Filling in for the late Jerry Garcia, will be Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy Labor Day! And also thank everyone who has supported me, the Afternoon Show, and this web page all summer long! The E-mails and calls of support have been great and overwhelming.

On to music news, just when you think MTV doesn't still have a heavy hand in how we (and by we I mean an older adult generation that left MTV behind many moons ago) get our music, they've come up with another creative way to release an album and songs from some of our favorite artists. Artists I think we can all agree have left MTV behind many moons ago.

Full albums from Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others will arrive as playable downloads for Rock Band 2, according to RollingStone.com. The downloads will begin arriving in the months following the video game's September release, with Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape, the Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking reportedly among the titles making the list. Publisher MTV Games decided to add more full records to the game's second edition after downloads of Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance and Pixies' Doolittle were successful after the first Rock Band's release.

Rock Band 2
will arrive on Xbox 360 on September 14th, and will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Wii systems later this year.

A total of 84 tracks will come with the game itself, including a new song from Guns N' Roses, plus tunes from Pearl Jam, Metallica, the Allman Brothers, Paramore, Modest Mouse, Nirvana, the Who, Jimmy Eat World, Bon Jovi and many more.

The game will include the first and so far only video game appearances of songs by AC/DC and Bob Dylan, who have contributed "Let There Be Rock" and "Tangled Up in Blue" respectively.

Overall I do think this is great for music. Any chance that you can expose Dylan, Allman Brothers, The Who, to younger generations that most likely wouldn't discover them till many years later if at all, is wonderful!

Hoping you are taking advantage of this gorgeous weekend...

Happy Labor Day everyone!!!