British rocker Jon Lord, former keyboardist for the band Deep Purple, has died. He was 71 years old.
A statement on Lord’s official website says the Leicester, England-born musician suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple’s most famous tunes, including “Smoke on the Water,” and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002.
Last year, Lord told fans he was “fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure”.
In a message on his website dated August 9th, 2011, he added: “I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.”
The statement posted on Lord’s website said he died “surrounded by his loving family.”
Rest in Peace
Deep Purple – Jon Lord Solo (Space Truckin) Live 72
Last weekend was just a perfect weekend to be in Kiev. On Sunday they celebrated the final of the Euro, which by the way i want to take advantage of this post to congratulate all the people and players from Spain. But it is not only Football or “Soccer” (how they called it in America), its also good old Rock and Roll in the streets.
Queen returned to the stage Saturday (June 30) in Kiev as part of the ANTIAIDS benefit with Adam Lambert in the fold.
The performance of the band as usual was outstanding, and we will be hoping for a tour and have the opportunity to see this live.
Meanwhile here is the complete show of last Saturday. Enjoy the show.
‘Seven Seas of Rhye’
‘Keep Yourself Alive’
‘We Will Rock You’
‘Fat Bottomed Girls’
‘Don’t Stop Me Now’
‘Under Pressure’ (Roger/Adam duet)
‘I Want It All’
‘Who Wants to Live Forever’
‘A Kind of Magic’ (Roger)
‘These Are Days of Our Lives’ (Roger)
‘Love of My Life’ (Brian)
‘Drum Battle / Guitar Solo’
‘I Want to Break Free’
‘Another One Bites the Dust’
‘Radio Ga Ga’
‘Somebody to Love’
‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’
‘The Show Must Go On’
‘Tie Your Mother Down’ (Brian)
‘We Will Rock You’
‘We Are the Champions’
Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number Of The Beast’ has been voted as the best British album of the last 60 years in a new poll.
The metal classic came out on top in a public vote conducted by HMV to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and took almost 10% of the votes cast. leaving behind Record Breaking and world famous albums like Pink FLoyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Queen’s “A Night at the Opera.”
Another big surprise on the poll is the second place. Depeche Mode’s “Violator,” while The Beatles took 4 albums to the top 10 but did not make it to the first.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson said: “We’re astonished and delighted to hear ‘The Number of the Beast’ has been named Number One. Some of the most influential and classic albums from the past 60 years were in the running so it’s a testament to our incredibly loyal and ever-supportive fans who voted for us. Iron Maiden is a proudly British band, so to win this category as voted for by the British public, in Jubilee year, is very special. Thank you to all our wonderful fans!“
HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo, comments: “You often tend to see the same artists and albums dominate album polls, but with social media increasingly giving the most ardent and passionate fans a powerful voice, I think that’s all going to change, and so it’s no surprise that Iron Maiden have come out on top as their fans are renowned for being the most loyal and dedicated around. Congratulations to Iron Maiden — we now know The Number Of The Beast is, I fact, ….1. The beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign, and the bright new future it represented, didn’t just coincide with a flowering of British popular culture, it helped to provide the very spark that lit the touch-paper for an explosion in music and film talent. Since then, the Queen has presided over the richest period of cultural achievement in our nation’s history, so it’s only right that her Diamond Jubilee, which ironically also encapsulates sixty years of the official charts, should be a period when we reflect on the greatest British albums and films of the past six decades.”
Other albums that not made it to the top 10 but were also nominated are The Clash “London Calling”, Radiohead “OK Computer”, Led Zeppelin IV, David Bowie “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, Black Sabbath self titled album, among many others that are part of every album collection.
The 10 Best British Albums of the last 60 years as voted in HMV poll were as follows:
1. Iron Maiden – ‘The Number Of The Beast’
2. Depeche Mode – ‘Violator’
3. The Beatles – ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’?
4. The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’
5. Pink Floyd – ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’
6. The Beatles – ‘Revolver’?
7. Queen – ‘A Night At The Opera’
8. Oasis – ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’
9. Adele – 21′
10. The Beatles – ‘White Album’
After more than a decade in development, it sounds like Pete Townshend is finally ready to release his long-discussed memoir.
Titled ‘Who I Am’ (a departure from the working title of ‘Who He?’), Townshend’s memoir is described by his publisher, HarperCollins, as “one of the most eagerly awaited autobiographies of recent times.”
