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  1. by Anne Erickson Week of September 2th - 8th From the release of John Lennon's seminal Imagine album in the U.S. to the births of Freddie Mercury and Roger Waters, early September offers a plentiful amount of historical musical moments. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening September 2 through September 8. Events 1956 - Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. 1964 - The Animals rock America for the first time with a gig at New York's Paramount Theatre. 1968 - The members of Led Zeppelin perform their last show as a band, going under the name The New Yardbirds. The show was at a club in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark. 1970 - Jimi Hendrix performs his last concert at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany on Sept. 6. He passes away Sept. 18 in London. 1976 - Fleetwood Mac's self-titled studio album hits No. 1 a year after its initial release. 1976 - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington hits an oak tree with his Ford Torino and is severely injured. 1995 - Joan Jett sings the National Anthem before the Baltimore Orioles game against the California Angels. 1997 - Elton John performs a new version of "Candle in the Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral. The new version becomes the best-selling single of all time. Releases 1970 - The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! 1971 - John Lennon: Imagine 1973 - Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation 1974 - Judas Priest: Rocka Rolla 1975 - Kiss: Alive! (live album) 1979 - Siouxsie and the Banshees: Join Hands 1982 - Rush: Signals 1984 - Queensryche: The Warning 1987 - Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse of Reason 1989 - Soundgarden: Louder Than Love 1990 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory 1990 - Warrant: Cherry Pie 1991 - Guns N' Roses, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II 1991 - Nirvana: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (single) 1992 - Ugly Kid Joe: America's Least Wanted 1995 - Blur: The Great Escape 1996 - R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi 1998 - Hole: Celebrity Skin 2005 - The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang 2006 - Audioslave: Revelations 2014 - U2: Songs of Innocence Births Rosalind Ashford (Martha and the Vandellas), September 2, 1943 Billy Preston, September 2, 1946 Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra), September 2, 1951 Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red), September 2, 1956 Steve Porcaro (Toto), September 2, 1957 Freddie King, September 3, 1934 Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), September 3, 1942 George Biondo (Steppenwolf), September 3, 1945 Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), September 3, 1947 Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad), September 3, 1948 Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), September 3, 1955 Perry Bamonte (The Cure), September 3, 1960 Jimmy Reed, September 6, 1925 Patsy Cline, September 8, 1932 Buddy Holly, September 7, 1936 Roger Waters, September 6, 1943 Ron McKernan (The Grateful Dead), September 8, 1945 Buddy Miles September 5, 1946 Freddie Mercury, September 5, 1946 Benjamin Orr (The Cars), September 8, 1947 Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), September 7, 1951 Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), September 7, 1954 Kim Thayil (lead guitarist for Soundgarden), September 4, 1960 LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band), September 7, 1961 Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) - September 5, 1968 Delores O'Riordan (The Cranberries), September 6, 1971 Deaths Jerry Reed, September 1, 2008 Alan Wilson (Canned Heat), September 3, 1970 Major Lance, September 3, 1994 Keith Moon, September 7, 1978 Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), September 6, 1990 Nicky Hopkins (session musician), September 6, 1994 Warren Zevon, September 7, 2003 Week of September 9th - 15th During this week in rock history, the Monkees made their debut on American television, a pioneering prog-rock band performed onstage for the first time, and the surviving members of Led Zeppelin made a landmark announcement. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1955 -- Little Richard records “Tutti Frutti” in New Orleans. It’s the last of nine songs he records for his debut album, Here’s Little Richard. 1962 -- The Beatles record their first British singles, “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You.” 1965 – The Ford automobile company begins offering factory-installed 8-track tape players in its Mustang, Thunderbird, and Lincoln models. The tapes, which often get chewed up by the malfunctioning players, are at first available only at auto parts stores or at Ford dealers. 1966 -- The TV show “The Monkees” makes its American broadcast debut on the NBC network. 1967 -- The Beatles begin filming Magical Mystery Tour. 1967 -- Jimi Hendrix's debut album, Are You Experienced?, enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it remains for more than two years. 1969 -- John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band while in Toronto for the Rock and Roll Revival Show. The group’s performance at the event is later released as the live album, Live Peace in Toronto 1969. 1969 -- Genesis perform onstage for the first time, playing at a cottage owned by frontman Peter Gabriel's former Sunday school teacher. 1972 -- Peter Frampton stages his first solo concert, opening for the J. Geils Band in New York. 1974 -- An AM radio station in Roanoke, Virginia, starts playing the Doobie Brothers’ song “Black Water,” as a nod to a local stream that bears the same name. The response from listeners proves so positive, the label releases the track as a single. The recording goes on to become a #1 hit. 1976 -- KC and the Sunshine Band top the U.S. singles chart with “(Shake Shake Shake), Shake Your Booty.” The track is the band’s third Number One hit in the U.S. 1979 - ABBA kick off their first and only North America tour, performing a show at the Edmonton Sports Arena. 1982 – Pink Floyd's The Wall makes it feature film screen debut. 1996 -- Jack Gillis marries Meg White, thus giving birth to The White Stripes. The couple at first tell journalists they are brother and sister, but the ruse is eventually exposed. 1987 – The TV show “American Bandstand” becomes the longest-running entertainment show in America. 2007 -- Surviving Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones announce they will regroup for a tribute concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, with drummer John Bonham’s son Jason filling in for his late father. The concert is staged on November 26 at the 02 Arena in London. Releases 1967 – The Kinks: Something Else 1969 – Rolling Stones: Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) 1971 – The Band: Cahoots 1971 -- Judee Sill: Judee Sill 1972 – Yes: Close to the Edge 1972 – Grand Funk Railroad: Phoenix 1972 – John Denver: Rocky Mountain High 1973 – Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle 1974 -- Raspberries: Starting Over 1975 – Thin Lizzy: Fighting 1975 -- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here 1975 – Supertramp: Crisis? What Crisis? 1975 – Foghat: Fool for the City 1976 – Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record 1976 – Bob Dylan: Hard Rain (Live) 1976 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More from the Road 1976 -- Ringo Starr: Ringo's Rotogravure 1977 – Chicago: Chicago XI 1977 – Talking Heads: Talking Heads 77 1979 – Foreigner: Head Games 1979 – Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage Act I 1980 – David Bowie: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 1980 – Doobie Brothers: One Step Closer 1981 – Genesis: Abacab 1981 – Billy Joel: Songs in the Attic 1983 – UB40: Labour of Love 1983 -- Huey Lewis and the News: Sports 1984 – Kiss: Animalize 1984 – Motörhead: No Remorse 1986 -- Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Blood & Chocolate 1986 – Cyndi Lauper: True Colors 1987 – Jethro Tull: Crest of a Knave 1987 -- Public Image Ltd: Happy? 1987 -- Mick Jagger: Primitive Cool 1987 – Ramones: Halfway to Sanity 1987 – Yes: Big Generator 1989 – Aerosmith: Pump 1990 – Warrant: Cherry Pie 1991 -- Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tears 1991 – Hole: Pretty on the Inside 1991 -- Guns N' Roses: Use Your Illusion I - 1991 -- Guns N' Roses: Use Your Illusion II 1992 -- Blind Melon: Blind Melon 1993 – Counting Crows: August and Everything After 1993 – Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell 1994 -- Eric Clapton: From the Cradle 1995 -- Lenny Kravitz: Circus 1995 -- Red Hot Chili Peppers: One Hot Minute 1996 – ZZ Top: Rhythmeen 1998 -- L.A. Guns: Wasted 1999 -- Iggy Pop: Avenue B 2000 -- Emmylou Harris: Red Dirt Girl 2001 -- Boz Scaggs: Dig 2001 -- Bob Dylan: Love and Theft 2001 -- John Hiatt: The Tiki Bar Is Open 2001 -- Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera 2001 – Lifehouse: Stanley Climbfall 2003 -- David Bowie: Reality 2004 -- Megadeth: The System Has Failed 2005 -- Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard 2005 – Queen: Return of the Champions 2005 -- Bonnie Raitt: Souls Alike Deaths Peter Tosh – September 11, 1987 Johnny Cash -- September 12, 2003 Johnny Ramone -- September 15, 2004 Rick Wright -- September 15, 2008 Norman Whitfield – September 16, 2008 Jim Carroll – September 11, 2009 Eddie Money - September 13, 2019 Ric Ocasek (The Cars) - September 15, 2019 Births Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, September 10, 2005 Robert Young (Primal Scream), September 9, 2014 Bill Monroe – September 13, 1911 George Jones -- September 12, 1931 Otis Redding, September 9, 1941 David Clayton-Thomas – September 13, 1941 Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night), September 10, 1942 Jack Ely – September 11, 1943 Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead), September 11, 1943 Barry White -- September 12, 1944 Peter Cetera -- September 13, 1944 Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer) – September 12, 1946 Peter Agnew (Nazareth) – September 14, 1946 Steve Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd) -- September 14, 1949 Joe Perry, September 10, 1950 Paul Kossoff -- September 14, 1950 Dave Stewart, September 9, 1952 Neil Peart -- September 12, 1952 Gerry Beckley (America) – September 12, 1952 Don Was – September 13, 1952 Tommy Shaw (Styx) – September 11, 1953 Dave Mustaine -- September 13, 1961 Zak Starkey – September 13, 1965 Ben Folds -- September 12, 1966 Harry Connick, Jr. – September 11, 1967 Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), September 11, 1971 Jennifer Nettles -- September 12, 1974 Jonny Buckland (Coldplay), September 11, 1977 Fiona Apple -- September 13, 1977 Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance), September 10, 1980 Amy Winehouse -- September 14, 1983 Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon), September 10, 1984 ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  2. by Anne Erickson Alternative rock is often associated with the ‘90s grunge movement, when Nirvana’s Nevermind took center stage, leaving ‘80s hair metal trends in the dust. But, of course, the alternative music experience really started in the late-‘70s and ‘80s, when college radio embraced pretty much anything that mainstream radio wouldn’t—and that was a lot. In honor of the pioneering bands that helped pave the way for the alternative sound, Gibson.com presents 10 Great Classic Alternative Rock Bands. What were your favorite early noise-makers? Give us your picks in the comments section below! The Cure The Cure ruled college radio in the ‘80s, consistently spitting out a sound so unique and fresh, it was impossible to mistake it for any other band. The group surfaced from the late-‘70s punk rock culture and went onto craft dark, gloomy songs with spacey synths and gothic themes. The band eventually scored big in the U.K. and established itself as a major cult act in the U.S., influencing countless bands along the way. Depeche Mode These guys embraced ‘80s dance-pop music, but in the end, it was Depeche Mode’s dark, theatrical sound that situated them to be one of the biggest alternative bands of the ‘80s. Now, they’re back with a new album, 2013’s Delta Machine, and a major North American tour set for late summer. Dinosaur Jr. Dinosaur Jr. rocked hard, with a blend of loud guitar noise, ear-splitting feedback and free-form noise. The band’s ‘80s records for SST helped pave the way for alternative rock’s mainstream breakthrough in the early ‘90s, although the guys never earned nearly as much visibility as the bands that broke during the Nirvana wave. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” hit-makers Duran Duran brought New Wave to the masses, largely thanks to MTV. The band’s supermodel good looks and glamorous fashion made them music video superstars. The band’s rise to the top was quick in the early-to-mid-‘80s, and even though the popularly didn’t last too long, they’re one of the few ‘80s underground bands who were able to achieve such mainstream fanfare. Hüsker Dü Hüsker Dü helped change the sound and style of rock ‘n’ roll music in the ‘80s. The group had a special knack for writing songs with digestible pop structures and catchy melodies, but with a real punk edge. They were also one of the first ‘80s, post-punk bands to sign a deal with a major label and released their Warner Bros. debut, Candy Apple Grey, in 1986. New Order Following the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in 1980, the rest of the band regrouped to form New Order. The new project kept Joy Division’s post-punk aesthetic, but also incorporated the disco rhythms and electronic influence of the underground club circuit, offering a cool mesh of synth pop that brought New Order an abundance of success in the ‘80s. R.E.M. R.E.M. are often considered the statesmen of the alternative rock movement. The band achieved superstar status and was one of the few underground ‘80s acts embraced by the mainstream. Their guitar pop-driven garage sound garnered them a cult following in the early-‘80s, as they toured incessantly and released a steady stream of albums, and the band went platinum by the late-‘80s. All the while, R.E.M. inspired a stream of ‘90s alternative groups. The Smiths The Smiths were the biggest British alternative rock band of the ‘80s, and they’re often credited for inspiring a new era—one that brought guitar rock into a scene that, at the time, was dominated by synth-driven aesthetics. Musically, the band achieved a cult following with their tight, melodic pop songs that were lively and dynamic. Sonic Youth By the end of the decade, Sonic Youth was a huge influence in the underground alternative world. In fact, the band was reportedly instrumental in getting Nirvana signed by Geffen, ultimately, to release Nevermind. Musically, Sonic Youth rose to the top with a mix of wild noise experimentalism, no wave and post-punk that was inventive and delightfully disordered. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” songsters Violent Femmes garnered a cult following in the ‘80s with an angst-ridden, unrefined post-punk style and delivery. What really made them stand out was the band’s connection with young fans— kids who found comfort in the group’s tart, frustrated songs and coming-of-age themes. -HC- ________________________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  3. Team HC

