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Rush Confirm Box Set

Posted by News on September 15, 2014 at 11:27am 0 Comments

Canadian progressive rock legends Rush will release R40, a 40th anniversary Blu-Ray box set, in November.

 

For the past year or so fans have been speculating on what the rumored set might include. It’s now been confirmed that it will feature their five most recent concert films as well as a bonus disc featuring plenty of rare material including footage filmed at Laura Secord Secondary School in Ontario in 1974.

 

Rolling Stone wrote about this concert back in 2012: the footage was discovered by filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden while they were working on the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage. It features original drummer John Rutsey. You can see the performance of “Working Man” from the concert below. Other material on the bonus disc includes footage from 1976, 1988, 1997 and 2011 as well as the band’s 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2013.

 

The concert films included in the set are Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland and Clockwork Angels Tour.

 

R40 will be released on November 17 via Concord.

 

Rush: “Working Man” at Laura Secord Secondary School:

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Rare 1980 Van Halen Photos Unearthed

Posted by News on September 15, 2014 at 11:17am 0 Comments

The Van Halen News Desk has unearthed some rare photos of Van Halen shaking things up at the Rocklahoma festival on September 6, 1980, featuring both Eddie Van Halen and future Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar playing their Gibson Les Pauls.

 
The festival, which is not related to the modern Rocklahoma festival, ran for a few years at the University of Oklahoma, and the 1980 event was headlined by the Doobie Brothers. Van Halen had second billing over Pat Benetar, and fourth on the bill was Hagar. At the time Van Halen was supporting their third album, Women & Children First, and the set included the song “Bright Lights, Big City” which never made it onto an official Van Halen album.

For further reading:

Sammy Hagar: “The Les Paul’s like a Muscle Car”

Mean Streets: A Van Halen Tour of the Sunset Strip

By Peter Hodgson 

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Primal Scream Guitarist Robert “Throb” Young Has Died

Posted by News on September 15, 2014 at 11:14am 0 Comments

Robert "Throb" Young, the former guitarist for Primal Scream, has died. He was just 49 years old. According to The Guardian, he was found dead in his home in Sussex, England on Tuesday. The cause of death has not yet been revealed, though it is “not being treated as suspicious,” The Guardian reports.

Young joined the band in the mid-1980s, switching from bass to guitar after the release of their debut album, 1987's Sonic Flower Groove. He played on the classic 1991 albumScreamadelica, as well as 1994's Give Out But Don't Give Up, 1997's Vanishing Point, 2000's XTRMNTR, and more.

Young left Primal Scream in 2006 after which Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie said Young had some “issues” to address. He never returned. Young was very much the “rock'n'roll” figure in Primal Scream, usually sporting long hair and toting a Gibson Les Paul.

Gillespie, and Young's guitarist partner Andrew Innes, issued a statement saying, “We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers. In the words of Johnny Marr, 'Throb with a goldtop Les Paul—unbeatable'.”

By Michael Leonard 

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Guitar Stars Gather For Lynyrd Skynyrd Celebration Show

Posted by News on September 15, 2014 at 11:08am 0 Comments

One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd takes place on November 12 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The show features a host of stars including: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Gov’t Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.

An all-star house band will be led by Grammy Award-winner Don Was who will serve as the music director. “Lynyrd Skynyrd’s music has had a profound and unmistakable influence on artists and fans all over the world,” commented Don Was.

And there's an apt sense of history to the special show. As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theater from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark venue – hence the title now, One More For The Fans! More details from CelebrateSkynyrd.com

For the perfect guitar to get the vibe, check out the Gibson Custom Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul . The first 50 are hand-signed by Gibson's Southern Rock Ambassadors Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Gary Rossington, Jimmy Hall, and vintage guitar expert Ronny Proler.

By Michael Leonard 

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Please Pay It Forward...Asking For Urgent Help For Jason

Posted by News on September 11, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

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Asking for a Random Act of Kindness: Please Give Forward To Jason!

Thank you to those who have donated to Jason.  We urgently need continued help.

Jason, a long-time Rock.com team member and close friend to all of us is going without basics - food, monthly medications, and the medical treatments he desperately needs to be well enough to start chemo and radiation.

So please Rock.com members...help support Jason in his fight against pancreatic cancer. You can donate through his fundriser, even $5.00 or $10.00 can help make a difference; and please share this post to spread the word. Thank you!

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Jeff Cease Of Eric Church’s Band Lives By SGs

Posted by News on September 10, 2014 at 1:53pm 0 Comments

Eric Church is one of country rock’s biggest superstars of the moment, and when Church brings his party-happy brand of country music to the world, Jeff Cease is his right-hand man on guitar. Cease’s background playing guitar with the Black Crowes has helped him bring a rock edge to Church’s sound.

Cease is a Gibson player, all the way. For decades, he leaned on the Les Paul, but over the past few years, he has become a “SG fanatic.”

