He Went Out With A Bang

He Went Out With A Bang

Today (November 16th) is the 25th anniversary of the release of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits, from which the then-new “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” was released as the single. That song was Drummer Stan Lynch’s last hurrah with the Heartbreakers. Keyboardist Benmont Tench calls his playing on it “astounding.” Before recording his second…

Aerosmith Medical Update

Aerosmith Medical Update

Last Friday, the day before Joe Perry was rushed to a New York hospital with breathing difficulties, he let it out that Steven Tyler recently underwent surgery and that’s why Aerosmith has been laying low. “Steven, doing his solo thing, you know, had been putting this business off with his knee for years. So we…

Sour Grapes?

Sour Grapes?

Styx guitarist James “JY” Young celebrates his 67th birthday today (November 14th). When he talks about writing “Come Sail Away”, there might be a little “sour grapes” feeling. The writing credit goes to Dennis DeYoung.  The song was on the album The Grand Illusion in 1977 and it made it to the top 10 on…

He is Childlike

He is Childlike

50 years ago today (November 13th, 1968), The Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine opened in the US, four months after its world premiere in London.  The song Yellow Submarine was on the albums: Revolver in 1966 and Yellow Submarine (soundtrack) in 1969.  How come they chose Ringo to sing it?  Ringo tells us: “It’s a…

He Should Take Better Care of Himself

He Should Take Better Care of Himself

Joe Perry was supposed to be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunday at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, but instead he is recovering from what a source close to him tells us was a “breathing episode” backstage at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It happened Saturday night after Perry was Billy Joel’s guest for a…

Jimi’s Best?

Jimi’s Best?

The third and final album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968’s Electric Ladyland, is reissued today (Friday) as a 50th anniversary box set.  Electric Ladyland: Deluxe Edition is available as a three-CD, one-Blu-ray set, or a six-LP, one-Blu-ray set. It includes the remastered original double album, a disc of demos and early takes, a previously…

Accidental Rock and Roll

Accidental Rock and Roll

Led Zeppelin’s fourth album was released 47 years ago today (November 8th, 1971). The song “Rock and Roll” came about almost by accident.  It made it to # 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Led Zeppelin started working on its fourth album at Island Studios in London, but then shifted to the English coast, into…

2nd times a charm

2nd times a charm

50 years ago today (November 7th, 1968), The Doors performed in Phoenix, Arizona and were banned from playing in that city after singer Jim Morrison encouraged the crowd to stand up.  If only they had known then what he’d do on stage later.  But I digress.  There was a song that did not make it…

And he had a part in the show too!

And he had a part in the show too!

Glenn Frey would have turned 70 today (November 6th). There was an episode of Miami Vice called Smugglers Blues featuring the Glenn Frey: song “Smuggler’s Blues”. It sounds like it was written for the show.  It was not. Frey actually wrote the song long before the show premiered for a film that never got made.…

It’s not a copy; it’s a bookend

It’s not a copy; it’s a bookend

Bryan Adams celebrates his 59th birthday today. One of his biggest hits was “Summer of ’69”.  It peaked at number-five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. He wanted it to be the “bookend” to Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” “That song, truly, I wanted to write the bookend to ‘Night Moves’ and I wanted to…