Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This Week In Rock History

Rock News

--Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos was surprised to find himself left off a new recording by the band. The song, which is included in a Christmas album that benefits the Special Olympics, also appears to have been recorded without the permission of Carlos.
Carlos has been taking time off from touring with the band. In the meantime, he has founded and played with Candy Golde, which features a number of musicians in other bands. He's also a member of Tinted Windows. But in an email sent to Billboard, Carlos insists that he never left Cheap Trick.

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--The Velvet Underground do not have a valid copyright claim on the Andy Warhol artwork on the cover of the band's 1967 debut, a federal judge ruled in dismissing part of the band's trademark infringement lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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--Adele is reported to have visited Abbey Road Studios to record a song for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

According to The Sun, the singer visited London's Abbey Road Studios, where the soundtrack is being recorded, earlier this month.

Her visit to the studios suggests she is recording with Thomas Newman, who has been appointed by the film's director Sam Mendes to write the film score. The composer and conductor has reportedly been in Abbey Road all month working on the score.

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--Chris Brown has faced a Twitter backlash over his new tattoo, after people pointed out a striking resemblance to the bruised face of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The rapper is believed to have had the face of the woman, who appears to have a black eye and stitches on her lip, tattooed onto his skin before last week's MTV Video Music Awards.

Brown and Rihanna separated after he assaulted her in February 2009 before a pre-Grammys party. Brown was sentenced to five years' probation for the attack. An unauthorised image of the singer bloodied and bruised shortly after the attack was later leaked to the media by Los Angeles Police Department, prompting an internal investigation.
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--Neil Young And Crazy Horse have revealed that their second album of this year, 'Psychedelic Pill', will be released on October 29. The legendary rockers have also unveiled the tracklisting for the album, which follows the covers LP 'Americana', which came out in June. The album opens with a song called 'Driftin' Back', which is almost 28 minutes long.

'Psychedelic Pill' is Young's first album of all new material with Crazy Horse since 2003 and will feature the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank Sampedro.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Employee Picks


* Brett Dennen--Loverboy
*Old Crow Medicine Show--Carry Me Back
* Roger Miller--Greatest Hits
*OST--Hedwig & the Angry Inch


Dirty Projectors--Swing Lo Magellan
* Imelda May--Mayhem
* Tedeschi/Trucks Band--Everbody's Talking


* Young Fresh Fellows--Tiempo Delujo
Cedric Kreklow--Sol
* Bad Brains--Banned in DC


Chicarones--Swing Flew
* Miike Snow--Happy to You


*Gang Gang Dance--Eye Contact
*Radiohead--In Rainbows
The Cramps--Stay Sick 


*Who--Odds & Sods

This Week In Rock History

1961—The Tokens record "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which will reach the US Pop chart in November and climb to number one by Christmas. The song was originally a hit in South Africa in 1939 for its writer, Solomon Linda, under its original title "Mbube" (pronounced EEM-boo-beh) which means "Lion".

1963—The Beatles first US album, "Introducing The Beatles" was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product. 

1965—The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman appear in a London courtroom and are found guilty of "insulting behavior" for urinating against a London gas station wall. They argued that the owner had refused to give them the key to the men's room, but they are fined five pounds each.

1965—The Beach Boys' "California Girls" is released in the US, where it will reach #3 in September. The song was the first Beach Boys recording to feature vocals from Bruce Johnston, who had joined the group to substitute for Brian Wilson on concert tours.

1965—Bob Dylan, backed by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, shocked the audience at the Newport Folk Festival with his new electric sound. The crowd booed him off the stage after three tunes. After being urged by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) to return to the stage and go acoustic, Dylan sang two songs to the now-silent audience - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Mr. Tambourine Man".

1969--Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Still, and Nash for the first time when they played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.

1969--Police in Moscow reported that after a Russian youth magazine told readers how to convert their acoustic guitars to electric by using parts from a telephone, thousands of public phone booths had been vandalized.

1972--23-year-old Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edgar Winter's White Trash, was killed in a bar fight in Chicago after a redneck made a comment about the length of his hair. He died of head injuries after being kicked with steel-tipped shoes.

1976—Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.

