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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Route 66 Justs Keeps Rolling Along

For six decades, Bobby Troup's (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 has been a musical guidebook, transcending styles and fashion, recognizing no boundaries.

You could just as easily hear it in a dusty honky-tonk or a swank cabaret, slashed out by a three-chord guitar band or swung by a three-piece combo.

It has zipped along without aa break through all the years, from genre to genre, constantly in motion, speaking to the national impulse to get behind the wheel and start moving.

It's our quintessential American tune, a mythic travelogue.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump vs. Classic Rockers: The Battle Continues

Donald Trump‘s ascension to the presidency has not exactly been met with classic-rock jubilation.

In fact, many bands have fought him tooth and nail on everything from policy to his use of their music during political events.

Not that the latter arguments did any good. Trump and his wife, Melania, walked down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while a Rolling Stones song played during inaugural activities. Still, artists continued to push back.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Saga of Paul Revere and the Raiders

Everything about Paul Revere and the Raiders was contrived and corny, except for their music.

There's no rational excuse for why they shouldn't be routinely counted among the most accomplished consistent rock groups of the mid-60s.

But they aren't.

Why is that?

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Dana Fuchs: A Soulful Southern Singer Steeped in Rock n' Roll

The rock and roll prowess comes honestly for Dana Fuchs

She was raised in a rock appreciative family, surrounded by cooler older siblings who guided her toward influential greats like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. 

Now she’s an influence herself, a notable rock vocalist with an unmistakable vocal talent. 

We recently asked Dana about her background and how music helps her cope.

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Here is a link to personal article after seeing Dana Fuchs on the Rock Legends IV cruise.

Sexy Devil, Serene Angel or Both?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

50 Years Ago: Stones, Ed Sullivan Clash Over Lyrics

These days sex on TV—even network TV—is no big deal. Steamy scenes on Grey’s AnatomyScandal and How To Get Away With Murder border on being NC-17… and those are just Shonda Rhimes’s shows. On cable, things get even hotter, with scenes in WestworldGame of Thrones, Masters of Sex and Girls bordering on porn.
Ah, how far we’ve come. 
It was fifty years ago this weekend (January 15, 1967) that the Rolling Stones performed on CBS’s The Ed Sullivan Show and caused a stir because of their song “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

10 Underrated Albums from the British Invasion

We've all heard the great hits of the British Invasion.

But what about the rest of the songs on the albums the hits came from?

Here writer Mitchell Cohen singles out 10 LPs from that 60s period that need to be listened to more widely.

To read Cohen's article in Music Aficionado, click here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

50 Years Ago: Fires and Love Light Up the Rock World in 1967

In the first of a five-part series, Music editor Simon Collins looks at the music that defined 1967...
“Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced?”
The Summer of Love was in full swing in 1967.
Jimi Hendrix proudly declared he was experienced, leaving it up to the listener to decipher whether he meant sexually, chemically, consciously or all the above.
The Seattle-born guitar god was on fire in 67, literally setting his axe alight on stage for the first time in London, and ushering in a scorching brand of psychedelic blues rock with his English band-mates.
The Doors’ Jim Morrison was also lighting fires, refusing to change Light My Fire’s lyric “girl, we couldn’t get much higher”, on The Ed Sullivan Show, resulting in a ban (and oodles of publicity).
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

50 Years Now Gone: A Look at the Music of 1967

By any measure, 1967—the golden anniversary of which we will be celebrating all year long—was one amazing year for rock, pop and soul music. The year gave us not only Sgt. Pepper but debut albums by The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and The Velvet Underground; dozens of landmark hit singles and albums; game-changing events like the Monterey Pop Festival and the deaths of Otis Redding and Beatles manager Brian Epstein; and so much more.
Rock was growing up in 1967: FM “underground” radio was starting to overtake AM Top 40, and music fans were being happily bombarded by a seemingly nonstop mix of pop singles—the Monkees were huge—as well as soul (Aretha Franklin, the Supremes) and the newly emerging psychedelic rock. A half-century later, most of it still holds up well.
In 1967, everyone wanted to be in a band! The following were all formed in 1967: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Blue Öyster Cult, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Electric Flag, Fairport Convention, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, The Hour Glass (with Duane and Gregg Allman), The J. Geils Band, Jethro Tull, Nazz (with Todd Rundgren), The Nice (with Keith Emerson), NRBQ, Procol Harum, REO Speedwagon, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Spirit, Status Quo, The Stooges (with Iggy Pop), T. Rex, Three Dog Night and Traffic.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

What to Expect in 2017 from 100 Classic Rock Acts

Looking ahead in the above 2017 Classic Rock Preview, some things are clear – while others most certainly are not.

We know, for instance, that Guns N’ Roses will be extending their Not in This Lifetime tour. But will the Allman Brothers Band get back together? Or the remaining original Alice Cooper lineup? And what about AC/DC?

We know there will be a meeting of the classic-rock minds when Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder join up for their Renegades in the Fast Lane residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas. But will Journey and Yes reunite with their respective classic-era frontmen for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions?

Robert Plant is talking about a new album with the Sensational Space Shifters. But can the Rolling Stones finish the all-original follow-up to their celebrated blues offering of 2016? We know we’re getting new music from Deep Purple, but what’s up with Jimmy Page‘s long-awaited new studio project?

Ready to mark your calendars? Click through the above gallery as Ultimate Classic Rock runs down what you can expect from more than 100 big acts in our 2017 Classic Rock Preview.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

The Year in Music 2016 and a Look Ahead to 2017

The year in music was filled with dizzying highs and staggering lows – sometimes, as with David Bowie or AC/DC, all within one artist’s storyline. 

We saw amazing comebacks, sad farewells and some very surprising twists as 2016 unfolded. But which one stood out the most?

 And what can we look forward to as the calendar flips to 2017? We gathered our writers for a roundtable discussion …

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