    From Tree to Guitar

    by Anne Erickson It all started in 1894. Orville Gibson is busy working in his home woodshop in Kalamazoo, Mich., when he stumbles upon a novel instrument. Orville takes the carved, arched top shape of the violin and uses it to transform mandolins. He designs two fresh mandolin shapes: the scroll-body F style and the teardrop-shaped A. From there, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd. is formed in 1902, and the first electric Gibson guitar is introduced in 1935. The music world has never been the same. Les Pauls, Flying Vs, Explorers, SGs and other styles have forever changed the musical landscape. Here’s a quick look at how a Gibson goes from trees to guitars. 1. Gathering raw wood materials Raw materials that make up the electric guitar include mature hardwoods such as maple and mahogany for the solid body and neck. Wood density and weight have an effect on sustain and tone. Other woods used can include ash or walnut. 2. The rough mill The construction of a Gibson guitar begins at the rough mill, where the wood is kiln dried and tested for moisture content before processing. Workers select and cut the wood into body-sized billets and neck blanks. During this phase and in the factory, a special, overhead irrigation system spritzes water into the air on-and-off to keep the air consistently at the right conditions. This ensures the wood is preserved at the highest quality. 3. Shaping wood into the perfect instrument In the rough mill, a band saw operator selects the graded wood and pre-cuts it to the shape of the guitar whether it is an SG or a Les Paul. Then it is taken to a series of computer numerically controlled (CNC) saws and routers , where billets are cut into finished SGs. For flame top maple, billets are cut down the center and book matched to offer the classic center seam look of the Les Paul Standard. Then it is glued to a mahogany back and off to the CNC saws and routers. 4. The flawless cut Highly trained workers start the neck cutting. During the careful cutting process, long blocks of wood called neck blanks become carefully shaped into the correct sizes depending on the model then a rosewood fingerboard will be added before it can be sanded to the final shape. 5. At the factory While the workers are making necks the fingerboards also move through the factory, and inlays of mother-of-pearl, abalone or acrylic are glued in. Talented workers install the frets, laying the wire into the grooves cut in the fingerboards along with any binding or other special features. 6. A hands-on approach Starting with the body line and neck line each manufacturing department at Gibson USA has its individual quality control staff to ensure that each stop of the guitar-making process is completed to perfection. 7. 24/7 quality control While most of the guitar-building happens during the early shift, many operations are very time consuming and require extra time and staffers are on hand 24 hours a day to ensure the process goes smoothly. In the body line staffers rout a channel along the edge of the guitar to inset the binding, this channel is called a “rabbet” .In the channel we place vinyl stripping inlaid by hand and the guitars are trussed up with cloth strips to hold the binding together. During this process, as with every part of the guitar-making progression, quality control is key, and guitars are checked and tested to ensure the upmost quality. 8. Smoothing it out Overnight, the glue hardens and adheres. After the glue solidifies, it’s time to sand marks out of the guitars. First, a smoothing process takes place via a large belt sander. Experienced staffers smooth out the guitars, paying careful attention how a Les Paul, Firebird, SG, Flying V or other Gibson guitar should look and feel. The sides are smoothed down, and quality control does the final check. Next, the neck is fitted onto the guitar body and hangs about a half-hour to dry. 9. Technology first Technology plays a significant role in routing the guitars’ bodies for tailpiece holes, the bridge and the pickups, as well as fret-filing, with computer-controlled routing and a machine called a PLEK helps to ensure the most consistent results. Then, more handiwork takes over, with the guitars getting a rubdown with 280 grit sandpaper before the coat. Mahogany bodies receive a layer of pore filler, since the wood is porous and needs to have its grain evened for the paint room. After another quality check, the guitars head to the next phase, to get its burst, design or solid-color finish. 10. Finishing the job Next, the guitars head to the paint shop where they receive coatings of hand applied paint. The binding is sprayed over with paint restored to its original look by scrapers. Then it’s on to an electrostatic rod that prompts lacquer to adhere while moving along a conveyor hitched to the ceiling. Hundreds of sparkling guitars hang at the end of the line, each one drying overnight. After drying they are taken down and hand sanded again to level the finish. Following a final coat of lacquer, the guitars dry for four or five days. Lacquer, paint or wood filler that may have gotten onto the frets or fingerboard is taken off by careful sanding and polishing. Buffing gives the guitars their glossy shine. Finally, the guitars get their electronic innards – everything from pickups to wiring to robotic auto tuners – and become complete instruments. As always, quality control is key. Each step of the guitar-making process includes a quality control phase, and that’s especially important at the end. Final quality control has a staff of about a half-dozen people checking the instruments to ensure perfection. Premier Guitar recently published this look at the guitar production process with this tour of the Gibson Guitar factory. They have been kind enough to allow us to share it here: Please be sure to visit Premier Guitar here Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  4. by Anne Erickson Week of August 19th - 25th This week is a major one for rock anniversaries. From the releases of Pearl Jam's Ten and Metallica: ...And Justice for All to the birthdays of Keith Moon and Rob Halford, it's obvious this week in rock history truly rocks. Keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening Aug. 19 – 25. Events 1965 - The Rolling Stones' record "Out of Our Heads" reaches No. 1 in the U.S. 1965 - During a break on a U.S. tour, the Beatles visited Elvis Presley at his residence in Beverly Hills. 1967 - The great Keith Moon of the Who drove a car in to a hotel swimming pool by accident. He was attempting elude the police who had arrived to shut down his birthday party. While some say the story isn't true, Roger Daltrey stands behind it. 1968 - The final day of recording the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie" takes place. 1970 - The Velvet Underground played their final show with Lou Reed at the Manhattan venue Max's Kansas City. 1970 - Elton John performs in the U.S. for the first time. It's at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. 1982 - Bono of U2 gets married to his high school sweetheart Alison Stewart at the Guinness Church of Ireland. 2016 - The Tragically Hip perform their final concert. Releases 1968 - Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Wonderful 1972 - The Kinks, Everybody's in Show-Biz 1975 - Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run 1976 - Boston, Boston 1976 - Eric Clapton, No Reason to Cry 1979 - The Alan Parsons Project, Eve 1981 - The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You 1982 - Alice Cooper, Zipper Catches Skin 1983 - Rainbow, Bent Out of Shape 1985 - The Cure: The Head on the Door 1986 - Paul McCartney: Press to Play 1987 - The Cars, Door to Door 1988 - Jane's Addiction, Nothing's Shocking 1988 - Metallica, ...And Justice for All 1991 - Pearl Jam, Ten 1996 - Pearl Jam, No Code 1997 - Oasis, Be Here Now 1998 - Rob Zombie, Hellbilly Deluxe 2002 - Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head 2002 - Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf 2002 - Stone Sour, Stone Sour 2008 - Slipknot: All Hope Is Gone 2008 - B.B. King, One Kind Favor 2010 - The Pretty Reckless, Light Me Up 2012 - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Last of a Dyin' Breed 2014 - Royal Blood, Royal Blood Deaths Bob Stegmeyer (bassist) - August 25, 1995 Jack Nitzsche (producer) - August 25, 2000 Betty Everett – Aug. 19, 2001 LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band) – Aug. 19, 2008 Sid Bernstein (promoter for the Beatles and manager for various artists) - August 21, 2013 Births Ginger Baker – Aug. 19, 1939 Johnny Nash – Aug. 19, 1940 John Lee Hooker - August 22, 1920 Kenny Rogers - August 21, 1938 Tom Coster (Santana) - August 21, 1941 Isaac Hayes – Aug. 20, 1942 Ian Gillan – Aug. 19, 1945 Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) - August 24, 1945 Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk) – Aug. 20, 1946 Keith Moon - August 23, 1946 James Pankow (Chicago) – Aug. 20, 1947 Robert Plant – Aug. 20, 1948 Phil Lynott – Aug. 20, 1949 Rick Springfield - August 23, 1949 Gene Simmons - August 25, 1949 John Deacon – Aug. 19, 1951 Jimi Jamison (Survivor) - August 23, 1951 Rob Halford - August 25, 1951 Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) - August 21, 1952 John Hiatt – Aug. 20, 1952 Elvis Costello - August 25, 1954 Vernon Reid (Living Colour) - August 22, 1958 Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) - August 23, 1961 John Bush (Anthrax) - August 24, 1963 Layne Staley - August 22, 1967 Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) - August 25, 1967 Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) - August 23, 1978 Kacey Musgraves - August 21, 1988 Week of August 26th - September 1st From the birth of pop great Michael Jackson to the Beatles playing their final official public show, the end of August and beginning of September offer many cornerstone musical moments. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths. Events 1942 - Frank Sinatra began his career as a solo singer. 1958 - George Harrison became part of the group Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also in the band. 1964 - The Animals performed for the first time in the U.S. in Brooklyn, New York, at the Paramount Theater. 1966 - The Beatles played their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. It ended up being their final proper public concert. 1974 – The final episode of "The Partridge Family" television show aired. 1977 - Blondie inked their first major record company contract with Chrysalis. 1979 - INXS performed for the first time in Sydney, Australia. 1983 - The movie "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" opened in U.S. theaters. David Bowie starred in the film. 1986 – What was once the "American Bandstand" studio was positioned on the National Register of Historic Places. 1991 - Dottie West was in a car accident while on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. She passed away five days later. 1993 - Billy Joel was the debut musical guest on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman" when the show started. 1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place in Cleveland, Ohio. Releases Roy Orbison, Oh, Pretty Woman, 1964 Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, 1965 The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, 1968 The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, 1970 The Rolling Stones, Goat's Head Soup, 1974 Styx, Pieces of Eight, 1978 George Strait, Strait Country, 1981 Michael Jackson, Bad, 1987 Alabama, I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why), 1992 Oasis, Definitely Maybe, 1994 Births Alex Lifeson - August 27, 1953 Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) - August 27, 1956 Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows) - August 26, 1966 Shirley Manson (Garbage) - August 26, 1966 Layne Staley - August 22, 1967 Adrian Young (No Doubt) - August 26, 1969 Tony Kanal (No Doubt) - August 27, 1970 Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground), August 29, 1942 Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat & Tears), August 29, 1943 Rick Downey (Blue Oyster Cult), August 29, 1953 Michael Jackson, August 29, 1958 Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), August 29, 1975 David Desrosiers (Simple Plan), August 29, 1980 “Papa” John Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas), August 30, 1935 Micky Moody (Whitesnake), August 30, 1950 Van Morrison, August 31, 1945 Guitarist Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions), August 31, 1948 Gina Schock (The Go-Go's), August 31, 1957 Jeff Russo (of Tonic), August 31, 1969 Debbie Gibson, August 31, 1970 Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone), September 1, 1946 Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees), September 1, 1946 Gloria Estefan, September 1, 1957 Deaths Brian Epstein (manager of the Beatles) - August 27, 1967 Stevie Ray Vaughan - August 27, 1990 Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen (War), August 30 1988 Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground), August 30, 1995 Jerry Reed, September 1, 2008 ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A ______________________________________________________ HC's Rock Review is sponsored by Gibson