“What I’ve never really done is just my story from my point of view,” Townshend explains in the trailer for ‘Who I Am,’ embedded below. The book, now scheduled for an Oct. 8 release, is available for pre-order from Amazon, where it’s described as “a work of literature that stands as a primary source for popular music’s greatest epoch.”
See trailer here:
Aerosmith have revealed that the new album will be titled “Music from Another Dimension” and the release date is August 28.
This album will be the first studio album since 2001′s “Just Push Play”.
Aerosmith ‘Music From Another Dimension’ Tracklist:
01. ‘What Could Have Been Love’
03. ‘Street Jesus’
04. ‘Legendary Child’
05. ‘Oh Yeah’
06. ‘We All Fall Down’
07. ‘Another Last Goodbye’
08. ‘Out Go the Lights’
09. ‘Love Three Times a Day (Hello Goodbye)’
11. ‘Shakey Ground’
12. ‘Lover A Lot’
13. ‘Freedom Fighter’
14. ‘Up On The Mountain’
Edu Falaschi, Front-man of the Brazilian power/progessive metal gods Angra, has reported in his official website his separation with the band. he also
Edu was the replacement of Andre Matos in the band in 2001, among with Paul Di’Anno’s drummer Aquiles Priester and bassist Felipe Andreoli, they joined the band in 2001 and created the album Rebirth which was actually the rebirth of the band.
Edu’s statement was the following:
“Dear friends, fans and partners,
“There comes a moment in a man’s life when it is necessary to make a radical decision in order to move forward with dignity and renewed energy.
“I’m in a very happy moment, where now, at age 40, I’m fulfilled and incredibly satisfied to have succeeded in making almost all my personal and professional dreams come true.
“I have a beautiful family, many wonderful friends and fans who have followed me for over 20 years and a lasting career with more than 15 albums released, several world tours and thousands of copies sold worldwide.
“I am a lucky person to have made ?it this far, singing Heavy Metal and been around the planet playing the music I love the most.
“I’ve been thinking for some time now, about the path to follow and finally came to the conclusion that it is time to take the more natural road.
“It is with a mixture of relief, joy and sadness that I have to declare that from today on I am not the voice of ANGRA anymore, I’m leaving the band already missing a lot of what we built together, specially the happy times of Rebirth and Temple of Shadows. I will never forget everything that we experienced from good to bad times, after all we must always look at the good side of things, even when things are most difficult.
“I am eternally grateful for those 10 years of many victories and for all the opportunities given to me, I wish them luck on their journeys.
“Whenever they want or need I will be around and ready to support them! I am and will always be very proud of our history! My life is music and music is the food to my soul. I have many plans and projects for the future! Some of them are already well established, strong and generating excellent results and so, they demand and deserve my full dedication, and of all the people involved in it. That’s why I also want to announce that Felipe Andreoli is not the Almah’s bass-player anymore! He will keep working only with Angra and his other projects!
“I will go on with my ideals and my career as a singer, songwriter and producer. Thank you all, with love…
here is an awesome full concert of the band in Sao Paolo. Enjoy!
Roger Waters’ THE WALL tour was originally scheduled to wrap up in Philadelphia on July 14, but he has had a “little” change of plans, adding another brick in the wall.
The very last show on the tour now will be in Quebec City, Quebec at Fields of Abraham on July 21 where Waters intends to make a record in music history books and erect the biggest wall to date ever build for a show by doubling the original size. Lucky Canadians. you have something else to enjoy.
Just to close this post i will quote Waters on this video below: “If you don’t come, there’s something f__king wrong with you”
Tickets will be available to the general public beginning on June 5 here, or fans can register on RogerWaters.com for a limited number of priority tickets (wristbands) that will be available in advance of the public sale for fans who register on between 9:00am on Wednesday May 23 and 9pm Thursday May 31.
The Day Tripper will be covering the event In July 12 in Washington D.C. and will be posting a review of this event.
Axl Rose haven’t had a good time lately when it comes to accidents and scandals made by himself. After the whole drama of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, he fell while partying in Russia and the next day tweeted a photo of a nasty bruise with the captions “Can u say hematoma?”.
