Every once in a while Neal Schon takes a break from being Journey‘s guitarist and explores a different side of his creativity. The latest fruits of his labor, ‘The Calling,’ his seventh solo album, will be released on Frontiers Records on Oct. 23.
For all of Tommy Lee‘s notoriously decadent exploits, it’s surprising to learn that he is a strong supporter of animal rights. The Motley Crue drummer is joining with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to stop the “Shamu Rocks” attraction at the SeaWorld theme park in San Diego.
Throughout his career, rock legend Jimmy Page has never been much for publicity. However, journalist Brad Tolinski has been fortunate enough to interview the guitar god many times over the past 20 years and has compiled those chats into a new book, ‘Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page.’
After a break of nearly three weeks, Lita Ford is looking forward to getting back out on the road. In a new interview, Ford talks about what it was like being on the road for much of June and July on the ‘Rock of Ages’ Tour with Def Leppard and Poison.
Is the Gap breakin’ the law? If so, they’ve got another thing coming according to Mastadon guitarist Bill Kelliher, who recently saw a t-shirt sold by the chain that looks suspiciously like the cover of Judas Priest‘s ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ album.
Neil Young remains one of the most unpredictable men in rock music. At the opening show of his new tour with Crazy Horse in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday (Aug. 3), he debuted six songs, yet only one of them was from his most recent album, ‘Americana.’ In addition, he also chose to leave ‘Albuquerque,’ from 1975′s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ off the evening’s agenda. That has to violate some unwritten setlist-making rule, right?
It’s not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it will have to do for now. Rush will be honored by musical instrument retailer Guitar Center with a place on their RockWalk. The induction ceremony, which is by invitation only, will take place Nov. 20.
After the news two weeks ago that four members of the J. Geils Band would be touring without their namesake, John Geils, we should have seen this coming. Geils has filed suit against the other men, citing trademark infringement and deceptive business practices.
Aug. 14 will see the release of ‘Songs Of The Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp‘ from Cleopatra Records. The album will feature the “All-Star Prog Collective,” which is comprised of members of Yes, Asia and XTC, and many others performing 11 classics by the popular British band.
As they rose to mega-stardom in the ’80s, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s four-hour concerts became a part of his own mythology. However, the concerts weren’t actually four hours long. In reality, they ran about three-and-a-half hours of music, with a 20-25 minute break in the middle.
The most difficult challenge for a musician when writing topical songs is making them resonate beyond their run in the news cycle. The opening riff of Neil Young‘s ‘Ohio’ still brings chills more than 40 years after the Kent State shootings because of its urgency, but when was the last time you listened to Sting‘s first couple of solo records?
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