  5. by Anne Erickson Having an appreciation for the bass guitar, I understand that a having bass player that knows how to move and groove is critical to the sound of any band. Having also served as a bass player, I know that the lower end sometimes gets the shaft when it comes to media coverage. Well, not here! Below, check out 10 Tips for Those Rocking the Bass Guitar from a collection of noteworthy players. Who’s your favorite bass slinger? Add to the conversation below! Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Jane’s Addiction on recording, as told to Bass Player: “I try not to get caught up in Pro Tools; I’d rather play a song all the way through than sit there and edit parts together. We tracked Velvet Revolver’s Libertad as a live band, and on most of the tunes, we didn’t use a click track. Sure, some of the tracks speed up at the end, but they do so for a reason: because the music and the feeling are getting more intense. I think the listener wants to hear that, too. Most important for me is being in that deep pocket with the drums. To do that, you have to empty your mind. Especially when we’re recording, I empty my mind completely and picture myself literally inside the bass drum. Whenever that thumper hits, I’m just a little behind to create the groove.” Jaco Pastorius on getting his stage sound via BassGuitarBlog.com: “I turn the bass on the amp all the way up because I only use the back pick-up on the bass. I never use the bass pick-up on the front so I have to compensate quite a bit with the amp. I have a sound that’s like an R&B-type sound which is real punchy and hits.” Victor Wooten on getting his bass to sound like a guitar on his album Words and Tones, as told to Premier Guitar: “I’m always looking for new tricks and techniques. I always use a ponytail holder hair band on the neck of my bass, and I found that if I moved it to the 17th or 18th fret, I could make sounds like a guitar player using pinched harmonics. So I put distortion on the instrument and, just like a guitarist, I took a solo on ‘Sword and Stone’ that sounded just like a guitarist would. It was definitely something new for me.” Ozzy Osbourne bass player Blasko on using the overdrive pedal, as told to Bass Player: “I’m not a fan of distortion, because I think it causes you to lose a lot of the roundness of the tone. But I love overdrive. In the way I play, it helps the notes connect to one another. It’s hard for me to get excited when the bass tone is completely dry. I also like to have a lot of bottom end; our stage volume is sometimes so high that I can’t hear myself, so I like to know that I can still feel myself by moving lot of air.” Primus’ Les Claypool on tips for young bass players, as told to Alter the Press: “Play as much as you can and play with as many people as you can. People who just sit in a room and play, are only going to get so good. Playing music is like having a conversation, if you have conversations with the same people over and over again, you're not going to be as loquacious as someone who speaks to different people, from different backgrounds, all the time. Play with as many people as you possibly can, even if they aren't any good.” Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea on how studying music theory can help your playing, as told to Bass Player Magazine: “I took theory, composition and jazz trumpet at the University of Southern California. The main thing I got out of that experience was my theory class, and the big thing was Bach, who blew my mind in a way that Hendrix did to me when I was a kid, or Charlie Parker. I always appreciated classical music, but not to the point where I really delved into it. I took classes with a theory professor, Professor Neal Desby, and I also studied with him privately. I was really getting into Bach…. It’s something to aspire to. It’s just amazing.” Rush’s Geddy Lee on getting the “perfect bass sound” as told to Bass Player: “I’ve always liked my tone to have an edge, but over the years, I’ve been moving the edge higher and I’ve brought in more warmth. When I got my first Wal, it blew me away—the lower mids are so constant and the tone fits so easily into the context of our band on record. I don’t need to use a lot of fancy EQ; the bass just naturally bounces and hangs there. That’s what I’m really after; the bounce of the sound. If I’m playing a lot of notes, I don’t like the tone to get twangy; I like there to be a bit of depth to it…” Nikki Sixx on using the Gibson Thunderbird to get his trademark sound, as told to Guitar Center: “I’ve played Gibson Thunderbirds for my whole career. The Thunderbird is me. It’s become such a part of me that I don’t even look right holding another bass anymore. The Blackbird is my version of the Thunderbird. It’s like a race car. Both of the pickups are wired together, and there are no tone or volume controls. The only control is a toggle switch that turns the pickups on or off. The word ‘finesse’ should never come into play when you’re talking about rock bass. It’s like sex. You’ve just got to do the job. Playing bass isn’t about making love. It’s brutal, nasty, dirty, and raw. That’s what the Blackbird is. There are other basses for other styles of music with volume and tone controls, but I just want to go. It’s not like I’m going to turn the tone control back 25 percent and the volume back 10 percent to play the bridge of ‘Home Sweet Home’ on stage.” Jason Newsted on creating rhythms, as told to Bass Player: “A lot of people who aren’t necessarily musicians visit the studio, and I keep various noise-making devices around—drums, knockers, nose flutes—so they can play along. I love watching instructional videos, so I bought the Santana rhythm-section tape, From Afro-Cuban to Rock [Latin Percussion]. It shows five general rhythms and how you apply them—but once the musicians start doing their thing, I just sit and watch in amazement. I haven’t spent enough hours learning how to play them.” Green Day bass player Mike Dirnt on what advice he would give to an up-and-comer, as told to Guitar Center: “I would say, first of all, play music with friends. Don’t just play with somebody because they happen to have a lot of skills. Play with people you get along with because happiness is a road traveled, not a destination. If you can find it within yourself to be happy with working 40 hours a week and having a gig on the weekend or just having something to look forward to as far as having different shows and playing with friends. If you can be happy with that, if you can be happy with the least, then you’ve already succeeded. Chances are, all it’s going to be is you gigging from weekend to weekend for the rest of your life or until you get going.” -HC- ________________________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  6. A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History This week in rock history, Bob Dylan suffered an accident that sent him into seclusion, Mick Jagger made his acting debut, and one of rock’s greatest power trio’s staged their debut performance. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis appears on national TV for the first time, performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” on the NBC program The Steve Allen Show. 1964 – Marvin Gaye records “How Sweet it is To Be Loved By You,” a track penned by the prolific Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. 1965 – The Beach Boys record “California Girls.” 1965 – The Beatles second movie, Help!, premieres at the Pavilion Theatre in London. 1966 – The Monkees record “Last Train to Clarksville,” a track written by the songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. 1966 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident. A period of virtual seclusion ensues for roughly nine months following the accident. 1966 – Cream make their concert debut, staging a performance in Manchester, England. 1966 – The Troggs’ version of “Wild Thing” tops the U.S. singles chart. 1968 – The Jackson 5 sign a one-year contract with Motown. 1970 – Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime” appears on the US singles chart. 1972 – Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally)” tops the U.S. singles chart. The ballad will hold go on to hold that spot for six non-consecutive weeks. 1970 – Mick Jagger makes his acting debut in the film Ned Kelly. 1973 – Grand Funk Railroad release “We’re an American Band.” 1974 – Lynyrd Skynyrd release “Sweet Home Alabama.” 1976 – Three Dog Night perform their final concert, staging a show in San Francisco. An attempted 1981 reunion proves to be short-lived. 1980 – Eric Carr makes his debut as new drummer for Kiss. 2006 – The first guitar owned by Paul McCartney is sold at auction for approximately $500,000. 2010 – John Fogerty performs his classic hit “Centerfield” at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony. He also donates a guitar shaped like a baseball bat to the Hall. 2015 – The Eagles play the final date of their “History of the Eagles” tour. Sadly, Glenn Frey passes away just six months later. Releases 1966 – The Troggs: From Nowhere 1967 – The Yardbirds: Little Games 1968 – The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord 1968 – Cream: Wheels of Fire 1968 – Deep Purple: Shades of Deep Purple 1969 – Yes: Yes 1969 – Leslie West: Mountain 1970 – Yes: Time and a Word 1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory 1970 – James Gang: James Gang Rides Again 1972 – Mott the Hoople: All The Young Dudes 1972 – Argent: All Together Now 1972 – Captain Beyond: Captain Beyond 1972 – Van Morrison: Saint Dominic’s Preview 1972 – Curtis Mayfield: Super Fly 1972 – Foghat: Foghat 1972 – Johnny Nash: I Can See Clearly Now 1973 – New York Dolls: New York Dolls 1973 – ZZ Top: Tres Hombres 1973 – Lou Reed: Berlin 1973 – Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy 1974 – Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard 1974 – James Gang: Miami 1974 – Sly & the Family Stone: Small Talk 1975 – Black Sabbath: Sabotage 1975 – Poco: Head Over Heels 1976 – Pure Prairie League: Dance 1976 – Graham Parker and the Rumour: Howlin’ Wind 1976 – Al Stewart: Year of the Cat 1979 – AC/DC: Highway to Hell 1979 – Rainbow: Down to Earth 1980 – AC/DC: Back in Black 1981 – Debbie Harry: KooKoo 1981 – Stevie Nicks: Bella Donna 1983 – Metallica: Kill ‘Em All 1984 – Metallica: Ride the Lightning 1986 – R.E.M: Lifes Rich Pageant 1987 – 10,000 Maniacs: In My Tribe 1989 – Alice Cooper: Trash 1991 – Widespread Panic: Widespread Panic 1992 – Morrissey: Your Arsenal 1993 – Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream 1993 -- Steve Vai: Sex & Religion 1996 – Sublime: Sublime 1997 – Teenage Fanclub: Songs from Northern Britain 1999 – Bree Sharp: A Cheap and Evil Girl 1999 – The Verve Pipe: The Verve Pipe 2002 – Linkin Park: Reanimation 2002 – Bruce Springsteen: The Rising 2006 – Tom Petty: Highway Companion 2008 – Alice Cooper: Along Came a Spider 2009 – George Thorogood & the Destroyers: The Dirty Dozen Deaths Cass Elliot – July 29, 1974 Big Mama Thornton – July 25, 1984 Mary Wells – July 26, 1992 Eddie Guzman (Rare Earth) – July 29, 1993 Charlie Rich – July 25, 1995 Eddie Hinton – July 28, 1995 Tal Farlow – July 25, 1998 Jerome Smith (K.C. and the Sunshine Band) – July 28, 2000 Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 27, 2001 John Entwistle – July 27, 2002 Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly) – July 25, 2003 Sam Phillips – July 30, 2003 Amy Winehouse – July 23, 2011 Dan Peek (America) – July 24, 2011 J.J. Cale – July 26, 2013 Dick Wagner – July 30, 2014 Births Buddy Guy – July 30, 1936 George Clinton – July 22, 1940 Manuel Charlton (Nazareth) – July 25, 1941 Darlene Love – July 26, 1941 Paul Anka – July 30, 1941 Dobie Gray – July 26, 1942 Tony Joe White – July 23, 1943 Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) – July 23, 1946 Don Henley – July 22, 1947 David Essex – July 23, 1947 Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) – July 22, 1963 Slash – July 23, 1965 Alison Krauss – July 23, 1971 Rufus Wainwright – July 22, 1973 Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) – July 25, 1943 Mick Jagger – July 26, 1943 Mike Bloomfield – July 28, 1943 Bobbie Gentry – July 27, 1944 Rick Wright – July 28, 1945 Jose Chepito Areas (Santana) – July 25, 1946 Jonathan Edwards – July 28, 1946 Steve Goodman – July 25, 1948 Gerald Casale (Devo) – July 28, 1948 Roger Taylor (Queen) – July 26, 1949 Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company) – July 28, 1949 Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) – July 25, 1951 Steve Morse – July 28, 1954 Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) – July 25, 1958 Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) – July 27, 1962 Juliana Hatfield – July 27, 1967 Pete Yorn – July 27, 1974 Week of July 29th - August 4th The first week of August has some major musical milestones, including the release of Def Leppard's mammoth Hysteria and the birthday of Metallica's James Hetfield, and Foo Fighters' Pat Smear, as well as Slash! Events 1962 - Robert Zimmerman legally makes his name Bob Dylan. 1963 - The Beatles performs at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the final time. 1979 - Led Zeppelin plays the U.K. for the last time. 1980 - The Eagles perform a show in Long Beach, California, that is their last show as a band for fourteen years. 1980 - Def Leppard opens for AC/DC in New York City, and it's the band's first U.S. live show. 1987 - Guns N' Roses being filming their video for “Welcome to the Jungle” in Hollywood, California. 