Well, this past Sunday show in Liverpool wasn’t a pretty night for the Guns N’ Roses front-man who, as usual, came late into the stage. The crowd threw a plastic bottle to the center stage during the beginning of “Welcome to the Jungle” and Axl stopped the show and threatened to leave and not perform for them. Then he started the song over again and after that incident the show went through as a normal Guns N’ Roses show.
Accidents is the curse that have been haunting Axl since the beginning of the tour and Sunday was no exception. At the end of the show, when he saying goodbye to the crowd he fell again. Fortunately it wasn’t anything big. Axl… Please be more careful when you walk around.
Axl Threatens the crowd:
Axl Falls down:
After the “Bill Ward Crisis” and the whole drama on the reunion of Black Sabbath, they finally returned to the stage at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England for their intimate show to a crowd of about 4,000 people in the town that saw the birth of Metal.
This show was definitely a warm up for the Metal Legends, and having a intimate show in their hometown. With only 4000 lucky people that got to see the show that sold out 10 minutes after the tickets were out.
TOmmy Clufetos, was the replacement for Bill Ward, and it wasn’t a problem for him getting in the back of the stage and perform with Sabbath since he is the current Drummer for Ozzy’s Solo band.
The band played a set of over 18 of Black Sabbath’s classic songs. the set list was the following:
Into the Void
Under the Sun
Wheels of Confusion
Behind the Wall of Sleep
Fairies Wear Boots
Symptom of the Universe
Children of the Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)
After the show, bassist Geezer Butler took to his website to thank the fans for the evening, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you Birmingham. Best fans ever – you brought out the best in us. It was a privilege playing for you tonight. Tony was a hero – you were the best medicine he has had. Proud to be a Brummie.”
The next shows performed by the band will be at the Download Festival and at Lollapalooza later in August this year in Chicago.
First of all, Van Halen are getting along very well, is hard to believe on any Rolling Stone article you read these days. Claiming that the band “hate each other” and that they were “arguing like mad” is just another non-sense rumor made up by the magazine.
The 30+ shows of the second leg on the tour were not canceled, they were just simply postponed and they will announce later when are the new dates comming up. if you got your Van Halen ticket, and were part of the unfortunate ones that were whining about it, make sure to hold on that ticket. Van Halen is going to perform for you.
The reasons for postponing those dates are due to exhaustion of the members. They are not kids anymore, (well, Wolfie is a still a kid) and they have been working on “A Different Kind of Truth” Album, shooting the “Tattoo” video, and non-stopping touring. they deserve the break.
Here is the video were David Lee Roth talks about postponing the tour.
THE DAY TRIPPER IS BACK
On November 29, 2001, media outlets all over the world reported that former Beatle George Harrison had passed away, having lost his battle with cancer. But such statements were grossly insufficient to capture the breadth of Harrison’s life.
Often referred to as “the quiet Beatle”, Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience. Following the band’s break-up, he was a successful solo artist, later a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was also a session musician and a film and record producer. He is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
Two concerts will take place in Liverpool later to mark the 10th anniversary of George Harrison’s death.
The concerts will take place at 14:00 GMT at St George’s Hall, and at 20:00 GMT at The Cavern Club where the Fab Four often played. Flags will also fly at half-mast at both the Liverpool City Hall and St George’s Hall.
take a look at George’s last live presentation for VH1 in 1997
The British rockers, marking their 40th anniversary this year, are among the world’s biggest-selling artists ever – with most of their sales coming in the 20 years since Mercury died.
Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are busier than ever and Mercury’s songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” still endure as classics.
The Independent on Sunday newspaper said the singer’s death “seemed a mere hiccup in his career”.
In the years since, Mercury’s stock has risen, with a new generation of artists citing Queen among their influences, including Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams, Foo Fighters and Muse.
Mercury, 45, died at his London home on November 24, 1991. He had been diagnosed HIV positive several years earlier and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.
Queen’s lead singer is remembered for his captivating live performances, spellbinding vocals and enduring hits including “We Are The Champions”, “Killer Queen”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
With interest still high, a film about Mercury, starring Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, is in the pipeline, focusing on the years leading up to Queen’s stellar performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
“Even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever,” May wrote in a blog marking Mercury’s 65th birthday in September.
“He will always epitomise the perfect frontman – the consummate channel of communication between a band and an audience.
“He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come.”
In a statement on November 23, 1991, Mercury confirmed from his death bed that he had AIDS.
