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Thanksgiving marks the 40th anniversary (Thanksgiving night, November 28th, 1974) of John Lennon joining Elton John on stage for a brief set of songs at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden.
Lennon's appearance was due to a bet made with Elton earlier that summer when Elton supplied the piano and harmony vocal on Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through The Night." Elton made Lennon promise that if the song hit Number One he would join Elton onstage to perform it. Lennon, who had yet to have a U.S. solo chart-topper, never believed the song would hit the top spot, and agreed. When the song hit Number One, plans were made for Lennon to make a guest appearance at Elton's New York City show.
Lennon reportedly got cold feet after traveling to Boston and catching Elton's Boston Garden show, but was talked into honoring his commitment. Only two days before his death, Lennon recalled the entire back-story to his brief stage comeback to BBC Radio: "Elton was in town and I was doing it and needed the harmony. He did the harmony on that and a couple more, and played beautiful piano on it. And jokingly, he was telling me he was going to do this Madison Square Garden concert -- he said, 'Will you do it with me if the record's Number One?' And I did not expect it to get to Number One at all. I didn't think it had a chance in hell. I said, 'Sure, sure, sure I will.' He came back and said, 'OK, it's time to pay your dues!' It was the first Number One I had, actually. 'Imagine' wasn't Number One, 'Instant Karma' wasn't Number One -- which I all think are better records than 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.' (The) words are pretty good. But anyway, so what could we sing, that was the point."
Jon Bon Jovi has broken his silence regarding the departure of Ritchie Sambora from Bon Jovi during a radio interview with Philadelphia's WMMR. Earlier this month, at the after party for old friend Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, Bon Jovi was asked about Sambora’s status with the band, and verbalized what has been apparent for a very long time, saying, quote, "He quit. He’s gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn’t a life sentence." Sambora was a no-show on the Bon Jovi tour starting on April 2nd, 2013 at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. As they did during Sambora's 2011 hiatus, the band soldiered on, touring the globe selling out stadiums with session guitarist Phil "X" Xenidis once again filling in for Sambora.
Bon Jovi spoke candidly to WMMR about the band’s decision to carry on without Sambora, saying, "Y’know, he quit and no one’s heard (from) him since. I mean, God bless him. . . He just quit and that was that. It’s not for me to say anything other than that. Y’know, he’s entitled to do what he wants. It’s not his obligation. There's no obligation. If it doesn’t move you anymore, you have the right to leave (laughs) and he just happened to do it on a show day and never called us again. But there was no reason, there was no fight, it certainly wasn't about money -- I swear that on a stack of bibles and he’ll confirm it. That was not the case and he just left and there was no way that I was gonna break up the band. Why would (David Bryan) or (Tico Torres) need to suffer and why would I have to suffer? And the record company doesn’t care and the touring company doesn’t care and, y’know, it’s okay. It’s not a big deal."
Bob Seger is back on the road with the Silver Bullet Band mixing a select bunch of his new songs in with his legendary classics. As with any Seger tour, some songs come and go making way for either newer songs or other deep cuts. One song from the new Top Three hit album Ride Out yet to be performed live is "You Take Me In" -- a track receiving raves from die-hards, which might just end up being the wedding dance hit of 2015.
Jimmy Page feels that his new photographic memoir, titled Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page may actually be more personal because of the candid and revealing shots of his life and career. The 512-page oversized tome covers every aspect of his career; his London session work and stint in the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, the Firm, his solo work and collaboration with David Coverdale, the mid-'90s teamup with Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert and beyond.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry pulled no punches in his recent autobiography, Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, either about his life and career or Aerosmith's now infamous inner-band troubles. His biography is the third from the band, following Aerosmith's 2003 joint bio, Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith, drummer Joey Kramer's 2009 memoir Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top, and frontman Steven Tyler's 2011 book, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?
Joe Perry told us that ultimately, the thrill of what Aerosmith accomplished musically trumps all the problems that the band has endured due to drugs, women, management and ego issues: "It’s really the five of us, y’know, as a band. And it’s still exciting to walk out onstage with these guys. And that, I think, is the glue that keeps us coming back. Sometimes I ask that question myself, y’know, ‘Why am I still doin’ it?’ Well, when I walk out onstage in Moscow and everybody out there is singing words to songs that we wrote in the basement, or, y’know, in some studio somewhere. It’s nothin’ short of a miracle, y’know? And so we kind of have a lot of respect for that."
