Big Brother & The Holding Company were an established rock band prior to Janis Joplin fronting them, and in June of 1966 when she auditioned for the band, things didn’t gel instantly.
Joplin’s gritty blues vocal seemed to clash with the heavy, psychedelic, free form tendencies of the group. Still, Joplin quickly adapted and once she got the hang of what Big Brother expected the lil’ gal from Texas blossomed, elevating herself and the band to a new intergalactic dimension.
‘You’ve Got It’ is the latest Bruce Springsteen song to be released as part of the ‘Wrecking Ball’ pre-release promotion. The campaign promises to deliver all of the album’s new songs, one by one, up to the point of its March 6 street date.
Pink Floyd has launched ‘Behind The Wall Clip 1,’ a teaser from the upcoming documentary which will be available on ‘The Wall Immersion’ box set arriving Feb. 28. The use of ‘Clip 1′ in the title leads one to believe that other clips will follow prior to the official release.
Metallica’s ‘Orion Music + More’ concert promotes diversity by booking an eclectic group of bands to perform during the two day music, arts and lifestyle festival. Taking place on June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J. the idea of Metallica organizing and headlining their own festival definitely rocks — but apparently some fans are questioning the alt-centric lineup.
Bruce Springsteen has just unveiled the new song ‘Easy Money’ from his upcoming album ‘Wrecking Ball,’ which is scheduled for release in the USA on March 6. The new title is Springsteen’s 17th album to date and was launched in Paris during a recent press conference.
A Gregg Allman fan was stabbed on Wednesday (Jan. 4) during a concert featuring the Allman Brothers Band singer that took place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. As reported by Spinner, Ronald Sixt Jr. took a knife jab to the face and was treated for minor facial lacerations after a fight broke out during the show.
Paul McCartney surprised Howard Stern with a phone call over the holiday break which inspired Stern to go on a drunken dialing spree on New Year’s Eve. The Beatle and his newlywed Nancy Shevell called to wish Stern and his wife Beth, a Merry Christmas.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal has released a studio version of the Henry Mancini classic ‘The Pink Panther Theme.’ The recording features members of Guns N’ Roses: Frank ‘Thunderchucker’ Ferrer on drums, Tommy Stinson on bass, Richard Fortus and DJ Ashba on rhythm guitars. This is the ninth song in a series of digital singles released by Thal in 2011.
Queen guitarist Brian May joined The Darkness during the encore of the last date of the retro-rock outfit’s comeback tour at the Hammersmith Apollo last month — and now high-quality footage of the joint performance is available online. May joined the band for the Darkness tunes ‘Bareback and ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love,’ plus a cover of Queen’s own ‘Tie Your Mother Down.’
David Bowie‘s long lost 1973 ‘Top Of The Pops’ video was broadcast Wednesday (Dec. 22) as part of a 90 minute Christmas special on BBC2. It was the first time in nearly 39 years that this legendary performance appeared on the airwaves, and according to Bowie’s website “Ziggymania gripped the UK” just prior to the broadcast.
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