1976--John Lennon finally received his US Green Card, three years after he was ordered to leave by immigration officials.

1979—Little Richard, appearing as Reverend Richard Penniman, speaks at a revival meeting in North Richmond, CA. He warns the congregation about the evils of Rock 'n' Roll music and declares, "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody."

1990--Brent Mydland, keyboard player for The Grateful Dead was found dead of a drug overdose in his home in Lafayette, California. He was 37. He joined the band in 1979, replacing Keith Godchaux.

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Rock News

*Rufus Wainwright married his longtime partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, this week in Montauk, N.Y., the singer-songwriter confirms to THR. Wainwright and Weisborth have been engaged since November 2010, and in February of 2011, they welcomed a daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, with Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen.


*Wynonna Judd's husband has lost his leg after a motorcycle crash in South Dakota.
Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when he crossed the center line and hit a car. He was airlifted to a hospital.
A representative for Judd said Monday that Moser's leg was "severed at the scene of the accident" and that doctors have amputated his leg above his knee. Moser has also had surgery on his hand


*Everyone's blood may be running a bit cold at the moment, but four members of the J. Geils Band have every intention of touring this year despite a lawsuit by guitarist John "J." Geils claiming they can't use the group name.

Current band manager John Baruck tells Billboard that the group -- which includes founding members Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick Salwitz and Danny Klein -- "is going out. It's the J. Geils Band playing the J. Geils hits with Peter Wolf out there in front dancing. This is all clear-cut. We're not stopping because of John Geils' allegations." The tour launches with a nine-date northeast run on August 25 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and a second leg is planned after Thanksgiving; Wolf has already posted December dates in Upper Darby, Pa., and Detroit.


*Lady Gaga was forced to halt a concert in Romania on Thursday night so she could rush offstage to vomit.  The Paparazzi hitmaker was performing an outdoor show for fans in the Piata Constitutiei Square in Bucharest when she began to feel nauseous and she briefly disappeared from the stage to throw up.
When she returned to the spotlight, she told the crowd, “I went backstage and vomited, and I did not want you to see this... It happens to me sometimes.”

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*All you need is love — and a chunk of John Lennon’s tooth – to raise money for a children’s charity.  That’s according to Alberta dentist Dr. Michael Zuk — who bought Lennon’s tooth for more than $32,000 at a Stockport, England auction in November — and his artisticially-inclined sister, Kirsten Zuk.
The doc’s sister used a very small piece of the molar when she made a clay sculpture of the rock icon.
“I love John Lennon — I’ve been a huge fan all my life,” said Kirsten Zuk.
The artist says the dentist came up with the idea to take a chip of the tooth and turn it into a piece of art after he purchased it.  “This is like a time-capsule. It will contain his DNA,” said the sister, who lives here.

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*Beck (Beck Hansen) is famous for his underground, anti-folk, alternative, dreamy-yet-hook-driven music. His first biggie was “Loser” way back in 1994. But his ability to understand and reach his audience just went cosmic. He released a new album, but it’s not a record or a CD or a series of MP3 files. Something way better. sheet music.

From the promo site:
“In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.”

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* In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M, Slash revealed that his mother had an affair with David Bowie, recalling that he once discovered them naked when he was a little kid. "My mom started working professionally with David Bowie at first," said Slash, whose mom was a costume designer. "I'm pretty sure that's how it started and then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that."

The guitarist remembers seeing a lot of Bowie at the time – quite literally, on one occasion. "I caught them naked once," Slash said. "They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective at eight was limited. Looking back on it I knew exactly what was going on."

Despite the potentially awkward encounter, Slash remembers Bowie fondly. "He was cool," the rocker said. "I liked David a lot."

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Friday, March 2, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1951-Ike Turner and his Rhythm Kings recorded “Rocket 88,” considered by some to be the first true rock-n-roll recording.

1956-Elvis Presley hits the charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel

1959-Domenico Modugno's "Volare" was named Record of the Year at the first ever Grammy ceremonies. Other winners included Henri Mancini's Peter Gun (Album of the Year) and The Champs Tequila (Best R& B Performance)

1963-The first lady of country music, Patsy Cline, was killed when her private jet struck the side of a mountain near Camden, Tennessee.