Within 24 hours he had fallen into a coma and passed away, having handled his illness in private and never complained of his suffering.
Read more: .news.com.au
Ozzy’s Boneyard, channel 38, will feature classic hard rock and metal music from artists like Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Pantera and Van Halen. The 24/7 music channel is expected to launch later this year.
SiriusXM listeners will hear Ozzy present music as well as share personal stories about his career as a solo artist and as front-man for Black Sabbath. The channel will also air shows and specials hosted by Ozzy family members, Sharon, Jack and Kelly.
“After everything I’ve been through in my career I never imagined I’d end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is fucking amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever I want?” said Ozzy Osbourne.
“No one represents the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal more than Ozzy Osbourne,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We know Ozzy’s Boneyard will be alive and kicking.”
Ozzy Osbourne recently announced that Black Sabbath has reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years and that the band will launch a world tour in 2012.
Ozzy’s Boneyard joins SiriusXM’s roster of channels created in partnership with legendary musicians, including Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville and Siriusly Sinatra.
For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com
Well, things are starting to heat up down on E Street.
A lot of you have been hearing that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be on tour in 2012. That is absolutely correct. The European dates run from the middle of May until end of July and are being announced this week. Info on the US dates and the World tour dates will coming up shortly.
In addition, we want you to know that the music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we’re planning for 2012. That’s all the info we have for right now, but we’ll get back to you–real soon.
The first dates to be announced are:
Date City Venue On Sale
21 June Sunderland, England Stadium of Light 3 Dec
22 June Manchester, England Etihad Stadium TBA
24 June Isle of Wight, England Isle of Wight Festival 25 Nov
14 July London, England Hard Rock Calling 3 Dec
If one member of the British Parliament has her way, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page could soon share something in common with Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney. That is, something in common other than being British and a pretty decent musician.
The Daily Mail reports that Louise Mensch is campaigning for Page to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. “Clearly there is nobody more worthy of a knighthood and I am glad to say I have gathered support from every major record label in the UK,” Mensch says. Her husband is Peter Mensch, Page’s former manager. This is just coincidence, Mensch says. One of the most innovative guitarists of the 20th century deserves the honor on his own reputation.
In 2005 Page was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his charity work. The Daily Mail reports that he’s worked with charities like the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, ChildLine, the Mount Sinai Hospital, MusiCares, the Racehorse Sanctuary and Task Brazil.
Upset that you missed out on seeing the Foo Fighters join Joan Jett at Madison Square Garden for a surprise rendition of her song ‘Bad Reputation’ over the weekend? Not to worry — David Letterman has you covered.
Jett will reunite with the Foos on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ tonight to deliver a ‘Bad Reputation’ encore. It’s admittedly not quite the same as seeing the original event unfold onstage at the Garden, but if you’re a fan of either act, you won’t want to miss this.
Check your local listings for tonight’s performance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’!
For all the Metal bangers out there here is the best news of 2011! Black Sabbath’s Reunion with Ozzy Osbourne is On.
Friday 11/11/11, The original line up made a Press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in the sunset strip exactly at 11:11 local time.
The Band is reuniting for new material and a new world tour. They also confirmed that they are headlining the Download Festival 2012.
Why now? “It was now or never, really. We have some great music to play.” -Tony.
“It was time.” -Ozzy
“The stuff that Tony’s been playing is brilliant.” -Geezer
Well it seems that Black Sabbath is going to have a busy 2012 while we, the fans, are going to get to enjoy their reunion! God Bless Heavy Metal
On his official website, Tony Iommi denies Black Sabbath’s Reunion rumor:
Black Sabbath Reunion
I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.
At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, “Are you getting back together?”
Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of “official” statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.
to my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.
All the best, Tony
Via: Tony Iommi Website
Pearl Jam’s cover of Mother Love Bone’s “Crown Of Thorns” is now streaming online.
“Crown of Thorns,” the first track to be released from the upcoming Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack, was recorded live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 10/22/2000.
Excerpted from PJ20 CD Booklet: Cameron Crowe: “I asked Vedder about Andrew Wood, the late singer-songwriter of Mother Love Bone, whose passing left the place that Vedder would later fill. Though Vedder chose not to name the song, he did say there was one Wood composition he would be honored to sing ‘one day.’ He declined to say more.”
