By the spring of 1995 Bob Dylan had been on the road for a solid eight years, and even though the general public and the media were barely paying attention, his shows were starting to get really, really good. Bob Dylan Tribute Concert Enlists Neil Young, Beck Trying to pinpoint the exact reason why this happened is a fool’s errand, but a new book by his former road manager reveals that he quit drinking the previous year. That might explain why he played with greater focus and passion, dragging out songs from all corners of his catalog like “If You See Her, Say Hello,” “Man In The Long Black Coat” and “Jokerman.” The tour touched down in Europe in early March, spreading out all over the continent before heading to the U.K. for a run of shows with barely any days off.
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It’s hard to believe Neil Diamond had never played a show on his native soil of Brooklyn before last night. But he returned to the old neighborhood for a surprise secret gig at his alma mater Erasmus Hall High School, deep in the heart of Flatbush. It was an emotional homecoming on a (surprisingly) hot September night. Seeing Neil Diamond sing “Brooklyn Roads” at his first-ever Brooklyn gig was as hardcore as seeing the Beastie Boys do “Hello Brooklyn” at their first show in the borough, back at McCarren Pool in 2007.
On a Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Patrick Carney kicks back in his dressing room at Quicken Loans Arena, smoking a cigarette in a chair next to an exercise bike. Below a giant TV is an FC Twin console, a system that plays both Nintendo and Super Nintendo games. To relax before shows, the drummer often plays one of the dozens of vintage games he’s brought on the road, including Maniac Mansion, Mega Man and Wall Street Kid. The Dark Days Behind the Black Keys’ Best Album Yet “You have to make as much money as possible trading stocks,” he says of Wall Street Kid. “But you also have to keep your girlfriend happy with jewelry and cars
Zac Brown Band want to know if you can do the fandango. Watch Richie Sambora Jam With Zac Brown Band Last Friday night, the group debuted a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” during their performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Filled with quadruple-stacked harmonies, twinkling piano and plenty of guitar muscle, the cover was the result of an entire year’s worth of practice, with Brown and company wanting to make sure they’d nailed down every inch of Freddie Mercury’s rock-opera power ballad before playing it live. Backstage, the guys reportedly told country radio DJ Bobby Bones that “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the hardest cover they’d ever tackled. That’s saying something, since Brown and company have spent more than a decade covering songs that require a good bit of rehearsal, including the Charlie Daniels Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Recently, the group even teamed up with the Doobie Brothers for a souped-up duet of “Black Water,” one of the highlights from the upcoming tribute album Southbound
Spend 30 minutes or so with Sons of Bill — say, in the conference room of the BMI building in Nashville, hours before the band is due to kick off an international tour with a show at the Americana Music Festival — and you’ll be thrown into a conversation that moves multiple miles a minute, jumping between topics such as Wilco, Slayer, The Sound and the Fury ‘s Quentin Compson and Big Star’s Chris Bell. Led by three Virginia-bred brothers, Sons of Bill is the sort of family band whose sheer energy makes everyone want to be part of the clan… as long as you can keep up. Greatest Musical Moments From Americana Fest You can’t blame the guys for moving fast. After taking the entire summer to rest and recoup after nearly a decade’s worth of touring, Sons of Bill are back with a new album, Love & Logic . It’s a classic roots-rock record for the modern age, filled with B3 organ, acoustic guitar, envelope-pushing arrangements and the sound of three siblings whose voices were born to mesh
Since 1968, the earliest commercially available Jackson 5 recording has been the “Big Boy” 45 that the band cut for Steel Town Records and released in January that year. The previous July, however, they had cut the same track for Chicago’s One-derful! Records, playing all of their own instruments at the label’s Tone Studios. Michael, then just eight years old, sang lead.
Shock rocker Alice Cooper plays it straight and reverent with his take on the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” one of dozens of cover songs that appear on the forthcoming compilation The Art of McCartney . In the song’s video, the “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer cuddles up to a mic in front of a red floral tapestry, emoting the song’s gloomy lyrics in a way that could serve as commentary about his own Alice Cooper character – or at least that’s what the sad pic of Alice in full makeup at the end seems to suggest. Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A “We were way influenced by the Beatles’ music, by the great songwriting of Lennon and McCartney,” Cooper said in a statement.
Knotfest, the upcoming three-day bacchanal in San Bernardino, California organized by multi-platinum masked metallers Slipknot, will go down in history as the first rock festival to have an official smell. And that smell? Camel poop. Slipknot Bassist’s Doctor Charged With Manslaughter in Eight Deaths Boasts the press release, “Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival.” “We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest
After U2, Interscope Records and Apple made the band’s latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to 500 million iTunes customers, a spokesperson for the Grammys said that the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to the album being unavailable for purchase before the September 30th cutoff. After ‘Innocence': U2 Look Ahead to Tour, New Album With that deadline quickly approaching, U2 have sent a limited number of vinyl copies of Innocence to retailers that will be available to buy on Tuesday’s cutoff date, a source close to the situation tells Rolling Stone . A spokesperson for the Grammys tells Rolling Stone that once the record is available on Tuesday, the band will be eligible for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2015. “As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it’s eligible for consideration,” the spokesperson says. The group will release a deluxe edition of Songs of Innocence , with four additional songs, on October 14th, two weeks after the eligibility cutoff.
After a series of cryptic album teasers and new songs, Weezer have begun streaming their new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End on iTunes First Look one week ahead of its October 7th release. 11 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Weezer “On the surface, the name is optimistic,” frontman Rivers Cuomo recently told Rolling Stone of the potentially ominous album title. “But you’re not 100 percent sure how sincerely to take that.
Nine Below Zero have reformed their classic lineup and have announced a UK tour.