All 500 million of those iTunes users in the world are in luck: they can now listen to the new AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust, a week ahead of its December 2nd release date. The complete set is now streaming in its entirety as part of iTunes' "First Play" program, and the band didn't even have to dump it in your account without asking like a certain group from Ireland we all know.
AC/DC has used "rock" in a lot of song and album titles and we asked guitarist Angus Young why it felt like time to do it again: "Well, Rock Or Bust, it's a good, strong title and it's got the word 'rock' in it, you know? (laughs) 'Cause everyone says, jeez, you know, how many songs have they got with 'rock' in the title in it. But they've got to cut us some slack -- I mean, we've made 16 albums, you know." when the AC/DC drummer failed to show up on time for his court appearance to address the charges against him. Rudd was scheduled to appear in court at 9:00 a.m. but arrived several minutes late. Rudd did not enter a plea and had his bodyguard give him a piggyback ride to his car after the hearing was over. Rudd then backed up the vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck, almost causing an accident. Rudd is set to return to court on December 2nd.
Although his exit from Styx in 1999 was a bitter pill to swallow, Dennis DeYoung has neither an unkind work for his former bandmates, nor any apologies for the music they made together. DeYoung has just released a new live CD/DVD set, Dennis DeYoung And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles. The collection, which is also available in Blu-ray and digital formats, was captured live on March 18th, 2014 live at L.A.’s El Rey Theater.
It was 13 years ago Saturday (November 29th, 2001) that George Harrison died after a long battle with cancer, at age 58. Harrison, the first of the Beatles to embrace Eastern philosophies and culture, will also be remembered for his humanitarian efforts, such as his 1971 Concert For Bangladesh for famine relief.
Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison, supervised the recent release of the new box set, The Apple Years: 1968-'75, which features such beloved solo works as Wonderwall Music (1968), Electronic Sound (1969), All Things Must Pass (1970), Living In The Material World (1973), Dark Horse (1974), and Extra Texture (Read All About It) (1975) -- are also available individually. The collection, which comes 10 years after the release of the first Harrison box -- The Dark Horse Years 1976-92 -- features an exclusive DVD with "several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage, an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.
In 2012, the Martin Scorsese HBO documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World snagged two awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony held at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre. The critically acclaimed doc won the prizes for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.
The first fully authorized documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, titled Montage Of Heck, will premiere on HBO in 2015, according to RollingStone.com. The film is written, directed and produced by Brett Morgen and is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain's family. Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has signed on as an executive producer for the project.
Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain's entire personal and family archives, and the film will include footage from numerous Nirvana performances, along with previously unheard songs, never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he knew nothing about the history and culture of New Orleans before he and the band traveled there for the sixth episode of their HBO series Sonic Highways. Grohl explained, "Before I turned on the camera with Ben Jaffe from Preservation Hall (Jazz Band), I said, 'I don't know s*** about jazz and I don't know s*** about New Orleans' . . . A lot of the interviews were like that. I'm a music nerd, but I'm not a musicologist. I love talking about music and hearing these stories, but I also love not knowing everything."
Metallica has revealed that the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants have invited the band back for the third annual Metallica Night at the Giants' hometown ballfield, AT&T Park. The band posted, "We'll all be on hand Saturday, May 2, 2015 as the Giants take the field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and as always, the night will kick off with the National Anthem and first pitch."
The band will be on hand all evening during the game and will participate in several events throughout the night, which will also feature special giveaways and souvenirs. Special event tickets for the game go on sale Friday (November 28th) at 8:00 a.m. PT.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in a new interview with Music Radar that the band is aiming for "quality and not quantity" when it begins recording its new album this winter. Smith explained, "We probably have close to 30 songs. I think last time we overdid it a little; traditionally we’ve always recorded 25 or 40 songs. It won’t be 50, like last time. We always say, ‘We’re going to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ then it turns into an epic f***ing thing. This time we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity."
The last Chili Peppers album, 2011's I'm With You, featured 14 tracks. Another 17 songs from the same sessions were released throughout 2012 and 2013 on a series of vinyl and digital singles.