Friday, April 17, 2015

Today Is National Record Store Day

This is not meant to freak you out. But these are record stores. An incredible place to get lost for an hour or an entire day. Today is National Record Store Day. Put down your smart phone and Ipods and go experience the true journey of what its like to be a fan of music. Joe Elliot from Def Leppard talks about his first albums. Record Store Day, a celebration of independent music shops, is tomorrow. Among this year's special releases are: U2 - a deluxe double-vinyl version of their latest album, Songs of Innocence. Dire Straits - Honky Tonk Demos, two 12-inch singles containing the previously issued demo of "Sultans of Swing," "Water of Love," "Down to the Waterline" and "Wild West End." George Thorogood and the Destroyers' debut album on blue vinyl. Bruce Springsteen - remastered versions of his first seven albums on vinyl. The Animals - No. 2 EP, a 10-inch vinyl edition of the band's third British EP, which was never released in the U.S. Gregg Allman - Live, a 10-inch vinyl picture disc with concert renditions of "Whipping Post" and "I'm No Angel," as well as performances with Jackson Browne and Zac Brown. Jeff Beck - first three singles on seven-inch vinyl. Blue Oyster Cult - 1992 Bad Channels soundtrack makes its vinyl debut. Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes on vinyl numbered and signed by The Band's Garth Hudson. The Kinks' first two British EPs, Kinksize Session and Kinksize Hits, reissued on singles. Paul McCartney - 1967's The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording gets a vinyl reissue after being out of print for decades. Metallica - original demo on cassette. Robert Plant - previously unreleased live material on vinyl. David Bowie - Side by Side, a white/clear vinyl seven-inch of "Kingdom Come." One side features the original Tom Verlaine version and the other has Bowie's rendition from the Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album. The second release is a seven-inch picture disc of "Changes." The Who - blue vinyl seven-inch of their latest single, "Be Lucky," from The Who Hits 50. Down n' Outz - Joe Elliott's side band - 12-inch vinyl EP with covers of Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," Mott the Hoople's "Marionette" and two others. Foo Fighters - Songs From the Laundry Room, a collection of demos that Dave Grohl recorded before the band's first album. Grohl is Record Store Day Ambassador and will lead the Foos through a set on Saturday at the Record Connection in Niles, Ohio, which is near Warren, Ohio where he was born in 1969.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Music Coming From Don Henley

Don Henley's got a new collection of tunes. A Country album called Crass County. The album from Henley features Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, with former Tom Petty Don Henley plans to release his country album, Cass County, in the late summer or fall. Don talks about the album which he says will help usher in a stronger Americana sound.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

John Lodge Turns His Moody Blues Into Wine

Classic Rocker John Lodge has always been a bit moody with his blues. As a songwriter he's always relied on the lay of the land to help him landscape the perfect richness of a song. Today he's turned that art into a new set of songs with an incredible wine to dine with.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stevie Ray Vaughan Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame

On Saturday in Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct a group of artists that includes the late Lou Reed, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, the late Paul Butterfield and his Butterfield Blues Band, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, The "5" Royales, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Green Day. Each day this week we'll profile one or two of the inductees, starting with Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Butterfield Blues Band. It seems strange to talk about blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie in the same sentence, but it was Bowie who gave Stevie Ray his big break after seeing him perform in Montreux, Switzerland in 1982. Bowie said, “Stevie completely floored me. I probably hadn’t been so gung-ho about a guitar player since seeing Jeff Beck in the early '60s.” Stevie played on Bowie's 1983 Let's Dance album and was signed to Epic Records by the legendary John Hammond. Stevie's star rose quickly with five studio albums in seven years before he lost his life in a 1990 helicopter accident. John Mayer will induct Stevie; his brother Jimmie Vaughan will accept and perform in his honor.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi Reality TV Show

The creative mind that doesn't stop. Jon Bon Jovi in the off season of touring has created a new TV Reality Show. Jon Bon Jovi's got a new job. He's the executive producer of a TV show called If I Wasn’t a Rock Star. The weekly series will put focus on musicians going home... trying to do an everyday life and styleAs executive producer... Jon will be asking “Who says you can’t go home?” Only this time, he’s brought cameras along.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Alice Cooper Halloween Mask

For 40 years Alice Cooper has kept his mask away from mass marketing. That's about to change. The man that welcomed us to his nightmare will turn this Halloween into a scare.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Joan Jett Will Be Inducted By Miley Cyrus

Before I hit the radio airwaves. I was that punk ass teenage boy hot in love with this completely unknown girl rock band called The Runaways. When life spun me into a radio jock on KOOK in Billings, Montana I exploded with excitement when Joan Jett crossed the buried in history lines and began a solo career that would open a can of kick ass and spread it all over the next three decades. The bad ass chick is headed into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th She talks about whats required to become a girl in Rock.