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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
"Legendary American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day concert Friday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The concert, free with Miller Lite Carb Day admission of $20, will take place on the Miller Lite Stage in the IMS infield. Miller Lite Carb Day tickets are available now at www.IMStix.com.
"It's very exciting to welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Miller Lite Carb Day concert," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "The band's incredibly powerful live show will help to keep the good times rolling at IMS all the way through Race Weekend."
Monday, January 09, 2012
"Joe Satriani is going to debut as a comic book hero. He will be part of the second volume of the comic book "Eternal Descent", appearing as a "cryptic entity" with supreme powers.
The storyline involves music. Upon making the ultimate sacrifice, the character Sirian finds himself caught lost in time and space as strange beautiful music ("Strange Beautiful Music" is a Satriani album title) resonates throughout the cosmos, heralding the arrival of Joe Satriani. He saves the day, of course. Eternal Descent is a "virtual band" in the comic book, and Static X and God Forbid have previously appeared."
Sony Network Entertainment's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden
"Sony Entertainment Network today announced that it is expanding its Music Unlimited cloud-based digital music subscription service to countries including Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
Debuting originally in December 2010, the Music Unlimited service features an ever expanding global catalogue of over 12 million songs(1) including all major U.S. labels, leading independent labels, and major publishers worldwide. In addition to the four new countries, the Music Unlimited service is also currently available in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States."
Saturday, January 07, 2012
"Bob Weston, a British guitarist who played with Fleetwood Mac, has died aged 64. Police say Weston's body was found in his north London home on Tuesday after neighbors raised the alarm.
Police said Friday that his death was not being treated as suspicious. An autopsy revealed the causes of death as gastric intestinal hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver and throat problems.
Weston joined Fleetwood Mac in 1972 as replacement for Danny Kirwan, and played on the band's albums "Penguin" and "Mystery to Me."
Friday, January 06, 2012
"Every January, Nielsen SoundScan releases an annual report on the music business for the prior year, and every year in recent memory, the numbers have sung the same sad song: overall music sales are down, again, as piracy and other factors chip away at the industry’s sales numbers.
This year, however, there’s a glimmer of hope. For the first time since 2004, overall music sales are up. It’s an incremental improvement–album sales edged up 1.4% to 330.57 million units from 326.15 million in 2010–but it’s an improvement nonetheless, especially compared to the 13% dip in total album sales from 2009-2010."
The Boom Box
Chris Brown is set to make an appearance at the 2012 Grammy Awards, his first time back at the prestigious event since the 2009 domestic violence ordeal with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
"It's like climbing into a rocket in here," David Lee Roth said as he stepped onto the matchbox-sized stage at New York's 250-capacity Cafe Wha? for Van Halen's first concert in four years. "It's a rocket that comes from way back into the past into what the future's going to look like. Welcome to Occupy Van Halen, ladies and gentlemen!"
With those words Eddie Van Halen kicked into the opening notes of "You Really Got Me" and the crowd –composed almost entirely of journalists and music industry insiders – went absolutely bonkers. Over the next hour, the group played a stunningly tight set of songs from their 1978 debut LP all the way through David Lee Roth's swan song, 1984."
Sunday, May 16, 2010
New York Times
Ronnie James Dio, a singer with the bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, whose powerful, semioperatic vocal style and attachment to demonic imagery made him one of the best-loved figures in classic heavy metal, died on Sunday morning, according to an announcement on his Web site by his wife, Wendy. He was 67.
No cause was given in the announcement, but Mr. Dio had been suffering from stomach cancer, and recently his band Heaven and Hell canceled its summer tour because of his health. The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr. Dio was being treated at a hospital in Houston.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Famed rock 'n' roll raconteur Malcom McLaren, best known as the manager of the Sex Pistols, died Thursday (Apr. 8) in New York City at the age of 64.
McLaren's spokesman, Les Molloy, told the U.K.'s Independent that McLaren had been battling cancer "for some time, but recently had been in full health, which then rapidly deteriorated." Molloy said McLaren's body will be buried in London's Highgate Cemetery.
McLaren was born into a working class family in London's Stoke Newington section. After attending art college, he and designer Vivienne Westwood opened a Kings Road clothing store in 1971 called Let It Rock, later renamed Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die. Having traveled to New York in 1972, McLaren began making stage clothes for the New York Dolls and subsequently managed the group.
Monday, April 05, 2010
What started as a simple celebration of the independent, locally owned record store has blossomed into the most of exciting day of the year for vinyl collectors and music fans of every persuasion.
It's Record Store Day, and for this year's installment, music shops coast-to-coast will be offering a treasure trove of exclusive and limited-edition new releases and reissues from over 100 artists, including the Rolling Stones, Wilco, Bruce Springsteen, the Beastie Boys, Soundgarden, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews and more. Even both Elvises (Costello and Presley) are in on the action.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Wall Street Journal
During the eight years when Peter Wolf was putting together his new album "Midnight Souvenirs," he labored over which track should go where on the CD. His friends told him not to bother, nobody worries about that stuff anymore—everyone's shuffling playlists on their iPods anyway.
Mr. Wolf was adamant, and took great care to work out the best song sequence for the record, which comes out April 6. "I come from an era where an album is an album," Mr. Wolf explains on a recent afternoon at a chi-chi French bistro he's been coming to for years on Manhattan's Upper East Side. "Because things have changed, it doesn't mean my approach changed."
Mr. Wolf, now 64 years old and the former lead singer of the J. Geils Band, is a dinosaur. But he's a member of a select breed of dinosaurs, the few who wrote the history of rock and roll since the 1960s—and are still contributing to it. He's not as well known as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones or Van Morrison, but he's been a rock star for more than four decades and has crossed paths with all of them many times. He probably couldn't fill a medium-size concert hall, but he's still making music that goes beyond rehashing the greatest hits of yore. He's rock's elder Renaissance Man—not just as a walking encyclopedia but as an ultimate fan who, Zelig-like, lived through pretty much the whole thing.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Ronnie Wood is probably keen to focus on his music after becoming a tabloid staple for all the wrong reasons. From Friday, April 9, he's getting his chance with the launch of a brand new weekly radio show in the UK.
The hour-long 'Ronnie Wood Show' on Absolute Classic Rock will see the Rolling Stones guitarist -- also a former member of the Faces and the Jeff Beck Group -- present a selection of tracks from the canon of rock 'n' roll inspired by his career and anecdotes from his years on the road.
The programme description says Wood "may get distracted or lost in the music but every record he plays comes with a story -- a memory, a tale of mischief or inspiration."