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Peter Overend Watts, Bassist for Mott The Hoople Has Died

  • 5:58 am Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Aaron
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Peter Overend Watts, original bassist for Mott the Hoople, has died of throat cancer at the age of 69.

Watts was one of the original members of the band that had formed after a few different incarnations as other bands. Watts and Mick Ralphs began to tinker musically together in the 60’s when they met former lead singer Ian Hunter. At that point they formed Hoople and would go on to release 7 albums in 6 years from ’69 to ’74.

Ralphs, who is also battling health issues, Verden Allen and Ian Hunter now remain from the classic Mott the Hoople lineup, best [More]

Bob Seger Released A Glenn Frye Tribute Song

  • 9:02 am Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Aaron
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Bob Seger took a trip to Nashville a few months ago to work on a special project to commemorate his late friend Glenn Frye.

According to Seger this song is not intended to be a hit. “There’s no chorus per se or title section or anything. The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met.”

Take a listen and tell us what you think:

Metallica Return To The Grammys With A Promise For A “Very Special & Unique Performance”

  • 5:52 am Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Aaron
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The last time Metallica took the stage at the Grammy Awards they lived up to the hype by inviting classic pianist Lang Lang for an amazing rendition of the song “One”

Four years later James, and the boys return to the award show and they’re promising to pull off something “Very special and unique”.

After the last few years of the Grammys nominating what most feel are non-Rock acts to the best rock category, Metallica are putting their flag in the ground proudly nominated in the Best Rock Song category for “Hardwired” from their most recent album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.

You may remember the [More]

Billy Joel Ranks His Top 5 Favorite Billy Joel Tracks

  • 7:23 am Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Aaron
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Every once in a while an interviewer will get a musician to rank his favorite songs by other performers…but it is so rare for an artist to rank their favorite tracks created by themselves. That’s why when Billy Joel showed up on Colbert, it was great to see him do just that.

As expected, Joel stayed away from the radio singles for the most part. I imagine after hearing these songs hundreds of thousands of times that any performer would be tired of of their biggest hits.

For Joel, he stuck with sentimental tracks for himself:

Maybe Your Band Can Open For Bon Jovi!

  • 7:52 am Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by Aaron
Photo © 2016 David Bergman / www.DavidBergman.net -- Bon Jovi rehearsal at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ on September 29, 2016.

Bon Jovi has announced the dates for his “This House Is Not For Sale” tour. The closest it comes to Jacksonville is Sunrise, and Tampa. However, if you’re in a local band that thinks you have what it takes, you could be seeing Bon Jovi play arenas from the stage as YOU open for the legend!

The band has announced a new contest over at their website asking you to submit an audition video of original music, and pick a date on the tour you’d like to open for Bon Jovi!

You can even check out the submissions of other bands [More]

Lou Gramm on Rejoining Foreigner: “Nobody Told Me!”

  • 6:47 am Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Aaron
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Yesterday, and interview with Mick Jones sent the internet buzzing with word that Lou Gramm and other former members of Foreigner were returning to play with the band on select dates during their 40th anniversary tour.

But apparently, nobody told the former front-man:

“I have not been asked to join any part of the summer 40th Foreigner anniversary tour,” Gramm wrote on Twitter.

Welp, it didn’t take long for Lou’s management to get on the same page because just hours later Gramm was back on Twitter with this update:

Looks like we WILL see some of the original lineup in St. Auggie…just not the [More]

Lou Gramm & Others To Rejoin Foreigner On 40th Anniversary Tour

  • 6:24 am Monday, January 9th, 2017 by Aaron
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Foreigner was born in 1976 courtesy of the creative genius of Mick Jones. Now, 40 years later, the band has been through it’s fair share of roster changes.

One of its most controversial has always been the breakup of Lou Gramm, and the rest of the group. Gramm is credited with fronting the band through a lot if not all of their most successful albums, and singles.

According Jones though, the time has come to once again work with Gramm, as well as former members Ian McDonald & and Al Greenwood.

The band says they’ll host their former band-mates only on select dates, [More]

David Bowie Found Out He Was Dying 3 Months Before He Passed

  • 6:05 am Friday, January 6th, 2017 by Aaron
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Next Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s death. There’s been a lot of talk about how Bowie kept his declining health private from everyone, and that his last album “Blackstar” was meant to be his swan song.  But that may not have been the case.

According to a documentary that’s airing on BBC2 tomorrow night, Bowie didn’t know he was dying until three months before he passed.

Supposedly he found out his cancer was terminal while he was filming the music video for his last single “Lazarus”. He’d written the song long before, but the video has him singing lines like [More]

The Stars Come Out To Ring In The New Year

  • 8:44 pm Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Aaron
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Despite 2016 being a complete ass-kick on the idols of yesterday, some of the legends graced the stage one last time to wish it goodbye.

The all-star roster included some of the all-time greats, like Paul McCartney who showed up on stage with Alt Rock heroes The Killers:

Over in Hawaii at Alice Cooper’s annual fundraiser, Steven Tyler decided to put in some work in the name of a good cause:

The Piano Man opted against watching the ball drop from home as he was playing in Sunrise at the BB&&T Center. He even interrupted himself just to get the count in!

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi, U2 and Others Have New Releases On The Way for 2017

  • 7:33 am Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by Aaron
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As we close out 2016, we look towards 2017, and what a year it will be if this list actually pans out!

The folks over at Ultimate Classic Rock put together a round-up of “2017 New Music Releases” from Classic Rock artists and it’s impressive to say the least!

Reissues will continue to be a focus of the genre too with return efforts from our very own Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, and even Bon Jovi.

Among the other projects on the list are solo efforts from Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy, Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and others.

Check the running tab below, and [More]

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