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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

45 Years Ago, the Jimi Hendrix Experience Breaks Up

On June 29, 1969, bassist Noel Redding quit the Jimi Hendix Experience after a show in Denver, 

ending the all-too brief reign of one of rock’s greatest trios.

Hendrix managed to perform and record with in a surprisingly large number of musical outfits 

during his short life, ranging from early efforts in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames to later projects 

with the Band of Gypsys. For all of his various collaborations however, it is his work with the 

Experience that stands out as his most beloved and heralded.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Robert Plant Reinvents Zep Classics

Nothing says more about Robert Plant's current attitude about his career than his decision to play a bowling alley in Brooklyn.

At midnight. On a Thursday. The former Led Zeppelin singer – who has done much to separate his solo career from his past life recently – told the audience at Brooklyn Bowl that late last month he had enjoyed a burlesque show at the 850-person-capacity venue ("I have to tell you, we'd be better at it") and scheduled this gig to take place immediately after his appearance on The Colbert Report

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Patti Smith Planning 'Horses" 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Patti Smith will not let the 40th anniversary of her breakthrough debut album, Horses, go unnoticed next year. Although the punk icon has yet to confirm dates, she plans on holding Horses-related events around the world, where she will perform the album.

"The exact date is November 10th, and I want to celebrate it in New York in a special way," Smith tells Rolling Stone. "We have things we'll be doing in Paris and London, everywhere, because it's a true milestone. I'm proud to have a milestone like that.

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