In recent years, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or simply, JazzFest, has grown beyond its roots as the nation’s premier showcase for the city’s unique contributions to American music. While it still features plenty of jazz, blues, Cajun, soul, gospel and funk, the festival now brings in some of the biggest names in classic rock as headliners. The first weekend saw the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band close out each day’s musical festivities.
It hasn’t been a good week for Ted Nugent. Earlier in the week he got into hot water with the Secret Service over comments he made about President Barack Obama. Although the Secret Service has declared the issue to be “resolved,” he was nonetheless dropped from a Kentucky concert featuring REO Speedwagon and Styx, with whom he is touring this summer. Now, he will plead guilty to violating Alaska’s restrictions on bear hunting.
With today's passing of 'American Bandstand' and 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' host Dick Clark, tributes have been pouring in via Twitter for the man dubbed “The World's Oldest Teenager.” The testimonials are coming from friends, fellow music business impresarios, artists who appeared on his shows and those who grew
Although the Rolling Stones have announced plans to release a commemorative 50th anniversary book later this year, another book about their legacy will be published by St. Martins in the spring of 2013. The book will be written by Bill Janovitz, guitarist for the great 90s alternative band Buffalo Tom.
Well, we knew it wouldn’t last. The news of the rumored romance between Axl Rose and Lana Del Rey had barely reached the entire Internet before it got quashed by Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba. A reporter for TMZ spoke to Asbha while he was walking hand-in-hand with a young woman and a large man (presumably a bodyguard) down a Los Angeles street and asked him if he had any information to give.
Today, We read about Alice Cooper’s thoughts on music education, Slash’s feelings for the late Jim Marshall and a traveling exhibition of a classic rock photographer.
Also, we learned about an inside look at Mike Campbell’s guitars, and listened as our countdown of the Top 100 Classic Rock songs became a juke box hero, took another little piece of our hearts and burned down the house.
As the prototypical shock-rocker, Alice Cooper became famous by giving kids nightmares. Now, he’s looking to make their musical dreams come true. On Thursday (April 5), Cooper spoke before the Paradise Valley School Board in his hometown of Phoenix to announce the donation of $20,000 worth of instruments to Arrowhead Elementary School.
Mick Rock, dubbed “The Man Who Shot The ’70s,” is having his famous photographs of such rock legends as David Bowie, Queen and Iggy Pop displayed across the country in a traveling show called, fittingly, ‘Rocked.’ The show is being produced and hosted by the W Hotel chain.
Despite the series taking place in the ’60s, rock music has barely featured in the stories of AMC’s ‘Mad Men.’ But on Sunday (April 1) night’s episode, the world’s greatest rock and roll band were an integral part of one of the subplots.
It’s possible that Bruce Springsteen, known as rock’s Iron Man for his long concerts, is finally starting to show signs of age. In the encore of last night’s (March 28) show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the 62-year old Springsteen felt a need to stop, sit down and have a drink before continuing.
Today, we found out that Tom Petty is giving away concert tickets, Stevie Nicks will appear on ‘American Idol’ tonight (March 28) and Kiss want to hire a military veteran on their upcoming tour with Motley Crue.
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