1991 - Pearl Jam performs RKCNDY in Seattle and films the show for the music video for “Alive.” 1995 - Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps paying tribute to Bob Marley. 1996 - MTV starts MTV2. 2010 - Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine unleashes his autobiography, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir. Releases 1966 – The Beatles: Revolver 1972 – The Eagles: Witchy Woman 1983 – Alabama: Lady Down on Love 1987 – Def Leppard: Hysteria 1989 – George Clinton: The Cinderella Theory 1995 – Megadeth: Hidden Treasures 1995 – Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith 1996 – The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm 1996 – Fiona Apple: Tidal 1999 – Robyn Hitchcock: Jewels for Sophia 2003 – Prince: N.E.W.S. 2003 – Cheap Trick: Special One 2006 – Black Stone Cherry: Black Stone Cherry Deaths John Locke (Nazareth, Spirit), August 4, 2006 Luther Perkins (a member of Johnny Cash's backing band), August 5, 1968 Jeff Porcaro (drummer for Toto), August 5, 1992 Births Geddy Lee – July 29, 1953 John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) – July 29, 1959 Kate Bush – July 30, 1958 Bill Berry (R.E.M.) - July 31, 1958 Fatboy Slim, July 31, 1963 Will Champion (Coldplay) - July 31, 1978 Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) - July 31, 1981 David Sanborn – July 30, 1945 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), August 1, 1942 Boz Burrell (Bad Company), August 1, 1946 Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, the James Gang), August 1, 1951 Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), August 1, 1959 Garth Hudson (The Band), August 2, 1937 Pete De Freitas (Echo And The Bunnymen), August 2, 1961 Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926 John Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire), August 3, 1951 Ed Roland (Collective Soul), August 3, 1963 James Hetfield (Metallica), August 3, 1963 Louis Armstrong, August 4, 1901 Robbin Crosby (Ratt), August 4, 1959 -HC- ________________________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A ______________________________________________________ HC's Rock Review is sponsored by Gibson
  7. by Anne Erickson One of rock and roll’s most influential bands signed their first recording contract, a Rolling Stones classic topped the singles charts, and members of The Monkees reunited for the first time in nearly two decades. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1962 – The Rolling Stones make their live debut, performing at London’s legendary Marquee Club. 1962 – The Beach Boys sign their first recording contract, inking a deal with Capitol Records. 1964 – The Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night, premiers in Liverpool. More than 200,000 fans turn out to celebrate. 1965 – The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” begins a four-week run at Number One on the U.S. singles charts. The song goes on to become the biggest hit of the year. 1967 – The Who begin their first large-scale U.S. tour, performing as opening act for Herman’s Hermits. 1967 – Arlo Guthrie takes the stage of the Newport Folk Festival and delivers the debut performance of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” 1968 – Eric Clapton announces the breakup of Cream, while the band is in the midst of its final tour. 1969 – Funeral services are held for Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones. 1969 – David Bowie’s single, “Space Oddity,” is rush-released to coincide with the first moon landing, which takes place nine days later. 1969 – Blind Faith perform their first show in the U.S., a sellout at Madison Square Garden. 1970 – The soundtrack album for the film, Woodstock, tops the charts. 1972 – Smokey Robinson performs his final show as a member of The Miracles. 1974 – David Bowie plays the first of five shows that will be used in the making of his David Live album. All the shows were staged at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. 1978 – The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls album tops the U.S. charts. 1980 – Bob Marley and the Wailers begin what will ultimately be Marley’s final U.K. tour. 1985 – The Live Aid benefit concerts are staged in Philadelphia and London. The array of performers include Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, and Queen, among many others. 1989 – The Monkees are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All four members of the band reunite for the ceremony. 1996 – A Guinness World Record for the largest-ever jam session is set when more than 2,000 guitarists perform a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” for 75 minutes. Chet Atkins and Skunk Baxter are among the participants 2007 – Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 2014 – Johnny Winter plays his last show, staging a performance at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria. 2016 – Joe Perry suffers a cardiac event onstage during a performance with members of The Hollywood Vampires. Perry is rushed to the hospital -- fortunately he makes a full recovery. Releases 1970 – Supertramp: Supertramp 1971 – Funkadelic: Maggot Brain 1972 – Chicago: Chicago V 1972 – Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson 1973 – Queen: Queen 1973 – Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (soundtrack) 1973 – Grand Funk Railroad: We’re an American Band 1974 – Neil Young: On the Beach 1975 – Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac 1979 – The Kinks: Low Budget 1981 – Def Leppard: High ‘n’ Dry 1983 – Robert Plant: The Principle of Moments 1983 – Big Country: The Crossing 1986 – Bob Dylan: Knocked Out Loaded 1988 – UB40: UB40 1988 – Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson 1990 – Iggy Pop: Brick by Brick 1990 – Poison: Flesh and Blood 1992 – Frank Zappa: You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 1993 – Matthew Sweet: Altered Beast 1994 – The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge 1994 – Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation 1997 – Sarah McLachlan: Surfacing 2000 – Motley Crue: New Tattoo 2001 -- Blackmore's Night: Fires at Midnight 2002 – Robert Plant: Dreamland 2002 – The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 2005 – Tony Iommi: Fused 2009 – The Dead Weather: Horehound Deaths Clarence White (The Byrds) – July 14, 1973 Minnie Riperton – July 12, 1979 Chris Wood (Traffic) – July 12, 1983 Nico (The Velvet Underground), July 8, 1988 Arthur Kane (New York Dolls) – July 13, 2004 Rob Grill (The Grass Roots) – July 11, 2011 Jerry Ragovoy – July 13, 2011 Tommy Ramone – July 11, 2014 Births Jai Johanny Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band), July 8, 1944 Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode), July 8, 1961 Joan Osborne, July 8, 1963 Beck, July 8, 1970 Bon Scott (AC/DC), July 9, 1946 John "Mitch" Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), July 9, 1947 Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), July 9, 1959 Courtney Love (Hole), July 9, 1964 Jack White (The White Stripes), July 9, 1975 Woody Guthrie – July 14, 1912 Lowman “Pete” Pauling (The 5 Royales) – July 14, 1926 Mavis Staples – July 10, 1939 Desmond Dekker – July 16, 1941 Ronnie James Dio – July 10, 1942 Roger McGuinn – July 13, 1942 Stephen Bladd (J. Geils Band) – July 13, 1942 Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) – July 10, 1943 Christine McVie – July 12, 1943 Linda Ronstadt – July 15, 1946 Arlo Guthrie – July 10, 1947 Roky Erickson – July 15, 1947 Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) – July 15, 1947 Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 15, 1948 Dave Smalley (The Raspberries) – July 10, 1949 Greg Kihn – July 10, 1949 Eric Carr (Kiss) – July 12, 1950 Philip Taylor Kramer (Iron Butterfly) – July 12, 1952 Bob Casale (Devo) – July 14, 1952 Johnny Thunders – July 15, 1952 Stewart Copeland – July 16, 1952 Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) – July 10, 1954 Ian Curtis (Joy Division) – July 15, 1956 Marky Ramone – July 15, 1956 Joe Satriani – July 15, 1956 Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) – July 11, 1957 Sandy West (The Runaways) – July 10, 1959 Richie Sambora – July 11, 1959 Suzanne Vega – July 11, 1959 Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) – July 12, 1962 Tonya Donelly (Belly) – July 14, 1966 Jason Bonham – July 15, 1966 John Petrucci (Dream Theater) – July 12, 1967 Week of July 15th -21nd Elvis Presley made his first-ever studio recordings, Santana celebrated a milestone, and a former Beatle kicked off his debut solo tour. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Rod Stewart, Talking Heads, and Guns N’ Roses. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1953 – Elvis Presley drops into Memphis Recording Service—later renamed Sun Studios—and pays $3.98 to make his first-ever recordings. He records two songs: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” as a gift for his mother. 1954 – The Newport Jazz Festival makes its debut at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island. 1955 – Chuck Berry’s debut single, “Maybellene,” is released on Chess Records. 1963 – The first U.S. Beatles album, titled Introducing the Beatles, is pressed up by Vee-Jay Records. The album receives its official release in January of 1964. 1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire hits #1 on the U.S. album chart. 1968 – The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine, makes its premiere in London. In the film, the band members are voiced by professional actors. 1974 – Joey Ramone becomes the lead singer for the Ramones. 1975 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said” reaches #1 on the U.S. singles chart. 1975 – Bob Marley and the Wailers’ performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London is recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Later that year, the performance is released as an official album—titled simply Live! 1976 – Classic rock icons Deep Purple split up at the end of a U.K tour. Eight years will pass before the band gets back together. 1978 – Def Leppard make their live debut, performing before an audience of 150 at a school in Sheffield, England. 1981 – “Roy Orbison Day” is declared in Odessa, Texas. 1986 – Santana mark their 20th anniversary with a comprehensive reunion, with all current and former members coming together to stage a concert in San Francisco. 1987 – Keith Richards signs a contract with Virgin Records as a solo artist. 1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first tour since The Beatles ceased touring in 1966. He and the first incarnation of his All-Starr Band perform in Dallas, Texas. 1991 – The Lollapalooza Music Festival is staged for the first time. Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, and Living Color are among the many participating bands who perform in select locations in North America. 2012 – Surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announce they’re reviving the band’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, for a tour. Releases 1964 – The Beatles: Something New 1965 – The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic? 1966 – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 1969 – The Doors: The Soft Parade 1971 – Black Sabbath: Master of Reality 1971 – The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour 1971 – Deep Purple: Fireball 1972 – Rod Stewart: Never a Dull Moment 1972 – T. Rex: The Slider 1972 – Jefferson Airplane: Long John Silver 1973 – Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender 1973 – Mott the Hoople: Mott 1977 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True 1978 – Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food 1980 – Joy Division: Closer 1981 – ZZ Top: El Loco 1984 – Stryper: The Yellow and Black Attack 1987 – Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction 1990 – Mother Love Bone: Apple 1991 – Squeeze: Play 1992 – Sonic Youth: Dirty 1995 – Megadeth: Hidden Treasures 1995 – Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith 1996 – The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm 1996 – Fiona Apple: Tidal 1999 – Robyn Hitchcock: Jewels for Sophia 2003 – Prince: N.E.W.S. 2003 – Cheap Trick: Special One 2006 – Black Stone Cherry: Black Stone Cherry Deaths Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets) – July 17, 1954 Billie Holiday – July 17, 1959 Bobby Fuller – July 18, 1966 John Coltrane – July 17, 1967 Lefty Frizzell – July 19, 1975 Harry Chapin – July 16, 1981 Nico – July 18, 1988 Chas Chandler – July 17, 1996 Gus Dudgeon – July 21, 2002 Long John Baldry – July 21, 2005 Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) – July 17, 2009 Jon Lord (Deep Purple) – July 16, 2012 Johnny Winter – July 16, 2014 Births Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929 Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) – July 18, 1938 Spencer Davis – July 17, 1939 Dion DiMucci – July 18, 1939 Lonnie Mack – July 18, 1941 Martha Reeves – July 18, 1941 John Lodge (Moody Blues) – July 20, 1943 Danny McCulloch (The Animals) – July 18, 1945 Henry McCullough – July 21, 1943 Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) – July 19, 1946 Bernie Leadon (Eagles) – July 19, 1947 Brian May – July 19, 1947 Carlos Santana – July 20, 1947 Ron Asheton (The Stooges) – July 17, 1948 Geezer Butler – July 17, 1949 Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) – July 18, 1949 Nicolette Larson – July 17, 1952 Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 19, 1952 Ricky Skaggs – July 18, 1954 Terry Chambers (XTC) – July 18, 1955 Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) – July 21, 1955 Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) – July 20, 1956 Keith Levene (The Clash, PIL) – July 18, 1957 Chris Cornell – July 20, 1964 Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) – July 20, 1966 Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) – July 20, 1976 ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  8. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Anne Erickson Week of June 24th - 30th This week, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote an early Beatles classic, Deep Purple’s most famous lineup disbanded, and Pink Floyd staged a one-off reunion for a major charity event. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Free, the Doobie Brothers, and Bad Company. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll. Events 1956 – Elvis Presley records “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” in New York City. 1962 – Jimi Hendrix receives an honorable discharge from the Army after he fractures his ankle in a parachute jump. 1963 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney write “She Loves You” in a hotel room while on tour in England. 1965 – The Byrds’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” tops the Billboard singles chart. 1970 – The band formerly known as Smile performs under the moniker Queen for the first time. 1971 – New York City’s famous Fillmore East venue stages its last show. The bill includes the Allman Brothers Band, the J. Geils Band, Albert King, and Mountain, among others. 1973 – Brian Eno exits Roxy Music. 1974 – Neal Peart becomes the drummer for Rush, replacing John Rutsey. 1975 – David Bowie releases “Fame.” The single goes on to become Bowie’s first #1 hit in the U.S. 1976 – John Lennon gets his “green card” from the U.S. Department of Naturalization. 1973 – Deep Purple’s most famous lineup disbands, as lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly leave the group following a show in Osaka, Japan. 1977 – Elvis Presley stages his last concert, performing in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1980 – Paul McCartney’s single “Coming Up” tops the U.S. singles chart. 1985 – David Bowie and Mick Jagger record “Dancing in the Street” at Abbey Road Studios. They also shoot the video for the song on that same day. 1996 – Sammy Hagar is replaced by David Lee Roth as Van Halen’s lead vocalist. Eleven years earlier, Hagar had replaced Roth in that same role. 2004 – The Kinks’ Dave Davies suffers a massive stroke. During a lengthy recovery he re-learns how to play guitar. 2005 – Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright reunite to perform at the Live 8 concert in London. Releases 1966 – The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out! 1967 – The Rolling Stones: Flowers 1968 – Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets 1968 – Steve Miller Band: Children of the Future 1968 – Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention 1968 – The Band: Music from Big Pink 1970 – Free: Fire and Water 1970 – The Monkees: Changes 1970 – Rare Earth: Ecology 1970 – Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley 1970 – Todd Rundgren: Runt 1970 – Cactus: Cactus 1971 – The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers 1972 – Leon Russell: Carney 1972 – Free: Free At Last 1972 – Big Star: #1 Record 1972 – Alice Cooper: School’s Out 1972 – The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street 1973 – Sly & the Family Stone: Fresh 1974 – Bad Company: Bad Company 1974 – Elton John: Caribou 1974 – America: Holiday 1974 – Uriah Heep: Wonderworld 1975 – Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes 1975 – Average White Band: Cut the Cake 1975 – The Tubes: The Tubes 1976 – Uriah Heep: High and Mighty 1976 – The Marshall Tucker Band: Long Hard Ride 1976 – Jefferson Starship: Spitfire 1977 – Kiss: Love Gun 1977 – James Taylor: JT 1977 – Steve Winwood: Steve Winwood 1979 – Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps 1980 – The Soft Boys: Underwater Moonlight 1980 – Queen: The Game 1982 – Robert Plant: Pictures at Eleven 1982 – Joe Jackson: Night and Day 1982 – Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Imperial Bedroom 1985 – AC/DC: Fly on the Wall 1989 – The B-52’s: Cosmic Thing 1989 – Don Henley: The End of Innocence 1990 – Sonic Youth: Goo 1990 – Cheap Trick: Busted 1990 – Steve Earle: The Hard Way 1991 – Alice Cooper: Hey Stoopid 1991 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open 1992 – PJ Harvey: Dry 1993 – Ozzy Osbourne: Live & Loud 1993 – Jeff Beck: Crazy Legs 1995 – Gov’t Mule: Gov’t Mule 1995 – Neil Young: Mirror Ball 1998 – Cowboy Junkies: Miles from Our Home 1998 – System of a Down: System of a Down 2002 – Oasis: Heathen Chemistry 2002 – Green Day: Shenanigans 2004 – The Cure: The Cure 2004 – Rush: Feedback 2005 – Fountains of Wayne: Out-of-State Plates Deaths Alan Myers (Devo) – June 24, 2013 Sky Saxon (The Seeds) – June 25, 2009 Boudleaux Bryant – June 25, 1987 Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – June 25, 1988 Tim Buckley – June 29, 1975 Lowell George – June 29, 1979 Rushton Moreve (Steppenwolf) – July 1, 1981 Wolfman Jack – July 1, 1995 Dennis Brown – July 1, 1999 Chet Atkins – June 30, 2001 John Entwistle – June 27, 2002 Herbie Mann – July 1, 2003 Luther Vandross – July 1, 2005 George McCorkle (The Marshall Tucker Band) – June 29, 2007 Mel Galley (Whitesnake) – July 1, 2008 Bobby Womack – June 27, 2014 Scotty Moore – June 28, 2016 Births Willie Dixon – July 1, 1915 Lena Horne – June 30, 1917 Doc Pomus – June 27, 1925 Eddie Floyd – June 25, 1937 Billy Davis (The 5th Dimension) – June 26, 1938 Delaney Bramlett – July 1, 1939 Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) – June 27, 1942 Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) – June 28, 1943 Jeff Beck – June 24, 1944 Arthur Brown – June 24, 1944 Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) – June 30, 1944 Colin Blunstone – June 24, 1945 Carly Simon – June 25, 1945 Deborah Harry – July 1, 1945 Mick Fleetwood – June 24, 1947 Ian Paice (Deep Purple) – June 29, 1948 Andy Scott (The Sweet) – June 30, 1949 Stanley Clarke – June 30, 1951 Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) – June 25, 1946 Ian McDonald – June 25, 1946 Fred Schneider (The B-52’s) – July 1, 1951 Colin Hay (Men at Work) – June 29, 1953 Mick Jones (The Clash) – June 26, 1955 Chris Isaak – June 26, 1956 Lisa Germano – June 27, 1958 Lorrie Morgan – June 27, 1959 Terri Nunn (Berlin) – June 26, 1961 Yngwie Malmsteen – June 30, 1963 Bobby Bare Jr. – June 28, 1966 Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) – June 26, 1969 Gretchen Wilson – June 26, 1973 Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) – June 27, 1976 Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) – June 26, 1979 Week of July 1st - 7th The first week of July brings a bevy of important music events, from the births of Ringo Starr and Jack White to the release of albums from Queen and Styx. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening July 1 – 7. Events 1956 - Johnny Cash plays the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for the first time. 1968 - The Yardbirds play their final show in Luton, England. Jimmy Page goes on to form Led Zeppelin. 1962 - Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the U.S. Army following breaking his ankle during a parachute jump. 1969 - The band Mountain forms in Long Island. 1969 - The Beatles begin recording their famed song “Here Comes the Sun.” 1972 - David Bowie introduced himself to the world as Ziggy Stardust at a “Save The Whales” benefit show in London. 1980 - Led Zeppelin plays their concert in West Berlin. 1981 - Bruce Springsteen performs the first of six sold-out gigs at the Byrne Arena in New Jersey. 1982 - Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden get married on July 4th. 1995 - The Grateful Dead perform their final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Releases Ray Charles, Ray Charles, 1957 Hootie & the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, 1994 Queen, Keep Yourself Alive, 1973 Sonny and Cher, I Got You Babe, 1965 Styx, The Grand Illusion, 1977 Dream Theater, Images and Words, 1992 Prince, Chaos and Disorder, 1996 Deaths Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), July 3, 1969 Louis Armstrong, July 6, 1971 Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), July 7, 2006 Births Paul Williams (The Temptations), July 2, 1939 John Colla (Huey Louis & the News), July 2, 1952 Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), July 3, 1957 Ray Davies (The Kinks), July 4, 1945 Chris Britton (The Troggs), July 4, 1945 Joey Molland (Badfinger), July 4, 1947 Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), July 4, 1950 Mike Einziger (Incubus), July 4, 1976 Brandon Flowers (The Killers), July 4, 1981 Robbie Robertson (The Band), July 5, 1943 Huey Lewis, born Hugh Anthony Cregg III, July 5, 1950 Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), July 5, 1950 Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (Wu-Tang Clan), July 5, 1969 Jason Wade (Lifehouse), July 5, 1980 Dave Rowberry (The Animals), July 6, 1940 Mike Shrieve (Santana), July 6, 1949 Ringo Starr (The Beatles), born Richard Starkey, July 7, 1940 Mark White (Spin Doctors), July 7, 1962 -HC- ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  9. Social Media - 10 Tips for Bands and Musicians Post! Tweet! Promote! by Anne Erickson While quality music is still the most important characteristic of a great band, social media is an increasingly important part of finding an audience. If your band doesn’t embrace social media, then it will hurt your chance of getting heard. Harmony Central's Chris Loeffler published an article on Harmony Central called, The Social Musician - Get out from under that rock! This article will add some stragegy to the thought process of going social. Read on for some basic principles for bands to successfully promote their music online. your listeners. It’s not always about numbers. Sometimes, having a smaller, more loyal following in your niche is better than simply trying to rack up the Facebook likes and Twitter followers. Often, it’s quality over quantity, so focus on finding a smaller audience that is passionate about your music, and reach out to them. 1. Find your listeners. It’s not always about numbers. Sometimes, having a smaller, more loyal following in your niche is better than simply trying to rack up the Facebook likes and Twitter followers. Often, it’s quality over quantity, so focus on finding a smaller audience that is passionate about your music, and reach out to them. 2. Network with other bands. By now, almost every band is on some form of social media. Scoping out social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ and music discovery and streaming sites such as Spotify, Reverbnation, Google Play and Last.fm is a great way to find bands in your area and introduce yourself. Connecting with local bands on social media is also a way to get on local concerts and festivals. 3. Be accessible. The old days of having a wall between bands and their fans is gone. Everybody appreciates an honest response. Whether it’s “liking” one of their comments on your Facebook wall or “favoriting” a Tweet, go out of your way to engage with your fans. It’ll make their day and help build that connection between you and your fans. 4. Avoid auto-posting. Just say no to auto-posting. It looks extremely impersonal to follow a band on several channels simply to see the same posts going up on each one. Each social media channel has its own unique appeal, so treat them differently. Besides, by making each account special, you’ll increase the chance of people following you on all channels, instead of only one. 5. Post regularly. Whether it’s a short update or something longer, don’t let your channels go dry for too long. Of course, you don’t need to post constantly during downtime, but going for months and months without any word isn’t good practice. Being engaged helps you build a larger following, too. 6. Plug your accounts on flyers and at shows. Social media can be old fashioned, too. Make sure to include your accounts on any old school flyers you’re printing, and tell fans how to follow you at shows. It’s not always about finding people online. Often times, you’ll find an enthusiastic audience at concerts or local hotspots. 7. Do giveaways. Everyone likes free stuff. Have a new CD coming out? Give away some copies via social media to help build momentum. The same goes for concert tickets to a big show. Giveaways can be fun, easy ways to engage with your audience and give them something cool. 8. Schedule out posts. Say you want to hit your audience at a time when you won’t be by the computer? No worries. Schedule out some posts in advance using social media managing tools such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck. This allows you to keep a consistent social media presence all week long without having to micro-manage the posting times. 9. Delegate. Does one of your band members really shine on social media? Have that person run your accounts. Simply put, ask the band members who have the most knack and passion for social media head up your account, and let them run with it. 10. Have fun. Bottom line: Social media is about socializing, so go at it like you do in real life. Don’t stress out. If you’re having fun, then your audience will have fun, too. -HC- ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  10. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Anne Erickson Week of June 10th - June 16th From the release of Nirvana's debut Bleach album to the death of Ray Charles. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths happening June 10 through 16.  Events 1965 – Sonny and Cher appear on U.S. television for the first time singing "Just You" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand. 1965 – Paul McCartney records “Yesterday,” and a string quartet is added later. The Beatles tune would become the most covered song in music history. 1965 – Bob Dylan records the legendary track “Like a Rolling Stone” in New York City at Columbia Recording Studios. 1967 – The first Monterey International Pop Festival kicks off in Monterey, California, featuring the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and more. 1969 – The Rolling Stones introduce their new guitarist, Mick Taylor, to the world at a press conference in London’s Hyde Park. 1972 – The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street reaches No. 1 on the charts. 