1965-The singleI Pity The Fool” is released by a group called The Manish Boys, lead by a young David Jones, who two years later would officially changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones.

1968-28 year Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, dies of a heroin overdose while on leave from the army. Lymon first gained the spotlight at the age of 13 with the hit “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” After Lymon's death, 3 separate women came forward claiming to be his widow. It seems Lymon had married all three women at different times.

1970--After the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as The Nobs.

1977-A man jumps on stage at a Ray Charles concert and attempts to strangle Charles with a rope before being apprehended by security.

1991-James Brown is released after serving two years of a six-year prison term for drug and gun possession, and leading police on a two state car chase.

1993-Little Richard is furious after learning that his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys will be part of a non-televised portion of the show.

Rock News

--Actor and singer, Davy Jones, of The Monkees, has died. Jones started his career on Broadway, receiving a Tony nomination for his performance as The Artful Dodger in Oliver!, in 1964. Jones made his television debut performing songs from Oliver! on the Ed Sullivan show the same night the Beatles made their premiere on the show. "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage," Jones once told reporters "I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that." He got his chance the following year when he was cast in The Monkees, a television series following the adventures of a Beatles-like four-piece band, in which Davy played tambourine and sang. Jones topped the charts with the Monkees' tunes "Daydream Believer" and "I want to Be Free" before the band dissolved in 1970. The band, minus Mike Nesmith, finished up a successful and well reviewed show last year, and were making plans to tour again in 2013. Jones died at his ranch on February 29th of a massive coronary, he was 66.

--The body of an unidentified man was found outside the Miami home of rapper Rick Ross on Wednesday morning. Dade County police were responding to reports of gunfire at 7am Wednesday, when they discovered the body of a man in his 40s who had been shot numerous times. Reports say that the property belongs to Ross, though the rapper was not currently staying on the premises, and is not considered a suspect.

--Rocker Meat Loaf “took ill" earlier this week during a live appearance on the British television talk show Loose Women. The Bat Out of Hell singer was scheduled to appear on the show on Wednesday, and was seen on camera goofing around back stage. However Meat Loaf became ill before coming out to speak to the hosts and was unable to complete the interview. Meat Loaf has had recent health worries, passing out during two separate concerts in July of last year (blaming the incidents on a "lack of oxygen" exacerbating his asthma.)

--In celebration of Johnny Cash's 80th birthday this past Sunday, Austin City Limits has arranged for a celebration concert to be aired in April. "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash," which will air April 20th on PBS stations across the country, will feature performances from Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Amy Lee and Shooter Jennings. Cash, who passed away in 2003, is also being celebrated with a museum in his boyhood home of Dyess, Arkansas. Ground for the Johnny Cash Museum was broken on Sunday by members of his remaining family.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1956—A nearly forgotten Cleveland, Ohio law banning public dancing by anyone under 18 years old unless accompanied by an adult, is resurrected and enforced by police in the wake of the growing rock-and-roll craze.

1969—The psychedelic film Candy, about a liberated young woman, receives an X rating from the MPAA due to a graphic sex scene involving the title character and the character of Emmanuel, the Mexican gardener, played by Ringo Starr.

1973The Byrds make their final concert appearance. At the time Roger McGuinn is the only remaining original member.

1986—MTV dedicated 22 hours to running all 45 episodes of the original Monkees television show consecutively in order.

1990—At the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, Milli Vanilli win the Grammy for best new artist. They would be stripped of the award the following November when it was admitted that Fab Morvan and Rob Palitus did not sing or play a single note on the album.

1998—At the 40th annual Grammy Awards Bob Dylan took home the statue for best album for Time Out of Mind, while his son Jacob Dylan won best song (with his band The Wallflowers) for “One Headlight

2000—At an auction of rock-and-roll memorabilia, the engagement ring Sex Pistol bassist Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, is put on the block for just under $2500. In 1978 Vicious was charged with the stabbing death of Spungen, but died of a heroin overdose before he could stand trial.

2003—A pyrotechnics mishap at a Great White concert in Rhode Island starts a fire that claims the life of 99 concertgoers, as well as guitarist Ty Longley.