“It started with a 1967 SG Special I owned for a while: two P-90s, a Vibrola that stayed in tune when used sensibly and a perfect neck,” Cease told Gibson.com. “I love the SG neck. For me, the SG is that fantasy guitar that I can take to any gig, session, hootenanny, what-have-you, and it can cover all the ground that I wish to cover.”

Check back in the coming weeks for Gibson.com’s full interview with Cease.

By Anne Erickson 

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Radiohead’s Philip Selway Streaming New Song

Posted by News on September 10, 2014 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is getting ready to release a new solo album this fall, Weatherhouse, and he's giving fans a preview of what's to come. Selway is streaming a piano ballad named "It Will End in Tears" via Rolling Stone and tells the publication he recorded the album in Radiohead's Oxfordshire studio.

"I love records that you can almost live in, where the songs become talismans that you take to heart," Selway said in a statement. "That's what I was trying to create in Weatherhouse."

"In Will End in Tears" is a very dark-sounding, dissonant track, and a follows the mood of the last solo song Selway streamed a few weeks ago, "Coming Up for Air."

Weatherhouse will reach all the usual outlets on Oct. 6, and the release is currently available for pre-order. For more information and to pre-order the set, visit Selway's official website

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By Anne Erickson 

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U2 Release New Album During Apple Keynote

Posted by News on September 10, 2014 at 1:42pm 0 Comments

There’s been rumors in the past week or so that the long-awaited new U2 album would come pre-loaded on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. So it was not so surprising when the Irish quartet appeared on stage at The Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, CA, today (September 9). Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton tore through a powerful performance of the Joey Ramone tribute “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” The Edge sounded great playing distorted power chords on a Gibson Les Paul Junior.

 

After finishing the song Bono had a bit of playful banter with Apple CEO Tim Cook, during which he said something to the effect that U2 have actually recorded five albums since their 2009 release No Line on the Horizon. Bono said that they just hadn’t released any of them. The singer then went on to explain that last week they finished their new album Songs of Innocence. Bono wondered aloud how the band could get their music out to the world, upon which Cook mentioned that Apple does have iTunes. The band then dropped the biggest surprise of the year: In five seconds Songs of Innocence would be available for free to all iTunes customers! I can confirm that this is absolutely true as I’m currently listening to the album just minutes after the launch.

 

Songs of Innocence contain eleven tracks, starting with the previously mentioned “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” The second song is called “Every Breaking Wave,” and it should be a familiar name to hard core U2 fans as its been mentioned in various interviews with U2 band members over the past few years. In fact, almost immediately following the release of No Line on the Horizon, Bono talked about the band’s next album called Songs of Ascent which was supposed to be released in the same year. Whether…

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Springsteen To Guest In Van Zandt TV Show

Posted by News on September 10, 2014 at 1:36pm 0 Comments

Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band cohort Steven Van Zandt is currently enjoying success with his TV show Lilyhammer. Two seasons have been produced so far, and for season three Van Zandt will get assistance from the man who is literally "The Boss" at his day job. Bruce Springsteen has signed on to play the owner of a mortuary for an episode of the series. Aside from a cameo as himself in the film "High Fidelity," this will be Springsteen's acting debut.

 
Lilyhammer is filmed on location in Norway, and feature Van Zandt in the lead role as former mobster Frank Tagliano, who has been relocated to the Scandinavian country as part of the Witness Protection Program. The comedic drama has been a huge hit in Norway, and is available in the States on Netflix.
 
Van Zandt was forced to take some time off from touring with Springsteen when he filmed season two of Lilyhammer, which prompted The Boss to hire Tom Morello as his temporary replacement. As of yet, there is no news as to when season three  will air, so we'll have to wait a while to see Springsteen's acting chops.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Ian Gillan Participates In Massive Guitar Jam

Posted by News on September 10, 2014 at 1:31pm 0 Comments

This past Saturday (September 6) an event called Guitars On The Beach took place in Lyme Regis, UK. For the second year in a row thousands of guitarists gathered on the beach to play together as a massive band. During last year's Guitars On The Beach 2,267 guitarists participated, and this year saw an increase of more than a thousand rockers.

3,325 guitarists were on hand to accompany Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan in a rendition of the band's classic "Smoke On The Water." Gillan, who has been on tour with Deep Purple in the States during the summer took time out of his schedule to take part in the event.

Aside from "Smoke On The Water" the guitarists played Buddy Holly's "Rave On," and "Rockin' All Over The World" by John Fogerty. There was also an advanced setlist containing The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," The Zutons' "Valerie," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."

Organizer Geoff Baker had hoped to beat the world record, which was set in Poland in 2009, when 6,546 guitarists performed alongside Steve Morse. But the event was still a huge success, reportedly raising $10,000 to local charities. Baker is apparently planning on making Guitars On The Beach an annual event, so there will be a new chance to break the world record next year.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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