The original lineup of Black Sabbath has reunited and will release a new studio album, the first to feature vocalist Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s ‘Never Say Die’, next year. The foursome are also currently in rehearsals for a new tour.
Guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed the news to the Birmingham Mail, revealing that he and Osbourne met this past June to write material for a new album, which he says is scheduled for a 2012 release. “I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,” he states. “It’s more back to the old original stuff.”
Fans have been clamoring for a full-fledged Sabbath reunion ever since Osbourne was fired in 1979. The band — Osbourne, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward — did get together in 2007 to headline Ozzfest, and mounted several other tours after that, even recording a pair of new songs for 1998′s ‘Reunion’ live album.
But Ozzy soon returned to his ultra-successful solo career, then Iommi and Butler formed Heaven & Hell with Ronnie James Dio, the first singer to replace Ozzy in Sabbath. The band released an excellent studio album, ‘The Devil You Know,’ and had much success on tour, but Dio’s death in 2010 once again left Iommi and Butler without a frontman.
Well, they seem to have found the best possible man for the job now, and Iommi reports the hardest part was keeping Ozzy quiet as the secret plans formed: “It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back… he told me ‘I don’t know what to say.’”
Former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Thursday (Aug. 11). No cause of death has been released for the rocker, who was 47 years old.
Lane, who had battled alcohol problems, was the singer of Warrant during the band’s formidable years in the late ’80s and early ’90s. During his tenure with the group, the hair-metal band released such hits as the ballads ‘Heaven’ and ‘Sometimes She Cries’ off the band’s debut disc, 1989′s ‘Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich,’ and the ubiquitous title track to the band’s 1990 album, ‘Cherry Pie.’
Lane left and rejoined Warrant a few times over his career, most recently parting ways with the band in 2008. He also released a solo album and a disc with an all-star side project Saints of the Underground.
More recently, Lane appeared on the VH1 reality show ‘Celebrity Fit Club.’ He also made headlines last year when he was busted for DUI and sentenced to 120 days in jail.
Only a few weeks ago, Lane taped an episode of VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ set to air on Oct. 1
‘The Good Rebel’, the B-side to Noel Gallagher’s debut solo single ‘The Death Of You And Me’.
The track is the taken ever solo track unveiled by the former Oasis man, but will not be featuring on his debut solo album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.
The album, which features a number of tracks that were written during his years as a member of Oasis, will be released on October 17 through Sour Mash Records. The LP was recorded over the past year in London and Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy.
A second album, recorded with psychedelic collective Amorphous Androgynous, is due to come out sometime in 2012.
Gallagher sold out his first solo tour in six minutes last Friday (August 5), with over 5,000 tickets being shifted for three live dates in October.
Original Quarrymen banjo player says first Cavern show anniversary is a mistake – and remembers how McCartney took his job
Banjo player Rod Davis, who was replaced by Paul McCartney soon after the Quarrymen started gigging, agreed with archivists who suggested the group first performed in the LIverpool venue on August 7, 1957.
But he recently realised the date was wrong: the skiffle group had already played the Cavern by then.
Davis tells the BBC: “No question about it: I played three or four times at the Cavern and is was definitely before August.
“I have my dad’s passport which says, ‘Entry to Bolougne, July 29, 1957,’ so I was definitely not at the Cavern on August 7.”
He has photographic evidence too, in a roll of film shot by his dad which recorded the Quarrymen’s first ever show at a church fete a few weeks earlier.
“On the same strip of film was my family with my uncle who lived in Epping – we stayed the night with him before we went to France,” Davis says.
“Despite telling Beatles biographers that I remembered the gig, I didn’t, so I’m as much to blame as everybody else.
“Some biographers say they’ve gone by adverts in the Liverpool Echo, but there were skiffle sessions where only the leading group was named. We played dates at the Cavern at which the Quarrymen were not advertised by name.”
Davis recalls the moment he realised McCartney had taken his place in the band. “The famous meeting with Lennon and McCartney was on July 6, and a couple of weeks after that I remember practising at John’s Aunt Mimi’s house.
“I turned up and there was a guy there I didn’t know. I said to John, ‘Who’s this?’ and he said, ‘That’s Paul – he’s come to listen to us practise.’
“By then they’d obviously offered him the banjo player slot. If I hadn’t been such a rubbish banjo player, Paul McCartney wouldn’t have been in the group.”