Rock News

--Michal Davis, bassist for proto-punk rock band The MC5, has died. Davis was an art student at Wayne State University when MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer decided to recruit Davis to replace original bassist Pat Burrows because Kramer "liked [Davis'] style." Davis played on the band's three original albums, including their debut Kick Out the Jams, and remained in the the group until 1972, and rejoined the band for their 2003 reunion tour. Davis' death has been attributed to liver failure. He was 68.

--The well-publicized Black Sabbath reunion tour has been rechristened Ozzy & Friends Tour. Due to guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma, and the departure of drummer Bill Ward following a contract dispute, Black Sabbath will only play only one date on their current tour schedule, U.K.'s Dowload Festival in June (and that without Ward.) The Ozzy & Friends tour will feature Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society,) and special guest Slash (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver.) There is no word yet on the fate of the upcoming new Black Sabbath album, slated to be produced by Rick Rubin and released late in 2012.

--The recent Grammy reunion of the remaining original members of The Beach Boys has now been expanded into a 37-date U.S. tour, including a headlining spot at Bonnaroo, and a performance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Founding members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love, will join fellow longtime band members David Marks and Bruce Johnson (both of whom have been with the band since the 1960s) on the tour, and a subsequent album of new material set to be produced by Brain Wilson "later this year." 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys first album Surfin' Safari.

--Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket) have teamed up to produce an album of songs built around the lyrics of Woody Guthrie. The album, New Multitudes, focuses on Guthrie's time in California, and is culled from over 3,000 sets of lyrics collected at the Woody Guthrie Museum in upstate New York. Farrar's former Uncle Tupelo bandmate Jeff Tweedy, along with his band Wilco, and folk musician Billy Bragg, recorded a similar series of albums based on Guthrie lyrics, starting with 1998's Mermaid Avenue, and followed by volume two in 2000. Volume three is set to be released later this year. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1955—Buddy Holly, performing as part of a country/western duo with Bob Montgomery, opens for Elvis Presley in Lubbock Texas.

1957—Cuban officials announce a ban on all rock-and-roll programs on television, calling the music "offensive to public morals and good customs."

1959Elvis Presley gives an impromptu concert at the Lido Club in Paris while on leave from the army.

1964--A British company shipped a ½ ton of Beatles wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, "How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?" John replied "They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs."

1965—Nat “King” Cole died at the age of 47 from lung cancer, the result of smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day for over 20 years.

1968—Syd Barrett is fired from the band Pink Floyd and replaced by David Gilmour. Barrett, whose erratic behavior and emotional instability lead to his dismissal, will spend the rest of his life in seclusion.

1972—Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.

1980—33 year old AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is found dead in his car after a night of heavy drinking. The cause of death is determined to be acute alcohol poisoning, and listed on his death certificate as “death by misadventure”

This Week In Rock History

1955-Buddy Holly, performing as part of a country/western duo with Bob Montgomery, opens for Elvis Presley in Lubbock Texas.

1957-Cuban officials announce a ban on all rock-and-roll programs on television, calling the music "offensive to public morals and good customs."

1959-Elvis Presley gives an impromptu concert at the Lido Club in Paris while on leave from the army.

1964--A British company shipped a ½ ton of Beatles wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, "How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?" John replied "They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs."

1965-Nat “King” Cole died at the age of 47 from lung cancer, the result of smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day for over 20 years.

1968-Syd Barrett is fired from the band Pink Floyd and replaced by David Gilmour. Barrett, whose erratic behavior and emotional instability lead to his dismissal, will spend the rest of his life in seclusion.

1972-Led Zepplin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.

1980-33 year old AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is found dead in his car after a night of heavy drinking. The cause of death is determined to be acute alcohol poisoning, and listed on his death certificate as “death by misadventure”

Rock News

----This Saturday April 21st is the 5th Annual Record Store Day! A celebration of independent record stores across the world. Cactus will be participating with in-store performances, limited Record Store Day releases, giveaways, prizes, and more. Check out Record Store Day here, and check back for more information about what's going on at Cactus! While more will be added soon, so far Cactus’ Record Store Day live performance line-up includes: Dan Dubuque, Antoinette & the Cupcakes, Gentleman Script, bullhead*ed, Jason Lyttle (of Gran'daddy) and... drum roll, please...The Chicarones. Doors open at 10am.

