Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, will tour again this summer as the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. The three most recently went out on the road together in 2010, where they drew from both their respective catalogs and the R&B and soul that they grew up loving.
Earlier this week, Elton John was hospitalized for a serious respiratory infection that caused him to cancel four performances of his ‘Million Dollar Piano’ show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. However, a spokesperson has said that the 65-year old singer is on the road to recovery.
Simon and Garfunkel will not record again, according to Paul Simon. Speaking to Rebecca Jones of BBC Radio 4′s ‘Today‘ program, Simon said that a problem with Art Garfunkel’s vocal chords has affected his ability to sing in the middle of his range.
Few bands have owed a greater debt to the Rolling Stones than Aerosmith. From the bluesy, riff-based rock to the dynamic between Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, they were originally seen by some as little more than Stones rip-offs. But on last week’s episode of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Mick Jagger turned the tables by doing an impression of Tyler.
The death of Robin Gibb today (May 20) due to cancer is but the latest in a series of deaths to hit the rock community in the past few months. Gibb’s passing has caused music lovers from around the world to log on to Twitter and share their grief.
One of the reasons for Sammy Hagar’s longstanding appeal is that nobody onstage has as much fun as he does. Now, he’s got even more reason to smile after hearing the news that Van Halen has postponed more than 30 dates on their 2012 tour.
Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played on hundreds of rock and soul classics as the bassist for Booker T. and the MGs, and later as a session player, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 70. Steve Cropper, the MGs guitarist, broke the news on his Facebook page at approximately 12:30AM Eastern time.
While we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix‘s ‘Are You Experienced,’ we’d be remiss if we didn’t pass along this strange bit of news that passed across our desk the other day. Apparently Leonard Nimoy, best known as Mr. Spock on the ‘Star Trek’ television series and movies, had a close encounter with Jimi Hendrix.
The sprawling double album is a dangerous undertaking in rock because the possibility for overload is too great. Even the biggest fans of, say, the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen will admit that ‘The Beatles’ or ‘The River’ could have been better as a single album with the fat trimmed. However, the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Exile on Main Street,’ which was released 40 years ago today, not only doesn’t suffer from a lack of filler, but it’s length is actually one of its selling points.
For the third time this season, classic rock played an important role in the plot of and episode of AMC’s ‘Mad Men.’ Last month saw Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) try to get the Rolling Stones to shill for Heinz Baked Beans and the Beach Boys‘ ‘I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times’ was the soundtrack to Roger Sterling’s (John Slattery) first acid trip. On last night’s (May 6) episode, the Beatles worked their way in to the daily life of the men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Price.
Few sounds in rock history define decadence as perfectly as T. Rex‘s 1971 hit ‘Bang a Gong (Get it On).’ So when actor/hedonist Charlie Sheen signed on to appear in Dutch beer company Bavaria’s new commercial, it made sense for them to spring for Marc Bolan’s most famous song.
In the spot, Sheen leaves a rehab center and hops in
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