1973 – Grand Funk records "We're An American Band." 1980 – Led Zeppelin start what will mark heir final tour with a gig in Dortmund, Germany. 1996 – Producer George Martin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 2002 – Mick Jagger is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 2009 – At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys perform together for the final time. Adam Yauch (MCA) is soon diagnosed with cancer. Releases Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry is on Top, 1959 Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 1968 Captain Beefheart, Trout Mask Replica, 1969 Grand Funk Railroad, Closer to Home, 1970 Emerson Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, 1971 Roxy Music, Roxy Music, 1972 Joe Walsh, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, 1973 Steve Miller Band, Abracadabra, 1982 Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood, 1983 Ringo Starr, Old Wave, 1983 Nirvana, Bleach, 1989 Pete Townshend, Psychoderelict, 1993 Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill, 1995 Rush, Clockwork Angels, 2012 Deaths Ray Charles – June 10, 2004 James Honeyman-Scott – June 16, 1982 Henry Mancini – June 14, 1994 Kristen Pfaff of Hole – June 16, 1994 Rory Gallagher – June 14, 1995 Ella Fitzgerald – June 15, 1996 Bob Bogle of the Ventures – June 14, 2009 Jimmy Dean – June 13, 2010 Clarence Clemons – June 18, 2011 Casey Kasem – June 15, 2014 Births Chester Burnett (aka Howlin' Wolf) – June 10, 1910 Kim Deal (The Pixies) – June 10, 1961 Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) – June 10, 1964 John Lawton (Uriah Heep) – June 11, 1946 Frank Beard (ZZ Top) – June 11, 1949 Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) – June 12, 1950 Brad Delp (Boston) – June 12, 1951 Junior Walker – June 14, 1931 Waylon Jennings – June 15, 1937 Harry Nilsson – June 15, 1941 Marv Tarplin – June 13, 1941 Spooner Oldham – June 14, 1943 Chris Spedding – June 17, 1944 Rod Argent – June 14, 1945 Noddy Holder of Slade – June 15, 1946 Greg Rolie of Santana and Journey – June 17, 1947 Alan White of Yes – June 14, 1949 Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick – June 12, 1951 Brad Delp of Boston – June 12, 1951  Meredith Brooks – June 12, 1951  Bardi Martin of Candlebox – June 12, 1969 Kenny Wayne Shepherd – June 12, 1977  Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon – June 16, 1979 Week of June 17th - 23th This week in rock music has been marked by an abundance of memorable events. A breakthrough in recording technology was introduced, David Bowie recorded his first big hit, the birth of the one and only Paul McCartney, and a beloved Beatle performed his 3,000 live show. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1948 – The Columbia record label announces a technological breakthrough – specifically, a vinyl “long playing” record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on each side. 1962 – Nat King Cole records “Ramblin’ Rose.” 1963 – The Sufaris release their classic, “Wipe Out.” 1966 – The Beatles kick off their final world tour, starting in Munich, Germany. 1967 – The Beatles record “All You Need is Love.” 1968 – The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart as lead singer, stage their first show in America, performing at the Fillmore East in New York City. 1969 – David Bowie records “Space Oddity.” Bowie was inspired to write the song after seeing the 1968 classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1971 – Carole King’s Tapestry album reaches the Number One spot the U.S. album chart, and remains there for the next 15 weeks. 1972 – Smokey Robinson appears onstage with The Miracles for the last time. 1975 – Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple in order to form his new band, Rainbow. 1979 – Supertramp’s Breakfast in America album tops the U.S. charts. 1980 – Donna Summer becomes the first artist to be signed to Geffen Records. 1981 – Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker announce they are splitting up to pursue solo projects. 1987 – Motley Crue kick off their “Girls, Girls, Girls” tour with Whitesnake as opening act. Later in the tour, an up-and-coming band called Guns N’ Roses replace Whitesnake in that slot. 1990 – Little Richards gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2004 – Paul McCartney performs his 3,000th live show, staging the concert in St. Petersburg, Russia. Releases 1965 – The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man 1967 – Small Faces: Small Faces 1968 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: Bare Wires 1969 – The Jeff Beck Group: Beck-Ola 1969 – Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter 1969 – Alice Cooper: Pretties for You 1969 – Procol Harum: A Salty Dog 1971 – Joni Mitchell: Blue 1971 – Todd Rundgren: Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren 1972 – Jethro Tull: Living in the Past 1973 – Chicago: Chicago VI 1974 – The Beach Boys: Endless Summer 1975 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Tonight’s the Night 1975 – Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All 1976 – Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 1978 – Foreigner: Double Vision 1980 – The Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue 1980 – Bob Dylan: Saved 1981 – The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash 1982 – ABC: The Lexicon of Love 1984 – Glenn Frey: The Allnighter 1984 – Prince & The Revolution: Purple Rain 1985 – Motley Crue: Theatre of Pain 1988 – Jimmy Page: Outrider 1988 – Saxon: Destiny 1988 – Iggy Pop: Instinct 1989 – Mr. Big: Mr. Big 1991 – Bonnie Raitt: Luck of the Draw 1993 – Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville 1995 – Michael Jackson: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 2001 – The Cult: Beyond Good and Evil 2004 – Motorhead: Inferno 2010 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live from Freedom Hall 2011 – Bon Iver: Bon Iver 2012 – Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Deaths Karl Mueller of Soul Asylum – June 17, 2005 Judy Garland – June 22, 1969 Fred Astaire – June 22, 1987 Jesse Ed Davis – June 22, 1988 John Lee Hooker – June 21, 2001 Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet) – June 19, 2006 Claydes Charles Smith (Kool & The Gang) – June 20, 2006 Slim Whitman – June 19, 2013 Bobby “Blue” Bland – June 23, 2013 Gerry Goffin – June 19, 2014 Ralph Stanley – June 23, 2016 Births Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets) – June 20, 1920 Chet Atkins – June 20, 1924 June Carter Cash – June 23, 1929 Mickie Most – June 20, 1936 Kris Kristofferson – June 22, 1936 Stu Sutcliffe – June 23, 1940 Robert Hunter – June 23, 1941 Sir Paul McCartney - June 18, 1942 Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane – June 19, 1942 Brian Wilson – June 20, 1942 Ray Davies – June 21, 1944 Peter Asher – June 22, 1944 Joey Molland (Badfinger) – June 21, 1947 Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) – June 22, 1947 Nick Drake – June 19, 1948 Todd Rundgren – June 22, 1948 Lionel Richie – June 20, 1949 Ann Wilson (Heart) – June 19, 1950 Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) – June 21, 1950 Nils Lofgren – Jun 21, 1951 Cyndi Lauper – June 22, 1953 Michael Anthony (Van Halen) – June 20, 1954 Gary Beers (INXS) – June 22, 1957 Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) – June 22, 1959 John Taylor (Duran Duran) – June 20, 1960 Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) – June 23, 1962 Brandon Flowers (The Killers) – June 21, 1981 -HC- ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  11. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Anne Erickson Week of May 27th - June 3rd May 27 through June 3 brought some timeless rock albums to the world, from Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That's not to mention the births of Ronnie Wood and Tom Morello. Keep reading for some major releases, historic events and notable births and deaths happening May 27 – June 3. Events 1959 - Atlanta's Herndon Stadium hosts one of the first outdoor rock concerts. The lineup includes Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed and B.B. King. 1961 - Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri. 1961 - Jimi Hendrix officially joins the U.S. Army. 1964 - The Rolling Stones hit New York to kick off their first U.S. tour. 1975 - Ronnie Wood performs his first show as the guitarist for the Rolling Stones. It was on his 28th birthday. 1976 - The Who set the Guinness Book record for "World's Loudest Rock Band" with a show in London measuring 126 decibels. Guinness eventually stops certifying the record, due to hearing loss. 1983 - Kiss play their final concert in their makeup. Well, until 1996, that is, when they start playing with painted faces again. 1997 - Jeff Buckley’s body is discovered floating in a harbor running into the Mississippi River. He had disappeared the week before while taking a swim in a Memphis harbor. Releases Bob Dylan, Down in the Groove, 1988 The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 (U.S. release) David Bowie, David Bowie, 1967 Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978 The Rolling Stones, Still Life, 1982 Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., 1984 Sting, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, 1985 Metallica, Load, 1996 Deaths Jeff Buckley, May 29, 1997 John Kahn (The Jerry Garcia Band), May 30, 1996 David Ruffin (The Temptations), June 1, 1991 Boyd Bennett, June 2, 2002 Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), June 2, 2006 Bo Diddley, June 2, 2008 Leon Redbone - May 30, 2019 Births Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship) – May 27, 1948 Neil Finn (Crowded House) – May 27, 1956 Susan Ballion (Siouxsie Sioux) – May 27, 1957 Neil Finn (Crowded House) – May 27, 1958 Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) – May 27, 1966 John Fogerty – May 28, 1945 Noel Gallagher, May 29, 1967 Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), May 29, 1960 Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), May 30, 1964 Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), May 31, 1938 Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), May 31, 1938 Pat Boone, June 1, 1934 Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones, The Faces), June 1, 1947 Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), June 1, 1959 Simon Gallup (The Cure), June 1, 1960 Mike Joyce (The Smiths), June 1, 1963 Alanis Morissette, June 1, 1974 Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), June 2, 1941 Steve Brookins (.38 Special), June 2, 1951 Pete Farndon (The Pretenders), June 2, 1952 Fabrizio Moreti (The Strokes), June 2, 1980 Dave Alexander (The Stooges), June 3, 1947 Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), June 3, 1952 Kerry King (Slayer), June 3, 1964 Mike Gordon (Phish), June 3, 1965 Week of June 3rd - 9th This week in Rock Rewind, the world’s greatest pop group undertook their first recording session, The Rolling Stones replaced one of their founding members, and one of New York’s most influential bands reunited after 24 years. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and The Cars. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1962 -- The Beatles undertake their first recording session at Abbey Road studios. “Love Me Do” was among the four tracks recorded. 1963 -- The Rolling Stones release their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On.” 1964 – The first single to feature David Bowie is released. Titled “Liza Jane,” the recording is credited to “David Jones and the King Bees. 1966 – Great Britain’s “Melody Maker” magazine reports the formation of supergroup Cream. 1969 – Blind Faith play their first show, staging a concert in London’s Hyde Park. 1969 – The Rolling Stones replace Brian Jones with Mick Taylor. 1971 – Grand Funk Railroad topples a record previously head by The Beatles for the highest gross proceeds for a concert staged at New York’s Shea Stadium. 1974 – Keyboardist Rick Wakeman leaves prog-rock band Yes to begin a solo career. 1974 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ single “Band on the Run” hits Number One on the U.S. charts. 1975 – Elton John’s ninth studio album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, becomes the first LP to enter the U.S. album chart at Number One. 1989 – The Doobie Brothers kick off a reunion tour. The tour is the first to feature the band’s original lineup since 1975. 1993 – The Velvet Underground reform for their first show in 24 years, performing at London’s Wembley Arena. 1993 – A ground-breaking ceremony is held in Cleveland for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. 2006 – Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant met and rehearsed songs for a benefit tribute for Atlantic Records’ co-founder Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three had played together since their 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2013 – Judas Priest’s Rob Halford announces the band will be reforming after a two-year absence. 