--Cactus Records is now offering tickets for sale online! If you are unable to come down to the store in person, you can purchase tickets for most of our shows through our website, for a few dollars extra. You tickets will be waiting for you at the event!

This Weeks Shows:

--Finally, on Friday, jam band Tea Leaf Green will be packing a special 4/20 party at the Filling Station. Special opening act, The Silent Comedy.

New Tickets:

--Tickets are now available for Troy Evans' one-man show “Montana Tales and Other Bad-Ass Business” at the MSU Black Box Theatre on April 25th. The show features Evans as storyteller, bringing to life a variety of stories from different stages of his life. There will be complimentary refreshments and an audience question and answer session immediately following the performance.
Cactus Info:

-- Cactus is currently looking to lease our prime, downtown, retail space in our basement – previously home to The Movie Dungeon. Any interested parties are encouraged to call and speak to Bueno at 587-0245.

--Be sure to check out our selection of rare, hard-to-find, and interesting items at our eBay store. New items added all the time. Check it out here!

--Special used CD sale! Tons of used CDs marked down to under $4, many as low as $1! Buy 4 budget CDs and get a 5th absolutely FREE! New sale CDs hitting the floor all the time, so be sure to check them out, and then check back!


--Ever wanted to rep for a music distribution company? Sure you do! If you're a college student interested in a position with RED distribution for the summer & fall semesters, email a resume to Erica at with the heading “college rep”

Friday, February 10, 2012



Tickets Currently on Sale at
Cactus Records
Updated: September 18th, 2012


22nd--Live From the Divide: Songwriters--Peach St. Studios--$10*--$, CK, cc

28th--Aaron Howard--Peach Street Studios--$15*--$, CK, cc


5th--Casey Donahew--Filling Station--$22*--$, CK, cc 21+

5th--Golden Grenades--Peach Street Studios--$10*--$, CK, cc 

6th--HushHush (feat Mimosa) --Gallatin Fairgrounds--$27.50*--$, CK, cc

7th--Bad Plus--Emerson--$25--$, CK, cc

11th--BFF Presents: "Safety Not Guaranteed"--Emerson--$8 (general admission) $7 (student/senior)--$  or CK (no credit cards)

14th--Goddamn Gallows--Filling Station--$12--$, CK, cc 21+

16th--Lydia Loveless--Filling Station--$7--$, CK, cc 21+

19th--Hillfolk Noir w/ Screen Door Porch--Filling Station--$8--$, CK, cc 21+

27th--Comics For Courage--Emerson--$12*--$, CK, cc

30th--Infamous Stringdusters--Emerson--$21*--$, CK, cc

31st--Pinky & the Floyd--Filling Station--$22--$, CK, cc 21+

1st--BFF Presents: "Beasts of Southern Wild"--Emerson--$8 (general admission) $7 (student/senior)--$  or CK (no credit cards)

2nd--Horse Feathers--Filling Station--$10--$, CK, cc 21+

3rd--Jessica Kilroy--Peach Street Studios--$10*--$, CK, cc

11th--BFF Presents: "Sleep Walk With Me"--Emerson--$8 (general admission) $7 (student/senior)--$  or CK (no credit cards)


17th & 19th--Montana Chamber Music Society Series--MSU Reynolds Hall--$27general, $20 student/senior, $75 any 3 concerts--$, CK, cc            


17th--Montana Chamber Music Society Series--MSU Reynolds Hall--$27general, $20 student/senior, $75 any 3 concerts--$, CK, cc 

*Ticket prices are "In store" prices including all service fees. Tickets purchased online will be subject to additional service and processing fees.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Releases

August 2012

Corb Lund, Yellowcard, Hot Club of Detroit, Incubus, Merle Haggard, Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Steve Vai, Bill Monroe, Dead Can Dance, Loverboy, Anthony & the Johnson, Sixpence None the Richer, Los Straitjackets, Antibalas, the Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band, Rob Zombie, Buffalo Killer, Testament, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Passion Pit, the Reverend Horton Heat, Family Band, and more...

