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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Allman Brothers Band : 45 Years Come to a Close Tonight

Intro by Bob Rose
NJ/Delaware Music Promoter

Tonight my favorite band of all time The Allman Brothers Band will take their final bow as they bring an incredible 45 year of music to a close at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

I was very fortunate to see the band many times in their 45-year career including many memorable musical experiences. I remember working my last day at a factory job and hitchhiking to Washington DC for two shows at RFK stadium with the Grateful Dead and the journey to Watkins Glen NY with my childhood friend King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill for the show that over 600,000 attended for a one-day festival which including ABB, The Band, and the Dead. 

Looking forward to a new memory tonight at the Beacon which may be the last live chapter in my 45 year career of liking and listening live to the Allman Brothers Band.

Midnight Riders: A History of the Allman Brothers

Though they defined Southern rock in the '70s, the Allman Brothers were far more than just a 

rock band hailing from the South.

They melded elements of blues, jazz, R&B, country, and rock into their own unique sound, as 

evidenced by the diversity of their classic rock radio staples likes "Rambling Man," "Melissa," 

"Midnight Rider," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and "Whipping Post".

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Time to Say Goodbye to the Allman Brothers with Final Beacon Shows

NEW YORK — Halloween may still be a week away, but the Beacon Theatre Friday was a most haunted house.
Ghosts of an exquisitely musical nature flitted through the sticky sweet air, unseen but heard, casting a magical spell over an Allman Brothers Band performance that wasn't just among the group's last but also one for the ages.
To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in US Today, click here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71. 

Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.
They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.
Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine Of Your Love".
To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared on BBC, click here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Billy Joel: The 33-Hit Wonder Still Rules NY's Garden

Blly Joel sat smoking a cigarillo on a patio overlooking Oyster Bay. He had chosen the seating area under a trellis in front of the house, his house, a brick Tudor colossus set on a rise on the southeastern tip of a peninsula called Centre Island, on Long Island’s North Shore. 

It was a brilliant cloudless September afternoon. Beethoven on Sonos, cicadas in the trees, pugs at his feet. Out on the water, an oyster dredge circled the seeding beds while baymen raked clams in the flats. Joel surveyed the rising tide.

Sixty-five. Semi-retirement. Weeks of idleness, of puttering around his motorcycle shop and futzing with lobster boats, of books and dogs and meals, were about to give way to a microburst of work. 

His next concert, his first in more than a month, was scheduled to begin in five hours, at Madison Square Garden, and he appeared to be composing himself.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in The New Yorker, click here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Book Talks About the Greatest Albums You've Never Heard

Most classic rock fans want it all — every album, every reissue, every re-mastered box set of their favorite band.

For completists, Bruno MacDonald's The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear is both a dream come true and a bit of a nightmare. Spanning from the Sixties to the "noughties," MacDonald's book recounts a series of great albums that went unreleased by well-known artists, which include the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and U2. 

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Rolling Stone, click here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: 35 Years Ago, They Damned the Torpedoes and Broke Through

The signs were there, signaling that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ third album, ‘Damn the
Torpedoes,’ would be their breakthrough. 

After two albums of heartland rock spiked with some tempered punk fury and classic rock ‘n’ roll 

drive, Petty and his band of Florida rockers took admiral David Farragut’s legendary Civil War 

declaration of ”damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” as their personal call to arms in 1979.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Was Stairway to Heaven Stolen?

A judge has denied Led Zeppelin‘s first attempt to defend a lawsuit claiming that ‘Stairway to 

Heaven’ was lifted from a song by Spirit called ‘Taurus.’ The ruling had nothing to do with the 

merits of the case, but rather a pre-trial motion to dismiss on the question of jurisdiction.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Led Zeppelin had challenged whether the United States 

District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where the suit was filed, had the right to rule 

on the case. 

“The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania 

and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home 

here,” they argued.

To continue reading this post, which 1st appeared in Ultimate Classic Rock, click here.