2016 – All four members of ABBA perform together for the first time since 1982. The performance occurs at a private event to commemorate 50 years since songwriting partners Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met. Releases 1960 – Roy Orbison: “Only the Lonely” (single) 1965 – The Rolling Stones: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (U.S.) 1967 – Moby Grape: Moby Grape 1969 – Elton John: Empty Sky 1969 – Three Dog Night: Suitable for Framing 1970 – Bob Dylan: Self Portrait 1972 – David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1974 – Bill Wyman: Monkey Grip 1975 – Eagles: One of These Nights 1977 -- The J. Geils Band: Monkey Island 1978 – Rolling Stones: Some Girls 1978 – The Cars: The Cars 1979 – Wings: Back to the Egg 1979 – The Knack: Get the Knack 1980 – Bob Marley & The Wailers: Uprising 1981 – The Psychedelic Furs: Talk Talk Talk 1983 – The Kinks: State of Confusion 1985 – Bob Dylan: Empire Burlesque 1985 – R.E.M.: Fables of the Reconstruction 1985 – Talking Heads: Little Creatures 1989 – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: In Step 1986 – Genesis: Invisible Touch 1991 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 1994 – Boston: Walk On 1995 – Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine 1998 – John Fogerty: Premonition 1999 – Shelby Lynnne: I Am Shelby Lynne 2000 – Alice Cooper: Brutal Planet 2002 – David Bowie: Heathen 2007 -- Paul McCartney: Memory Almost Full 2007 – Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band: Live in Dublin 2011 – Def Leppard: Mirror Ball Deaths Stan Getz – June 6, 1991 Conway Twitty – June 5, 1993 Ronnie Lane – June 5, 1997 Dee Dee Ramone – June 5, 2002 Dave Rowberry (The Animals) - June 6, 2003 Ray Charles – June 10, 2004 Billy Preston – June 6, 2006 Marvin Isley – June 6, 2010 Stuart Cable (Stereophonics) – June 7, 2010 Dr. John - June 6, 2019 Births Les Paul – June 9, 1915 Jackie Wilson – June 9, 1934 Levi Stubbs – June 6, 1936 Gary U.S. Bonds – June 6, 1939 Tom Jones – June 7, 1940 Jon Lord (Deep Purple) – June 9, 1941 Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) – June 8, 1942 Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas), June 4, 1944 Clarence White (The Byrds) – June 7, 1944 Boz Scaggs – June 8, 1944 Freddie Stone (Sly & the Family Stone) – June 5, 1946 Dave Alexander (The Stooges), June 3, 1947 Nancy Sinatra, June 4, 1940 Laurie Anderson – June 5, 1947 Tom Evans (Badfinger) – June 5, 1947 Mick Box (Uriah Heep) – June 9, 1947 Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship) – May 27, 1948 Trevor Bolder – June 9, 1950 Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), June 3, 1952 Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) – June 5, 1956 Prince Rogers Nelson – June 7, 1958 Steve Vai – June 6, 1960 Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) – June 8, 1960 Tom Araya – June 6, 1961 Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) – June 8, 1962 Kerry King (Slayer), June 3, 1964 Mike Gordon (Phish), June 3, 1965 Dave Navarro – June 7, 1967 James Shaffer (Korn) – June 6, 1970 Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band), June 4, 1974 Matt Bellamy (Muse) – June 9, 1978 Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) – June 5, 1979 -HC- ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  12. by Anne Erickson At any given Aerosmith show, Joe Perry can usually be spotted with a Les Paul dangling around his neck. The legendary guitarist is such a Les Paul fan that on top of playing a range of varieties of the guitar over the decades, he also has a signature model, the Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul. Perry also made headlines for something other than his music: a book. ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith tells his life story and the ups and downs of rocking with one of the biggest bands in the world. In the following quotes, Perry talks about his new book and the first moment he heard a guitar sing. On the guitar that’s on the cover of his book, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith he told Harmony Central. No, the guitar on the cover is one of my ‘59s, but it’s not the ’59. It’s the one that I take on the road with me. Several years ago Gibson did a run of copies of that original tobacco burst ’59. They did an amazing job of getting it down to the last scratch. They spent two days with me taking pictures of it--measuring everything you could measure, tape-recording it, everything. In fact, when I got some of the first issues of it, I had brought the original ’59 on the road, and I had my guitar tech hand me one or the other on-stage, without my knowing which was which. And it was almost impossible for me to tell the difference. Practically speaking, in the heat of the gig, I couldn’t tell the difference. On “Movin’ Out,” the first song he wrote with Steven Tyler, as told to Rock Cellar Magazine: Yeah. It did put us on the path. It was really an exercise in learning how to write together and seeing how that worked. Up until then we hasn’t written together. The original songs we had were basically songs that Steven had from his other bands before that. He had a notebook with some songs in them and some of those showed up on the first and second albums. He was a couple of years older than us and had been playing professionally for five years at that point. On hearing the guitar for the first time, as told to MusicRadar.com: The first time I heard a guitar was when my uncle played. He had a homemade instrument - it was shaped like a ukulele but sounded like a guitar - that I remember he used to pull out around the holidays to play Portuguese folk songs on it. That was my first exposure to that type of instrument. He let me play it and put my hands on it, and it just felt good. It felt comfortable. Then, later on, I got a Silvertone. The action on that was unbelievable. It had to be a half an inch across the neck. If there was ever a guitar designed to turn you off from playing guitar, it was that one. It hurt so much to play, to have to press down those heavy strings. When you have that calling, you do the best with what you’ve got. At that point, when you have that calling, you do the best with what you’ve got. That was when I first fell in love with it. Then hearing the teenagers play in their band in the kitchen next door, playing rockabilly stuff, that’s when I first started hearing rock ’n’ roll, hearing it on the radio, and realizing that it was pretty much based on one guitar. On his favorite Aerosmith songs to play live, as told to Song Facts: "Toys in the Attic." And also "Rats in the Cellar." I don't know if that counts as a big song, but I like it because we play it different every night. There's kind of a jam at the end and it's really up to the band to make it good or great - it just changes from night to night. That's the real basis of what the band is: reading the audience and seeing if we can really get them off with some of our 30 years of experience. So it's kind of a vehicle for that. We have four or five songs like that that we throw in there, but they're not as well known. But "Rats in the Cellar" is pretty close to that. The other ones we play pretty much the way that they were written, and we pretty much stick to that format because that's what people are expecting to hear. I think they would be disappointed if we didn't play it that way. I don't see any reason to play "Dream On" reggae, you know what I mean? We just try to stick to what people would expect. But then there are some songs that have these places where the band can jam built into them. That's the same kind of stuff we would have done in clubs back in 1972. On the importance of a solid live shows, as told to GuitarCenter.com: Our template has always been playing live, selling the band live and trying to gain fans by playing live. That's the era we came out of. Back in the day, when we were touring, going into our second, third and fourth records, there were places even in the States where we weren't well known. We were always touring-we might be selling 12,000 seats in Detroit or Boston, but still be playing clubs in Tampa. So we'd have to go out there and make our bones. That is a deeply ingrained facet within the band-and it's stayed with us. I don't look at us as any different than any other band of garage guys. On whether there are any similarities between writing a book and making an album, as told to ArtistDirect.com: There's quite a bit actually. You set out to do an album, and you know it's going to be the sum of a combination of parts. Whether they're songs or bits of songs, you're going to look at it piece by piece. You don't write an album from the perspective of the whole unless you're doing an opera, but we're talking about doing a record. You may write 20 songs, pick the best ones, and then fine tune them. In a book, you get a chronology of what your life is, and then you start filling in the blanks. You pick out the best story to exemplify each part of your life, and you work on it just like you would a song. You go through, edit, and fix it. Then, you put it together. Obviously, the chronology is self-explanatory. Finally, you get this finished work about two weeks before it's going to come out with the cover and everything after you've been doing it in pieces. The one thing that really is the same happens when you finally get the album. It's all together with the package, the cover, all of the content, and the actual music. It's the same with the book. You've worked on it in pieces for years, literally, and you finally get the complete thing. You almost have to read it like you just picked it up in a bookstore to get a real idea of what it's like and see how it's going to strike you because you've been working on it in pieces for so long. There are a lot of parallels between them. On being a grown-up who still rocks, as told to MensHealth.com: When I was 38 and the band got back together, I went through this stage of "Is this any way for a grown man to make a living—jumping around on the stage in tight pants and long hair?" Then I'd put on an AC/DC record and go, "Yup, still gives me goose bumps." Chuck Berry? "Yup, still gets me hot." It's such a cliché... that rock 'n' roll keeps you young, but not being afraid to feel the rock 'n' roll energy truly pervades your life. You're not trapped by that thing that says, "You're too old to rock." That means I'm not too old to do a lot of things. I'm not too old to chase my wife around like a teenager, because that's how I feel. When I plug in my guitar and play it really loud, loud enough to deafen most people, that's my shot of adrenaline, and there's nothing like it. That's what it's always been for me—to be the flame the tribe dances around. On what gives a riff real staying power, or turns it into a classic, as told to Gibson.com: I think it’s something people can sort of sing along to. It depends on who it is, but for the average fan, who are really the people you’re playing for, it’s something that’s memorable. Take “Walk This Way” as an example. Even in the solo, there are certain phrases that are important to keep in there, because they’re part of the song. Your ear is expecting to hear that, just as your ear expects to hear the vocal melody. As a guitar player, when you listen back, say, to The Ventures, or to Duane Eddy--those were really simple riffs, from a guitar player’s point of view. One of the greatest examples is the original Batman theme song. It’s just three notes, but if you hum that, everyone recognizes it, or at least everyone who grew up in that era does. The same is true of the theme for Bonanza. Those are really simple riffs, but they’re so unique. They hang right in there. On his top three albums in the Aerosmith catalog, as told to BostonMagazine.com: Night in the Ruts ; that was the one where I left before it was finished. I think it would’ve gotten more notice if we had been able to tour behind that as the original band. Rocks, we were at our peak creatively; we were just warming up to Rocks when we did Toys in the Attic, and Rocks was just kind of the payoff. And I have to say that the blues record (Honkin’ on Bobo), that was just unfettered fun making that record. We put every bit of creativity into that record, and that’s one of the records I like to listen to; and I don’t listen to our stuff that often, but that’s one I do. -HC- ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  13. by Anne Erickson Rock ‘n’ roll has birthed music books and memoirs packed with more twists-and-turns than even the best fiction novel. Summer is here, and with it comes the chance to sit outside on a breezy day and leaf through one of these rock reads. From Slash to B.B. King, here are 10 great music books to put on your summer reading list, including some of my favorites. Blues All Around Me, B.B. King This is a timely read, in light of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King’s recent passing. In Blues All Around Me, King offers up a very real account of life as a touring musician. He details the riveting performances, detachment from his family and feelings of loneliness with which any touring musician can relate. It’s an honest, heartfelt tale from the Mississippi native who grew to be the “King of the Blues.” Cash, Johnny Cash Cash gives a poignant look at the life and career of country rebel Johnny Cash, from his emotional lows of addiction and disappointment to radiant highs of playing with Elvis and praying with Billy Graham. He also discusses his famous friends, including Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. In Cash, the Man in Black relives his prolific 40-year career, and that makes for a fascinating read. Chronicles, Volume One, Bob Dylan Bob Dylan’s Chronicles is devoted to his time in the Greenwich Village folk scene, when he first got to Manhattan. Dylan accounts those early days, everything from the friendships formed to career hurdles, as well as trips to Woodstock, New Orleans, Minnesota and further. After reading Chronicles, you have a good idea of the people and experiences that inspired Dylan and his music. Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter gives readers an intimate look at Lynn’s early days in Butcher Holler, Ky., and her rise to success in the music world. Lynn’s story doesn’t follow your average “gal scores a record deal” blueprint. She was married at 13, had six children and was a grandmother by age 29. Her unique talent for singing and songwriting led to Lynn becoming one of the most groundbreaking artists in country music. Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, Bruce Pavitt Before Nirvana topped the charts with hits such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Lithium,” the band was like many other late-‘80s Seattle “grunge” groups, playing countless shows and trying to get noticed amid the underground Seattle scene. Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, written by Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt, takes readers through the beginning of Nirvana, before Dave Grohl was in the band. The book centers around the band’s “Bleach” period and Nirvana’s extensive 1989 European tour. (This is one of my favorite books.) Just Kids, Patti Smith Just Kids takes readers inside Smith’s close friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who passed away in 1989. In Just Kids, Smith describes her relationship with Mapplethorpe, as the two struggled together in Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s and worked to bring their art to a larger audience. Life, Keith Richards Life gives fans a personal look at Keith Richards’ life before the Rolling Stones and his adventures with the band. The guitarist, songwriter and founding member takes readers inside the formation of the Stones with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, crafting everlasting rock songs such as “Jumping Jack Flash,” dealing with the death of Jones, falling in love with Patti Hansen, marriage and so much more. It’s a wild ride. Many Years from Now, Paul McCartney Many Years from Now is an “authorized biography” penned by Barry Miles, and although it’s not a full-fledged memoir, the book is a captivating, personal look at the Beatles’ evolution and rise in the 1960s. Many Years from Now also details the composition of McCartney and John Lennon’s most popular songs. Miles’ writings set up McCartney’s long quotes and stories, so Sir Paul’s voice certainly comes through. Slash, Slash Sure, other Guns N’ Roses members have published tell-all memoirs, but Slash’s is special. I mean, it’s Slash, the guitar icon known for towering riffs and solos, knocked out on his fiery Les Paul. There’s a certain allure in Slash’s memoir, simply titled Slash, which has the guitarist in a reflective, at times humorous mood. It’s Slash’s tale of how Guns N’ Roses got together, catapulted to the top of ‘80s rock and metal and, then, how it all came to a halt. ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Joe Perry Joe Perry has spent almost 50 years playing leads with American rock ‘n’ rollers Aerosmith, and he has documented the excitement in a new memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. The book gives fans a peek at the professional and personal sides of Perry. Doing an autobiography doesn’t mean he’s finished with music, though. “By no means is it a case of, ‘Okay I’m retired, I’m going to do my memoirs,’” Perry states. “It just captures things up till now, or up to about a year-and-a-half ago. I certainly could have been adding chapters over the past year.” ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A ______________________________________________________
  14. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Team HC MAY 13th -19th We saw the births of Trent Reznor and Krist Novoselic to the passing of Ronnie James Dio. All of this happened these past two weeks in Rock 'N' Roll history. Events 1963 - The debut Monterey Folk Festival takes place, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez. 1964 - The Animals start recording "House of the Rising Sun." 1975 - Fleetwood Mac performs for the first time with new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in El Paso, Texas. 1980 - Drummer Peter Criss exits Kiss but returns to the fold, with Ace Frehley, in 1996. 1991 - Paul McCartney issues Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) in the U.K., marking the first album released from an MTV Unplugged performance. 1993 - Depeche Mode kick off their Devotional tour in Lille, France. 2000 - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince publicly states he will start using his name again. 2010 - Inspiring vocalist Ronnie James Dio passes away from stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Releases Bill Haley and His Comets, “Rock Around the Clock” (single), 1954 The Who, Live at Leeds, 1970 Paul and Linda McCartney, Ram, 1971 Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On, 1971 Uriah Heep, Demons and Wizards, 1972 Elton John, Honky Château, 1972 Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1973 The Kinks, Soap Opera, 1975 Elton John, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, 1975 Rainbow, Rising, 1976 David Bowie, Lodger, 1979 Run-DMC, Raising Hell, 1986 Foo Fighters, The Colour and The Shape, 1997 John Fogerty, Blue Moon Swamp, 1997 Pearl Jam, Binaural, 2000 Motörhead, We Are Motörhead, 2000 The Go-Go's, God Bless the Go-Go's, 2001 Weezer, Weezer (aka The Green Album), 2001 Lynyrd Skynyrd, Vicious Cycle, 2003 Lenny Kravitz, Baptism, 2004 Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown, 2009 Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Apocalyptic Love, 2012 Births Brian Eno, May 15, 1948 Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen (Toto), May 15, 1951 Robert Fripp, May 16, 1946 Jonathan Richman, May 16, 1951 Krist Novoselic, May 16, 1965 Jesse Winchester, May 17, 1944 Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), May 17, 1949 Steve Earle, May 17, 1955 Trent Reznor, May 17, 1965 Josh Homme, May 17, 1973 Rick Wakeman, May 18, 1949 Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), May 18, 1950 Pete Townshend, May 19, 1945 Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), May 19, 1949 Joey Ramone, May 19, 1951 Deaths Bob Flanigan, May 15, 2011 Django Reinhardt, May 16, 1953 Sammy Davis, Jr, May 16, 1990 Ronnie James Dio, May 16, 2010 Johnny “Guitar” Watson, May 17, 1996 Donna Summer, May 17, 2012 Elvin Jones, May 18, 2004 MAY 20th -27th Memorable events occurred during this week in rock and roll history. The Rolling Stones appeared on TV with one of their blues idols, David Bowie presented Mott the Hoople with a glam-rock anthem, and a classic rock band from the ‘70s reunited following a 14-year hiatus. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1957 -- The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. The organization quickly becomes known for their Grammy Awards, which kicks off the following year. 1965 -- The Rolling Stones share the stage with Howlin' Wolf on the TV show, Shindig!, as Wolf performs one of his blues classics, "How Many More Years." 1966 -- The Doors perform their first show in a public venue, playing at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood. 1968 -- Cream's Disraeli Gears album is certified gold. 1969 -- The Guess Who make their American television debut, appearing on American Bandstand and lip-synching the hits "These Eyes" and "Laughing.” 1970 – Peter Green makes his last appearance as a member of Fleetwood Mac, performing with the band at the Bath Festival in England. 1971 -- The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album begins a four-week run atop the U.S. album charts. 1971 – The pioneering psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly breaks up. 1972 -- David Bowie, upon learning that Mott The Hoople is planning to break up, offers the band a song he just wrote called “All the Young Dudes.” The song revives the group’s career and goes on to become a glam-rock anthem. 1973 -- Deep Purple releases "Smoke on the Water." 1975 -- Earth, Wind & Fire's soon-to-be-classic R&B hit, "Shining Star,” tops the U.S. singles chart. 1976 -- Wings begin a five week run at Number One slot on the U.S. singles chart with “Silly Love Songs.” The song is fifth Number One U.S. hit penned by Paul McCartney since the breakup of The Beatles. 1977 – Future Police members Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers perform together for the first time, taking the stage in Paris as part of the band Strontium 90. 1977 -- Marc Bolan performs his last show with T. Rex, staging a concert in Stockholm, Sweden. Tragically, the glam-rock icon dies later that year in an automobile accident. 1979 -- The Who's acclaimed film documentary, The Kids Are Alright, makes its debut in New York City. 1986 -- The Monkees, without Mike Nesmith, kick off their "20th Anniversary World Tour." The ambitious trek stretches to 145 dates. 1987 -- The original members of the Doobie Brothers—including singer-guitarist Tom Johnson--reunite for a benefit show at the Hollywood Bowl. The event leads to a full-scale reunion tour. 1994 – The Eagles perform their first concert in fourteen years, staging a show in Burbank, California. 2006 – Led Zeppelin are awarded the Polar Music Prize during a ceremony on Stockholm. The award is presented by the King of Sweden. 2010 – The much-trumpeted re-release of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 classic, Exile on Main Street, provides the band with their first Number One album in the UK in sixteen years. Releases 1963 – Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan 1967 – The Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free 1967 – The Monkees: Headquarters 1968 – Johnny Cash: At Folsum Prison 1969 – The Who: Tommy 1971 – Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On 1971 – Graham Nash: Songs for Beginners 1971 – Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story 1972 – Peter Frampton: Wind of Change 1973 – Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells 1974 – David Bowie: Diamond Dogs 1974 – Sparks: Kimono My House 1974 – Santana: Lotus 1974 – 10cc: Sheet Music 1975 – Wings: Venus and Mars 1975 – Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger 1977 – Steve Miller Band: Book of Dreams 1978 – David Gilmour: David Gilmour 1978 – Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight 1979 – Kiss: Dynasty 1980 – Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (i.e. “Melt,” his third album) 1980 – Roxy Music: Flesh and Blood 1982 – Blondie: The Hunter 1982 – Glenn Frey: No Fun Aloud 1983 – Dio: Holy Diver 1986 – Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave 1988 – Van Halen: OU812 1989 – Queen: The Miracle 1989 – Tin Machine: Tin Machine 1990 – The Jeff Healey Band: Hell to Pay 1991 – The Smashing Pumpkins: Gish 1992 – Ringo Starr: Time Takes Time 1993 – Donald Fagen: Kamakiriad 1994 – Frank Black: Teenager of the Year 1995 – Everclear: Sparkle and Fade 2000 – Matchbox Twenty: Mad Season 2004 – The Cardigans: Long Gone Before Daylight 2005 – Audioslave: Out of Exile 2005 – Shelby Lynne: Suit Yourself 2006 – Def Leppard: Yeah! 2006 – Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way Births Joe Cocker, May 20, 1944Leo Sayer, May 21, 1948 Marc Ribot, May 21, 1954 Miles Davis – May 26, 1926 Robert Moog – May 23, 1934 Bob Dylan – May 24, 1941 Jessi Colter – May 25, 1943 Levon Helm – May 26, 1943 Verden Allen (Mott the Hoople) – May 26, 1944 Steve Upton (Wishbone Ash) – May 24, 1946 Mick Ronson – May 26, 1946 Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) – May 24, 1947 Klaus Meine (Scorpions) – May 25, 1948 Stevie Nicks – May 26, 1948 Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship) – May 27, 1948 Hank Williams Jr. – May 26, 1949 Bernie Taupin – May 22, 1950 Neil Finn (Crowded House) – May 27, 1956 Susan Ballion (Siouxsie Sioux) – May 27, 1957 Paul Weller – May 25, 1958 Neil Finn (Crowded House) – May 27, 1958 (Steven) Morrissey – May 22, 1959 Lenny Kravitz – May 26, 1964 Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) – May 27, 1966 Rich Robinson – May 24, 1969 Jewel (Kilcher) – May 23, 1974 Deaths Robin Gibb, May 20, 2012 Ray Manzarek, May 20, 2013 Trevor Bolder, May 21, 2013 Elmore James – May 24, 1963 Sonny Boy Williamson – May 25, 1965 Duke Ellington – May 24, 1974 Gene Clark (The Byrds) – May 24, 1991 Eric Gale – May 25, 1994 Domenic Troiano (The Guess Who) – May 25, 2005 Desmond Dekker – May 25, 2006 Jay Bennett (Wilco) – May 24, 2009 Paul Gray (Slipknot) – May 24, 2010 -HC- ______________________________________________________ HC's Rock Review is sponsored by Gibson
  15. by Anne Erickson Whether you’re sweating through the boiling temps at Lollapalooza, fist-pumping at Mayhem Festival or rocking out at any of a bazillion festivals around the world this summer, festival preparation is crucial to having a good time. Here are 5 Tips for Summer Music Festival Survival that are appropriate for festival newbies and vets alike. The basics: Sunblock, portable cell-phone charger, earplugs. These are the bare essentials for surviving the day (or days). If you’re one of those people who claims to “tan instead of burn,” that’s not going to fly at an all-day summer show. Put sunblock on repeatedly throughout the day to avoid turning into a walking tomato. A portable cell-phone charger will keep you connected all day. Earplugs, no matter how un-hip, will save your ears in the long run. Just do it. Don’t pass out. Water, water everywhere. Avoid being one of those guys or gals that gets dragged out of the festival by security for passing out in the middle of the mosh pit. Drink lots of water, all day, even if you have to splurge on the pricey onsite bottled variety. Also, remember that drinking alcohol all day will only dehydrate you more. Bring toilet paper…and hand sanitizer. It’s not the most glamorous essential, but it’s important. Whether there is toilet paper at the festival porta-potty station or not is always a gamble. Remain on the safe side with a pack of toilet tissue or flushable wipes. The same goes for hand sanitizer; keep those mittens clean all day with a small bottle tucked away. Avoid wackos. Music festivals can bring out the best, and worst, in people. For the latter, it usually involves those who are drinking way too much alcohol in a massive crowd of people, many of them acting like morons. Go with friends and look out for each other. Having to babysit compromised friends isn’t a great way to spend the day, but it might be necessary. Likewise, if you sense any out-of-control types in your vicinity, move to safe territory. Ladies, always beware of the creepy guys who want to get too friendly with you, too. Plan, plan and plan. Think about logistics. Get there early, or else you run the risk of being stuck in standstill traffic for hours while latecomers trickle into the venue. When you’re faced with multiple stages and different bands performing at the same set times, do some planning to get to the right stage at the right time. Once you have your “A-list” of bands to see, don’t be ashamed to bring it on an old-fashioned piece of paper, in case cell-phone reception is spotty. Oh, yeah—and don’t forget to have fun! After all, that’s the whole point. -HC- Photo Courtesy: Rad Season Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
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