This Week In Rock History

1968Jimi Hendrix was presented with a key to the city of Seattle. He also played a free show for students at Garfield High School, where he was given an honorary diploma. Hendrix was thrown out of the school at the age of 16, apparently for holding the hand of a white girl in class.

1969George Harrison has his tonsils removed. Immediately following the surgery, the hospital destroy tonsils, worried that they could be stolen and auctioned off.

1971Frank Zappa's concert at London's Royal Albert Hall is canceled after a representative of the venue found obscene lyrics in the score of "200 Motels"

1976Paul Simon reaches #1 for the first, and only, time as a solo artist with the song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”. The single knocked out of the #1 position by Simon was “Break Away” by Art Garfunkle.

1990—Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry, alleging that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. Berry agreed to settlement with 59 women that cost him over $1.2 million plus legal fees

2000Screamin' Jay Hawkins, best known for his 1956 hit “I Put A Spell on You” dies due to complications from surgery. A known womanizer, Hawkins has been confirmed as the father of at least 75 children, with more waiting on DNA results.

2001—After 26 years with the band, Eagles guitarist Don Felder receives a message through his lawyer that “[The Eagles] have decided to go on without him”

2005--Roger Daltrey of The Who was awarded the CBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

Rock News

--The Muppets musical number has reportedly been cut from the upcoming 2012 Academy Awards telecast. The Brett McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords)-penned song Man or Muppet from the new Muppet movie was one of only two songs nominated for Best Original Song award, which should have guaranteed it a performance slot in the award ceremony. However rumors have spread that due to the small number of nominated songs (the only other nomination being Real in Rio from the film Rio) the live performances for the original songs may be cut altogether. This may be related to the backlash following the new nomination process, which left only two, of 21 possible songs, eligible for inclusion. Original songs from Elton John, Lady Gaga, Chris Cornell, Zooey Deschanel, Mary J. Blige, the National, Willie Nelson and Brad Paisley, were all ruled ineligible under the new voting process which has voters rate the songs on a scale of 6 to 10, and then allows only songs with an average of 8.25 to be even nominated.

-- Legendary country singer/songwriter Randy Travis was arrested early for being drunk and disorderly in front of a Baptist church in Dallas, Texas. Travis claims that he had been "drowning his sorrow" following a fight with his girlfriend. Travis has issued an apology, saying, "I apologize for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl. I'm committed to being responsible and accountable, and apologize for my actions."

--American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has quashed rumors that he will be replacing the late Freddie Mercury as the lead singer of the band Queen. According to the UK's Daily Star, Lambert reveled that he would be joining Queen for a performance at the Sonisphere Festival in July, quoting his as saying ""The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f---ing great songs, It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of." However, Lambert claims that he was taken out of context, saying on his Twitter "I haven't confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about [my previous performance with Queen] at the [European Music Awards]" Lambert's new solo album, "Trespassing" is due out in March.

--Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of late Nirvana front man Curt Cobain and Hole singer Courtney Love, claims that her mother's drug addiction killed her pets. In newly released details from Frances Bean Cobain's 2009 restraining order against her mother, Cobain's cat died after becoming entangled in piles of trash, fabric, and refuse Love left strewn around their house; as well as losing a dog who accidentally overdosed after eating bottle of Love's prescription medication.

--Black Sabbath have vowed to continue with their upcoming recording and tour, with, or without, drummer Bill Ward. Last week Ward announced on his website that he may not be joining his former band-mates in their much hyped reunion if he was not presented with what he called "a signable contract." The band responded to Ward's announcement on their website by issuing their own statement saying "We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans." They went on to say "We have no choice but to continue recording without him, although our door is always open." This will however put the band in an awkward situation, as the upcoming tour, and subsequent album, were being touted as a full reunion of the original line-up, a claim that can no longer be made if Ward declines to take part.

--And if you're even keeping track at this point, Sinead O'Connor is back with her husband, marking the fourth reversal in the status of her whirlwind marriage in less than six weeks. We wish them luck, as they're going to need it.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rock News

Don Cornelius, creator and host of the long running music show Soul Train, was found dead in his LA apartment early Wednesday morning, the victim of an apparent suicide. Cornelius hosted Soul Train from it inception, until 1993. The show, that ended it's run in 2006 after 35 years, was a showcase for soul and soul, as well as an early champion of hip-hop. Wherever you are Don, "We wish you love, peace and soul." Cornelius was 75.

Jack White, the former guitarist/frontman for the band The White Stripes, as well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, will finally release his first solo album. In the years since The White Stripes dissolved (Thursday, January 2nd, will mark the one year anniversary of the band's separation announcement) White has kept busy working with The Black Belles, Stephen Colbert, Insane Clown Posse and others, but has not put out any new work of his own, apart from a limited edition vinyl single. The video for "Love Interuption" the first single from the new album, entitled Blunderbuss, can be viewed hereBlunderbuss will be released April 24th, on White's own Third Man Records.

Dick Kniss, the long time bass player for folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary has died. Apart from playing bass, Kniss was an accomplished songwriter, co-writting the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulder." Kniss passed away from pulmonary diseased, he was 74.

An unheard guitar solo George Harrison recorded for the song "Here Comes The Sun" has been rediscovered. The track, which did not make the final mix of the song, was found by Beatles producer George Martin, his son Giles, and Dani Harrison, George's son while reviewing the original master tapes for the Abbey Road album. Check out the video here. (

Pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan claims he was almost the bass player for Metallica. Hogan, who worked as a session bassist before entering the world of pro-wrestling, was friends with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich during the band's early days, "Lars Ulrich...asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica" Hogan claims "...but it didn't work out." Hogan is now retired from wrestling, and staring in his own television series Hogan Knows Best.

This Week In Rock History

1959—Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson (The Big Bopper) are killed when their chartered plane goes down in a snowstorm outside of Clear Lake, Iowa. Richardson was not supposed to be on the flight, however he had been suffering from a bout of influenza, and the tour's bus had no heat. In a last minute switch Richardson took the seat originally offered to Holly's bass player, a 22 year-old Waylon Jennings. 

1962—Ringo Starr sits in with the Beatles for two shows at The Cavern Club while their regular drummer Pete Best was sick. When Best is asked to leave the band a year later Starr will be asked to permanently join the band.  

1963—The Beach Boys record the tune “Surfin' USA.” Although it was credited as being composed by Brian Wilson, the tune was a note-for-note cover of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen". Following a lawsuit, Berry was granted writing credit and royalties from the record. 

1964—Matthew Walsh, the Governor of Indiana, officially bans the song Louie, Louie by The Kingsmen claiming its indecipherable lyrics are “pornographic.” In response the song's publisher, Max Firetag, offers a $1000 reward to anyone who can find suggestive lyrics in the song. 

1967--John Lennon buys an 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey, which will provide him with many of the lyrics for "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite".  

1969--The Beatles performed in public for the last time when they played a 42-minute rooftop concert above Apple Corps headquarters. The show was stopped by the police after neighbors complained about the noise. Ringo tries in vain to get police to remove him forcefully from the roof, thinking it would add to dramatic tension, however the police refuse to oblige.

2011—Gladys Horton, lead singer for The Marvelettes, who gave Motown Records it's first #1 with Please Mister Postman in 1961 (when Horton was just 16 years old), passed away following a series of strokes at the age of 65.

Friday, January 27, 2012

This Week In Rock Histroy

1958 Rock-and-Roll pioneer Little Richard announces he is leaving rock-and-roll to enroll in Bible school. He would return to rock 4 years later, only to find musical tastes have changed.

1959Buddy Holly enters the studio for the last time. Included on the playlist were the songs “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Crying Waiting Hoping.” The recordings would be finished with overdubs posthumously.

1963 A folk trio known as the Rooftop Singers record a version of the song Walk Right In. The song would raise the song’s author Gus Cannon (leader of 1920s jug band Cannon's Jug Stompers) out of poverty and on the road to a comeback.

1968 Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theater.

1979 At the fan's request, rocker Ted Nugent “autographs” a man's arm by carving his name into it with a Bowie knife.

1986 The inaugural Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductions are held, inducting Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Everly Brothers, and Fats Domino

2010Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is nominated for (and will go on to win) an Academy Award for the soundtrack to the film Social Network